Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Heartbreak

December 8th 2016

Leslie sat in the living room staring at the old shoebox with “Heartbreak Kit” written in marker across the top. She sipped her glass of Pinot Noir and let a wave of hatred wash over her. “Zero privacy in small towns,” her father had said when they’d moved (and here was the goddamn proof). Leslie […]

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Universe

December 1st 2016

“You seem to really like your job,” Karen said, acting a little surprised. “I do,” Pete responded. “There’s a lot of variety and independence.” “Okay, but … ,” Karen continued, “I’m sorry, but … the mailroom? That’s your happy place?” Pete laughed. “Oh, it’s not a mailroom. When they’re looking at “streamlining some processes”, it’s […]

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Claim

November 22nd 2016

When the Oracle stirred, it moved through Bud Hamm down at the Swedish Center (at the Sons of Scandinavia Tuesday Coffee). “When your longing refines itself, and you have a word for the dream at last,” it said, “set your course of action.” They stared at him (Knut, Mike, Earl and the others). “It is […]

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Hazards

September 27th 2016

Susan poured herself a smoothie from the blender and settled back on the couch with a couple of iron pills to watch the news; they were covering the mysterious destruction of local gardens every full moon. She sighed heavily when her phone rang. “Hey,” she answered. “You watching the news?” Eric asked. “Of course,” Susan […]

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Mentor

September 14th 2016

“So, Mr. Romance, what’s your secret?” Aaron teased. Ed laughed. “Use what you’ve got on hand and speak the truth,” he eventually answered. “Could you be more specific?” Aaron asked, actually wanting to know. “Meghan was on this one diet,” Ed responded, shaking his head, “that required her to write encouraging letters to herself. She […]

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Reading

September 6th 2016

“So, when you read someone, do you see colors or get a feeling off of them?” Carmen asked. Bruce smiled. “It’s way more obvious than that. I actually see a word on their forehead; I READ them.” “Of course. How stupid of me. You are such an idiot,” Carmen laughed, smacking his arm. Bruce gave […]

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Feast

September 1st 2016

After coming back from the store, Merlin made a fresh pot of coffee and set the bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream right next to the carafe. “We won’t be needing half and half today, kids,” he said softly, pouring the first of many cups, putting on his apron, and rolling up his sleeves. In the […]

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Care

August 18th 2016

Larry taped a tarp in place over the back half of the old Ford (to block the sun) and opened the trunk. Christine was lying there, weak and fidgety, as expected. “What the hell, dude?” she said, raising a hand to cover her eyes (affected by the brightness of the day glowing under the edges […]

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Poise

August 11th 2016

Miriam and Fran paused in their conversation to watch Doug shuffle into the kitchen, open the refrigerator door, turn and wander off slightly to get a drink of water, and then turn back to somehow collide with the appliance (having forgotten that he opened it just seconds ago), knocking bottles and jars off of the […]

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Searching

August 8th 2016

“Could I have your attention for a minute, everybody?” Leo said, standing up on a chair in front of the 20-30 seated browsers and another 14 standing in two checkout lines. “I’ve been in this bookstore for almost four hours and I have no idea what I’m doing. The staff has been great, but I […]

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