Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Kiss

February 26th 2018

The scrapbook contained row after row of tissues and napkins with a perfect lipstick pout blotted in the middle. “What in the heck?” Marjorie murmured to herself, sitting on the sofa surrounded by boxes. “Kiss Book!” Marjorie’s sister, Marian, said with a bright smile. “Oh my gosh! Look! They’re all labeled!” “Prom, 1956” said one; […]

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Planning

February 23rd 2018

“I don’t know, I’m thinking … maybe I’m easily morose, I get down on myself,” Cathy said, thinking out loud. “Maybe I isolate myself and then cry in front of the fireplace (drinking a whole bottle of wine) because I don’t have any friends?” “Oh, that’s good,” the shadow said, writing it down. “Lots there […]

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Spree

January 25th 2018

“Cripes, my life,” Ed said, rubbing his forehead. “It’s as if the whole show has been one step forward, six steps back, with a freaking documentary film crew hiding in the shadows to chronicle my live streaming failures.” Ann laughed, touching his arm to give comfort. “Okay, but keep in mind that a stealth film […]

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Offer

January 23rd 2018

“I … uh … I have to go,” Alex said, ending the call. The room had filled with a thick black smoke and, from the center, a face with large yellow eyes was emerging. “Hey,” the Devil said, stepping forward, his smooth grey skin cracked like a stunning mosaic where flashes of amber and scarlet […]

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Herd

January 20th 2018

“I had no one to write my name on the inside of my clothes – no one to proclaim me different from anyone else,” the woman on stage said. “I had a choice: stay nameless, stay voiceless, stay unrecognized … or write my own damn name.” A picture came up on the screen, showing “Victoria” […]

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Unfair

January 4th 2018

Roger groaned and Barb laughed. She held out her hand to read the note he’d found in his pocket and he complied, handing it over. “The werewolf thing … I took that on because I love you and I’m not sorry. We got this whole “full moon” crap figured out. BUT … if you EVER […]

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Decisions

December 20th 2017

Harley rushed in through the front door, shedding his backpack, jacket, and shoes as he moved down the middle of the hall. “NOPE!” his mother called, peeking out of the kitchen, taking in the wreckage. “DOOR CLOSED; SHOES ON THE MAT; JACKET HUNG UP; BAG IN YOUR ROOM,” she yelled, but he had already rushed […]

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Know

December 8th 2017

In the quiet of the dawn, the pulse of the World Tree could be felt in the earth, strong and free. The oaks sighed, letting go of their worry; the pines swayed, standing tall and proud; the birch asked their rivers to dance. “We are more than roots and branches,” It whispered, filled with love. […]

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Between

September 29th 2017

“Do not stare into the dramas and tangles of life,” Hon Lek said to the novices. “Do not take on the habit of rushing at them or wrestling with them.” The room was silent. “They are not real,” he continued. “The question before you, in every situation, is: will you put your life force here? […]

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Lunch

August 24th 2017

Mike begged off of going out to lunch with everyone, putting an irritated face on his decision to remain behind because of deadlines. After they’d gone, Mike stole out to his car (parked in full shade) and laid down in the back seat with a couple of blood bags from the cooler. For so long, […]

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