Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Modernity

July 7th 2017

His laughter (so rare) filled every room and corridor. The others froze, wondering what to make of it. Running as fast as he could, Renfield arrived – breathless – in the great hall and quickly bent down upon one knee. “Master!” he cried. “Master, what is it?!?” Dracula wiped the blood tears from his eyes […]

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Pride

June 29th 2017

“Darlings, love is a losing game – just like Amy Winehouse says,” Adrian dramatized, the back of his hand lifted high upon his forehead. “We might as well put our bath robes on and have a spa night.” “I’m not playing mani/pedi with you two weeks in a row,” Charles replied flatly. “Girls just wanna […]

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Prompt

June 10th 2017

They quickly settled across from each other at the restaurant table and grinned shyly. “I’m David,” he said. “Nora,” she offered. “Have you ever done ‘speed dating’ before?” he asked her, and she shook her head “no”. “Me, neither. So … ,” David started, looking at the list of conversation prompts and read the next […]

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Game

May 31st 2017

“Well, first of all, they’re both a very disturbing type of brilliant,” he started, “so there’s that.” The interviewer nodded. “Handsome people. Might as well put that out there and, no, I’m not gay.” One of the cameramen laughed. “And there is a … quality … to the pursuit, if you will. An inexplicable draw, […]

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Forever

May 12th 2017

She wheeled carefully alongside the hospital bed and reached for his hand. “You’re leaving me,” she said. “I think so,” he responded, “but I’m not happy about it. I miss you already.” “For so long, I wanted to kill you myself,” she whispered, wiping her tears away, “but now … ” He squeezed her hand […]

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Dating

May 6th 2017

“Are you absolutely sure?” Rota asked. “About what?” Hildr replied, confused. “About dating again? Getting back into the fray with idiot after idiot?” Rota clarified, giving her sister a concerned look. “I’m ready,” Hildr replied, adjusting her belt, “and I’m not going to tolerate any foolishness.” “That’s what I’m afraid of,” Rota said gently, watching […]

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Progress

May 3rd 2017

“Any plans tonight?” he asked, making idle conversation. “Launching a couple of revenge fantasies and drinking the blood of my enemies,” she replied, not turning around. “Cool,” he continued. “Is that a standing weekly thing?” “It’s a movable feast,” she said flatly, lifting her fingers from the keyboard, “but it needs to occur before disposition […]

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Words

April 8th 2017

Anne jotted something in the notebook and closed the cover. “You write something down every time you leave the house,” Carl observed. “That wasn’t the agreement.” She nodded, but didn’t answer. “The therapist suggested we write one entry per day – one, Anne,” Carl clarified. She remained silent, offering an apologetic smile and a small […]

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Unlucky

April 3rd 2017

“Oh, I don’t know, mate,” he said, leaning forward to put his elbows on the bar. “I don’t know if I’d call myself ‘unlucky in love’.” “I … I meant no offense,” the bartender sputtered, unaware that he’d been overheard. “None taken,” Spike continued, staring into the contents of his glass. “I’d give myself a […]

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Real

March 31st 2017

“It’s helped us so much,” she said to the therapist. “Getting real and keeping it real has given us so much clarity!” “It has,” he added. “I never imagined that telling it like it is could draw us so much closer together.” The therapist smiled and nodded. “It’s the simple things – like giving him […]

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