Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Waiting

September 16th 2017

Meredith pulled slowly into the public parking lot, turning her lights off and rolling into a spot near the top of the stairs. The sea air and the sound of the waves were hypnotic and she closed her eyes and breathed deeply as she got out of the car. “Steady, steady,” Meredith whispered, letting her […]

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Pursuit

September 15th 2017

They sat down across from each other and laughed. “Well, this is not at all what I expected,” the angel said. “And yet it’s strangely predictable,” the demon replied. “We DO have a lot in common,” the angel laughed. “A crazy amount, as luck would have it,” the demon grinned. They ordered a round of […]

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Light

September 13th 2017

“I’ve never felt like this before; she’s … magical,” Phil sighed. “Oh, gawd, here we go,” Roberta said, opening the field for commentary as she sat down. “No, I mean it,” Phil shot back, knowing how it sounded, “it’s like she can read my mind.” “If she could read your mind, she’d be in the […]

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Belonging

August 29th 2017

“We’ve talked a lot about you feeling very confrontational in most situations – how you get right up in someone’s face as a way to not feel vulnerable about their approach,” the Night Therapist said quietly. “Yes,” she agreed, nodding even as she faced away. “And we’ve talked about how that doesn’t provide you with […]

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Precautions

August 8th 2017

“Guillermo, quickly! The carriage!” Arturo called out, suddenly frantic. From the back room, Guillermo emerged, putting on his gloves. He grabbed the two baskets of supplies and rushed from the shop, standing at the curb (looking down). Within moments, an ornate black carriage pulled to a stop in front of him and a lady’s hand, […]

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Joy

August 4th 2017

“You’re despicable,” the angel said grimly. “Watching these people for your chance to ruin things.” The demon sighed. “I get no pleasure out of this,” it said. “Rubbish!” the angel spat. “You relish every opportunity to move your unholy fascination into some kind of diseased action that will rob every single moment of joy.” The […]

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Biter

August 3rd 2017

“I’d really like this to go forward; I think we have something special,” Sam said softly, taking her hand. “Me, too,” Dana answered shyly, looking around to make certain that no one in the coffee shop was listening. “So, I went and got tested,” Sam continued (even more softly). “Uh … okay,” Dana whispered, blushing. […]

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Date

July 25th 2017

“You brought a new … uh … you’re dating someone new,” Heidi observed (awkwardly and visibly uncomfortable). Lydia nodded, looking out onto the patio where her date sat, talking animatedly and twitching his tail. “The incubus,” Lydia answered at last. “We’ve been seeing each other for about 3 months.” “Wow, that’s great,” Heidi responded, less […]

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Love

July 21st 2017

“We’ve talked a lot about love,” the therapist said, looking around the circle. “We’ve shared our romantic hopes and dreams and touched on what scares us most about stepping forward.” A few heads nodded. “Today, I’d like to take our conversation one step farther and explore what it means to us to be lovable – […]

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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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