Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


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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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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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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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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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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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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March 10th 2017

“You came!” he cried out, delighted. “After everything … I didn’t think you would.” She sat down and looked up at him, smiling sweetly. “I just … well, first things first: would you like a drink?” She shook her head ‘no’. “Okay, well don’t go anywhere; I’ll be right back!” he said happily (heading to […]

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February 16th 2017

At the gravesite, they salted the earth and marked the gravestone with an extra coffin nail to show they’d applied precautions. Frank looked away and was comforted by Dot’s sister, cousin, and two friends from work. “I’m fine,” he told them. “I understand that it wouldn’t be my Dot that came back. I’m okay.” Late […]

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February 14th 2017

He fussed and fussed (as only the lonely can), arranging the meal just so, cutting a sprig of fresh parsley to place on top. They watched him silently, offering neither judgment nor encouragement. “Dinner is served, darlings!” He called out cheerily, placing the small, delicate china plates on the floor. The cats stared at the […]

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February 13th 2017

Robert’s car pulled up and idled at the end of the driveway. He got out and stared at the house for a moment, then placed a bouquet of roses on the cement. “Oh, no! Have you two broken up?” Fran asked Sheila (after he’d driven away). “Not exactly, but sort of,” Sheila responded, sipping her […]

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