Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Lack

March 11th 2017

“When did it start?” Maxine asked. “When I was a child,” Greta responded. “And it was never a purposeful thing; it was product of our very survival.” Maxine’s face opened in surprise and Greta smiled. “We had nothing as children, the four of us,” she said softly. “Barely a roof over our heads; the clothes […]

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Glue

February 17th 2017

“I need some glue,” Vera said, stumbling into the craft room where her mother and grandmother sat, hard at work. “Why? What are you up to?” her mother asked, eyelids narrowing. “Nothing!” Vera huffed. “Well, it’s in the drawer where it always is, Vera,” her mother huffed back. “Please stop turning your every need into […]

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Landscaping

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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Travels

February 8th 2017

The wizard traveled, living many lives, bringing magic to many worlds, all with the intention of leaving the mistakes he’d made behind. “No more lying,” he whispered to himself. “No more subterfuge.” In each and every place, he coaxed reason from madness, settled the thorniest of disputes, and sacrificed much to various noble causes (while […]

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Comfort

January 30th 2017

The door flew open and The Danger burst into the room quaking with rage. Sugar sat very still, tense and on watch (lest any of the puppies she’d piled right next to her try to wander off). The Danger lunged, hitting the line, sending a wall of flame up into its face. Sugar jumped, but […]

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Alley

January 28th 2017

They followed Mark from the shadows, staying well behind, watching and waiting for a chance to separate him from the others. He felt as if he was being watched and turned around frequently, but saw nothing. Mark stopped at a bonfire. “You guys okay?” There were grumbled answers; he kept moving. “Wendy Girl, you warm […]

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Context

January 25th 2017

“I do movie magic; that’s my specialty,” Aaron said. They stared at him, confused. “Some warlocks do divination; some do healing; some do protection. I do … movie magic.” They continued to stare. “It’s considered an environmental magic,” Aaron continued, thinking a different starting point might take them down a clearer path. “I use an […]

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Guilt

January 17th 2017

Sylvia pled guilty to the charges and received her penalty restrictions (which included a wand block for certain types of spells). “Yes, of course, I see things clearly in hindsight,” she said when interviewed, “and I’d do things differently if given a second chance, but I own my mistakes and will make my amends.” They […]

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Plow

January 14th 2017

“We’ve always plowed out the town,” Jassop said to the little ones, “to keep it safe for driving. We want people to get to work on time, visit the market when they need to, and have the chance to do fun things with family and friends.” They nodded and sipped their hot chocolate. “And we’ve […]

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Club

January 7th 2017

“Gotta keep your skills sharp,” Marian said into the camera, looking at the others via Skype. “And your best foot forward,” Sheila added, smiling. “Any foot forward,” Luella laughed. “Most days, I wonder what I have left in me.” “An inexhaustible supply of premium mojo,” Marian pronounced, fidgeting with the things she’d arranged on her […]

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