Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Careful

November 20th 2017

“I love these little towns,” the reporter said with a grin. “So much character. Even the name … Careful.” “Ayup,” the convenience store clerk said, being friendly. “Short for “Careful What You Wish For”.” “Are you kidding?” the reporter asked, delighted. “That is THE BEST!” He took several pictures of the ancient gas pumps and […]

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Messages

October 10th 2017

Bob washed his hands in the sink, glancing right and taking in the framed embroidery that hung there. While he looked, the flowers and butterflies seemed to rearrange themselves – every thread reaching for another to form words. “You’re going to be fine,” it said. Bob emerged from the bathroom shaking his head to clear […]

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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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Discovery

September 25th 2017

“The cat vomited in the living room,” he said, stepping into the kitchen doorway. “Finders, cleaners,” she said with a smirk, tossing him the paper towels and bending to open the cabinet under the sink to get the spray goo. “The cat has retched up what appears to be a tiny finger or small toe,” […]

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Now

September 18th 2017

Malvos found Worth sitting in front of the wall of calculations, every space completely full, rubbing the chalk slowly between his thumb and forefinger. “Worth?” he asked gently. “You okay?” “Oh, yes, yes,” Worth replied, shaking his head and sitting up. “There’s no place to write anything even if you did have a new idea,” […]

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Waltz

July 1st 2017

“Every Saturday night is date night,” Aaron whispered. “Oh!” Bethany replied. “That is so sweet!” They watched from across the corridor as Dottie Sergeant, 88, waltzed with air {holding her arms in the perfect position). “Isn’t it dangerous, though? I mean … ,” Bethany remarked. “Yes and no,” Aaron replied. “One could say that every […]

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Pass

May 19th 2017

He stared at her (shyly, intermittently) as she rang up his order. She was surprisingly elegant, her hands moving seamlessly from item to scanner to bag (in a kind of retail ballet). “$54.62,” she said, smiling, and he blushed (fumbling to put his card in the machine). “You make it all look so easy,” he […]

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Particles

March 24th 2017

“Particles are separated here and attributed,” Ragland said. “Using genetic profiles to establish the physical parameters beforehand, we are able to parse the information into the categories of Known Matter and Unknown Matter.” “How dense are the boundaries?” Ingersoll interjected. “Uniformly distinct, but not dense,” Ragland replied. “The printout that you have reports our outcomes […]

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Rendezvous

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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Vacation

March 3rd 2017

“Any vacation that starts with ‘It’ll be fine and it’s what we can afford’ is already lame,” she said flatly to the others (standing on the curb, waiting for the Uber driver). The three of them sighed. “Don’t jinx it; there’s still hope,” Fred responded (unconvincingly). “Here he is.” In the distance, headlights came into […]

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