Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Stealth

January 5th 2017

“Stealth tea!” Madame exclaimed, her smile warm and her eyes bright as she watched Herrick move about the service cart without saying a word. He grinned and nodded at her as he placed a tray of tea cakes upon the table, then prepared her cup. Two sugars. “A new year, dear Herrick,” Madame said softly. […]

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Circles

December 13th 2016

“Dante, man, he was a TRIP,” the demon said, breathing fire onto the top of its martini. “He goes on a bender, passes out, sees a couple of things, publishes a book, and we’re still digging out from that hot mess.” “Like how?” the other demon said, stirring its glass and wishing it’d gone with […]

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Lot

December 9th 2016

Jim sat in his car, not sure why he couldn’t turn it off and get out. Holiday music blared on the lot and lights twinkled, strung into a makeshift awning. “So many trees,” Jim whispered, hands still gripping the wheel tightly. “Doesn’t the forest miss all of its trees?” Someone banged on his car; Jim […]

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Wind

December 7th 2016

Billy trudged through the living room in his footie pajamas half awake. “Billy?” his mother asked gently, not wanting to startle him, but curious. Outside, the wind howled, flinging snow against the windows and sending it coiling out into the darkness. “The wind,” Billy whispered, moving to the door. “Billy, don’t!” she called out, rising […]

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Maintenance

November 26th 2016

“I’ll be out most of the day; I’m going to the temple to visit with Karma.” Ravi slipped the messenger bag over his head and grabbed his keys. “Wait,” Avni said. “Karma requested a meeting?” “No, I did,” he replied. “I just want to make sure she’s not feeling overwhelmed right now. Kind of a […]

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Claim

November 22nd 2016

When the Oracle stirred, it moved through Bud Hamm down at the Swedish Center (at the Sons of Scandinavia Tuesday Coffee). “When your longing refines itself, and you have a word for the dream at last,” it said, “set your course of action.” They stared at him (Knut, Mike, Earl and the others). “It is […]

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Attention

October 28th 2016

At the party, Greg was the center of attention – sophisticated and handsome, mysterious and romantic. “Wow, man, that tux is boss,” Mel said, passing him on her way to the snack buffet. He smiled and nodded, his Phantom’s mask shifting only slightly. Two of the dates that had arrived with other guys slipped him […]

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Forever

October 4th 2016

“The Pectorr are peaceful,” Appleton said into her audio. “They appear to be archivists – keepers. Every building looks like an Earth library.” The guide gestured and unlocked a room at the end of the central hallway. “Our guide is leading us to the core of the building; Clark and Hammon are both here; Clark […]

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PART TWO: The Wrong Gods

September 25th 2016

“Did you go through the door?” the therapist asked, bringing Evie around. “What? I … oh, I’m sorry; my mind just wandered off,” she replied. “How embarrassing.” “There’s no need to be embarrassed, just continue if you can.” “Okay,” Evie said, drawing a deep breath and pulling at the long, gray braid that fell across […]

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Leaves

September 24th 2016

“Throughout my life, I’ve had a recurring dream that I meet an old woman walking on a road,” Evie said quietly, looking out of the window as she spoke. “She frightens me, but I keep moving towards her.” The therapist said nothing. “In the early dreams, she reached out to me, but I rushed past […]

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