Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Seduction

July 20th 2017

“There is a kind of seduction in numbers – a wholeness that is everything it could possibly be … and yet … ,” Waters said quietly. “There remains an infinite landscape of exploration, a way of courting a different outcome, urging a deep union of disparate ideas.” The room was silent. “We move into position […]

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Known

July 11th 2017

“I’m … well, I’m here for the same reason everyone comes here, I suppose,” she said softly, eyes down. “To find someone.” “Someone special,” he added (just as softly). “Yes,” she confirmed. “Someone specific,” he emphasized the last word, coming at last to the heart of the matter. “Is this real? Is it even possible?” […]

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Courtship

June 27th 2017

“What’s your favorite music?” Anthony asked shyly, trying to make conversation. “”Muffled screams,” Wednesday replied, staring at him. Anthony fumbled with his phone for a moment, then set it carefully beside him; within seconds, a haunted house soundtrack began to play (with creaking doors, rattling windows, the moaning of ghosts, and bloodcurdling shrieks). “May I […]

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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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Send

May 15th 2017

She hit “Send” and sighed. This was hard (much harder than she thought) and it was getting old. “Maybe no more personals ads,” she said to herself. “I’m just not meeting the right kind of people.” She poured milk onto her cereal and sat down to eat it. “Same thing every time,” she whispered. “It […]

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Delicious

February 24th 2017

“He was smooth as glass – smooth as anything,” Nancy said dreamily. Robin sighed, thinking that Nancy (and every other female on the planet) had all of the luck. “And then he slipped a Rufi into my drink,” Nancy concluded. “WHAT?!? He did what?!?” Robin reacted, horrified. “I KNOW,” Nancy laughed. “My gawd! Did anything […]

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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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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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Bloodline

October 17th 2016

When the northernmost delegation was introduced, a hush fell over the crowd. “My God,” Robin whispered, “what are those?” Standing over 7 feet tall, the Arctic werewolves strode in, silver hair to their shoulders, fur cloaks held at the collar by a leather and bone clasp, orange eyes blazing. “It’s like something out of a […]

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Future

September 16th 2016

“I think we’re going places,” he said, looking deeply into her eyes. “I think we have a future.” She smiled at him and reached into her purse. “Let’s see if you’re right,” she said, pulling out her crystal ball (which glowed a soft blue green in the pale dashboard light). He froze and her smile […]

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