Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


January 29th 2018

“It’s really nice to meet you,” Laurie said, sliding into her side of the booth. “You, too!” Michael replied, beaming. “I just joined the website on a fluke with zero expectations, so this is great.” Laurie smiled, opening her menu. “I’ve been on it for a couple of months, but you’re the first person I’ve […]

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December 22nd 2017

“Hi,” he said shyly, sitting down and smiling at her indirectly. “I offer you formal but vague greetings directly or indirectly linked to any number of holidays or potential celebrations, should you observe, honor, or dabble in anything like that – up to and including random acts of setting things on fire for light and […]

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August 16th 2017

“So?” Jeremy asked, turning as Scott came into the apartment. “As blind dates go, a solid balance between good and evil,” he responded. “On the side of good?” Jeremy pressed, already grinning. “Beautiful,” Scott said with a smile and a nod. “Nerdy and sweet like Hermione Granger.” “And on the side of evil?” Jeremy continued. […]

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August 3rd 2017

“I’d really like this to go forward; I think we have something special,” Sam said softly, taking her hand. “Me, too,” Dana answered shyly, looking around to make certain that no one in the coffee shop was listening. “So, I went and got tested,” Sam continued (even more softly). “Uh … okay,” Dana whispered, blushing. […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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