Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

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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Need

August 20th 2016

She sat up in bed, her hair a mad panic, unsteady and sighing. “You need more sleep,” he said softly. “My brain won’t shut up,” she replied, her eyes staring at the curtain as if she could see through the window beyond. “I don’t even know what I need.” “A team of deadly ninja assassins?” […]

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Measures

June 25th 2016

“You either don’t ever get involved or you use this,” L said, holding up the thingie. “Dude,” R responded, “you know that’s unauthorized use of Men In Black equipment for personal reasons.” “I know,” L said. “And you can’t just blot yourself from someone’s mind because the romance didn’t work out. That makes you – […]

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Both

February 12th 2016

“I don’t know,” Ryan said. “I don’t know if starting something would be the best idea I ever had or a complete catastrophe.” “It’ll be both,” Matt replied, a smile playing at the corner of his mouth. “Love is always both.” “Part sweeping saga,” Ryan started with a sigh. “… and part zombie apocalypse,” Matt […]

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Issues

February 10th 2016

“This is an amazing collection,” he said, going from frame to frame down the hallway. “Are these wine labels?” “Cargo labels,” came the reply, “from every country my coffin’s ever been shipped to.” A silence fell between them. “And so then what happened?” the therapist probed gently. “What always happens: my teeth drop down, there’s […]

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Beautiful

January 20th 2016

“Well, I’m not beautiful – and I think one benefit of not being beautiful is a certain freedom to travel the world,” Casey said. “I look like everyone; I fit in everywhere; no one is marveling at me; no one is trying to take my picture.” She sipped her coffee and smiled. “I’m free to […]

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