Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Bus

November 16th 2017

Gary was three blocks away from the stop when the bus pulled up and the doors opened. He broke into a panicked run, waving his arms and screaming, calling out for the others to tell the driver to wait. Gasping, he closed the distance and rushed the door, his left hand reaching for the stair […]

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Homework

November 6th 2017

“I have so much homework that I will never get it all done,” Lila said, sitting down at the table with a groan. “I’m going to fail the English Lit test.” “Preach,” Abby replied. “I spent my whole weekend doing chores and never even got to the piles of homework. I hate my life!” Kevin […]

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Cards

October 21st 2017

“You’ve been at it a long time,” his mother said. “How many cards are you making?” “A lot,” he answered. “A whole lot. Enough for the whole year.” “Birthday cards? Valentines? Party invites? What?” his mother rummaged out at the edge of the cards where the ink was dry. On the covers, skeletons were standing […]

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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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Homework

September 26th 2017

“You did the homework ahead of time?” Debbie asked in disbelief. “For the year – yep,” Sean answered. “For the year,” Debbie said flatly. “Yep,” Sean answered. “Having a syllabus makes it a breeze; the teacher just pulls key concepts from the book, so if you read the book, you’re 75% done. I imagine that […]

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Solutions

September 22nd 2017

Yumi met her teacher and classmates out at the site to present her design: a round independent living habitat that sat securely on its own platform high above the ground. “The ladder retracts,” she explained, using the remote to drop it down. “Two at a time, please.” For the next hour, they toured the little […]

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Help

September 5th 2017

After the evening news, the texts began. Several arrived by port key, traveling light; others were flying in by more traditional means and would report for a shift when they arrived. Uniforms were distributed at Headquarters so that they would fit in with the rest of the Forest Service teams seamlessly. “Thank you so much […]

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Trouble

September 2nd 2017

“Timmy, I’m really concerned about this very sudden propensity to cause trouble,” Mr. Hilgarr said, looking across his desk with a serious expression. “You’ve been a straight A student and a model of behavior for the other kids, and now … Well, help me understand what’s going on.” Timmy took a deep breath. “You’re not […]

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Outsider

August 12th 2017

“It’s just … really hard to fit in,” he said, looking down at his lap. “Sometimes, being an outsider gives you a broader perspective on the world,” the guidance counselor said gently. “It’s not a bad thing.” “But I don’t … have any friends,” he said, pained. “You have yourself, and coming to terms with […]

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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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