Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy
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July 22nd 2016 in Microfiction

“Awaken, Sleepers!” Life called as it moved down the streets in the form of a soft breeze. “Come out and claim a new day! Have no fear! The world is turning towards all those who step into its magic. I am waiting! You are everything you need!” “Cripes, does it do this every day?” asked […]

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July 21st 2016

“Maybe I’ll go back to school,” Fran said, watching the security video playback in the office. “This is a dead end if ever there was one.” She reflected, very briefly, on the morning’s annual review, noting that it was lackluster and the raise was meager (from you-can’t-survive-on-this to you-can’t-survive-on-this-plus-thirty-cents-an-hour). Fran sighed. She didn’t give a […]

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July 20th 2016

Steve watched from across the street as the man’s family (maybe 20 of them) hugged and kissed him at the station and then carefully helped him onto the bus. There were tears and cheers and enthusiastic waving until the engine revved to go. They respectfully backed away, turned, and did not look back. “Why did […]

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July 19th 2016

The service was incredibly dignified; the flowers were gorgeous, the remembrances heartfelt and beautifully recounted, the music sad and still uplifting. “This was perfect,” Pam said, drying her eyes. “If you have to go, this is the way to do it,” Marcus added, taking a deep breath. One of the ushers stopped them as they […]

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July 18th 2016

“Most likely to have a hidden web cam in the house,” Bill whispered as the blonde in sky-high heels bounced by, fashion sunglasses in place, with her phone growing out of her left ear. “One point,” Greg said in agreement. “Oh, here we go,” Sandy said quietly. “Most likely to be a hypochondriac who chews […]

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Letters from Management #25

July 17th 2016

Mr. S. Todd Canning Town London E16 SL5 Dear Sir, Thank you sincerely for your generous contribution to the Widows and Orphans Distress Fund. While the criticism of London was stark and unflinching in your letter, your passion for change is clearly reflected in your generosity. When all of our local entrepreneurs are as engaged […]

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July 16th 2016

The traps tripped all night; she heard the first, the second … by the third, Babs was sound asleep. “I never thought I’d get to the point where I could sleep through that,” she said to herself, moving slowly out to the kitchen and putting the kettle on. Babs flipped on the radio, listened to […]

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July 15th 2016

She was the very picture of concentration, her hands working at the canvas with precision and urgency. Herrick softly knocked. “I hesitate to disturb you, Madame, but I have your afternoon tea.” She raised her head, turned to look at him, and smiled in one fluid movement; so graceful was she. “Yes, please, come in,” […]

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July 14th 2016

“So, let me make sure I have this,” the Coordinator said. “You want to haunt a haunted attraction instead of your former home, school, place of work, or nearby abandoned hospital or asylum?” “That’s right,” Peter and Brenda replied in unison. “Where you’re likely to get absolutely no attention at all or be treated like […]

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