Travis Louie, The Reluctant Beekeeper, 2012, acrylic on board, 10 x 8"
Vincent was a beekeeper. He was quite good at
wrangling bees for farmers. Strange thing was that he never really liked
his occupation. He only took over for his drunken brother because he
felt bad for the bees. He controlled the bees by blowing his brother's
magic pipe. At the sound of it, swarms of bees followed him back to
their hives, which he carried around in a covered wagon. He seemed to
amass more bees toward the end of each season like a pied piper.
One day, a very large bee appeared. It was the size of a hamster.
Vincent didn't notice it at first. It kept flying just out of his field
of vision. He did hear a loud buzzing noise, even when he wasn't
working. He heard it in his house, in his kitchen, and even when he lay
down to sleep at night. He thought it was residual sound leftover from
hours of bee wrangling. It was that same large bee. It seemed to follow
him everywhere. This went on for days.
When he finally discovered the large bee hovering just out of his
eyesight, he realized that the bee was attempting to torment him into
releasing the bees from the trance he put them in from sound of his
pipe. Vincent didn't know that he drew all the bees from the surrounding
towns and was affecting their agriculture. He relented and released the
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