Travis Louie
, The Villain, 2016, acrylic on board, 14 x 11" 

No one really knew what kind of bird he was. Most of the townies knew him as Ralph "the villain" because he made most people nervous. He preferred being called Frank.

He kept watch over his property perched on a weathervane high above his house. When strangers would ride into town, he would swoop down and snatch their wallets and pocketbooks. It wasn't to steal their belongings, so much as it was an attempt to look for information. He was very paranoid about strangers and trusted very few people. Most of the locals were afraid of him. He kept a pile of bones in his yard the same way a farmer would install a scarecrow to frighten certain vermin.

He had a wicked sense of humor and always used words like "murder," and, "slaughter," with weird pauses in his everyday speech patterns. He would say things like, "I can't wait to slaughter a game of checkers" or "I should invite you over to my place so I could murder a game of poker."

When there were  incidents of missing persons in the town, he was always a prime suspect. Oddly enough, when people got to know him, he was much friendlier than his appearance suggested. 


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