Portrait of Tapairu The Tahitian Sleeping Beauty

March 21, 2021 at 10:27 pm (Art, Arts, History, Romance, Short Story, Vampire novel) (, , , , , , , , )

Portrait of Tapairu the Tahitian Sleeping Beauty

“What an absolutely beautiful painting,” Sherrielock Holmes the (quite literally) immortal twin sister of London consulting detective Sherlock Holmes gazed at the newest acquisition now hanging in the Dashwood Forrest Art Gallery in London.

Mr. Truffles her orange tabby cat purred in agreement and looked up affectionately at the painting.

“It was painted in Tahiti back in 1894 by one Sean Seamus O’ Gill an Irish painter and artist who lived on the island of Tahiti around the same time as the French artist Paul Gauguin,” Dashwood Forrest the art gallery owner and curator explained, “sadly Mr. O’ Gill is not as well known as Gauguin.”

As the old grandfather clock chimed in the gallery and the statue of a gnome emerged out of a small drawer to turn over an hourglass whose sands had just run out, images from a past time seemed to filter into the present.

Sean Seamus O’ Gill looked at the vision in front of him.

“What a vision,” Sean Seamus O’ Gill remarked to the French missionary priest Father Jacques La Croix.

“It’s like that old Irish hymn whose lyrics begin “Be thou my vision”, eh, Sean?” Father La Croix smiled.

“I guess you could phrase it that way,” Sean nodded, “She does look divine.”

“That she does,” Father La Croix agreed.

“Are you sure she wouldn’t object to being painted while sleeping?” Sean asked.

“No,” Father La Croix shook his head, “She wants to be painted while sleeping. She wants this portrait to be called the Tahitian Sleeping Beauty. She wants to give it as a gift to the man she’s going to marry.”

“She’s engaged?” A look of disappointment crossed Sean’s face.

“Nothing official yet,” Father La Croix answered, “but she hopes to be.”

And so that was how Sean Seamus O’ Gill came to paint the portrait of Tapairu the Tahitian sleeping beauty.

Over the next few months, Sean would sketch drawings and eventually paint pictures afterwards of Tapairu dancing at night in the village center like a royal dancer.

He would sketch drawings and paint pictures afterwards of Tapairu singing to school children during the day.

One of the village matriarchs took notice of his work.

“I’ve been told that an artist likes to depict a subject he loves,” she smiled.

“Um… Tapairu just makes a good subject,” The artist seemed to blush, “That’s all.”

Sean did wonder though which of the many suitors that seemed to want to attract Tapairu’s attention, Tapairu had given her heart to.

On the night of Sean’s birthday, many of the villagers gave Sean gifts.

Tapairu gave Sean a carefully wrapped and rather large present.

Sean opened it.

This was what he saw.

Sean then remembered the words of Father La Croix that she wanted to give the portrait of the Tahitian Sleeping Beauty as a gift to the man she wanted to marry.

Tapairu smiled happily at him.

Sean smiled happily back.

-A short story and
vampire novel chapter
written by Christopher
Sunday March 21st 2021.

10 Comments

  1. monimonikablog said,

    how cute and fascinating is this! ♥

  2. Kritika said,

    Oh a lovely sleeping beauty story.

  3. shєrríє dє vαlєríα said,

    She looks very much like a mermaid thereof reminded me on the very evening I discussed the matter of sea biology with my 12 years old daughter. Then came my 7 years old boy who seems to be very interested in the subject of mermaids.

    He said, “There are two types of that kind of half breed fish. Mermaid is the kindest one where else the siren is the deadliest.”

    His sister asked, “Uh, how come?”

    “Saw that on Disney.”

    My daughter was surprised. “Mom, you do know that Disney has become EVIL these days … they even make horror movies! What happened to those beautiful fairy tales??? They turned it all into dark evil things and no wonder the kids nowadays are complete weirdos. Disney educating new kids to become evil generation. And they are the ONES who suppose to govern and taking care of this earth when I am gone???”

    I just shrugged. What to say. There are truth in it …

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      That’s interesting, Sherrie, that the portrait reminded you of a mermaid.

      Because the Pinterest post that I took this photo from had labeled the subject Mermaid. 😀

      I like your son’s description of the difference between a mermaid and a siren.

      I didn’t know Disney had once imparted such wisdom.

      I wholeheartedly agree with your 12-year-old daughter.

      It sounds like she’s inherited your wisdom and insight into the world, Sherrie.

  4. shєrríє dє vαlєríα said,

    I think my kids are all smart in their own ways. They have a bit of me in many different ways and they do remember a loads of stuffs that I told or taught them. There are a few I could not recall and I am surprised by the things that I have said to them. It makes me wonder sometimes why is that other me sounded so smart when in reality the real ‘me’ struggled much with this life … Kids are way smart than you think you know …

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      That’s very true, Sherrie. 🙂

      Unless of course, they’re kids who grow up to be politicians.

      In which case, they’re not so smart. 😂

      And they need their buns tomatoed by Sherrielock Holmes. 🤣

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