牡丹和杀人画

来源:鬼怪吧 作者:陈笑海 推理故事 2017-10-28
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布朗是加利福尼亚州某小镇上的一个普通工人,自小酷爱画画,尤其擅画牡丹。每逢休假日,他就在小镇的街上摆出画摊,为路人现场作画,并用这挣得的钱来贴补家用。

这天,布朗又趁休假时间上街画画,正好有几位来小镇旅游的客人路过这里,他们于是就请布朗替他们画一幅牡丹。布朗只寥寥数笔就将画一气呵成,还给此画题名“红牡丹”。客人们对布朗的画作十分满意,陆续围上来观看的路人也都啧啧称赞。

就在这时,画摊前来了一位蓄着络腮胡子的中年人,他掏出一扎钞票,往布朗跟前一扔,牛气十足地说:“给我来十幅,但必须一幅一景,十幅画不能重复。”

布朗见来了一宗大生意,心里很高兴,他笑着朝“络腮胡子”点点头,然后就开始执笔作画,不到一个时辰,便将十幅姿态迥异的《红牡丹》画好了。

众人见了不禁咂舌惊叹,络腮胡子更是连声称好,拿了画就走。

傍晚时分,布朗正要收摊回家,没想那个络腮胡子又来了,对布朗说:“小伙子,其实我已经观察你很久了,你真是出手不凡啊!”

布朗一听,心里非常疑惑,他问络腮胡子:“先生,您……”

络腮胡子立刻哈哈笑了起来,他从口袋里摸出一张名片,递给布朗,布朗一看,不觉吃了一惊:络腮胡子居然就是纽约画廊的大师弗雷德。

布朗受宠若惊地对弗雷德说:“不敢,不敢,先生,我早就听说大师您的名字了……”

弗雷德朝布朗微微一笑,说:“小伙子,你的画作已经达到一定境界,不比画廊里的那些画家差,尤其是《红牡丹》,远非他们能比啊!”

弗雷德邀布朗去小镇上最豪华的酒吧共进晚餐,两人一边谈画一边饮酒,颇有相见恨晚之意。

酒酣耳热之际,弗雷德捋捋他的络腮胡子,对布朗说:“最近,我们画廊正在筹备组织一个国际性的画赛,我想,你已经完全有资格来参赛了。”

布朗听到这个消息,真是欣喜不已,这是他多少年来梦寐以求的啊!

布朗正要开口致谢,弗雷德又接着刚才的话对布朗说:“这次大赛影响非同一般,我建议你竭尽全力再画一幅《红牡丹》来参赛。小伙子,好好准备吧,我看你完全有能力在这次大赛上出好成绩。”

布朗被弗雷德这番话说得热血沸腾,走出餐馆时,他和弗雷德说定了自己交画的具体时间和地点,然后就开始回家闭门作画。但不知何故,以前作画布朗总能一气呵成,可这次他是画了又撕、撕了又画,转眼三天过去,他却始终没有画出一幅能让自己满意的《红牡丹》来。

布朗心想:如果让自己这样的状态继续下去,到时候肯定拿不出满意的作品去参赛。于是他索性停下手中的画笔,去小镇上的花园里散步,让自己在花园里的牡丹从中静下心来……整整一个星期,布朗把心思全扑在了画上,累得胃都出血了,最后终于完成了画作,为此,他把自己这幅心血之作题名为“血牡丹”。

 

布朗把《血牡丹》送去给弗雷德,弗雷德看得眼睛都直了,半天才缓过神来,竖起大拇指夸个不迭:“杰作啊,杰作!”随后他拿起笔,迫不及待地在画尾写上“弗雷德荐”。

纽约画廊的国际画赛如期举行,而且正如弗雷德所言,经现场评审,《血牡丹》果然荣获此次大赛的特等奖。当地各家媒体竞相报道,《血牡丹》一时成了大街小巷人们热议的话题。然而,布朗看到相关报道后,脑子却“轰”地一下炸开了,差点气昏过去,因为《血牡丹》的作者竟然是弗雷德,而不是布朗。

布朗赶紧打电话找弗雷德,弗雷德给他解释说:“要知道,在国际性的画赛中,像你这样无名之辈的作品,要获奖是根本不可能的,连入围都困难。我是担心《血牡丹》无出头之日,所以才将你的名字换成了我。当然啦,奖金我一分钱不会拿,全都归你。”

弗雷德的解释显然十分牵强,但是事已至此,布朗又能怎么样呢?他想了想,对弗雷德说:“先生,既然如此,那就请您将这幅画还给我吧!”

弗雷德一口答应,并和布朗约定,三天后在哈雷酒吧会面。

三天后,布朗来到哈雷酒吧,谁知弗雷德竟只字不提那幅画,布朗压抑着满腔怒火问他:“先生,您……把我的画带来了吗?”

“你是说《血牡丹》?”弗雷德装聋作哑起来。

布朗赶紧点头,说:“对,那是我的沥血之作啊!”

谁知弗雷德竟慢悠悠地说:“不就是一幅画嘛,你再画一幅不就得了?”

“不,”布朗摇摇头,说,“那是一幅很特别的画,恐怕此生我再也没法画出第二幅了。”

“有什么特别?你是指它获奖了?哼,没有我的大名,它能得奖?”

“可是……先生,我只求您能把它还给我。”

 

“还给你可以,但你必须答应我一个条件……”弗雷德说到这里,朝布朗诡秘一笑。

布朗不免感到惊讶:“什么条件?”

“把右手剁掉!”弗雷德狠狠地瞪着布朗,从口袋里掏出一把刀,“哐当”一声扔在布朗跟前。

布朗心里猛一怔,他实在无法相信这话会出自一位大师之口。不过布朗的性格也犟,他立刻弯腰从地上拿起刀,咬着牙朝弗雷德吼道:“即便是剁掉两只手,我也要拿回我的《血牡丹》!”说完,刀落指断,他右手的四个指头齐刷刷被他自己斩落下来。

然而让布朗没料到的是,就在他随后去医院的路上,却莫名其妙地遭到一伙人的殴打,被打得头破血流不说,藏在怀里的那幅《血牡丹》也被他们抢走。

经过医生的精心治疗,布朗总算保住一命,但他已经意识到了《血牡丹》给他带来的杀身之祸,说不定更大的灾难还在后头,于是布朗决定离开小镇。

却说弗雷德,他原来是一名画家,青年时代其作品曾频频获奖,可是在获取了无数荣耀之后却不思进取,再也没有了新作问世。这回遇上了布朗,弗雷德就在布朗身上动起了歪脑筋,一幅《血牡丹》让他一下红遍全城。为了彻底斩断布朗的后起之路,他变本加厉地非要布朗断指不可……

数年之后,弗雷德凭借布朗的《血牡丹》跨入了富豪行列,不但先后开出十几家画廊,建起高档别墅,还养了一大堆女人,布朗的那幅《血牡丹》,就被他挂在新建的别墅里。

这一年的这一天,是弗雷德六十岁喜庆之日,在众宾客的祝寿声中,弗雷德喝酒正喝得兴起,没料保镖来向他报告,说别墅门前突然来了一个蓬头垢面的乞丐,给他钱他不要,撵他走撵了又来。那乞丐说,今天非要见别墅主人一面,如果见不到,打死也不走。

弗雷德一听,心想:既然今天是自己的大喜之日,就不能做败兴的事。于是,就亲自去门口见乞丐。

弗雷德问那乞丐:“你是谁?”

乞丐看着弗雷德,反问道:“难道你真忘了我是谁吗?”

弗雷德一愣,看着乞丐想了半天,也没有想起来他是谁,于是鼻子里哼了一声,说:“我从来就不认识你!”说完,转身就走。

“慢!”乞丐在后面喝住弗雷德,说,“你不认识我,可你不会不认识这个吧!”

弗雷德掉过头去一看,只见乞丐正用两只手举着一幅画,那幅画就是《血牡丹》。

弗雷德似乎忽然之间明白了什么,一头栽倒在地上,再也没有起来……

这个乞丐就是布朗!

当年为躲避弗雷德的追杀,布朗离开小镇后就长年隐居在一个偏僻的小山村里,一边用左手苦练作画,一边以此来维持自己的生计。经过数十年的刻苦练习,后来他终于重新画出了《血牡丹》。画作完成之后,布朗便开始四处寻找弗雷德,几经周折,终于打听到了住址……

这个故事距今已经过去了一百多年,可是据说,在纽约的一家画廊里,至今还珍藏着两幅一模一样的牡丹画,一幅叫《血牡丹》,另一幅人们称它为《杀人画》。

 

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