Yerba Buena, 2011: The Rule of Obey

Nico flashes the Rule to the security guard before hopping over the turnstile. They never bother to check. Maybe that’s because the Rule is working. Maybe it’s because actually cares what Nico does or doesn’t do. 

But that’s kind of the point. This Rule is granted on loan to confer all the authority of true adulthood to people who need it but can’t sell it. You can get one for a lot of reasons, like if you’re working for the memorial inspection committee or if you are hunting the devil like Nico and have a note from your local licensed astrologer. Maybe this is because it would be a pain if people like Nico had to worry about other people in their work and maybe because they are the sort of people who aren’t good at these things naturally. There’s such a thing as being too honest. If Nico had more pride, she wouldn’t be here trying to hunt the devil. If she was more honest, she wouldn’t be here trying to hunt the devil. If she believed in her own adulthood, she wouldn’t be here trying to hunt the devil.

The Rule is useful if you have trouble with these sorts of things. It confers all the powers of being an adult, no matter how much you feel like you actually are one, and in that sense it is more powerful than anything else that exists.

The things:

1. You can’t bar the way to someone with the Rule if they have a reason to get past you.

2. If someone with the Rule asks a question you have to give an answer. 

3. You can’t ignore someone with the Rule.


Nico heard that they used to use baby teeth to make them. Now they use shattered learner’s permits. Nico uses her own, more shattered than is generally required.


Aevee Bee

Aevee Bee is a flannel vaporwave queer and the editor of ZEAL, an online micro zine with cool art and games coverage of overlooked games from exciting new writers and artists. She runs an extremely self-indulgent twitter account and tumblr, contributes regularly to Paste magazine, and freelances in the odd corners of the web. Mammon Machine is her horrifying aesthetic.