Yerba Buena, 2011: The Terrible Fate of Our Heroine

Nico successfully makes her train but 30 minutes in the land of Yerba Buena and she is being forced to eavesdrop on a pedantic man. He is hovering beside her in the subway talking down at a woman in the coldest blue suit she has ever seen, while Nico’s shoulders tense under the weight of her bags. He is explaining to the woman how it is that one should hunt the devil, and the woman is listening, and Nico wants to kill him, not because he’s wrong, but because he’s being such a fucking nerd about it.

Nico hates explaining things, because it’s so easy to make the most beautiful things sound dumb and terrible. There’s an art to making things sound interesting and Nico doesn’t feel like she’s the best person to do it, 

Nico has found that understating the importance of interesting things is the key to making them interesting and important. First, you have to get in the mood of a person that isn’t invested at all in the thing. Cool off and treat what’s precious to you for once as if it wasn’t precious. This will give you a new perspective on the thing, and maybe life if you’re not used to it. Nico had a particular sort of religious upbringing so the idea that she and everything she cares about doesn’t matter is not unfamiliar to her.

Nico’s summary for hunting the devil"

1. It’s more boring than you might think, but it’s not boring.

2. The devil is weak, and humans are strong.

3. The devil is tricky, but humans can be trickier.

4. It’s hard until you know the trick, and easy when you do.

5. Except sometimes it turns out you never knew the trick.

And that’s why people still die sometimes, is how she’d finish. “How awful.” Yeah it’s awful but don’t worry [laughs] people are a lot more dangerous. Everyone has a good laugh about that.

This dude, though, is starting at the beginning and dumping lore on so poor woman and Nico feel like she might need to stop him. Then Nico feels terrible. She should be bigger than that. Maybe Nico is wrong and she’s having a great time listening and Nico just knows too much and has heard the same shit too many times for it to not automatically make her angry. She thinks she needs to be more generous.

She’s wrong though, because the lady in the cold cold business suit has been at it longer than any of them and is trying to see how high he can hang himself if she gives him enough rope.


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.