If one day I return to Seattle I will not fail to sit down at a table at this teriyaki restaurant located at the crossroads of Ave and 45e in the university district where Bill Gates once put his butt down. It is not for him of course, but to meet Abimagique who has taken the habit of coming to lunch under the Polaroid who immortalized the coming of the Richest Nerd In The World. Abimagic, this is the first name she chose. Of course, no parent would have the idea of naming their child like this. She is a Halloween-style girl with jet black dye and asymmetrical orange-colored locks who devours the biographies of famous poisoners. But under his appearance of typical goth we notice that his face is imbued with a sweetness and a sensuality which does not suit this modern world. She’s not one to be flirted with. No question of giving her “I can sit with you”. When she speaks it is always with passionate conviction. She lives alone in a house in the Fremont district and works as a massage therapist for the physically handicapped.
The world is at a loss and she knows it. So it makes time, not this still time of confinement but a time of repair, exploration, work to destroy this shit. She screams her hate at the millions of fools who start preaching that you have to have faith. “Trust God they say. How important is it to encourage rape, usury, cancer, genocide? you have to trust him. “
I got attached to her, to this telluric witch, to this sexual demon, to this spirit named Lilith, to this incarnation of Gaia, animated by good intentions and endowed with extraordinary powers as she suggests to this young white-billed, her lover, who lets himself be led without understanding anything while the intrigue is woven around him. What she knows she distills it only sparingly and if he is annoyed by some of his sayings like “I knew it would happen”, she just retorts him that there may be things that he is not aware.
“Human beings are not good at understanding what’s going on around them, says Lucius Shepard, the author of this divine novella, and yet their fictional characters excel there, which strikes me as highly unrealistic. ”
For my part, I consider that it is from them that I hold what I know, that is why Abi, Abimagique is my companion of this time … a magnificent portrait of a woman as imperial as mysterious …
Lucius Shepard Abimagic Translated from English (United States) by Jean-Daniel Brèque. Le Bélial “Une Heure-Lumière”, 104 pp., € 8.90 (ebook: € 4.99).