L’Ecosse inspire. (#ScotSpirit)
On l’aime pour ses paysages, ses châteaux, sa lumière,
sa pluie, son histoire, l’architecture de ses villes, sa comfort food, son whisky, mais surtout pour ses histoires.
Ils en raffolent et, avouez, vous aussi. Impossible de se promener en ville à Edimbourg ou ailleurs sans qu’on vous raconte l’histoire de cette sculpture, de ce bâtiment. Mais souvent, il y a des couches d’histoires imprégnées jusque dans ses paysages les plus mythiques.
GlenCoe et son massacre, les Fairy Pool sur l’île de Skye, repère de fées, la grotte de Rob Roy, Nessie…
Donc aujourd’hui, on a choisi de vous partager une histoire, une nouvelle plus précisément qui se passe sur l’île de Skye, pour peut être accompagner votre prochain voyage avec encore un peu plus de fantastique en tête.
L’auteur c’est Neil Gaiman, qu’on ne présente plus. Enfin si allez pour cette fois je vous le présente :
Neil, je te présente quelqu’un qui lit l’article, quelqu’un qui lit l’article, je te présente Neil. On prend un thé ?
The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
You ask me if I can forgive myself? I can forgive myself for many things. For where I left him. For what I did. But I will not forgive myself for the year that I hated my daughter, when I believed her to have run away, perhaps to the city. During that year I forbade her name to be mentioned, and if her name entered my prayers when I prayed, it was to ask that she would one day learn the meaning of what she had done, of the dishonour that she had brought to my family, of the red that ringed her mother’s eyes.
I hate myself for that, and nothing will ease that, not even what happened that night, on the side of the mountain.I had searched for nearly ten years, although the trail was cold. I would say that I found him by accident, but I do not believe in accidents. If you walk the path, eventually you must arrive at the cave.But that was later. First, there was the valley on the mainland, the whitewashed house in the gentle meadow with the burn splashing through it, a house that sat like a square of white sky against the green of the grass and the heather just beginning to purple.And there was a boy outside the house, picking wool from off a thornbush. He did not see me approaching, and he did not look up until I said, “I used to do that. Gather the wool from the thorn-bushes and twigs. My mother would wash it, then she would make me things with it. A ball, and a doll.”He turned. He looked shocked, as if I had appeared out of nowhere. And I had not. I had walked many a mile, and had many more miles to go. I said, “I walk quietly. Is this the house of Calum MacInnes?”The boy nodded, drew himself up to his full height, which was perhaps two fingers bigger than mine, and he said, “I am Calum MacInnes.”“Is there another of that name? For the Calum MacInnes that I seek is a grown man.”The boy said nothing, just unknotted a thick clump of sheep’s wool from the clutching fingers of the thorn-bush. I said, “Your father, perhaps? Would he be Calum MacInnes as well?”The boy was peering at me. “What are you?” he asked.“I am a small man,” I told him. “But I am a man, nonetheless, and I am here to see Calum MacInnes.”“Why?” The boy hesitated. Then, “And why are you so small?”I said, “Because I have something to ask your father. Man’s business.” And I saw a smile start at the tips of his lips. “It’s not a bad thing to be small, young Calum. There was a night when the Campbells came knocking on my door, a whole troop of them, twelve men with knives and sticks, and they demanded of my wife, Morag, that she produce me, as they were there to kill me, in revenge for some imagined slight. And she said, ‘Young Johnnie, run down to the far meadow, and tell your father to come back to the house, that I sent for him.’ And the Campbells watched as the boy ran out the door. They knew that I was a most dangerous person. But nobody had told them that I was a wee man, or if that had been told them, it had not been believed.”“Did the boy call you?” said the lad.“It was no boy,” I told him, “but me myself, it was. And they’d had me, and still I walked out the door and through their fingers.”The boy laughed. Then he said, “Why were the Campbells after you?”“It was a disagreement about the ownership of cattle. They thought the cows were theirs. I maintained the Campbells’ ownership of them had ended the first night the cows had come with me over the hills.”“Wait here,” said young Calum MacInnes.
Neil Gaiman, The Truth Is a Cave in The Black Mountains
La nouvelle est publiée entre autres dans le recueil Trigger Warning.