05
Apr
19

Announcement


I regret to say that I am stopping writing for the foreseeable future.

This is because I have chronic fatigue syndrome as well as fibromyalgia. The fibromyalgia is manageable, the chronic fatigue presents me with a lot of problems.

I cannot take my toddler to the playground because I am so easily tired and so he goes out to few playgroups because of this. There is also the problem of me succumbing to minor illnesses a lot. The wake-up call came recently when I had been ill for a whole month with one thing after another. The only time my son went out was to go to school and since his communication and relationships are an area he is behind in, he is suffering from my lack of socialising.

The chronic fatigue has come about because I am constantly doing things and doing things whether I want to or not and not making time for rest and relaxation. I have known that this was a problem for some time and had already slowed down considerably, stopped taking tasks on and was reducing the list of tasks which I had. Unfortunately, it was not enough for my body.

So now I have stripped down my spare time activities to what I have to do (housework, budget etc) and watching films, reading fiction and having long baths. I hope to build other activities back into it, but writing is off the agenda because I can’t write without a deadline and I need a deadline like a hole in the head.

So take care of yourselves and yours and I hope to see you back here soon.

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25
Feb
19

Columbine


*** DISCLAIMER – THIS BLOG IS FICTION AND THE AUTHOR IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF ANYONE WHO PERSISTS IN THINKING IT IS NOT FICTION ***

I am still continuing to see the New Vampire who calls herself Columbine.

I admit that I am curious about her.  While she has adapted well to prison life, I am curious as to what will happen to her on her release.

She has talked about moving to another country, but has no money and no contacts in other countries.

New Vampires unfortunately pride themselves on living in squats, but would not stoop so low as to make themselves homeless.

She has talked about going back to her old squat, but they have the permanency of moths in a flame.

She has talked about killing someone for money to set up elsewhere, but since her attempts at picking pockets have seen her in her present predicament, I do not think she would be any more successful with murder.

Finding paid employment is unthinkable for New Vampires, who scrounge what they can and pose when they can’t.  They do a lot of posing.

Columbine was striking several poses as she tried to get a reaction out of me while discussing what she was going to do when she was released, so I doubt she is serious about any of them.

For her, it is a way of passing the time, of which there is always too much in prison; especially when there is a shortage of officers and prisoners have much more cell time.

I have made a small wager, which is hardly a bet, with Darren who is the New Vampire Representative, that she will be back in prison before the century is out.

I have not been so foolish as to wager my money this time; the stake is the loser takes on three tasks that do not break the law in any way and do not conflict with anything else the loser has been asked to do.  It is just a small bet.

Glossary

Bonded Wedding Old Vampire marriage for political reasons

Common Status the point at where an Old Vampire becomes a real Vampire

Debutante Vampires before Dracula came out, vampires who had been newly turned vampire were taught the rules of society.  They then “came out” when they were deemed presentable to vampire society as debutantes.  They are the only Old Vampires who have a zero level of Status and are acceptable.

The Committee see The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity

The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity a committee that meets monthly and talks about affairs to do with werewolves, vampires and humans

Fence an Old Vampire fight in which they fight to the first blood using fencing

The Hunters they were previously New Vampires who hunted down Old Vampires; now they are composed of Old Vampires, New Vampires and Werewolves who hunt down anyone who breaks the law.  They are overseen by the Human Representative of The Committee

Negatives Old Vampires with zero or negative points of Status.

New Vampires vampires who do not want to be Old Vampires, often live as Goths and hold down jobs.  This started after Dracula came out.

Notice the Status Keeper serves a Notice on an Old Vampire whose Status has reduced to zero that they are in danger of becoming a Negative

Obligation when one vampire is under an obligation from another s/he has to do as they say

Old Vampires vampires who are polite society.  Either turned vampire before Dracula came out or were turned after by an Old Vampire and decided to join the Old Vampires.

Parent the vampire who brought you up (if you are an Old Vampire) in polite society

The Ruler’s Men people employed by The Ruler to do anything she or he asks

Shun a vampire who has committed a sex crime is shunned on their release

Sire the vampire who made you a vampire

Status a ranking system which denotes whether you are an acceptable member of Old Vampire society, which is if you have plus points of status.  See Negatives and Thousands

Status Keeper the Old Vampire in charge of the Status points

Thousands Old Vampires whose Status is over a hundred points

Vampire Servants servants who are vampires themselves.  Mostly Old Vampires, one of their functions is to repeat information and gossip to the Old Vampires they serve

Walk into the sun a euphemism for suicide

13
Feb
19

Michelle


*** DISCLAIMER – THIS BLOG IS FICTION AND THE AUTHOR IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF ANYONE WHO PERSISTS IN THINKING IT IS NOT FICTION ***

I have no cause for complaint about Michelle’s work at the prison.  Her timekeeping is good and while her human colleagues would make false complaint against her, they dare not do so.  I used to do Michelle’s job and remember what their games were like.

I visit the prison monthly to make sure all is going smoothly and to annoy my former colleagues, who do not have anyone to complain to about me.

I also keep an eye out for Michelle amongst Old Vampire society.  While she has not made any overtures to return to society, it is only a matter of time.  An ex-criminal such as her will need leverage to find her way back into Old Vampire society.

I keep a close watch over my affairs as I am the most likely candidate.  Michelle knows me and because I do not own a castle, I am considered by many not to be a proper Old Vampire.  Then there is my Obligation, which I would pay to keep secret.

So, I have found a likely candidate for Michelle to gain leverage over and I am working to ensure their paths cross and she gains the information she needs.

This is costly for me, but not as costly nor as damaging as if I would be the one who introduced Michelle back into Old Vampire society.

If you are associated with Michelle, who is a known human-killer, invitations to parties and events suddenly disappear as your reputation suffers.

She has been given a full pardon, but breaking our laws is unforgiveable.  The few who have done so have faded into obscurity and walked into the sun.

It would be worth going back to w.o.r.k. at the prison if I knew that was the fate that befell Michelle, but she is clever enough to make her way back.

Glossary

Bonded Wedding Old Vampire marriage for political reasons

Common Status the point at where an Old Vampire becomes a real Vampire

Debutante Vampires before Dracula came out, vampires who had been newly turned vampire were taught the rules of society.  They then “came out” when they were deemed presentable to vampire society as debutantes.  They are the only Old Vampires who have a zero level of Status and are acceptable.

The Committee see The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity

The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity a committee that meets monthly and talks about affairs to do with werewolves, vampires and humans

Fence an Old Vampire fight in which they fight to the first blood using fencing

The Hunters they were previously New Vampires who hunted down Old Vampires; now they are composed of Old Vampires, New Vampires and Werewolves who hunt down anyone who breaks the law.  They are overseen by the Human Representative of The Committee

Negatives Old Vampires with zero or negative points of Status.

New Vampires vampires who do not want to be Old Vampires, often live as Goths and hold down jobs.  This started after Dracula came out.

Notice the Status Keeper serves a Notice on an Old Vampire whose Status has reduced to zero that they are in danger of becoming a Negative

Obligation when one vampire is under an obligation from another s/he has to do as they say

Old Vampires vampires who are polite society.  Either turned vampire before Dracula came out or were turned after by an Old Vampire and decided to join the Old Vampires.

Parent the vampire who brought you up (if you are an Old Vampire) in polite society

The Ruler’s Men people employed by The Ruler to do anything she or he asks

Shun a vampire who has committed a sex crime is shunned on their release

Sire the vampire who made you a vampire

Status a ranking system which denotes whether you are an acceptable member of Old Vampire society, which is if you have plus points of status.  See Negatives and Thousands

Status Keeper the Old Vampire in charge of the Status points

Thousands Old Vampires whose Status is over a hundred points

Vampire Servants servants who are vampires themselves.  Mostly Old Vampires, one of their functions is to repeat information and gossip to the Old Vampires they serve

Walk into the sun a euphemism for suicide

06
Feb
19

Obligation


*** DISCLAIMER – THIS BLOG IS FICTION AND THE AUTHOR IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF ANYONE WHO PERSISTS IN THINKING IT IS NOT FICTION ***

I am still under my Obligation to Adele and so must supply information or anything else she requires.  She has been asking me to supply prison data that is not released to the general public.  Andy, who is the Human Police Representative on The Committee supplies this information.

Adele does not know this, but I could freely admit the information she wanted came from the police, as I doubt she cares from whence it comes, as long as she receives it.

Andy and I meet monthly to discuss why Adele needs this information and what she might do with it.  While we each have come up with several ideas there has been nothing that has held up under scrutiny.

It is obvious she is planning something, but I suspect her true purpose is obscured amidst the reams of facts she is ordering which she does not need.

After all, if I recognise what she is doing there is nothing to stop me selling the information on.  Money is the only way to get out of any Obligation.

Michelle, who does my old job at the prison, thankfully knows nothing of this.

She is not an enemy who would delight in using this information against me, but as a former criminal who is barely tolerated in our society, she would have much to gain by this knowledge and I would expect no less of her.

My Obligation often chafes; none more so when I am forced to turn down an invitation to jump at Adele’s whim.

Thankfully an Obligation cannot be abused, as abuse invites discovery and the Obligation would soon become useless when Obligators make conflicting demands.

Your problems really start when you are under Obligation to more than one person.

Glossary

Bonded Wedding Old Vampire marriage for political reasons

Common Status the point at where an Old Vampire becomes a real Vampire

Debutante Vampires before Dracula came out, vampires who had been newly turned vampire were taught the rules of society.  They then “came out” when they were deemed presentable to vampire society as debutantes.  They are the only Old Vampires who have a zero level of Status and are acceptable.

The Committee see The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity

The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity a committee that meets monthly and talks about affairs to do with werewolves, vampires and humans

Fence an Old Vampire fight in which they fight to the first blood using fencing

The Hunters they were previously New Vampires who hunted down Old Vampires; now they are composed of Old Vampires, New Vampires and Werewolves who hunt down anyone who breaks the law.  They are overseen by the Human Representative of The Committee

Negatives Old Vampires with zero or negative points of Status.

New Vampires vampires who do not want to be Old Vampires, often live as Goths and hold down jobs.  This started after Dracula came out.

Notice the Status Keeper serves a Notice on an Old Vampire whose Status has reduced to zero that they are in danger of becoming a Negative

Obligation when one vampire is under an obligation from another s/he has to do as they say

Old Vampires vampires who are polite society.  Either turned vampire before Dracula came out or were turned after by an Old Vampire and decided to join the Old Vampires.

Parent the vampire who brought you up (if you are an Old Vampire) in polite society

The Ruler’s Men people employed by The Ruler to do anything she or he asks

Shun a vampire who has committed a sex crime is shunned on their release

Sire the vampire who made you a vampire

Status a ranking system which denotes whether you are an acceptable member of Old Vampire society, which is if you have plus points of status.  See Negatives and Thousands

Status Keeper the Old Vampire in charge of the Status points

Thousands Old Vampires whose Status is over a hundred points

Vampire Servants servants who are vampires themselves.  Mostly Old Vampires, one of their functions is to repeat information and gossip to the Old Vampires they serve

Walk into the sun a euphemism for suicide

28
Jan
19

Cards


*** DISCLAIMER – THIS BLOG IS FICTION AND THE AUTHOR IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF ANYONE WHO PERSISTS IN THINKING IT IS NOT FICTION ***

Today I was quizzed at great length by my servant Jane about a pack of cards she found down the back of the dresser.

I could not say who had left the pack of cards or when it had happened, which made Jane suspicious.

Her questioning went on for such length that I asked her why it was of such importance to her.  Jane blushed at my question and admitted that it was common knowledge among the Old Vampire Servants that I had lost my castle because of gambling, but my resulting Obligation to Adele was only known to a few.

I am not surprised; all servants know their employers’ business, but I am glad that my Obligation is known only to a few.

I reassured Jane that I had not picked up a deck of cards for a few years and although I had been tempted to gamble on the Fence to decide the Old Vampire Head of The Hunters, I had been told to remain impartial so could not.

Unfortunately, that did not stop Jane giving me a lecture about the evils of gambling, which was on the same lines as the evils of drink and reminded me of Victorian times.

At the end of it, I promised her I would not pick up a deck of cards.  It is a promise easy to keep; I have not done so for decades and was lured into the game that lead to being under an Obligation.

I confess my hands itch at the prospect of never picking up a deck of cards again, life is flatter and more boring without gambling, but since it has led to the loss of my castle and being under an Obligation I have been forced to conclude that gambling has its downsides.

I would take all the downsides in the world for the chance to hold a deck of cards in my hands again.  Alas, Jane has destroyed the deck that she found.

Glossary

Bonded Wedding Old Vampire marriage for political reasons

Common Status the point at where an Old Vampire becomes a real Vampire

Debutante Vampires before Dracula came out, vampires who had been newly turned vampire were taught the rules of society.  They then “came out” when they were deemed presentable to vampire society as debutantes.  They are the only Old Vampires who have a zero level of Status and are acceptable.

The Committee see The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity

The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity a committee that meets monthly and talks about affairs to do with werewolves, vampires and humans

Fence an Old Vampire fight in which they fight to the first blood using fencing

The Hunters they were previously New Vampires who hunted down Old Vampires; now they are composed of Old Vampires, New Vampires and Werewolves who hunt down anyone who breaks the law.  They are overseen by the Human Representative of The Committee

Negatives Old Vampires with zero or negative points of Status.

New Vampires vampires who do not want to be Old Vampires, often live as Goths and hold down jobs.  This started after Dracula came out.

Notice the Status Keeper serves a Notice on an Old Vampire whose Status has reduced to zero that they are in danger of becoming a Negative

Obligation when one vampire is under an obligation from another s/he has to do as they say

Old Vampires vampires who are polite society.  Either turned vampire before Dracula came out or were turned after by an Old Vampire and decided to join the Old Vampires.

Parent the vampire who brought you up (if you are an Old Vampire) in polite society

The Ruler’s Men people employed by The Ruler to do anything she or he asks

Shun a vampire who has committed a sex crime is shunned on their release

Sire the vampire who made you a vampire

Status a ranking system which denotes whether you are an acceptable member of Old Vampire society, which is if you have plus points of status.  See Negatives and Thousands

Status Keeper the Old Vampire in charge of the Status points

Thousands Old Vampires whose Status is over a hundred points

Vampire Servants servants who are vampires themselves.  Mostly Old Vampires, one of their functions is to repeat information and gossip to the Old Vampires they serve

Walk into the sun a euphemism for suicide

24
Jan
19

Work


*** DISCLAIMER – THIS BLOG IS FICTION AND THE AUTHOR IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF ANYONE WHO PERSISTS IN THINKING IT IS NOT FICTION ***

It is so nice to have a job in which I work until everything is finished and then go home.

Sometimes I work extra hours right into the day. Sometimes I only work for one or two hours and my work is done for the night.

This is what work used to be like before office work took control of working hours, although I do not know why when office workers have finished all the work they have to do, they cannot go home.

This gives us impetus to work hard. Some people did sloppy work in order that they could go home early, but that sort of thing is always caught and a quiet word is had with the perpetrator.

Of course, in an emergency I have to work all hours. Thankfully those are few and far between, but an emergency is an emergency.

Once, when The Hunters (in their previous incarnation) were hunting Old Vampires who had committed no crime, I was working four days and nights to house Servants and file reports on the situation to The Ruler’s Men.

I did not have my servant Jane then, which was both a blessing and a curse. A curse, as I had to keep my own house running on top of everything. A blessing, as I was very bad tempered by the end of it and Jane would have borne the brunt of it.

Instead I went out and found a werewolf who agreed to a fight, which is one of the few times I have done this.

I have been asked by Darren, the New Vampire Representative, what would happen if I was not at my desk and I was needed?

The answer is that I would either be at my club or at home and a message would reach me at either.

Sometimes I take work home, but must be selective about what I take. There are few secrets that a good servant will not know about.

Glossary

Bonded Wedding Old Vampire marriage for political reasons
Common Status the point at where an Old Vampire becomes a real Vampire
Debutante Vampires before Dracula came out, vampires who had been newly turned vampire were taught the rules of society. They then “came out” when they were deemed presentable to vampire society as debutantes. They are the only Old Vampires who have a zero level of Status and are acceptable.
The Committee see The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity
The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity a committee that meets monthly and talks about affairs to do with werewolves, vampires and humans
Fence an Old Vampire fight in which they fight to the first blood using fencing
The Hunters they were previously New Vampires who hunted down Old Vampires; now they are composed of Old Vampires, New Vampires and Werewolves who hunt down anyone who breaks the law. They are overseen by the Human Representative of The Committee
Negatives Old Vampires with zero or negative points of Status.
New Vampires vampires who do not want to be Old Vampires, often live as Goths and hold down jobs. This started after Dracula came out.
Notice the Status Keeper serves a Notice on an Old Vampire whose Status has reduced to zero that they are in danger of becoming a Negative
Obligation when one vampire is under an obligation from another s/he has to do as they say
Old Vampires vampires who are polite society. Either turned vampire before Dracula came out or were turned after by an Old Vampire and decided to join the Old Vampires.
Parent the vampire who brought you up (if you are an Old Vampire) in polite society
The Ruler’s Men people employed by The Ruler to do anything she or he asks
Shun a vampire who has committed a sex crime is shunned on their release
Sire the vampire who made you a vampire
Status a ranking system which denotes whether you are an acceptable member of Old Vampire society, which is if you have plus points of status. See Negatives and Thousands
Status Keeper the Old Vampire in charge of the Status points
Thousands Old Vampires whose Status is over a hundred points
Vampire Servants servants who are vampires themselves. Mostly Old Vampires, one of their functions is to repeat information and gossip to the Old Vampires they serve
Walk into the sun a euphemism for suicide

08
Jan
19

Travel


We Old Vampires have our own cars often staffed with a chauffeur or travel long distance in the comfort of trains or aeroplanes.

I much prefer to travel by aeroplane. I have not yet been able to afford to travel in first class, where I hear there are all sorts of luxuries available to a passenger, but it is still flying in comfort.

Old Vampires still fly these days, although it is only either to keep up the necessary skills or in direst emergency.

Old Vampire Servants tend to use the telephone these days instead of flying, but still have annual flight competitions.

Every castle sends their best servant at flying to represent them. The servants perform acrobatics and race other servants to win prizes. At the end of the day, one servant is judged the Best Flier.

It has always been a mark of pride to have a servant who is good at flying. I still have hopes to interest Jane in this competition, but she continues to decline to participate.

We travel first class where we can; in trains these days it gives us the comfort of being separate from the hoi polloi.

Servants do not travel by bus because their employers will not pay for the use when they have perfectly good wings they can use. Moreover, the buses often take a circuitous route whereas a servant can fly direct.

I have seen several New Vampires boarding these buses and I am told that it is a mark of status among them to pay to use transport.

I have insisted that The Hunters use cars when on official business. The New Vampire Head of The Hunters complained at this, but when on official business you cannot be awaiting a bus’s arrival that might never come. He was overruled by everyone else.

Glossary

Bonded Wedding Old Vampire marriage for political reasons
Common Status the point at where an Old Vampire becomes a real Vampire
Debutante Vampires before Dracula came out, vampires who had been newly turned vampire were taught the rules of society. They then “came out” when they were deemed presentable to vampire society as debutantes. They are the only Old Vampires who have a zero level of Status and are acceptable.
The Committee see The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity
The Committee to Regulate Non-Human Activity a committee that meets monthly and talks about affairs to do with werewolves, vampires and humans
Fence an Old Vampire fight in which they fight to the first blood using fencing
The Hunters they were previously New Vampires who hunted down Old Vampires; now they are composed of Old Vampires, New Vampires and Werewolves who hunt down anyone who breaks the law. They are overseen by the Human Representative of The Committee
Negatives Old Vampires with zero or negative points of Status.
New Vampires vampires who do not want to be Old Vampires, often live as Goths and hold down jobs. This started after Dracula came out.
Notice the Status Keeper serves a Notice on an Old Vampire whose Status has reduced to zero that they are in danger of becoming a Negative
Obligation when one vampire is under an obligation from another s/he has to do as they say
Old Vampires vampires who are polite society. Either turned vampire before Dracula came out or were turned after by an Old Vampire and decided to join the Old Vampires.
Parent the vampire who brought you up (if you are an Old Vampire) in polite society
The Ruler’s Men people employed by The Ruler to do anything she or he asks
Shun a vampire who has committed a sex crime is shunned on their release
Sire the vampire who made you a vampire
Status a ranking system which denotes whether you are an acceptable member of Old Vampire society, which is if you have plus points of status. See Negatives and Thousands
Status Keeper the Old Vampire in charge of the Status points
Thousands Old Vampires whose Status is over a hundred points
Vampire Servants servants who are vampires themselves. Mostly Old Vampires, one of their functions is to repeat information and gossip to the Old Vampires they serve
Walk into the sun a euphemism for suicide




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