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Being Seen


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

It’s unnatural for an Old Vampire to want to be seen by non-Old Vampires, as we do some of our best work in the dark.

If we meet a New Vampire we both have to move away from the area.  If for some reason we did not, even a Hunter would agree that it was legal for one of us to kill the other.

Humans are not able to see us unless either we want them to or we are careless.  Werewolves can see us, but we believe they pass information back about our movements and what we are doing, so we avoid them whenever possible, except when they do something embarrassing.

Then information is gathered and shared with the rest of the Old Vampires.  Sometimes rather fast.

It’s always useful to have an embarrassing tidbit of information to throw the Werewolf Liaison off-balance with at Committee meetings.

Once or twice she has done the same to me.  I always make sure to find out where, who and how she got the information and deal with it, as I don’t like being embarrassed.

Thankfully, we don’t show up in photographs.  This is usually a great advantage, especially when keeping humans ignorant about vampires, but I have to avoid work dos in case someone has a camera.

If I’m snapped by a stranger and am just in the background, it’s not a problem as no-one will remember I was there.

Getting a photo for my work at the prison was a nightmare.  We had to find a human who looked like me and then manipulate them in to getting their picture taken.

The manipulation was the easy bit.  Finding someone who looked enough like me to fool the person who signed the photo to say it was a correct representation of me took six whole months.

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

The Hunters see Vampire Hunters

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

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 Hunters New vampires who hunt down those vampires who have committed crimes

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

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