04
Feb
12

Not Work


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

Nosferatu, the New Vampire representative on The Committee, is not being paid for his position and thus claims that it is not work.

Honestly.  Only a New Vampire would try and take the moral high ground for a dreary unpaid position.

The reality is that The Committee is the most unprestigious work there is.

It has never gained me any favours or invites to parties, but it’s me the Old Vampires come running to when The Hunters strike.

I know from the fight which Nosferatu and I broke up in the cemetery last year that The Committee are regarded as “state lackeys” and “bourgeois slaves” by New Vampires.

Old Vampires hold The Committee as a bore and a nuisance.  We have a King, a Queen and Status Keeper to hold together Old Vampire society.  We don’t need a Committee.

I’m only there to satisfy requirements and make it look like we’re good little Old Vampires toeing the line.

Old Vampires have never been good.  What the human police don’t know won’t harm them and we work hard to keep it that way.

New Vampires have no King, no Queen and no Status Keeper.  All they have is The Committee.

So it falls on Nosferatu’s neck to enforce New Vampires’ behaviour, which is why he often receives phone calls in Committee meetings.

This can drag the meeting out by a couple of hours, while everyone else is sighing, looking at watches, fidgeting and trying not to insult the other representatives.

In his first year, three times he left the room to attend to a New Vampire matter.  I quickly seized opportunity by the neck and made several deals to my advantage.  When he found out he was fuming so hard that I thought steam would come out of his neck.

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 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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