25
Mar
12

Daytime


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

The worst thing about this w.o.r.k business is having to be awake in the daytime.  As I am sure you know, the vast majority of vampires, whether they are Old or New, sleep during the day and are awake at night.

It is a severe problem for me to keep awake during the daytime, when my body is screaming at me that it is time to go to sleep.

Then it is difficult to fall asleep at night, when humans are supposed to sleep and vampires awake.

The result is that I am a wreck, snappish with my colleagues, managers and servant.  I make mistakes at work, but as long as I ensure a flow of blood for the prison vampires no-one cares.

Thankfully The Committee meets at night, as the repercussions of falling asleep would be that my enemies and the Status Keeper would be informed about it and deals would be done when I was asleep at the meeting.

I go to an unused classroom and sleep through my lunch hour, but if it all gets too much for me I make an excuse and find somewhere out of the way to sleep for half an hour.

If I really need sleep I will call in sick for a few days.  Vampires never get sick, so I can afford to take a few sick days and still have one of the best sick records in the department.

I’m the only vampire who looks forward to the summer, when I can at least get some sleep during the daytime, as day for us is when the sun is up and night when the sun is down.

I don’t know how humans manage to keep awake during the night when it’s not natural for them.  I asked, but the answers I received are unsatisfactory.

Vampire Servants usually wake up for one hour in the day to contract any business with humans.  The hour they wake is up to the butler, but since I have no butler my servant makes her own schedule.  I wish I still did.

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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