14
Aug
12

Couples


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

Normally an Old Vampire married couple guide one another through life; providing advice, support and allies.

The couple, whether man and wife, wife and wife or man and man are bonded together as long as they exist, so we make our marriages very carefully.

I am still considered married to my missing husband Jeremy.  If the Status Monitor were to move him off the Status list, without marking him as having moved country then he would be considered dead and I would then be unmarried.

However, I am in no hurry to have him moved off the Status list as I do not want to take another spouse.  I am still recovering from losing both my castle and husband.  Also, I am not a good catch.  I am the only vampire who does not have a castle and is not a Debutante Vampire, which of course is a scandal.

A marriage may only be for political reasons.  If that is so, an Old Vampire can have a husband or wife whose sexuality does not match theirs or they are not attracted to her or him.

If that is the case they are, for all intents and purposes, a married couple and it is no use to try and turn one against the other, or even to try and gain information about one from the other.

Not even if the two are drawing blood with “practicing fencing” and shouting matches are more common than peace and quiet, the married couple will stick together as it is in the interests of each one to do so.

In days gone by, it was difficult for same-sex marriages as the humans had to be deceived twice over; deceived that the couple were vampires and deceived that they were married.

These couples were much more likely to find the mob at their door than we heterosexuals, but life has always been more dangerous for people who are different.

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

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 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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