20
Aug
12

Missing Spouses


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

As I have said before, I am still considered to be married to my missing husband Jeremy.

When the mobs were possible spouses often disappeared for long periods of time.

Sometimes a vampire needs to investigate events abroad or find another Old Vampire.  Sometimes it’s nice to take a holiday from all the politics that surrounds meeting and greeting other Old Vampires.

The missing vampire may not have been able to get word to their spouse or the Status Monitor that she or he was still alive, or it may have been convenient for her or his enemies to consider her or him dead.

A couple of centuries ago the local people could be stirred up into a mob so that a vampire would be recorded as missing. The Ruler would then send her or him to gather information abroad.

Sometimes one of us has heard that her or his spouse is still alive and wants to investigate this.  It can take many years to check facts out and properly search a country.

One Old Vampire I know needed to find his spouse so he could finalise a deal.  They agreed to suspend matters till his return and then he “disappeared”.

It took him a whole century to find his spouse, but the deal was very important and was honoured when they returned.

Some Old Vampires have been known to come back from “being missing” much better off than before they went missing.

It can be an advantage to live in another country for a while where no-one knows who you are, especially if you have a lot of information on the Old Vampires of the country before you go there.

All you need is a letter of introduction to the local denizens then doors are opened to you and the invitations come flooding in.

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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