01
Oct
12

Jane’s Holiday


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

My servant Jane has thankfully come back from holiday.  It is only now I realise how used I have become to having a servant.

I have had to get myself up for work in the mornings.  This made me late several times and drew unwanted attention.  I have obviously got unused to setting an alarm.

Jane also organises my diaries.  Thankfully I am used to organising my own time at work and didn’t miss any valuable appointments, but it was a near thing.

I also had to source my own bloods, keep my house clean and answer my own telephone.

That was the worst, as I had to deal with snide remarks from enemies and pity from allies that I have only one servant.

The snide comments I put down easily; it was the pity that was hardest to deal with.  I had to watch that my canines did not draw blood from clenching my teeth.

Jane is at this very moment complaining that the house is a mess, my diaries are unorganised and she will have to order in more blood.

She seems to have enjoyed her holiday.  She went to the Highlands of Scotland which are always good to hunt in.

I remember staying in a castle there for a weekend hunting party.  Such invitations come infrequently these days.

Apparently Jane camped out in a bothy, which is a shepherd’s hut.  I thought it sounded too basic and rudimentary for her.  After all, our servants have to have Standards, but she said there were many bothys which were fully equipped; the only things they lacked were electricity and water.

I took note of this; you never know when you may need a hide-out.  Apparently many backpackers use them at the moment, so pickings are rich.

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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