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Nov
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Keeping Servants


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

It was only when I started working for humans that I realised how few of them are servants these days.

We have kept our servants because we have always treated them better than humans do.

It was always difficult to find servants who wanted to serve vampires, so we had to lure them in.

We do this by dangling better pay and conditions in front of them.  From the start, all our servants had at least two days a week free.

Some of those who became Vampire Servants had been dismissed and faced either begging or prostitution to make ends meet.

It was not uncommon for an employer to take a dislike to the servant and dismiss them on the spot, sometimes for rejecting their employer’s advances.

If they had been unfairly dismissed we would try to take them on.  We would then send one of our servants to dangle the lure of none of these things happening.

Of course, there are one or two occasions when it did.  On those occasions the butler, who found out what was happening, filed a complaint with the Status Keeper and left employment.

Within seconds all Old Vampires knew what had happened and the butler had been re-employed.

After a few weeks the complaint had been heard and the Old Vampires involved had been Shunned.  Her servants were found employment with other Old Vampires, but I do not care to find out what happened to her.

We lose a lot of Old Vampire Servants when they re-consider their decision to be vampires and walk into the sun.  Efforts are being made to stop this as we are losing valuable property.

Human servants are treated much better these days, but we always treat ours better.  There are less humans who want to be servants now.

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 or commits abuse 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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