13
Jan
13

Leaving


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

In order to get out of my job I first have to pay off my Obligation to Adele, as no Old Vampire should be under an Obligation.

Then I have to amass enough money to buy a castle.  I will not get my old one back, as an Old Vampire moving voluntarily from a castle is as likely as a volcano erupting in Britain.

Unoccupied castles are rare in England.  In Scotland they’re ten a penny, but I am comfortable in England.

After paying off my Obligation I will then be able to give up my job.  If I am careful, lucky and stay away from cards it could take me a couple of centuries to be able to amass enough money.

Investments and portfolios take a while to build up, but are sure and solid things.  I have heard about the stock market from the Humans, but it seems too much of a gamble for me.

Humans have said to me that I should just walk out of my job.  We are not humans and cannot ignore our contracts and walk out as we choose.    We are bound to rules and regulations, most of which we have followed all our lives.

Old Vampires expect me to do my job as best as I can (considering I’m an Old Vampire that is to a very high standard indeed) and do it until the job ends or I have enough money to leave.

Old Vampires reading this will wonder what on earth I am doing talking to humans, but an Old Vampire has never had a job and I would never talk to the other undead about this.

Old Vampires other than myself would never talk to humans, but it is an uncomfortable, but necessary part of my job.

It is alright for humans.  They do not have Status to maintain or society to placate.  They can up and leave jobs whenever and wherever they choose.

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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