I Yearn for a Holiday


I yearn for a holiday.  I once travelled the globe unfettered by the shackles of work, my companions and I showing just enough flesh to make a tempting proposition to any predators who would find out what we were too late.

Even a jaunt to Brighton would do; gently frittering away the time drinking blood and talking money in the warm with other Old Vampires while the inclement weather stays outside.

Instead of which I am pushing paper in a room where even in March we have to open windows as it’s too hot.

In winter we used to wander all over Europe, staying at moonlit castles where the dogs howled.

It’s called “The Winter Tour” where we start in Barcelona with a Halloween party and work round to Venice, where we had a grand ball with fine bloods at the end of February.

Anywhere and anything could be taken in between Barcelona and Venice and anything could happen.

Old Vampires have been killed when their coaches went off the road and a branch staked them in the heart, or mobs have caught up with them on the road.  The ones that made it left a trail of sex, death and blood all over Europe.

The ball was to celebrate the people who made it to Venice.  It sounds reckless, but then all travel was considered perilous and we made a marvellous game of it.

We are the reason that many highway robbers and outlaws had short careers, as we strongly object to being prey.

The Winter Tour still carries on, with all its traditions and Old Vampires courting danger.

For me, there is only this humdrum life of work with bleached walls, mountains of paper, catty colleagues and impotent bosses.


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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