01
Jul
13

Funeral


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

I have not written for a while because I have been at a funeral for an ally of mine.

He had “walked into the sun” and left a note saying he was bored with life, he had done everything anyone could do.

The funeral was well-attended.  While we do not mourn because we do not have any feelings, the social niceties must be observed.

Funerals are always good places to do business and to see and be seen.  We must pretend to be human, so an Old Vampire funeral follows the same conventions as a human funeral.

The wake, however, is always different.  It is a celebration of life with blood running freely, most of it into the participants’ veins.

Unlike a human wake, anyone and everyone can come to it.  No invitations are needed, people just turn up.  Or not, as the case may be.

This funeral has me wondering at my own mortality.  Could I ever get to such a state?

I have been pondering this for the last few weeks, ignoring all that is not w.o.r.k. or duty to think about this question.

He had only been alive for two hundred years before ennui drove him to this and I am much older than that.

I have come to the realisation that I have too many new things to explore at the moment, too much to live for to walk into the sun, too much about these humans to learn.

Vampires, Old or New, are technically immortal.  In reality everything ends, whether we choose to walk into the sun, are killed by mobs or suffer an accident.

We just have the possibility of immortality.  There are a few Old Vampires who measure their age in centuries, but as far as we know there have always been vampires.

While blood flows as freely as wine, I will always want to taste the pleasures of these humans.

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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