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Jan
14

Strike Week Two


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

This is the second week of our servants’ strike and although things have settled down it is beginning to bite.

Many Old Vampires’ castles now look dirty and unkempt.  Everyone has a supply of blood now, but many are struggling to dress themselves and organise their affairs.  Meetings are being missed, set up incorrectly or not at all.

Some have tried to retire to their clubs, but they are run by servants and have thus closed.

I managed to gain entry to one as I correctly suspected that my servant Jane was staying there.

I spent a congenial hour talking to Jane and obtaining information from her about the way our servants are managing, which turns out to be very well indeed.

She and all the other servants are enjoying the comforts of the club, which we once did.

This really should not be done, as these places are only for Old Vampires and not servants.

However, it was useless to protest and at least she is being looked after well, which was my concern.

Vampire servants are valuable to us and we cannot afford to lose them.  I agree with the reason they are striking : they need to be protected from the attacks of The Hunters.

This situation does not look good for us Old Vampires.  I can manage without a servant, but I have a semi-detached house in Portsmouth to keep; not a castle as others do.

The worst situation would be that some of our butlers, who are bankrolling this, become employers or find they can live a life of leisure.  That would certainly never do.

Everyone wants to be a vampire these days but it is not attractive to be a servant and spend your time cleaning up after us.

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

Walk into the sun a euphemism for suicide

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