27
Jan
14

Predecessor


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

Our servants’ strike is still going on, but I will not write about it because it is more of the same and will bore my readers.

Instead, I shall write about my predecessor in my w.o.r.k. at the prison.

A human would arrive in a job knowing nothing of their predecessor and why they had moved on.  I am told this is normal, but Old Vampires will find out as much as they can about any situation before she or he arrives in the middle of it.

That way we are not going in blind, like humans do.  We spend time and money on research and it always pays off.  I would have been tricked several times over by humans if I had not researched the situation thoroughly.

My predecessor performed his job admirably.  I would expect no less of an Old Vampire, but humans are a different species and have variable standards of performance.

He had been forced into it via an Obligation, which he paid off and left the job.  I understand that The Ruler would have liked him to stay, but unlike humans we all have to abide by the rules.

After learning this I visited him and obtained much information about my w.o.r.k. and its environs, so when I came to the job everything was neat and in order, ready for me to take over; just how I like it.

In return I was able to provide him with a letter of introduction to one or two of my contacts abroad as he wished to travel to new countries as he had had his fill of Britain.

I hear he is in the Americas at the moment; he seems to be cutting a swathe through Old Vampire society there, but they do so love a British accent.

His Status will go up as a result of paying off the Obligation.  I wish I was free of mine.

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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