03
Feb
14

The Strike is Over


*** 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 has broken.  I do not know the details of this and since our Ruler is involved it will take centuries to find out, if I do so at all.

My servant Jane fully enjoyed waking me up one morning instead of the alarm clock; she then shooed me out of the door without an explanation!

I was forced to wait till I returned home, especially as I could not query her about Old Vampire business over the telephone.  I then put everything else aside and bade her tell me all.

It seems the Ruler has brokered an agreement with The Hunters that they will not harm our servants.

Jane does not know the how or the why of it, just that The Ruler appeared to them and gave his word in person that this had happened.

This is unprecedented, so I asked others for further information.  It came back quickly that a number of New Vampires who may or may not have been Hunters have been killed suddenly.

The New Vampire representative will be apoplectic when I mention this at the next Committee meeting.

On one hand, I am glad that valuable servants are now protected from the depredations of the Hunters.

On the other, there will be consequences from this.  I fear that servants will strike again, now that the first one has been successful.  I do not know what they could strike for, but the possibility of such a thing happening worries me.

The Ruler’s Men have sent word to me confirming what Jane told me concerning The Ruler speaking to them and informing me this was achieved by diplomacy.

We are vampires and diplomacy is always enhanced by a neck at the end of our fangs.

However, I will drink a toast to The Ruler and his Men for ending the first strike in Old Vampire history, but fear it may not be the last.

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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