29
Oct
14

Jane on Holiday


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

Jane is visiting friends in the Highlands of Scotland. I have advised her that pickings will be few, but she said that she is out of practice in hunting and would not catch anything.

It has become a real nuisance when she takes leave. She is a very recent addition to my household and I have fallen back into the pattern of servants doing everything for me.

A servant will do all the chores that are unseemly for the lady of the house to do. We get to lie back and have fun. That is the difference between having money or not.

Yesterday I forgot to set my alarm clock and woke up to a telephone call from my employers asking where I was.

My clothes are not laid out for me and I have to do some of the cleaning again, which is annoying as it reminds me of my diminished position, but standards must be met.

If my circumstances allowed, I would have more than one servant. Unfortunately it is a very rare servant who will serve in an establishment other than a castle.

Jane spent all last week singing while doing her duties. We must allow a certain amount of leeway to servants when they are carrying out their duties, but I wish I could ban singing.

Jane has thirty days of leave a year. When she accompanies me on my holidays she is carrying out her normal duties as a servant and it does not count as leave, since she has to arrange travel, accommodation and all the other things that go with being on holiday.

She seems to have a particular fascination with Scotland; but has not volunteered any details. Of course I am dying to know, but it is not the done thing to ask.

I have suggested that she go elsewhere; there are many other places in Britain she could go to. Someone must be holding her fascination.

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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