Enlivening a Meeting


Committee meetings are so tedious. Once I managed to suggest to Nosferatu, who is the New Vampire Representative, to bring some blood to the meeting to liven things up.

He duly placed it in the middle of the table while taking credit for the whole idea, as I knew he would.

As soon as the blood was on the table, Saskia, who is the Werewolf Representative, was on the other side of the room with hackles raised.

Andy, the Human Police Representative, spent the next hour interrogating Nosferatu who had gone one step further than I thought he would and brought rats’ blood as a drink. Whether they actually do or do not drink it I do not know.

When Saskia realised it was rats’ blood she calmed down, was back over to the table and all but drinking the blood in her interest.

On the other hand, when Andy realised that it was rats’ blood it was obvious that he couldn’t wait to get away from it. After that he questioned Nosferatu quite intensively and continued until his feelings had been assuaged.

He knew that he didn’t have a leg to stand on since the blood was legal, but it was so nice seeing him interrogating Nosferatu for a good hour over it. I sat back and watched the show.

Then Saskia and Andy were upset because I showed no emotions over this event and they called me a cold-blooded vampire. You do not reach my age without being called a lot worse.

I explained that we could catch no diseases from rats, so while I find rats’ blood disgusting it is also quite safe.

That mollified Andy, but Saskia went on about it as if it had been human blood.

I thought they had been upset enough that night, so mollified her with the fact that it could have been donated quite harmlessly. In reality I do not know or care.


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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