The worst thing about my w.o.r.k. is the constant change. We have had six teachers leave in three months and in the last seven years we have had five Education Managers at this prison.

Even by human standards this is a bit much. I am only just beginning to settle in to a new employer, working out their quirks and foibles and then they change again.

The teachers do not matter as they are merely human and do not affect my work as long as they give me the paperwork I need from them. If they do not, I can always find ways to persuade them.

The worst thing is chirpy humans saying “change is good”. No, change is not good, it leads to a department where people are bumbling along from one day to another, trying to do their best and failing because they are handicapped by the circumstances.

My servant Jane was shocked when I told her about this. She has been a servant for well over a century and I am her second employer, which is quite common in Old Vampire circles.

I realise that there are things that should not be discussed with a servant, but who can I discuss working with when I am the only Old Vampire who works?

Many Old Vampires these days own companies, but they do not work and hire directors instead to do all the work.

If it were not for the fact that The Ruler asked me to take this position my social invitations would be quickly heading towards zero.

This was not done out of kindness, as no Old Vampire is ever kind. This is because I must be able to work for Old Vampires and if it is difficult to talk to them it will be impossible to work for them except if it is an emergency and they have no-one to turn to. If that is the case, the situation will be very bad indeed.


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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