31
Aug
16

Telephone


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

Telephone

This new technology of the telephone is changing everything.

I used to answer queries with a letter. If the query was urgent, there would be a servant standing and waiting for a reply, but that was a rare occurrence.

Then the Hunters started decimating Old Vampires and speed of information was at a premium, so Old Vampires started to use and got used to having the telephone at their disposal.

Now I have people telephoning me at the drop of a hat, expecting me to drop everything and answer their query this very minute.

Whereas beforehand some information could be deemed not very important and left to digest for a couple of weeks, nowadays I may get someone telephoning with a query about it and have to read it as soon as it comes in.

It makes my job on The Committee more pressured and I complained to The Ruler’s Men about this, citing the fact that The Ruler’s Men will also have to respond to information more quickly.

If not they will have Old Vampires telephoning them up until they have responded.

I fear it is a habit that they now will not break and so my life has become more difficult.

Old Vampire Servants used to fly over with messages about meetings; the higher your Status was the more important the servant would be who was sent.

Now I worry that they will lose their flying skills as they are doing hardly any flying because they now pick up the telephone and arrange these meetings instead.

I send my servant Jane out to fly regularly and fly myself.  As I realised when I had a fence, these skills must be kept up or they are not there when needed and much time will be spent obtaining them.

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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