27
Sep
16

Downsides


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

There is a downside to all things as well as an upside. So it is with Michelle doing my old job at the prison, as I recently found out that I have to supervise her.

This means that I am liable for what she does or does not do. Fortunately I was able to argue the case that I am only liable for what she does or does not do inside of prison walls, as I cannot supervise her life or that would require me forever watching her. After a long time of discussion and debate, The King’s Men agreed with my point.

This means that once a month I have to enter the prison and go over her work with her. I think I will have to have a little talk with her before she starts about what is and what is not expected of her.

Adele has learnt that I no longer work at the prison at a date when I thought everyone knew. She entered my office as I was starting work one night and started screaming at me.

She thought I was now virtually useless as an Obligatee to her. I pointed out that I was still entering the prison once a month and was sure I could meet any demands she set.

Thankfully she calmed down at this. While I do not like being her Obligatee I do not want her to sell my Obligation to someone who is an enemy of myself and our allies, which could prove disastrous for myself.

I did let the screaming fit go on for some time as it was fun to watch, but one of the downsides is that anything I do for Adele will be more difficult. However, I am confident I will find a way.

Another downside to my job is that I have no excuse for taking a while to answer a letter from an Old Vampire. Yet another is that while missives such as “why are you consorting with werewolves” used to get lost in the post, I have been informed that this rarely happens in the modern day Post Office.

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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