I never thought that anyone, let alone myself, could fall so fast or so far.

It was 1989 and I had a castle, a husband and money. As I have said before, my husband Jeremy invested badly, the stock market crashed and he disappeared.

His disappearance did not worry me unduly. I assumed he would reappear at some time in some place or other. He did not.

After ten years his debts were called in by other Old Vampires. Debts I had not known about and had to pay. I have kept the receipts for when he turns up.

During that time I had been playing cards and lost badly. I had to sell my castle and buy a house in Portsmouth.

This led to a loss in Status and more importantly, a loss in invitations to social events, which are work, information and, most importantly, fun to any Old Vampire.

The Ruler’s Men offered me work in The Committee and at the prison and made it clear that I was not in a position to turn down either.

After my new positions were known, my invitations decreased further. Thankfully I no longer have to work at the prison, as my Committee work now comes with pay.

Then I was lured into just one more card game and lost badly. It turned out that my ally Adele set the whole thing up and in return for paying my debts made me her Obligatee.

Now I consort with New Vampires and not only that, ones who are in prison, for scraps of information in the faint hope they prove useful in the future.

My stock has fallen low indeed and I remember fondly when I danced the night away with my husband, drank from the choicest of bloods and went on holiday all over Europe.


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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