Summing Up



Last Thursday I was summoned to the hearing for my divorce.  I dropped everything at once and left for the court, as was expected of me.

I was dismayed to arrive at the same time as my husband, Jeremy, who had an annoying smirk on his face.

I could not decide if it was because he was doing it to annoy me or he knew the outcome and it was favourable to him.

So I put on my best smile and asked him how his investments were doing, which wiped the smirk off his face.

I faced Henry with an outward show of calm, but inwardly I was quaking.

Jeremy and I stood together, in front of Henry at the summing up.  Henry began by reciting why I wanted a divorce and why Jeremy wanted me to remain his wife.

He addressed my reasons first : namely, that Jeremy was not behaving as an Old Vampire should.

In support of my claim was the fact that Jeremy had disappeared to “find himself” without leaving his affairs in a good position for his wife and also that he had brought a Servant into our divorce claim.

In support of Jeremy’s claim was the fact that I would be flouting tradition and had not been a good wife since I lost “his” castle and had to w.o.r.k.  His claim was damning and unfortunately true.

Then Henry said that he had investigated both claims and both were true.  Jeremy started to argue that mine was false, but Henry shut him up by asking him if he would gainsay the word of a Judge.

Then he surprised me by saying that Tradition was not a good reason to carry on doing something.  It turns out he had known several spouses who had “gone astray” when a spouse disappeared and thus he was awarding me a divorce.


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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