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24
May
17

Garden


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

It may come as a surprise to many readers that I have a garden, as it is the view of many that gardens are to be enjoyed by day and not by night.

This is only because humans are more active in the day. There are many plants which are pollinated by moths and it is these I populate my garden with. I can host quite a convivial gathering there.

Unfortunately my garden is not as big as I am used to it being and I can only host small gatherings.

However, since I carefully select the people who come to these small gatherings my parties are gaining a reputation for exclusivity amongst those who do not refuse out of disgust for an Old Vampire who does not have a castle or is getting a divorce.

Then there are those who attend for curiosity to see the gay divorcee who lives without a castle and dine out on the experience.

These come once and never attend again. However, I often manage to extract some relevant information out of them at the party.

The garden is the backdrop to a successful party. The scent of my jasmine and other flowers sets an exotic stage.

Despite the garden being small, I have made a main area for socialising with secluded nooks and crannies situated off the main area, where people can go to discuss subjects in private.

As the hostess I have to be in attendance much of the time, especially as Jane is my only servant.

This is always much commented on at my parties and I always say that she performs her duties admirably and then change the subject.

Unfortunately I still have to tend my garden by day or the neighbours will talk. This entails getting up early in the evening to prune, weed or move flowers about. A couple of hours of daylight is a small price to pay for a good party.

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

19
Aug
16

Status List


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

The list that details our Status has just come in.  I took it to the office I have as Old Vampire Representative on The Committee to peruse it in private.

Such a list goes out to all known Old Vampires, but if I read it at my club, people will insist on interrupting me to discuss it, or peering over my shoulder to see where I’ve got to and then making remarks.

If I attempt to read it at home, my servant Jane will make excuses to be in the room while I do so and try and get a glimpse of it.

Such lists include Old Vampire Servants and she will have received her own copy of it, but for once everyone is in a hurry to know the latest about everyone and in a hurry to know who knows what about everyone and discuss it.

I enjoy the discussions, but prefer to know all, before entering into such discussions, especially when I have not yet read the Status of someone’s Sire, Parent, Allies or Spouse.  So I switch off my telephone at the office and make myself as comfortable as it is possible to do in such surroundings and sit back and read.

This year my Status has gone up and Jane’s has soared.  Hers is still in the bottom third of the lists, but I am happy to say it is looking quite respectable these days.

I suspect mine has gone up because of helping catch the human-killer.  I do not know why Jane’s has gone up; our Servants’ status is a matter for them alone.

It is good to have Servants with a high Status.  Some butlers are in the Thousands and help raise the Status of all those they serve as it reflects well on them.

Having Servants with low Status is never good.  This is a matter of which to delicately enquire of your butler how they may be helped and allow them the requisite time off from their duties.

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

27
Nov
15

Christmas


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

My colleagues have already been talking about Christmas, which should be a four-letter word.

I loathe and despise it. Unfortunately my servant Jane as well as my colleagues adore it and the adoration has spread to The Committee.

Nosferatu, the New Vampire Representative, is trying to get us to go out for Christmas drinks.

I have refused, as the Human Police Representative, Andy, and I will have to escort the Old Vampire who killed humans into the prison and make sure his needs are attended to.

Sasha, the Werewolf Representative, is talking about Christmas decorations in our meetings.

Andy has forestalled her by quoting Health and Safety at her. I am quite sure that this is nonsense, but I backed him up as I would like to see one place where there are no decorations.

It will be impossible in my house as Jane is already organising them, as well as Christmas cake and pudding. At least she has stopped moping, however I am not sure that the singing of Christmas carols is an improvement.

I have drawn the line at putting on one of those stupid hats, although I have told Jane that she is at liberty to wear what she wants within the bounds of decency and taste.

At least I have the refuge of my club. I checked with their butler and thankfully the very idea they might have anything to do with Christmas shocked him. I then had to tip him so he would get over the shock.

Unfortunately I am unable to do any work on behalf of Old Vampires in my club, as I cannot risk another Old Vampire “overseeing” any documents that I may be working on.

Otherwise I would be patronising my club every spare moment I have and a lot of moments I don’t have.

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

18
Nov
15

Fights


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

I have been resuming training at fencing, as I have not done anything since my last fence, which showed me that my skills were clearly lacking.

We do not need exercise to keep fit as the humans do; we simply are at our peak of fitness.

However, this does not mean that we have the skills needed if it comes down to a fight.

For example, while training for my last fence I was at first not anticipating my opponent’s moves correctly and it was often a very short fight.

This was the first, but not the only thing that we had to correct; I had to work hard and sleep less for those weeks.

I now understand the reasons for Werewolves and Old Vampires choosing to fight one another.

It is not my style to fight someone else unless it is necessary and since these fights are consensual and no humans are involved I do not get involved.

I understand that the Human Police only get involved when a complaint is made and they simply move them on.

Old Vampires only fight one another in exceptional circumstances; otherwise we would decimate ourselves and The Ruler would have no taxes to collect.

I have occasionally come across or been called out to investigate Old Vampire Servants who are training.

Normally Old Vampires do not go near this sort of thing, but if the Human Police are concerned and have called me I will stay and supervise.

The Old Vampire Servants and I are not happy about this, but neither do we want humans involved.

After a few words with them I usually arrange for a more secluded venue for them to train next time.

Anyone else I would have more than a few words with; however Old Vampire Servants are valuable and not to be wasted.

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

27
Apr
15

The Committee


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

The Committee mainly deals with exposures or potential exposures of non-human races, including marches and protests.

We Old Vampires have too much money to do the latter. Why stir ourselves to protest with rabble when we can affect the status quo with money and influence?

It is mainly Werewolves who are actively protesting, leading marches and trying to better their race.

New Vampires will sign petitions, usually in gothic script, but generally cannot afford the sunscreen we use.

Opinion of Old Vampires is divided between : “what a shame, we could have had fun with them” to pride that those who call themselves New Vampires are unable to be as we are.

Unfortunately these protests are usually well within the Human law. There are those of us who have toyed with placing agent provocateurs at protests, but the Human police are quite capable of finding out that we are the ones behind this and they are capable of making our lives uncomfortable.

My opinion is always asked about this before plans are put into operation and my answer is always the same : that it would certainly result in a loss of Status and our Ruler would not be pleased.

So we watch from the sidelines with amusement and take bets on the outcome, amount of placards and how many times the ambulance will be called out, as even in a calm protest someone will collapse from the heat or sprain their ankle.

There is always the chance that a werewolf will lose control, although they are not fool enough to schedule nor attend such near a full moon.

I admit this has only happened twice, but it is difficult for werewolves afterwards to pretend they would fit in well with the human population.

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

20
Apr
15

Vicars


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

 I have met vicars and while some of them, especially the Celts, have fire in convictions, voice and soul most of them are a poor breed.

With these only the cross they wear prevents me from touching them and that makes me realise they are not a danger to me.

The real vicars, or true believers when they are wearing the cross, I have had to cross the road to avoid.

It starts with an uncomfortable feeling which progresses in intensity as they come nearer and nearer to you.

Unfortunately the older you are, the more uncomfortable you feel. It is thought that exposure to people who really believe sensitises Old Vampires to this feeling.

My New Vampire informant tells me that while New Vampires do not feel uncomfortable, they dislike crosses on principle and will not go near them.

Many Old Vampires have had to live with the daily sight of crosses and it is thought that the revulsion it initially causes has gone elsewhere.

Certainly debutante Old Vampires revile the cross, but part of their teaching is to live with the sight of it.

Old Vampire Servants are taught this as well. Jane tells me when she was a New Vampire she avoided crosses with the rest of them.

When she became an Old Vampire Servant she was inured to their sight, but now cannot go near certain shops as they are too near a church or cathedral.

I have mentioned this to other Old Vampires, but it is dismissed because she is a servant.

I opened my mouth to say her point was valid, but closed it soon when I realised that my stock is low enough without placing validity on a servant’s viewpoint.

I have not even thought of mentioning what my New Vampire informant said.

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

16
Feb
15

Pets


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

One of the banes of contention between New and Old Vampires is that while we Old Vampires have pets, New Vampires have food.

They see anything living as “fair game” for them. I would rather have sacrificed my then-husband than one of my hunting dogs.

At the moment I have a cat. I would love to have a dog, but dogs need company and when I got my cat I did not have any servants and could not have provided the company that a dog needs.

My cat is white and of a somewhat feral disposition, she enjoys hunting, killing and eating prey.

This is just as a cat should be. I have heard that humans will remove claws, but why remove the nature of the beast? It is a mere matter of training to stop the cat tearing sofas and shredding curtains.

Some readers will no doubt be disappointed that my cat is not black. We are not Goths and there is no reason that we should not employ any colour we wish.

I must admit that I deliberately did not get a black cat. While I normally would never choose on colour, I did not want to own a cat whose colour added to vampire stereotypes. It is the fact that because so many do not conform to stereotype that has kept us safe over the last century or so.

I must confess that I rather enjoy owning a cat. Dogs need walking and looking after and if left to their own devices can tear up possessions.

My cat devises her own entertainment. She sleeps when she wants, curled up in her bed and goes out when she wants.

At other times she tries to get into things; for example boxes, rooms which are closed to her and the first time it happened it was a great shock to find her in my coffin, looking up at me as if it was hers!

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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