Posts Tagged ‘divorce

11
Oct
17

Summing Up


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

 

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.

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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01
Oct
17

Jane and my Divorce


*** 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 servant Jane was not one of the witnesses at my hearing, as we do not involve servants in our affairs.

It has turned out that Jane, who enjoys being the only servant in the house and is worried about her position, talked over my divorce and the fact that my husband, Jeremy, involved her in our affairs with the butler who is overseeing her tuition.

He was able to go to Henry, who has heard evidence from both sides and is investigating the situation.

On hearing that Jeremy involved a servant in our affairs Henry was shocked and wished to learn more, so he conducted a preliminary interview of Jane in my house with her mentor as witness.

A Judge such as Henry has carte blanche to go where and when he likes if he is investigating a hearing.

I later heard from Andy, who is the Human Police Representative, that he corroborated Jane’s story that he was required to take Jeremy away from my premises.

This shows I chose correctly in my Judge; a lesser judge who quite rightly did not want to be involved with humans would have paid lip service to the entire incident.

It seems that since Jeremy had involved Jane Henry ruled that she was a “full part” of my divorce hearings and had her take the stand and give a full account of what she knew with witnesses present as to her character.

I am not privy to what Jane has said, but I am glad she took the stand as it will deter others from getting servants involved in our affairs.

While they are involved in collating information for us as the servants’ hall is an invaluable source of information, anything else is unthinkable.

I remarked on Jane’s ruffled state when she returned and that was when she informed me of what happened.  I reassured her that she had done well.

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

24
Sep
17

Hearing


*** 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 not been writing for some months now due to my time being taken up by my divorce.

When the hearing started, at first glance Jeremy was perfectly dressed and his representatives carried themselves off so well in the witness box that I was worried.

My representatives did well, but this is the first time any Old Vampire has asked for a divorce and unless there are good reasons for such a divorce then Henry, who is the Judge for my case will refuse me one.

It was my turn to outline my reasons for a divorce; namely that Jeremy does not behave as a husband should.

I had kept the note where he had informed he had gone to “find himself” and it was upon Henry’s receipt of that note that Jeremy began to break down.

He started shaking and denying the evidence, whereupon Henry asked for a handwriting sample which matched the note.

When I outlined the levels to which I had sunk so that I had to sell my castle Jeremy was screaming that it was my gambling habit and not his lack of money that had led me to sell the castle and Henry had him removed from court.

I admitted the gambling habit but was able to provide evidence of the many debtor’s letters which had arrived after Jeremy had left.

There was a discontented rumble around the court at this.  Other Old Vampires have been known to disappear for a few months on an extended holiday, but they always wrap their affairs up beforehand.

Henry received my evidence, sent out to obtain any evidence from Jeremy and summed up by saying that he would look into the case and meanwhile we were not to have any contact with each other.

Unlike the human courts, our Judges personally investigate.

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

09
Jun
17

Divorce


*** 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 has come to light that Jeremy was involving my servant Jane in our divorce because I have his personal possessions, which he left when he went to “find himself”.

I had put them in a storage unit and forgot about them when I moved from a castle to a house. Jeremy would naturally like them back and erroneously thought Jane held the key.

 

I have repeatedly told him that servants must not be given access to information, as no matter how good they are they will sell it on the side.

 

Of course, I made copies and took photographs of his personal items when I put them in storage. I keep the key on me at all times as I did not want the income from their sale to go to Jane.

Now these copies will stand me in good stead for my divorce as they incriminate Jeremy in his plans t disappear without a word to me.

Old Vampires have disappeared and reappeared for centuries, but that has been when they have been chased by mobs and often spouses have ended up in different countries, only to meet up a long time later.

Jeremy planned this a decade before it happened and made sure I would be left to sort out his financial mess.

 

He was hoping to come back to a superbly run castle and was shocked to find the circumstances I have had to lower myself to. He has had to fall back on staying with friends.

 

My Judge has set the date for our hearing in a month from now. I have mailed Jeremy’s key to him with the address of the storage unit as he has asked. It does not behoove me to have any direct communication with him and I do not wish him to bother Jane.

 

Thankfully his request came via one of the butlers who are overseeing Jane’s training and not Jeremy shouting at my Servant.

 

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

 

 

13
Apr
17

Divorce


*** 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 divorce is going well. Henry has set a date for the hearing, which is in a couple of months’ time.

I now have to collate all documents and provide witnesses as to the state of our marriage and reasons why I want a divorce.

I am divorcing Jeremy on the grounds that he is not a fit husband for an Old Vampire and was not fulfilling his duties.

Disappearing to “find himself” will aid me there. It is not the done thing to disappear unless your life is in danger. Any other reason will cause a stir.

I have also managed to get Adele to obtain information for me gratis by pointing out that if she wishes to sell my Obligation and the divorce does not go my way, then the price for it will plummet.

If I am successful then she should be able to get a good price for my Obligation.

Adele does not like this, but will acquiesce because she will get something out of it.

The witnesses will attend because they will be able to dine out on the spectacle of my divorce, whatever the result is.

My servant Jane is also hard at work obtaining information as she does not want to go back to working in a castle under a butler.

She feels that she is quite comfortable as and where she is and does not want to change.

Jeremy will be amassing documentation and witnesses as well. I do not know who he will call, but you can never tell which way a witness will side until they are on the stand.

While on the stand we tell the truth to the best of our knowledge of how the situation is.

There are stories of people of whom it was proved they had deliberately lied and no Old Vampire wants to end up like they did.

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

31
Mar
17

Jeremy


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

Jeremy

It has come to my attention that Jeremy had drink poured over him at a very prestigious party by a mere footman.

This was, of course, an accident, but as the night got older the accidents went on.

A servant carving meat accidentally cut his clothing; his glass was dropped just before his hand reached it and mud was kicked over him.

Jeremy was furious and complained to the Old Vampires who were giving the party and demanded satisfaction.

They summoned their butler and asked him to account for such goings-on, whereas the butler informed them that Jeremy had dragged a Servant into his divorce and she had to summon the Human Police as she could not be expected to deal with an Old Vampire, especially not on her own.

It is not the done thing to involve Servants in our affairs except if they are buying information for us. So his hosts immediately said that what had happened to Jeremy must have been accidents.

I had been keeping that incident quiet as I had hoped to sell the information on or use it to profit in the divorce, whichever was better. Now it has lost its currency.

Jeremy was furious. He shouted and swore at his hosts and shortly found himself outside the grounds of the castle.

I have heard that his invitations to parties and events have dried up as such behaviour in Old Vampire society is not to be tolerated.

Since this event I have had less censure and derision to deal with as public opinion is swinging in my favour.

Society will now wait and see what The Judge rules in my divorce and then decide that they agreed with the ruling all along.

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

02
Mar
17

Fallout


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

People have heard that I am divorcing Jeremy.

The reaction mainly falls into two camps : the first are those who tell me that I am so brave to do this and invite me to their parties for the entertainment I can give.

The second are those who condemn me for not being a “proper vampire” or a “good wife” and cross the street when they see me.

I have never aspired to be a good wife and I ask the men telling me this if they are good husbands. Then they fluster and splutter and make excuses.

As usual, it is more difficult dealing with the condemnation of the women. I have had to hold my head up under scorn and censure.

Adele helps with some of it, as my worth as an Obligatee will diminish if I do not come out of this well.

Henry, who is hearing this case, tells me to ignore them. He is dining out on this case and will make much capital out of it whatever is decided. He does not have face any detractors and is enjoying himself to the full.

To say Jeremy is unhappy is an understatement. He turned up at my house shouting and swearing at my poor servant Jane.

She did not know what to do and I was unavailable, so she called the Human Representative on the Committee, who is also a Policeman. With the threat of arrest hanging over Jeremy he was forced to retreat and I now owe Andy a considerable favour.

This behaviour will not look good to a Judge, as we do not involve Servants in our affairs.

Unfortunately Jane has come under scrutiny because of this incident and my divorce.

Fortunately senior servants have decided that she cannot be held responsible for her employers’ whims and peccadillos (their words!) and upheld her conduct. Apparently they are revising their Code of Conduct because of this incident.

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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