Posts Tagged ‘obligation

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

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26
Oct
16

Obligation


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

Unfortunately Adele has taken me at my word and asked me to obtain increased information from the prison.

This information is facts and figures which should not be leaving the prison, but neither myself nor Andy, the Human Police Representative, can see why she wants them.

The prison is not politically sensitive to Old Vampires or Humans. Such things are dirty words to Old Vampires and Humans do not much like them either.

However, Andy has obtained the correct information for me and is keeping a close eye on the situation.

Since Adele is my Obligator, I must do as she says until I pay her off and if I had the money I would not be working for a living.

I believe she is aware of my association with Columbine, who is the New Vampire in prison that I visit.

She has issued no instructions yet as to what I am doing with Columbine, but has dropped hints about her. I believe she wants deniability of the situation. It is not that Old Vampires are forbidden, socially or by law, to speak to New Vampires, it is just that people think it is distasteful to do it.

It is my opinion that all information may be useful at some time and this is the sort that if needed, could be very useful to some important people, who will not be ungrateful.

So I carry on as usual with this Obligation. I have taken pains to see that, while I cannot get out of it, it is easy for me to deal with.

I admit that part of this is because Adele has roughly the same allies that I have, so I do not have any conflict of interest.

The other part is that the jobs she gives me are easy and do not involve other people.

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
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

03
Nov
14

Obligation


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

This Obligation is pulling me in deeper and deeper. Adele is asking for more and more information from me; some of it is not information I wish to give.

The terms she asks for the information with are still fluid enough so I can get around them and give her false information.

Other information she wants is fairly innocuous : information on the vampires held and what facilities they avail themselves of.

Information on vampires is the only information I am freely allowed to take outside the prison, as no-one would ever help a vampire in prison.

I am only involved in the prison as I have to work there and provide information to The Committee on the vampires in its environs.

I have still been unable to find out why Adele wants information on the prison. Apart from the vampires and werewolves housed in it, it is a human concern.

Adele is no longer inviting me to parties, so she must be concerned that I will find out.

She has spread the story that I have asked her for a loan one time too often and we have fallen out.

It worries me that, once again, I am being pulled into something deeper than I wish to be.

I have bled Obligatees deeply for information until they have been unable to give any more; whereupon I have sold their Obligations or used them until they are no longer of any use to me.

However, I will not yet be able to buy myself out of this Obligation and must do the best I can.

I have avoided doing anything that would lower my Status and asked an Obligatee to do it instead.

It seems that whoever we are, from time to time we all find ourselves in a situation that we are unable to escape.

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

10
Mar
14

Obligation


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

Adele has annoyingly picked up my Obligation from where it was before the servants’ strike and is demanding information from me once again.

The strike was a pleasant respite from my Obligation; but an Obligation is only finished with when it has been paid off.

What is interesting is that she wants to know information about the prison I work in.

Every other Old Vampire changes the subject when they hear about it; prisoners are quite properly beneath them.

It is frustrating that I have not been able to find out why she wants this information; Adele’s operations usually leak information like a sieve but this one is sewn up tight.

It is possible that she is either being paid for this information or is under an Obligation herself.

The Status Keeper knows exactly who is Obligated to whom, but it takes time, money or favours (or a combination of these) for the rest of us to find out.

I sometimes pass information to an Obligatee who has come for a “prison visit” if I have nothing better for them to do.

We Obligatees do not get paid for our pains.  I have to keep a check on mine or they will become disobedient and flout my demands.

You have to keep your Obligatees active, or they start to slip out of your control.

No-one likes being an Obligatee and the Obligation always chafes.  If they cannot get out of it they will find a way around it.

Last time I gave Adele information that was obviously wrong; she has not yet noticed it.

Many Old Vampires have found themselves under an Obligation at one time or another; this is my first time and I am not enjoying it.

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
Dec
13

Obligation


*** 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 written much lately about my Obligation.  This is because there is not much to report.

Adele occasionally asks me for reports from the prison.  Some of these I am not supposed to have, but the mere fact that something is illegal for humans has never stopped any Obligator asking.

If I am caught I will be useless to her as an Obligatee and would lose my job.  This outcome would benefit me greatly.

Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen.  In my first year at the prison I was searched often; now I am searched once a year if at all.  It is the usual sloppy application of rules by humans.

I have been unable to find out why she wants these reports.  Information is power and Adele is usually careless with hers, which makes me all the more certain that she is making plans for the future.

This is my first and last time as an Obligatee.  It chafes me to be at the beck and call of someone other than our Ruler.

I do not want to get used to it, as some of my Obligatees are.  I see those who are used to it get out of one Obligation only to be ensnared by another.  I will not become one of those Obligatees!

The other way to get out of my Obligation is to pay Adele off.  Unfortunately I am not amassing much wealth these days and my portfolio is decidedly slim.

I did not think I could fall from grace so fast or so hard, but I have learnt to my cost that gambling can destroy situations even sooner.

It was gambling that led to my Obligation, as Adele set me up to lose money and I had to turn to her to pay my debts.

However, these events have only come about during the last few decades.  A century is a short time for we Old Vampires.

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

03
Feb
13

Status of One


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

When a Debutante Vampire becomes an Old Vampire, her or his Status is automatically set at one.

As I have written before, an Old Vampire’s Status can be lowered to the value of one, which means that the Old Vampire in question has a castle and nothing else.  This rarely happens as we are usually careful enough to avoid this.

She or he is given a century of grace to see if she or he is able to increase her or his Status.

I know of only two Old Vampires in existence who has managed to improve their Status after it had dropped to one.

Like others, they had sunk to this low under the weight of multiple Obligations with contradictory things being asked of them.

I do not know how one of them managed to improve their Status, but the other one made a deal with me.

I had money then, and was able to buy up her Obligations.  No-one had ever been offered money for an Obligation before, but there was no law against it.

The Obligators willingly took my money, as they knew her Status was valued at one and would get little more out of her.

What they did not realise is that I would get all the information she had gathered in the course of her Obligations.

So I held her Obligations in the palm of my hand, then watched and waited.

Slowly she accumulated enough money to buy the Obligations from me one by one at a price increased 50% from the usual range.

During that time she was mine and there was literally no movement made that I did not track and no decision that she made without me.

She was useful to me and rose far.  Far enough that Adele is now my Obligator.

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




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