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The Surprises Awakening Brings (for 'blood vamps')
This is a stage all blood vamps go through (and I'm pretty sure psi-vamps do, too), and it's sorta like puberty -- except that you have blood desires, not sex desires. When I recently went through my awakening, I discovered it was HELL. Insomnia, being unable to be in light without pain or discomfort, and the constant desire to suck your friends' blood were just a few of the things that changed. I decided to write this guide so you will know what's going on when it happens.
Here are some very important things to remember during the awakening (besides the Ethics for the Recently Awakened Vampire article):
- Being a vampire does not make you an all-mighty being.
- You CANNOT be 'turned' by another vampire.
- It's OK not to be a vampire.
- Friends who know/have found out about your secret have no right
to tease and/or harm you.
[Sanguinarius adds: You do not tell the authorities that you are a vampire, merely that So-and-So has gotten it into his/her head that you are, and that he/she/they have done or said such and such. If they have not specifically done anything yet, tell the officials that you do not feel safe around them, or are afraid of what they might do. Be honest but be accurate.]
- It's okay for the awakening to scare you.
It's an odd feeling to be happily sitting on the beach eating sandwiches one day, then huddling under the sun umbrella the next day, wondering what the hell happened. What happened was that a classic awakening symptom has shown it's ugly head: Pain/discomfort in sunlight.
Now, the pain itself isn't just a feeling inside your head. Chances are (if you're not caucasian), your skin is a pasty-white color (or slowly turning that way) and when you go in the sun, it starts turning pink. This is because the pain is telling you to get out of the sun because it burns. Literally. 'Normal' people do get sunburned, sometimes, and this usually takes a while. Depending upon how hot the sun was at the time, I begin to burn anywhere from seven minutes to an hour. So, word to the wise, kiddies: Get those sunglasses, and pile on that sunscreen! No more short sleeves for you!
A few more less severe changes I've noticed include:
- Night Insomnia
- Not Being Hungry, But Very Thirsty
- Lactose Intolerance
- Looking Very Dead
There are more symptoms, but I feel that it is very important to deal with the major problem right now: Blood cravings. Blood letting and blood drinking is NOTHING to fool around with. People can get hurt, or catch diseases if feeding is not taken care of with the MOST CAUTION POSSIBLE! I'm not going just to sit around here right now and lecture about safety; you can learn about it in the Guide, Tips, & Advice section. Right now, I'm going to discuss dealing with the Thirst.
The Thirst is nothing to fool around with. You want blood more than anything else in the world. It gets VERY intense when you vamp-out (a.k.a. 'twoof'). You will know when this is happening. Trust me. There are several methods to easing the Thirst, though the Thirst has yet to be halted all together. Try some of the following foods:
There are more foods that you can use, so experiment with different ones. We always need new ideas.
Be careful when you vamp-out. Get away from people and animals and sit in a dark corner. If you are at school, go to the bathroom and wait there until it passes (which may take a while), put your head down on your desk, or say you're sick and go home.
Whatever you do, just keep this phrase in mind (Whenever I vamp-out, I must remember this): "PEOPLE AND SHARP OBJECTS DON'T MIX!"
Remember that and you will either laugh so hard at the stupidity of it that your butt will fall off, keeping you from attacking somebody, or you will take it seriously and try to re-gain control of yourself.
I hope this brief guide had helped you a bit, and explained a few things. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or post on the messageboard.
Eerie America TV Series
Eerie America could very well be called The Fodors Travel Guidebook for The Addams Family. I read some in-depth information about the show and saw the promo, and from what I can tell, this will be an absolutely AWESOME series if they can get it off the ground. (I'm actually praying they will.) Let others know and see who can help. This is something that should happen! Let's pull together and make it so!
New Orleans Vampire Association
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