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Problems Vampires Have, Page 23
This has problems pertaining to dealing with "everyday" (everynight?) things for real vampires. It can get in a light vein, but I would prefer it to be mainly enlightening (jeez, can I quit with these day puns, already???) as to actual problems that vampires have to deal with on a day-to-day (aaarrrggghhh!!!) basis.
I am still I high school and have a religious family. I volunteer at the hospital, and to top it off, I have been a vegetarian since the fifth grade!
Let me start with the last part. That was hard for me when the first blood I could not help myself with was beef blood (I can't stand the meat or broth -- they make me sick). I had not eaten beef for so long, then I found myself walking by the raw meat left out for my family's meal and running my finger over it and licking off the blood.
The hospital part I have been doing for a year before I craved blood. I work in intensive care. Imagine blood packs hanging everywhere you turn. (So many times I would be giving someone their meal and have to run to the bathroom and wash my face with cold water or sit there till it passed.)
Religious family.., I grew up being told vampires are evil and freaks and all that. In Colorado Springs downtown we have quite a few, so I have been around them all my life, but still was told they are evil.
High school is hard enough without drooling and getting a headache every time someone next to you gets a paper cut.
Contributed by Cammie
The things that are the worst about being a vampire in high school are
not having a donor and having to function in the daylight world. First,
about the whole "not having a donor" thing... When I began my
awakening nearly two years ago, I thought THAT hurt. That's nothing compared
to the pain I'm going through right now. Being sang and not having a donor
has got to be the worst thing in the world. I can't just touch someone
and get my fill; blood has to flow in my case. Because the only two people
in my world that know about what I am refuse to help me -- and play "tease
the vamp" like there's no tomorrow -- I live in constant pain at
not having the energy I need. I don't have a donor, and making friends
with someone new just for that purpose seems calloused, so I go without,
for LOOOOOONG periods of time. And the few times that my buddies give
in and bleed for me (namely after I collapse from the sheer lack of energy),
we're at school, so it's hard to drink my fill anyway, what with all of
the security cameras and hall monitors and other students hanging around.
It gets so bad that I start to hear the pulses of the people around me
(sometimes this heightened sense of hearing can be a bad thing), and I
start to vamp out and get very predatorial, which has led to me acting
very strangely (i.e., growling at classmates when they speak to me).
I'm a sang (in dire need I *can* psi-feed, but it's rather exhausting), and I awakened... uh, VERY early. I can't actually remember when -- yet still I started to feed rather late compared with that.
I have been living in a small village for most of my life; and if I say small village, then I mean around 500 persons. Rural areas can be wonderful for the scenery and the clear view of the night sky one has, but it's different with the people there. Because of a rather understandable lack of donors (and trustees, so to speak) I learned to control all those nice side effects we all have to suffer sometimes if we don't feed enough. In fact, this has over the years caused me to try to ignore this specific need. Why? Just because I always knew that I could go on without blood for a little longer... and a little longer... and even longer... and so on.
Now I have managed to be under my perfect control -- no vamp outs (at least no major ones), no twoofing which can't be controlled with a few deep breaths. Too perfect. My body and my mind simply ignore my need for feeding; I start to psi-feed uncontrolled (at least that's something I'm aware of), and I am simply NOT AWARE of being close to a system-breakdown. The meager energy aside, I can gain from psi-feeding; my mind and body start to use every single iota of energy left within me for simple everyday purposes, until I snap and have a complete breakdown, -- nervous as well as bodily. So, people: NEVER EVER suppress your needs as well as I did. it's damned complicated to re-awaken instincts one has buried deep within oneself.
Contributed by Cyn
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!
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