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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).

The other thing that is awful about being a vampire in high school is having to function in the world of sunlight. Being nocturnal at this point, I'm always awake until the sky starts to brighten -- and then I have to get up at 5 AM for school, which gives me about 45 minutes of sleep. (But I do get naps in during the afternoon, so there's a silver lining, at least). Then I have to sit in the bright classrooms, take gym class in the bright sun, and pretend that everthing is fine when the school nurse asks me why I'm so pale all the time. And there's also all the run-ins I've had with hall monitors telling me that it's against school dress code to wear sunglasses inside the building; not being able to do so has led to some of the worst headaches I've ever had.

All in all, I can't wait for high school to end, so I can get out of the world of bright lights and UV rays, and maybe get myself out there in the social scene so I can possibly find a donor that doesn't tease me endlessly.

Contributed by Shade

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

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