Weekly Writing Challenge: The Setting’s The Thing

Today, we challenge you to create a compelling setting for your story. Based on Dracula by Bram Stoker

Evening view towards West

It was a job just made for him and for his talents. It was a night job, it could not be better. The day was boring, the streets full of people pushing, no time to wait, all in a stress and of course the daylight. It took him many years to realise that this was poison to his way of life. He preferred to take things easy, to be his own chief, to decide when and where he could carry out his purpose I life and this was just what he wanted, as if the job was waiting for him. After examining his qualifications, and his boundless knowledge in connection with the requirements necessary, he was chosen. Not everyone was prepared to work only at night, but this man was ideal. He only wanted to work at night. The only stipulation he made was that he would like to have one night free monthly. This was no problem and he was engaged.

So Mr. Vlad Drake was employed at the local hospital in the Blood Bank. He was a happy person, at last he could forget the endless walks through the streets only meeting half drunken louts and sick drug addicts. They were no reward for a genuine vampire who had roamed the streets of countries no longer existing. Today it was no longer enjoyment. There were people dressed in black, sporting white shirts with frills and long greasy black hair. Even the women were painting their fingernails black and sporting a black lipstick. To his day the women had wonderful blood red lips, an invitation to any pair of fangs. The name Goth was mentioned in connection with these strange members of the human race and he must admit, such necks were not inviting to a fully-fledged 100% vampire as he was. He could remember the days when his castle was being built in a dark corner of the Transylvanian mountains, but times change and so do vampires. Enough wallowing in this nostalgic frame of mind, he was now the chief in his department, although at night he was on his own and had no staff.

“Your nocturnal work will probably mainly consist of handling emergency needs from the blood bank” said the doctor responsible for transfusions. “You will have to work quickly in stress situations. There might be a large pile up accident on the motor way and there will be a great need for blood. It is important that you select the correct blood group.”

“No problem, Dr., I can literally smell the various blood groups. This is not my first job looking after blood reserves.”

“Ah yes” answered the doctor “I believe you were working in your mother country of Romania before you came to our country. I remember you have a profound experience in dealing with blood and the results of your qualification test were the best we have ever had. In that case I will leave you to your work and wish you a good start.”

“Thank you doctor, I am very much looking forward to the logistical side of the work. Blood has always interested me, from a scientific point of view of course. I can almost smell the various groups.”

And Vlad Drake was left alone in the department to his own devices. He regularly received supplies of blood, packed neatly in plastic pouches and labelled with the blood group. It was his job to list the quantity received according to the group name, which he did with no problem. Now and again he perhaps wrote ten received, instead of twelve, but this was no problem. The two not listed were his own private supply which he took home when he left early in the morning, before the sun rose.

Things were developing perfectly. He now had his own little blood bank at home and no longer had to depend on the rabble, on the unhealthy who roamed the streets. His blood supplies were clinically packed and inspected for any impurities.

Once a month he had his free evening. Strangely this evening coincided with the full moon. No self-respecting vampire would work on a full moon night; it was perhaps equivalent to the week-end for the mortals. They enjoyed their free time and so did a vampire. He usually took a flight to the local forest or graveyard and exchanged fond memories with others belonging to the undead. He was admired by others of his race, being the person with most experience and his stories of the old days in Transylvania where wolves were wolves and the victims died with a wooden stake driven through the place where their heart should have been, were held in respect by his fellow vampires.

Vlad Drake soon became a respected person in his job. There was nothing he did not know about blood, and many students were sent at night to learn from him. Some students had to treated for anaemia from time to time, but as Vlad was such a well-known capacity in his job, this was ignored.

The strange thing was that after fifty years working as head of the department, he made no signs of wanting to be retired. Indeed his appearance did not seem to change and he remained the same Vlad Drake as ever. This was probably also due to the fact that he outlived most of the other doctors.

When he arrived home in the morning he was a happy vampire. He could relax, have a drink from his personal reserve and relax in his silk lined coffin in the cellar. This was different from the days when he was hunted by vampire slayers avoiding the garlic that the local peasants hung at their window. He never liked the stuff, and no-one would willingly be bitten by a vampire smelling of garlic. Times were great in this twentieth century world. He did miss the family, most of them being transformed into dust many years ago. It was their own fault, they just did not know when to call it a night, and if the sun crept over the horizon, well ……

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Setting’s The Thing

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  4. marthakennedy.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/ive-never-been-to-new-york-but-ive-been-to-denver/
  5. renew2014.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/one-new-york-plaza/
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Daily Prompt: Powerful Suggestion – which I usually ignore

What’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you a year (or five, or ten…) ago?

Tabby at the cat flap

Like do not let felines into your home, they take over, organise your life and things will never be the same again. You even have the window removed and organise a cat flap to make it easier for them to enter their home. It cost a couple of hundred Swiss Francs/US $, but who cares, it is all in the support of a good cause.

Perhaps I wish someone had told me to leave my hands and thoughts away from The Daily Prompt. I would then not have to join the Daily Prompt Anonymous, where I enter the room, take a place in front of all the other addicts and say “my name is Angloswiss and I am a daily prompt addict”. It might even go further, not only a daily prompt addict but, oh shock, I am addicted to Pingbacks. You do not know what a Pingback is and do not know how they work? I will not tell you. I cannot carry the responsibility of turning you into Pingback terrorists, listing the daily link contributions at the end of your blog and forcing people to acknowledge them. I heard there are WordPress workers that wake up regularly from a reoccurring nightmare where they are being devoured by Pingbacks in all sizes, forms and colours.

And now for the main question: which piece of advice do I wish I had received? Perhaps hands off from games in the Facebook World, although I would probably have ignored this recommendation. I ignore most pieces of advice, I know everything better. Avoid Café World, Farmville, Chefville and Yoville. In the meanwhile I believe Yoville is now a deserted city and Farmville has expanded to incorporate five or six various farming varieties even including Dirt Famers and there seem to be problems arising in the growing of Jacaranda trees at the moment. I am cured of my addiction (otherwise I would not have time for my Daily Prompt addiction) and found that there is quite a lot of correspondence in Internet about the Jacaranda problem on Farmville. Even Wikipedia seems to be involved.

There was a time when my daily life revolved around these stupid Facebook games. Perhaps it was a replacement for my daily work routine. It was after being retired, and there was an empty space in my intellectual well-being. I filled it with Facebook and all the symptoms. One day I awoke and a sharp ray of sunshine seemed to part the curtains and I am sure I saw words written in flaming letters on the wall, “Beware the Facebook games”. I arose and switched on the computer and saw my successful café full of customers and dishes ready to be served. The sharp ray of sunshine had followed me from the bedroom and had now formed an aura around my computer. I made an attempt to serve the imaginary dishes in my imaginary café and felt an electric pulse on my fingertips when I touched the enter button on my keyboard.

I decided it was time for cold turkey, checked my computer to see if I had received an e-mail from the president of Switzerland and this not being the case I closed the computer, pulled out the plug and decided to catch up on what was going on in the real world and read the obituary column in the newspaper. I was reborn, the sharp ray of sunshine had disappeared, it had started to rain, but I was cured until I discovered The Daily Prompt.

This was something completely different, WordPress wanted to know all sorts of things about my private life, they were interested in me. Of course, I only tell them what I want them to know believe, and I am cured from the Facebook game purge although WordPress made a suggestion that I could have my own little site in Facebook, naturally combining it with all sorts of links to WordPress. I was curious and so if you miss my meaningful psychological theories on life on the WordPress site, you can always like The Angloswiss Facebook Zone (surreptitous advertising from me) and increase the member count.

Today is a stress day. It is Tuesday. This morning I was busy cleaning the bathroom, which I do not like cleaning. This afternoon I was away for two hours with my golden oldie ladies practicing our Tai Chi together. Before I left Mr. Swiss to his own devices his last words were “Do not make any false movements” which is not such a danger as Tai Chi is slow and careful. The only danger is perhaps falling asleep during the action.I returned, tired but happy and there it was again. My first movement to the computer to see what the Daily Prompt is (no, I am not addicted really) and found that it was a busy day, almost rush hour in the Daily Prompt Underworld. There were already more than thirty contributions. I had to check through them all, prepared the pingbacks and now I have finished my contribution for the day.

My name is Angloswiss and I am a Daily Prompt addict.

Daily Prompt: Powerful Suggestion – which I usually ignore

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