Limiting the Length of Shadow – Vampire Verisimilitude

Edward Young once wrote, “Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.” An interesting quote — considering his surname.

Anyone watching the news or social feeds knows 2016 has begun with a loss of life, mostly due to disease. To be fair and without naming names, a number of these public figures were in their so-called declining years. They had lived good lives, touching the minds and hearts of those who knew them — but how long is enough?

I’m worried.

FromTheDeskOfJanissSignatureYou know who we are. You know what we do here at Cedarcrest Sanctum. You know why we do it…but my mind is racing back to almost eight years ago. I asked our founder the first question that popped into my mind: “When are they allowed to die?”

Those welcomed into our family are given a rare and precious gift. No one has refused it until very recently, and all of you know the result. It was hard on all of us…

I’ll stop there. That isn’t what I’m here to talk about.

I need your opinions, any of them — ALL of them. Should the fountain of youth have limits? Must we impose a time limit on the extension of life? An arbitrary number — after 100 years, you take your chances afterward or give someone else a try? How long of a life is enough?

Yes, I am the source. But I refuse to believe this should be only my decision. Louisa left us no instructions for this or even her wishes should it come to pass.

Tell me your thoughts.

I warned all of you: important decisions are going to be made this year. We have fulfilled our founder’s original vision. A new set of rules will be needed going forward, but I will not make these decisions lightly nor alone.

Talk to me. Please.

I know you won’t let me down.

Keep each other safe.

~ Janiss

Addendum: some asked for the numbers. My question was about the emotional cost, but the resource management side is fair game. Cedarcrest maintains a base of sixty retirees humanely feeding one Vampire between two and three pints each day (don’t judge); in turn, the Vampire ghouls the residents and support staff every two days. Too many and one Vampire can’t keep up; too few and the Vampire won’t be fed. 

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