~~Terminology and Translations~~

*Terminology*

Vampire - A creature, human in appearance though genetically is not human. Vampirism is really a disease, transferred through the blood of another vampire. Vampires are just as easy to kill as a normal human, have elevated healing abilities, are sensitive to sunlight but can walk out during the day, are typically stronger than humans, and have varying degrees of psychic ability. All vampires (with the exception stated below) need blood - whether it be animal or human - to survive, though they can still eat food as humans can. There are three types of vampires: Classics, Psi-Vampires, and Nightbreeds. Vampires are eternal, but not immortal.

Toxic Time - An excruciating time during a vampire's life that occurs from eighty to a hundred and twenty years after a vampire that was once human is turned. During this time, the internal organs finish their final DNA reconstruction, which releases a non-lethal toxin, hence the name. Prior to this point, the vampire was still technically human. Afterwards, however, they are a full-fledged vampire. Sometimes, though not always, a vampire's personality changes after the time as well. Toxic Time takes three to ten years to complete, and there's no way for a vampire to quicken the process.

Turned - Term used to described those who became a vampire after acquiring the vampire virus through the blood of another vampire. Those that were turned were once human.

Psi-Vampires - Vampires that feed on the aura or life force of a human being as opposed to their blood. These vampires tend not to have fangs, and are stronger psychics than other vampires.

*Translations*

Hai - General word of agreement; "yes", "yeah", "okay", etcetera.

Urusai - Also seen spelled "urusei", but I'm not sure if that's the proper spelling. Means "shut up".

Oré-sama - A very, very formal way to refer to one's self. Often viewed as a vocal way to show self-love.

-sama - Affix used in feudal times to refer to a lord or lady, or someone else who demands respect. Sometimes used in modern times to refer to a president.

Bishounen - Literally means "pretty boy".

Hikari - Light

-kun - Affix that males and females use to refer to a male friend.

Chibi ichi - "Little one" or "child-like one".

-koi - Affix derived from the word "koibito"; used between lovers.

Diajoubu desu ka - Are you all right

Honto - Really

Ne - There's no accurate translation for this word, as it means so many things. Generally, it's used to get someone's attention, or to ask for an opinion or agreement.

Aa - Very informal way to say "yes". Also used as a general word of realization.

Ano - General word of uncertainty; "Um...", "Uh...", etcetera.

Nani - What

Gomen - Informal way to say "I'm sorry".

Mushi, mushi - Greeting over the phone.

-san - Mister, Misses, or Miss, depending on gender.

Gomenasai - Formal way to say "I'm sorry".

Aishiteru - I love you

Oy - General exclamation of relief or surprise.

Onegai - Informal way to say "please".

Mou hitori no oré - "The other of I"; a very formal and loving way to refer to someone.

Koibito - Lover or sweetheart.

Zutto aishiteru - Either "I love you too", or an emphatic way to express one's love for another.

Eien ni - Forever, for eternity.

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~~Author's note~~

Hey, now you all know the other thing I've been busy working on. ^___^

Anyway, chapter fourteen of Balance is almost done, for those of you whom are curious. I've had serious Writer's Block for that chapters; forgive me! ^_^