Welcome to Nottonmap, a small village in Whateverdrivestheplotland! The entire village has an impressive total of 500 inhabitants and doesn't really have more to offer than a smog-free and peaceful environment. Because the village is so small everyone knows each other, and often get together on holidays or sport events.
Eight years ago this village gained two new residents who moved inside the village's old abandoned mansion: A man in his early forties together with his daughter of seven. Being a single dad is hard enough, but the poor guy also has various health problems: photosensitivity, eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder, as well as numerous other allergies for various foods. This means he can't go outside or eat anything solid without throwing up. Regardless of these weird quirks he got accepted into the community and is still, after 8 years, one of the most likable neighbours in the village. ...But why?
Vampire-dad is back from my previous question! This question mainly focused on keeping the masquerade to his daughter, who doesn't know that her dad is actually a vampire. The reason why convincing the village's residents wasn't that important is because he already is an accepted and respected member of the community. "Stop calling that poor man a vampire, he's really conscious about his health issues!"
The problem here is that vampire-dad can't go outside during the day. May sunlight ever hit his skin he will painfully combust into flames - no sparkles or rashes, just instant death. To make matters worse he can't eat 'human food' either, or he'll throw up. This kills most of his options to socialize with the villagers. I could just say that the residents are empathetic of his issues and wait till dusk so he can join in events, but would a close-knit community like that really refit its schedule for the new creepy-looking stranger who just moved into the local abandoned mansion?
How do I justify vampire-dad being an active and liked member of the village community? Assume modern day age with nobody knowing about the existence of vampires while still aware of popular vampire-tropes from fiction.
A few things about vampire-dad:
- He can't stand sunlight. UV or any other light doesn't bother him, but a single ray of daylight will lead to a flashy and painful demise. While he technically can go out during the day he really shouldn't risk it.
- He is seriously allergic to garlic. Even the smell seems to cause rashes.
- He can't eat normal 'human' food. If he does he'll throw up after an hour or so.
- He needs to have his daily blood-fix, which he gets through a weird fruit he cultivates in his own backyard. He jokingly calls them 'blood-oranges'. They hold no nutritious value to humans and taste absolutely horrible.
- He has super strength, super senses, super reflexes, can fly and turn into black mist. But only during the night.
- Sleeps like any other person, but during the day because of his job. The real reason being, of course, that he really can't afford to go outside during the day even when it's cloudy.
- He has a lot of money, but still works night shifts at the hospital in the nearest city a reasonable drive distant away. He does this because he likes the work and to create some routine in his day. The real reason is to keep up the charade, of course.
- He is on good terms with his daughter.
- He does have a reflection. I removed this rule from the original list because it was too much of a hassle.
- He told everyone that his vampire quirks are all medical conditions for which he feigned the proper documents through his job at the hospital.
- He does not have any mind-controlling powers.
- He is very tall and looks really intimidating if you don't know him.
- He's a really nice person and wouldn't think of deceiving anyone about anything other than his vampirism.
- Just wants you to give him a chance.
- was 7 when she arrived into town, and is now 15.
- has no clue her dad's a vampire, and will defend him when someone puts his medical issues to question.
- is diurnal unlike her father and goes to school, but always on her own as her father can't go outside during the day. She is used to this and still sees him often enough during the morning and evening.
- Is not showing any vampire-traits. Yet.
Bonus points for the person who can think of a proper name for the village.