Diff the Dragon by Angela Lott, illustrations by Richard Bartrop. An Okal Rel Universe Legacy Novella featuring the young Alivda
Angela Lott is the middle child of Lynda’s three daughters. She did two years of Business schooling at the College of New Caledonia and is now working as a receptionist at her local FYiDoctors. In her spare time she enjoys writing, video blogging, reading and watching very nerdy TV shows.
The space station they were on wasn’t very big, but that wasn’t a big deal since Amel didn’t like crowds anyway. Or at least crowds that knew who he was.
“Ann!” Amel said when he saw her sitting in the bar they had agreed upon days earlier.
“Amel,” Ann said with relief, but when she saw Alivda the happy look slid off her face.
“You brought her again?” Ann said when Amel had come over to her table.
“Of course,” Amel said. “So how have you been? Did you get your work finished?”
“Work?” Ann asked.
“The work you had to do the last time I saw you,” Amel said.
“Oh, that work,” Ann said. “Yeah, all done.”
“Great!” Amel smiled.
Ann looked resigned. She was starting to think she would never have another private moment with Amel again.
A normal child would have pulled at their parent’s clothes or just spoken up when they wanted attention, but baby dragons jump onto their parent’s shoulders.
“Oh,” Amel said as Alivda sat on his shoulders with her arms wrapped around his neck.
“Diff,” Amel said stiffly, “can’t breathe.”
“Oh!” Alivda said. “Sorry.” And she loosened her grip.
“So…” Ann said.
“Yeah.” Amel smiled.