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Reality Skimming promotes optimistic SF -- stories that inspire us to fight the good fight for another day. Committment to larger projects, the writer's sense of mission, joy of reading, the creative campfire of the SF community and the love of deserving protagonists are celebrated. We believe in heroes and striving to be what we believe in. It is also a news hub for content related to the Okal Rel Saga written by Lynda Williams.

18Jul/14Off

Diff the Dragon – Part Fortyfive

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.

Part 45

“Why is she with you?” were the first words out of Ann’s mouth.

“And it’s nice to see you too,” Amel said. He and his Diff had arrived at Ann and Amel’s arranged meeting place for Rire. Since they socialized on so many different planets and space stations they always just had one place on each where they would meet. Otherwise they would end up searching the whole planet for each other.

On Rire it was a little outdoor café near the docks that they both used.

“We agreed that after last time—” Ann started, but Amel interrupted her.

“She is older now,” he said. “And she promised to be good.”

“Fat lot of good that’s worth,” Ann muttered under her breath, as she sat down at her favourite table.

“So,” Alivda said, jumping into the seat next to Ann, “what are we gonna do?”

“I know what we were planning on doing,” Ann said.

“Why don’t you do that?” Alivda asked.

“It’s a grownup thing.”

“I am grown up!”

“You are eight!”

“And Vrellish,” Alivda added with defiance.

“I don’t care if you are the Queen of England; you are still eight years old.”

“You don’t make any sense,” Alivda said knowledgeably.

“What do you mean by that?” Ann asked.

Amel was still standing by the table but he was staring at them both, or more accurately looking back and forth between them, completely at a loss as to what was going on.

“What is this ween and Ingand you speak of?” said Alivda.

“Old earth words,” Ann said. “You Gelacks don’t know as much about earth as the Reetions do.” She sounded proud.

“Yeah!” Alivda said. “Well, we fly better so who cares!”

“How about a change of topic?” Amel suggested tentatively.

Both women grumbled but didn’t contradict him.

“Okay,” Amel said. “Anyone up for a game?”

“What kind of game?” Alivda asked, wary. She had been tricked into a few lame games by Perry over the years; a few of which involved cleaning her room.

“A card game?”

“Boring!” Alivda said.

“Card game sounds fun,” Ann said, “I think I can get a deck from one of the shops around here.”

“No card game!” Alivda almost yelled.

“How about a word game?”

“I don’t like words,” Alivda said. “How about we wrestle?”

“How about not!”

“Okay, fine!” Amel said, giving up and sitting down next to them. “What do you want to do?”

“Not sit anymore!” Alivda said and she got up.

“But we just sat down!” Ann moaned. “We haven’t even ordered yet.”

“I don’t care!” And Alivda ran off.

“You’re going to go after her, aren’t you?” said Ann.

“I kinda have to,” Amel said, “I am responsible for her.” Then in a slightly more fun voice he added, “Unless you want her running wild on your precious Rire?”

That got Ann’s attention. She got up. Together they ran after Alivda.

They really didn’t have a hope of finding her if she didn’t want to be found. It was just lucky for them that she did.

“You guys are slow!” Alivda said. “I will race you to the next bike rack!” And off she went at full speed.

Amel ran after her right away, but Ann decided to take her time and walked to the nearest public transit terminal.

“Diff!” Amel yelled when he could finally see her. “Come back!”

Alivda could tell Amel wasn’t really that mad since he was still calling her Diff, so she ran on ahead.

Then out of nowhere, Ann jumped off a transit train ahead of Alivda and grabbed her.

“Get off!” Alivda yelled and tried to kick Ann.

“No way!”

“Now, girls,” Amel said, having only caught up because Alivda was no longer running.

“Women!” both girls said together.

“Fine, women,” he said, “can we just go for a nice walk together without all this…please?”

Alivda thought about it. A walk wasn’t as much fun as running, but at least it wasn’t sitting and manipulating little pieces of paper.

She nodded. Ann released her.

“There is a great little trail this way,” Ann said and pointed.

They started along the trail together, but Alivda didn’t like to just walk like other people and Ann noticed.

“Why must you skip, jog and dance instead of just walk,” Ann asked Alivda. “I am exhausted just watching you.”

“This path is too bumpy to flat out run, so this makes it more fun,” Alivda explained.

Amel chuckled.

Alivda, thrilled with how she was impressing the adults, ran on ahead after that.

“So we aren’t going to get any alone time on this trip, are we?” Ann asked Amel, moving closer to him now that the blonde child was gone.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “Sorry, but she is my—” he paused, trying to find the word, “—something and I want to look after her.”

“I sorta get it,” Ann said, moving up even closer and placing her arm in his. “Maybe one day when you give me a highborn baby I will really understand.”

“I can’t,” Amel said. “It’s too complicated.”

“If you weren’t on Ferni, I would have that child already,” Ann said.

“I know.” Amel smiled.

“You guys are so slow!” Alivda said as she ran back to them.

“We are sorry,” Amel said. “But we just can’t run as fast as you.”

“I knew it!” Alivda cried with joy and ran off again.

Ann laughed. “She is entertaining, though.”

4Jul/14Off

Diff the Dragon – Part Fortythree

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.

Part 43

“Amel?”

“Yes, may I pass?”

“Only if you are here to take that little blonde terror and her friend with you,” the guard said.

“Please don’t call her that,” Amel said. “But yes, I am.” The guard moved aside.

Amel walked briskly down the throat. By now Alivda had had more than enough time to find Horth and ask him, so either she was sitting somewhere upset or she was in the practice room.

Amel didn’t know where to look if Horth had said no, so he turned left and headed to the arena.

“Yeah!” He heard Alivda’s voice carry as he got closer. He had found her.

He turned the corner and saw her. She was half Horth’s height, but Horth didn’t seem to be bothered with that. Tatt was sitting at the side.

“So if they swerve,” Alivda was saying to Horth, “then I have to dive?”

Horth nodded.

“Awesome!” Alivda said and returned to a defensive stance. Horth did the same.

“When is it my turn again?” Tatt asked.

“Later,” Alivda said.

Tatt looked sulky.

Amel went over and sat next to him, while he watched his baby Diff be magnificent.

After the sparing was over, Amel took Alivda back to Barmi II.

“And why is she back here so soon?” Perry asked.

“I have more to do than look after her, you know,” Amel said. “And she kinda ran away to spar with Horth while we were on Gelion.”

“And you think this increase in craziness will mean I can better look after her?”

Amel laughed. “There is no one else I can leave her with and Ev’rel wants me home.”

Perry muttered something Amel didn’t hear.

“Alright, I will take her,” Perry said. “But I am hiring a babysitter!”

“Thank you,” Amel said, and kissed her on the cheek.

“Is that all I get?” Perry asked.

“For now,” Amel said. “I have to go.”

Perry grumbled and Amel left.

“Grandmama,” Alivda said energetically. “Horth is so awesome!”

“Yes, he is.”

“You should make him come here,” Alivda said.

“If I did it wouldn’t be for you,” Perry said, and went to make some calls.

3Jul/14Off

July 3, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

July 2, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Lurol rattled Amel with her irreverent extrapolations from data in Part 5: Far Arena

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July 2, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

July 1, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Horth deals uncharitably with gang swords in conclusion of Craig Bowlsby's Horth in Killing Reach, set in the Okal Rel Universe.

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July 1, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

July 1, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Alivda rocks the foundations of traditional SanHome in Part 9: Holy War when she forces her way into a Sword Law competition in defence of the Pol Alliance.

   
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