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.
“That is 5/2 to me,” Alivda said, smiling hugely while she expended yet more energy jumping up and down.
“Yes, it is,” Korbin said, sheathing his sword, “and it is also the end of my shift.” He turned around.
“Oof!” he yelled as Alivda jumped onto his back.
“Never turn your back on your opponent,” Alivda whispered in his ear.
“Correct,” Korbin said. “But I am your friend, not your opponent.”
Alivda manoeuvred her body around so she was still clinging to him but she was on his front instead of his back.
“Friends with benefits,” she said, and kissed him.
“Yes, benefits,” Korbin said.
“Just one more round,” Alivda pouted, her lower lip and eyes milking it for all it was worth.
Korbin moaned. “But you will just beat me again.”
“But it will be fun!” Alivda said.
“Fine, what do you want to do?”
“I am tired, actually,” he said.
“Lame!” Alivda said, sticking her tongue out. Since she was still clinging to his front this resulted in him having to wipe his face.
“That I am,” Korbin said and tried to shake her off, but she clung on.
“Please let me sleep,” Korbin asked softly.
Alivda wasn’t happy, but she let go, and he walked out of the practice area and back to his room for a nap.
This planet is too small, Alivda thought, too small.
Then she got an idea.
She left the practice area and ran back to where she knew Perry was. At this time of day Perry was always in operations working on PA stuff.
“Grandma,” Alivda called. “When do I get to fly?”
“When you are older,” Perry said, distracted.
Alivda was sick of hearing that. Totally sick of it.
So why was she here?
“I am going to fly!” she whispered to herself. Perry was too busy to hear her. She left her Grandmother to her work and ran for the docks.