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 an optometric assistant. In her spare time she enjoys writing, video blogging, reading and watching very nerdy TV shows.
“Are all green worlds this pretty?” Alivda asked as they walked through the streets of Clara’s World.
“Yes,” Amel said. “That’s why they have to be protected by Okal Rel.”
“But wouldn’t it be great to have one!”
“People protect their green worlds very well,” Amel said. “And you can’t make any more.”
“But what if we could get someone else’s?”
Amel was shocked. He leaned down to Alivda’s level.
“You can’t do anything okal’a’ni,” Amel told her very seriously.
“I know,” Alivda said quickly. “But still it would be nice, right?”
“The Demish are the ones who have the most green worlds,” Amel said. “And they are all tied up in marriages and contracts. You couldn’t get one without doing something okal’a’ni.”
“Fine,” Alivda said, but she hadn’t forgotten.
They delivered the package and returned to their ship.
Alivda and Amel had a blast flying around. He let her take the controls, since she had obviously already flown from Barmi to Gelion.
“You’re a natural!” Amel said.
“I am Vrellish!” Alivda yelled as she flew around in empty space like a crazy person.
Amel laughed. “Yes, you are!”
After all the fun, Amel took Alivda back to Gelion and back to her ship.
“Since you can fly now, I can’t very well tell you to go home and stay there, but don’t get into too much trouble please!”
“I won’t,” Alivda said. “But don’t be gone so long again.”