Reality Skimming

Diff the Dragon – Part Fiftysix

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.

Part 56

“Where are you going?”

“I have a message to deliver for Ameron,” Amel said.

“It seems like you are always doing that!” Ev’rel said. “You should be here. How am I supposed to know what other women you are seeing otherwise?”

“When I am here, I am yours,” Amel said. “That is the arrangement we made, remember?”

Ev’rel didn’t look happy. “What if that arrangement isn’t agreeable to me now?”

“I don’t know,” Amel lied. “But either way I have to go.”

“You always go.”

“But I always come back.” He smiled.

Ev’rel seemed somewhat satisfied with that as far as Amel could tell. He walked out of Lilac hearth and continued on to White hearth.

The guards let him pass and he went in to collect his package from Ameron.

“Ah, Amel, good,” Ameron said. “It is over there.”

Ameron usually was more attentive, Amel observed, but he didn’t mind. Ameron was currently in a deep conversation with one of his gorarelpul.

Amel read the note from Ameron attached to the package as he walked, using his memory to prevent him from banging into anything.

His memory was very good, so it surprised him when he was suddenly blocked by something.

“What!” Amel exclaimed.

“I found you!”

“I can see that!”

“So now you have to hang out with me,” Alivda said.

“Okay, but not here,” Amel said. “Let’s go to my ship, okay?”

Alivda nodded.

Amel led his rebellious little Diff down across the plaza and out through Silver hearth. He had planned on exiting through Lilac, but with Alivda that was not an option.

“Princess-Leige Luthan told me to always let you through,” the guard said grudgingly.

“Thank you,” Amel said and he hurried Alivda out.

They got to his ship unscathed.

“I haven’t seen you since we bought this together,” Alivda said, indicating the sword at her hip.

“I’m sorry,” Amel said. “It’s been really busy around here.”

“Huh.” Alivda wasn’t soothed. “You owe me fun!”

“I have a package to deliver,” Amel said.

“No,” Alivda said. “We have a package to deliver.” And Amel couldn’t say no.

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