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 night there was a battle over Amel; the funny thing was the only person unaware of it was Amel.
Little Diff was curled up by Amel’s head, sharing his pillow. Ann was trying to get closer to Amel while avoiding the dragon.
First Alivda kicked Ann to try and keep her away. Then Ann tried to push Alivda off the bed. The only reason it didn’t escalate to fists flying was because they were both trying not to wake Amel.
“How did you sleep?" Amel asked the next morning while he made breakfast.
“Not well,” Ann said.
“Aw, that’s too bad,” Amel said. “I slept great. But I had a weird dream.”
“I was a piece of meat and two lionesses were fighting over me,” Amel said.
Ann coughed up her orange juice.
“What?” she asked.
“Yeah,” Amel said. “The part that really confused me was that I wasn’t hurt. I thought lionesses ate their prey?”
Ann made a few startled noises and went off to get dressed without breakfast.
As Ann walked through the hall, a blonde tornado went swirling past.
Amel grunted as Diff jumped, with the inertia of her run, onto his back.
“I am just lucky I heal,” Amel said while Alivda got comfortable sitting on his shoulders. “Or I would be a walking bruise by now. So what do you want for breakfast?” Amel asked the girl, once Alivda was settled. Ann couldn't help but notice he didn't ask her anything at all.
Alivda giggled and clapped her hands together.
“Eggs on toast it is,” Amel said, and started cooking.
Ann returned when the smells and sounds of food reached her room.
“That smells good,” she said once she re-entered the kitchen.
“Oh, I didn’t know you wanted any,” Amel said. “Sorry I didn’t make enough.”
Ann was starting to hate this little blonde terror more and more. At this rate Amel was going to forget she existed!
“Oh no, it’s fine,” Ann said, putting on a fake smile. “I will just feed myself.”
So Ann poured herself a bowl of cereal, while Diff consumed all of Amel’s eggs and left the toast.
“Oh right, I forgot,” Amel said. “You have a Vrellish digestive system, sorry.” And he got up and made her more eggs.
He is apologizing for her eating all his food! Ann thought in outrage, while she cut up some fruit for her cereal.
“There, Diff,” Amel said. “Only protein for you.” And he gave her all the eggs, while he had toast and fruit.
“She is going to get fat if you keep feeding her like that,” Ann said.
“Nah, she won’t,” Amel said. “She is too Vrellish, and besides, even if she did she would still be perfect. Isn’t that right?”