Reality Skimming

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


“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.

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