Reality Skimming

Diff the Dragon – Part Seven: Homecoming

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 7

After his visit with Ann, Amel took Diff on his Envoy adventures for a while. It turned out that when delivering messages it didn’t help to have a baby dragon with you. Alivda got him into trouble more times than he could count, but he didn’t care. She was still his little Diff. and he had never had as much fun than with her. To him, it almost felt like he had a chance to live his childhood over again. Diff, unlike him, would always know she was loved.

When it was time for him to go home, he couldn’t think of where to leave Diff.

“Why can’t I go home with you?” the now three-year-old and quite verbal Diff asked.

“Because Ev’rel doesn’t like visitors,” Amel said, or at least ones who like me, he thought.

“Well, that’s dumb,” Alivda said bluntly. “I want to go with you.”

In the end, Amel and Diff came up with a compromise: Alivda would wait on a nearby planet and Amel would come back sooner than he had originally planned.

* * * * *

“Hello,” Amel said as he walked into Lilac Hearth. “Is anyone here?”

No one answered, so Amel asked a servant.

“The Avim and her sons went out,” the male servant said. Ev’rel only hired men.

“When did they say they’d be back?” Amel asked.

“A few days at least, Your Immortality.”

Amel considered waiting. He had been looking forward to seeing Ev'rel, no matter how stormy their relationship sometimes was. But he found he truly did not want to leave Diff for that long. “Thank you,” Amel said and headed back to his ship.


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