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.
“Where were you last night?” Perry asked casually the next morning. “I didn’t see you when I woke up.”
“With Diff,” Amel said.
“Were you with her all night?” Perry asked.
“Well, yeah,” Amel said. “She was crying.”
Perry sighed. “And Horth Nersal will give a speech before you let a child cry all alone in the dark.”
Amel smiled; she knew him so well.
“Oh, and Perry,” Amel said, “do you think you can take Alivda for a few days? I am due back at home and Ev’rel isn’t away like last time.”
“Last time, huh,” Perry said. “Wasn’t that when you let her cut off all her hair?”
“I didn’t let her do anything!” Amel said. “And I made sure it was even, didn’t I?”
“She looked like a boy for months!” Perry said. “Ayrium was not happy!”
“Yeah well, if she cares so much, she should look after her own daughter for a change,” Amel shot back, though he didn’t really mean it. “I will be a week at the most.” He made to leave.
“Wait, I haven’t said yes yet.”
“But you will, right?”
Perry sighed. “Do I have a choice?”
Amel grinned, kissed Perry good-bye, and left.
“Gramma,” Alivda said, coming into the room with sleep in her eyes. “Where did Amel go?”
“Home,” Perry said bluntly.
“Why?” Alivda sniffled.
“He has grown up stuff to deal with, then he will be right back,” Perry said.
“Oh,” Alivda said, sullen.
“But we will have fun without him,” Perry said, hoping that Alivda's ideas of fun no longer included destroying her home.
“Humph,” Alivda said, and went to the kitchen.
That child will eat me out of house and home, Perry thought as she followed.