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.
“Hey,” Alivda said. “What brings you here?”
“We need to talk,” Amel said.
“Oh, not you too!” Alivda groaned. “Grandma set you up to this, didn’t she?”
Amel had found her at a bar on a space station near Gelion. It was one of her favourite places to have a drink, meet a guy and generally have a good time.
“Perry hasn’t said a thing to me,” Amel said.
“Oh, so what do you want to talk about then?” Alivda asked, perking up again all at once.
She sighed. Subtlety wasn’t her strong suit.
“Just to warn you: Grandma already tried to lecture me!”
“I don’t want to lecture you,” Amel said. “I just want to ask you a favour.”
“Will you please check to see if the people you are duelling are, for lack of a better word, ‘not nice’ before you kill them? You could always make it to first blood or just have a sparring match if all you want is to learn.”
Alivda smiled. “Thank you for not lecturing me,” she said. “I will try.”
“Great!” Amel said. “Now onto more interesting topics?”
“You wanna help me scope out the bar?”
“Only if you are interested in women?”
Alivda laughed. “Not so much.”
“Well, I have a few days till I have to be back at court,” Amel said. “Let’s make the most of them.”
And they did.