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.
“Thank you,” the calm, brown-skinned Reetion told Amel once he handed the letter over.
“You’re welcome,” Amel said, feeling a little weird as he wondered whether this man was…like Ranar or not.
Don’t think like that! Amel told himself.
“Your skin is brown,” Alivda said with no tact.
“And your hair is yellow,” the Reetion replied.
“But I am not Demish!” Alivda said like she always did when people brought up her hair and eyes.
“And I am not a commoner,” the Reetion replied.
Alivda looked at him with new interest.
“You are smarter than you look,” she said.
“Right back at you,” the Reetion smiled, and Amel bid him good day and left.
“That man was browner than Ann,” Alivda said as they left, but while they were still in earshot of the Reetion.
Amel heard him laugh as they left. He thought the little blonde girl had been adorable.
“Yes, he was,” Amel said, once they were out of earshot.
They got to the dock and into the ship; then Amel, having no more packages to deliver and some time left before he had to be home, decided to ask Alivda where they would go next.
“Barmi II,” Alivda said to Amel’s surprise. She usually wanted to get off Barmi.
“Are you sure?” Amel said. “I only have a few days till I should really be getting back to fountain court.”
He really should have stayed at court or at least said hello when he was there to drop off Horth’s package, but since Horth doesn’t talk much Amel wasn’t too worried about him telling Ev’rel.
“Yes!” Alivda said.