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Diff the Dragon – Part Thirty Seven

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 37

Vrenn grudgingly agreed to start teaching Alivda. Amel stayed on Barmi with her and watched her practice for a few days then he returned to court.

A pattern emerged. When Alivda wasn’t out delivering packages with Amel she was practicing with her sword.

This pattern continued as time passed.

“Can’t I just punch him instead?” the now five-year-old Alivda asked.

“If you want him to slice your gut open while you draw your hand back,” Vrenn said.

“Oh,” Alivda said. “But what about if I do this?” And she twisted her body away to avoid the blunt practice sword while she pulled her hand back and punched. Her hand stopped just short of Vrenn’s face.

“That is not the point of the exercise,” Vrenn said from behind Alivda’s frozen hand.

“Yeah, but it was more fun,” Alivda said.

“Sword play is not about fun.”

“Well, of course it is,” Alivda said. “Why else would it be called play?”

“If you are only in this for fun, leave now!” Vrenn said.

“What!” Alivda said. “No, I don’t want to.”

“Then you will take this seriously?”

“I didn’t say that.”

Vrenn glared at her.


“That is it!” Vrenn said. “Even if you are Perry’s granddaughter I have had enough! Go learn from someone else.”

“Fine!” Alivda spat back. “I will!” And she stormed out.

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