Reality Skimming

Diff the Dragon – Part Thirty Six

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 36

When they landed on Barmi II, Alivda got out at once and ran off.

Amel sighed and followed.

When he got sight of her she was talking to a very busy looking PA member.

“Can you teach me swords?” Alivda was asking the woman when Amel got close enough to hear.

“Not now,” she said and checked her watch as she walked quickly away.

“What about you?” Alivda asked another person.

“Me what?”

“Swords!” Alivda said as if this guy was dim.

“Diff, he didn’t hear the question,” Amel said from just behind Alivda.

“Oh right, sorry,” Alivda said. “Will you teach me swords?”

“How old are you?” the guy said, looking her up and down and wondering why she wanted to sword fight.

“Old enough!” Alivda said pompously.

“Even so,” the man said, “aren’t you a little too blonde for swords?”

Alivda did not appreciate this and to prove it took out her sword and poked the guy hard right where she knew he wouldn’t like it.

The guy fell over.

“Sorry!” Amel said, as he whisked Alivda away.

“So that’s why you wanted to come to Barmi,” Amel said, once they were on their own again. “For sword lessons.”

Alivda nodded.

“Well, why don’t we go ask Vrenn then?”

“But he’s dull.”

“Yes, but he is a great fencer, nevertheless.”

As they walked, the Barmi II air and sun washed over them. Amel loved it here. The people, the scenery, the obscurity, everything.

“Fine,” Alivda said. “But he'd better be a good teacher too.” She crossed her arms and walked off like she owned the place.

Amel sighed, and followed.

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