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.
Alivda stared in wonder at Horth holding a sword. She could tell just by looking that when Horth held a sword it was not just a sword but an extension of his arm.
Amel went over and handed the package to Horth who took it silently.
“That’s it!” Alivda said as soon as the package had changed hands and Horth had put it down.
“Yeah,” Amel said, leaning down to talk to her as Horth turned his back on them.
“But that’s boring!” Alivda said.
“Sometimes life is boring,” Amel said.
Alivda just started at him like she had seen a ghost.
She decided right then and there that her life was NOT going to be boring, and to start off her newfound resolution she decided Horth looked too sullen.
“Stop!” Amel yelled too late; Alivda had already started running towards the highlord with all her Vrellish speed.
For a split second Amel was scared Horth might stab Diff as if she was attacking him, but as soon as Horth saw Alivda, Amel relaxed.
The Vrellish do not harm children.
Horth scooped Alivda up into his arms and spun her around just like Amel did. Alivda then crawled onto his back. His shoulders weren’t as broad as Amel’s, so she had to hold on tighter.
Horth, indifferent to the extra weight, continued his warm up routine.
“Amel?” Alivda asked.
“I like Horth’s sword.”
“I thought you might,” Amel said.
“I want one!”
They were headed back to Amel’s Envoy ship to go deliver the next package, with Alivda once again using far too much energy while she did more than walk.
“Oh all right, but quick, okay,” Amel said. “I have to get this next package all the way to Killing Reach.”
Alivda nodded and Amel took her shopping.