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.
After his short but memorable visit with Ann in his Envoy Ship, Amel went to pick up Alivda.
“You are late!” were the first words out of Alivda’s mouth when she saw Amel.
“Sorry, Diff,” Amel said. “But I had some things to do.”
“Don’t be late again,” Alivda said. “It is boring here.”
“Yes, Amel,” came a beautiful voice from the door. “Don’t be late.”
“Ayrium!” Amel said and ran over to give her a hug.
“Mother!” Alivda yelled. “You are hogging my Amel!”
“My daughter seems to like you more than me,” Ayrium said to her old friend.
“Sorry,” Amel said.
“Don’t be sorry,” Ayrium said, “I am glad someone can handle her.”
Ayrium gazed at her youngest and most volatile daughter with… was that loss?
“What’s wrong?” Amel said, concerned like only Amel could be.
“My last child and she doesn’t like me.” Ayrium sighed.
“Why can’t you have more?” Amel said, thinking Ayrium was too young and beautiful to think such things.
“Ameron is back on Ferni,” Ayrium said.
“Well, tell him to stop taking it,” Amel said.
“He won’t,” Ayrium said. “His children scare him. They grow up to be loose cannons in the empire. Politics you know.” She sighed again.
Amel didn’t know what to say.
“Just go and give Alivda a wonderful Vrellish childhood, Amel,” Ayrium said. “She is too much for me or Perry.”
Amel smiled. “I will.”