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 they left the bar, Amel rented a room. When they were showed in, Alivda went straight to the bed and started jumping on it.
“Don’t do that!” Amel said. “You will break the bed!”
Alivda jumped higher.
“Really, I don’t know why you bother,” Ann said. “She never listens.”
“She is my little Diff,” Amel said. “I have to try.”
“Come!” Alivda said from the bed.
“No,” Amel said. “You come.”
Alivda, now bored with her bed jumping game, used her momentum to leap towards Amel. He caught her with both his arms and pulled his body back to absorb the blow.
“Whee!” Alivda said as Amel swung her backward with the force of her jump.
“How has she not killed you yet?” Ann asked.
Amel and Alivda laughed.
Ann was sick of this. She had been sick of this the last time. But this time she was going to do something about it.
“Amel,” she said softly. “My shoulders really hurt. Do you think you could be an angel and massage them for me?”
“Sure,” Amel said. And he put Alivda down.
They both sat on the bed and Ann closed her eyes while Amel moved his hands in just the right ways over her back and shoulders.
Alivda got fed up with this after only a few minutes.
“Amel,” she said and he looked up. “Play with me.”
“I will in a minute, Diff, okay?”
“NO!” Diff said. “Why are you with her!”
“We came here to visit her, remember?” Amel said, still massaging Ann.
“No!” Alivda said. “We came here so we could fly!”
She jumped up on the bed and sat on Amel’s lap. This made it much harder for him to continue massaging Ann.
“My turn!” Alivda said and she turned around, showing Amel her back.