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#1 Ash Burgess

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 08:54 PM

Chapter 1
Starting Point

I find it funny where I can end up sometimes. In second grade, I ended up face to face with the biggest bully, Hugo. He was in fifth grade and practically had a moustache. There was even a rumor that he had two kids already with some girl up at my city’s high school. Hugo beat the crap out of me and why? Because I decided to play The Hero and stand up for my friend.
Once at the zoo, I tried to save a kid’s balloon and ended up in the monkey pit because I broke through the net. I got tons of poo thrown at my face and a broken wrist from the fall. Then there was that one time I found a deer that actually let me pet it and I got shot in the leg by an arrow from my father’s crossbow.
I have always ended up in the most bizarre, painful situations, whether by pain it was emotional or physical. However, this story I am about to tell you, reader, puts me in a situation that I never thought I would be in.
And it all starts out with a man with a big nose, a moustache, overalls, and a funny red hat…

I was on this marble floor. Don’t ask me how I got there, but all I could remember was my name. It was Ashley, but I liked to be called Ash. Why? It was shorter, easier to write, and since every friggin’ girl in elementary school was named Ashley, I had to find an alternative to my name.
I stood up slowly. I wasn’t hurt or anything, but I was entirely confused. I looked around for a second and then saw this man with a clipboard. He was a short, chubby man. He had a big, bushy moustache and these huge blue eyes. This hat he had on his head was red and had a big M in the middle. I recognized him, but I was so disoriented that I couldn’t recall who he was.
“Excuse me, sir,? I said.
“Ah, yes, you’re Ashley, Ashley Brandt, right?? he asked. He had this thick accent. I knew I had heard it before, but where?
“Um, yeah, actually I am,? I said. “My head hurts so much, though.?
“That’s expected,? the man said. “Switching dimensions and all is quite a doozy.?
“Switching dimensions?? I said, trailing off into thought.
“Why yes. You’re from an entirely different place, ya know.?
I suddenly remembered my home in Ohio and my family and, well, everything. However, my reader, I didn’t know quite yet, but that stuff would no longer matter where I was at.
“Where am I now??
“Well, you’re technically in the Mushroom kingdom, but you won’t be here for long.?
“Wait, where!? I shouted.
“The Mushroom kingdom,? this guy repeated. “I thought you would’ve at least recognized me enough to guess where you were.?
“Who are you,? I asked, backing up slowly, eventually finding myself against a stone walls.
“I’m Mario, from the Super Mario Brothers video game you might’ve played,? he said.
“Mario,? I said softly, but added assertively, “Why am I here??
“Well, we’re short of heroes here in what is called the Ninten Dimension. You’re dimension, called the Second Dimension, had some great candidates and, due to your name being drawn out of my hat, you were the chosen hero. Congrats!?
“Most heroes that were the “Chosen ones? because they were born that way, but I’m chosen one just because my stupid name was in a hat with a bunch of other stupid people?? I said. “What the hell is wrong with you??
“Hey, don’t blame me, Ash,? Mario said, pointing at me with a pencil. “All the candidates from your dimension were chosen by a special board of individuals.?
“But I’m only twelve, and I definitely didn’t sign up for something like this!? I thundered.
“Trust me, there were others much younger than you whose names were in my hat. Some of those names were one year old babies. You should be thankful.?
“I should be thankful that I’ll get myself killed??
“Momma mia, child! You don’t even know what you were chosen to do. Maybe you were chosen to be the hero of pansies!?
“I have a feeling I wasn’t chosen for that, you son of a-?
“Please, I’ll have none of that nonsense fighting in my castle,? I gentle, but stern voice called out.
At the top of the staircase was a beautiful woman in a huge pink dress. Her blonde hair went a little below her shoulders and her blue eyes sparkled in the sunlight that seeped through an opening on the ceiling.
“Now, will you give me the pleasure to tell you my name, Ms. Ashley, or would you like to keep arguing with Mario here.?
I crossed my arms and said, “Go ahead, say what you want.?
“My name is Princess Toadstool, but you can call me Peach,? she said. “I was on the committee that chose whose names would be placed in the hat from your dimension. I, personally, is the one who nominated you.?
“But why?? I asked. “I’m young.?
“Ashley, we need a young, ambitious person to save this dimension,? Princess Peach said. “You were a perfect choice.?
“What am I suppose to do, though? What about my family and my education and my friends??
“In your world, unfortunately, you are considered dead,? Mario said calmly. “I would advise you to forget about all of that.?
I was extremely upset and wanted to cry, but at the same time, I was happy to be gone. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression in my past. I had trouble fitting in at school and talking to even my family. I began to feel like this would be a new beginning.
“Are you okay, Ashley?? Princess Peach asked.
“Yes,? I said. “What needs to be done??
“Your first destination is not too far off,? Princess Peach said. “It’s in a neighboring kingdom, the kingdom of Hyrule. You will be working with a boy of the same age as you. His name is Link.?
“Interesting,? I said. “How will I get there??
“Even though it is neighboring, Hyrule is across an ocean,? Mario said. “Our very own James McCloud of the Star Fox team is volunteering to give you a ride there in his spacecraft. They do a bunch of space fighting and what not, which is something you shouldn’t have to worry about.?
“Okay, well, where is this Link kid?? I asked.
“Unfortunately, all we know is that he is living in Kokiri Forest,? Princess Peach said. “He is being mistaken for a child of the Kokiri race. The Kokiri children never grow up and are not allowed to ever leave the forest due to a fear that they will die. This is not true, but for their safety, don’t tell them that the myth is false.?
“Understood,? I said.
Then a small voice announced, “Princess Peach, Mr. James McCloud is here upon your special request.?
“Oh yes, Toad, please let him in,? Princess Peach said.
I turned around to see two tiny men with mushroom caps on their heads. They were rather cute. Oddly enough, I noticed that the doors in Peach’s castle had two doorknobs: one for regular sized people and another one down to the little guy’s height.
The doors opened to reveal James McCloud. Surprisingly, he was a fox, but he stood up like a human and his body was shaped like a human, too, besides his hair and his muzzle. He took off his helmet and his ears flopped up. Even though he took off his helmet as a sign of respect, he didn’t remove his sunglasses.
“Good evening Princess,? James said and gave her a short bow, “long time no see.?
“Hello James,? Princess Peach said. “Thank you so much for helping us transport Ms. Ashley Brandt to Hyrule.?
“No problem,? James said, bringing his sunglasses down a bit so he could look at me. “She seems very young.?
“That was intended, James,? Peach said. “She may seem young and innocent now, but I think she will do just fine once she gets the hang of things.?
“Yes, well, I hope you’re right,? James said and he turned around. “C’mon, Ms. Brandt, we have a long flight under our tails.?
I nodded and walked over to James.
“Oh, Ashley,? Princess Peach called out and I turned around. “Have you ever had any experience with a sword before??
“Uh, no,? I said.
“Good. Neither has Link. You two will grow together, I do suppose.?
Great, I thought and I followed James outside.
“My Arwing is in the back,? James said. “It’s a bit weird to get into at first, but I’ll help you. Do you get motion sickness??
“Not that I know of,? I said.
“That works then, kiddo,? James said.
We reach the back of the castle and I was amazed at his Arwing. It was a fighter pilot and reminded me of something from the movie Star Wars, a huge hit back at home. The Arwing had a symbol on it that looked like a fox with a wing.
“Beautiful, isn’t she?? he said.
“Yeah,? I said.
“When I retire from the Star Fox team, I am going to give it to my son, Fox,? James said. “You’d like him. He’s an ambitious, confident young pup, but I hope he chooses a different career path than mine. My life is terribly dangerous.?
“I’m sorry,? I said. “Hopefully, you and I can make things better here.?
James laughed a bit and then pulled out a small remote. He pressed a button and the Arwing’s wings spread and the cock pit was revealed underneath a moving windshield.
James suddenly picked me up and sat me in the back saying, “Let’s hope so.?
I got comfortable as James started up the Arwing. The windshield came down as James pressed multiple buttons.
“I’ll make this an easy ride for you, Ashley,? James said.
“You can call me Ash, if you want to, “ I said rather quickly.
“Alright Ash. I like that.?
We started to hover in the air a bit but took off towards the sky.
“So Ash, are you nervous?? James asked.
“Well, yes, a little,? I said.
“It’s okay to be nervous. I know I was the first time I stepped into this thing. I thought I was going to die on my first day. I remember screaming my head of and just firing the lasers. There wasn’t much fighting back then, though. Everything was different. I was part of the Saturn Wings back then. It was me and my buddy Wolf O’Donnell. We were crazy pups.?
“What happened to the Saturn Wings?? I asked.
“Well, Wolf became the leader and I was his ace pilot,? James said. “But, Wolf became power hungry and killed the whole team, besides me, of course. I got into a huge fight with him in space, but it eventually became a hand to hand combat on a nearby planet. It was a scary time, I’ll tell you.?
“Wow,? I said. “What happened next??
“Well, I barely made it back home to the planet Corneria. My wife, Vixy, wanted me to retire after that, but I was asked by the Cornerian army to take up my own group and thus I formed the Star Fox group. With me is Peppy Hare, Pigma Dengar, and this new kid named Falco Lombardi. Falco’s quite the pilot for a new guy.?
“Where’s Wolf?? I asked.
“I don’t know. Last I heard, I killed him off. Either that, or I scared the crap out of him. But, I highly doubt that. Even when we were young, Wolf was a rather solid guy.?
“So, do you know anything about this Hyrule place?? I asked. “I just wanted to get some information before I get there and all.?
“Sorry Ash, but I’ve never been there,? James said. “I usually stay up in space, but Mario called me and asked if I would take you to Hyrule because if you went by boat, it would take you at least a week to get there. I heard it’s a real nice place, though. It’s ruled by this guy named Daphnes. I would never name my kid that. The king sounds like a chick, doesn’t he??
“Yeah,? I said and smiled a bit. I really liked this guy.
I suddenly heard a beeping noise and James pressed a button.
“James McCloud of the Star Fox team here,? James said.
“James, this is General Pepper,? said a voice from the speakers up front. “There’s been some trouble here in the Lylat System. Are you done there in the Mushroom kingdom??
“Not yet, sir, I’m almost to Hyrule to transport Ms. Ashley Brandt, but I will be done right after that. Do you need something??
“Well, we’ve been told of some strange activity at the planet Venom,? General Pepper said. “We’re convinced that Andross is up to no good.?
“Ah, Andross,? James said. “Well, I shall fly straight to headquarters and gather my team.?
“By any chance, James, are you bringing that Falco guy with you?? General Pepper asked.
“Yeah, why??
“He just seems rather shady to me is all,? Pepper said. “Promise me you’ll keep your eyes open and head up with this guy.?
“Whatever you say, sir,? James said.
“Alright, Pepper out,? General Pepper said and then the speakers beeped.
“I feel awfully bad for Falco, but I don’t blame General Pepper,? James said to me. “He has a rather bad past, which might just be because of certain conditions, but I don’t know.?
“I’d give him a shot,? I said.
“I like you, kiddo,? James said. “I’ll tell you what, you save this whole Hyrule junk and then I’ll let you fly with my team a bit. You’d be a very good part to the team, ya know??
I smiled as we began to land.
“We’re there already?? I said.
“Why yes we are,? James said.
We landed safely on a hill. Luckily, no one noticed. I jumped out of the cockpit and turned to James.
“Thanks,? I said.
“No prob,? James said, shifting his glasses down. “Don’t forget to call once all this mess is done.?
“I will,? I shouted as James prepared to leave. I watched as he soared in the sky and took off.
I turned around to face the village. It smelled of forest and I could hear a small waterfall to my left. I decided to walk down the hill and get a better look at things. I saw all of these kids dressed in ugly, green tunics.
This was going to be a nasty adventure, I could already tell.





Chapter 2
Fairy Boy



I felt awkward among the Kokiri kids as I walked around a bit and these stupid flying things kept making me sneeze. They were yellow and floated in the air whenever I stood still. It got real annoying rather quickly. I was starting to dread this mission and decided that I would definitely punch Mario the next time I saw him.
But it suddenly came to mind that I might never see him again.
This feeling suddenly became heavy on my chest and I started to panic. It was probably my anxiety doing so, but I suddenly had no idea how this was going to work, how I was going to save a whole kingdom from whatever it was I needed to save it from.
Oh God, I don’t even know who I’m suppose to be fighting with, I thought suddenly.
I collapsed and began to cry in place. Or rather, I was crying and sneezing because those damn yellow balls were going in my nose again. But that didn’t matter because I was pathetic enough. I was the chosen one who ended up failing. I’d never read a story about a kid that was a chosen hero and failed for what they were born to do.
And guess what.
When I looked up, all the Kokiris were standing in place, smiling and playing with the little flying yellow balls.
Pathetic, I thought and I just kept crying.
“My dear, why are you crying?? a deep voice asked.
I felt a hand on my shoulder and dried my eyes. That hand belonged to a very big man who was kneeling behind me. He had dark green skin and bright red hair. His skin was so green that I thought he was a zombie or something, but I was too upset to freak out. After I have a breakdown, I would become numb and lethargic, so I felt nothing.
“I’m lost,? I said like a baby.
“Humph, we are all, my dear,? he said. “What is your name??
“Ash,? I said.
“That’s a rather weird name for a child here in Hyrule,? the man said. He lifted me up and brushed off my clothes. He reach for my face and dried any remaining tears. “You’re also dressed weird too. Are you from around here??
“I’m from Ohio,? I said.
“Where’s Ohio?? he asked. He had this confused look on his face.
“In the U.S.A.?
“Yousa? I have never heard of such a place.?
“Forget…Yousa,? I said. “What’s your name??
The man stood up proudly and boasted, “My name is Ganondorf Dragmire, king of the Gerudo thieves.?
“Sounds cool, I guess. Anyway, what are you doing here??
Ganondorf messed with his gloves and said, “I had some unfinished business to attend to is all. And speaking of unfinished business, I need to get out of here really quick. It’s been nice meeting you, my dear. If you ever need anything, I’m sure I’ll be at the Hyrule castle.? He smirked at me and started to walk away.
I watched him walk, the green skinned freak. Something told me I would meet him again, but I wasn’t sure if it would be a nice meeting or a really bad one. It seemed like a nice guy, honestly, but he was very big and very hairy. My younger brother would always play video games that had big and hairy people in it and that was usually a big red flag for being some evil jerk.
As I pondered this, I suddenly got smacked in the face by some big, glowing ball. This ball thing fell to the ground. I picked it up and held it in my hand. One of those Kokiri kids were going to get it.
“Hey, let go of me,? some squeaking voice said.
I dropped that little ball. I had no idea what it was, but I knew it had just talked to me. I thought I was going crazy, which would be a proper hypothesis, seeing as I suddenly lived in a world of video games, had conversations with a fox in a fighter spaceship thing, and met Mario, with whom I almost fought with.
The ball flew up and got right in my face, saying, “Look here, you jerk, I’m a fairy and I have just as many rights as you humans do. Maybe I’m a bit bad at flying, but-?
I picked her up by one of her wings and she started to shout, “Hey, let go of me! I have a really big job to do and if I don’t find this kid, Hyrule’s fate will be at stake.?
I stopped walking and asked, “What kid, because I’m looking for one, too.?
“This lost kid named Link. He’s never had a fairy and I’ve been asked to assist him.?
“Where is he?? I asked.
“I can’t tell you, I’ll get in trouble,? the fairy cried.
“I’m suppose to assist him as well,? I said. “My name is Ash Brandt, and I’m suppose to help Link save Hyrule from, well…something.?
“Well, let go of me and I’ll show you were he is,? the fairy snapped.
I let go of it and it flied in my face, sputtering out, “Now, let’s get him. And by the way, my name is Navi.?
“Well, alright then, let’s get to Link, pronto,? I said rather harshly. I wasn’t going to play games with a flying ball of glowing fluff.
We walked to this rather big tree house that had a little drawing on it. I found it cute and wanted to look a little longer, but Navi was one step ahead of me. It already flew up into the house.
In front of me was a ladder. I never liked ladders, in fact I was extremely scared of them. I touched one of the steps and felt my palms sweating. It wasn’t climbing up the ladder that was my problem, it was getting of the ladder and onto the platform that was the huge problem. I wasn’t sure what went were or what foot to use first.
I decided I would figure that out when I got to the top of the thing. I was never good at climbing things back at home. I never climbed walls or trees solely because, once I would get to the top, I wouldn’t know how to get down. Like when I was in first grade, this girl in fourth grade in the bathroom stall beside me told me to stand on the toilet and then stand on the toilet paper dispenser. She was up there, guiding me, and I actually got up there, but I didn’t know how to get down, so I started crying until a teacher came to get me.
I couldn’t do that here, though, because I knew no one would help me down. Or, well, maybe that Ganondorf man would’ve helped, seeing as he was quite possibly one of the most decent people I had seen; shady, but still decent.
Suddenly I found myself there: the top of the ladder. I lifted my left foot slowly, but decided that wasn’t the right foot. I then tried my right foot and realized that wasn’t right, either. I held on tightly to the two planks of wood at the top. I decided to go down, so I used my left foot, but I decided that was a bad move, so I used my right foot instead. Definitely, the right foot was no the way to go.
I stared at the opening to the tree house. I had to get up there to help Link. I decided to use my left foot to get on the platform and didn’t stop, even though it didn’t feel right. The next thing I know is I tripped and my face landed on a soft, leathery surface.
“Um, excuse me,? a voice above me said. “I’m rather glad that you like my boot, but I need to use it to walk and all.?
I stood up quickly and right in front of me was this weird boy, wearing the weird green tunic and a floppy, green hat that resembled a nightcap. That fairy was floating comfortably around him. This kid had these piercing blue eyes and blonde hair under his floppy hat.
Even though I was taught to use proper manners, the only thing I could find myself to say was this: “Jesus dude, what the heck are you wearing??
His face changed to looking angry and he snapped, “Well, you should be saying that to yourself.?
This kid was right. I was wearing blue jeans and an orange polo shirt. My black Converse shoes didn’t help, either.
“That doesn’t matter right now,? I said quickly. “Your name’s Link, right??
“How do you know my name?? he asked, his face looking at me like he was trying to figure out if I was a good guy or a bad guy.
“Well, I was sent here by Princess Toadstool of the Mushroom kingdom to help you save this place,? I said.
“The Mushroom kingdom,? Link said. “That place all the way across the ocean??
“Yeah, actually. I’m glad you know your geography. Anyway, my name is Ashley, but you can call me Ash if you want to. I suppose to help you do stuff, I guess.?
“Do what?? Link asked.
“Might I interject here,? said Navi. “Link and Ash, you have been called upon by the Great Deku Tree. Once we get there, he will tell you two of your fates.?
“Oh, good morning, Link,? a voice called from below.
I turned around and Link stepped to the side of me to see who it was.
“Oh, morning Saria,? Link called out.
Saria was dressed in a better looking, but still rather ugly green tunic. She had lime green hair and, even from below, I could see her sparkling blue eyes. That made me realize that about everyone I had met, besides James and Ganondorf, had blue eyes. There was probably no connection whatsoever, but I just thought that to be rather bizarre.
“Oh, Link, you finally got yourself a fairy!? Saria said gleefully. “You can now be a true Kokiri child. How about you and your friend come down here and we can chat more. Maybe we should celebrate, too!?
This girl was too peppy for me, but I needed to get down the ladder.
“Ladies first,? Link said politely.
“How, uh, sweet,? I said.
Hesitantly, I turned around and put my right foot down on the first plank below. I started to panic. I didn’t want to move my left foot, but I closed my eyes and did it anyway. I almost forgot to grab onto the wooden tip of the ladder and almost fell off of it. Fortunately, the ladder was tied to the platform, so I knew it wouldn’t fall.
I got the hang of the whole ladder thing, though, and I was able to reach the ground safely.
“Hi, my name is Saria,? Saria said to me as soon as I jumped off the ladder.
“My name’s Ash,? I said and I held out my hand. Saria just looked at it for awhile, so I slowly put my hand back to my side.
“Those clothes you’re wearing, I’ve never seen them before,? Saria said. “They must be extremely uncomfortable.?
“Yeah, they are a little,? I lied. I just wanted to get clothes that matched everyone else. I started to get nervous looking entirely different from everyone.
“Well, I’ll take you shopping for some clothes,? Saria said with a bright smile on her face. “If Link doesn’t mind, of course.?
“Ah,, well, I have to buy stuff, anyway, to see the Great Deku Tree,? Link said. “Every time I tried to see him, Mido stops me and tells me only one with a sword and shield can see the Great Deku. Thing is, he goes in there all the time and he never has a sword or shield.?
“Aw, Link, you know Mido. He’s just trying to protect our Great Deku Tree. After all, the Great Deku watches over us, so Mido just feels it’s proper to watch over the Great Deku.?
“Yeah, if you say so,? Link said and then he sighed.
I didn’t know who this Mido guy was, but it seemed to me that Link didn’t like him. I’m not one to judge and all, but I would keep on my toes if I saw Mido.
“Whoa, watch out!? we heard a voice. It was a tiny voice, but still rather loud. “Navi, Navi, I am so sorry that I’m late!?
All of a sudden, a fairy showed up. This fairy was glowing, just like Navi, but had an orange tint to it. It came straight to Navi.
“Maximus, you’re extremely late,? Navi scolded.
“Yeah, I know, but I over slept,? Maximus said.
Navi looked toward me, or at least I think she looked at me, and said, “Ash, this is your own guardian fairy, Maximus.?
“Heya,? Maximus said. “You can call me Max.?
“Nice to meet you,? I said. I had a weird feeling that Max was not going to be a good guardian fairy, but I couldn’t complain. At least I knew that this Deku tree thing was expecting me, seeing as I was sent my very own fairy.
“Wow, you are a true Kokiri too, Ash,? Saria said. “To celebrate, I’ll pull my rupees together and buy you a new tunic myself.?
“Rupees?? I said.
“They’re the Hyrulian currency,? Link stated.
“Great,? I said.
The three of us didn’t have much more to say, so Link and Saria started to walk down a path and I followed. There was a lot of water in this village and it all came from a small waterfall, the one I heard when I first got there. For some reason, none of the Kokiri kids played in the water. They must have been really mature for their age. A lot of them waved to Link and Saria and when they saw me, they still kept their huge smiles. They knew I was an outsider, but they didn’t judge me for that.
We reach a big, round house and some girl was sitting on top of it.
“Hey Saria and Link,? she shouted.
“Hi,? the two said in unison.
“What kind of kid sits on top of a roof,? I heard Max mumble.
We walked into the house which was actually the Kokiri store. It smelled rather musty, but there was a polite girl to our left that greeted us.
“Hey guys, and welcome to the Kokiri store,? the lady said. “If you’re here for items, please go to the front counter. If you’re here for apparel, let me know and I’ll show you the various tunics we have in stock.?
“We’re here for a girls’ tunic for Ashley here,? said Saria.
Link went to the front counter as the shop girl pulled out a wooden rack that had tons of clothes hanging from it.
“Ashley, would you prefer a skirt or shorts?? the shop girl asked.
“A skirt,? I said.
“Would you like that skirt in green, light green, lighter green, olive green, light olive green, dark green, forest green, dark light green, darker light green, dark lighter green, or olive dark lighter green??
I stared at her for the longest time until I snapped back to reality and said, “Um, light olive green.?
“Good choice!? she said, enthused. “Now then, what kind of top would you like. There’s a various choice for women.?
The shop lady pulled out a bunch of tops that were on a nearby rack. There were v-neck tops and some turtle necks. But, there was one in particular that I really liked. It was a sleeveless v-neck with two straps that would go just above my elbows.
“I like this one,? I said and I took it off the rack.
“Well, if you would like, how about you go to one of our dressing rooms and try it on,? the shop girl said with a bright smile.
I took my new clothes to a dressing room in the back. It smelled of trees when I walked in, but that was only because the whole shop was made of trees and leaves. The tunic, however, was made of a really comfortable fabric. It was actually a lot more comfortable than my jeans and my polo, despite being really ugly.
But, after I put the tunic on, I started to like it. I looked really nice in the olive color. I looked in the mirror and realized it almost matched my hazel eyes and definitely went with my ashy, brown hair. But, my Converse shoes were still an issue and I was afraid I would have to get one of those floppy, green hats.
I opened the dressing room and walked out. Link was waiting for me with the shop girl, but Saria wasn’t there anymore.
“Wow,? Link said, “you look really, uh, nice.? He started blushing a bit.
“Shut up,? I snapped. I wasn’t here for a date, I just really wanted to get back to the Mushroom kingdom and call up James. Maybe, in his world, they had decent clothes even, seeing as it seemed James’ place was more technologically advanced than that Hyrule dump.
“Well, Saria left me some rupees to buy those clothes, a pair of boots, and a traditional Kokiri hat,? Link said. “I bought you a shield, just to be nice.?
The shop girl already had boots ready for me in her right hand. In her left was that stupid floppy hat.
“To be even extra nice,? Link started, “I went ahead and picked out your boots and your hat so we look similar.?
The shop girl handed me the hat and I just stared at it, saying rather harshly, “Well, Link, if I have to wear this ridiculous hat, you have to wear the same tunic I have on.?
The shop girl smiled and said, “You’re funny. But, to let you know, you bought the last style of tunic you’re wearing.?
Link had a smile on his face and nodded, then adding, “Now, Ash, put on your boots so we can find a sword.?
“Before we do that, I need to put my clothes in your house,? I said.
“Whatever you say, Ashley,? Link said and he started to walk out of the store.
Asshole, I thought.

Once I put my clothes in Link’s home, we set out to a little spot for a little lunch. We had this thing called a deku nut, which we roasted over a fire in this house where these stupid ‘Know-it-All’ brothers lived. We had a nice salad, too. The fairies didn’t eat for some reason, but I wasn’t even sure if they could eat.
We had lunch in this area called the training area. There was some kid punching air in the corner. I watched him, but after awhile, it just got depressing. I wasn’t sure if he just didn’t have friends or what.
I started to pick those dumb yellow balls out of my salad and didn’t notice that Link was watching me.
“Is your food bad?? he asked.
I looked up and said, “Nah.? I looked back down and continued picking the balls out of my salad.
“You look bothered,? Link said and I saw him set his deku nut on his wooden plate. “Is something wrong??
“Not really,? I said, “but it’s so different here, ya know??
“Sorry, but I don’t…know,? Link said. “I’ve lived here all my life and I’ll live here forever. Everyone here can’t leave this forest, or we’ll get sick and die.?
No you won’t, I thought, but I wasn’t suppose to tell him that, so I said this instead: “That must suck.?
“Nah, it’s quite enjoyable here. Everyone’s really nice.?
I felt bad for this kid. He was going to be a kid forever. Link would never get married or have kids or go through puberty…not that missing out on puberty was a drag, but Link would miss out on a lot of stuff.
“So, where are we suppose to get swords?? I asked.
“Well, see that hole in the wall over there,? Link said and then he pointed at the hole, “There’s suppose to be a treasure chest in there and it’s magical, so only certain people can open it. Since the Great Deku Tree sent out for us, we must be the ones who can open it. Now, finish your salad.?
“There’s yellow stuff in it,? I whined.
“Aw, those things are harmless.?
“What are they??
“Well, no one really knows, but they’re little, glowing particles that like to get cuddly with people. Us Kokiris call them Love Bugs.?
I stood up and said, “Well, they make me sneeze. But anyway, let’s get those swords and get this adventure rolling.?
Link stood up and shrugged, adding, “If you say so.? Link stood up, pulled up his shorts a little, and grabbed my plate. He threw the salad into a corner and toss the plate like a disc.
We climbed on some fences for fun and made our way to the hole that was in the wall. Fortunately, we could both fit in it rather well and were able to move forward. I went in last because I didn’t want Link looking at my butt and all.
At the end of the hole, Link grabbed my wrists and pulled me up. Yeah, it hurt, but before I could hit him, he took off running…right in front a gigantic rock. I’m not usually good at thinking too quickly, but I rushed and grabbed his wrist. I was sprinting as we turned corners. Absent mindedly, I ran past the treasure chest, so we had to make the round, or rather square, trip again.
This time, I didn’t miss the chest and I ran into the opening, throwing Link in front of me and turning around to watch the huge rock pass. I turned and shouted, “You could’ve gotten killed, you idiot!?
Link put his hand on his hip and said, “C’mon, let’s just open this treasure chest. Get off my back, you jerk.?
I ignored him when he said that last sentence. I decided to let him have the last word, but that would be the only time. This damn fairy boy was getting on my nerves. Next time we were close to a cliff, I would definitely push him off it.
We walked up to the treasure chest in front of us and looked at each other.
“You ready?? Link asked.
“Heck yes,? I said with a smile. I’d forgive him for the argument before, but I knew there would be another one soon.
We both lifted the lid at the same time and an odd light came from inside the treasure chest. Inside, there was a blue cushion and two small swords. Link took the sword with a brown hilt and a ruby imbedded in the hilt. I took the last sword, which had an orange hilt and a sapphire in the middle.
As we set up our sheaths, I noticed that Link was left handed. On, on the other hand, was right handed. I don’t know why, but it just amused me. I thought it would be cool, us being a duo and use different hands for our swords.
Anyway, we crawled out of this place through that hole in the wall and made our way towards the entrance that lead to the Great Deku Tree. I was nervous, but probably not as nervous as Link. This was his first time meeting the being that created him and kept him safe all the years he lived in the Kokiri Forest. We jumped on a couple patches of land that kept us from having to walk in the water and I saw him…
“Mido,? Link whispered, stopping me in my own tracks. “Ash, I cannot stress this enough. You have a short fuse and you’re extremely opinionated. Mido is the same way, but he also is very, very full of himself. If you get into an argument with him, we will never get past him, even if we had a million swords and shields.?
“Aw, Link, don’t be so dumb,? I said. “I can actually behave myself. Mido can be the biggest jerk on the planet, but I’m strong enough to just ignore the little bastard.?
“Woah, and don’t cuss either,? Link said, “you’ll get in big trouble.?
“Oh darn,? I stated and I continued on with Link following closely behind me.
We reach the entrance and there stood Mido with his hands on his hips, tapping his foot like he was impatient with us.
“Oh, well look who we have here,? Mido said. His voice was whiney sounding. He had that voice that made you want to punch him in the face whenever he said something, whether he was whining or just making a statement.
“I have been called to see the Great Deku Tree and so has Ashley here,? Link said. “Could you let us through??
“We have a sword and shield,? I said. “Both of us do.?
“Well, aren’t you two special then?? Mido said “How about I let everyone with a sword and shield go in and see the Great Deku Tree? I wonder how that would go? Before you know it, I’ll start letting people who wield almighty sticks see the Great Deku.?
This guy started to make me extremely angry, but I promised Link that I wouldn’t say anything so I kept my mouth shut.
“Mido, just let us through, please,? Link begged.
“Why should I?? Mido teased.
“Because I was sent to tell Link to see the Great Deku Tree,? Navi said. I hadn’t noticed, but she was hidden in Link’s hat. I touched mine and felt Max at the tip. He was probably sleeping, so I didn’t bother him.
“Oh look, Link the Loser finally got himself a fairy,? Mido said. “Even so, don’t expect me to treat you like you’re a true blooded Kokiri, because I know you aren’t.?
“And how?? I asked rather harshly. Link shot me a look, so I just gave him a look of distress. Link rolled his eyes and returned his sight to Mido.
“How about you shut your mouth,? Mido said. “You cannot talk to the Great Mido like that. I am your superior. Anyway, Link here, is so different from all of us. If he was a true Kokiri, his fairy would’ve come much sooner.?
“Alright Mido, you’ve said enough, just let us through please,? Link said. He was getting tired, I could hear it in his voice.
“Hah, I won’t move, not in a million years!? Mido boasted and then he erupted into the best evil laugh I had ever heard.
Even if it was the best evil laugh I had ever heard, my reader, I wouldn’t savor it. It got old real quick, so I took out my sword and put it up to Mido’s throat. He definitely shut up then. I backed him against the wall.
“Oh please, please don’t kill me,? Mido pleaded.
“Ashley, don’t,? Link snapped.
I looked back for a second at Link, smirked, and then pressed the blade of my sword against Mido’s throat a bit harder.
Suddenly, Mido’s eyes rolled to the back of his head and he fainted.
“Now we go, Link,? I said.
“You’re a terrible person,? Link said, but I couldn’t tell if he was serious or if he was joking.
I smirked.
“Oh sir, you haven’t seen terrible from me yet.?


Chapter 3
Gettin inside the Deku Tree

Link and I went down the entrance when he suddenly stopped me and said, “That was some crap that you pulled back there. Don’t you realize that you might get in huge trouble for threatening Mido??
“Well yeah, duh,? I snapped. “We needed to get passed him so we can see this damn tree.?
“What did I say about cussing??
“Oh Link, bite my ass.?
I walked passed him and he followed. I felt bad for him for a little while, but Link needed to have more faith in me. I didn’t plan on killing Mido, just scaring him and then the kid had to go and pass out. What kind of leader does that?
Anyway, at the end of this path was this huge tree. It looked like it had a moustache or something, but it was fairly obvious that he was a tree.
“Link, Ashley, is that you?? the tree boomed.
“Yes,? Link said.
“Is Navi and Maximus still with you?? the Deku Tree asked.
“Yes sir,? said Navi.
“Oh, yeah, I’m here!? shouted Max. He pulled off my hat trying to fly and speak to the Deku Tree. He started shouting, “But oh no, Deku Tree, it seems I have gone blind. What should I do!?
Seriously, I thought. I grabbed the end of my floating hat and reach inside to pull out Max.
“Oh, wait,? Max said. “I can see…again.?
The Deku Tree laughed at the situation, but stared to cough violent…or at least I think he did. I had never heard a tree cough before, so I guess I can’t say he coughed, but at least, for your sake my reader, I can guess.
“Forgive me, my children,? the Deku Tree said. “I have become fairly ill.?
“Why, sir?? Link asked.
“I have been befallen by a curse of mass proportions,? the Deku Tree said. “Inside of me, there is a monster and it has caused me much harm.?
“Well, what can we do?? I asked gently. “We can’t let you die.?
“Dear child, my end is close, I will not lie to you,? the Deku Tree stated sadly. “However, I need to test the courage of you two before I give you my most prized possession.?
“What is it?? Link asked.
“You’ll figure out in due time,? the Deku Tree said, “but for now, I need you to face the evil inside of me.?
The Great Deku Tree opened up his mouth. It creaked as it went down. I could tell that this tree was extremely old. Link and I would have to work fast to save him from the curse inside of him. But, the two of us had never used a sword or shield before, so I knew that this was going to be an interesting mission.
“Navi and Max, please guide these children,? the Deku Tree said. “Link and Ash, listen to what Navi and Max have to say. They are full of much wisdom, even if they seem…childish.?
Max sighed, embarrassed from his ‘blind’ situation.
“Good luck, my children,? the Deku Tree said. “The fate of Hyrule lies now in your hands.?
Thanks for letting us know, I thought.
Link and I looked at each other and nodded. We started to walk forward. I hadn’t seen any enemies, but I knew that there had to be some in the Deku Tree otherwise, whomever laid that curse was pretty bad at doing it.
I unsheathed my sword as we walked in, preparing for the worst.

The Great Deku Tree was huge, but the inside looked even bigger. It was extremely overwhelming for Link and I. Of course, there were enemies around. These jerk flowers called Deku Babas were popping out of there buds and trying to bite us. When I was little, I could never get by those dumb piranha plants in Super Mario and these things were definitely much uglier. So, I decided to get my bottled plant anger and used it to open a can of wup-ass on the things.
Luckily for my inner child, after a couple of seconds, another Deku Baba would sprout from the same bud, so I would get to kill them over and over again.
Link, however, didn’t see this as being too amusing, so he started to climb up some vines. I didn’t noticed until I felt a seed hit my head. I looked up and there was Link wielding a slingshot. He waited just until I noticed him to fire another one that hit me right one the forehead.
“Hey, what the heck is wrong with you?? I shouted. He showered me with more seeds. Instead of just packing the pouch in the middle with one seed, he started to pack four or five. I was swatting them like an idiot while that little bastard just kept laughing and shooting more.
He stopped, falling to the ground laughing.
“All right you inattentive little asshole,? I snapped, “go ahead and shoot one more of those things. I dare you.?
After a couple of seconds, I shouted, “Yeah, that’s what I thought, you coward.?
Link stood up, still smiling and said, “It’s not that I’m a coward, it’s just that I ran out of seeds.?
“Alright, well, I’m coming up there,? I said, “I’ll let this incident slide, but this is the only time. Next time, I will totally kick your butt.?
I didn’t want to climb up the vines, so I climbed up the ladder as carefully as possible. I realized that I started to get rather good at the whole ladder climbing business. I had no time to celebrate, however, for I had to jump over to a platform, which I had never done before. I started to feel my heart race as I looked below me. A Deku Baba was looking right up to me. I bet he was waiting for me to fall and become his lunch.
“C’mon Ash!? Link shouted across the dungeon. “We don’t have all day here.?
“Um, just give me a second,? I said.
“Alright, well, I’m going to go ahead and go in this door back here,? Link said, pointing to a door as he walked backwards. “I emptied out a treasure chest on this floor and it had two slingshots in it, so meet me up in the next room and I’ll give it to you.?
I nodded as he went in the door. I took a deep breath and looked back down at the Deku Baba. He was licking his lips now and drool was hanging from his mouth.
“You know Ash, you’re going to have to face your fears,? said Max, flying out of my hat. He flew over to the platform and said, “Here, just try to jump over here. It’s not as hard as you think.?
I looked at my feet. My legs were rather wobbly. I took a deep breath and jumped. I closed my eyes as I went in the air and felt my feet land firmly on the ground. I opened my eyes and saw Max right in my face.
“Good job,? Max said. “Now, let’s go catch up with Link and Navi.?
I ran passed some vines and went straight to the door. I wanted to be one step ahead of Link, not him be ahead of me. I just would rather have me be over confident and get hurt rather than he be over confident and get hurt. Link seemed like a nice kid.
I reach the door which, oddly enough, didn’t have a doorknob. But, as I got close to it, the door automatically opened.
Wow, this place is technologically advanced, I thought.
I entered this empty room where a dead plant had was laying.
“That’s a Deku Scrub,? Max said and he flew over to it. “By the looks of it, I’d say that Link killed it.?
I nodded and went to the door on the other side of the room. It was also an automatic door. That room ended up being a rather medium sized room. There was a huge dip in it, however, so when I entered, I had to sit down and then jump off the ledge. But, I didn’t check for Link at all while I was up there.
That was no biggy though, because there was a ladder in front of me that led up to another platform. Before I climbed it, I found two slingshots on the floor. I started to get scared and shouted hoarsely, “Link, where are you??
I heard a sharp, “Hey,? above my head and looked up at the ceiling. Intertwined in a huge spider web was Link and Navi, but Link seemed to be unconscious.
“Navi, what can I do?? I asked.
“Get a slingshot and destroy the Skulltula over there,? she said.
“What’s a Skulltula?? I asked, and before Navi could answer, Max yelled, “Ashley, hurry! Get the slingshot and kill that thing.?
Crawling down the wall where that ladder was came a huge spider, but it’s opisthosoma had a shell on it that resembled a skull. Out of everything in the world, reader, my biggest fear are spiders especially big spiders. No where back in Ohio were there huge, mutant spiders and if there were, they definitely didn’t have the image of a skull on their opisthosoma.
(But, pardon me, reader, for I suppose you might not know what an opisthosoma is…it’s the fancy word for a spider’s abdomen. Why didn’t I just use the word abdomen, you might ask. Well, that’s only because I’ve never used that word in my life before and this will probably be the last time I will use it, too. At least I could use a bit of my useless education for something…and also use it to be a total smart ass.)
I froze. There was no way I could kill that thing, let alone look at it. It crept me out way too much, and maybe you might think I am a baby, reader, but spiders make me freeze up, no matter what kind they are or what size.
Navi’s sharp voice brought me back to reality, though, and the next thing I know is that this Skulltula was on it’s back two legs and the other six were spread wide. I could see it’s fangs ready to dig into me. I had no time to grab one of the slingshots on the ground, so I quickly unsheathed my sword and shoved it into the Skulltula’s soft, underbelly. Blood went everywhere and the Skulltula let out a horrible noise. It went backwards and shriveled up.
What did I do next? I screamed extremely loud and started to cry. I curled into a ball, too, hiding my face from the terrible, skull backed spider. I didn’t like it inside the Deku Tree and as far as I knew, Link was either unconscious up in that web or stone cold dead.
“Hey, Ashley,? Navi yelled.
“What?? I said through my hunched up legs.
“C’mon, you need to get Link and I out of this junk,? she said.
“Is that thing dead?? I asked.
“What thing?? Navi said.
“That damn, son of a bitch, shitty spider!? I shouted at the top of my lungs, through my legs, of course.
“Yes, he’s dead,? Max said. “Calm down, he’s dead.?
“He?? I said, looking right at Max. “You know his gender??
“Well, no, but you need to be courageous, for the fate of Hyrule,? Max said calmly. “It might be hard, even if it’s conquering a fear of spiders, but you were chosen to do this out of everyone in your dimension. You’re good at this.?
“They drew my name out of a hat,? I mumbled, but I stood up.
“What?? Navi and Max both said.
I grabbed the slingshots and climbed up the ladder. The huge Skulltula was still shriveled beside it, but I ignored it the best I could. Then I said, “My name, and the names of other worthy nominees, were put in Mario’s hat and then someone just pulled a name. I wasn’t chosen because of my abilities, I was chosen because my name was just coincidently close to whomever pulled the name.?
Max and Navi seemed disheartened when I told them this, so I added, “Just please, don’t tell anyone, especially Link. I feel like I’ve cheated the ‘fate of Hyrule’ as you call it, but I still have to try and fix it.?
“I understand,? Navi said.
I picked up a seed that was lying on the ground and stood behind a lit torch. I shot the seed, which caught on fire and hit the web. The web burned up because of the fire and Link fell. Navi flew down to him as soon as she was released.
“Ash,? Max said, “you should shoot this down.?
Max was flying by a ladder that was randomly hooked to the wall. I gathered some more seeds and shot the two hooks at the top and the ladder fell, staying perfectly vertical when it landed.
“Nice,? I whispered aloud.
I climbed down the ladder quickly to the bottom, which was where Link was. Navi and Max were there trying to wake Link up. Link had some dirt on him from the fall and some scratches on his arm.
“Navi, what happened?? I asked.
“Well, we walked in here and everything was fine, then that Skulltula fell on me and Link,? Navi said. “I guess the weight of the Skulltula made Link pass out when it fell on him. I just got caught in the web.?
“I’m glad I decided to catch up,? I said. Link was lying on his side, so I turned him over so he was on his back. I brushed off some dirt that was on his face and stood up. I walked away a bit and then filled the pouch of my slingshot with five seeds and shot them at Link’s face.
“Woah, get off me, get off me!? Link shouted, wiggling around like a fish out of water.
“Aw Link, you’re fine,? I said.
Link stopped wiggling and shot a look at me and shouted, “You jerk!?
“Hey, if it wasn’t for me, you’d be dead right now,? I said. “You would’ve been spider food, my friend.?
“Spider food,? Link said. He took off his floppy hat and scratched his head asking, “What happened to me??
“A Skulltula fell on you and it made you pass out,? Navi said. “It scared me half to death!?
“Ashley, you saved…me?? Link said, emphasizing the me in his statement.
I gave him a weird look and said, “Should that even be a question? Of course I saved you. What, did you think I was going to just leave you up there to die??
Link looked to the side and I rolled my eyes.
“C’mon, let’s just wrap up this whole thing,? I said. “I’m tired of the stupid spiders already. We better not run into anymore.?

“Oh my God, I hate this place so much!? I shouted.
Link and I had left the room and were climbing up vines to reach the third floor of the Great Deku Tree. I didn’t particularly like the dumb vines and I had lost footing twice so I was sweating really bad. The thing was, the damn Skulltulas liked to climb on vines and just spin around there, making these dumb sounds. I had been thrown off twice already and there was one just right above my head.
Link, of course, was already on the third floor. He was looking down at me as I struggled.
“How’s it going?? he teased.
“Aw, shut up,? I said. “You try being terribly afraid of spiders and climbing vines and have to be with them both at once.?
“I swear something is wrong with you, Ash,? Link said.
I waited for the right moment to take off because if that Skulltula saw me, I was dead. The dumb thing didn’t spin like the rest of them, so I assumed I was safe.
“Well, Link, I have what you call severe anxiety,? I said.
“Severe anxiety??
“Yeah, it’s when you’re scared of everything, or well, rather let me rephrase that…it’s when you’re nervous about everything.?
“This must be terrible for you then,? Link said.
I made it passed the stupid Skulltula and got my feet planted safely on the third floor. This was the last floor in the Deku Tree and you could see the tip up on the ceiling. Unlike the second floor, this floor went around in a circle and there was a huge opening in the middle of floor. If Link or I fell down the opening, we’d be dead, seeing as we’d land right on the first floor. Around the edges, however, were spider webs, so we’d be safe even if we walked close to the edge.
There was a room down that hallway, which I won’t even bother describing because it had really nothing in it, just a stupid compass. We explored all the floors and didn’t know what to do at that point.
“So, what now?? I asked. I was rather bothered. I just wanted to get out of that hell hole.
“I’m not sure,? Link said, “but we need to hurry. The Deku Tree could die at anytime.?
I turned to face him, “Well, maybe if someone didn’t get caught by a spider, this would’ve been wrapped up already.? I started to walk backwards a bit. I knew that there were little platforms along the side that overlooked the first floor, so I wanted to look all cool.
But…there was something I didn’t notice…
“Hey, it’s not my fault, you’re the one that’s afraid of everything,? Link snapped. “Maybe if you looked behind you, you would pee your pants, seeing how high up we are.?
“I know how high up we are,? I said. “I just walked backwards to get away from you. You’re screwing this whole adventure up.?
“Oh whatever, you were the one sent to help me,? Link said. “Therefore, you should do as I say and keep your mouth shut.?
“Over my dead body,? I said and I held out my arms. C’mon, get some, I thought.
Remember, my reader, that I said I forgot to look at one thing. Well, that one thing was right above me; waiting for the opportune moment to come falling on me. That thing was a Skulltula and the split second I was think: C’mon, get some, this thing ran into me, doing that annoying spinning stuff.
Because the thing spun, I was propelled off the platform and I started to feel myself fall.
“Ashley!? Link shouted. I don’t know what he did, but he killed the Skulltula and I saw him looking down the platform.
Great, I thought, the last face I get to see is his ugly mug.
Why was I thinking this at such an intense moment, I would have no idea. I’m scared of spiders, ladder, walking down stairs, and rubber bands, but death? Death never scared me. I closed my eyes and decided to take it all in. I felt myself go through a bunch of string like things and the next thing I knew was I had just fallen into water.
The worst thing to fall into and not know it was water. I took in a lungful of that stuff and dreaded it. I floated back to the surface and swam to a thing of land. I laid there, coughing up my lungs. I even puked water, which was extremely disgusting.
After I was done with the water, I stood up and, at that exact moment, I got covered in more water because Link decided to jump from the third floor down to where I was at. He, of course, was ready for the water and dove like one of those swimmers in the Olympics back at home.
I took off my hat and rung the water out of it as Link swam over to me.
“That was close,? Link said. “I thought you were a goner.?
“Yeah, yeah, yeah,? I said, rolling my eyes. “C’mon, get out of that kiddy pool and let’s go. As you said up there, we need to hurry.?
I decided to turn my hat one more time, this time really hard to get the water out of the fabric. Then I heard this squeal.
“Oh, shoot,? I said, “sorry Max, I didn’t know you were in there.?
Max flew out, soaking wet.
“Yeah, whatever, let’s just go,? Max said. “I’m really tired.?
“Me too, buddy, me too,? I said.

That day, my reader, I realized that these ‘temples,’ as they were called, were the most boring things in the world. Every room we walked in had something to do with a puzzle and it left Link dumbfounded. There was one room we walked in that had these pink eggs hanging from the ceiling. Lucky me, they decided to hatch while I was standing right under them so I got slime all over my brand new tunic.
The eggs had these annoying creatures in them that just jumped out at you just to knock you over. I used my shield to knock them back and then slice their butts and Link started to do the same.
It wasn’t long before we got to the final basement in that place. There were three of those Deku Scrubs in front of us and they were pelting us with nuts. There was one anxious Deku Scrub in a previous room who spouted out this: “Twenty-three is number one.? And the thing just kept yelling that until we eventually left the room.
Link, as usual, went in full force and just started to kill the suckers, but they kept coming back. I mulled the ‘Twenty-three is number one’ sentence over and over in my mind and finally got it.
“Link, stop!? I shouted. He looked at me and got shot in the face by a Deku Nut. “Get back here so you don’t get hurt again.?
Link walked backwards to me, repelling more Deku Nuts with his shield. The Deku Scrubs quit shooting once he got back with me and stared at us.
“Alright, remember that one, crazyass Deku Scrub?? I asked.
“Um, don’t cuss place, but anyway, yes,? Link said.
I shot him an are-you-serious look and continued, “Well he kept shouting twenty-three is number one.?
“I thought it was twenty-one is number three,? Link said.
“Well, that’s just ‘cause you’re dumb,? I said. “Here, I’ll try this.?
I kept my slingshot in the back pocket of my tunic’s skirt. I pulled it out and reach in a little pouch around my waist and got some seeds. I packed some seeds in my slingshot and shot the second Deku Scrub, then the third and finally, the first. The first guy started to run around like a little pansy.
Link decided to grab him, so he ran forward and grabbed the thing by the leaf on his head. The Deku Scrub was wiggling around, trying to escape Link’s grasp. He looked terrified.
“Please, if you promise to let me go, I’ll tell you a secret,? the Deku Scrub said.
I walked up to where Link was and looked at him. He was smiling so I said, “Alright, Mr. Scrub, shoot.?
“Well, to administer the coupe de grace to the Queenie, paralyze her by shooting seeds at her, then slash her eye with your sword,? the Deku Scrub said quickly.
I nodded at Link and he let the Deku Scrub go. It returned to it’s bud and burrowed inside it.
“The ‘Queenie’? Navi said.
The bars on the door in front of us disappeared so we could enter.
“I bet that the Queenie is in that room,? I said, “and I have a feeling she won’t be as nice as she sounds.?
“Well, I guess this is it,? Link said and he walked towards the door. “Let’s get this show on the road.?
We both walked in together, unsure about what would happen next.

Reader, I wasn’t sure how all this happened, because it happened rather fast. The ‘Queenie’ was actually a big spider like thing named Queen Gohma. It had armor and everything, though. Only her eye was left open for us cut. We figured out that if we shot a seed in her eye, she ended up paralyzed and that gave us an opening attack.
Sounds easy, right?
Well, after we hit her eye the first time, she collapsed on the ground. I turned to Link and smiled and, surprisingly, he hugged me. What we didn’t know was that ‘ol Queenie actually had a trick up her sleeve. She waited for the right moment and then grabbed me by the waist and pulled me away from Link. Then, the old bat decided to climb up a wall and hang on the ceiling right above Link.
Link looked up at me like I was stupid, so I said, “I’m glad that you’re mesmerized by the warm embrace you just shared with me, but can you get my ass down from this bitch??
“Uh, yeah,? Link said and he took out his slingshot and started rapid-firing those damn seeds again. But the Queen was covered in armor, so the seeds were just bouncing off of the armor, either that or they were hitting me instead.
“Hey genius, I don’t think it’s working,? I shouted.
The Queen was getting angry I guess, because she started laying eggs all over Link. He was getting slimed by stuff coming out of the Queen while she was giving birth all over the place. Then the eggs started hatching and Link was screwed, the poor guy. I was trying to get out of the Queen’s claw, but it wasn’t working.
“Ash, what should I do?? Link shouted.
“I don’t know, hit her uterus!? I shouted.
“What’s a uterus?? Link asked.
“Nothing, just get me down from here, please!?
After the Queen ran out of eggs or whatever, she stopped birthing her babies all over Link and decided to just go back on the ground. Thankfully, she left her eye open wide just for Link and he shot it.
Laying there paralyzed, I broke free and Link decided to run toward me, so I yelled, “What are you doing stupid? Hit the Queen while she’s paralyzed.?
It was too late though. The Queen had recovered and started to climb up the damn wall again.
“Great, here we got with the eggs again,? I said. Being the genius that I am, though, an idea popped in my head. I took a rock by my feet and packed it in the pouch on my slingshot. It was a lot bigger than the little seeds we had been using.
“When the Queen gives birth, her eye glows!? Link said. “Good job for coming up with the idea of hitting her eye while she’s up there.?
“Oh sir, I am not aiming for her eye,? I said.
I decided to aim for…well, her baby dispenser…I had a lot better aim than Link did at shooting stuff with slingshots, so I got the rock right up in…dat, I guess…and, well, I think I plugged up her ovaries because, after awhile, the Queen exploded into a thousand pieces. Of course, all of her guts and slime covered me and Link, but it was worth it.
“That was disgusting,? Max said. “You would’ve saved my appetite if you would’ve just shot her eyeball and killed her the right way…?
“Well, I’m just a bit more creative than you are, is all,? I said.
This glowing light appeared out of no where in the middle of the floor. It was a light blue tint and made a really pretty sound. The dungeon had been locked when we entered and it was still locked, so I assumed that that was our way out. Link and I approached the light, looked at one another, and entered it. It was really bright, but it lifted us up. There was a suddenly spark and I suddenly felt my feet touch a pad of grass.
My sight returned and I saw the Great Deku Tree. Link landed safely beside me.
“Welcome back, my children,? the Deku Tree said. “I hope my curse wasn’t too much of a burden.?
“It very much was,? I mumbled, but Link nudged me.
“Dear children, please sit down, for I have a story to tell you before I go,? the Deku Tree said.
“Where are you going?? I asked.
“Child, my end is near,? the Deku Tree said. “I will soon be dead. Now, sit down so I can give you the last bit of my wisdom.?
Link and I sat down. I was a bit pissed that I saved this Deku Tree just so it could still die, but I knew I’d get over it. The Great Deku Tree seemed extremely wise, so I was all ears for him.
“What I tell you is very important,? the Deku Tree said. “The land of Hyrule was created by three goddesses, Din, Farore, and Nayru. These three appeared when Hyrule was nothing but chaos and made it to the land it is today. With her flaming arms, Din created what is now the red of the earth. With her rich soul, Farore created the life of those that would uphold the law in Hyrule. With her wisdom, Nayru created the spirit of law that would keep this world from going into chaos.
“Before they all departed, they made a plan. They would create a Sacred Realm and in that Sacred Realm would be the true form to govern all. That form is the Triforce, made of the Triforce of Power, Triforce of Wisdom, and the Triforce of Courage. The Triforce can be obtainable, but the fate of Hyrule depends on who has the Triforce. If one with a righteous mind has hold of the Triforce then Hyrule will live in peace but if one with an evil heart obtains the Triforce, all will be lost.?
“So, what does that have to do with us?? I asked.
“Link here has been a child I have always kept my eye on,? the Deku Tree said. “It is said that the Goddesses had a back up plan for the matter if one with evil intentions got a hold of the Triforce. It says in ancient scriptures that a hero will be born, whether it be before or during or after the chaos, a hero will be born that will save Hyrule and restore to it peace. Ashley, I am glad you are here to accompany Link, but I don’t know if you will be allowed to go as far as Link will. I have faith that Link is the hero and if he is, you might have to step back and let things happen.?
I trusted Link and all, but I felt bad that I would be left out of the mix, especially since I didn’t choose to be there in Hyrule, or away from my own home for that matter.
“Is someone evil after the Triforce?? Link asked.
“Yes,? said the Deku Tree. “His name is Ganondorf Dragmire and he is the one who plagued me with this curse.?
I suddenly remembered Ganondorf. He was the one who comforted me back before I met Link and got wrapped up in the mess.
“Ganondorf possess the power of horrible black magic and causes chaos where he goes,? the Deku Tree said. “I think that you two can stop him. You both have a lot of courage and for that, I feel I can trust you with what Ganondorf tried to get from me before he laid this curse upon my branches. Take this, the Kokiri Emerald.?
The Deku Tree wiggled his branches and a stone came from his leaves. Link and I stood up and actually caught it at the same time.
“Never lose sight of this stone, my children,? the Deku Tree said. “This stone will be one of three stones that you will need to unlock the key to destroying Ganondorf. Before you get the next two stones, however, you need to go to Hyrule Castle and see the princess of destiny. She will guide you further.?
“We won’t let you down,? I said.
“I have faith in you both,? the Deku Tree said, “but I will not be able to see you succeed. I can feel my life slipping away as we speak. I am almost dead. Please fulfill my wish and be the guiding light of Hyrule.?
“Great Deku Tree,? said Max, “don’t go.?
“I have to my fairy child,? the Deku Tree said. “Max and Navi, never give up on these two and never let these two give up. You will navigate the future of Hyrule just as much as these two will. Don’t let me down, my children.?
The two fairies nodded and then we began to hear a creaking noise. The Great Deku Tree turned a light blue. Death had crept upon him. The two fairies huddled close as a way to comfort each other and I looked at Link.
“We should go,? he whispered.
“Yeah, guys, c’mon, let’s fulfill the Great Deku Tree’s wish,? I said.
The fairies followed us. Even though the Deku Tree was just a tree, I felt extremely bad and I bet Link felt the same. He put his arm around my shoulder because, I’ll admit, I started to get tears in my eyes.
We had to fulfill the Deku Tree’s wish and I would personally take that Ganondorf man down for doing what he did.

I promised myself I would…


Chapter 4
The Castle Town


We left the area where the Great Deku Tree had lived and just died. I couldn’t believe he was gone. He was an idol to all of these children, even Link but I think Link was too concerned with helping me mourn than mourning himself. It was pretty dark out, so we decided to crash at his place for the night. There was no reason to go to the castle. The Princess was probably asleep, anyway.
I decided to bathe, or at least partially bathe, under the waterfall that was by the shop. No one was out, anyway, but I still kept my clothes on. My clothes needed washed because it still had guts and egg junk on it. I had no soap because it didn’t exist back then, but I just wanted to at least wash away the dirty feeling.
I took off my boots and dipped in the pool of water. Since it was dark, it was also cold so I hesitated a lot before getting in. I took off my hat before dipping my head in the water. Surprisingly, Max was not in my hat. He and Navi were really upset after the Great Deku Tree had passed and I think they went out together to just talk for a second.
I desperately wanted shampoo and conditioner for my hair, but I knew I would never find any, so I just put random mud in my hair and lathered it. The mud probably didn’t do anything for my hair, but it still felt rather nice. My hair did feel smoother, though.
I didn’t know that someone was watching me and all, but I heard someone in the bushes. It made me angry so I shouted, “Alright you perv, you can come out of the bushes now.?
The bushes still moved around, but no one came out.
“I’m not mad at you or anything,? I said, “I just don’t like to be stared at, especially when I’m trying to wash myself…sort of.?
There was still rustling in the bushes, but I couldn’t tell what was going on. I got out of the water and went towards the bush. It was in front of Saria’s house, so I didn’t bother putting my boots back on. The grass felt soft on my feet which were really sore from being inside the Great Deku Tree.
“Hello,? I said. “Who’s there. It’s okay to come out. I won’t hurt you.?
I got close to the bush and a zigzagged tail popped out. It was yellow, a rather bright yellow at that. It was wiggling around and I made the mistake of grabbing it.
Why was that a mistake, you might ask. Well, the next thing I knew was a jolt of electricity went through my body. For some reason, it didn’t hurt too much. I mean, it didn’t even hurt a little bit, but I felt it.
I pulled this tail out of the bushes and a whole body came out. It just kept releasing electricity out of these red, circle pouches on its cheeks. It was saying something every time it released the jolts, but it definitely wasn’t in English.
“C’mon little guy,? I said, “quit shocking me, you’re going to wake people up.?
“Ash, what is that?? I heard Link shout. I looked over and he was standing outside of his tree house.
“I don’t know, but this thing keeps shocking me,? I said. “Weird thing is though, it’s not hurting me at all.?
Link climbed down the ladder. He was wearing these light green, footsie pajamas and a floppy hat similar to his casual one, but with a fuzzy ball on the end of it.
Link got over to me and I looked up and down at him and said, “You’re not serious, right??
“About what?? he asked.
“Your pajamas are stupid, dude,? I said, “but I’m sure I’m not the first one to tell you that.?
“Saria said they were cute…? Link said and he trailed off.
The poor little creature I was holding was panting and its jolt of electricity started to get weaker. Not only could I tell by feeling the jolts, but I could tell by how much light the electricity was producing. It dimmed even more as it went on.
“Wow, let me hold it,? Link said.
“First, let’s go inside of your house, I don’t want this thing to get away.?
I decided to leave my boots by the waterfall and climbed up the ladder to Link’s home. I was good enough at the whole ladder climbing thing to now climb with one hand, seeing as the creature I had was still hanging by its tail.
We entered Link’s home. Despite getting up to see what I was doing, Link’s bed was freshly made. He seemed to be a fairly tidy person and I hated tidy people. But, it made me smile when I looked over at his couch thing, which he put a big cushion on and made me a place to sleep. He even gave me one of his pillows and a stuffed ball with wings which must have been his “fairy? when he didn’t have one.
“Alright, let me hold this thing now,? Link said.
I handed him the thing and he held it by it’s underarms, looking at it square in the face. The thing was still angry, so it shot out electricity and Link, like a missile, shot back and hit the wall above his couch. Luckily for him, he landed on the big, fluffy cushion.
I quickly grabbed the little thing and held it. I stared into it’s all black eyes and it blinked. It decided to shock me again, but I didn’t fly back or anything. I thought it was odd, especially since I had previously taken a dip in water and nothing was hurting.
The thing got tired I guess and it put it’s ears down. I could see the look of defeat in its eyes so I sat down on my couch cushion, where Link laid unconscious. I laid the thing down and it went straight to sleep by the stuffed fairy. I tried to wake Link up, but he wouldn’t budge so I was forced to sleep on the couch with him and the thing, whatever it was.

Later that night, I felt Link moving around. His face was all distressed, but he was still asleep. He must’ve been having a bad dream. I watched him as his nightmare kept going. It must have been intense to because I could see all his muscles getting tense. I didn’t know what to do, so I shook him and tried to get him to wake up.
Link awoke in a cold sweat.
“Oh, thank God that was just a dream,? Link said quietly.
“Are you okay?? I asked.
“Yeah, I just had a nightmare is all,? he said.
“What was it about??
“It doesn’t matter. I’m just glad you were here to wake me up.? Link smiled and laid back down. I laid back down, too. The creature was still asleep between me and Link. I petted it’s pointy, yellow ears. It was rather furry and bizarre looking.
I decided not to rile my brain up about what it was because if I lingered on the thought too long, I would never be able to return to sleep.
I would just wait until morning to figure out what it was.

That morning I woke up and saw Link packing a bag, the creature was smelling my head for some reason, and the fairies were swimming in a cup of coffee, or at least that’s what the liquid looked like it was.
I sat up and the creature sat on my lap. Link turned around and smiled. “Good morning,? he said. “I hope the couch was comfortable enough for you. I found you a cushion so you wouldn’t have to sleep on the wood.?
“It was fine, thanks,? I said.
I wasn’t sure what to do. I could bet that Hyrule didn’t know a thing about dental hygiene, so I didn’t need to brush my teeth. I hadn’t been hungry since I got to this dump, so I didn’t need to eat breakfast or anything. I felt awkward in Link’s house, though. I felt awkward that we both slept on the same thing and I felt awkward that he was the first thing I saw that morning.
I decided to go out and get some fresh air for a bit and the creature followed me. I climbed down the ladder, but the creature just tilted its head and said something like this: “Pika.?
“Pika?? I said. “Like Topeka??
The creature looked dumbfounded and shook it’s head. I held out my hands and said, “C’mon, I’ll catch you.?
The thing jumped into my arms. It was rather light and very cuddly. As I walked on, the thing went from my arms to my shoulder and sat there. It kept looking around rapidly and sometimes climbed on my head to see things better. Once we got to the pool of water, I put on my boots and put back on my floppy hat. The creature leapt off my shoulder and started to eat the grass.
“You’re really cute,? I said, petting it as it ate. I started to scratch behind it’s pointy yellow ears and it cooed, “Pikachu.? Its foot started to move, too, like a dog’s would when you got their sweet spot on their bellies.
“Can I ask you some questions?? I said.
“Pika,? it said and it smiled.
“Alright then. Are you a girl??
“Pikachu,? it said in a deep voice and it shook its head.
“So you’re a boy??
“Pikachu!? it shouted in delight.
“Are you from around here??
The thing shook his head no.
“Well, do you have a name??
He shook his head again.
“Would you like me to give you a name??
“Pik-Pikachu!? he said and he nodded.
“How about Lemon.?
He shrugged his shoulders and I read his mind
“Yeah, that’s not that creative I suppose. How about Pineapple??
This things face said no.
“Percy??
Nope.
“Uh, Lime??
Nope.
“Squash??
The face I got from him was a face of total disgust.
“Cheese??
Nope.
“Milo??
No.
“Lux??
He started to nod and smile.
“Lux it is then,? I said. I thought he would like that one. It means light in Latin, but it has that sting to it, lik electricity does.
We made our way back to Link’s home. I was looking down at Lux who was walking beside me at my feet. He smiled. It seemed he was really happy to be with me, which I was extremely happy with. I still wasn’t sure what he was, but he was awful cute. His yellow fur shined in the light of the morning sun as we made our way towards Link’s home.
Before I looked ahead of me, I saw a foot tapping furiously on the ground. I looked up and there was Mido. He looked angry, which I understood, but I didn’t want to deal with anything at that moment. I was still a bit tired from being woken up the previous night before so I could be grumpy.
“Ash, get out of my forest,? Mido said.
“Well, the Great Deku Tree told me and Link to leave anyway, so let me just get him and we’ll be on our way,? I said. I put my hand on the first step of the ladder and Mido grabbed my wrist.
“The Great Deku Tree is now dead!? Mido said. “I knew you would cause trouble, just like that green guy did when he walked in. I saw you talking to him. You both planned on killing the Great Deku Tree, didn’t you??
“No,? I said. He was glaring at me. His eyes would not leave mine.?
“Get out of my forest,? he repeated. “Link is not leaving, he can’t. The Great Deku Tree would never put one of his children in danger. You’re going to kill Link, too. I honestly don’t see anything special about him, but the Great Deku Tree thought he was special, so I have to protect him now.?
“Let go of me,? I said.
“No,? Mido snapped.
“You’re just going to have to trust me on this. I did not kill the Deku Tree, nor will I kill Link. That green guy is named Ganondorf Dragmire. He laid a curse on the Deku Tree and me and Link busted our butts to try and save him. You might not believe me, but I have a job to do and so does Link. You’re not the boss of us, even if you think you are. Now let go of me and get out of my way.?
“No,? Mido said again.
Mido suddenly took out a knife and put it to my throat. He then said, “Do as I say and you will be fine. I don’t care about Hyrule, you can help that green man and take it out, but you will not get my forest.?
This kid then pressed the blade further on my throat and said, “Prepare to die, my friend.?
Suddenly, Lux used his electricity on Mido. Mido fell over from the pain and Lux jumped on him, yelling at him. Link came out to see the commotion and jumped off the platform of his home.
Mido broke some sink when the blade of his knife was on my neck. Link saw it and then looked at Mido. Mido was pinned on the ground by Lux with his knife beside his palm. Link walked forward and kneeled so he could talk to Mido.
“I know that this girl pushed her blade to your throat,? Link said, “but you were acting like a five year old not letting us pass anyway. Ash never broke the skin on your neck, but you did on hers, which tells me that you were planning on killing her. I have to leave with her now, but if we do come back, you better not lay a hand on her, you disgusting kid.?
Link stood up and Lux jumped off of Mido. Link shouted for Navi and Max and they flew down to us.
“Let’s get on our way,? Link said, smiling.
“Sounds good,? I said. I touched my neck which was barely bleeding. I really could’ve been dead, but Lux saved me. I looked down at the little guy who was walking beside me.
It was then that I realized that he would be my partner until the end.

We were on a bridge between the fields of Hyrule and the forest. It was scary for me to leave the forest, but I had to go outside of the forest at some point to help its fate. However, it was probably even scarier for Link seeing as the Kokiri thought that if they left the forest, they would get sick and die.
We stood at the bridge for a bit and Link looked out towards the woods. They were called the Lost Woods or something, but I hadn’t really explored it yet. I was just waiting for Link to be ready to leave these woods. After all, he had lived there his whole life.
“Are you going to be okay?? I asked.
“Yeah,? Link said, “I just can’t believe I’m leaving, you know??
“Yeah, it must seem pretty wild.?
“Or scary…?
I sighed and looked out. “We have to leave sometime.?
“Yeah, I know.? Link paused for a few seconds and then he looked at me. “I’m ready to go.?
“Are you sure?? I asked.
“As sure as I’ll ever be.? He smiled and we started to walk away.
“Link, Ashley, wait,? a voice said. I turned around and saw Saria standing there. “Ashley, I’m going to give you and Link something, but I want to say a few words to Link before he leaves.?
“Well sure, you can say what you want to,? I said.
Saria grabbed Link’s hand and took him over to the edge of the bridge. I waited for a couple minutes and they talked. Link and Saria hugged and she handed him two things. They both looked like potatoes.
Saria left with a tear or two in her eye and Link looked at me and handed me the potatoes.
“Yum, food,? I said, even though I thought it was weird to give someone potatoes as a parting gift.
“No, these are ocarinas,? Link said. “Saria must have made them for us both. She loves to play them. She’s played on ever since I could remember.?
“Wow,? I said and a blew into the tip of it. It produced a horrible sounding note.
“We’ll work on your playing later,? Link said, “let’s get out of here now.?
Link quickly left and I followed. Something was wrong, but I didn’t know what. So, to keep myself from bothering him any further, I decided to not say anything. I knew we probably had a big adventure ahead of us and I didn’t want to stress him anymore than I had been.
When we passed through the log that led us to Hyrule, the morning sun shown right as soon as we reached the other side. It must have been scary for Link to see the sun because in the forest, you could barely see the sun through all the trees above you. We walked a bit forward because there was a path of trees beside us and, at the end of this path, there was a bright, open field.
“Wow,? I said. It was beautiful. There were hardly any trees and this wall that I really wanted to climb on, just to look over some things. I walked a bit further, mesmerized by the view. Even at home I had never seen anything that beautiful.
“Well, we better keep going,? Link said. “I would sure like to see the princess as soon as we can.?
“Yeah, I guess you’re right,? I said. I came back to earth and started to walk with Link.
The further we walked, the more we got to see. The field opened up to us a whole new look of things. I had never seen a field like this and Link had never seen anything beyond the forest. It was amazing to the both of us, but we had to keep walking. I was sure there would be plenty of time later to explore the vast world of Hyrule.
We came to a draw bridge which was down.
“This must be the castle,? Navi said. “We should find the princess soon.?
Link and I walked over the bridge and into the square. It was called the market place because it was extremely busy and also because there were various shops. I thought of buying some clothes to replace the stupid tunic, but as I looked at the clothes that the women were wearing, I decided that my tunic was just fine.
Link decided to split up for a little while. Link was in a weird mood so I didn’t want to mess with him. He just needed some alone time because whatever Saria told him must have really beat him up.
I walked around a bit and found a potion shop. There was only one shop in Kokiri so I needed to see what other types of shops were around. There might have been something really important that Link and I had been missing out on.
I went to a potion shop that was the closest shop to the entrance, but I had to leave Lux outside since he was an animal of some sort. Inside there was a rather young, cute guy mending the store. When he saw me, he shouted, “Hello, my dear. Could I interest you in some potions??
Behind him on shelves, there were bottles and they each had different things in them. Some were liquid and others were solid items. There was a green and red liquid, a jar with a fairy in it, a jar with a blue flame in it, and then there was the guy’s cute face.
“So, I see you were interested in what you were looking at,? the boy said.
“Well yes, I guess you could say that,? I said, trying to be all cute. I leaned on the counter and the boy said, “Well, the green and red potions here might be what you need.?
The boy turned around and reach for both of the potions. He sat the potions on the counter, jerking his head to move the hair away from his face. I always had things for guys with long hair and all I could say was that this guy was my dream man.
“What do these potions do, may I ask?? I said.
“The red one refills you life,? the boy said, “so your heart will be energetic and maybe feel in love with something. The green refills your magic so you can keep casting those magic love spells, like the one you casted on me.?
“I casted no such thing,? I said all cute.
“Well, you must have magical eyes because when I looked in them, my heart flew.?
“Oh, you’re too kind,? I said.
“Well, would you like to buy these? I’ll include the bottles for no extra price.?
“Yes, I would.? I pulled out some rupees that I had gotten while in the Deku Tree and paid for the bottles. The boy counted the rupees, but handed a blue one back.
“How about I pay you and then you come on a date with me tonight?? he said.
I died a little on the inside, but I had to say no. Link and I had a mission to do and I couldn’t just stop for a silly little boy.
“I’m sorry, sir, but I really can’t,? I said. “I would explain to you what is going on, but I was told to tell no one.?
The boy became a bit sad, but I said this: “I will still be around to see you. Just because I have an adventure doesn’t mean that I can’t see you ever.?
“Alright,? the boy said happily. “I will wait for you, my love.?
The boy put his hand on mine and smiled at me.
“Before you go, my princess, could you please tell me your name?? the boy asked.
“My name is Ashley,? I said.
“Well, my name is Matthew. I will never forget your name, but if I don’t see you enough, your beautiful face might escape from my mind.?
“I will be back, Matthew, so don’t worry,? I said. I leaned over and kissed his cheek, then took my bottles and left, waving rather flirtingly to Matthew as I walked out the door.
I put the bottles away, had Lux get on my shoulder, and continued to look around. I decided to go to the shooting range. They said, if someone broke their record, that person would get a prize so I walked in. This would definitely kill some time, anyway.
I walked in to find a rather big, ugly dude at the counter.
“Aren’t you a little young to be in here?? he asked.
“Well, can I try this with a slingshot?? I said to him and he nodded. I sat some rupees on the table and went to the counter ahead where one had to stand to shoot at the targets.
“Alright girlie, here we go,? the man said and I heard a ring.
This game, unfortunately, was rather easy so I knocked out all of the rupees, which were the targets. Once I hit the last one right on, the rupee burst into shiny, little pieces.
“Congrats, girlie,? the man yelled. “You won our greatest prize!?
The man handed me a bigger pouch, so I could hold more seeds. I unwrapped the one I had around my waist and replaced it with the bigger one.
“Thank you,? I said and I left.
I walked out and saw a girl who was singing. This girl was actually pretty good at singing, so I walked up to her and listened. She opened her eyes after she sang the ending note of her song and said, “Oh, you must be a child from the forest! I love your clothes.?
“Thanks,? I said.
“I saw a boy dressed up just like you. Are you guys siblings, or better yet, are you married??
“Well, no, we’re, um, friends, I guess.?
“Well, this guy seemed sort of upset though. Did you make him angry.?
“No, he’s just irritated.?
“Well, my name’s Malon. Do you know the Lon Lon ranch??
“I’m new here, so no.?
“Well, it’s this beautiful ranch right in the middle of Hyrule field. We have horses, cows, and chickens, but my favorite is the horses.?
“Why are you here?? I asked.
“Well, my father went into the gates of the castle this morning, but as you can see, the sun is setting. He has this terrible habit of dozing off. I’m afraid he’s asleep and all.?
“I, uh, have to enter the castle anyway, so I could look out for him. What does he look like??
“He’s rather chubby and has a big, round nose. He’s wearing overalls.?
“Is his name Mario?? I asked.
“No silly, his name’s Talon. What kind of name is Mario??
“I’m not sure, a pretty dumb one, I guess.?
“Ooh, what’s that cutie pie?? Malon asked. She was looking at my feet and pointed at Lux.
“This is my, uh, shrew, Lux,? I said faintly.
“He is so cute! Where can I get one??
“They’re extremely rare. Just look in bushes and you might find one.?
“Alright!?
“Now, I’m going to go and find your father after I find my friend, so wait here, or at least wait around here, and I’ll bring him here to you.?
“Alright, but I need to give you this egg.?
Malon handed me an egg, oddly enough and said, “Since you technically can’t get into the castle until the morning, I want you to have this. I’ve been taking really good care of this egg, so it should hatch in the morning. My father only wakes up to the sound of a chicken, so you will need to find a place to at least crash for the night.?
“Do you have somewhere to go for the night?? I asked Malon. I didn’t just want to leave her by herself, especially in a town at night.
“Oh yeah, I can stay somewhere tonight,? Malon said. “I’m friends with a woman here. This isn’t the first time my father has fallen asleep in the castle.?
“Alright, well I will see you tomorrow. Thank you for the egg.?
“You’re welcome!? Malon said and she waved childishly and went somewhere.
I had to find Link before it became dark. I didn’t know what to do or where Link was, but I walked around everywhere. Once it officially became nighttime, I had searched everywhere and still had no success.
I wondered if Link had gone outside of the town and out to the field, so I went back to the entrance. The draw bridge was up, however, so I sat down with my back towards the draw bridge. I was so tired and just wanted to find that kid.
“Link, where the hell are you?? I shouted to the sky.
“I’m over here!? I heard a voice shout. I then heard something banging on the other side of the draw bridge.
“Link?? I said.
“This is him, now hurry, I have skeletons all over me!? he yelled.
“Skeletons?? I asked. “What the heck do you mean by skeletons??
“These things just started to dig out from under the ground! Now get that draw bridge down and get me away from these things!?
“Well, I don’t know if I can do that exactly.?
“Hey, try to see if Lux can do something,? Navi shouted.
I looked down at Lux who had something in his mouth.
“Spit that out,? I whispered and Lux spit out Max. “Now Lux, can you climb up walls??
“Pika?? he said.
“Up there, climb the wall and save Link and Navi.?
“Pikachu,? Lux seemed to say with determination. He looked up the wall and then looked at his surroundings. He suddenly jumped on a tree and then a roof. Lux was on the edge of the wall surrounding the castle town, probably trying to find the lever to pull the thing.
It wasn’t too long when the draw bridge started to go down. Link and Navi rushed in and I took out my sword and started to cut down the skeletons. They burst into dust and didn’t come back. After you took down three of them, though, three more decided to dig itself up.
“Why won’t these things just rest?? I said aloud.
Link and I were back to back, surrounded by these damn skeletons. They just kept coming and coming for, after awhile, they decided that more than three should come out and fight us.
“So, what should we do now?? I asked.
“I don’t really know what we should do,? Link said, “but I’m getting really tired right now. I’ve been out here for awhile and now that you showed up, everything is even worse.?
Where’s Lux? I thought.
I was scared Lux had gotten caught or lost up on that wall. I didn’t want to lose him. But, my reader, I should’ve been the one worried about getting caught because soon the soldiers of Hyrule’s Royal Family came down to see why their draw bridge was down.
They quickly destroyed the skeletons around us.
“Well, thank you!? I said excitedly.
“By order of the King of Hyrule, you two are now under arrest,? a soldier said. He grabbed my arm and I shouted, “Hey, what the hell’s wrong with you??
“Sergeant Harold, please remove the weapons from these two?? the head soldier asked. “Put them in cell 26. We’ll later discuss whether these two should be killed or tortured for their crimes.?
“I’d rather be killed,? I said.
“Soldier, shut this dame up,? the head guy said again.
Then, I felt something big hit the back of my head and all I remember was passing out.


Chapter 5
The princess
Of Destiny

I woke up to the glare of the morning sun shining in from a window. I was laying down, so I sat up and felt my a pile of hay beneath me. I had a terrible headache and couldn’t remember a thing. I looked beside me and there was Link, laying down and looking at the ceiling.
“Hey Link,? I said, “what happened??
“Well, Ashley, you decided to run your mouth when some guard arrested us and they gave you what you deserved,? Link said harshly.
It sort of came back to me. I remembered the skeleton things and Link asking me to get the draw bridge down for him. We were in a dungeon cell.
“Alright, well Link, if it wasn’t for me, you would be seriously hurt,? I said.
“Ash, just shut up. Your mouth has gotten us in enough trouble and we haven’t even met the princess yet.?
Link was right, my mouth had gotten both of us into some big trouble. The problem with me was that I didn’t know when to keep my mouth shut and I always make things fair for everyone. If I can’t do that, I run my mouth. In the last situation, I was trying to save Link from these walking skeletons on then the soldiers came and arrested us.
I didn’t know what to say, so I just asked this: “Well, where’s Lux, Max, and Navi??
“I don’t know, and it definitely doesn’t matter right now. We can’t get out there to help them and we’re either going to be tortured or killed at this point.?
“Don’t you think that killing us just because we made the draw bridge go down is a bit harsh??
“I’ll tell you this Ashley, because Navi told me this earlier. The soldiers here have a zero tolerance policy on everything. Navi told me to watch you, but I wanted to be by myself for awhile. I really did think it would be okay to leave you by yourself, but look where we are now!?
“But Link, I saved-?
“Who stinkin’ cares? I saved the Deku Tree and didn’t run my mouth to the point where I was thrown in jail. You’re lucky Mido didn’t kill you because of that mouth of yours. All you ever do if run your mouth and I’m tired of it. I’m tired of being around you, having to baby sit you, and most of all, having to work with you. You’re a pain in my ass!?
I felt some tears in my eyes, reader, but I fought them back. There was a pause and Link just looked at me. I looked at my knees; wishing he wasn’t there.
“Pika!? we both suddenly heard. It came from outside the window and I looked around and saw Lux’s smiling, fuzzy face.
“Lux!? I shouted, “I missed you buddy.?
Shortly after, Navi and Max flew up to our view.
“Hey, we’ll get you out of here, okay,? Navi said.
“But how?? Link asked.
“We’ll figure that one out ourselves,? Max said, “but with Lux here, we should have no worries on getting caught by guards.?
“Pikachu,? Lux said in delight. I still had no idea what that meant, but I could tell BY Lux’s facial features that he was happy.
Lux and Navi disappeared quickly and Max said, “See you soon!?
I turned around and saw Link. He was staring at a wall so I walked quietly back to the hay pile and watched him for about thirty seconds. I had to say something.
“Link,? I began, “how about you come and sit down beside me to try and calm your nerves.?
“I can’t? Link said and he put his head in one hand.
“Why??
“I can’t get too close to you as a partner or friend because I know your deal. I’m just someone that you’re suppose to be on a mission with and once this mission is over, you’ll leave and I’ll never see you again.?
I had no idea what he was talking about, so I quickly said, “Where did you here that from??
“You don’t have to play dumb. It won’t make me feel better.?
“I’m not playing dumb,? I said. I stood up quickly and added, “Who told you this??
“Saria,? Link said. “The Great Deku Tree wanted to tell me that I shouldn’t become close friends with you because after you’re done here, it’ll be like you never met me or had never been in Hyrule.?
“Link, I hope that’s not true,? I said and I grabbed his shoulder and turned him to face me. “Look, I just started this whole ‘mission’ thing for Mario and Princess Toadstool. I was dragged into this mess without too many details. If that is true, I’ll have to talk to Mario. Hyrule is too beautiful to leave behind and, as of right now, you’re the only best friend I have in this world. Yeah, we fight a lot, but I’m glad that I get to help you. I don’t consider you a client or whatever. I consider you a friend for life.?
Link looked at me for a little while and then suddenly hugged me. I didn’t know what to do, so I just wrapped my arms around him, but didn’t squeeze or anything. This whole friendship between Link and I was weird. I noticed something weird, though. Link’s shield and sword wasn’t on his back.
“Link, where’s our weapons?? I asked, which probably broke the warm embrace or whatever, but I didn’t care. I was afraid of hugs, especially hugs from those of the opposite sex.
Link backed off a bit, but only a little, and said, “Well, I’m guessing that the guards confiscated them. I remember one of them taking my stuff away, but I didn’t see what they did to yours.?
“Hmm, that’s weird,? I said and I turned my head so I could quit looking at this kid. Link made me uncomfortable and nervous, so I didn’t know what to do.
Lux came to my rescue, however. Link and I heard these loud crashes and Max and Navi entered our cell. Lux appeared shortly after with a key in his mouth.
“Good boy, my Lux!? I shouted.
Lux smiled, or at least tried to, but the key in his mouth made it quite awkward. Lux removed the key and jumped up to get it in the key hole. He then jumped up again to turn it. As soon as I heard a click, I opened the cell.
I patted Lux on the head and slanted my shoulder down. Lux jumped right on his shoulder and got to his position. I took the key out of the key hole because you never knew when you would need something.
“Alright, before we do anything else, we need to find our weapons,? Link said.
“Well duh,? I said and I gave him a little smile. “Let’s get this party started, sir.?
We ran to the end of the dungeon, passing few cells. There weren’t really any prisoners in the dungeons and I wasn’t going to see if there were any prisoners being tortured. We all came to a door and I was getting ready to open it when Navi shouted, “Hey!?
Her voice pierced my ears and I yelled, “What the hell do you want! Why do you have to yell so loud??
“I just wanted to say that Lux took out a lot of guards on our way here,? she said, “there’s bound to be guards on call to find us.?
“You’re right,? I said.
I still opened the door quickly and got against the nearest wall. Link, amusingly, did the same. I pointed forward like they did in those serious, war movies and we went down this hallway where there were two steps of stairs; one going down and the other going up.
Back at home, there were movies about fairy tale castles like the Hyrule castle. If I took the downstairs, I would be led to the basement of the castle which was definitely where the torture chambers had to be. Upstairs would be the kitchen where cooks would prepare meals for the prisoners. This, reader, was just my assumption, but I also knew that, seeing as the window in our cell was rather small and up high, it probably meant we were partially underground at the moment.
“Let’s go upstairs,? I said quietly.
We moved upstairs and came to a wooden door. I turned the door knob and thrust open the door, screaming like an idiot. It was a kitchen, but no one was in it. I expected someone to be in the room and that was why I screamed. Now I just felt like an idiot.
“Yum, smells good up here,? Max said and he flew over to a pot of stew. Max decided to fly over it and eventually land in it. I didn’t know if he was eating or relaxing.
“Max, get out of there this instant,? Navi scolded.
Max quickly got out of the stew and hovered around Lux’s ears. There was a door to the right of us, so I went to that door and opened it as quick as I could. It led us to a huge, open loft with couches and tables and a huge fireplace.
“This must be where the guards hang out when they’re off duty,? I said.
“Great, but we can’t stop and rest,? Link said.
“Aw, calm down,? I said and I plopped onto a nice, red couch. “I’m sure there will be no guards in here since they’re looking for us pesky kids.? I took a glass of a red liquid off the table and drank it.
“Yuck,? I said quietly, “this stuff tastes like shampoo.? I decided to test it out and blow bubbles out of my mouth since I had the liquid in contact with my saliva. Surely enough, I was able to blow bubbles.
“Oh my God, I found shampoo!? I shouted. “Link, I found-?
I would’ve continued to tell Link about my discovery, but when I jumped up to see him, I saw Ganondorf, who was holding Link up in the air by his throat.
I dropped my glass and jumped after Ganondorf. I jumped up and grabbed the arm he had stretched out, the arm that was attached to the hand that was wrapped around Link’s small neck.
I had no sword, so I bit this guy’s arm as hard as I could. It was leathery and tough but I was still able to break the skin somehow. Between me biting him and the fairies pounding him on the head, we weren’t enough. Ganondorf released Link by throwing him against a wall. The guy even swatted the fairies away. Ganondorf just looked at me and he looked at the bite I gave him.
“I knew when I saw you, you would end up being a huge pest,? Ganondorf said. “I knew you’d meddle in my business. I should’ve left you alone to cry, maybe you would’ve done Hyrule a favor and killed yourself, you miserable scum.?
“Alright asshole,? I snapped, “keep talking, keep talking.?
“Humph, you’re not worth my time,? he said and he held out his hand, his palm facing mine. The next thing I knew was this misty, purple light seemed to build in his palm and this guy shot me. The blast was terrible and it shot me all the way back and into the fireplace which, luckily for me, was not lit.
“I knew it wouldn’t take much to take both of you down,? Ganondorf said. I went in and out of consciousness, but I was able to hear all Ganondorf had to say.
“Shut up,? I said. I meant to yell it, but it didn’t come out that way. I was really beat up and I ached everywhere. I wanted to just pass out, but I knew I couldn’t, otherwise I might not wake up again.
“That’s funny,? I heard Ganondorf say, “your mouth is still running, even when you have clearly been defeated.?
I opened my eyes and saw Ganondorf much closer to me now. He had a sword in his hand and it was pointed at my throat.
“Maybe, I remove your vocal chords, you’d shut up, but you’re just enough of an idiot to try to talk anyway. Maybe this will help you learn your place.? Ganondorf slashed one of my cheeks just a little bit, but it hurt like hell. It stung like a really deep paper cut.
“Hmm, but I still don’t feel that I’ve done enough to you,? Ganondorf said. “How about I just kill you, so I will have one less piece of scum in my kingdom.? Ganondorf brought his sword to his side and added, “But don’t tell King Daphnes I said that. If you did, I might get in trouble.?
To make my torture worse, this jerk decided to let out the biggest and longest laugh I have ever heard. It hurt my ears and reader, for that moment, I wanted him to just kill me.
The best thing happened next, though. Lux jumped out of no where and jumped right on Ganondorf and started to shock the crap out of him. Ganondorf yelled and thrashed around and eventually knocked Lux off his head.
“You rotten pest,? Ganondorf yelled and he started to shoot Lux. But, my boy started running all around the room and dodged every shot fired at him. While this was going on, Link rose from the spot he landed. He jumped on Ganondorf and covered his head.
Out of nowhere, this stone fell out of Ganondorf’s pocket. I got up and held my aching head, but I went over and grabbed the stone as quick as I could. It was a sea green stone with a lightning bolt in the middle. I had no time to looked at it, however, so I shoved it in my pocket.
Ganondorf was too disoriented to do anything at that moment, but he ended up releasing this terrible power that threw all of us back. For some reason, when I hit the wall I noticed Ganondorf checking his pockets for something.
“Damn,? he said and mumbled something. “Alright children, due to a little issue in my schedule, I have to leave you here for a bit. But, I will be back later, and next time, I won’t be as nice.?
There was a big blast of purple smoke and when it cleared, Ganondorf was gone. I slowly got up and I felt my right cheek bleeding. It dripped off of my chin and fell to my lap. I was way too tired to get up. I felt beat up and tired and just worn down. Link came over to me, or rather crawled to me, because he wanted to make sure I was okay.
“Are you, are you alright?? he asked.
“Besides the splinters in my back from the fireplace, I guess you could say that I’m fine,? I said softly. There was blood coming from my mouth and I had trouble breathing.
Link brushed off my tunic because it had ash all over it. Lux came over to me, too, and sat right on my lap.
“Oh yeah, before I forget,? I said quietly, “when you were on Ganondorf, you made him drop this. It came from one of his pockets, I guess.?
I took the stone out of my pocket and let Link see it. He examined it and said, “I wonder if it means something.?
Lux, I noticed, was staring at it intensely.
“What’s wrong, Lux?? I asked and Lux looked at me, determined for some reason. He pointed at the stone in Link’s hands and then pointed at me and finally, at himself.
“You want me to put that stone on you?? I asked.
“Pika!? he exclaimed.
I felt too tired to reach out my arm so I asked Link to do it. Lux started shaking his head, but Link had already put the stone on his body. Nothing happened, however.
Lux then started to point at me intensely so Link handed me the stone. I noticed closely that the stone started to glow a bit. It went from sea green to a teal color. I stared at it deeply, trying to figure out what it was.
“It matches your eye color now,? said Link, but he quickly recovered and said, “Not that I know the exact tint of your eyes, but I just made an observation.?
Lux pointed at himself, jumping up and down and it caught my attention. I didn’t see what the big deal was, so I put the stone against his body.
What I saw at that split second was a bright, golden light. A light so powerful that it shot me backwards and put me right back in the fireplace. I felt this power surge through my body, but it was overwhelming and I passed out.

I woke up to the sight of Link and the fairies. They kept repeating my name and shook my entire body, even after I had gained consciousness.
“Whoa,? I said, “how long have I been out.?
“For five minutes,? Link said. “That stone did something weird and you flew backwards.?
“I swear there were sparks coming out of that fireplace,? Max said.
“No, you’re just imagining things, silly boy,? Navi said.
“Um, beside the sparks though,? Link said, “Lux is a bit, well, different.?
I sat up and held my head. It hurt so bad, more than it ever had before in my life. I looked at my fingertips and noticed that my hand was shaking really bad.
“What happened to Lux?? I asked while I watched my hand.
“Well, something bizarre happened,? Link said. “That stone made him, well, transform.?
“Rai,? I heard and looked to my side.
“Damn, what the heck is this?? I asked.
“Raichu,? this thing said quietly.
“Ash, this is Lux,? Link said. “Right after that bright light cleared up, he was standing there.?
Lux now had large, brown feet and his body was more of a golden yellow rather than bright yellow. His ears were now bigger and had rings on the end. He had also grown bigger and had a long, whip-like tail with a lightning bolt looking formation on the end. I touched his face and scratched his floppy, new ears.
“So, you’ve grown,? I said and as I scratched, Lux’s foot went berserk.
Suddenly, it seemed that I gained friction from scratching him and my hands became engulfed by electricity. I quickly drew my hand back, but the electricity was still all around it.
“What the hell,? I said and I stood up in panic. I was too weak, however, and I stumbled back down. I shook my hand really fast and this electricity flew off my hand and on the rug I was sitting on and it left a burn there.
“Ash, Ash,? Link said trying to grab me, “calm down, please calm down.?
I stopped and stared at my hand again. I tensed my muscles and electricity came out of my palm. It went everywhere because it was so hard to control, but I felt no pain at all. I did lose control but Lux rushed over and put his tail in my palm, which stopped the electric flow.
“Raichu,? Lux said and he put my hand down by my side.
I stared at Lux and then looked at Link. I was horrified and didn’t know what to do, but then we heard a door open and Link quickly stood up.
“Oh, hello,? said a sweet voice. I looked up and saw a girl in a dress. She had on this really ugly headdress as well. Her big blue eyes were really striking, though.
Link stood up slowly and I noticed that he couldn’t take his eyes off her. “Hi, uh, Princess?? he said with a tone of confusion in his voice.
“Why yes, I am Princess Zelda of Hyrule,? she said and walked towards us slowly. Link walked towards her slowly too, and once they became close, Zelda walked right passed him and lifted me up. She saw Lux and said, “Oh, what a cute little Raichu. I’ve been seeing Pikachus around Hyrule lately, but not Raichus??
“What are those?? I asked as she helped me to the red couch.
“Well, they’re Pokemon, from the Kanto region way up north from here,? Zelda said and she helped me sit down. “They’re electric mice. I personally think they’re rats, however.?
Link came and waited to see where Zelda said. She ended up sitting in a single chair so Link put on a face of discontent and sat by me. Lux hopped up with me, too, and Max and Navi flew behind him.
“Oh joy, you two have fairies,? Zelda said. “Is it okay if I tell you a little secret, if you don’t mind of course. It might seem dumb, but-?
“No, tell us,? said Link. I looked at him and he had a beaming look on his face. He was going to listen to everything she had to say.
“Well, you, boy, look like the one in my dream,? Zelda said and that made Link extremely happy.
“Was it a love dream?? he asked desperately.
“You’re silly,? Zelda said and she giggled a little. “Well, in this dream, the sky was dark and I was lost. There was fire all around me, but I looked forward towards the forest and you appeared. What’s you’re name??
“Link,? he said.
“Well, you had this green stone and a fairy. You were the light in front of me. I think my dream was trying to tell me something, but my father thought I was nuts.? Zelda’s face soon turned dark and she said, “But, there was one more person in my dream.?
“Who?? Link asked cheerily.
“Ganondorf Dragmire?? I said as a joke.
“Yes, how did you know?? she said. “Oh, and what’s your name.?
“Ashley, but you can call me Ash,? I said.
“Nice to meet you both, but how do you know about Mr. Dragmire.?
“Uh, well, he beat the crap outta me,? I said. “Look at how messy this room is and how worn out I am.?
“I am dreadfully sorry,? Zelda said.
“Well, I was also arrested for trying to save this kid here from a bunch of skeletons, so you, or your father, owe me a lot of stuff.?
“Here, how about I give you and Link here one full day in the castle,? Zelda said cheerfully. “You both look extremely tired and I’ll calm down the guards for you. I’m sure my attendant, Impa, will be able to find you rooms. We have dinner at six, so you can come and meet father as well.?
Zelda hopped from the couch and went out of the room. Impa came in the loft without Zelda.
“I am terribly sorry for your injuries, Ash and Link,? this girl said. She had white hair and a tattoo on her both her eyes. She barely had clothes on and the clothes she had on were extremely skin tight. “If you’ll come with me, I should be able to get you a nice room for the night.?
Link, who was out of his Zelda daze, helped me get up. I still couldn’t walk very well, so I counted on Link’s support to get through the castle. We both left the loft and followed Impa through the castle. I didn’t know what to expect next, but I was hungry and tired and it seemed like rest and food was next on my schedule, however, I barely made it out of the loft and I passed out on the floor.


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Posted 14 April 2010 - 04:36 PM

Chapter 6
Guess Who’s coming
To Dinner?

When I was unconscious, I had a weird dream. In this dream, Lux and I found a piece of the Triforce ourselves, but the triangle was upside down, compared to how the other two were on the Triforce. I decided to touch this piece, which exploded into a surge of electricity and all that electricity went into me. I looked down at my right hand and the full Triforce was on it, but only the middle was glowing.
Suddenly, Zelda and Link appeared and their hands, Zelda’s right and Link’s left, were glowing and they also had the Triforce on their hands. We suddenly heard this huge laugh, however, and behind me was Ganondorf. He replaced the piece of Triforce that was behind me. He shot me with this terrible power and I woke up all of the sudden.
I had sat up extremely quick. I found myself laying in a nice, soft bed. I looked at the table to my right and there was my hat. I looked behind me and noticed there was a small line of blood on my pillow. I felt my right cheek, which stung a little. The bleeding had stopped, but I still felt a stinging feeling on that cheek.
I sat on the edge of the bed. A window was open and it smelled to me like a nice, spring afternoon. Because of this nice weather, I decided to get up. I was a bit sore, or rather extremely sore, but I would get over it. I grabbed my hat and underneath it I found the Thunderstone and a note.

I thought you would like this back, Thunderstones can only be used once, but I think that this item will always be important for you and Lux. I will be honest, there’s a mysterious aura from that Thunderstone and I think that is why Ganondorf had this stone. I do not know why he had it exactly, but I would stay on your toes.
Now, get some rest and join us at dinner at 6:30. My father is excited to meet you. There should be a wardrobe in this room, so pick out a dress that you would like and be proper for dinner.

Sincerely,
Princess Zelda


I put the stone and the note down on the end table. I had to get dressed so I represented myself well in front of the King of Hyrule. There was a wardrobe across from me, so I peeked inside. It was filled with gorgeous dresses of almost every color. They were all rather long, but that was fine. Back on home, I’d always see older girls wearing short skirted dresses.
I picked out my favorite dress. It was a dark yellow, almost like a goldenrod color. There were even long, golden gloves that came with the dress. When I was little, I remember wanting those kinds of gloves, for princesses always wore them. After I put on the dress, I slipped the gloves on.
Under all the dresses in the wardrobe, there were several pairs of dress shoes. I chose the black ones only because I didn’t want to look too yellow. I slipped the shoes on. I never really wore dress shoes, and I discovered how uncomfortable they were. They were hard to walk in and I could feel the leather rub against my feet. I knew I would have terrible blisters, but I needed to look decent. My boots definitely weren’t the pair of shoes to wear with the dress I had on.
I decided to take a stroll around the castle a bit. I left the room and stepped out into a huge hallway. It had a high ceiling and everything. The floor was a black marble and the walls were actually smooth and they were a white color. My footsteps echoed as I walked. The hall way was empty, so that was understandable.
I had never been in an actual castle before, which I guess was alright. As far as I knew, there were no castles in Ohio, or at least there weren’t any castles in my town. I was excited to actually walk around. I had to find Link anyway and sitting in my room wouldn’t help me find him.

I walked for about an hour and still couldn’t find Link. The castle was beautiful, but I was having trouble soaking it in. My feet hurt so badly. I had to find a seat and take the shoes off. I cam to these two double doors and opened one of them. They were extremely heavy and the pressure I put on my feet to move the doors made the shoes cut into my skin a little.
The room I entered was a huge chapel. There were several rows of pews and a huge organ. It wasn’t being played at the time which was because there was no service that evening. There was a huge stain glass window on the other side of the church. I expected Jesus to be on it or something, but it was a huge Triforce. Flying around it were three women. They were colored for one was blue, one was green, and the last was red.
Sitting at a pew was Zelda’s attendant, Impa. She turned around and motioned for me to sit with her. I didn’t want to be rude, so I sat down with her. I still wanted to be proper, so I kept my shoes on, despite the fact that it felt like a thousand mice were chewing on my poor feet.
“Hello, child,? Impa said, “what brings you hear??
“Ah, I was just looking around,? I said.
“It’s rather a coincidence that you made your way here, I suppose,? Impa said. “This is a chapel that honors the Goddess of the Triforce.?
“Is that the triangle on the window?? I asked and I pointed to it.
“Yes, child. It’s the sacred symbol of our kingdom. However, this sacred symbol had caused terrible wars to befall this kingdom.?
“Wars??
“Why yes. Hyrule is one of the most purest and desirable kingdoms around this world. We’ve had several people try to take it from us. But usually, they’re only after one thing.?
“The Triforce??
“Correct,? Impa said, and she smiled. “Unfortunately, our symbol had caused many wars, even several civil wars.?
“Between whom?? I asked.
Impa’s face seemed to darken and she replied, “The Gerudos.?
“Who are the ’Gerudos?’?
“They’re a human race that live in the desert. It’s a barren, wasteland, now full of criminals. The Gerudos use to be peaceful and offered to help our kingdom. Someone got a hold of the Triforce of Power, and went mad. That was over one hundred years ago, however.?
“Where’s the Triforce of Power now?? I asked.
“No one knows. I have heard that it was destroyed years ago by an ancestor to our current king, because that one piece seemed to drive people mad, unlike the other two pieces. I’ve also heard that Din, the Goddess of Power, came down to Hyrule for a short second and took the Triforce of Power, so law would return to this kingdom.?
“Wow,? I said.
“I know where you got that cut,? Impa said. “Ganon attacked you, didn’t he??
“Yeah,? I said and I touched my right cheek. The blood had dried quite well.
“I suspected that was why you were so wounded. Ganon is very questionable, but the King of Hyrule trusts him. I am very disappointed in my king, honestly, for he has been ignoring the nightmares that Zelda has had that showed this man as an enemy.?
I suddenly remembered the dream I had. Ganondorf was in mine and Zelda’s dream. I also remembered that a couple days ago, Link had a nightmare that he didn’t tell me about. I began to wonder if all of our dreams had some sort of connection, but I wasn’t sure why or how the dreams were happening.
“Are you okay, Ashley?? Impa asked and I suddenly snapped back to reality.
“Oh, yeah, I’m fine,? I said quickly.
There was a small pause and then Impa said, “Did you get your Thunderstone back??
“Oh, yeah,? I said.
“Now, I want to talk to you about that stone. I’m not quite sure why Ganon had it, but I think that it is extremely important to his demise. I think there’s a great reason for why you were sent here. You’re not just an assistant, I think you too, are a hero that will go down in all the legends.?
“I just feel that there’s something…unique about this stone,? I said.
“I feel the same way as well,? Impa said. “Zelda told me that she felt a certain aura from that stone. She said it was an electric kind of aura, which may only be because it’s a Thunderstone, but there’s just something about it. It must be unique if Ganon had it, but I’m not sure why yet.?
“Well, when I put the stone on Lux, my Raichu, it blasted out this electric power and blew my backwards. Afterwards, I started shooting bolts of lightning out of my hand. There was no pain at all and it was extremely hard to control.?
Impa looked impressed and said, “Can you use this power??
“I can try, but I don’t know if I can really control it yet.?
I stretched out my arm and thought hard about what I wanted to do. I wanted to harness this power and make it my own. I felt the power start to happen in my palm and saw a light. Instead of playing it cool however, I became extremely anxious and panicked. The lightning bolted from my hand and hit a metal stand and bounced back.
Impa and I ducked between pews quickly and I heard a lot of static above my head, but it passed extremely quick. I stood up and saw that the bolt hit a stone pillar. The pillar was fine, but the bolt had burnt it a little and a black circle was on it now.
“Damn,? I mumbled.
Impa’s face was blank. I don’t know what she was thinking, but I bet she was terribly shocked. I wasn’t sure what she was going to do next, but I would be patient to hear what she had to say. The sight of my lightning stuff must have been quite the surprise.
“That must be why Ganon had that stone,? she said. Impa then grabbed my wrists and held them up. “I can’t tell you anything right now, for it’s not my place, but you will play an extremely important role in not only saving Hyrule, but in saving this dimension as well.?
“What do you mean?? I asked. I was eager to hear what I was suppose to do. Even though my name was just randomly drawn out of Mario’s hat, something about me was different. At home, I was a regular, old kid, but here, there was something peculiar.
“Ms. Brandt, it is not my place to tell you anything,? Impa said seriously. “All of that information will come in due time, but right now I am afraid you’re too young to bear it.?
“I can bear. I can bear anything!?
“You are an ambitious child, but that also makes you foolish. I cannot tell you because it is not my place to do so.?
I admitted defeat and sat back down on the pew. I turned my hand around so the palm was facing me. I held out my pointing finger and watched as a little spark of electricity came from it.
“I would practice your special ability by yourself once you leave this castle,? Impa said. “Don’t use your powers in front of the King tonight. It is almost time for dinner, so try not to be late. The dining hall is down a hall way to your right. There you reach the lobby of the castle. In between the double staircase should be another hall wall which leads to the ball room. On the right in this room is a huge double door. Enter that door and you will have entered the dining hall.?
Impa started to walk down the aisle of pews and opened the huge double doors to exit the chapel. Then she said, “Oh, and Ash. Try to not be late to this dinner.?
I rolled my eyes, but I knew that I got ready at the last second and barely made it to the destination. Unfortunately, my feet would get no rest, but the bleeding had stopped on my foot. I would wrap it in a bandage after dinner for I didn’t want a huge bandage around my foot. That just wasn’t proper.
I stood up and stretched a bit. After straightening myself up to leave, I realized that I had heard snoring. Suddenly, my mind flashed a vision of Malon.
“Oh crap,? I said and I ran towards the source of the snoring. On one of the pews laid a fat, bushy looking man. He had a big nose and a moustache. He looked a bit like Mario, except not as short.
I nudged the man a little bit, but he still laid there. For fun, I decided to go behind the pew and lift it a bit. It was extremely heavy with Talon on it, but I was able to lift it just enough for him to slide off.
“Whoa,? I heard him yell right after I heard him plop on the floor. “What in tar nation??
“Talon?? I asked.
The man turned and saw me. He quickly stood up and brushed himself off. He held out his hand and said, “Yes, I’m Talon, the owner of the glorious Lon Lon Ranch.?
I shook his hand which was quite dirty and got dry dirt on my gloves.
“Well, can I just say that your daughter, Malon, has been waiting in the castle market for you?? I said.
“Oh no, my baby girl,? Talon said quickly. He took off running and started to yell at himself: “Oh, she’s gonna kill me!?
I’ll admit my dear reader, I was amused. I wiped the dirt from my glove on the fabric of the pew in front of me and decided it was time to arrive for dinner. I hadn’t seen Link, Lux, or the two fairies for quite awhile. Though the fairies and Lux probably couldn’t have dinner with us, I at least wanted to see Link and see that he was okay.
I also wanted to see if he actually dressed up.

I would have to say my reader that one of the most awkward parts of my life would take part at that dinner table, the one I just arrived to. Link was sitting about six chairs down to where the King of Hyrule would sit.
Link was actually dressed up nicely. He wore a forest green top that reminded me of what an old, Renaissance kind of poet would wear. He actually had on nice fitting pants and the ends of each pant leg were tucked into these nice, black leather boots. Since he didn’t wear that ridiculous, floppy hat, I could see his blonde hair, which made his blue eyes pop even more.
Link saw me and stood up and bowed or something.
“Uh, you don’t need to do that, sir,? I said.
“Well, I was told that men have to bow to nice ladies,? Link said.
“Well, we’re only twelve,? I stated.
Link nodded and pulled out the chair on his right and I sat down. He actually pushed it back for me. This surprised me, seeing as he was a fairy boy and probably hadn’t learned proper table etiquette. I mean, I really hadn’t either, but I knew some of it.
As expected, we weren’t the only ones at dinner. Most of the seats filled up, except for the King and Queen’s seat, two seats beside the Queen that were probably Zelda and Impa’s seats, and the seat right in front of me.
The huge double doors opened and someone announced the entering of the King, Queen, Princess, and Royal Attendant. Everyone around me stood up and bowed. I sat there looking awkward for a second, but quickly stood up to bow myself, knocking over my chair in the process. The King noticed but said no words. He just raised his hands.
The King of Hyrule, or Daphnes, was a rather big man with a nicely trimmed, white beard. He didn’t look that old and I guess he was maybe in his forties or so. He had these furry looking white eye brows and brown, beady eyes.
“Ladies and gentlemen,? his big voice boomed and echoed through the dining hall, “we have a guest for dinner this evening so please remain standing to welcome our Royal Guest.?
Oh shit, I thought. Link glanced at me and I gave him a look of distress. He seemed to know what I was thinking and whispered, “Nah, it’s not him, Ashley.?
If you see my connection reader, I was extremely scared that this ‘Royal Guest’ was none other than Ganondorf. Link seemed to beg to differ it was him, but I just had this idea…
“Please welcome our guest, Mr. Ganondorf Dragmire,? the King boomed.
I gave Link an irritated glance and all of the people around us bowed. Link began to bow, but I just stood straight. Ganondorf saw this and glared at me. He gave me a snotty looking smirk and nodded to the people. I had a fixed stare on him and watched his every step. He mad his way around the table and sat at the only seat available.
The one across from me…
“Oh, yes,? the King said suddenly, “I would also like to introduce my daughter’s Royal Guests, Link and Ashley.?
We didn’t get bowed to, but we got some warm applause. The King smiled warmly at us and motioned for all of us to sit down. I sat down in the nice, cushioned chair and then faced Ganondorf…but only at a dinner table…
These servants brought out a lot of food. It was really only a salad with beets and what not in it, but I knew this would be a formal dinner, so meals would be split up. Link, I knew, had no idea what a salad was because he ate leaves in that dump of a forest his whole life.
I will tell you, Ganondorf was getting really annoying. He did that thing where he stared at you while he ate. He put on his angry, but eating face and I could tell because he wrinkled his brow, which was where those two orange looking caterpillar eyebrows sat.
I decided that two could play that game, so I wielded my fork in my hand and began to eat, staring directly at Ganondorf. I didn’t practice doing such as much as he must have, because I kept missing my mouth and lettuce kept falling on my dress.
Unfortunately for me, Ganondorf was unable to laugh quietly to himself, so that monkey headed freak belted out this huge boom of laughter, which caused everyone to stop eating and look directly at both of us.
“Oh, pardon me, this young lady here is a funny little thing,? Ganondorf said quickly.
I sat my fork down and looked over at Link. I didn’t think it was possible, but it seemed Link had never used a fork before. He was holding it upside down, trying to poke the lettuce with the wrong side of the thing. Then he began to sniff the lettuce like a dog would.
“Link, it’s fine,? I said.
Link’s face bolted up when I said that and I continued, “Link, you’re also holding the fork wrong.? I grabbed the fork from his right hand and placed it right side up in his left hand. I then motioned the fork down and got Link some lettuce.
“Now, I’m not feeding you, so you can figure out the rest,? I said and I turned to face Ganondorf, who was drinking wine and staring at me.
“You know, dude,? I began, “it seems that you eyes are blood shot. Do you think it might be because, well, you’re always staring at people. I think you have, ya know, dry eyes.?
“Well, I think you have an ugly face,? Ganondorf said.
I was appalled. I expected this Ganondorf guy to have much better comebacks then that. I expected him to punch me in the face or something, but after what he said, he then said this: “Boooyah! I just got you so bad.?
Suddenly, I had realized something. The only reason why Ganondorf wouldn’t get violent was only because he was in front of the King. (or at least I hoped that was the reason, otherwise he was really bad at this evil thing) He couldn’t touch me, no matter what I did to him.
Ganondorf started back on his lettuce, and he was smirking while he ate it. I looked down at mine and picked up a beet with my hand and then threw it right at his wine glass. I played the game basketball back at home, so I had a decent shot. I heard the beet plop and some wine spill over the glass.
“Boooyah,? I said quietly.
Ganondorf became tense. I could make him angry; I seemed to be doing great at that in Hyrule.
Even though I had to be all proper and stuff, I still had some tricks up my sleeve. I kept my slingshot under my dress. It was held on by a harness on my leg, like those badass women do in movies with their guns. I took it out and grabbed a beet from my salad. It was the biggest beet in the salad, too.
I loaded it up in my slingshot and pulled the string back. It was under the table, so I didn’t know where I would hit, but I was trying to hit Ganondorf’s crotch. My father at home always told me that if I got into a fight to always hit a boy in the crotch area and I would win.
I let go of the string and watched as Ganondorf crumpled up for a second. Bulls eye, I thought.
“You rotten piece of crap,? he said and I just smiled.
The servants came just in time and took our salads away. I was excited because I now got more ammo for the dinner. It seemed Ganondorf had already been defeated, but I knew better. I wouldn’t let my defenses down.
The next course was an appetizer sort of deal. It was fried potatoes or something. I didn’t really have time to check out what Hylian food was like and all, but this course looked like potatoes to me.
Ganondorf seemed to have fully recovered from the beet I shot him with, so I knew that more stuff was coming my way. He, too, had more ammo to use with the appetizer. Anyone could just throw food, but it took inventive minds to find better ways at utilizing food as an ammo, so I put my brain to work.
“You know, my dear,? Ganondorf said quietly, “I have powers that are deadly.? He held up his hand and pointed his finger upwards. A little purple ball thing floated on top. “This here is a dark type of power. I would bet it’s the most powerful of every type known to man.?
I didn’t know what that ‘type’ mumojumbo meant, but Ganondorf didn’t know that I had electric powers. I held up my hand and pointed my finger. A ball of lightning floated at the tip of my finger. I was all tensed up because I still didn’t have full control of the power.
Ganondorf had a shocked look on his face but he quickly recovered and said, “So you have my Thunderstone.?
“Why yes sir,? I said,
“You brat, I was given permission from King Bowser to keep that from you,? Ganondorf said.
“King Bowser?? I said. I was confused. Just who was I suppose to fight against here?
Ganondorf’s face grew dark and a smirk formed on his lips. “You’ll meet him soon, child.?
Even though I was listening to Ganondorf, I still had an intense lock on my electric power that rested on my finger. Then, childishly, Ganondorf pointed out of no where and shouted, “Whoa, what’s that??
I quickly looked behind me and saw there was nothing there. I looked forward and looked at my finger. The ball of lightning was gone. I heard a nasty, cracking sound up above me and looked. On the ceiling, there was a huge chandelier that was hit by my electric attack. The chandelier’s chain was slowly breaking so I started to yell at everyone to run.
Fortunately, ol’ Daphnes saw the chandelier too, and he yelled for everyone to run as well. I pushed back my chair and stood up quickly. Link and Ganondorf had already taken off with everyone else that was seated at the table. I just looked up at the chandelier. I didn’t know what to do, but I spread my legs shoulder width apart and put my left foot back a little. I held out my hand, closed my eyes, and shot out an electric shock.
I paused and waited to hear a crash, but I heard no such thing. I opened my eyes and looked up. My electricity didn’t shoot the chandelier, but it created a yellow net around it. The net sparked as I gazed at it. I tightened my grip, bringing my pinky and ring finger closer to my palm. The chandelier moved a bit and I pulled it down softly. I laid it beside me and released my power, which slipped right back into the palm of my hand.
I paused; amazed at what had just happened. About a second or so passed and then I was engulfed in a bunch of applause from the surrounding people.
Ganondorf made his way through the crowd and stood by King Daphnes who said, “I have never witnessed such an amazing power.?
I turned to face everyone who were clumped up in a corner. They had looks of being in total awe on their faces. Except, of course, Ganondorf, who glared at me.
“Ladies and gentlemen,? the King said, “unfortunately, I do suppose our dinner will be canceled for tonight. You may all return to your respected quarters, except for Ms. Ashley. I would like to have a chat with you.?
I walked over to the King who put his arm around my shoulder and lead me to a door.
“Ashley,? the King said, “I would personally like to talk to you.?
The King had two guards open these huge double doors and behind those doors was a rather large throne room. The guards entered the room with us. I looked behind me before they shut the doors and waved to Link who was looking rather confused.
I walked on a blue carpet and stood and watched as King Daphnes sat down on his throne. He adjusted his crown a bit and got comfortable and then said, “So, what I just witness was very impressive.?
“Thank you, sir,? I said. I was actually being recognized by this dude and It made me feel really good.
“Now, after witnessing your power, I have a favor to ask of you.?
“Whatever do you need?? I asked.
“My friend you sat across from, Ganondorf Dragmire. He said that he is having trouble in the desert where his people live. They’re called the Gerudos. Could you please go and investigate what these people are up to??
“Um, I guess so,? I said. I was a bit confused, but I would help the King.
“Alright,? the King said, “but reaching this destination will be no easy feat. I would like for you to go to Lon Lon Ranch and get yourself a horse. I’m sure that Talon, the owner, would have a pony for you and that fairy boy to use.?
“I’m sure they do.?
“Now, I just want you to go to the Gerudo’s fortress and talk to the leader, Nabooru. I guess she has been creating trouble for Ganondorf and he needs some help. He’s a very honorable guest to me and may help me solve some conflicts that are going on in other countries. He’s already planned my army to take over a nearby evil kingdom.?
The King was taking suggestions from Ganondorf? That was a scary mess, my reader. I wasn’t sure what to think, but I knew I had to do something, even if it went against the King’s orders.
“Alright, thank you Ms. Brandt. You are dismissed.?
I nodded and went for the double doors and the guards opened the doors for me. Link was waiting outside of them, chatting with Zelda.
“Oh, hello Ashley dear,? Zelda said cheerfully. “What did Father talk to you about, may I ask??
“He wants me to help Ganondorf,? I said. “Your father believes that Ganondorf will help Hyrule progress as a kingdom.?
Zelda gasped and said, “You’re not serious!?
“I am,? I said. “Link, you and I have to go to Lon Lon Ranch tomorrow. Get your stuff ready for the morning and get some sleep.?
I was a bit disappointed, so I walked out of the room. All I heard was a faint ‘Ashley’ from Link, but I wasn’t in the mood to talk. I made it to my room, however and took off my black dress shoes. Lux was lying at the end of the bed, taking a nap.
I laid down and woke Lux, but he just sighed and got comfortable again. I put my head on the soft pillow and pulled the covers over my head. I then drifted into a worried and uncomfortable sleep.


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Posted 18 April 2010 - 07:22 AM

We cleaned up Lux and Zucchini in the barn and walked outside. The ranch looked fairly decent now that there weren’t animals running around. The horses were all in a circular fence that was right in the middle of the ranch. I could hear Malon singing as we entered the fenced area. She had a really good voice for a girl that was about my age.
Link and I walked into the horse ring. The horses were just running around all free and occasionally one would get out of the ring. Malon paid no mind however, and looked rather cheerful when one horse celebrated when it exited the ring and ran around the ranch.
“Oh, hello you two,? Malon said. “Ash, who’s this fairy boy here??
“His name is Link,? I said. “We’re both on a huge adventure and have come here to see if you would have any ponies available?
“Oh, yes,? Malon said cheerfully, “but we’ll donate you two ponies, since you saved our ranch and all.?
I felt extremely grateful for the ranch’s kindness. I didn’t expect for them to give Link and I our own horses. Before I could get a horse however, I needed to learn how to ride one. Back at home, I had always wanted to ride a horse but never got around to it. I was thrilled but at the same time I knew that Link and I didn’t really have enough time for me to learn how to ride a horse.
“We only have two ponies available for you two,? Malon said and she started to walk around the horse ring. Link and I followed as full grown horses began to run passed us.
We saw these two ponies, one was brown and the other was solid black. I knew then and there that I wanted the black horse. I just liked it better, even though most evil people rode those types of horses.
“Now, these ponies are really shy,? Malon said, “so just going up to them will startled them.?
“How do you get them to not be startled by someone?? Link asked.
“Well, you have to learn a song,? Malon said.
Great, another fricken song, I thought. I didn’t want songs to be the biggest part of this mission. If it was, I would have to learn how to play that damn ocarina that I had. Ocarinas, in my opinion, sounded really stupid. They just didn’t produce a sound that made me happy. The sound was annoying, like a screaming baby.
“I can sing this song for you and these two should gallop right over here,? Malon said. “Do you have any instruments to learn this song with??
Link smiled and pulled out his ocarina and then he looked at me. I just stood there and gave him an annoyed stare, but the kid didn’t take the hint.
“How about you just learn this song by yourself,? I said. “I still can’t play that potato with holes in it.?
Link shrugged his shoulders and got ready for Malon to start singing. Her voice filled the atmosphere with this really nice song. It was actually the song she was singing earlier. She sang it twice and then Link got his perfect pitch on and repeated the melody. All of a sudden, the two ponies trotted towards us. The brown one went to Link and the black one went to me.
“Wow fairy boy,? Malon said amazed, “these ponies must really like you and Ash.?
I smiled as the black pony got all cuddly with me. What I found bizarre was that it had a white spot on its head that looked like a lightning bolt.
“The brown horse is named Epona and the black horse is named Lightning,? Malon said. “Epona is a girl and Lightning is a boy.?
I petted Lightning and Lux decided to jump on him. Surprisingly, Lightning didn’t care so Lux had some fun. He probably felt like he was a cowboy or something, because he was whipping his tail around like it was a lasso. He looked rather cute and I wished I had a camera, but I didn’t think those existed here in Hyrule, at least to my knowledge.
“Since you both have a lot of adventures to take part in,? Malon said, “you can walk outta here, or rather ride outta here, with both those horses. Since they’re ponies, you won’t really need to worry about a saddle.
“That’s awesome,? I said. “Is there anyway we can repay you??
Malon smiled and said, “Nope. I’m sure you’ll come to our rescue every now and then, little heroes.?
Link and I smiled.
“Well, we have to be on our way now,? Link said all heroic like. “We might see you again in the near future.? Link then winked at Malon, who smiled. I just felt like I had to puke.
Link got on Epona and took off without me, off into the sunset. I stood there and watched him, becoming annoyed with the fact that he totally forgot me. Before we met all these town people, Link had been really nice, but now he just flirted with every girl he met.
“Uh, thanks again for the help,? I said. I got on Lightning rather awkwardly and then let Lux got on with me. “Zucchini, can you just follow, because I don’t think Lightning can carry all of us,? I said awkwardly.
“Scyther,? he said and he nodded.
I kicked the sides of Lightning with my boots and, to my surprise, he took off. I grabbed onto his fur and tried to steer him like a car, which sort of worked, but not too well. Lux and Max, who woke up in my hat that was flying backwards, started to scream. I wanted to scream myself, but I knew that I was controlling the whole situation, so I needed to remain calm.
Fortunately, I was able to steer Lightning to the exit of the ranch and I made my way through the sunset…even though it wasn’t as romantic looking as Link had done it.


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Posted 19 April 2010 - 05:08 AM

Chapter8

TheGorons

Link had actually waited for me at theranch’s entrance, which really didn’t surprise me. He had ‘impressed’ Malon, but he knew that ifhe left me, I would kill him. Link was stillon his horse and he greeted me with a smile.

“Wasn’t that cool?? he asked.

“It was pretty stupid if you ask me,? Isnapped. “Not only did you leave mebehind, you also left Scyther behind as well. That was a dumbass move, sir.?

“I bet I impressed Malon,? Link mumbled.

“You know, for a fairy boy who’s beenlocked up in a forest your whole life, you sure do know how to woo your women,?I said. “It’s pathetic.?

Link frowned and started to trot forwardon Epona. He went towards DeathMountain, so I followed close behind. Zucchini followed Link while Lux stayed on my shoulder. He was enjoying the ride, Lux, and he lovedto feel some wind breeze back his ears. We made it to the entrance of a place, which had a sign beside it.

“Kakariko Village,? I read aloud. “It sounds peaceful, I guess.?

I had Lightning move forward, but hebecame distressed. He turned aroundautomatically.

“Here, Epona is not a wimp,? Link saidwith a nasty little smirk on his face. He kicked her sides to make her go forward, but she too would not go upthe entrance.

I dismounted Lightning and noticed thatthe way to get into Kakariko Village was by walking up a set of stairs. Since I discovered this, I said: “It seemsthat the horses are afraid of stairs.?

Link dismounted Epona and walked besideme. He shook his head, “Why did theranch give us pansy horses??

“Aw, shut your mouth. They’re only afraid of stairs.? I looked over and saw a tree. “Let’s just tie them up on that tree and theyshould be fine.?

Link and I tied up our horses and wenttowards the stairs to the village. Luxand Zucchini followed right behind us. When we got all the way up to the stairs, we saw the front of thevillage.

Kakariko was a tiny lookingvillage. We passed the entrance and sawa bunch of workers running around, some with tools and planks of wood. There was some old guy in front of a tree whokept yelling for some reason. He talkedto himself, saying that his son was really lazy and would never make somethingout of himself. Link and I just decidedto ignore that man.

We walked around for a bit, but therewasn’t really anything exciting. Therewas a lot of construction going on around the village. Kakariko must’ve just been a village inprogress. The people seemed really nicethere, but most of them were old people. There were three guards in this village and there was one blocking theDeath Mountain path.

Link stopped me before we got any closerto the Death Mountain gate.

“Do you think we should try and talk tothat guy?? he asked.

“Well yeah, why?? I asked.

“He just looks really, well, mean,? Linksaid.

“Aw, hell, they are all suppose to looklike that, Link. Otherwise people wouldtake them for granted or something.?

I walked up to the guy confidently andhe just stood there. The gate was wideopen, so I started to walk through it.

“’Ey!? the sharp voice of the guardsaid. “Who the heck do you think youare? Get back ‘ere.?

I walked backwards rather sly and hecontinued, “You needa stay outta that mountain. It’s dangerous, ya know??

“Well, I need to go there and help the,um, Goron tribe up there,? I said. Iused my best professional voice and hand gesture to make him know that I meantbusiness. I wanted to look and soundlike I knew what I was doing.

“I can’t let ya do that, missy,? theguard said.

“Why not?? I asked and I asked a bitharsh, actually.

“Because, only certain people areallowed up there. Otherwise they’llneeda consent from the Royal Family, or at least some sort of document thatlets me know that yer a friend of the Royal Family.?

Link and I were at a dilemma at thatone, but it was getting late and I didn’t want to go back into the castle justto get a measly letter. I knew I had tohave something that was signed by someone of the Royal Family. I started to dig in my pockets to see ifthere was anything I could use, when I started to hear a noise coming fromLink’s direction.

Link started to play the lullaby thatImpa taught us. It sounded really prettywhen Link played it and the song actually made me a bit tired. I suddenly wished that I could play one ofthose potato things because, if they were played right, they actually soundedbeautiful.

The guard looked amazed, or well, Iguess his mouth did since that was the only part of his face that I could see.

“Well muh boy,? the guard said, “thatsong there tells me that you two are friends of the Royal Family. I’ll let cha two go.?

The guard let us pass him withoutyelling at us and we started up this mountain. As we got farther from the village, the grass started to disappear andmore dirt began to show up. I knew thatthis would be an uncomfortable place for me because I didn’t like hiking, nordid I like tons of dirt. All I hoped wasthat Death Mountain wasn’t an active volcano, because it had an opening rightat the top of the thing.

We walked a bit farther and then thesered spider things started to jump out of no where. They just kept jumping on us and it gotreally annoying real quick. I pulled outmy sword and chased after it, but it kept jumping around. It was attracted to Link’s head for somereason and kept jumping right on his head. Thankfully, Zucchini was fast enough to slice the thing in half.

Right when we turned the corner however,one of those spiders jumped at us again. I just shouted at Link to run because we had no time to chase the littlejumper. After awhile, I noticed that thespider would stop and turn around and around. It made these annoying scratching sounds too, but that wasn’t quite asannoying as it was having the thing jump on your head.

However, our misfortune wasn’t over justyet. As soon as we turned the corneragain, a huge ball came rolling down. Itlooked like a rock of some sort, but Link didn’t see it at all. I had to jump into him as Lux and Zucchinijumped out of the way themselves. WhileI pinned Link on the ground, I heard the rock roll by us and a small explosiona second later.

“What the heck?? I said and I got up asquick as I could. The rock stretched outor something and revealed to me that it really wasn’t a rock at all. It was a rather fat, human looking thing, butit had a garlic kind of shaped head and was build rather strong. On its back were rocks, which is why Imistaken it for such. I rushed over toit, assuming that it was a Goron.

“Dang,? I heard the thing mumbled. He had a rather nasally voice for a wellbuilt guy. “I can’t believe I didn’tmake it.?

“Didn’t make it where?? I asked and Ilooked back at Link for a second and he was a bit confused.

“Well, I was trying to get one of thesebomb plants down to that big rock,? the guy said. “Anyway, the big rock is covering the way toDodongo’s Cavern.?

I remembered what Impa had said and Ilistened to what this guy had to say.

“The brothers in the city dared me tofirst blow up that rock and then go inside and defeat the King Dodongo. I’m known to be the coward of all the Goronbrothers here, but I figured I’d give the dare a shot. It would be cool to be a hero and all.?

“Where is your city, by any chance?? Iasked.

“It’s all the way up there,? the Goronsaid. “But if you’re a tourist, I justhave to tell you that the Goron’s Ruby isn’t in its usual spot right now.?

“Well, where is it??

“Darunia, our leader brother, becameangry when the cavern was blocked, so he grabbed the ruby and shut himself inhis throne room. He said that he wasgoing to eat the ruby if no one would bow up the rock. That ruby has been the pride of the Goron’stribe for centuries. It would be a shameto see it eaten.?

“Well, thank you,? I saidgratefully. “I need to go now. Good luck with that boulder thing and blowingit up.?

I walked away and joined Link who was onthe ground holding his head. Lux andZucchini were with him. I helped him upand brushed him off.

“What happened?? he asked.

“Nothing, I just saved your life, nowlet’s go,? I said.

I grabbed Link’s wrist and led him therest of the way up the mountain. Therewas an entrance and a sign that said Goron City. We walked inside and I was amazed.

Goron City wasn’t really much of acity. Back at home, a city to me was aconcrete jungle with huge skyscrapers, a lot of people, and a Starbucks onevery corner. In Goron City it wasbasically a huge hollowed out spot in the mountain with four floors. It was rather round and you could basicallyjump down to whichever floor you wanted to be on, even though it could hurt abit.

In the middle of this city, there was apedestal and you could only reach it by walking on a fairly thin rope. Being ambitious as I always was, I decided towalk across this rope. It was a reallythin rope and I had to be extremely careful. While walking, Lux decided to walk too, so to get passed me, he jumpedright on my head and then continued forward while I tried to regain mycomposure.

I reach the other side and got a betterlook at the pedestal. A Goron wasstanding there, licking his lips for some reason. The pedestal said something about the Goron’sRuby but, as the Goron did say outside, the leader, Darunia, had snatched itaway. I didn’t know where I could findthis Darunia guy, so I asked the Goron beside me where he was.

“He locked himself in his throne room,?the Goron said.

“But where’s the throne room?? I asked.

“It’s on the first floor, but not justanyone can get into it. You have to havethe melody of a Royal Family messenger.?

Zelda’s Lullaby, I thought. I thanked the Goron and had Lux get on myshoulder so we could walk across the rope together that time. We made it across and went back to Link, whowas waiting for us with Zucchini.

“You should definitely get that potatothing out again,? I said, “because we’re going to need it to play that damnlullaby again.?

“You mean the ocarina?? Link asked. He was getting really annoyed when I calledthe ocarina a potato…and I loved it.

“Yeah, whatever,? I said and I actuallyjumped off the top floor and onto the third. “Are you coming??

Link rolled his eyes and jumped downbeside me. He wasn’t as graceful as Iwas at the whole ledge jumping thing, but that might have been because, back athome, I would jump off the equipment during recess. I would do it every day just for no reason,but it came in handy here in Hyrule.

Link and I walked around the third floorand found an opening which had stairs in it. One the second floor, there was a path, but it had some rocks in frontof it. I could faintly hear an ocarinasound, but I ignored it. It was probablynothing out of the ordinary.

We found the stairs to the first floorand in the middle of this floor was a huge vase with the face of a Goron onit. It was spinning around on its own,which confused the heck out of me. Butanyway, on the other side was a nice rug and a wall that was shut extremelytight. Navi and Max started to shinearound this rug.

“What’s up, guys?? I asked.

“This rug is a gift to the Gorons fromthe Royal Family,? Navi said. “I thinkif Link plays Zelda’s Lullaby, the doors will open. I think it will prove that you two aremessengers of the Royal Family.?

“Alright Link, play that thang,? I said.

Link got out his ocarina and he playedthe lullaby for the thousandth time. Thedoor opened suddenly and Link stopped playing. He had a satisfied look on his face.

“Good job, kid,? I said, “now let’s gomeet this Darunia guy.?

We walked into the throne room. There was a little hallway and after a fewsteps we saw Darunia. He lookeddifferent than the other Gorons. He hadside burn things and some wild hair. Healso looked extremely stronger, even stronger than all the Gorons I hadseen. I would bet that he was strongerthan Ganondorf, too, minus the magic powers of course.

Darunia stood proud and tall and said,“What brings you here, messengers of the King? Has my Sworn Brother decided to apologize, or will he let my people andI suffer more? We’re starving because hedecided to bring a green guy here and he blocked the Dodongo’s Cavern because Iwouldn’t give up the Goron’s Ruby.?

“Oh, we’re looking-“ I started but Linknudged me. I shouldn’t have saidanything about looking for the stone because then Darunia would have thoughtLink and I were going attempt to take it, like Ganondorf did.

“We’re here as the messenger from theRoyal Family,? Link said.

“Yes, we are,? I added enthusiastically.

“Is what you’re telling me the truth,children?? Darunia asked.

“Well, yeah, we played that lullaby atyour door, sir,? I said.

Darunia then looked angry and said, “Somy Sworn Brother, the King of Hyrule, sent me some puny boy and a loud mouthedgirl to take care of my problem? Whathas he been thinking??

I got angry and said, “Hey dude, we’rejust here to help and if you want to run your mouth and insult us, go ahead,but we’re here to help you and we will help you.?

“How will you blow up the rock atDodongo’s Cavern, my dear?? Darunia asked.

“Um, with a bomb, duh,? I said.

“Well that’s funny, because the Goronshave eaten all the bombs were had stored here and guess what? We are the leading supplier of bombs inHyrule, so I don’t think you’ll find any bombs.?

I then remembered the Goron outside thattried to roll a bomb down the mountain and on the rock blocking thecavern. He said he had tried to use bombplants, but they seemed to explode too fast for him to actually reach thecavern.

“How about those bomb plants?? Iasked. I had actually never seen one,but it was just a guess.

“You couldn’t possibly pull one of thosebombs, you silly girl,? Darunia said. “You would need the Goron secret treasure to lift those bombs.?

“Where can we get the treasure,? Linkasked.

“From me, you fool,? Darunia said. “But, I will tell you what, if you can playme a song that will make me relax and be rather happy, the Goron’s treasureshall be yours.?

“Alright, we’ll find it,? I said. “C’mon Link.? I grabbed his wrist and had him follow. I led him out of the throne room and the door shut behind us. The problem was, we couldn’t find Lux orZucchini.

Link and I looked around the city, butthey were no where to be found. Therewas a huge dance party or something going on with the Gorons, so I went to seewhat was going on.

A huge group of Gorons had gatheredaround this hallway and were dancing wildly. I had to see what was going on, so I sifted through the crowd. At the front of this crowd was Lux andZucchini. They were dancing with theGorons. I stood and watched, amazed atthis huge group and shortly after, Link made his was through the crowd.

“What’s going on?? Link asked.

“I have no idea,? I said.

Link listened for a second and thensaid, “They’re dancing to Saria’s Song.?

“Saria’s Song?? I said. “That girl in the forest??

“Yeah,? Link said. “Ashley, we need to go see her! We need to go right now.?

“But Link, it’s getting late,? I whined,but he grabbed my wrist and took me through the crowd.

“Lux, Zucchini, we have to go!? Ishouted to the two and they snapped back to reality and chased after Link.





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Posted 02 May 2010 - 05:35 PM

Chapter9

Saria’sSong



Link wasted no time getting out of Goron City after herealized what song was making the Gorons happy. The song must have been a song that Saria had played on the ocarina whenshe and Link were younger. We hadn’tbeen to the forest for a couple of days now, so I knew it would be hard on Linkto leave his hometown. Luckily for himthough, he had a home to return to. Icouldn’t go back home at all, or at least to my knowledge I couldn’t.

It was getting rather dark outside so I assumed we wouldcrash at Link’s house again, like we did after we got the Kokiri’s Emerald fromthe Great Deku Tree. I just wasn’t sureif Link, Lux, Zucchini, and I would actually fit in Link’s little tree house. It would be a tight fit for sure, but we couldmake it happen.

Link and I untied the horses and Link decided to take offahead of me. I didn’t get why, but hesure was eager to get back to Kokiri forest. The sun was slowly going down as we made our way across Hyrulefield. Since the sun was going down, italso became a bit more chillier and riding Lightning and having wind blowingwas no help at all.

It didn’t take long for us to reach the entrance to theKokiri Forest. It wasn’t really thatfar. We entered on our horses and allthe kids just stared at us in wonder. Link was leading, so I just followed him. I had no idea what he was up to, so I decidedto just sit back and watch a bit.

Link stopped right by his house and dismounted Epona.

“Saria’s house is right here,? he said as he walked towards agrounded house on the left of his. Itlooked like to have been made from a rather large tree, or at least the tree’sstump for the roof was flat.

I dismounted Lightning and followed Link. Zucchini and Lux followed closelybehind. I entered the house and Linkstood in the middle. Saria wasn’tthere. Instead standing in the middlewas Mido.

Great, I thought. Herewe go again. I looked down at Lux whosefur started to get all ruffled like it had when Mido threatened me a coupledays ago.

“Oh, well look who decided to show up,? Mido said harshly.

“Alright Mido, you can stop,? I snapped. “We’re just here to find Saria and then we’llbe on our way.?

“What, are you going to go see her and then kill her, likeyou did with the Great Deku Tree?? Mido said.

“I’m not arguing with you,? I said.

“Mido, where’s Saria?? Link asked.

“Why would you want to know?? Mido said.

“I need to see Saria right now,? Link said. “She can help us and then we’ll leave theforest, okay??

Mido started to tap his foot rather fast, like he was annoyedof something. “I don’t care what youneed on your dumb adventure. You mightjust be planning on killing someone else, like you did the Great Deku Tree.?

“Alright Mido,? I said harshly, “you’re starting to get on mynerves. Listen to what he’s saying, orI’m going to get annoyed real quick.?

“You think I’m scared of you?? Mido asked.

“Well, I didn’t ask you that,? I said. “Nor do I care if you’re scared of me. I just want you to tell us where Saria is so Linkand I can get on our way.?

“Why should I?? Mido asked and he held his head up high.

“Okay buddy,? I snapped, “Link and I will find Sariaourselves. It won’t be that hard.? I grabbed Link’s wrist and he followedme. When we got outside, I said, “Sowhere does she usually, ya know, hang out??

“There’s this forest up on that hill,? Link said and hepointed up towards the tip of the hill. “The forest is called the Lost Woods and it’s really confusing. If you go in the wrong direction, you’re ledright back to the entrance. I rememberthat Saria use to grab my hand and take me through the Lost Woods. She had a sanctuary somewhere in those woodswhere she would go and clear her head.?

“Do you go there often?? I asked.

“Well, I can only go there if Saria’s there,? Link said andwe started to walk towards our destination.

“Why’s that??

“I’ve never actually memorized the path to get to Saria’ssanctuary. The only way I got there wasby listening??

“Listening,? I said, “you listen to things. What the hell do you listen to, birds??

“No. When Saria goesto her sanctuary, she usually goes there to practice her ocarina. I just listen closely and the louder thesound, the closer I must be to her.?

It didn’t surprise me that Link just had to listen. It seemed he was good at listening, seeing ashe could hear a song once and play it perfectly. We had reached the tip of the hill and Icould smell the small waterfall to our right. Zucchini walked over to the small waterfall and looked like he was aboutto jump, but Lux grabbed a hold of him and shook his head.

The entrance to the Lost Woods was basically a hollowed outstump. I poked my head in and feltdisgusted. Why would a bunch of kidssettle to walk through a crusty, hollowed out tree stump? I definitely would not walk through thatthing, but Link walked right passed me and it looked like he didn’t mind thecrusty stump. Following him were Lux andZucchini, so I started to feel a bit awkward.

I took a deep inhale of the nice clean air and put my leftfoot in the tree stump. The moss thatwas in the stump felt like wet sand under my boots, but it didn’t feel as goodand relaxing as it would with I was walking through wet sand on the beach. It felt creepy so I quickened my pace. I was smacked in the face by the moss thatwas hanging from the ceiling and they felt like spider webs, so my heart ratequickened.

Once I got to the end of the stump, I began to shake wildly;trying to remove the moist moss that was on my body. I don’t really know why I was crept out bythe moss, but it just smelled weird and felt extremely awkward. While I did this, I only assume that Lux,Link, and Zucchini were watching me like I was insane.

“Hey, stop all the jumping will you?? I heard a little voiceshout from the back of my head. “Can’t afairy get some sleep around here??

I didn’t realize that Max was in my hat because I was reallyfreaked out. I took off my hat and threwit on the ground. I got on the groundand started to shake really badly. Ididn’t know what had come over me for I knew that the moss was completely off,but I was still freaking out.

Link got on the ground and grabbed me. He kept screaming my name and kept telling meto calm down. All of a sudden, I felt asurge go through my body that seemed to paralyze me. Lux had used some sort of electric power thatmade me lose control of my body. I layon the ground flat and looked at the sky. Above me was Link and Lux’s face.

“Ash, what’s wrong?? Link asked.

“I don’t know,? I mumbled. I really couldn’t move my lips, but I could at least form some words.

I suddenly remembered my mental health issue back athome. I had significant anxiety andmajor depression. I was medicatedheavily back at home, but I hadn’t taken my medication for about threedays. I was beginning to relapse, but Ididn’t know how to explain that to Link, or really anyone for that matter. I didn’t think they had depression meds inHyrule and I couldn’t go back home to get them, so I was screwed.

I was paralyzed for about ten minutes or so. Link sat down with Lux and Zucchini andwatched me and to also make sure I was alive. They all looked worried and I really didn’t blame them. I must’ve given them all a huge scare. Even Max, who never came out of my hat, wasfloating above me and occasionally asked if I was okay.

Every minute or so that I was paralyzed, I could feel myselfregain some composure. My toes startedto wiggle and soon my ankles could move. I stayed down until I was sure that my neck was moveable, otherwise Icould’ve broke my neck, being unable to control it and all.

When I felt I had control of my whole body, I got upslowly. Link helped me up so I wasstanding straight. He let go, but Irealized that my legs were rather shaky so I had to grab onto him to keepmyself from collapsing.

“Ashley, I think you should go back to my house,? Linksaid. “I can find Saria all by myselfand when I’m done, I’ll come back to get you.?

“No, no,? I said and I let go of Link with some hesitance,just so I could get use to standing again. “We need to do this together and my being all weird won’t make adifference in what we both need to do.? I walked forward to another hollowed stump and said, “Now, I need yourears. Let’s find Saria.?

Link and I went through this stump. I shut my eyes tight and prepared myself forgross moss so that I wouldn’t have another anxiety fit, or at least one thatwouldn’t get out of control. I glanced backhere and there to see Link watching me intently. It was creepy, but he was probably justwatching me to make sure I didn’t go nuts again.

I began to feel the relapse getting worse. I became really tired all of a sudden and mystomach was in knots. I felt like I hadto puke every five minutes or so which made me feel extremely lightheaded. I had to keep going though for I knewrelapses would pass eventually.

I was listening as well as Link must’ve been for we came towhat seemed like our last tree stump. Infront of us was two hedges and an opening in the middle, but there was a gateblocking our path.



I walked closer and examined the gate. It was a really tough metal so I didn’t knowwhat to do. Lux jumped right up however,and made his way passed the gate. Hedidn’t jump down or anything. I saw himjumping from one hedge to the other without taking the path below. I peeked through the gates as much as I couldand found out that there was a chance that Link and I were going to have to gothrough a hedge maze.

I suddenly heard this sharp howl and turned to see a wolflooking creature appear out of nowhere. It was a black color and stood on its hind legs. It went right after Link, but Link thoughtquickly and drew his sword. I heard ahuge clang sound as the wolf tried to smack Link with his huge paws but he wasblocked by Link’s blade.

I unsheathed my sword and got into the action. This wolf thing was really awkward. Whenever he curled into a ball, we couldn’twound him at all. Even Zucchini joinedin and he couldn’t get passed this wolf’s fur. Being surrounded by all three of us must have been overwhelming to thewolf, but he was holding up pretty well. I realized that this wolf had a really fluffy tail though, so I decidedto slash the tail, which must have done the trick because the wolf disappearedinto green fire and was gone.

“What the hell was that thing?? I asked and I wiped the bloodoff of my sword in the grass.

“That was a wolfos,? Navi said. “They have a shield on their backs that isdisguised with fur.?

As soon as she said that, the gate blocking our entrance tothe hedge maze disappeared. I, withoutlooking first, entered this maze and got showered with Deku seeds. Some damn Deku scrub decided it was a goodidea to start shooting at me. Since Ihadn’t taken my medication for awhile, this guy made me extremely angry so Ijust attacked him furiously, even after he died.

“Ashley, Ashley!? Link shouted and he carefully grabbed me asI swung my sword around. Luckily, I didn’tactually hit him and I was able to calm down…after I punched him in the face.

Link’s nose started to spout a bunch of blood so I had tofind a way to plug it and keep it from bleeding. This was the second time his nose had bled,so I felt really bad for him. I pickedup a leaf and gave it to him and he covered his nose up. We still needed to move along though, so Ipulled his head back and put my hand on his back to lead him forward throughthe maze. There were more Deku scrubsahead, but Zucchini went ahead and took care of all of them.

As we went on, I heard Lux above us. He had been hopping on top of the hedgesinstead of going through the crap that Link and I were going through, but Ireally didn’t blame him. Fortunately forthe both of us, Zucchini was nice enough to help us through the maze and alsoclear the way for us as I helped Link with his bloody nose.

We got to what seemed like the end of the maze and walked upa bunch of stairs which must have been a trial for Link, seeing as his head hadto be tilted back. I helped him up asmuch as I could and met Lux at the top of those stairs. Zucchini was killing a couple more Dekuscrubs in front of us.

There was a clearing and more stairs a bit farther ahead ofus, but we were on flat ground, so I took the leaf off Link’s nose and let himlook forward. His nose was beet red andhis eyes were watery. He took hisfingers and checked his nose, which had stopped bleeding completely. After wiping his eyes, we went forwardtowards the next set of stairs. Theocarina sound was actually getting louder.

“She should be just up those stairs,? Link said and hestarted to jog up the stairs. I watchedhim. He must have really missed Saria,seeing as they were childhood friends. Ijust walked slowly behind with Lux. Ididn’t really think Saria cared too much for me, so I didn’t want to ruin somefriendly moment between her and Link.

I heard the ocarina sound end when I was midway up the stairsand Saria shouted Link’s name. I got upto the top of the stairs and saw Saria sitting on a stump with the ocarina inher lap and Link standing up. He wastalking to her about Princess Zelda and how gorgeous she was.

I looked at Saria and we made eye contact. At first she looked uneasy, like she thoughtI would be gone from Link’s adventure. However, Link motioned me over and Saria looked less tense. Maybe she was just a little curious about me,seeing as she knew that I had never been to Hyrule and that I would probablyleave after the mission with Link would be over.

“Why hello, Ashley,? Saria said cheerfully. Her big, blue eyes looked happy, so I wasglad that she seemed alright with me still being with Link.

“Hey, Saria,? I said and I smiled. Maybe she wasn’t so bad. When she told Link about what she had heardabout me, she was probably just looking out for him as a friend and Icompletely understood that.

“So, why are you two back?? Saria asked.

“Well Saria,? Link began, “we’ve ran into a road block in ourjourney.?

She tilted her head and said, “How so??

“Well, we’re collecting these stones called the SpiritualStone,? I said. “Anyway, there are threeof these stones and they belong to each race here in Hyrule which are theKokiris, the Gorons, and the third one, well, we don’t know about them yet.?

“Anyway, the next stone we need is the Goron’s Ruby,? Linksaid. “The Gorons are really ticked offright now because this guy decided to block their cavern and they can’t eat. The guy shut a bunch of monsters in thecavern and blocked it with this huge boulder.?

“Yeah, and the boss of the Gorons, Darunia, won’t let us havethe ruby until we defeat the monsters inside this cavern,? I said.

“Well, I’m sure that Darunia has something that can get youinside of the cavern,? Saria said, “seeing are you’re both willing to help hispeople.?

“Actually, he does have something that can get us into thecavern,? Link said, “but he refuses to give it to us. He says he’s really angry, but I think I knowhow to cheer him up.?

“How?? Saria and I said simultaneously.

“Saria, that song you always play,? Link said, “what’s it called??

Saria looked a bit startled, but said, “Well, I wrote itmyself, so I just call it Saria’s song.?

“Well, believe it or not, but the Gorons dance to this song,?Link said. “They really love it and Ithink if you let me learn that song, he’ll lighten up enough to let Ash and Ihelp him.?

Saria put a huge smile on her face and picked up herocarina. “Do you really want to learnit?? she asked and she put the ocarina up to her chest.

“Why yes,? Link said sweetly and he pulled his ocarina out ofhis pocket. I knew the drill, so I juststood and watched. Saria put the ocarina’smouthpiece up to her lips and started to play a really nice tune. Link played it right back and then theystarted a cute little duet thing. Onceit was finished, I decided to give them a round of applause. Lux and Zucchini joined in, even thoughZucchini didn’t really have any hands to clap with.

“Thank you Saria,? Link said and he put his ocarina back inhis pocket. Navi came out of his hatreal quick and said this: “Now, I don’t know if you are aware Saria, but thatsong has a mysterious power.?

“I wasn’t aware at all,? Saria said and she had a shockedlooked on her face. “I created a magicsong??

“Yes,? Navi said and she floated around Saria’s head when shetalked to her. “If Link or Ash plays thissong, they can speak to you for a short amount of time. If you play this song, Link and Ash will alsobe able to talk to you.?

“Wow,? Saria said and she looked down at her ocarina.

“You, just like Ash and Link, have a duty to help save thiskingdom,? Navi said. “You are very wiseSaria, and Link and Ash may need some of that wisdom from time to time.?

Saria looked down at the ground and sighed. Something seemed wrong, but I didn’t knowwhat and I don’t think Link knew, either.

“When your time comes to make sacrifices for this kingdom, I’msure you will make them,? Navi said. “Thegoddesses are counting on you.?

Saria did look a bit sad, but Link and I knew we had to geton our way. We hugged Saria and parted. She looked like she was about to cry, so itbroke my heart to leave her all alone.

When we got a bit farther down the stairs to exit her area,Link asked: “Navi, what were you walking to her about??

“What?? Navi asked. She was playing dumb, I could tell.

“You know that whole sacrifice spiel,? I asked. “What was that all about? It looked like she was about to cry.?

“I was just saying that she needs to help her kingdom,? Navisaid. “No matter what she wants in life,sometimes people are destined to give their lives to their kingdom.?

“Aw Navi, you didn’t need to scare Saria like that,? Linksaid. “She’s probably scared to deathnow. I feel bad for leaving her likethat.? Link looked behind him with aworried look on his face.

“She’ll be fine,? Navi said. “She knows what needs to be done.?

Navi was a jerk, but I had no time to tell her that. Link and I needed to get some rest and thenhead out to Goron City to play that boss guy Saria’s song so he’d quit beingmean.

At the end of the path was the reentrance to the maze, butLux showed us a ladder in which we climbed up. We were now on top of the hedges which were actually sturdy enough tohave all of us on top of.

Lux and Zucchini jumped from hedge to hedge and Link began tojump too. I just stood there. I was too scared to jump or move, so I juststood there like a stone. Link turnedaround to see me and looked puzzled.

“C’mon Ash, it’s not that much of a jump,? Link said. He had a huge smile on his face, but it fadedas I just stood stiff in that one spot. “Ash,what’s wrong??

I didn’t really know what happened at that moment because Icouldn’t control what was going on in my head seeing as it was all up to mybrain chemicals to let me feel better. The only reasonable thing to do at that time, or at least I thought itwas, was for me to burst into tears. Soreader, I started to cry and if I was off my medication and I would started tocry, I would have a full fledge breakdown, which is what I preceded to have.

“Ash,? Link said and he jumped back over. “Ash, what’s wrong??

I collapsed to the ground and just started to bawl. Link jumped over and sat down with me. He tried to calm me down by grabbed my hand, whichwas shaking badly. I wanted to calmdown, but my mind wouldn’t let me. Ibecame really scared and I felt lonely, even though Link was right there withme. In front of me, Lux and Zucchinistarted to jump back to us. They lookedworried and Lux rushed to my side. Hestarted to lick my arm.

“Ash, what’s wrong with you?? Link asked. “Are you sick or something, because you’vebeen acting really weird recently??

I was shaking so bad, but I was able to say, “I guess youcould say that I’m sick.?

Link touched my forehead to see if it was hot and shook hishead. “You don’t have a fever.?

“I’m not that kind of sick,? I said weakly.

“Then what kind of sick are you??

“I’m mentally ill, Link,? I said.

“Mentally ill?? Link said. “What is ‘mentally ill’??

“It’s when your brain doesn’t produce certain chemicals thatmake you act like a normal person,? I said.

“The brain has chemicals?? Link asked. This medical mumbo-jumbo was way out of histime era, so I didn’t know how to explain it to him.

“It’s hard to explain, but I had to take medicine for it andyou don’t have that kind of medicine here.?

“Are you sure?? Link asked. “I mean, there’s plenty of potions and herbs around-“

“Link, those won’t help,? I said and I grabbed hisshirt. “All I need you to do right nowis listen.?

Link watched me intently, so I began. “Now, when someone takes medication, theybecome dependent on that medication. Ibecame dependent on my medication to make me feel better. I took it every day since I was ten, but nowI don’t have it. I’m going throughsomething called a relapse, which is when my body goes through a lot of stuffto become independent off that medication.?

“So, you’ll be sick for a little while?? Link asked.

“Unfortunately, I’ll be sick for the rest of my life,? Isaid. “I have this disorder that makesme sad and also makes me extremely paranoid. Without my medicine, I have nothing to balance it, or at least keep itin check, so I will be a wreck from time to time.?

“Here,? Link said and he picked me up, “I need to get youback to my place. You need to relax.?

I didn’t want to stay behind, but I knew I needed to. Link was a pretty strong kid and I was fairlylight, so I let him carry me out of the Lost Woods. I was exhausted and hungry, but I knew thatif I ate, I would probably throw up.

Once we got to Link’s tree house, he sat me on my feet and wewent up the ladder. I wanted to go lastbecause I didn’t want him looking up my skirt, but he made me go first so hecould catch me in case I fell. Onceinside, I laid on the bed. I didn’t feelgood at all so I got comfortable.

“Now Ash,? Link said, “I am going to go ahead and go to thecavern.?

“Please don’t,? I said weakly. “I don’t want you to get hurt and all.?

“I’ll be fine Ash,? Link said and he sat a glass of water onthe table by the bed. “Just rest and I’llbe back tomorrow afternoon.? He closed acouple windows so that the morning sunlight wouldn’t bombard me in themorning. He walked over to the bed andkissed my forehead which I thought was terribly disgusting, but I just wantedto get some rest.

“Alright Lux,? Link said, “I need you to stay here andcomfort Ashley, okay??

“Rai,? Lux said sadly and he got on the bed.

I saw Link set my sword and shield on the couch and he blewout a small candle.

“Get better Ash,? Link said.

I cuddled up with Lux and my eyelids started to droop and Ifell into a very sound sleep.



I awoke in a cold sweat about an hour after I had went tobed. I got up and put my feet on thecold, wooden floor. I was shaking reallybad and just wanted to get out of the house. I put on my boots and grabbed my sword and shield. Lux woke up with me and he followed me. He tried to pull me back to bed, but it didn’twork.

“Let’s just get some air, Lux,? I said and Lux sighed. He followed me and watched me close as I wentdown the ladder. I was a bit dizzy, so Igot on Lightning. Lux got right behindme and we just sat there.

The damn yellow ball things started to fly around me and itpissed me off, so I decided to ditch the forest and left. Lux became a bit uneasy as we rode out of theforest. I wanted to go out to the fieldand trot around a bit. I wasn’t supposeto leave the house, but what Link didn’t know wouldn’t hurt him.

I stopped by this river that was draining from thecastle. It sounded so peaceful, so I satunder a tree and took in the clean Hyrule air. Back at home, I lived in the city which had loud, nasty cars. It was nice to hear some peace and quiet.

Something broke that silence however so I looked up and saw ablack horse trotting in the distance. Icouldn’t really see the horse that well, but I recognized its rider in themoonlight. It was Ganondorf. Lux looked up and got a bit tense.

“Lux,? I whispered, “this might seem dumb, but we need tofollow him.?

Lux looked uneasy, but he followed me. We mounted Lightning and took off in themoonlight, creeping behind Ganondorf like a shadow.

Something was up with this guy and I needed to figure it allout. Where ever he was going, I wouldfind out why he was so compelled to destroy Hyrule. I carefully followed him, not worried aboutmy relapse or what kind of mess I would get into next. I had to find out who Ganondorf was…even ifit would kill me.









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Posted 02 May 2010 - 05:38 PM

Chapter9

Saria’sSong



Link wasted no time getting out of Goron City after herealized what song was making the Gorons happy. The song must have been a song that Saria had played on the ocarina whenshe and Link were younger. We hadn’tbeen to the forest for a couple of days now, so I knew it would be hard on Linkto leave his hometown. Luckily for himthough, he had a home to return to. Icouldn’t go back home at all, or at least to my knowledge I couldn’t.

It was getting rather dark outside so I assumed we wouldcrash at Link’s house again, like we did after we got the Kokiri’s Emerald fromthe Great Deku Tree. I just wasn’t sureif Link, Lux, Zucchini, and I would actually fit in Link’s little tree house. It would be a tight fit for sure, but we couldmake it happen.

Link and I untied the horses and Link decided to take offahead of me. I didn’t get why, but hesure was eager to get back to Kokiri forest. The sun was slowly going down as we made our way across Hyrulefield. Since the sun was going down, italso became a bit more chillier and riding Lightning and having wind blowingwas no help at all.

It didn’t take long for us to reach the entrance to theKokiri Forest. It wasn’t really thatfar. We entered on our horses and allthe kids just stared at us in wonder. Link was leading, so I just followed him. I had no idea what he was up to, so I decidedto just sit back and watch a bit.

Link stopped right by his house and dismounted Epona.

“Saria’s house is right here,? he said as he walked towards agrounded house on the left of his. Itlooked like to have been made from a rather large tree, or at least the tree’sstump for the roof was flat.

I dismounted Lightning and followed Link. Zucchini and Lux followed closelybehind. I entered the house and Linkstood in the middle. Saria wasn’tthere. Instead standing in the middlewas Mido.

Great, I thought. Herewe go again. I looked down at Lux whosefur started to get all ruffled like it had when Mido threatened me a coupledays ago.

“Oh, well look who decided to show up,? Mido said harshly.

“Alright Mido, you can stop,? I snapped. “We’re just here to find Saria and then we’llbe on our way.?

“What, are you going to go see her and then kill her, likeyou did with the Great Deku Tree?? Mido said.

“I’m not arguing with you,? I said.

“Mido, where’s Saria?? Link asked.

“Why would you want to know?? Mido said.

“I need to see Saria right now,? Link said. “She can help us and then we’ll leave theforest, okay??

Mido started to tap his foot rather fast, like he was annoyedof something. “I don’t care what youneed on your dumb adventure. You mightjust be planning on killing someone else, like you did the Great Deku Tree.?

“Alright Mido,? I said harshly, “you’re starting to get on mynerves. Listen to what he’s saying, orI’m going to get annoyed real quick.?

“You think I’m scared of you?? Mido asked.

“Well, I didn’t ask you that,? I said. “Nor do I care if you’re scared of me. I just want you to tell us where Saria is so Linkand I can get on our way.?

“Why should I?? Mido asked and he held his head up high.

“Okay buddy,? I snapped, “Link and I will find Sariaourselves. It won’t be that hard.? I grabbed Link’s wrist and he followedme. When we got outside, I said, “Sowhere does she usually, ya know, hang out??

“There’s this forest up on that hill,? Link said and hepointed up towards the tip of the hill. “The forest is called the Lost Woods and it’s really confusing. If you go in the wrong direction, you’re ledright back to the entrance. I rememberthat Saria use to grab my hand and take me through the Lost Woods. She had a sanctuary somewhere in those woodswhere she would go and clear her head.?

“Do you go there often?? I asked.

“Well, I can only go there if Saria’s there,? Link said andwe started to walk towards our destination.

“Why’s that??

“I’ve never actually memorized the path to get to Saria’ssanctuary. The only way I got there wasby listening??

“Listening,? I said, “you listen to things. What the hell do you listen to, birds??

“No. When Saria goesto her sanctuary, she usually goes there to practice her ocarina. I just listen closely and the louder thesound, the closer I must be to her.?

It didn’t surprise me that Link just had to listen. It seemed he was good at listening, seeing ashe could hear a song once and play it perfectly. We had reached the tip of the hill and Icould smell the small waterfall to our right. Zucchini walked over to the small waterfall and looked like he was aboutto jump, but Lux grabbed a hold of him and shook his head.

The entrance to the Lost Woods was basically a hollowed outstump. I poked my head in and feltdisgusted. Why would a bunch of kidssettle to walk through a crusty, hollowed out tree stump? I definitely would not walk through thatthing, but Link walked right passed me and it looked like he didn’t mind thecrusty stump. Following him were Lux andZucchini, so I started to feel a bit awkward.

I took a deep inhale of the nice clean air and put my leftfoot in the tree stump. The moss thatwas in the stump felt like wet sand under my boots, but it didn’t feel as goodand relaxing as it would with I was walking through wet sand on the beach. It felt creepy so I quickened my pace. I was smacked in the face by the moss thatwas hanging from the ceiling and they felt like spider webs, so my heart ratequickened.

Once I got to the end of the stump, I began to shake wildly;trying to remove the moist moss that was on my body. I don’t really know why I was crept out bythe moss, but it just smelled weird and felt extremely awkward. While I did this, I only assume that Lux,Link, and Zucchini were watching me like I was insane.

“Hey, stop all the jumping will you?? I heard a little voiceshout from the back of my head. “Can’t afairy get some sleep around here??

I didn’t realize that Max was in my hat because I was reallyfreaked out. I took off my hat and threwit on the ground. I got on the groundand started to shake really badly. Ididn’t know what had come over me for I knew that the moss was completely off,but I was still freaking out.

Link got on the ground and grabbed me. He kept screaming my name and kept telling meto calm down. All of a sudden, I felt asurge go through my body that seemed to paralyze me. Lux had used some sort of electric power thatmade me lose control of my body. I layon the ground flat and looked at the sky. Above me was Link and Lux’s face.

“Ash, what’s wrong?? Link asked.

“I don’t know,? I mumbled. I really couldn’t move my lips, but I could at least form some words.

I suddenly remembered my mental health issue back athome. I had significant anxiety andmajor depression. I was medicatedheavily back at home, but I hadn’t taken my medication for about threedays. I was beginning to relapse, but Ididn’t know how to explain that to Link, or really anyone for that matter. I didn’t think they had depression meds inHyrule and I couldn’t go back home to get them, so I was screwed.

I was paralyzed for about ten minutes or so. Link sat down with Lux and Zucchini andwatched me and to also make sure I was alive. They all looked worried and I really didn’t blame them. I must’ve given them all a huge scare. Even Max, who never came out of my hat, wasfloating above me and occasionally asked if I was okay.

Every minute or so that I was paralyzed, I could feel myselfregain some composure. My toes startedto wiggle and soon my ankles could move. I stayed down until I was sure that my neck was moveable, otherwise Icould’ve broke my neck, being unable to control it and all.

When I felt I had control of my whole body, I got upslowly. Link helped me up so I wasstanding straight. He let go, but Irealized that my legs were rather shaky so I had to grab onto him to keepmyself from collapsing.

“Ashley, I think you should go back to my house,? Linksaid. “I can find Saria all by myselfand when I’m done, I’ll come back to get you.?

“No, no,? I said and I let go of Link with some hesitance,just so I could get use to standing again. “We need to do this together and my being all weird won’t make adifference in what we both need to do.? I walked forward to another hollowed stump and said, “Now, I need yourears. Let’s find Saria.?

Link and I went through this stump. I shut my eyes tight and prepared myself forgross moss so that I wouldn’t have another anxiety fit, or at least one thatwouldn’t get out of control. I glanced backhere and there to see Link watching me intently. It was creepy, but he was probably justwatching me to make sure I didn’t go nuts again.

I began to feel the relapse getting worse. I became really tired all of a sudden and mystomach was in knots. I felt like I hadto puke every five minutes or so which made me feel extremely lightheaded. I had to keep going though for I knewrelapses would pass eventually.

I was listening as well as Link must’ve been for we came towhat seemed like our last tree stump. Infront of us was two hedges and an opening in the middle, but there was a gateblocking our path.



I walked closer and examined the gate. It was a really tough metal so I didn’t knowwhat to do. Lux jumped right up however,and made his way passed the gate. Hedidn’t jump down or anything. I saw himjumping from one hedge to the other without taking the path below. I peeked through the gates as much as I couldand found out that there was a chance that Link and I were going to have to gothrough a hedge maze.

I suddenly heard this sharp howl and turned to see a wolflooking creature appear out of nowhere. It was a black color and stood on its hind legs. It went right after Link, but Link thoughtquickly and drew his sword. I heard ahuge clang sound as the wolf tried to smack Link with his huge paws but he wasblocked by Link’s blade.

I unsheathed my sword and got into the action. This wolf thing was really awkward. Whenever he curled into a ball, we couldn’twound him at all. Even Zucchini joinedin and he couldn’t get passed this wolf’s fur. Being surrounded by all three of us must have been overwhelming to thewolf, but he was holding up pretty well. I realized that this wolf had a really fluffy tail though, so I decidedto slash the tail, which must have done the trick because the wolf disappearedinto green fire and was gone.

“What the hell was that thing?? I asked and I wiped the bloodoff of my sword in the grass.

“That was a wolfos,? Navi said. “They have a shield on their backs that isdisguised with fur.?

As soon as she said that, the gate blocking our entrance tothe hedge maze disappeared. I, withoutlooking first, entered this maze and got showered with Deku seeds. Some damn Deku scrub decided it was a goodidea to start shooting at me. Since Ihadn’t taken my medication for awhile, this guy made me extremely angry so Ijust attacked him furiously, even after he died.

“Ashley, Ashley!? Link shouted and he carefully grabbed me asI swung my sword around. Luckily, I didn’tactually hit him and I was able to calm down…after I punched him in the face.

Link’s nose started to spout a bunch of blood so I had tofind a way to plug it and keep it from bleeding. This was the second time his nose had bled,so I felt really bad for him. I pickedup a leaf and gave it to him and he covered his nose up. We still needed to move along though, so Ipulled his head back and put my hand on his back to lead him forward throughthe maze. There were more Deku scrubsahead, but Zucchini went ahead and took care of all of them.

As we went on, I heard Lux above us. He had been hopping on top of the hedgesinstead of going through the crap that Link and I were going through, but Ireally didn’t blame him. Fortunately forthe both of us, Zucchini was nice enough to help us through the maze and alsoclear the way for us as I helped Link with his bloody nose.

We got to what seemed like the end of the maze and walked upa bunch of stairs which must have been a trial for Link, seeing as his head hadto be tilted back. I helped him up asmuch as I could and met Lux at the top of those stairs. Zucchini was killing a couple more Dekuscrubs in front of us.

There was a clearing and more stairs a bit farther ahead ofus, but we were on flat ground, so I took the leaf off Link’s nose and let himlook forward. His nose was beet red andhis eyes were watery. He took hisfingers and checked his nose, which had stopped bleeding completely. After wiping his eyes, we went forwardtowards the next set of stairs. Theocarina sound was actually getting louder.

“She should be just up those stairs,? Link said and hestarted to jog up the stairs. I watchedhim. He must have really missed Saria,seeing as they were childhood friends. Ijust walked slowly behind with Lux. Ididn’t really think Saria cared too much for me, so I didn’t want to ruin somefriendly moment between her and Link.

I heard the ocarina sound end when I was midway up the stairsand Saria shouted Link’s name. I got upto the top of the stairs and saw Saria sitting on a stump with the ocarina inher lap and Link standing up. He wastalking to her about Princess Zelda and how gorgeous she was.

I looked at Saria and we made eye contact. At first she looked uneasy, like she thoughtI would be gone from Link’s adventure. However, Link motioned me over and Saria looked less tense. Maybe she was just a little curious about me,seeing as she knew that I had never been to Hyrule and that I would probablyleave after the mission with Link would be over.

“Why hello, Ashley,? Saria said cheerfully. Her big, blue eyes looked happy, so I wasglad that she seemed alright with me still being with Link.

“Hey, Saria,? I said and I smiled. Maybe she wasn’t so bad. When she told Link about what she had heardabout me, she was probably just looking out for him as a friend and Icompletely understood that.

“So, why are you two back?? Saria asked.

“Well Saria,? Link began, “we’ve ran into a road block in ourjourney.?

She tilted her head and said, “How so??

“Well, we’re collecting these stones called the SpiritualStone,? I said. “Anyway, there are threeof these stones and they belong to each race here in Hyrule which are theKokiris, the Gorons, and the third one, well, we don’t know about them yet.?

“Anyway, the next stone we need is the Goron’s Ruby,? Linksaid. “The Gorons are really ticked offright now because this guy decided to block their cavern and they can’t eat. The guy shut a bunch of monsters in thecavern and blocked it with this huge boulder.?

“Yeah, and the boss of the Gorons, Darunia, won’t let us havethe ruby until we defeat the monsters inside this cavern,? I said.

“Well, I’m sure that Darunia has something that can get youinside of the cavern,? Saria said, “seeing are you’re both willing to help hispeople.?

“Actually, he does have something that can get us into thecavern,? Link said, “but he refuses to give it to us. He says he’s really angry, but I think I knowhow to cheer him up.?

“How?? Saria and I said simultaneously.

“Saria, that song you always play,? Link said, “what’s it called??

Saria looked a bit startled, but said, “Well, I wrote itmyself, so I just call it Saria’s song.?

“Well, believe it or not, but the Gorons dance to this song,?Link said. “They really love it and Ithink if you let me learn that song, he’ll lighten up enough to let Ash and Ihelp him.?

Saria put a huge smile on her face and picked up herocarina. “Do you really want to learnit?? she asked and she put the ocarina up to her chest.

“Why yes,? Link said sweetly and he pulled his ocarina out ofhis pocket. I knew the drill, so I juststood and watched. Saria put the ocarina’smouthpiece up to her lips and started to play a really nice tune. Link played it right back and then theystarted a cute little duet thing. Onceit was finished, I decided to give them a round of applause. Lux and Zucchini joined in, even thoughZucchini didn’t really have any hands to clap with.

“Thank you Saria,? Link said and he put his ocarina back inhis pocket. Navi came out of his hatreal quick and said this: “Now, I don’t know if you are aware Saria, but thatsong has a mysterious power.?

“I wasn’t aware at all,? Saria said and she had a shockedlooked on her face. “I created a magicsong??

“Yes,? Navi said and she floated around Saria’s head when shetalked to her. “If Link or Ash plays thissong, they can speak to you for a short amount of time. If you play this song, Link and Ash will alsobe able to talk to you.?

“Wow,? Saria said and she looked down at her ocarina.

“You, just like Ash and Link, have a duty to help save thiskingdom,? Navi said. “You are very wiseSaria, and Link and Ash may need some of that wisdom from time to time.?

Saria looked down at the ground and sighed. Something seemed wrong, but I didn’t knowwhat and I don’t think Link knew, either.

“When your time comes to make sacrifices for this kingdom, I’msure you will make them,? Navi said. “Thegoddesses are counting on you.?

Saria did look a bit sad, but Link and I knew we had to geton our way. We hugged Saria and parted. She looked like she was about to cry, so itbroke my heart to leave her all alone.

When we got a bit farther down the stairs to exit her area,Link asked: “Navi, what were you walking to her about??

“What?? Navi asked. She was playing dumb, I could tell.

“You know that whole sacrifice spiel,? I asked. “What was that all about? It looked like she was about to cry.?

“I was just saying that she needs to help her kingdom,? Navisaid. “No matter what she wants in life,sometimes people are destined to give their lives to their kingdom.?

“Aw Navi, you didn’t need to scare Saria like that,? Linksaid. “She’s probably scared to deathnow. I feel bad for leaving her likethat.? Link looked behind him with aworried look on his face.

“She’ll be fine,? Navi said. “She knows what needs to be done.?

Navi was a jerk, but I had no time to tell her that. Link and I needed to get some rest and thenhead out to Goron City to play that boss guy Saria’s song so he’d quit beingmean.

At the end of the path was the reentrance to the maze, butLux showed us a ladder in which we climbed up. We were now on top of the hedges which were actually sturdy enough tohave all of us on top of.

Lux and Zucchini jumped from hedge to hedge and Link began tojump too. I just stood there. I was too scared to jump or move, so I juststood there like a stone. Link turnedaround to see me and looked puzzled.

“C’mon Ash, it’s not that much of a jump,? Link said. He had a huge smile on his face, but it fadedas I just stood stiff in that one spot. “Ash,what’s wrong??

I didn’t really know what happened at that moment because Icouldn’t control what was going on in my head seeing as it was all up to mybrain chemicals to let me feel better. The only reasonable thing to do at that time, or at least I thought itwas, was for me to burst into tears. Soreader, I started to cry and if I was off my medication and I would started tocry, I would have a full fledge breakdown, which is what I preceded to have.

“Ash,? Link said and he jumped back over. “Ash, what’s wrong??

I collapsed to the ground and just started to bawl. Link jumped over and sat down with me. He tried to calm me down by grabbed my hand, whichwas shaking badly. I wanted to calmdown, but my mind wouldn’t let me. Ibecame really scared and I felt lonely, even though Link was right there withme. In front of me, Lux and Zucchinistarted to jump back to us. They lookedworried and Lux rushed to my side. Hestarted to lick my arm.

“Ash, what’s wrong with you?? Link asked. “Are you sick or something, because you’vebeen acting really weird recently??

I was shaking so bad, but I was able to say, “I guess youcould say that I’m sick.?

Link touched my forehead to see if it was hot and shook hishead. “You don’t have a fever.?

“I’m not that kind of sick,? I said weakly.

“Then what kind of sick are you??

“I’m mentally ill, Link,? I said.

“Mentally ill?? Link said. “What is ‘mentally ill’??

“It’s when your brain doesn’t produce certain chemicals thatmake you act like a normal person,? I said.

“The brain has chemicals?? Link asked. This medical mumbo-jumbo was way out of histime era, so I didn’t know how to explain it to him.

“It’s hard to explain, but I had to take medicine for it andyou don’t have that kind of medicine here.?

“Are you sure?? Link asked. “I mean, there’s plenty of potions and herbs around-“

“Link, those won’t help,? I said and I grabbed hisshirt. “All I need you to do right nowis listen.?

Link watched me intently, so I began. “Now, when someone takes medication, theybecome dependent on that medication. Ibecame dependent on my medication to make me feel better. I took it every day since I was ten, but nowI don’t have it. I’m going throughsomething called a relapse, which is when my body goes through a lot of stuffto become independent off that medication.?

“So, you’ll be sick for a little while?? Link asked.

“Unfortunately, I’ll be sick for the rest of my life,? Isaid. “I have this disorder that makesme sad and also makes me extremely paranoid. Without my medicine, I have nothing to balance it, or at least keep itin check, so I will be a wreck from time to time.?

“Here,? Link said and he picked me up, “I need to get youback to my place. You need to relax.?

I didn’t want to stay behind, but I knew I needed to. Link was a pretty strong kid and I was fairlylight, so I let him carry me out of the Lost Woods. I was exhausted and hungry, but I knew thatif I ate, I would probably throw up.

Once we got to Link’s tree house, he sat me on my feet and wewent up the ladder. I wanted to go lastbecause I didn’t want him looking up my skirt, but he made me go first so hecould catch me in case I fell. Onceinside, I laid on the bed. I didn’t feelgood at all so I got comfortable.

“Now Ash,? Link said, “I am going to go ahead and go to thecavern.?

“Please don’t,? I said weakly. “I don’t want you to get hurt and all.?

“I’ll be fine Ash,? Link said and he sat a glass of water onthe table by the bed. “Just rest and I’llbe back tomorrow afternoon.? He closed acouple windows so that the morning sunlight wouldn’t bombard me in themorning. He walked over to the bed andkissed my forehead which I thought was terribly disgusting, but I just wantedto get some rest.

“Alright Lux,? Link said, “I need you to stay here andcomfort Ashley, okay??

“Rai,? Lux said sadly and he got on the bed.

I saw Link set my sword and shield on the couch and he blewout a small candle.

“Get better Ash,? Link said.

I cuddled up with Lux and my eyelids started to droop and Ifell into a very sound sleep.



I awoke in a cold sweat about an hour after I had went tobed. I got up and put my feet on thecold, wooden floor. I was shaking reallybad and just wanted to get out of the house. I put on my boots and grabbed my sword and shield. Lux woke up with me and he followed me. He tried to pull me back to bed, but it didn’twork.

“Let’s just get some air, Lux,? I said and Lux sighed. He followed me and watched me close as I wentdown the ladder. I was a bit dizzy, so Igot on Lightning. Lux got right behindme and we just sat there.

The damn yellow ball things started to fly around me and itpissed me off, so I decided to ditch the forest and left. Lux became a bit uneasy as we rode out of theforest. I wanted to go out to the fieldand trot around a bit. I wasn’t supposeto leave the house, but what Link didn’t know wouldn’t hurt him.

I stopped by this river that was draining from thecastle. It sounded so peaceful, so I satunder a tree and took in the clean Hyrule air. Back at home, I lived in the city which had loud, nasty cars. It was nice to hear some peace and quiet.

Something broke that silence however so I looked up and saw ablack horse trotting in the distance. Icouldn’t really see the horse that well, but I recognized its rider in themoonlight. It was Ganondorf. Lux looked up and got a bit tense.

“Lux,? I whispered, “this might seem dumb, but we need tofollow him.?

Lux looked uneasy, but he followed me. We mounted Lightning and took off in themoonlight, creeping behind Ganondorf like a shadow.

Something was up with this guy and I needed to figure it allout. Where ever he was going, I wouldfind out why he was so compelled to destroy Hyrule. I carefully followed him, not worried aboutmy relapse or what kind of mess I would get into next. I had to find out who Ganondorf was…even ifit would kill me.









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Posted 14 May 2010 - 06:51 PM

Chapter10

GerudoValley

I knew that I was supposed to stay at Link’s house, but I hadto follow Ganondorf. Link wouldn’t beback until that afternoon and it was about midnight. I had plenty of time to follow Ganondorf andget back to Link’s house. I knew thatmedically I would be risking my sanity, but I had to help save the kingdom,even if it was in my pajamas and without weapons, seeing how that was all Ihad.

I was taken on the other side of Hyrule and the surroundingarea seemed to be a canyon or a desert of some sort. Since it was nighttime, the area was rathercold, but I couldn’t let that stop me. Ifollowed Ganondorf the whole way and was about fifty feet behind him, just sohe wouldn’t suspect anyone was following him. I tried to keep rather quiet, but once we reach a wooden bridge I knew Iwouldn’t be able to get across it quietly so I just waited for Ganondorf tokeep going.

There was an entranceway that Ganondorf had gone into and Ididn’t hear anything else, so I decided to leave Lightning by himself and takeLux to where Ganondorf was headed. Ileft Lightning underneath an area where there was a log serving as abridge. I felt bad for leaving himalone, but I had to do so.

I walked across the log slowly and Lux followed me. We walked forward to the bridge that I wasafraid to cross with Lightning. Therewas actually no one in sight, so Lux and I didn’t really have to be too carefulwith worrying about noise. I lookedbelow the bridge and saw this huge river. It was flowing rather quickly and then I realized how high up Iwas. What if I fell? What if Lux fell?

The worst possible conclusion of crossing that bridge came tomind and I freaked. I wouldn’t take myeyes off the river and my eye sight became really blurry. I started to feel dizzy and felt like myheart was beating a billion times a second. I couldn’t believe how far up I was and how far down the river was fromthe bridge. It was overwhelming.

Lux bit my leg all of a sudden and I snapped back intoreality.

“Raichu,? he scolded.

“Yeah, sorry buddy,? I said and we began to walk furtheracross this bridge.

On the other side of the land there was a hitched tent andsome soft firelight was shining through the opening. I had no idea what or who was in that tent,so I passed it as quickly as possible. Ididn’t want to get caught by anyone because I had to return home as soon as Icould.

Lux and I took the same path that Ganondorf had on his horseand we entered what looked like a clear out area. Beside me all I could see was a wall, but Iheard voices, so I decided to investigate. As I walked further, I noticed that there was stairs, but I didn’tbother with the stairs because I could get caught if I walked up them. I took the back way instead, which was aslope of some sort.

Upwards, I saw a flag whipping in the wind. It was only a small, rectangular strip thathad been ripped on the ends, but it still looked like a flag to me. It was a blood red color. As I walked a little bit up this slope, Irealized that this wasn’t a flag pole. It was a post for hanging someone.

I was terrified. Noone was being hung yet, but there was a noose ready. I ran back towards this closed gate thatseemed to be closing off a desert of some sort. Beside it was a ladder that went to a lookout spot. I climbed it and Lux held onto my back. Once I got up there safely, I was relieved tofind that no one was actually up there.

I could see the gallows clearly now and standing beside thepole was Ganondorf. He was standing upstraight and tall with that evil expression on his face; his caterpillareyebrows balled up. He had his armsfolded and he stared at the crowd of, what seemed like, his people, in front ofhim.

The people in front of him were all girls and they were alldressed in purple. These girls hadspears and they wore a purple looking handkerchief over their face. They girls were really tan and they were talland skinny as well. They also had long,red hair, a color red that was similar to Ganondorf’s hair.

After acouple seconds though, different looking girls came out and they had on huge,puffy white pants. They had shorter redhair and were actually a tad bit shorter than the other girls. With them walked out a taller woman with asharp face. She had really long red hairand she looked annoyed. She bowed toGanondorf, but kept a disgusted look on her face.

“Is hehere?? Ganondorf asked.

“No, mylord,? the girl said. “King Koopa saidthat he had another conflict come up.?

“Humph, nomatter,? Ganondorf said. “I’ll just haveto teach you rats a lesson myself. Bringout the girl!?

The crowdmoved over a bit and I saw two guards and a girl sift through the crowd. The girl looked like all of the others, butshe had cuts and bruises on her. Shelooked down as she was shoved through the crowd. Everyone looked sad for some reason as theywatched her get on the gallows. Ganondorflooked rather satisfied however.

“Nowladies,? Ganondorf began, “Ms. Dragmire here, my baby sister,? while he saidthis, he pinched the girl’s cheek, “has dishonored my rule. Do you want to know how??

The crowd ofgirls remained silent as Ganondorf put his hands behind his back. He looked proudly over the girls and said,“Well, my little sister here decided to disobey my commands by not carrying outthe duty of killing two annoying pests that will get in our way. She returned from the Kokiri forest, emptyhanded. When I asked her why, she saidshe just couldn’t kill two children.?

The sisterwas crying. I was guessing that the ‘twolittle bugs’ were Link and I. I had noidea that there was a girl following us, but I was glad that she felt guiltyand decided not to kill Link and I off. I wanted to do something to save this girl, but I didn’t know what todo. If I would do something, I would’vebeen bombarded with guards, but I also knew I could do something up in thattower.

My electricpowers could be used to save the girl, but also not get caught. I was just really nervous to use them, seeingas I had trouble controlling it. Ididn’t have any time to practice those powers, but I knew I had to take a shotin the dark.

“Now, babysister,? Ganondorf said as he slid the noose down her neck, “since you havedisobeyed your big brother, you must be punished.?

I becamepissed off. How could Ganondorf do thatto his own family members? The girlstarted to cry as Ganondorf went and stood by the pole, which had a lever onthe side. All was silent during thismoment, except for the red flag whipping in the wind. The only smile that I could see was Ganondorf’s,which was a big, toothy smile. He puthis green, meaty hand on the lever and waited for a second.

After acouple of seconds, I heard a thud. Ganondorf had pulled the lever. His sister was struggling with the rope and the crowds of girls werecrying. It was a terrible sight, myreader, and I didn’t care how crazy my powers were, I had to do something.

I pointed myfinger right at the rope and aimed it in the center as carefully, but asquickly as I could. I looked at Lux whowas a bit uneasy, but I knew that he was aware that someone had to save thisgirl. I got my finger ready andconcentrated hard on what I wanted my powers to do. I tensed the muscles in my arm and I felt thesurge started from my chest, to my right shoulder, down my arm, and finally itshot though my finger.

This thin,blue bolt of lightning shot out of my finger and hit the rope right on. I crouched down behind one of the lookoutwalls and listened. I heard the girl’sbody hit the ground and the all of the girls started to scream. The lookout walls were wooden so I put myfinger on the wall and used my power to burn a small peep hole into thewood. I looked through and saw Ganondorflooking terribly angry and that one girl, the one that seemed second incharge. She seemed very calm, but Icould see a small smirk on her face.

“Where everyou are, show your face!? I saw Ganondorf yelled. After I stayed silent, I saw him grab a holdof the odd woman and pull her up. He hada hold of her thin, tan neck and started to shout: “Where ever that came from,I want you to find out. Someone is herethat shouldn’t be here.? He threw thegirl on the ground and said, “Get my sister back into her cell. We’ll dispose of her once that intruder isfound.?

Ganondorfleft the scene, stomping loudly as he walked into the fortress. The odd girl got up from where Ganondorfthrew her and brushed herself off. Shewalked back up to the gallows and put her hand down where Ganondorf’s sisterhad fallen. She pulled the sister up andgave her a huge hug. She started to crya bit too, but she had to send her away with guards to go back to hercell. She faced the rest of the crowdand crossed her arms.

“Ladies,?she said, “before you all look for the intruder, I want you to get somelunch. I will talk to Ganondorf as soonas I can, but just relax for a little while. Now go eat.?

The girlsall went into the fortress. The leadergirl stood behind and waited for them to clear out. She looked up at the lookout and I swear wemade eye contact, or at least she saw my eye through the peep hole Icreated. I felt a nervous surge gothrough my body, so I got away from the hole and laid on the floor. I waited a couple of seconds and looked backand saw her go into the fortress.

The coastseemed clear, so I started to climb down the ladder. Lux was still uneasy, but he knew he couldn’tleave me alone. He followed me down theladder and up the slope where the crowd of girls were standing. We crept as quietly as we could to the frontof the fortress.

There wereseveral entrances in the middle of this brick, but rather old lookingfortress. I at least wanted to spy onGanondorf, and possibly find his sister, too. Even if she was evil, I would still help her escape. It was only fair, seeing how her brother hadtreated her. I wasn’t sure what to do,or even where to go, so I just went into the center entrance and wished forsome sort of luck.

In thecenter entrance was a long hallway with a bend to it. Lux and I walked quietly because we heardvoices. They were soft and sounded fullof sorrow. I could hear the clanging of silverwareand the crackle for fire with the audible bubbles popping in a stew or somesort. I saw this by looking over acrate. This place was like a cafeteriabecause a lot of girls were sitting there and they were eating.

I decided togo back to where Lux was, instead of pressing my luck and walking in on thegirls eating. Lux was waiting back atthe entrance keeping watch for somebody. We exited that side of the fortress and decided to take the rightentrance.

In thatentrance we ran into yet another hallway. This hallway was actually straight and led us to an unoccupied jailcell.

“I’mguessing she’s not in this cell, Lux,? I said and he looked up with a sadexpression on his face. He seemedworried, like something could go bad in any second, which was technically true,but I tried to not worry about stuff like that, especially since, with myrelapsing, it wouldn’t take much to freak me out.

We decidedto walk on the other side of the cell area and came upon another hallway. This one had a bend towards the end and Icould see the light of the exit. When weleft that area, I became rather disappointed. We both ended up back outside and at the front of the fortress.

“Damn it,? Imuttered and Lux had a tired look on his face. “Uh, let’s go over here. I’m surethere’s another entrance somewhere on the other side of this thing.?

So I had todrag Lux to the other side of the fortress, which did indeed have anotherentrance. I was able to get him tofollow me inside and we were at another hallway. This hallway’s path was sloped upward andonce we got to the top we came to what seemed like a throne room.

Lux and Iknelt behind a crate as we watched a scene go down in the throne room. Ganondorf was sitting lazily on his throne astwo girls came in from the other hallway, across from where Lux and I werehiding. One was carrying what lookedlike a small ball. I suddenly rememberedwhat kind of ball she was holding.

This womanhad a Pokeball in her left hand. Luxbecame a bit tense himself. All I wantedto see was what kind of creature was in that ball. I hadn’t really been able to look into thiswhole Pokemon business, but I hadn’t really seen any other Pokemon besides Luxand Zucchini.

The womanwith the Pokeball bowed to Ganondorf who just waved his hand. He laid his head on his fist and lookedterribly bored.

“This hadbetter be good,? Ganondorf said.

“I assureyou, Lord Dragmire, that this will be worth your time,? the woman said. “Do you, by any chance, know what kind ofball lies in my palm?? She tilted herhand back and let him see the ball.

“I wouldn’thave the slightest idea,? he muttered.

The womanstarted to look nervous, so she cleared her throat and continued on saying,“Well, this is a Pokeball and inside of this Pokeball is a powerful, hideouscreature.?

Ganondorfperked up a bit and became interested. “What kind of creature?? he asked.

“Thiscreature is called a Pokemon, and it has yet to be released to the Kantoregion,? the woman said. “The Kantoregion is the main region of the Pokemon world sir, and if Kanto doesn’t haveit, you have a novelty Pokemon on your hands.?

Ganondorfsat up straight and rested both arms on both of his arm rests and said, “Well,show me this hideous creature.?

“As youwish,? the woman said and she clicked a button on the Pokeball that made itincrease in size. The woman threw theball and a flash of red light came from it. The red light started to take the form of the Pokemon that occupied thePokeball. It formed the outline of asmall dog and in another second, it formed the dog itself.

The dog wasactually a small, cute little puppy. This puppy had pointy teeth and what looked shrew skull on itshead. On its back was a pair of smallribs that wrapped around it. The anklesof this dog had small, skeletal rings around it. It was actually quite cute.

“Houndour,?it growled.

Ganondorf’sexpression was everything but impressed. He balled up his fist and hit the arm rest on his throne.

“What thehell is this?? he asked. “Where’s thehideous creature??

The womancringed and said weakly, “King Koopa said that you’d like it.?

“You’regiving me King Koopa’s sloppy leftovers!? Ganondorf thundered. “You seriously think I would like to havesome mutt helping me take over this kingdom. Do you realize how much of a joke I would be??

“I justthought-“the woman began.

“Well, youthought wrong!? Ganondorf shouted. “Getthis woman out of my sight.?

The girl wastaken quickly underneath her arms by two guards. Ganondorf stood up and picked up the puppy byits back neck.

“Humph,you’re pathetic,? he said and he threw the puppy against the wall. It yipped and cowered in a corner. Ganondorf stood up tall and sniffed for somereason. He looked around and I saw himlook towards my direction. I heart rateincreased suddenly and my throat became dry. We were done if he spotted us.

Instead,Ganondorf cleared his throat and shook his head. He walked towards the hallway across from usand kicked the Pokeball right into the little puppy. It yipped again and ran towards anothercorner. Two guards left the room withGanondorf, so I decided it was okay to come from behind the crate.

I wentstraight for the dog. It was huddled upin the corner and it had a sad expression on its face. I crouched down next to it and Lux was on myright side. Lux wanted to see this dog.

I picked thedog up and it yipped. It didn’t wigglearound or anything, but I assumed that it was extremely sore, seeing as it waskicked across the room by a huge ass foot. One of the bones it had on the outside was cracked a bit, but thosebones protected its body. I checked thegender of this dog and figured out that it was actually a girl.

The oddthing about this dog was that it had these piercing green eyes. The eyes looked rather pained however. She was panting quickly, which tore my heartto pieces. I didn’t know what to do, soI carried her in my arms. There was theoption of putting her away in the Pokeball the woman left behind, but I wasn’tsure how comfortable that would be.

I picked upthe Pokeball and put it in my pocket for the time being. I carried this dog back to where Lux and Ihad entered because I was afraid to take the hallway on the other side and runinto Ganondorf. I had to save the dogand Ganondorf’s sister, plus I still needed to get some dirt on that asshole.

Onceoutside, I began to notice that the sun was starting to rise. I had to work quickly if I wanted to get backto Link’s house in time. I was feelingrather sluggish however, so I knew it would be tough to do all of the stuff Ineeded to do and then get back home before Link.

I took Luxon the right side of the fortress and found an entrance that was around thecorner. We entered the opening and cameupon a really large jail cell. The oddlady was in front of the bars and it seemed she was talking to Ganondorf’ssister.

“Um,hello,?? I said quietly.

The odd girlturned around and glared at me for a second. Then she asked, “Who are you??

“I’ve comehere to help this girl escape,? I said hesitantly.

The girlwalked up to me. She was taller than Ithought and I could see up the big, pointy nose of hers. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I stared at herlike I wasn’t scared of her. I wanted toappear brave, like all heroes do, but I really couldn’t stare right into hereyes because she was so tall.

“A puny girllike you has decided to save this girl here?? the girl asked.

“Well, I cantry, I guess,? I said. She was scaringthe crap out of me and I looked down at Lux who was shaking. He must have been scared, so I panicked. If he was scared and I was scared, who wouldsave us?

The girlbent down to my level so she could look at me straight in the face. She glared at me and just stayed there forthe longest time. After a couple ofseconds, this girl smiled and started to giggle. She stood straight up and turned around. After a couple steps, she looked back at usand said, “You want to save this girl, correct??

“I’d liketo,? I said.

This girllooked at Ganondorf’s sister and asked, “Do you know this kid??

The sistershook her head.

“What isyour name, kid?? the odd girl asked.

“Um, AshleyBrandt,? I stammered.

“Do you workfor Ganondorf?? she asked.

“Ew, no,? Isaid quickly.

The girllaughed and said, “You seem decent.?

“Uh, thanks,I guess.?

The girlturned around and said, “Alright. Myname is Nabooru and this girl here is Ganondorf’s sister, Aurora. She was almost killed this morning. Suddenly, some bolt of lightning came andsaved her.?

“Well, I amthe one who saved her,? I said quietly.

Nabooru’sface brightened and she said, “You have electric powers??

I nodded andshe continued: “Could you show me those powers??

I sat downthe puppy who laid on the ground panting. I held up my pointer finger and let some of my electric power ball up atthe tip. The light from that ball ofelectricity lit up Nabooru’s sharp facial features. I could see the reflection of that ball inher eyes. I became a bit scared becauseher face seemed to be lit up with greed.

“Wow,?Nabooru said. “Ashley, you could reallydo a lot with that power.?

“Yeah, Iguess,? I said and I sucked the power back into my finger. I picked up the puppy that was still by myfeet and faced Nabooru. “Now, can we getAurora out of here without getting caught?? I definitely did not want to meet up with Ganondorf again. I was in his territory now, reader, so heknew this land a lot more than I did. Healso had his little army of girls with him and I was no match for them.

“Have youever met Ganondorf, Ashley?? Aurora asked from her cell.

I walkedtoward her cell and asked, “Why??

Auroralooked a bit nervous and said, “My brother sent me out to kill you and anotherboy about your age. You guys were soyoung that I just couldn’t do it.? Aurora broke into tears. Sheseemed a lot softer than her brother.

“Yes, I havehad some altercations with your brother,? I said. “He has been an enemy of mine for a couple ofdays, I suppose.?

Aurora puton an angry expression and said, “My brother is getting way out ofcontrol. He’s dragging the Gerudo namethrough the mud. All he ever talks aboutis getting a hold of this Triforce of something and taking over Hyrule.?

“Whoa,? Isaid quickly, “what about the Triforce??

“My brotheralways talked about this Triforce of some sort. I guess there are three pieces. He talks about this sword, too and these damn stone things.?

“Can you atleast tell me why he tried to kill Link and I?? I asked.

“He said hewanted to kill Link for he’s destined to be some sort of hero. The reason he wanted me to kill you isbecause you’re Link’s partner and you provide great protection to him. Without you, my brother said Link would’vebeen easy to capture.?

So, what Igathered was that the only reason I was a bounty for Ganondorf was solelybecause I was Link’s ‘protector’ for the moment. For me reader, this was a bit of a slap inthe face. I hoped that the goddesseswould have had some sort of special job for me, like a hero as Link must havebeen, but instead I became a bit depressed and was close to crying.

“Are youokay?? Aurora asked.

“Yeah,? Isaid and I pressed my face to the puppy’s soft fur. She smelled like my old dog back at home andI became nostalgic for where I use to live. There was no time to play with a dog or lay down for a short nap. I hated it here in Hyrule for goddessescontrolled who a person was. I didn’tseem to be destined for anything but following some blonde kid around that worestupid, green clothes.

“Ashley,?Nabooru said behind me, “we should be able to help Aurora escape, but we mighthave to wait until nightfall.?

“Uh, I can’twait that long,? I said quickly. “Isthere any way to get her out now??

Nabooru stoodand looked like she was deep in thought. She rubbed the area of her nose that was between her eyes. Finally she looked up and said, “The girlsare all eating lunch right now, so we should have time to help her escape, butwe’ll have to move quickly.?

“Alright,? Isaid.

Naboorunodded and came by the cell. She had akey so she unlocked the cell door and slowly opened it. Aurora rushed out, but Nabooru grabbed her.

“Not toofast,? she said.

Naboorureach in her pocket and grabbed a veil to put over Aurora’s face. I didn’t need it for, even with the veil on,I would still stand out from the crowd of girls.

“Ashley, youhave no way of disguising yourself,? Nabooru said, “but it would help if youput that dog and that shrew away.?

I looked atthe puppy in my hand and reach in my pocket to get the Pokeball. I pressed the button on the middle of theball and it enlarged in my palm.

“Return,? Iwhispered and a laser came out from the ball and suck the puppy up. I pressed the middle button again, which madethe ball become smaller, and I shoved it back in my pocket.

“Unfortunately,Lux here doesn’t have a ball,? I said to Nabooru.

Naboorushrugged her shoulders and started to move out. I followed the two and had Lux jump on my shoulders, just so he wouldn’tstray into another direction.

We exitedthe room where the cell was and Nabooru took us up another slope which wasactually rather long. At the top of thisslope was a tent with two horses. Nabooru helped Aurora up to one of the horses and she mounted oneherself.

“We’ll leavea space in between both the horses for you to walk with us,? Nabooru said. “That way, of someone is outside and they areon our left or right, they would have to look below both of us to see yourfeet.?

It soundedlike a dumb idea, but no one was outside of the fortress so our cover wasn’tblown. We came to the exit and Naboorudismounted her house.

“Aurora, youneed to get out of this place,? Nabooru said. “Take the horse and just ride as far away as you can from Hyrule. I’m afraid that if you return, you’re brotherwould’ve already killed the Gerudo thieves and we would be long gone. I’d advise you to start a new life. You’ve been a great part of this fortress andI want you to always believe that.?

“Thank you,Nabooru,? Aurora said and she looked at me and nodded. She suddenly took off towards the exit anddisappeared from our eye sight.

Nabooruturned towards me and said, “Ashley, you need to get out of here as fast as youcan.?

“Too badyou’ve already been caught,? a voice boomed from above.

We looked upand saw Ganondorf on a ledge above us. Abunch of those guard girls surrounded us and I felt a spear at my throat. I gulped as Ganondorf jumped from the ledgeand landed right in front of Nabooru and me.

Ganondorf grabbedNabooru’s chin and titled it back so that her terrified eyes were staring rightat his.

“You thoughtyou could get away with letting my sister go?? Ganondorf asked softly and helaughed a deep but short laugh. “Mydear, you must have mistaken me for some kind of idiot, haven’t you? Well, unfortunately for you, I will have toexile you to the desert so you can live being hungry, thirsty, and lost foreverin that sandstorm. Guards, get thisdisgusting bag of filth out of my sight.?

These twogirls came up and seized Nabooru. Istood straight up with my head up high, which was only because I coincidentlyhad a spear pressing against my neck. Ganondorf looked pleasantly at the guards man-handling Nabooru, butfocused his attention on me shortly after.

“Now, let’sget to your set of punishment,? Ganondorf said. He put his hand up to his chin and began to stroke it. “Since you’re not a member of my thieveshere, I’m afraid that I would not be able to exile you.?

“That wouldappear so,? I mumbled.

“You’verecently become a huge pest in all of my plans and you’re a complete smartass,which I hate entirely.?

“Well, Ihate evil people that decide to take over a kingdom that they don’t deserve,? Isaid sharply.

In a splitsecond, I felt a sharp pain on my face. Ganondorf had smacked me and it caused me to fall on the hot sand. Ganondorf was able to break skin on my faceand I felt the warm blood drip down my cheek and watched it stain the sand Iwas sitting on.

“Whileyou’re here, I would suggest that you keep your damn mouth shut,? Ganondorfsnapped. “I have never met someone whowas enough of an idiot to insult the person who captured them.?

I stood upweakly. Lux had rushed by my side tohelp me but he seemed scared of all the people surrounding us. I wiped off the blood on my check and staredat Ganondorf.

He smirkedand said, “I just got a great idea for your punishment. Since I assume that you’re the one who ruinedmy sister’s hanging this evening you owe me. Therefore, you will provide the entertainment tomorrow morning bysuffering the punishment that my sister should have suffered. Guards, take Ms. Brandt to the prisoner celland don’t feed her or this damn rat of hers. The lighter she is, the easier it will be to hang her. Take her away.?

The guardsgrabbed me and Lux. These girls hadrubber gloves on so that Lux and I couldn’t shock them. With my hands behind my back and my pajamascovered in sand, I walked away defeated and had no hope at all.



The cell Iwas thrown into wasn’t inside. It wasrather up high in a hallowed out in a part of the canyon. There was a small opening, but it was almostup to the ceiling and even if I could reach it, jumping out of the window willcause me to break my legs. I sat in thecorner of this dank, dark cell and Lux huddled up with me. I started to cough because it was gettingextremely cold outside.

I didn’thave a fairy for he was back at Link’s home and in my floppy, green hat. All I had in my pockets were the Pokeball andthe ocarina that Saria had given me. Igrabbed it before I left for some reason. I was just going to be prepared if I met someone at the fortress who wasto teach me a new song. I didn’t knowhow to play the damn potato with holes, but I could figure it out.

My stomachbegan to get upset. I grabbed my stomachand felt my throat become solid feeling. I started to puke wildly and, through the dim moonlight, I saw smalltraces of blood. I curled in a ball andshook wildly. Lux must have decided tostay in the corner because he didn’t come over to me.

Pathetically,I took out the ocarina and started to play notes that sounded airy and not asgood as Link’s notes sounded. I neededto play Saria’s song and contact her in any way, so that Link knew where I was. I was afraid he would be too busy to save me,but I wanted him to at least know where I was.

I playedsomething that sounded like Saria’s song, even though the song was still airyand pathetic sounding. I was shakingwildly while playing the ocarina, but the song sounded right, but I wasn’t surehow to contact Saria after playing the song. I just started to cry and scream to the ceiling of where I was, hoping,just hoping, that Saria or Link or Zelda heard my scream and would come to myrescue, but I knew that would never happen. I was as good as dead.



“Wake up,you pathetic pile of shit,? a girl said and she kicked me in the side.

I opened myeyes to a bright, hot sun and turned over to see a girl above me. I slowly got up, but the guard kicked meagain and I fell to the ground.

“Get upfaster,? the girl snapped at me.

I got upquicker this time, but fell back against the wall. I felt terrible and depressed. Seeing as I’d been wearing my pajamas in thedirt that night, I also felt dirty. Iwas going to die in my pajamas…

I climbed upa ladder with a spear constantly poking my back. I felt like collapsing and just giving up,but I would have enough time to do so later with a noose around my neck.

My handswere tied behind my back as I got to the top of the ladder. Down below I could see Ganondorf standing onthe gallows and a huge crowd around it. Lux was placed in a cage and was brought up separately. He looked at me with a sad expression. I didn’t know what to do at that pointbecause I had no sword, my electricity wouldn’t work on the guards with therubber gloves, and Ganondorf was going to get his way.

I hadsurrendered to Ganondorf and he could tell as I walked up the gallows. He had a smile on his face as he grabbed myarm. He had on the rubber gloves as well.

“We evenmade you a specialty noose,? Ganondorf said and he pointed at a noose that wascovered in rubber. “But, look at thebright side. The rubber on the side ofthe noose is probably more comfortable than the dry, itchy rope.?

Ganondorfplaced the noose delicately around my neck, like I was a guest of honor. He fitted it perfectly around my neck and hethen touched my cheek.

“It’s such ashame that someone as pretty as you has to die,? Ganondorf said.

I lookeddown at my feet. My boots were ratherdirty, but that was the least of my worries. I heard Ganondorf’s feet make the wooden floor of the gallows creek ashe took each step towards the lever that would determine when I would die.

“Ladies, wehave here this afternoon a special guest entertainer,? Ganondorf said. “Straight from the Kokiri Forest is AshleyBrandt, ‘hero’.?

Ganondorflooked at me and smiled. He put his handon the lever and decided to just lay it there. It made my heart race because I had no idea when he was going to pull thelever and every second made me freak out even more.

“Bye bye,Ash,? Ganondorf said and he pulled the lever down.

Now reader,it’s hard to describe the feeling of being hanged, but I felt the floorcollapse underneath my feet and my body drop instantly. I swung around as I gasped for air, but Icouldn’t get any kind of air to enter my wind pipe. I felt helpless as I swung around and aroundand I became dizzier and dizzier. I wasgoing to die reader.

However, Isuddenly heard the rope break and I came crashing to the ground, underneath thefloor. I could see Ganondorf’s shockedexpression through the cracks of wood when I looked up.

I quicklyloosen the noose and ripped it off my neck. There was an opening underneath the floor boards, so I crouched and rantowards the opening. As soon as I gotout, I saw Zucchini and Link fighting off a bunch of guards. On Link’s back was my sheath and it had mysword in it.

I would haveasked Link to toss me my sword, but my hands were still tied behind my back, soit was impossible for me to find away to defend myself. There were guards coming at me, so I rushedover to Link and had him slash the rope that was bounded tightly around mywrists. Link didn’t slice it perfectlythough, so I had a cut on the side of my hand. It stung a bit, but it wasn’t too bad.

I grabbed mysword out of my sheath that was still tied to Link’s back. As soon as I got my sword out, all hell brokeloose. I first needed to save Lux, so Ijumped back on the platform of the gallows and started to slice my way throughsome guards. It didn’t take me very longto reach Lux, but there was a different sort of guard waiting for me. In front of Lux’s encasement was a girl thathad two swords. She looked extremelymean, so I had to be careful.

This girlwas terribly quick and she jumped right towards me. I put my sword in front of my face and triedto block her two swords from slashing my skin. My blade was placed between the two blades of the guard. I panicked as she looked at me. Underneath her veil it looked like she wassmiling. I pulled my sword away fromhers and started to attack as furious as I could. I had to be quicker than she was, otherwise Iwouldn’t get passed her defenses.

All that Icould hear was the clinging of our swords and that sound really hurt myteeth. It sounds worse than nails on achalk board and it felt like the sound of the clinging were entering my ears,going down my jaws, and made a home under my gums and started to push my teethup.

I had toignore this feeling and fight for Lux’s life. I needed to save him, even if there were noises bothering me and my poorteeth. I started to fight a lot quickerand even tried to trick her. Back athome I played basketball and I would always do what we called a fake. That’s when you pretend you’re going one wayor passing the ball to one person, but you quickly do something else. I tricked the guard pretty well, which wassurprising.

I knew shewas quick, but I also knew that people had to get tired eventually. Yeah, I had to wrestle around with her a bit,but it really only took five minutes to have her get tired and slip up. I didn’t really care for killing actualpeople, so I hit the girl on the head with the hilt of my sword, just so she’dpass out and leave me alone.

I ran overto Lux’s cage and unlocked it. Luxjumped right out and hopped onto my shoulder and I turned around as quick as Icould to start fighting the rush of guards that were heading for me. I was assuming they didn’t expect me todefeat their tougher guard because they were waiting for something or someonewhile I fought the guard with two swords.

Lux suddenlyleapt off my shoulder and showered the guards in bolts of lightning. They screamed as the jolts of lightningsurged through their bodies. I felt abit bad for them as I watched them collapse, but I had no time to feelsympathetic because I felt a terrible power hit me in the back. I soared over the guards and hit the brickwall of the fortress.

I slid ontothe sand and opened my eyes. My visionwas terribly blurry, but I could see a green man running towards me with hisfist ready. I moved out of the wayquickly and heard Ganondorf’s fist pound against the wall. I turned around to face him and he quicklyremoved his fist from the dent that he had created in the fortress wall. Ganondorf started back at me again and hadhis fist ready, but I was able to use my electric powers to create a bubblearound him and put him in the air. Islammed him against the wall and relieved my power.

Ganondorfjumped up and used his evil power. Hecreated a purple ball in his palm and shot it at me. I thought quick and created an electric ballin my palm and shot it straight forward. It collided directly with Ganondorf’s power and created a small, butpowerful explosion. A powerful wind blewme back and some of the guards that were watching. Even Link and Zucchini, who had been fightingthe whole time, fell over from the power.

The sand inthe air cleared and I saw a shadow move quickly through it. Ganondorf emerged from this shield of sandand punched me right in the face. I flewbackwards and ran into a guard of girls. I dropped my sword as I flew backwards, but Lux rushed over to keep itsafe.

Lux releasedthis huge power of lightning that engulfed the greater part of thefortress. A lot of guards became injuredand passed out from the surge of electricity. Some of the guards went into a sort of seizure state.

Once thingscalmed down, I could see Lux breathing rather hard. He had black marks and cuts all over hisbody. I looked over and saw Link andZucchini. Link was on the ground and hadprobably passed out, but Zucchini was standing, which he was barely standing,but he was still standing.

I got upslowly, but my body was aching so I by slowly I mean I barely moved. I limped over to Link and started to shakehis shoulder to wake him up. It tookhalf a minute, but the kid opened his crystal blue eyes and looked at the sky.

“Link, Ithink we should go,? I said quietly.

“Where’sGanondorf?? he asked as he made a small attempt to get up.

I lookedaround and saw only guards and Lux. Ganondorf had probably teleported or something like that. The bad guys always seemed to leave when theywere about to get their asses kicked, but I needed to get all of us out of thefortress before the guards woke up.

“It doesn’tmatter right now,? I said. “Zucchini,Lux, let’s go.?

I grabbedLink’s hand and helped him up. He wassore, so I needed to help him slowly. After a bit of pain for the both of us, we grabbed our Pokemon andheaded out of the fortress.







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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:03 PM



Chapter 11

The Great Boob Fairy



It was extremely difficult for Link and I to get out ofGerudo Valley. Instead of travellingacross Hyrule to get to the Kokiri Forest, we decided to go to Lon LonRanch. It was early morning, so theranch was open. We were on Lightning andEpona when we entered the ranch. Fortunately for us, Talon was at the entrance washing a cow. Link and I got off our horses and justcollapsed on the ground.



I woke up in a nice, fluffy bed, but there was a smell ofchickens lingering in the air. I sat upslowly and all the aches and pains surged through my body. I lay back down, slamming my body against thebouncy mattress.

I tried to sit up again, but moved with caution. I was able to get up after a lot of pain andlooked around. I was in a small roomwhich had a small, round coffee table in it. I looked at my feet and saw Lux sleeping soundly. To my left was another bed and there wasLink. At Link’s feet was Zucchini, whowas curled in a small ball.

I suddenly remembered what had happened. The whole battle that took place in GerudoValley and helping Ganondorf’s sister escape; I remembered all of that. I had some trouble breathing for my lungsfelt sore. I lifted up my shirt just alittle and saw that I had bruises on my ribs. On my arms were bruises and cuts. I decided to lay back down a bit and just relax.

I lay on my side, but became uncomfortable. There was something in my pocket, so I reach underthe covers and retrieved the object. Itwas a Pokeball and I started to remember what was inside. There was that puppy that Ganondorf hadkicked. I pressed the middle button ofthe Pokeball and it grew. I threw theball and the puppy came out. She waslimping as she walked around the room.

I got up from the bed slowly and moved my legs out from underthe covers. My naked feet touched thecold, wooden floor which creaked as I put pressure on it. The puppy sat still and watched with heavyeyes as I came to see her.

“Her girl,? I whispered.

The puppy actually came right to me for it was probablylooking for some sort of comfort. Ipetted it’s short, black fur and touched the bones that it wore on the side ofits body. The muzzle of the dog was anorange color and so was its underbelly. I touched its dry nose with my other hand and moved my way up to herears and started to scratch them. Sheseemed to like it.

After I stopped petting her, she began to whine. I asked her what was wrong, but she justbegan to howl and cry. She sounded likea puppy that had lost its mother, but I had no idea how to help it in thatway. I tried to calm her down, but hercries eventually caused a stir in the room. Zucchini shot right up and stared at the dog while Lux just lazilywalked over.

“Houndour,? It whined.

“What was that?? I asked.

“Houndour,? it cried again.

Lux had always said Raichu when he talked and Zucchini alwayssaid Scyther, so this puppy’s Pokemon name must have been Houndour.

“Where did you get that thing?? Link asked harshly. It was rather bizarre that he had an attitudedespite the fact that he just woke up.

“Well, Ganondorf was offered this puppy,? I said, “but heturned it away and actually kicked it.?

“Ash, we have too many of these things following us around,?Link said as he got himself out of the bed. He walked over to the small coffee table which had his floppy green haton it.

His hat reminded me of Max, and I started to panic. “Where’s Max?? I asked quickly.

“He’s alright,? Link said. “You didn’t bring your hat to Gerudo Valley, so he’s at my house. Navi decided to go over and check on him, buthe should be okay.?

I let out a sigh of relief and looked down at the puppy. Her black eyes looked sad and lost as she staredat the ceiling.

“What should I name you?? I asked her and she looked up. I wasn’t sure if she understood me, but itseemed that she did. “How aboutlicorice?? I suddenly thought of thismedicine that was produced back at home that smelled and tasted like blacklicorice and it made you fall asleep or whatever. It was nasty and I rejected the name licoricejust so that medicine would never plague my mind again.

“Let’s scratch that one,? I said.

“How about coffee bean?? Link asked.

“’Eh, there ya go,? I said. “See, you can do this whole naming spiel.?

Link smiled as he got his sword and shield ready.

“Alright, you want the name Coffee Bean?? I asked the puppy.

“Houndour,? she said weakly, but she was nodding her head.

“Coffee Bean it is,? I said playfully. I was desperately trying to perk her up, butmy attempts seemed to fail.

“So, are you ready to continue one with the journey?? Linkasked.

“Yeah,? I said, “let’s go to Dodongo’s Cavern.?

“No need,? Link said and he pulled out the Goron’s Ruby. The new born sunlight that flooded throughthe window made the ruby shine in Link’s hand. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it because it was so beautiful.

Link put the ruby away and said, “Now, the Gorons told me ofthis fairy that lives in the Death Mountain. They said she has some very useful things to give us or whatever. I think we should climb up the trail and findher.?

“Okay,? I said and I slowly rose up. My back hurt since Ganondorf decided to slamme against a wall.

Link started to gather all his stuff and said, “We’ll stop bymy house to get your clothes and stuff and get back with Navi and Max.?

I got back into my pajama pocket and got Coffee Bean’sPokeball. She was still rather weak andupset, so I decided that she needed to go back in the Pokeball for I had noidea what was going to happen next. Butwith Link and Zucchini back with Lux and I, I really wasn’t too worried. The whole fortress event would have been alot easier to handle if Link was there.

I had Coffee Bean return and I grabbed my sword off thetable. The rest of my outfit, like myshield and tunic, were at Link’s home. As I gathered my stuff, Link put on his boots. He equipped his sword and shield and handedme my sheath, which I slung on my back and took the two ends and buckled itsecurely on the front of me.

“Ready to go?? Link asked with a small smile on his face.

“Yes sir,? I said and I smiled. We walked out of the bedroom and were in themain room of the Lon Lon Ranch home. Talon was sitting on the floor, drinking a bottle of milk and pettingchickens. Link and I walked down thecreaky wooden stairs, which caught Talon’s attention.

“Well hey, I was worried about you two,? Talon said. “You came here practically dead. It’s almost time for supper here, would youlike some??

“Uh, no thank you,? I said. “Link and I have a lot to do today, right?? I looked over at Link for approval and henodded. It wasn’t that I didn’t want toeat at the ranch, but Talon was a very disgusting, hairy looking man, so Iwasn’t quite sure how sanitary this guy actually was. I mean, the man was down there pettingchickens, so something wasn’t right.

Link and I grabbed our horses that were in the stables and wemounted them once we led them outside. Lux jumped in front of me while I was on the horse and got comfy andthat was my cue to take off.

I hadn’t really had anytime to just ride Lightning withoutrushing to go somewhere. As I rode andheard Lightning’s hooves pound against the Hyrule Field grass, I had an urge tojust keep riding, but Link kept me on course to his home. The breeze smelled nice, like the beginningof spring time, but I had other things to take care of.

That’s what I always hated about video games. Why couldn’t you just stop and smell flowers,rather than go on the next mission as soon as possible? Hyrule was so different than the world backat home and I just wanted to soak it in, but I had no time to do that sincefricken Zelda was having Link and I to do this crap.

We got to Link’s home and we got in his house as quickly aswe could. We didn’t want to run intoMido at all during our visit, so we hurried. I changed my clothes as Link stepped outside so that he didn’t ruin myprivacy. Inside, I made Navi and Max leavebecause I wasn’t sure if fairies could see, but if they could I sure didn’twant them to look at my stuff.

Once I was changed, I equipped my weapons and shield andstepped outside. Link was on the balconyand I smiled as I put on my floppy, green hat.

“Ready?? Link asked.

“I was born ready,? I said.

“Alright, then let’s go to Death Mountain,? Link saidtriumphantly.

Link and I moved out of the woods and rode across Hyrule’svast field. It was around five o’clock,or at least the sky looked like it was five. It didn’t take us that long to get ourselves to the stairs that wouldlead up to Kakariko Village. We walkedup them, Link on my left and Lux on my right and Zucchini was on Link’sleft. I could see Max’s glow of orangelight hovering around my head. We wereall back together again and I realized how much I missed everyone.

Having been practically hanged, I had a different look oneverything. If it wasn’t for Link, Iwouldn’t be alive. I would’ve beenhanged in front of Ganondorf and his peers and I wouldn’t go down in Hyrule’shistory books as a hero…that is if Hyrule had history books.

We walked through the village and saw the same carpentersrunning around while the same fat guy stood and just screamed randomnonsense. Link and I ignored them whilecovering our ears. It sounded to me likethe fat guy was screaming louder than usual for some of his sound leakedthrough my hands that covered my ears.

Once we got to the Death Mountain gate, the same guard wasstanding there. I saw him smile beneathhis helmet and he said, “Well, ‘allo there. What er my two favorite heroes up ta??

“Well, we’re going to see a fairy or something,? I said and Icontinued on my way passed the gate and Link followed.

“’Ave fun, you damn, crazy kids,? the guard shouted.

I rolled my eyes and continued on with Lux on my rightshoulder. I remembered that there werethese creepy spider things and they were a major pain in my ass. As soon as one of those damn things startedto hop our way, I used my electric powers to shock them backwards. There were at least three spiders trying toblock our path, so I took them all out. I turned back and saw Link staring at me with a look of awe on his face.

“Um, Link,? I said, “are you okay??

Link shook his head and said, “Oh, nothing. I’m just not use to seeing you use thosepowers, you know? They’re remarkable.?

I looked at the palm of my hand. I couldn’t even believe I had learned tocontrol the electric powers I was given. At first, the powers were rather unmanageable, but I was actuallygetting use to them now. I looked up atLux on my right shoulder and he had a huge smile on his face. Lux looked like he was proud of me orsomething.

We continued on up the mountain, our boots kicking up the drymud with each step. Once we reach up toa flat area, Link pointed at a ledge.

“If we get up there, we can go to the top of the mountain andsee this fairy,? Link explained. “TheGorons kept saying something about this mountain erupting randomly though, sowe need to keep on our toes I guess.?

The problem was that there were two rocks blocking thepath. There was a ramp that seemed tohave been carved in the mountain that would help us get up this ledge, but itwas corroded and there were gaps in it, which could be jumpable, but there wason rather big rock in the way.

“Well Link, what do we do about that?? I asked and I pointedat the big, gray rock.

“Good point,? Link said but with a smile on his face. “However, I am one step ahead of you.?

“How?? I asked.

“Well, when I was doing that whole Dodongo’s Cavern thing, Igot a new type of weapon,? Link said smartly. Link then pulled out a small, round object. It was round and black and had a string on thetop of it. I immediately realized thatit was a bomb.

?Whoa,? I said in a small panic, “you need to be careful withthat thing!?

“Oh, I’m not that clumsy,? Link said as he lit a match byscraping it on the bottom of his boot. Link lit the bomb with the match and I watched as the flame began totravel down towards the bomb, which probably had a lot of gun powder and otherexplosives inside. Link rushed to thecorroded ledge with the bomb in hand and threw it up towards the rock.

Impressively, the bomb went off at the right time while inthe air and it made the rock explode into a lot of pieces. Link turned and faced me with a huge smile onhis face. He motioned me to follow himwith his hand, so I followed him.

Up the ramp we went, jumping over the gap where the rock oncestood. Lux had no problem jumpingbetween the gaps for his hind legs were rather long, like a rabbits, so he hada lot of power in his feet. Zucchini,seeing as he was a grasshopper/praying mantis thing, could just fly over thegaps for a short period of time.

We reach the ledge using a small effort, but I had tostop. My legs hurt badly with all thejumping. I wasn’t really a jumperbecause it hurt my legs and feet too much. I sat on the ground as my knees were aching. I started to feel sick again because I wasstill having issues with my relapsing. Link sat right beside me and his eye sight was directed toward the topof the mountain.

“Why do they call it Death Mountain?? I said after a littlepause. “I mean, it’s obviously avolcano.?

“I guess Death Volcano is just sort of, well, uncreative,?Link said. “It’s quite obvious thatvolcanoes cause people to die, so maybe the creators of the kingdom just didn’twant to be obvious jerks.?

“But mountains can cause death too,? I said.

“You’re the one that was complaining about the damn thingbeing called Death Mountain,? Link said.

I coughed nervously. There was more silence and things felt tense, or at least they felttense to me. I wanted to cry so badlybecause it seemed like Link was angry, but in the back of my mind, I knew hewasn’t, but the reasoning didn’t reach my emotions, which were going crazy.

My crying was interrupted by the most random thing,however. All of a sudden, a loud mooburst through the silence and Link and I shot looks at each other.

“Where the hell did that come from?? I said.

Link stood up and walked over to a rock that was just sittingthere on our right. He put his ear up tothe rock and I could hear another faint moo.

“It sounds like it’s coming from this rock,? Link said.

“What?? I asked harshly as Link lit another bomb. “If the cow’s in the rock, you’re going tokill it by blowing the rock up.?

Link ignored me as he set his bomb on top of the rock. He grabbed my wrist and pulled me up and gotme away from the bomb so I didn’t get blown up. The rock crumbled when the bomb exploded and a couple of the pieces fellinto a small hole in the ground. Therewas a rather loud, distressed sounding moo that came from the hole. The blast must have scared the cowunderground but what definitely puzzled me was the fact that there was a cowunderground.

“Here, let’s hop down this hole,? Link said.

“Are you crazy!? I snapped. “What if that’s just a random black hole or something or what if youbreak your ankle??

Link rolled his eyes and said, “Well, are you coming or not??

I walked over beside him and looked down the hole. I could see a patch of grass through the holebecause the sunlight bled through it. Iwas too scared to just jump down, so I insisted Link to go first.

“Aw, alright,? Link said

Link jumped down the hole and I peeked my head over to see ifhe made it in there safe. Sure enough,Link was looking up at me and waving.

“C’mon,? he said playfully, “it’s pretty safe.?

I looked over at Lux and Zucchini who heard what Link hadsaid and came to stand beside me. Luxcheered and jumped down the hole and into Link’s arms. Zucchini looked to the side and sighed. I wasn’t sure he would have actually fit inthe hole, seeing how he had those long, mantis arms. The sharp, tough wings on his back would alsobe a problem.

“Be careful down there!? Navi shouted and she was floatingbeside me with Max.

I surely didn’t want to hang out with Navi, so I sat on theground and dangled my feet through the hole. Link cleared the way and I jumped down. When I hit the ground, I had to touch the soft, green grass otherwise Iwould’ve lost my balance. I stood up andbrushed off my skirt that had been exposed to the speckles of dust that rustledwhen I landed. Max decided to float downthe hole. Navi must have already beenbothering him, which really didn’t surprise me.

I looked over and surely there was a cow standing there. The inside of this hole was completely hollowand it smelled extremely moist. I wasafraid for the cow because eventually the hole might cave in on her. The cow just looked at Link and I, chewing onher grass and mooing occasionally.

“She must be so lonely,? I cried as Lux went and checked outthis strange creature.

Link walked over and petted her. He had a sympathetic look on his face andsaid, “Do you think maybe she belongs to Lon Lon Ranch??

“I don’t know, but we need to get her out of here,? Isaid. “No body’s here to take care ofher or milk her or brush her.? The tearsbegan to leak out of my eyes as I said this reader. They were the hot tears; the ones that madeyou extra tired when you cried. I justwanted to nap all of a sudden.

“Aw, calm down,? Link said. “You don’t need to cry. Jeez, youcry like every five minutes now.?

“I can’t help it,? I said and I began to bawl.

“Quit being a baby,? Link scolded and he walked over tome.

Seeing as my hormones were all out of whack, I suddenly gotangry and punched Link in the face. Thus, his nose started to bleed again.

“Hey, what did you do that for?? he pleaded as he held hisnose and tried to stop the bleeding.

“Oh my God,? I said and I started to cry and hug him. “Link, I am so sorry. I’m such a terrible person. Oh, I deserve to die!?

This was a terrible mess, my reader, and if anyone had jumpeddown the hole and saw that scene, they would think all of us were nuts. I mean, there was a mentally unstableteenager, a weird asshole in a floppy, green hat with a bleeding nose, a ballof glowing stuff floating around, a damn shrew thing with a long tail, and acow in a hole.

Navi shot down the hole and started to yell at both of us toget out acts together. There was a lotof silence after Navi had pierced our eardrums with her sharp voice. A small moo broke the silence and the cowpicked up another patch of grass and started to chew loudly, smacking its lips.

“C’mon Ash, let’s go,? Link said after a short pause. I wiped my eyes and followed him. For some reason, the sunlight that leakedthrough the opening lifted Link up and he ended up above ground. I motioned Lux to get on my shoulder and oncehe was secure I walked into the light. Ifelt a small lift and watched the cow eat as I went up. The cow was completely oblivious to everything.

I landed right outside of the hole and Link was standingthere with one hand on his hip.

“Can we go see that fairy now?? he asked.

I nodded as Max flew out of the hole and shouted,“Hurry! I want to see the Great Fairy!?

“Why’s that?? I asked.

Navi made a weird tinkle sound and snapped, “I know why. Max, you’re a sick freak.?

I looked at Link with a confused expression on my face and hejust shrugged and started to walk towards the mountain so I started to followas well. Lux jumped off my shoulder andwalked alongside Zucchini as the two fairies quarreled about something. All I heard was something about big hootersand then I subconsciously left the conversation.

Suddenly, a huge, flaming boulder landed right besideme. When it landed, there was a big boomand the ground shook a bit. Link lookedover with a shocked look and then we heard some whistling above. I looked up and saw tons of flaming rocks fallingfrom the sky.

“Holy shit!? I shouted and I grabbed Lux and started to sprint. Zucchini and Link followed both of us andNavi and Max flew in front of me. At theend of the path was a wall of thick vines and a small overhang that we couldget under. We rushed towards this andgot under it.

The overhang was made from the mountain so it was fairlysturdy. Some of the flaming rocks hitthe overhang, but it held up. We watchedpatiently for the rocks to stop falling. I was expecting maybe some lava to spew out of the volcano in themountain, but I guess it just liked to spew annoying, flaming rocks.

It was about a minute and the rock storm stopped. I peeked my head out from under the overhangand saw a clear sky above. The coastseemed to be clear, so all of us got out from underneath the overhang. I touched the vines on the wall to check howsturdy they were and found them to be fairly strong.

Skulltulas were climbing all up on the vines, so I took outmy slingshot and started to fire pebbles at them. The pebbles must have really hurt becausethey fell straight to the ground and shriveled up. The wall seemed to be clear, so Link and Idecided to climb it.

The vines would actually rather dry, which wassurprising. Usually, dry vines wouldhave cracked and broke right in our hands. I mean, I came across some vines that fell apart in my palms, but I justwiped the brown vine dust off my hands and continued forward. The wall was rather long, but we successfullyscaled it.

Zucchini was the only one that couldn’t climb the wall, soLink reach in his pocket and got his Pokeball. He told Zucchini to return and the red laser shot out of the Pokeballand engulfed Zucchini. The laserreturned into the ball and Link decided to keep Zucchini inside it for the timebeing. It was rather hard for Zucchinito follow us around seeing that he had no arms and was rather big. Zucchini was great with sword fights however,seeing as he had blades for arms.

There were two openings at this flat ground close to themountain’s peak. One led to the insideof the volcano and the other was totally black. Max flew straight into the dark entrance so we rushed after him. His glowing, orange body provided us withsome guidance as to where we were going.

The dirt path beneath our feet turned into stone for ourfootsteps echoed quite loudly with each step we took. I wasn’t aware of a small step that was aheadof us, so I fell onto the cold and rather wet stone floor. Light suddenly flooded the room when I madecontact with the floor. I got up and sawthat the walls had waterfalls on them and tiny pink and blue lights caused thewaterfalls to be a different color. Ahead of us was a small pool made of stone with crystal clear water init.

The stone path continued forward, but on the side of thispath was this pure, white sand that looked like sugar. I knew it wasn’t sugar however because whenmy face met the stone path, some sand on this path went into my mouth. A bit farther up this path was a small stepand, since Link and I could see now, we were able to step up without trippingover. Beside each of us was a smallpillar made of white stone which held at the tip a reddish orange flame.

I looked at my feet and saw a Triforce etched in gold on thefloor. I looked at Link, who started totake out his ocarina and stopped him.

“Let me try to play this thing,? I said. Back at the fortress, I must have playedSaria’s Song right, so I wanted to take a stab at Zelda’s Lullaby. When I got out my ocarina, Max rushed closeto the middle of the fountain and waited patiently. His little ball body was shaking and itseemed like he was nervous.

I put the ocarina up to my lips and started to play Zelda’sLullaby. It basically had two of thesame notes that Saria’s Song, but my only issue was finding the middlenote. I fiddled around with it for abouttwo minutes until I found the definite note. The sound coming from my ocarina was pretty disgusting, but as long as Iplayed the damn lullaby, something good would happen. It wasn’t quality that counted in thatsituation…or at least that is what I thought.

The reason I thought wrong was because this disfigured womanpopped out of the fountain. Her head wasshaped like a pear and her jaw appeared to be broken because it was stuck tothe left side of her face. Her eyes werealso rather lopsided and she had legs for arms and arms for legs, but she hadno torso at all, so I was confused to whether she actually had leg-arms andarm-legs.

“Oh my, God!? Max yelled and he flew behind my head.

“I played the song right,? I said and I held the ocarina upto my face. “I bet this thing really isa potato. Saria gave me a goddamnpotato!?

“Here, let me play it,? Link said and he grabbed the ocarinafrom my hands. He began to play thelullaby and from my ocarina came a very nice, soft sound. I rolled my eyes as he finished.

The disfigured fairy suddenly turned into an orange light andall of a sudden a rather big woman was revealed and man she had the mostannoying laugh in the world. She hadterrible red colored hair, a mole thing, hooker-red lipstick and horrible eyeshadow, long plastic nails, bushy red eye brows, and, to top it all off, shewas wearing thin vines for clothes. However, I will admit, I really didn’t pay much attention to her detailthe first time I met her because protruding from her vines were these mammothsized chesticles.

“Thank you, dear boy, for saving me after that girl playedthat disgusting song,? the fairy said.

“Boobs,? I said, but then I quickly realized what just cameout of my mouth and I said quickly, “-uh, I mean, um, oops. I’m sorry that I played the wrong norks-orwell, I mean notes…?

“I forgive you, young girl,? the fairy said kindly.

“I am sorry too for Ash here is a big rack-er I mean, wreckat the moment,? Link said.

“Yeah, I have had a couple of yahoos-or wait I mean issueslately,? I said quietly. “That’s why myspeech is all in jubblies-wait my speech is all in jumbles.?

Something was wrong with my speech. I kept saying things that I didn’t mean tosay and I had no idea why, but subconsciously my mind was replacing words withslang words for breasts. I didn’t get itat all.

“You’re fine, children,? the fairy said. “Now, I am the Great Fairy of Death Mountainand I am here to offer you some of my magic. It’s not much, but it will aid you.?

“That sounds pretty boobies-or wait, I mean groovy,? I saidand I did a little peace sign with my hand. I knew that the Great Fairy probably didn’t know what groovy meant orwhat a peace sign was, but I had to find some way to cover up my bad language.

“Well, my young heroes, I will let you receive my powersnow,? the Great Fairy said and she stretched out her arms and then her legs,which I would have to say that the lower part of her torso was not covered byvines very well.

“Are you panty hamster-er I mean, uh, pretty damn sure thatyou want to give us your magic?? I asked.

“Yeah, are you sure you want to give us your mud flaps-orrather your magic…uh stuff?? Link said.

“Yes children, now close your eyes,? the Great Fairy said.

I shut my eyes tight because I didn’t want to see much moreof this fairy lady. Thankfully, sinceshe was called the Great Fairy, she must’ve been the only one in Hyrule, so wewouldn’t have to see her much more. Ifelt myself be lifted off the ground for a couple of seconds, but my feetsafely returned to the stone floor.

“Now children, take out your swords and focus all of yourpower being in your blade,? the Great Fairy said. “Once you feel that all of your power is inthat blade, spin around and magic will do its worst to your enemies.?

Link and I walked towards the middle and onto the sand to tryout our new power. It took me a coupletries to get all of my focus together and actually get the magic to come out ofmy blade, but it worked. Link had aharder time concentrating and he was still trying it when I went back to theGreat Fairy.

“Why is the boy having trouble?? the Great Fairy asked.

“Ah, he’s just having trouble with his headlights-or, um, Imean he’s having trouble with his head, um, the inside of his head…where uh,people…think,? I said slowly. “See wehumans think with our heads. He just hasto work on his sweater muffins. Orwait! I mean his focus spins…?

There was an awkward pause between me and the Great Fairy soI said, “Hey Link, we can work on that later. How about we speak with the Great Fairy here, so we aren’t nudechests-er rude guests I mean.?

Link looked a bit disappointed so I said, “The trick to usingthat power is using your flapdoodles, or your noodle is what I meant to say.?

“Well, whatever,? Link said all gloomy like. “We should probably schlobes, or well…go.?

“Yes, you look tired my children,? the Great Fairy said. “Go and get some rest, okay? You look awfully tired.?

“Yeah, we need to go find dairy pillows,? I said, but I quicklyrebounded, “I mean fluffy pillows. So wecan lay our heads on them so we can count some bearded clams-er I mean, wecould count free range lambs.?

“Yes, that’s what we humans do when we go to sleep,? Linksaid. “It helps us get to sleep fasterand all.?

“Well, do enjoy yourselves and remember, don’t let us down,?the Great Fairy said.

“We’ll make you monkey mound,? Link said.

“Yes, very proud,? I said to cover up Link’s slip.

Link and I turned around and started to walk down the pathwhen the Great Fairy said, “Oh by the way, I have a couple of sisters allaround Hyrule that want to help you two. I can’t tell you where all of them are exactly, but I know that onelives right by Hyrule castle. She alwaysloved that royal atmosphere.?

“There’s more of you!? Max shouted with glee. I had completely forgotten about Max who hadbeen floating in one place; staring at the Great Fairy.

“Why yes,? the Great Fairy said. “They each have things to offer to youheroes.?

“Thanks for telling us,? I said enthused, but I waseverything but enthused. Hopefully hersister weren’t as ‘developed’ as she was. “Let’s go Max.?

Max flew quickly to me and was shaking with excitement. “More Great Fairies means more funbags forMax,? I heard Navi whisper. She seemed abit pissed off, but I would be too.

We were almost to off of the stone path and onto the dirtpath when Link turned around and said, “Thank you for the big, fantasticwopbopaloobops!?

I sighed loudly as Link tried to find a word that could coverthat slip up. “Uh, thanks for thebig…uh, well…thanks for…um…er…things.?

I grabbed Link by the shoulder and dragged him out before theGreat Fairy used some of her powers on our asses.



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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:06 PM



Chapter 11

The Great Boob Fairy



It was extremely difficult for Link and I to get out ofGerudo Valley. Instead of travellingacross Hyrule to get to the Kokiri Forest, we decided to go to Lon LonRanch. It was early morning, so theranch was open. We were on Lightning andEpona when we entered the ranch. Fortunately for us, Talon was at the entrance washing a cow. Link and I got off our horses and justcollapsed on the ground.



I woke up in a nice, fluffy bed, but there was a smell ofchickens lingering in the air. I sat upslowly and all the aches and pains surged through my body. I lay back down, slamming my body against thebouncy mattress.

I tried to sit up again, but moved with caution. I was able to get up after a lot of pain andlooked around. I was in a small roomwhich had a small, round coffee table in it. I looked at my feet and saw Lux sleeping soundly. To my left was another bed and there wasLink. At Link’s feet was Zucchini, whowas curled in a small ball.

I suddenly remembered what had happened. The whole battle that took place in GerudoValley and helping Ganondorf’s sister escape; I remembered all of that. I had some trouble breathing for my lungsfelt sore. I lifted up my shirt just alittle and saw that I had bruises on my ribs. On my arms were bruises and cuts. I decided to lay back down a bit and just relax.

I lay on my side, but became uncomfortable. There was something in my pocket, so I reach underthe covers and retrieved the object. Itwas a Pokeball and I started to remember what was inside. There was that puppy that Ganondorf hadkicked. I pressed the middle button ofthe Pokeball and it grew. I threw theball and the puppy came out. She waslimping as she walked around the room.

I got up from the bed slowly and moved my legs out from underthe covers. My naked feet touched thecold, wooden floor which creaked as I put pressure on it. The puppy sat still and watched with heavyeyes as I came to see her.

“Her girl,? I whispered.

The puppy actually came right to me for it was probablylooking for some sort of comfort. Ipetted it’s short, black fur and touched the bones that it wore on the side ofits body. The muzzle of the dog was anorange color and so was its underbelly. I touched its dry nose with my other hand and moved my way up to herears and started to scratch them. Sheseemed to like it.

After I stopped petting her, she began to whine. I asked her what was wrong, but she justbegan to howl and cry. She sounded likea puppy that had lost its mother, but I had no idea how to help it in thatway. I tried to calm her down, but hercries eventually caused a stir in the room. Zucchini shot right up and stared at the dog while Lux just lazilywalked over.

“Houndour,? It whined.

“What was that?? I asked.

“Houndour,? it cried again.

Lux had always said Raichu when he talked and Zucchini alwayssaid Scyther, so this puppy’s Pokemon name must have been Houndour.

“Where did you get that thing?? Link asked harshly. It was rather bizarre that he had an attitudedespite the fact that he just woke up.

“Well, Ganondorf was offered this puppy,? I said, “but heturned it away and actually kicked it.?

“Ash, we have too many of these things following us around,?Link said as he got himself out of the bed. He walked over to the small coffee table which had his floppy green haton it.

His hat reminded me of Max, and I started to panic. “Where’s Max?? I asked quickly.

“He’s alright,? Link said. “You didn’t bring your hat to Gerudo Valley, so he’s at my house. Navi decided to go over and check on him, buthe should be okay.?

I let out a sigh of relief and looked down at the puppy. Her black eyes looked sad and lost as she staredat the ceiling.

“What should I name you?? I asked her and she looked up. I wasn’t sure if she understood me, but itseemed that she did. “How aboutlicorice?? I suddenly thought of thismedicine that was produced back at home that smelled and tasted like blacklicorice and it made you fall asleep or whatever. It was nasty and I rejected the name licoricejust so that medicine would never plague my mind again.

“Let’s scratch that one,? I said.

“How about coffee bean?? Link asked.

“’Eh, there ya go,? I said. “See, you can do this whole naming spiel.?

Link smiled as he got his sword and shield ready.

“Alright, you want the name Coffee Bean?? I asked the puppy.

“Houndour,? she said weakly, but she was nodding her head.

“Coffee Bean it is,? I said playfully. I was desperately trying to perk her up, butmy attempts seemed to fail.

“So, are you ready to continue one with the journey?? Linkasked.

“Yeah,? I said, “let’s go to Dodongo’s Cavern.?

“No need,? Link said and he pulled out the Goron’s Ruby. The new born sunlight that flooded throughthe window made the ruby shine in Link’s hand. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it because it was so beautiful.

Link put the ruby away and said, “Now, the Gorons told me ofthis fairy that lives in the Death Mountain. They said she has some very useful things to give us or whatever. I think we should climb up the trail and findher.?

“Okay,? I said and I slowly rose up. My back hurt since Ganondorf decided to slamme against a wall.

Link started to gather all his stuff and said, “We’ll stop bymy house to get your clothes and stuff and get back with Navi and Max.?

I got back into my pajama pocket and got Coffee Bean’sPokeball. She was still rather weak andupset, so I decided that she needed to go back in the Pokeball for I had noidea what was going to happen next. Butwith Link and Zucchini back with Lux and I, I really wasn’t too worried. The whole fortress event would have been alot easier to handle if Link was there.

I had Coffee Bean return and I grabbed my sword off thetable. The rest of my outfit, like myshield and tunic, were at Link’s home. As I gathered my stuff, Link put on his boots. He equipped his sword and shield and handedme my sheath, which I slung on my back and took the two ends and buckled itsecurely on the front of me.

“Ready to go?? Link asked with a small smile on his face.

“Yes sir,? I said and I smiled. We walked out of the bedroom and were in themain room of the Lon Lon Ranch home. Talon was sitting on the floor, drinking a bottle of milk and pettingchickens. Link and I walked down thecreaky wooden stairs, which caught Talon’s attention.

“Well hey, I was worried about you two,? Talon said. “You came here practically dead. It’s almost time for supper here, would youlike some??

“Uh, no thank you,? I said. “Link and I have a lot to do today, right?? I looked over at Link for approval and henodded. It wasn’t that I didn’t want toeat at the ranch, but Talon was a very disgusting, hairy looking man, so Iwasn’t quite sure how sanitary this guy actually was. I mean, the man was down there pettingchickens, so something wasn’t right.

Link and I grabbed our horses that were in the stables and wemounted them once we led them outside. Lux jumped in front of me while I was on the horse and got comfy andthat was my cue to take off.

I hadn’t really had anytime to just ride Lightning withoutrushing to go somewhere. As I rode andheard Lightning’s hooves pound against the Hyrule Field grass, I had an urge tojust keep riding, but Link kept me on course to his home. The breeze smelled nice, like the beginningof spring time, but I had other things to take care of.

That’s what I always hated about video games. Why couldn’t you just stop and smell flowers,rather than go on the next mission as soon as possible? Hyrule was so different than the world backat home and I just wanted to soak it in, but I had no time to do that sincefricken Zelda was having Link and I to do this crap.

We got to Link’s home and we got in his house as quickly aswe could. We didn’t want to run intoMido at all during our visit, so we hurried. I changed my clothes as Link stepped outside so that he didn’t ruin myprivacy. Inside, I made Navi and Max leavebecause I wasn’t sure if fairies could see, but if they could I sure didn’twant them to look at my stuff.

Once I was changed, I equipped my weapons and shield andstepped outside. Link was on the balconyand I smiled as I put on my floppy, green hat.

“Ready?? Link asked.

“I was born ready,? I said.

“Alright, then let’s go to Death Mountain,? Link saidtriumphantly.

Link and I moved out of the woods and rode across Hyrule’svast field. It was around five o’clock,or at least the sky looked like it was five. It didn’t take us that long to get ourselves to the stairs that wouldlead up to Kakariko Village. We walkedup them, Link on my left and Lux on my right and Zucchini was on Link’sleft. I could see Max’s glow of orangelight hovering around my head. We wereall back together again and I realized how much I missed everyone.

Having been practically hanged, I had a different look oneverything. If it wasn’t for Link, Iwouldn’t be alive. I would’ve beenhanged in front of Ganondorf and his peers and I wouldn’t go down in Hyrule’shistory books as a hero…that is if Hyrule had history books.

We walked through the village and saw the same carpentersrunning around while the same fat guy stood and just screamed randomnonsense. Link and I ignored them whilecovering our ears. It sounded to me likethe fat guy was screaming louder than usual for some of his sound leakedthrough my hands that covered my ears.

Once we got to the Death Mountain gate, the same guard wasstanding there. I saw him smile beneathhis helmet and he said, “Well, ‘allo there. What er my two favorite heroes up ta??

“Well, we’re going to see a fairy or something,? I said and Icontinued on my way passed the gate and Link followed.

“’Ave fun, you damn, crazy kids,? the guard shouted.

I rolled my eyes and continued on with Lux on my rightshoulder. I remembered that there werethese creepy spider things and they were a major pain in my ass. As soon as one of those damn things startedto hop our way, I used my electric powers to shock them backwards. There were at least three spiders trying toblock our path, so I took them all out. I turned back and saw Link staring at me with a look of awe on his face.

“Um, Link,? I said, “are you okay??

Link shook his head and said, “Oh, nothing. I’m just not use to seeing you use thosepowers, you know? They’re remarkable.?

I looked at the palm of my hand. I couldn’t even believe I had learned tocontrol the electric powers I was given. At first, the powers were rather unmanageable, but I was actuallygetting use to them now. I looked up atLux on my right shoulder and he had a huge smile on his face. Lux looked like he was proud of me orsomething.

We continued on up the mountain, our boots kicking up the drymud with each step. Once we reach up toa flat area, Link pointed at a ledge.

“If we get up there, we can go to the top of the mountain andsee this fairy,? Link explained. “TheGorons kept saying something about this mountain erupting randomly though, sowe need to keep on our toes I guess.?

The problem was that there were two rocks blocking thepath. There was a ramp that seemed tohave been carved in the mountain that would help us get up this ledge, but itwas corroded and there were gaps in it, which could be jumpable, but there wason rather big rock in the way.

“Well Link, what do we do about that?? I asked and I pointedat the big, gray rock.

“Good point,? Link said but with a smile on his face. “However, I am one step ahead of you.?

“How?? I asked.

“Well, when I was doing that whole Dodongo’s Cavern thing, Igot a new type of weapon,? Link said smartly. Link then pulled out a small, round object. It was round and black and had a string on thetop of it. I immediately realized thatit was a bomb.

?Whoa,? I said in a small panic, “you need to be careful withthat thing!?

“Oh, I’m not that clumsy,? Link said as he lit a match byscraping it on the bottom of his boot. Link lit the bomb with the match and I watched as the flame began totravel down towards the bomb, which probably had a lot of gun powder and otherexplosives inside. Link rushed to thecorroded ledge with the bomb in hand and threw it up towards the rock.

Impressively, the bomb went off at the right time while inthe air and it made the rock explode into a lot of pieces. Link turned and faced me with a huge smile onhis face. He motioned me to follow himwith his hand, so I followed him.

Up the ramp we went, jumping over the gap where the rock oncestood. Lux had no problem jumpingbetween the gaps for his hind legs were rather long, like a rabbits, so he hada lot of power in his feet. Zucchini,seeing as he was a grasshopper/praying mantis thing, could just fly over thegaps for a short period of time.

We reach the ledge using a small effort, but I had tostop. My legs hurt badly with all thejumping. I wasn’t really a jumperbecause it hurt my legs and feet too much. I sat on the ground as my knees were aching. I started to feel sick again because I wasstill having issues with my relapsing. Link sat right beside me and his eye sight was directed toward the topof the mountain.

“Why do they call it Death Mountain?? I said after a littlepause. “I mean, it’s obviously avolcano.?

“I guess Death Volcano is just sort of, well, uncreative,?Link said. “It’s quite obvious thatvolcanoes cause people to die, so maybe the creators of the kingdom just didn’twant to be obvious jerks.?

“But mountains can cause death too,? I said.

“You’re the one that was complaining about the damn thingbeing called Death Mountain,? Link said.

I coughed nervously. There was more silence and things felt tense, or at least they felttense to me. I wanted to cry so badlybecause it seemed like Link was angry, but in the back of my mind, I knew hewasn’t, but the reasoning didn’t reach my emotions, which were going crazy.

My crying was interrupted by the most random thing,however. All of a sudden, a loud mooburst through the silence and Link and I shot looks at each other.

“Where the hell did that come from?? I said.

Link stood up and walked over to a rock that was just sittingthere on our right. He put his ear up tothe rock and I could hear another faint moo.

“It sounds like it’s coming from this rock,? Link said.

“What?? I asked harshly as Link lit another bomb. “If the cow’s in the rock, you’re going tokill it by blowing the rock up.?

Link ignored me as he set his bomb on top of the rock. He grabbed my wrist and pulled me up and gotme away from the bomb so I didn’t get blown up. The rock crumbled when the bomb exploded and a couple of the pieces fellinto a small hole in the ground. Therewas a rather loud, distressed sounding moo that came from the hole. The blast must have scared the cowunderground but what definitely puzzled me was the fact that there was a cowunderground.

“Here, let’s hop down this hole,? Link said.

“Are you crazy!? I snapped. “What if that’s just a random black hole or something or what if youbreak your ankle??

Link rolled his eyes and said, “Well, are you coming or not??

I walked over beside him and looked down the hole. I could see a patch of grass through the holebecause the sunlight bled through it. Iwas too scared to just jump down, so I insisted Link to go first.

“Aw, alright,? Link said

Link jumped down the hole and I peeked my head over to see ifhe made it in there safe. Sure enough,Link was looking up at me and waving.

“C’mon,? he said playfully, “it’s pretty safe.?

I looked over at Lux and Zucchini who heard what Link hadsaid and came to stand beside me. Luxcheered and jumped down the hole and into Link’s arms. Zucchini looked to the side and sighed. I wasn’t sure he would have actually fit inthe hole, seeing how he had those long, mantis arms. The sharp, tough wings on his back would alsobe a problem.

“Be careful down there!? Navi shouted and she was floatingbeside me with Max.

I surely didn’t want to hang out with Navi, so I sat on theground and dangled my feet through the hole. Link cleared the way and I jumped down. When I hit the ground, I had to touch the soft, green grass otherwise Iwould’ve lost my balance. I stood up andbrushed off my skirt that had been exposed to the speckles of dust that rustledwhen I landed. Max decided to float downthe hole. Navi must have already beenbothering him, which really didn’t surprise me.

I looked over and surely there was a cow standing there. The inside of this hole was completely hollowand it smelled extremely moist. I wasafraid for the cow because eventually the hole might cave in on her. The cow just looked at Link and I, chewing onher grass and mooing occasionally.

“She must be so lonely,? I cried as Lux went and checked outthis strange creature.

Link walked over and petted her. He had a sympathetic look on his face andsaid, “Do you think maybe she belongs to Lon Lon Ranch??

“I don’t know, but we need to get her out of here,? Isaid. “No body’s here to take care ofher or milk her or brush her.? The tearsbegan to leak out of my eyes as I said this reader. They were the hot tears; the ones that madeyou extra tired when you cried. I justwanted to nap all of a sudden.

“Aw, calm down,? Link said. “You don’t need to cry. Jeez, youcry like every five minutes now.?

“I can’t help it,? I said and I began to bawl.

“Quit being a baby,? Link scolded and he walked over tome.

Seeing as my hormones were all out of whack, I suddenly gotangry and punched Link in the face. Thus, his nose started to bleed again.

“Hey, what did you do that for?? he pleaded as he held hisnose and tried to stop the bleeding.

“Oh my God,? I said and I started to cry and hug him. “Link, I am so sorry. I’m such a terrible person. Oh, I deserve to die!?

This was a terrible mess, my reader, and if anyone had jumpeddown the hole and saw that scene, they would think all of us were nuts. I mean, there was a mentally unstableteenager, a weird asshole in a floppy, green hat with a bleeding nose, a ballof glowing stuff floating around, a damn shrew thing with a long tail, and acow in a hole.

Navi shot down the hole and started to yell at both of us toget out acts together. There was a lotof silence after Navi had pierced our eardrums with her sharp voice. A small moo broke the silence and the cowpicked up another patch of grass and started to chew loudly, smacking its lips.

“C’mon Ash, let’s go,? Link said after a short pause. I wiped my eyes and followed him. For some reason, the sunlight that leakedthrough the opening lifted Link up and he ended up above ground. I motioned Lux to get on my shoulder and oncehe was secure I walked into the light. Ifelt a small lift and watched the cow eat as I went up. The cow was completely oblivious to everything.

I landed right outside of the hole and Link was standingthere with one hand on his hip.

“Can we go see that fairy now?? he asked.

I nodded as Max flew out of the hole and shouted,“Hurry! I want to see the Great Fairy!?

“Why’s that?? I asked.

Navi made a weird tinkle sound and snapped, “I know why. Max, you’re a sick freak.?

I looked at Link with a confused expression on my face and hejust shrugged and started to walk towards the mountain so I started to followas well. Lux jumped off my shoulder andwalked alongside Zucchini as the two fairies quarreled about something. All I heard was something about big hootersand then I subconsciously left the conversation.

Suddenly, a huge, flaming boulder landed right besideme. When it landed, there was a big boomand the ground shook a bit. Link lookedover with a shocked look and then we heard some whistling above. I looked up and saw tons of flaming rocks fallingfrom the sky.

“Holy shit!? I shouted and I grabbed Lux and started to sprint. Zucchini and Link followed both of us andNavi and Max flew in front of me. At theend of the path was a wall of thick vines and a small overhang that we couldget under. We rushed towards this andgot under it.

The overhang was made from the mountain so it was fairlysturdy. Some of the flaming rocks hitthe overhang, but it held up. We watchedpatiently for the rocks to stop falling. I was expecting maybe some lava to spew out of the volcano in themountain, but I guess it just liked to spew annoying, flaming rocks.

It was about a minute and the rock storm stopped. I peeked my head out from under the overhangand saw a clear sky above. The coastseemed to be clear, so all of us got out from underneath the overhang. I touched the vines on the wall to check howsturdy they were and found them to be fairly strong.

Skulltulas were climbing all up on the vines, so I took outmy slingshot and started to fire pebbles at them. The pebbles must have really hurt becausethey fell straight to the ground and shriveled up. The wall seemed to be clear, so Link and Idecided to climb it.

The vines would actually rather dry, which wassurprising. Usually, dry vines wouldhave cracked and broke right in our hands. I mean, I came across some vines that fell apart in my palms, but I justwiped the brown vine dust off my hands and continued forward. The wall was rather long, but we successfullyscaled it.

Zucchini was the only one that couldn’t climb the wall, soLink reach in his pocket and got his Pokeball. He told Zucchini to return and the red laser shot out of the Pokeballand engulfed Zucchini. The laserreturned into the ball and Link decided to keep Zucchini inside it for the timebeing. It was rather hard for Zucchinito follow us around seeing that he had no arms and was rather big. Zucchini was great with sword fights however,seeing as he had blades for arms.

There were two openings at this flat ground close to themountain’s peak. One led to the insideof the volcano and the other was totally black. Max flew straight into the dark entrance so we rushed after him. His glowing, orange body provided us withsome guidance as to where we were going.

The dirt path beneath our feet turned into stone for ourfootsteps echoed quite loudly with each step we took. I wasn’t aware of a small step that was aheadof us, so I fell onto the cold and rather wet stone floor. Light suddenly flooded the room when I madecontact with the floor. I got up and sawthat the walls had waterfalls on them and tiny pink and blue lights caused thewaterfalls to be a different color. Ahead of us was a small pool made of stone with crystal clear water init.

The stone path continued forward, but on the side of thispath was this pure, white sand that looked like sugar. I knew it wasn’t sugar however because whenmy face met the stone path, some sand on this path went into my mouth. A bit farther up this path was a small stepand, since Link and I could see now, we were able to step up without trippingover. Beside each of us was a smallpillar made of white stone which held at the tip a reddish orange flame.

I looked at my feet and saw a Triforce etched in gold on thefloor. I looked at Link, who started totake out his ocarina and stopped him.

“Let me try to play this thing,? I said. Back at the fortress, I must have playedSaria’s Song right, so I wanted to take a stab at Zelda’s Lullaby. When I got out my ocarina, Max rushed closeto the middle of the fountain and waited patiently. His little ball body was shaking and itseemed like he was nervous.

I put the ocarina up to my lips and started to play Zelda’sLullaby. It basically had two of thesame notes that Saria’s Song, but my only issue was finding the middlenote. I fiddled around with it for abouttwo minutes until I found the definite note. The sound coming from my ocarina was pretty disgusting, but as long as Iplayed the damn lullaby, something good would happen. It wasn’t quality that counted in thatsituation…or at least that is what I thought.

The reason I thought wrong was because this disfigured womanpopped out of the fountain. Her head wasshaped like a pear and her jaw appeared to be broken because it was stuck tothe left side of her face. Her eyes werealso rather lopsided and she had legs for arms and arms for legs, but she hadno torso at all, so I was confused to whether she actually had leg-arms andarm-legs.

“Oh my, God!? Max yelled and he flew behind my head.

“I played the song right,? I said and I held the ocarina upto my face. “I bet this thing really isa potato. Saria gave me a goddamnpotato!?

“Here, let me play it,? Link said and he grabbed the ocarinafrom my hands. He began to play thelullaby and from my ocarina came a very nice, soft sound. I rolled my eyes as he finished.

The disfigured fairy suddenly turned into an orange light andall of a sudden a rather big woman was revealed and man she had the mostannoying laugh in the world. She hadterrible red colored hair, a mole thing, hooker-red lipstick and horrible eyeshadow, long plastic nails, bushy red eye brows, and, to top it all off, shewas wearing thin vines for clothes. However, I will admit, I really didn’t pay much attention to her detailthe first time I met her because protruding from her vines were these mammothsized chesticles.

“Thank you, dear boy, for saving me after that girl playedthat disgusting song,? the fairy said.

“Boobs,? I said, but then I quickly realized what just cameout of my mouth and I said quickly, “-uh, I mean, um, oops. I’m sorry that I played the wrong norks-orwell, I mean notes…?

“I forgive you, young girl,? the fairy said kindly.

“I am sorry too for Ash here is a big rack-er I mean, wreckat the moment,? Link said.

“Yeah, I have had a couple of yahoos-or wait I mean issueslately,? I said quietly. “That’s why myspeech is all in jubblies-wait my speech is all in jumbles.?

Something was wrong with my speech. I kept saying things that I didn’t mean tosay and I had no idea why, but subconsciously my mind was replacing words withslang words for breasts. I didn’t get itat all.

“You’re fine, children,? the fairy said. “Now, I am the Great Fairy of Death Mountainand I am here to offer you some of my magic. It’s not much, but it will aid you.?

“That sounds pretty boobies-or wait, I mean groovy,? I saidand I did a little peace sign with my hand. I knew that the Great Fairy probably didn’t know what groovy meant orwhat a peace sign was, but I had to find some way to cover up my bad language.

“Well, my young heroes, I will let you receive my powersnow,? the Great Fairy said and she stretched out her arms and then her legs,which I would have to say that the lower part of her torso was not covered byvines very well.

“Are you panty hamster-er I mean, uh, pretty damn sure thatyou want to give us your magic?? I asked.

“Yeah, are you sure you want to give us your mud flaps-orrather your magic…uh stuff?? Link said.

“Yes children, now close your eyes,? the Great Fairy said.

I shut my eyes tight because I didn’t want to see much moreof this fairy lady. Thankfully, sinceshe was called the Great Fairy, she must’ve been the only one in Hyrule, so wewouldn’t have to see her much more. Ifelt myself be lifted off the ground for a couple of seconds, but my feetsafely returned to the stone floor.

“Now children, take out your swords and focus all of yourpower being in your blade,? the Great Fairy said. “Once you feel that all of your power is inthat blade, spin around and magic will do its worst to your enemies.?

Link and I walked towards the middle and onto the sand to tryout our new power. It took me a coupletries to get all of my focus together and actually get the magic to come out ofmy blade, but it worked. Link had aharder time concentrating and he was still trying it when I went back to theGreat Fairy.

“Why is the boy having trouble?? the Great Fairy asked.

“Ah, he’s just having trouble with his headlights-or, um, Imean he’s having trouble with his head, um, the inside of his head…where uh,people…think,? I said slowly. “See wehumans think with our heads. He just hasto work on his sweater muffins. Orwait! I mean his focus spins…?

There was an awkward pause between me and the Great Fairy soI said, “Hey Link, we can work on that later. How about we speak with the Great Fairy here, so we aren’t nudechests-er rude guests I mean.?

Link looked a bit disappointed so I said, “The trick to usingthat power is using your flapdoodles, or your noodle is what I meant to say.?

“Well, whatever,? Link said all gloomy like. “We should probably schlobes, or well…go.?

“Yes, you look tired my children,? the Great Fairy said. “Go and get some rest, okay? You look awfully tired.?

“Yeah, we need to go find dairy pillows,? I said, but I quicklyrebounded, “I mean fluffy pillows. So wecan lay our heads on them so we can count some bearded clams-er I mean, wecould count free range lambs.?

“Yes, that’s what we humans do when we go to sleep,? Linksaid. “It helps us get to sleep fasterand all.?

“Well, do enjoy yourselves and remember, don’t let us down,?the Great Fairy said.

“We’ll make you monkey mound,? Link said.

“Yes, very proud,? I said to cover up Link’s slip.

Link and I turned around and started to walk down the pathwhen the Great Fairy said, “Oh by the way, I have a couple of sisters allaround Hyrule that want to help you two. I can’t tell you where all of them are exactly, but I know that onelives right by Hyrule castle. She alwaysloved that royal atmosphere.?

“There’s more of you!? Max shouted with glee. I had completely forgotten about Max who hadbeen floating in one place; staring at the Great Fairy.

“Why yes,? the Great Fairy said. “They each have things to offer to youheroes.?

“Thanks for telling us,? I said enthused, but I waseverything but enthused. Hopefully hersister weren’t as ‘developed’ as she was. “Let’s go Max.?

Max flew quickly to me and was shaking with excitement. “More Great Fairies means more funbags forMax,? I heard Navi whisper. She seemed abit pissed off, but I would be too.

We were almost to off of the stone path and onto the dirtpath when Link turned around and said, “Thank you for the big, fantasticwopbopaloobops!?

I sighed loudly as Link tried to find a word that could coverthat slip up. “Uh, thanks for thebig…uh, well…thanks for…um…er…things.?

I grabbed Link by the shoulder and dragged him out before theGreat Fairy used some of her powers on our asses.



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Posted 30 June 2010 - 09:49 AM

Chapter12

Flooding the

Domain



I had had enough.

I had enough with water, ocarinas, boob fairies, princesses,rules, missions, swords, and assholes. But what I was the most done with was water.

‘But Ash, the place you left us off at was at the top ofDeath Mountain,’ you might be whining you damn reader. Well, I’ve had enough of you too! While I was desperately holding onto a rubberduck floater whilst rushing down the river in Hyrule you are sitting in bed oron a couch, completely dry and happy; laughing at my misfortune.

So, reader, if you want to complain well I’m the one tellingthe damn story. If I decide to hop fromone scene to a year later, I could do that. However I am not that mean, so I will tell you what happened betweenDeath Mountain and the whole floating down a rapid river with a rubber duckyfloater.



After the whole Boob Fairy happened, Link and I decided tohead for this place called Zora River. We had no idea where this river was, so we went and talked toDarunia. Luckily for me, I wasn’t thereafter Link had defeated the evil in Dodongo’s Cavern, but if I was I probablywould’ve gotten my guts hugged out by the big, rock like Goron. Link, however, was a sworn brother orsomething, so he got a huge hug which looked rather painful.

“What can I do for my Sworn Brother and his lady?? Daruniaasked. He seemed a lot more cheerfulthan he was the last time I saw him.

“Do you know anything about the Zoras and the Zora River??Link asked.

“Ooh la la, you must be thinking about getting engaged toyour lady here,? Darunia said and he put his arm around me. “Link’s a fine, young man. He’d be a great husband. I know that if I had a daughter right now,I’d marry her off to Link in a wink.?

“Get away from me,? I said through my teeth. I wanted nothing to do with Link.

Darunia looked at me and said, “Quite the rude one you havehere. Anyway, the Zoras are an aquaticrace and they are also rather protective and territorial. But I wouldn’t blame them, seeing that everycouple would like to go and steal their treasure.?

“What makes you think that I’m going to propose to Ash bygoing to Zora’s River?? Link askedquickly.

“The King of the Zoras has this sapphire and it is suppose tobe rare,? Darunia said. “That stone isthe most wanted stone in Hyrule only for the fact that it’s said to magicallybond two individuals together as husband and wife.?

“Aw, that’s bull crap,? I said.

“Oh, no it isn’t,? Darunia said, shaking his head at me. “I have had many Gorons go and try to fetchthe sapphire for their lovers, but they never came back successful. All Gorons sink in water though, so you mighthave an advantage my boy.?

“So how do we get it?? Link asked.

“Well, I’d take you and your lady to King Zora,? Daruniasaid. “He lives in Zora’s Domain.?

“Where’s that?? I asked. I didn’t get the whole engagement stone thing, but Link and I needed toget that stone, so if I had to pretend to be in love with that jerk, it had tohappen.

“Zora’s Domain is behind this raging waterfall called theSleepless Waterfall. I have heard thatit takes a special song to make the waterfall calm down enough for someone toenter the domain. To get the waterfall,you will need to go left after leaving Kakariko Village?

I wasn’t sure what song that was exactly, but I took a guesson Zelda’s Lullaby, seeing as it opened a lot of stuff for Link and Ianyway. I just wasn’t sure about thisdomain and all. I cringed at the idea ofacting like I really liked Link. Iglanced at him for one second and looked at his dirty hands. I looked at mine, which were a bit dirty, butLink’s just looked disgusting.

“Thank you, Darunia,? Link said and he looked at me andsmiled. “My lady and I were very curiousto where we could find these Zoras and you provided us with the answers that weneeded.?

“Anything for my Sworn Brother,? Darunia said, but then helooked at me and said, “and of course for my Sworn Sister-in-Law.?

I gave him a nervous smile and looked at Link who held outhis elbow and said, “Let us go, my love.?

I wrapped my arm around his elbow and he led me out. Once we had gotten out of Darunia’s throneroom, I jerked my arm away from Link.

“Alright you asshole,? I snapped, “we’re not doing this-thislove thing for very long.?

Link smiled and said all sexy like, “You know you want me.?

I assumed that he was teasing for he had a cheesy look on hisface and he did that thing with his eye brows where he raised them up anddown. I pulled his floppy hat down overhis face and continued on.

“Aw, c’mon Ash, being with me isn’t that bad,? Link saidchasing after me. “I’m sure there are alot of girls that would like to be in your shoes right now.?

I stopped abruptly and glared at Link. “Oh yes, because I forgot that I am gracedevery waking moment by your presence, right??

“Well, since you put it that way…? Link said in a sly tone. I just sighed angrily and walked off. “Oh c’mon now Ash,? Link shouted. “I was just kidding.?

I turned around and looked at Link who was standing therewith his shoulders slouched. I actuallyfelt a little bad for the kid, so I walked over to him. “Link, I’ll pretend to be in love with you,?I mumbled. Link’s face lit up, so Iadded, “But once this is over with, there is no more love between you and I,got it??

Link had a confused look on his face, but he nodded. I looked at him straight in the eyes for acouple seconds so he would know I meant business. I quickly jerked my head away from him andstarted to walk.

“Now let’s go,? I said harshly. “We have to get to that domain before a cutercouple gets there.?

Link ran up behind me and grabbed my hand, interlacing hisfingers with mine. I just shoved the kidand he fell on the dirty path down Death Mountain.

“Don’t press your luck,? I said as I stood over him.

“Rai,? Lux said and he slapped Link in the face with histail.

I smiled at Lux who grinned back at me. We started to walk away as Link brushedhimself off. He got back up and joggedto catch up with us. It was quitepathetic in my opinion, so I decided not to tease him anymore. I let him catch up, but I kept my handsbehind my back. We didn’t need topretend to be a happy couple until we got to the domain.

We passed through Kakariko Village as quickly as we could sothat we wouldn’t have to listen to the old man yell about his workersagain. We came to the stairs at the exitand began to walk down them. Our horseswere resting on the grass, underneath the cool shade of the tree.

We mounted our horses and rode across a small bridge. After crossing the bridge, we followed asmall river to the left. There was asmall opening not too far off from that, but our horses could not cross theriver. There was a small cliff not toofar from us that overlooked the stairs to Kakariko Village, so we tied ourhorses to the fence.

We had to cross the river ourselves to get to the other side,so we approached the water. Link wentright in and crossed over nicely. Ididn’t really know how to swim, so I just stood there like an idiot.

“What’s the matter?? Link called from across the river.

“Oh, nothing,? I said and I put my foot in the water. Thewater soaked through my tough, leather boot and my feet started to getwet. The river’s flow wasn’t too bad,but I could feel it against my feet. Back at home, there were these rides at water parks called lazy riversand that was always my favorite part. The water in those rides weren’t as deep as this river was, so I wasnervous about crossing. There were noinner tubes in Hyrule, or at least there weren’t to my knowledge, so I wasscrewed to that part.

“Well, what are you waiting for then?? Link asked.

I stared at the water as my boot became wetter. I knew I had to go, so I basically jumped inthe river. The current made me panic forI started to float down the river, but I did that whole doggie paddle thing andI was able to get to the other side. When I got close to the shore, I grabbed ontothe grass and dug my fingers into the ground. I used the grass and the mud to pull myself up out of the river. While I was doing this, Link just sat thereand watched instead of helping me.

I climbed out of the water like a slug and left a trail ofwater behind me for my clothes were soaked. I got off of my hands and knees and stood up straight. The only thing dry on me was my hat, which Imade sure I kept dry since Max was sleeping inside. I faced Link and then turned around to seeLux swimming. He was able to stay strongagainst the current and he eventually made it over. Once he was jumped out of the water, he shooklike a dog and splashed water all over Link and I.

After Lux and I caught our breath, we all headedforward. Around the river’s bend, therewere two pillars that seemed to serve as a gate, but the gate was made of threebrown rocks. I looked over at Link whohad already started to light up a bomb. I grabbed Lux and walked back a little bit as Link threw the bomb. I covered my eyes from the intense explosionof the bomb.

When I uncovered my eyes, I saw the rocks broken and itschunks on the ground. Behind those rockswas a clear path and oddly enough, there were two chickens just walking aroundtowards a corner. We walked over therock chunks and walked past the pillars. The chickens were making their noise and just hopping around like Linkand I didn’t exist.

I looked at the river, which was flowing a bit faster than itwas out at Hyrule Field. “How do we getpassed this?? I asked and I looked at Link who was also staring at the river. He had a blank, defeated expression on hisface.

“Eeeh, you need to get across?? a voice said.

I turned my head towards the direction this voice was comingfrom and saw a rather fat, bulging man sitting on a fairly tattered oldblanket. In between his corpulent legswere what seemed like a bag of potato chips and he was grinding whatever was inthere into dust of flavor and he was swallowing them. This was all, reader, at a fast pace.

“Uh, yes sir, we do,? I responded, which caught Link’sattention so he turned to see this man.

“I’ll tell you a secret if you buy one of my seeds here,? theman said lazily. “Actually, you two lookyoung, so I’ll give you a seed for free.?

“Uh, no thank you,? Link said. “Can we just give you money for the secretand all??

“Eeeh?? the man said rather harshly. “You two don’t know what you’re missinghere. You’re the same as that green manand his girlfriend.?

“Green man and his girlfriend?? I said. “What are you talking about??

The man burped a loud, bubbly sounding burp and said, “Well,there was this couple. The man had agreen hue as his skin and the lady was especially skinny and her skin wasreally tan. She had this hooked nosetoo. I thought she was veryunattractive. I wouldn’t court thatwitch for one billion rupees.?

“Mmhmm,? Link said. This fat guy complained a lot for someone who was sitting by a quiet,peaceful river. “Anyway, can you tell ushow to get across this river please??

“Well, wait a damn minute,? the guy said right before heshoved more of his snacks in his mouth. “I want you two to have one of my seeds here.?

We watched as the man reach into his bag and handed Link apod. In this pod were three seeds, oneblue, one red, and one yellow. I pokedthe exposed seeds and they felt very hard. The pod surrounding them was green and squishy.

“What do we do with these?? I asked. I was confused on what the seeds didexactly. I picked up the red seed andwas getting ready to eat it, but the fat man shrieked before the seed eventouched my lips.

“Don’t eat them!? he thundered. “Put it back in the pod!?

I quickly put the seed back in its original spot and turnedto the fat guy. “But, you’re eating themtoo, aren’t you?? I shouted.

“Why yes, but they’re my seeds, aren’t they?? the guyyelled. “I can do whatever I want withthem. Your seeds were just a small giftand I don’t want you to abuse them.?

“Then what the hell do we do with them then?? I snapped.

The fat guy lifted his bulging arms, which wobbled when hemoved. His sausage like pointer fingerpointed at a light brown plot of dirt. Link and I walked toward it and noticed that it had a small hole in thecenter.

“Drop the pod in the hole, lad,? the guy said. Link followed the vague instruction andtossed the pod, seeds and all, into the small hole. We watched intently, waiting for something tohappen.

“What now?? I asked.

“Shut up, you annoying little shit!? the fat guybellowed. “Give it a couple seconds.?

I was about to snap back with a shrewd remark, but there wasthis sudden noise coming from the dirt. Some of the dirt particles moved around, as if something was rumblingthem from below. Suddenly, a small, cutesound filled the air and a tiny sprout appeared from the earth. It was a light green color and looked like apig’s tail protruding from the earth.

“Now what?? I asked cautiously.

“Nothing,? the fat guy said, “that’s it for right now.?

“What do you mean ‘right now?? I asked harshly.

“Well, this plant needs to grow,? the guy said. “You can’t just expect a plant to just growin a few seconds.?

“It sure sprouted in a few seconds,? I snapped. “Anyway, why didn’t you just plant the damnthing yourself, so you wouldn’t have wasted anyone’s time??

The guy popped another pod into his mouth and chewedaudibly. “I was just too lazy to getup. It’s hard for a fat guy to walk, youknow.?

“Oh, whatever,? I said. “Now, can you tell us how to get across this damn river??

“Oh yeah, I almost forgot,? the guy said. Once again, he raised his flabby arm and usedhis meat finger to point Link and I to a right direction. He pointed at the two chickens that werecarelessly pecking at the ground. “Thosechickens there,? he continued, “just pick ‘em up and lay them on yourheads. Just hop off this ledge here andthey should fly ya across.?

Really? I thought. Ididn’t say anything out loud because I knew I would just cause more trouble ifI spoke my mind. I just walked over tothe chickens with Link and, to my surprise; the little things actually let uspick them up.

As I lifted one over my head, it started to pick gently at mybangs that were poking out of my floppy hat. I looked down at Lux who was watching the chicken. It looked like he was terribly jealous. He put his nose in the air and jumped to theother side of river.

“Rai,? he said impatiently.

Link looked at me, puzzled with Lux’s tone and I justshrugged my shoulders. I was the firstto take the jump over to the other side. The chicken flapped its wings furiously to get me over. Once I felt my boots touch the soft, mushygrass of the other side, I sighed with relief. Then, to make Lux happy, I threw the chicken and it flew itself overback to where it was.

Seeing me succeed, Link jumped right off the ledge withabsolute confidence. The chickenedcarried him over with a little more stress than my chicken, because Link washeavier, but only by a small bit. Oncehe got over, he gently sat the chicken down and looked at me.

“So, I’m assuming that Ganondorf already beat us to thesapphire,? Link said and he began to walk, so I followed.

“Well, it seems like it,? I said as we hopped over anothergap. In the middle of this valley, theriver branched off. There was a smallpond in the middle with stones that created a safe path for Link and I, so thatwe didn’t have to go into the water.

After a couple of steps, we came to a bridge that seemedrather sturdy. Below us was this purple,raison looking creature that tried to desperately throw rocks at us from itstube like mouth. It was too far downthere though, so Link and I were rock free.

After crossing the bridge, we came upon this beautifularea. A waterfall was the source of theflowing river behind us. This area’sland had been masterfully carved, creating a path from the earth that led us upto the waterfall. As we walked up, wefelt the cool, small sprinkles coming from the waterfall. It dampened my clothes a little bit, but notenough to get them soak and wet. Luxbegan to sneeze which I assumed was only because the small sprinkles were goingup his nose.

We got to the middle of the path and faced thewaterfall. The water was extremelythick, so we knew there was no way we could jump over and go through thewaterfall. However, below our feet was asquare slab which had the Triforce carved into it. Link took out his ocarina automatically andbegan to play Zelda’s Lullaby.

When he was finished, he removed the ocarina from his lipsand watched the waterfall intently. Nothing was happening and there was an awkward silence between him andI. However, the waterfall began to quietitself and the water flow wasn’t as intense. The atmosphere was a little bit quieter and the waterfall wasn’tspraying anymore. Only a small flow ofwater remained. Link looked at me with anice smile on his face.

“Shall we?? he asked and he held out his elbow, thinking Iwas going to wrap my arm around it.

“Uh, well, I will,? I said and I rolled my eyes and jumpedover. I felt a small, quick splash whenI crossed through the waterfall, but I reach solid ground. I turned to Link and Lux. Link had a defeated look on his face whileLux just looked upset. He must have beenbummed about having to cross through the waterfall for it seemed water was hisbiggest annoyance.

“Well, what are you two waiting for?? I asked and I took ofmy floppy hat and shook Max out of it so I could wring it out. Max fell straight to the ground however, andbegan to freak out.

“I can’t move!? he shouted. “Oh no, I can’t move. I’mdead! I’ve been killed! Nooooooo!?

I nudged him with the tip of my boot and he started to screamhis goddamn head off. When Link jumpedto my side, he almost jumped on Max and, of course, Max started to freak outagain.

I picked Max up by his small, veiny wings. “Why am I wet?? he shouted at me. “Fairies can’t fly when they’re wet.?

“Oh, shut up,? I said and I shoved the bugger back into myhat. I could feel him rolling around inmy hat; throwing a temper tantrum.

Lux finally had the courage to jump over. He hopped over with no problem, but shook allof the water off of his body, which sprayed Link and I.

“Oh, c’mon,? Link said.

I got over that event pretty quickly and walked into the ZoraDomain. Link must have not noticedbecause I heard him jog up behind me a couple of seconds later. I didn’t say anything to him about being slowbecause this place mesmerized me.

This place was full of water, which was understandable sincethe Zora race were aquatic fish people. I could see a three down below us on a small platform and they had theirlegs in the water as they sat and had a chat. The water was a crystal blue color and in the center was a beautiful andquiet waterfall. The domain wasbasically just a hollowed out mountain, much like Goron City was, but the watermade it more majestic.

I took in a breath of fresh air. It smelled peaceful which, unfortunatelyreader, I cannot describe to you. Thesmell of peace is a rather relaxing scent and, if you do come across it, Iwould just give you the advice to take it all in. That’s just what I did and all the stressseemed to melt from my body. All I couldhear was the waterfall and the only word that kept popping up in my head was‘paradise.’

However, one word pushed that word out of my head and it wasthe sharp bitching of the word, “Hey!?

I came back to Earth and saw Navi in my face. She was yelling hey over and over again so Ijust grabbed her two, small wings and screamed, “What??

The thing about screaming in a nice, peaceful place is thatwhat you say is amplified, especially in Zora’s Domain, for my shrill, heatedvoice bounced off the solid walls and spread throughout the place. I looked around awkwardly and saw the Zorasin the domain all looking at me.

“Uh, sorry,? I shouted. “Now, um, Navi…what did you want??

“Well, I was just going to say that maybe we should try tofind the king,? she said and I could feel her little ball body shaking becauseher wings were vibrating on my fingertips. “I mean, you know, Ganondorf might be around.?

“Um, yeah yeah, you’re right,? I said and I let go of herlittle wings. She rushed back intoLink’s hat and I could see it shaking at the end. I felt like shit, but I knew I had to shakeit off. The fat guy who gave us theuseless beans said that he saw someone that sounded like Ganondorf.

We followed the path in front of us and eventually reach somestairs. In front of those stairs was aZora man. He was tall and wore small,round glasses and he had his nose stuck in a list of some sort. He was rather tall and his scales were anocean green sort of color, rather than a light blue as most of the other Zoraswere.

Being tall, when I approached him I had to look up. “Um, excuse me,? I said.

The Zora moved his parchment from his face and lookedstraight ahead. He slowly moved his headdown to look at me once he realized I was fairly short.

“Oh, you two must be from the king,? the Zora said. “King Zora has been waiting for you two, butwe didn’t expect him to send us small midgets.?

“What?? I snapped. “The king sent us??

“Well the only way you can get in here is by playing theRoyal melody, which is only taught to the Royal Messengers,? the Zora saidsmartly. “I know that and I’m not evenHylian. We just assumed he’d send daringknights, not puny girls.? As he saidthis, he grabbed Link’s skinny arm and flopped it around.

“I’m not a girl,? he said, but his voice cracked a little, sohe had officially lost all manliness that he had.

“And this thing,? the Zora said and he began to reach forLux.

“Uh, don’t touch him,? I said and I pulled him away. The Zoras were aquatic and what I learned wasthat electricity and water didn’t go together. “Lux here has a short fuse and he definitely hates when people touchhim.?

“Well, pardon me then,? the Zora said sharply. “The King Zora is currently seeing a couplefrom the desert, but I think he will be okay if you two messengers droppedin.? The Zora turned around and began towalk up the stairs, so Link and I followed.

“Royal messengers,? Link whispered, “why would King Zora needthose??

“Something’s not right here,? I said. “Once we get up there, I’m sure your questionwill be answered. Just play along thatwe were sent here by the King of Hyrule, otherwise we might be in trouble.?

Once we reach the top of the stairs, we entered what seemedto be a throne room. In front of us wasa small pillar of which Ganondorf and a girl were standing on.

“Um, sire, excuse me,? the Zora said. “There are two Royal Messengers here. King Daphnes must have gotten your letter.?

The girl next to Ganondorf turned around, but Ganon himselfjust stood still. He knew it was Linkand I, but he didn’t want to create a scene. After all, he had to act as a gentleman to convince the Zora king thathe and that girl he was with were going to get married.

“Oh thank the Goddesses,? a voice said. The voice was rather deep and blubbery. “Mr. and Mrs. Dragmire, I am awfully sorry,but can you please move from the podium for a few minutes. I would like to speak to these two. Reginald, can you please set these twooutside while I speak with these messengers.?

“Yes sire,? the Zora said. He must have been the Reginald that the Zora king addressed.

Ganondorf and his fake fiancée stepped down from thepillar. Ganondorf’s eyes met mine andthey locked for a minute. After it gotuncomfortable to turn my head so we could stare at each other, I looked forwardand saw the Zora king.

The King of the Zoras was a very, very fat individual. He sat on his wall thing and it looked likehis blubber was melting down the walls. His small, skimpy legs were dangling on the edge and he had small,nubbly arms.

Link and I walked up to the podium and I just stared athim. It was amazing to see an obese fishthing because, looking at the other Zoras, they seemed extremely fit. This dude was a goddamn train wreck.

“I am so thankful that King Daphnes has sent you,? the Zoraking said. “My daughter has been missingfor two days now and I don’t know what to do.?

“Your daughter?? Link asked.

Who would want to reproduce with this guy? I thought and theKing began to cough. This fat asswouldn’t stop coughing and it looked like he coughed up a lung orsomething. However he actually coughedup a small fish which flopped away with the flow of the water.

“Excuse me,? King Zora said. “Anyway, yes. My daughter ismissing. She took off when I told herthat I thought I found a suitable couple to receive the Zora Sapphire. It’s one of the most wanted engagement stonesin Hyrule.?

“Ooh la la,? I said suddenly and in a cute voice. “Well, this boy and I, we’re looking to get marriedsoon.?

King Zora suddenly looked disappointed and said, “So you’renot messengers for the King of Hyrule then??

“Oh, well I am,? Link said quickly. “This is just my fiancée. It’s, uh-“

“Take your beautiful fiancée to work day,? I spouted. I wrapped my arm around Link’s elbow and puton a cute, girly smile. However, it waskilling me on the inside.

“Oh, I wasn’t aware,? King Zora said awkwardly. “I will tell you what, young sir. If you find my daughter and return her safelyto me, I shall give you the engagement stone. The couple that would’ve received it will be apologized to, but if youfind my daughter, I will be forever grateful and I will give you the stone.?

“Why thank you, sire,? Link said and he bowed. “My fiancée and I are grateful. I will try my best to find your daughter.?

“I would check for my daughter to be somewhere here in thedomain, back in the area behind me, or down at Lake Hylia. There’s an entrance to the lake right here inthe domain under the water. To use theentrance under the water, I will need to give you a silver scale. It will help you dive deeper in the water.?

“How?? I asked.

King Zora took out the silver scale. The scale was surrounded by a blue aura andthe scale itself was a white color, like the scale of a Zora. However, it was shinier than a Zora scale,which was how it got its silver name.

“This scale has some magical power around it,? said KingZora. “This power grants humans theability to dive deeper, and hold their breath under water a bit longer.?

“Cool,? I said. Backat home, I always loved to swim. I lovedthe cool rush water gave you when you jumped into a pool during thesummer. I wouldn’t mind taking a swim,so I decided to suggest to Link later that we should both split up and I wouldtake the scale to Lake Hylia and leave Lux with him. It would be fun to swim around, but I wouldstill look for King Zora’s daughter of course.

King Zora handed the silver scale to a Zora guard and thatguard handed it to Link. He put it inhis pocket and thanked King Zora.

“We won’t let you down,? Link said all heroically. “Come now, dear, let us part.? Link grabbed my hand and led me carefullydown the small stairs that led off the podium. Reginald led us down the flight of stairs and back to the main floor ofthe domain. At the bottom stoodGanondorf and his girl, who looked like the generic guards he had runningaround at the fortress. She was standingthere with a depressed look on his face and Ganondorf looked rather pissedoff. He had his arms crossed and he waslooking at the ground, but once he was aware that Link and I were walking downthe stairs, his eye sight shot up to the two of us. He curled his lip and stared at us intently,probably waiting for one of us to trip or something.

“You two may return to the throne room,? Reginald said.

“About damn time,? Ganondorf snapped. “We’ve been waiting forever.?

Reginald put on an annoyed expression, but said nothing. Heprobably didn’t want to start anything with the young, bitchy couples that cameto the domain every day, just so they could get some dumb engagement stonething.

Ganondorf and his girl started to go up the stairs and Linkand I began to leave.

“Good luck, children,? Reginald said and he was waving.

“Thank you,? Link said.

After we had gotten a little bit farther, I ended up wigglingmy hand free from his. He held on tightfor some reason, so it took a bit of a fight.

“So, can I go to the lake?? I asked after a couple ofseconds.

“By yourself?? Link asked.

“Yeah,? I said. “Imean, I can take that scale and-“

“Uh, I want the scale,? Link said.

“But why?? I whined.

“Because, I don’t know what kind of water I will get intodown here. I mean, it’s only a quickhorse ride across Hyrule without the scale. I might have to do some serious diving in that fountain thing behindKing Zora. That’s where the water forSleepless Waterfall comes from and, seeing as the river is fast, there might betons of water up there.?

“There might be,? I said, “but Lake Hylia is a lake. That means there will definitely be tons ofwater there, so I should get the scale by default.?

“No,? Link said sternly. “I’m sure you’ll be fine without it.?

I stared at him with a mean face on, but I knew I wasdefeated. After a couple of intensestaring seconds, I turned around and said, “Well, can you take care ofLux? I don’t think he’ll want to go to alake. I mean, he hates water.?

“But it’s everywhere!? Link shouted.

“Yeah yeah yeah,? I said and I walked away looking as badassas I could look.





It was an annoying, long journey to Lake Hylia. Those raison looking things shot rocks at me thewhole way down the river path. I endedup falling in and had to just follow the flow of the river because I wasn’table to grab onto any piece of land. After that adventure, I was able to get back to my horse and ride overto the lake. Of course there were theseorange, pineapple looking things that had to try and cut me up with their buttblade things, but I did make it to the lake and that was all that mattered.

Lake Hylia was actually pretty big and in the middle was asmall island with a big tree. There wasa little scarecrow garden to the left and a small house to the right. I walked towards the shore area and took myfoot out of my boot. I took off my sockand dipped my big toe in the cool, blue lake water. It felt peaceful and I was about to soak mywhole foot in the water when an annoying voice broke the silence.

“’ey, ‘ey you, with the ugly green clothes,? this voiceshouted. “Get over ‘ere.?

I turned around to see two scarecrows in the garden rustlingaround. I wasn’t sure which one wasyelling, but I put my sock and boot back on and walked over to the two. They moved around faster as I started to getcloser.

“She’s coming over here Steve,? the one of the leftsaid. That scarecrow’s voice wasterribly annoying. “She can hear us.?

“Well yeah, Larry,? Steve said. “Everyone can hear us.? His voice was a bit deeper and not as sharp,but it was still annoying.

“You shouldn’t have said that her clothes were ugly,? Larrysaid. “Girls are very mean when it comesto their look. She gonna burn us.?

“I’m not going to burn you,? I said.

“Holy smokes, she can speak!? Larry said and he began toshake even more.

“Well yeah, you dumb face, she’s a human,? Steve said. “You would expect a human to speak a helluvalot more than you would expect a scarecrow to speak.?

“I didn’t know!? Larry shouted.

“It’s okay Larry, you can calm down,? I said.

“Oh my God, she knows my name!? Larry shouted. “She can read our minds. Quick Steve, don’t think of anything.?

A couple of awkward seconds passed by as Larry shut his eyes,but then he yelled at the top of his lungs, “I can’t do it! We’re dead. Both of us!?

“Sorry about him,? Steve said and I looked at him. “Larry hasn’t been the same since this giantguay stole a small piece of his arm.?

“What’s a guay?? I asked.

“Look above that house,? Steve said. “Those black birds up there are guays. One day, out of nowhere, this gigantic onecame out of the sky and took off some of Larry’s arm here. Look, it’s just a little stub now.?

“No, don’t show her,? Larry yelled, “it’s embarrassing.? Larry then stuck out his arms in a way toprotect himself, but then he realized that he exposed his stubby arm. It looked like the small nub tail that thesedogs back at home had.

“But, aren’t you guys supposed to scare the guays away fromthis garden?? I asked.

“Yeah,? Steve said. “It’s an easy job, but there are some injuries involved. I had one of my eyes pecked out two yearsago. I mean, it was a good view, ‘causeI got to see where my eyeball went. Iwas stuck in a nest for a couple ‘o weeks, then one of them baby guays finallyat my eyeball.?

“Well, Steve,? I said, “this might be a bad time and I’msorry if I don’t seem concerned, but I’m searching for someone.?

“We see a lot of people here,? Steve said. “Who are you lookin’ for??

“She’s the Princess of the Zora race,? I said. “I don’t know her name or what she lookslike, but I really need to find her.?

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,? Steve said. “Sorry though.?

“Steve, it’s talking to me again!? Larry shouted. “The radish is talking to me again! What do Ido?!??

“My father will have you executed for this,? I heard astrident voice say.

I looked over and saw a blue and white head protruding fromthe earth. It was the head of a Zora andby the sound of its voice, it was a girl. I walked over to it and the face stared at me for a second, but then themouth on that head went nuts.

“I command you, by the royal decree, that you get me awayfrom these straw bodied killers,? the Zora yelled. “Afterwards, I demand that you burn these twofor burying royalty.?

“Are you the Zora princess thing?? I asked.

“My name is Princess Ruto and yes, I am the princess of theZoras,? the head said. “Now, get me fromthis place at once.?

“Yeah, hold on,? I said.

“You shall call me Princess,? she shouted.

I got angry and snapped, “Well you can quit yelling in myear.

“Yeah, quit yelling in ‘er ear,? Steve said.

“Why is everyone shouting!? Larry shouted out loud and hepulled his straw hat over his eyes and whimpered in fear.

“I demand that you get me out of here at once,? Ruto yelledat me. “I want to see my father so I cantell him of your terrible acts.?

“Well, do you want me to just leave you here then?? Iasked.

“No,? Ruto said and she put on a pouty face.

“Alright then, let’s get you out,? I said and I got on myhands and knees and started to move the dirt away from her head. She must not have been there for very longbecause the dirt felt fresh and easy to move. I wasn’t quite sure who buried her, but if the two scarecrows did then Ihad no idea how they were able to do so.

“Hurry up,? Ruto shouted. “This place is so disgusting and I just want to get back home.?

“Oh, be quiet,? Steve snapped. “Maybe if you wouldn’t have been so rude, wewouldn’t have buried you under there.?

“What!? Larry shouted. “You told me she was a radish that needed to be replanted. I didn’t know she was a living being! Now I feel terrible.?

I was able to get Ruto’s arms out from under the dirt. I began to pull on them and she actuallybegan to slide out fairly easily. AfterI was able to get most off her body out, she pushed me away and pulled herselfup from the earth. She brushed herselfoff and then put her hand on her hip.

“Thank you,? she muttered under her breath.

“You’re welcome,? I said and then added: “Your father wasreally worried about you.?

“Humph, don’t speak of my father,? Ruto said. “He is thinking that he will take my mother’sengagement stone and give it to some random couple in Hyrule that think they’refit enough to receive the precious stone. Ever since my mom passed and he married that new lady, he’s forgottenhow special my mother use to be to him.?

“Look,? I said, “I’m not here to listen to your sobstories. We need to get you back toZora’s Domain. Your father has everyonelooking for you.?

Ruto had an annoyed expression on her face and said, “Well,you’re not going to get me to follow you.?

“C’mon, just help me out here,? I said.

“Well, I’ll tell you what,? Ruto said. “You can get me to the domain, but I am notmoving from this spot.? Ruto then satdown and crossed her arms. “You won’t getme to walk or budge or anything.?

Where’s Link when I need him? I thought. The only option I had was to pick this girlup and carry her all across Hyrule, which also meant that I needed take thereins of my horse and have him follow, too. I stretched out my arms rather quickly and picked the princess up.

“What are you doing?? she shouted and she began to flail around.

“I’m doing just as you said I could do,? I snapped. “You said that I could take you back, but youwould not move from that spot yourself. Therefore I have to pick you up and carry you all the way there. Now, do as you said and cooperate.?

She quit flailing around and sat still. I was able to get her to sit right on the topof my head so she wouldn’t cause any discomfort to me. She wasn’t as heavy as I thought she wouldbe, which was a plus.

Now reader, I would like to spare you of the rather longdetails of how this all worked out, because it was a long, tedious job and thesun was going down as I reach the Zora River. I can say that I was able to get Lightning safely back to where Eponawas and that Princess Ruto was also safely back to the entrance to the ZoraDomain.

I just forgot one thing…

To get in, I had to play the ocarina, which was no big dealreally. Zelda’s Lullaby wasn’t all thathard, but the problem was getting for it to sound decent. I played Zelda’s Lullaby in front of thiswaterfall, but for about ten seconds nothing happened.

“Wow, you’re horrible at that thing,? Ruto said smartly.

“Oh, shut up,? I snapped back and I put the ocarina back tomy lips for the waterfall was not slowing down.

Then the unthinkable happened. The waterfall began to flow much more quicklyand a burst of water pelted Ruto and I. All I was aware of was that I was quickly being rushed down a river andbeside me were a bunch of Zoras from the domain. I grabbed on to a random rubber ducky floatythat went by and hung on for dear life.



Getting the Spiritual Stone of Water was going to be a bitharder than I expected…






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