Disclaimer: I do not own Zelda in any way. Also, the Carolyn in this story is NOT related to the Carolyn from my neopets fic, nor are they the same person.
The two guards stood in front of the gates to Hyrule Castle.
"So I hear Link is coming to see the princess tomorrow." One said.
"Yeah." His partner said. "She hasn't seen him in seven years, she's real excited."
"Yeah I think she-," The other said but then he stopped. A dark figure was moving across the path towards the gate.
"HALT!" The guard yelled. "Who goes there?" The figure stopped in front of them and lifted the hood off their face. The guards stepped back in horror.
"It can't be." One of them whispered. The figure chuckled evilly. Suddenly he pulled a knife out of its sheath. Screams filled the night but they were quickly silenced and the man left the two guards lying in their own blood.
"Carolyn wake up!" Carolyn sat up at the sound of her friend's voice. "Don't scare me like that Mare!" She laughed. Her friend Lila Mare looked down from her horse and laughed.
"I thought you were fearless."
"I am." Carolyn said standing up. "So what's on the agenda for today?"
"Ride around on our horses like we always do?" Mare asked. "I think I'll head over to Hyrule Castle Marketplace and get some stuff first." Carolyn answered hoping onto her white horse Snowflake. "I'll meet you by Lake Hylia." She called riding off.
"LINK!" Zelda cried jumping off her throne and running towards him. "It's so good to see you again!" She said hugging him.
"Good to see you too." He nodded. "How have things been?" She sighed and shook her head. "Not so good. Two guards were murdered last night."
"WHAT?!" The cheerful look on his face vanished and turned to one of concern.
"And to top it off some travelers reported seeing Stalfos on Hyrule Field this morning." She said shaking her head.
"But there haven't been any Stalfos since I defeated Ganondorf." Link said frowning. "I'll go check it out right now." With that he turned around and left.
Link rode Epona over to the place where the Stalfos were seen.
"It looks ok." He thought to himself. "Maybe I should-," But at that moment Epona reared up and threw Link off her back.
"What the hell?" Link groaned watching his horse run off. "What scared her so bad?" His question was immediately answer by a battle cry. Five large Stalfos had risen out of the ground and turned to face him. He grinned and pulled out his sword.
"Now this is more like it!" He leapt into battle. Swords and shields clashed. But the Stalfos seemed stronger than when Link had first fought them. He was losing. He slumped against a nearby rock. His sword was broken in half and the Stalfos were moving in for the kill.
"I'm done for." Link moaned.
"AIEYA!" A voice cried.
A young girl with blue eyes and chin-length blond hair wielding a sword leapt at the Stalfos. Within minutes she had destroyed the creatures.
Link smiled and looked up at the girl. She reached out to help him up. He took her hand and started to stand but she suddenly shoved him to the ground and whacked him over the head with her shield.
"Are you some kind of moron?!" She screeched. "You thought you could take those things on alone?!"
"I happen to be a expert sword fighter!" Link yelled rubbing his head.
"Oh yeah?" She said rolling her eyes. "And just who might you be?"
"My name is Link." He said standing up. "I'm the Hero of Time."
"Oh my god!" The girl cried. "I'm so sorry!"
"It's ok." Link said. "You did save me so I guess I'll just escort you to... wherever you need to go."
"I'll be fine on my own." She said climbing onto her horse. "The field isn't safe for a young girl these days." Link said climbing back onto Epona. "By the way what's your name?"
"It's Carolyn." She called as she rode off with Link close behind her.