Link sat up in bed. He could feel something was wrong deep down inside,
Hyrule was in danger. Groggily Link stood up, his head spun and in the end
he was back on the bed. A nurse came over to him and told him he shouldn't
try and move, to keep his strength. Link politely refused her, grabbed his
weapons, put on his tunic, and tried to make it to the door without falling
over from nausea. A doctor caught him trying to leave and asked him where
he thought he was going, Link replied:
"To save Hyrule."
The doctor thought he was delirious and told the nurse to get
him back to bed. Link's head felt like there was a vice grip on it, but he
had to leave and see what was happening outside.
A bright light flew into Zora's Domain; it was Navi. She headed
straight toward Link and halted in front of his face.
"What's wrong?" He said in a concerning tone.
Navi gasped for air. "Link, outside…trouble…big, big trouble!"
"What are you talking about?" Link was having a hard time
concentrating on what Navi was saying.
"Dragon…three heads…fire…Loraefin…" She continued in her broken
speech. That was all Link needed to hear, he took off running (as best he
could) with Navi following him closely.
When they reached Hyrule Field Link stopped in his tracks.
Before him stood a gigantic beast, none like he had seen before. It was a
three headed dragon like Navi had said, but Link had no idea it was this
big! Each head looked more threatening than the last, their long necks
arched and curled while each mouth spat a blazing fire. Its eyes shown
through its dark skin like the moon in an empty sky and its phantom wings
were flared menacingly. The dragon's three heads snarled and spit ash and
flame as it made it's way toward Hyrule Castle.
"Navi where is Fin!?" Link said in alarm for she was no where to be
"I…I don't know! She sent me to come and get you!"
They scanned quickly for her but she wasn't there. Pushing all
of the nausea and pain down as far as he could, Link started to run toward
the monster with his sword unsheathed. In the midst of his sprint though he
tripped on something hidden in the grass, he bent over to pick it up. In
his hand was a floral crown, crushed and broken to pieces. He thought
nothing of it and dropped it back onto the ground and continued toward the
advancing dragon. Navi spotted it and her heart sank; something had gone
One of the three heads spotted him; the great beast turns
around to face this new challenger. With a mighty roar the dragon let out a
wave of fire in Link's direction which he skillfully dodged. The monsters
reared up and charged with all its might, spreading its wings out and right
before reaching him took off into the air.
With a few great swoops of its wings the dragon had climbed up
into the sky which put Link at the disadvantage. A fireball was then
released. It hurtled down from the heavens and crashed against the ground
with such a force that it knocked Link down.
"Where did it come from Navi?!" Link yelled looking for his fairy
companion. Navi darted to Link from where the broken crown lie.
"It's from Death Mountain and…" She began to say.
Barreling forward the malevolent beast arched its back and
started to plummet down to the earth.
"Link look out!" Navi shouted. Link ducked out of the way, but not
before he slashed the underbelly of the beast on its assent back up into
No roar, no nothing. The dragon was undamaged; the sword had
cut through it as if it was…smoke.
"The whole thing is made up of smoke Navi!" Link called out. Navi
flew to him again.
"That's what I was trying to tell you!" She said. "It came from the
clouds over Death Mountain! It's completely made up of smog and ash!"
"Well then how do I destroy it?!" He yells back.
"I don't know!!"
The monster was preparing for a second assault. Each head
opened their mouth wide and released three gigantic walls of flame! All
around Link was fire; there was nowhere to run to! The fumes made his dizzy
again and all of his old aches and pains seemed to resurface. Link fell to
one knee and raised his arm to shield his face from the immense heat; there
was no time for the Goron tunic, no time to do anything he thought. Was
this going to be the end? Is this how he was to leave this world, to die in
a sea of flames with no way out?
Coughing and choking Link stumbled to the ground, but as he
fell onto his chest he felt something jam into his side…his ocarina. The
smoke stung his eyes and nose and the heat was so unbearable he could
hardly breath. With his last bit of strength he managed to place his lips
on the mouth of the ocarina and play 'The Song of Storms' before he passed
out from the heat and fumes.
A cold wind blew and from the darkened sky came a surge or rain
that poured across the land of Hyrule. Thunder boomed and lightning crashed
above the burning field as the rain extinguished the smoldering flames. The
smoke dragon growled an unearthly siren and crashed down to the ground,
stunned by the water. Within a few minutes its body of ash and smoke had
melted away into the dirt leaving nothing but a black puddle to remember it
Navi called out to Link begging him to get up; there was no
answer. The rain had started to subside and the wind had stopped to little
more than a breeze. The battle seemed to be won, but the victor of the war
was yet to be seen. Slowly the puddle of ash stirred itself; it rose from
out of the mud and the ground began to steam. Navi didn't take notice of
what was going on behind her as the creature came forward to finish the
Loraefin woke with a mouthful of dirt. She was wet, cold, and
stiff as she lifted herself from the ground and shook her head.
"What happened? Dus…" She thought out loud.
Over the little crest of her hill Loraefin saw the disheveled
body of Link lying on the ground. He didn't move, no sign that he was
living, she feared the worst had happened. Loraefin also spotted the
creature heading straight for him! She franticly looked around for her
sword, which must have fallen out when the dragon sideswiped her. She found
it a few feet away. Grabbing it and reaching for her shield Loraefin ran
toward the monster as fast as she could.
The rain had caused the volcanic ash to solidify into a hard
substance, so in this way the revitalizing rain that had saved them may
have done just the opposite. Out of the giant mass of black and gray muck
rose the three heads and shadowy wings of the former body. Each roared a
menacing scream and flared wildly about with the certain taste of victory
foaming at the mouth. Loraefin came rushing in between the monster and Link
with sword ready.
"Loraefin!" Navi yelled with relief.
She turned halfway around and smiled a reassuring smile at Navi
before she rushed at the Dragon. It saw her obvious and inexperienced
advance and swatted her aside with one swipe of its thorny tail. The impact
of the blow sent Loraefin hurling back knocking the wind out of her.
The fall had left her bruised and badly scratched on one side
of her arm and face, but the worst was a shallow gash that ran up the side
of her leg in which small trickles of blood flowed freely down. The blood
surprised her as she gingerly ran her fingers through it, hands trembling.
The tips of her fingers were wet with fresh red blood as she brought them
up close to her eyes trying to see what she wanted to and not what was. The
fall had shredded her pants and the torn pieces were now mingling with her
deep, rich blood, soaking up and staining the fabric. Loraefin was stunned.
This was her blood. The sight of it made her go weak and she leaned on her
sword to support her. The young girl's eyes shot upward as she stared at
the fearsome beast closing in on her. Her breath quickened, her heart
raced, she had never felt this kind of fear grip her. She felt paralyzed as
the dragon gazed upon her, it's dark and shimmering eyes gleaming from
amidst the coarse look of its skin.
Link's voice spoke in her head, almost so quietly she
couldn't hear it. Of course it was her imagination and not Link, but
Loraefin seemed to realize what she had to do. She again stood up and
rushed the beast, her leg no longer bothering her. This time one of the
three heads opened its great mouth and sent a blaze of fire in front of
Loraefin's path. She halted with the sudden heat being forced upon her, but
due to the wet ground it quickly extinguished. The dragon now growled as it
charged at the young girl who was looking around with a disoriented gaze on
her face. Before she knew what hit her Loraefin felt herself being lifted
from the ground. The beast had flung her into the air with one mighty scoop
of its head and now the girl found herself falling back down to earth…right
on top of the dragon's back!
Link heard screaming and woke up. It took a few seconds for his
vision to get back into focus but he knew something was happening. When he
could see clearly again Link saw the monstrous beast flying back up into
the heavens…a little brown spot blended in with the blackness of its back.
Loraefin dug her sword into the dragon's now solid hind and
held so tightly onto the handle that her knuckles were turning white; she
was not going to let go. The black creature roared in agony and tried
everything it could to dislodge the sharp object from its back. The roar
was painful to the ears, but that wasn't the only problem the young girl
faced. Loraefin shook all over from fright that she was going to fall and
die, the mental pictures kept flashing in her mind. The dragon's speed
began to increase and with it Loraefin's fear. It's mighty wings flapped on
either side of her, climbing higher and higher into the air. Suddenly
Loraefin felt the beast's weight shift, it had begun to barrel roll and
flip upside down. Loraefin's sword slipped out from the ash flesh and with
it she to began to fall.
Link saw her falling helplessly from the sky; she flew faster and
faster to the ground, her voice muffled and lost under the dragon's
"Loraefin!" Link yelled.
The ground was getting closer and closer and impending death breathed
down Loraefin's neck. She screamed one last scream before she came
crashing down into Zora's River. The spray created by the fall flew twenty
feet from the bank, soaking anything within reach. Link ran over to where
she had landed expecting anyone would have been killed by such a fall.
Choking and flailing Loraefin floundered in the water.
Loraefin was in a state of shock. She could feel her heart
pounding in her head, a throbbing pain that got stronger and more
excruciating with every beat. The cold water hit like a slap in the face.
When she had struck down her whole body felt like it had been driven
through with millions of sharp needles; the pain and the cold caused her
body to become numb. Loraefin couldn't breath, couldn't think, the only
thing she could do was let her instincts take over. She tried to swim, but
couldn't see where to swim. Flailing in all directions, disoriented,
confused, and drowning, she started to sink below the water. Her legs
stopped working, her arms were to tired to move anymore, and the cold had
set in. She had survived the fall to drown in the river. Link dove in and
tried to grab hold of her. He grasped a limp arm and brought Loraefin's
body to the surface. Link dragged the body ashore; she wasn't breathing,
her lips were turning blue, and her face was flushed. Her wet hair was
strewn across her face; Link pushed it back, opened her mouth, and
attempted to bring her back to life. With each breath he put into her Link
would pound on her chest to restart her heart, each time he was more
certain that she was not going to wake.
"Come on…Come on!" He yelled pounding at her chest. "Breath damn it!
Loraefin jerked forward with a gasp and clutched at her heart,
which was now beating. She panted for breath and attempted to regain her
"Are you all right?!" Link demanded. Loraefin stared at him from
beneath her mass of wet hair. She tried to talk, but nothing came out, she
only gasped some more and leaned on Link coughing.
"Stay here," Link ordered extricating Loraefin from himself and ran
back to the battle.
Loraefin tried to stand up, but her legs were still too weak to
hold her. Shaking she fell back down to the ground and watched Link run out
The beast of ash had landed on Hyrule Field…It was waiting for
Link. It stood it's ground about one hundred feet away from the young hero,
arching its back preparing for a fight to the death. Link was also
preparing, he had to be fast and think on his feet; this enemy was not
going to be so easy to bring down. They stood facing one another; both
knowing that only one would come out alive.
The beast made the first move, shooting one of it's three heads
out as if a battering ram and then whipped it's thorny tail around in a
attempt to knock Link down. Link dodged both attempts and, with his window
of opportunity, ran in and started to strike furiously at the monster. The
beast growled, enraged at being struck at, and released spouts of flame
from its nostrils in anger. One of the massive necks bent down and sent
Link tumbling backward head over feet. It hissed and took up a defensive
stance, pacing and pawing the ground, it waited for the Hero of Time to
once again stand and face it.
Link regrouped and studied his opponent. "A dragon made of ash
and smoke caused by the black spell that Ganondorf left in the crater…" He
thought. The fire-breathing monster reared up and charged Link, snarling
wildly as it did so. With a strong flap of it's wings the dragon sent an
enormous gust of wind over the field as it charged again. On this offensive
Link met the beast halfway and, dodging his flame, struck it head on. Link
retreated back and left the huge winged lizard to figure out what had just
happened before he came into strike again. The dragon shook all three of
its heads and roared savagely. As Link was coming in to strike again the
beast spun around and smashed Link with its tail.
Link clutched his arm, which was now bleeding, but not badly.
The hard ash had scraped his face and legs so they were now bruised and
red. The blow made Link's head spin with dizziness and had knocked the wind
out of his lungs. He looked up and saw the glow that was forming in the
dragon's nostrils; it was preparing to fire. Quickly Link took out his bow
and, armed with ice arrows, shot at the middle head, as it was about to
send a wave of destruction upon Link.
The ice arrow met the flame halfway and froze it dead in its
tracks. The baneful creature actually appeared surprised, but it quickly
regrouped and one of the other heads spouted fire. Link rolled out of the
way and shot another ice arrow, but this time with not as much accuracy for
it lodged itself in the left flank of the beast, freezing the ash solid.
The Dragon floundered where he stood and he beat his mighty wings against
the ground for balance. It fired at Link and made another attempt to squish
him with it's tail. The monster hammered its massive black wings into the
ground and roared so ferociously that Link's heart skipped a beat.
From her spot next to Zora's River, Loraefin could hear the
battle but could not see it. Her leg had stopped bleeding, but her head
throbbed terribly. Feebly she rose, dragging her gear behind her.
Once again Link fired, but his time the beast dodged the
arrow and it sailed past it. The dragon, despite it's frozen hind, was not
giving up without a fight. Link briefly looked over in the direction off
Hyrule Market and saw a swarm of people gathered on the bridge, watching
his plight from afar. Navi ducked around Link's blond head shouting
"Come on Link you can do it!" She yelled above the din.
At this moment Loraefin came over the crest of the hill. She fumbled
with the hilt of her sword, still shaking from fright. The dragon separated
her and Link and Link could not see where she stood behind the brute's
gigantic wing. Loraefin rushed forward and brought her sword down violently
on the dragon's tail, cutting it in half. At this the beast writhed in
agony and one of its three heads arched around to see what had caused it
such great pain. It turned and flared out one of its wings at the girl and
then started to charge her. Link couldn't see what had distracted the
beast, but he was thankful for whatever it was. One of the giant thorns on
the lizard's back moved with the motion of the body and Link caught a quick
glimpse of the diversion.
The monster came rushing forward, letting out its terrible piercing
scream that made Loraefin shudder even more. She felt so weak, she didn't
know what she was thinking when she struck the beast's tail, she was no
match for him! And now the creature was upon her and there was no route to
escape to. She met its eyes and they seemed to go right through her with
its icy glare; she froze.
"Loraefin, get out of the way!" Link yelled, trying to get over to help
her, but to no avail. The dragon blocked him and one of its three heads
made sure he didn't pass. He had to get that monster away from her somehow!
Link took out another ice arrow and aimed it at the dragon's right flank
and fired. This made the beast return his attention to Link. It turned
around and charged so quickly that Link was unprepared for it. The center
head rammed into him, knocking the sword from his grasp. Now he was in
Loraefin's senses returned to her after a few moments and she
immediately saw the peril that Link was facing. She saw his sword a few
yards away from him and he knocked to the ground.
"Oh no," she said to herself and felt her heart jump to her throat. Navi
darted about Link's body, yelling at him to get up. The dragon came in
slowly, sure that he was victorious. Link moaned and tried to raise
himself, but he felt to weak. He rolled over onto his back and was met by
the horrible image of his death drawing near. His pulse quickened and his
breath grew sharp as the beast raised its mammoth claws above him to finish
the young hero off. Link knew there was no time to get out of the way and
as he saw the great palm of the dragon rushing down upon him he held his
breath, unable to see his sword anywhere. Loraefin rushed in, wielding
Link's heavy sword as best as her hands could grip it, and shoved the blade
up through the creature's black, crude fleshy palm. The beast roared in
agony as Loraefin stood defensively over Link, who had now opened his eyes.
"Loraefin?" Link exclaimed.
The great black dragon stripped of its tail and with two frozen
patches on its backside, screamed and roared again with its newly damaged
hand. Link took the cumbersome sword from Loraefin and delivered the final
blows, striking and severing each head from its body. The dragon flared its
wings and flailed out in all directions, but it was of no use. Defeated
finally, it sank into the ground, mingling with the mud and singed blades
"Whew," Link said to himself as he watched the dragon disappear into
the mud. He looked over too Loraefin, who appeared exhausted but happy, and
smiled. "I thought you said you couldn't kill things," he said. Loraefin
looks back at him but doesn't smile at this remark, but instead gives him
an upset glance when she realized what she had done. The ground hissed and
steamed where the great dragon had fallen. The grass was scorched and in
some places no longer existent, even a nearby tree had the leaves
completely burned away from its branches. The Hero of Time walks over to
the battered girl and places a hand on her shoulder.
"Are you OK?" He asks. She turns to him and nods.
"Yeah, I'll be fine," she replies.
"That was a pretty crazy stunt you pulled," Link added sternly, "what
were you thinking?"
Loraefin first smiles to herself and then at him and says, "rou
caneth vu hero tes sethun." And with a bigger grin, "you can't be a hero if
you're perfectly sane."
They stared at each other for a moment, and then at the pile of
ash in front of them with a sigh with relief. Another enemy, another
victory Link thought. The sky began to clear and blue could once again be
AN: Well that's the end of 'part one'. I wrote this a LONG time ago and as
a reread it, I found the story line okay, but very, very typical. Oh well,
what are you going to do? ( Had to introduce the characters somehow, right?
The stories will get better as they go along (or at least I think they do
*grins sheepishly*) so no flames please! I hope Loraefin isn't Mary-sueish
or anything, I tried! Really! And see, I told you, no romance.