I never expected on that fateful day I got my Guardian Fairy that I would
be the defender of the Triforce and the entire world. I guess that must be
destiny at its best. My name is Link, the lone Kokiri protecter of this
world. I never asked to be part of this evil conspiracy that will overwhelm
Hyrule. Only a few days ago, the scariest part of life was the nightmares
about the black horseman. Now, life has gotten a lot scarier and the dream
has become a reality.
The evil in my nightmare has taken shape to a man named Ganondorf, leader
of the Gerudo thieves. Zelda, Princess of Hyrule, has asked me to retrieve
all the spiritual stones for her plan to foil Ganondorf. With the spiritual
stone of forest, the Kokiri's Emerald, already safely in my hands, I set
foot on Hyrule Field with Kakariko Village as my next destination.
"Cursed timing," I muttered to myself as I realized that I left the gates
of the market place right at sunset. The drawbridge closed behind me,
cutting me off from the safe haven of the town.
"Tsk, tsk," Navi teased, landing on my shoulder. "Link, you should have
waited until morning before going into Hyrule Field. You still have a lot
to learn before you're a true Hero." I shooed her off my shoulder in
annoyance. She dodged my hand easily with blithe laughter. The fairy's
amusement didn't last long. She homed in and buzzed around a pair of
Stalchild who rose with the howling of Wolfos in the forest.
The Stalchild are easy to defeat, since thier brains have long been eaten
away by bugs and worms. However, they can be deadly in large packs. I
picked up the rupees that they left behind and continued on my journey. By
the time I reached Kakariko village, the sun was peeking up from behind
Death Mountain. I decided to take a break before I thoroughly explored the
"Aaagh!" I shouted. A flash of intense light penetrated my eyelids and woke
me from my sleep.
"Wake up!" Navi shouted. I gaped at her, amazed by the intensity of the
light she created. The fairy was somehow able to emit a blinding light that
shocked me awake. "You have been sleeping for a full 24 hours!" she huffed.
"You are so lazy, Link!"
I sat up groggily, rubbing sleep out of my eyes. "So?" I answered. "I
didn't get any sleep ever since I first met you! And you get all the sleep
you want hiding in my tunic." I muttered. In any case, I washed my face,
picked up my belongings and started to explore the peaceful village of
I don't know what drew me there, but I made the Kakariko graveyard my first
destination. But as much as I wanted to explore the tombstones, there was a
child who keeps eyeing me every time I go near one of the graves. When I
tried to push one of them, the kid ran over to me.
"Hey, don't touch those!" He shouted, pouting slightly to show his
disappointment. "Have more respect for the dead. Leave them in peace!"
A twig snapped behind the boy and caused him to turn around as if searching
for something. "What are you looking for?" I asked.
"Dampé," the boy replied. "I never get to see him because he comes out only
at night and I'm not allowed to go outside when he comes."
"Really?" I asked slyly, "I thought I saw him near the house of Skulltula
in the village…" I didn't have time to finish my sentence since he ran
into the village yelling,"Dampé! Wait up!"
"Oh, very clever," Navi remarked with obvious distaste of fooling such a
I pushed the tombstone aside and climbed into the hole that was hidden
under it. I found myself in the Royal Family's tomb. I read the tombstones
for any clues when suddenly, I couldn't move! "Navi!" I cried. "Help me!"
"What's wrong?" She said, flying out of my tunic. Then she screamed and
flew behind me. I tried to see what was coming towards me but the paralysis
hasn't worn off yet. "Link, don't just stand there, do something!!" Navi
cried, flashing a deep yellow.
"Well excuuuuse me!" I muttered with heavy sarcasam. Suddenly, I was able
to control my body again. I immediately unshealthed my sword and swiped at
the creature behind me. A ReDead, already in attacking range! It paused,
giving me valuable time to run behind it for a better angle. "Lock on,
Navi!" I shouted and I was able to circle behind the ReDead to prevent it
from lunging at me. A few well aimed Deku nuts and sword swings were enough
to turn the zombie back into the dust in which it came.
"Ha, serves him right!" Navi said, fluttering over the dead ReDead. "Woke
me from a lovely nap. Yawn…" Navi flew lazily back towards her home in my
tunic. I rolled my eyes at the mischievious fairy. "Hey!" She cried
suddenly and flew near a tombstone. She turned green with excitement. "Come
here, Link, look at this!"
I walked cautiously, careful to avoid the bones and other remains that
littered the ground. "What is it, Nav…i…Oh, by the Great Deku Tree!!" I
exclaimed in shock. There, laying helpless on the ground, was a small boy,
even younger than me. His eyes and features were scrunched up tightly in
pain. He has a mess of silvery hair and his breathing was quick and uneven.
The bloody scratches around his neck and rotting around his back and
shoulders made it obvious what had attacked him. The ReDead was probably
ready to suck out the poor boy's brains when I intruded.
I quickly unbottled my valuable red potion and poured it into the boy's
mouth. He choked and threw up and his breathing became even harder. "It's
OK," I said to the boy and to Navi, "Help me, Navi," I held up his head and
evenly poured the rest of the potion into his mouth. Navi landed on the
boy's neck, willing him to swallow.
When he had swallowed the last drop, the rot and blood began to disappear,
replaced by new skin. Finally, he regained consiousness and sat up. His
blazing red eyes stared into my soul and held me in place as if he was a
ReDead himself. "Thanks for saving me," He said. He tried to stand but
collapsed, still weak from that near-death experience.
"My name is Link, of the Kokiri, protectors of the forest." I said,
offering him my hand to help him stand.
"Ha," He replied, batting mischieviously at my hand. "You think being a
Kokiri is so special." He struggled up to his full height. Although he's
about three years younger than I am, I was suprised to see that he was
almost as tall as me. "Well, my name is Enichah," His expression suddenly
grew serious and his piercing red eyes gazed into mine. "Of the Shiekah,
defenders of the Royal Family."
"You're a Shiekah?!" I exclaimed in awe.
"Yep," Enichah said proudly. He looked around and bit his bottem lip.
"Look, I have to go, Link. My mom's gonna kill me if she finds out I've
been hanging around here!" He ran towards the enterance and waved good-bye.
"Look for me in Kakariko Village in the house of Impa."
I waved back and turned my attention to the tombstones, searching the grave
for more clues and items. I found the Sun's Song engraved on a stone and
after learning it, headed off to Death Mountain, where the second spiritual
stone lies in wait.
"Being a hero isn't too difficult," I thought to myself with amusement.
Only three days had passed since I met Enichah and already the Gorgon's
Ruby was among my collection of Spiritual Stones. Feeling pretty good, I
decided to challenge myself with a game at the Shooting Gallery in Hyrule
To my surprise, I found Enichah there, also eager for a chance to win the
"Hey Link!" Enichah waved to attract my attention. "I challenge you to a
"Sure," I replied, taking out my own slingshot which was much more stylish
than his homemade one. I smiled devilishly. "But don't expect to win."
"Hah!" He shouted and took the first turn to shoot at the rupees. "Beat
that!" Enichah said once he shot at a suprising amount of rupees. I took my
turn at shooting the rupees. I managed to beat Enichah's score but just
"I'll trade my prize for yours," Enichah said when we were at the counter
to get our prize.
"No way!" I replied as the manager handed us our reward. I managed to snag
a heart piece while Enichah just got a couple of rupees.
"Well, at least let me treat you to lunch," Enichah said, jingling the gems
in his pocket. "It's the least I can do to repay you for saving my life."
We sat under a tree watching the people come and go as we ate our lunch.
"Mmm, what is this stuff?" I asked, taking a huge bite out of the strange
meat pie I was given. Very nice, it's chewy on the outside with juice and
tender pieces of meat that oozed out from the inside.
"It's called Tekiggas," Enichah replied, biting into his own pie. "It's the
heart, lungs and liver of a Tektite stuffed in its own stomach."
I swallowed and turned slightly pale. I suddenly figured out why Navi turns
yellow every time she flys over my food. "Repeat that!?" I said in a dry
voice desperatly hoping I had heard wrong.
"It's the heart, lungs…"
"Actually, don't repeat it." I said. When Enichah wasn't looking, I waved
the Tekiggas behind me, hoping to attract the attention of a stray dog I
saw wondering past.
"Do you come here often?" Enichah asked, taking a bite out of his own
"Sort of," I answered, only half listening to him. Cursed dog! It was
wondering farther away.
"I come here to visit my mother," Enichah said, looking dreamily at the
clouds. "She works in the castle so I don't get to see her much." He
sighed. "Link, you haven't told me about your parents. What are they like?"
I shrugged. Victory! The dog was coming towards me. "Kokiri don't have
parents." The dog sniffed at my Tekiggas, licked it twice, and ran away to
look for a better source of food. I cursed under my breath. "By the way,
who is your mother?"
"WHAT!?" I dropped the Tekiggas. "Why didn't you tell me that earlier!?"
"You know my mother?!" Enichah cried, dropping his own Tekiggas. "When did
you see her?"
"In the castle when I met…" I stopped midsentence. The less people who knew
about my meeting with Zelda, the better.
Enichah clenched his fists with a pained look on his face. "Impa works full
time at the castle," I said, "When does she have the time to take care of
Enichah sighed, "She doesn't," He smiled a weak smile.
"I know that the Shiekah's duty is to protect the royal family, but…" I
looked at Enichah. "Shouldn't your mother put family before duty?"
Ehichah stared at me again with his crimson eyes. "She says that the
protection of her ward is not just duty, it's destiny."
"Her ward is Zelda?" I asked.
"Yep," He replied with a hint of distaste. He suddenly changed his emotions
and laughed. "So, did you enjoy your Tekiggas?" I smiled an overly innocent
smile at him. Enichah laughed. "Well, I've bugged you long enough, Link.
Where are you headed off to?"
I gathered my belongings and stood up. "I'm going to save the world." I
said with a wink.
Enichah laughed. "Well, don't get into trouble or I'm gonna have to rescue
you." He ran off into the marketplace and waved a farewell. I waved back
and headed towards my next destination, Zora's Domain.
Five days have passed and the last Spiritual Stone, Zora's Sapphire, was
finally in my possesion, but at a terrible price. I had a feeling that my
devil's deal with Princess Ruto was going to find a way to sneak up and
bite me in the behind when I least expect it to. I was feeling shaken up,
and that's what made me lose my concentration when the unexpected happened.
I saw it all. But I stood unprepared, helpless while Zelda and Impa fled
the castle with Ganondorf not far behind, with murder in his mind and
heart. The desperation in Zelda's eyes and the evil in Ganondorf's, were
enough to haunt my dreams forever.
Ganondorf, Impa and Zelda vanished into the night. I stared at the point
where they disappeared, so full of thoughts, memories and emotions that I
collapsed on my knees. Had I failed?Will Ganondorf catch Zelda, kill her,
and draw the world into evil? Navi was as speechless as I was. She was
perched on my left shoulder, flashing a rainbow of colors that reflected
her unstable emotions.
I suddenly stood up, and shook myself out of the trance. "C'mon, Navi!" I
yelled to the fairy who was now fluttering nervously above my head. "We've
got a destiny to fulfill!!" I dived into the moat and swam under the
drawbridge. I was sure I saw Zelda throw something in the moat when she
escaped the castle. I couldn't see very well underwater but I was able to
make out something that looked blue and out of place in the water. I picked
it up and swam back to shore.
"The Ocarina of Time," Navi said in awe. It was true, beyond the legend,
the Ocarina of Time, a relic of such uncomprehendable powers, the item that
Ganondorf was looking for, right here, safely in my hands. I was amazed by
the mystic blue glow of the legendary instrument and power I felt flowing
into my viens.
"Zelda!?!" I called. I spun around, certain I had heard Zelda's voice.
"Link, don't worry about me, I am safe." Zelda said. "I am sorry that I ran
away. At least I could leave you the Ocarina and this melody. This song
opens the Door of Time…" A lovely tune played in my mind, so haunting the
melody, that is is impossible forget. "Now, Link," She continued, "Play
this melody in front of the altar in the Temple of Time. You must protect
"Zelda, WAIT!!" I cried, but her voice faded. I waited a few minutes,
hoping her voice would return. Finally, I tucked the Ocarina of Time in my
satchel and unshealthed my Kokiri sword. I swung the sword and with a wild
grin on my face, ran towards the Temple of Time. Navi flew above me in
tight circles. Both of us estatic with the thought that with the Spiritual
Stones and the Ocarina of Time, keys to the Temple of Time and its great
power, we have what it takes to defeat Ganondorf and the evil he commands!
……and seven years later……
Whoever it was that said time is relative, wasn't kidding. In was seemed to
me like no time at all, seven years passed, enough for Hyrule to feel the
devastation of evil. The marketplace was empty of people and full of
ReDeads. Wow, you miss a few years and the world goes nuts!
I stepped into Hyrule Field with my long, muscular legs. Seeing my
reflection in a puddle, I took note of how different I look. I noticed I
now had an earring I one ear and a tattoo of the Triforce etched into my
left hand. Rauru must have been a superstitious guy and did that to give me
luck or something. Although my arms became stronger after much use of the
Kokiri Sword, it would not compare with the biceps I have now, which look
like they would pop upon impact with a needle. My hair is a bird's-nest;
the result of seven years of bed hair. I combed my fingers though it and it
actually looked quite nice. My chest was well formed and my face well
defined with sharp features. I smiled to myself. Overall, it was a look
that girls would definitely fall for. I shook my head. Why was I thinking
of girls all of a sudden? I guess this teenage body comes with a teenage
Following the advice of the Shiekah, Shiek, I headed for Kakariko Village.
Hmm…'Hero of Time' I kind of like that name. The meeting with Shiek
reminded me of Enichah. I took a mental note to visit his house, the house
of Impa. Upon reaching the village, I was relieved to find that most of the
people who used to work in the marketplace in Kakariko. Enichah, however,
I made the graveyard my first destination. Inside a tomb, I raced the famed
Dampé for the prize, the valuable hookshot. The only exit was out through
the windmill but I haven't finished searching the tombs. I returned to the
graveyard and to my surprise, I found a teenager battling two poes.
The battle was very hectic, and nobody seemed to be winning. Poes are a
piece of cake for me to defeat but the boy doesn't have any decent weapons
except for a few Deku sticks, Deku nuts and his bare fists. When he finally
managed to knock one Poe down, the other attacked him from behind. He
reeled in pain, obviously taking more damage in comparison to my reaction
to such an attack. I immediately jumped in to help him. One slash from my
powerful Master Sword was enough to turn the Poe into smoke.
The teenager brushed himself off and mumbled about how he didn't need my
help. I suddenly realized how much he looks like me. We both have about the
same build and height. His silver hair was tied back into a short ponytail
but the bangs were almost identical to mine. I supposed that I would have
felt as indignant as he did if I let someone else kill a Poe that I was
perfectly capable of defeating. He suddenly turned around and stared at me
with those familiar, red eyes.
"Enichah!" I yelled.
He backed away and looked me over. "Do I know you…?" he asked. Then his
eyes lit up. "Ohmigosh, it's you, Link! You saved me from that ReDead seven
years ago!" He snapped his fingers. "Dang it. Now I owe you twice for
saving my life!"
I laughed. "You fight pretty well for a kid with a few Deku nuts and
sticks, ghost-buster," I joked.
"Ghost-buster!?" He pushed me away and let his jaw drop in mock insult.
"Hey, I left my slingshot at home. And I don't have cool weapons like that
sword of your's." He took a casual glance at my sword. Then his entire
attention was focused on it.
"The Master Sword!?" He grabbed the blade of my sword and looked it over
with eyes as wide as a Tektite's. "This is the legendary blade of goodness
and time." Enichah was transfixed on the Sword of Evil's Bane. "My mother
said that only the Hero of Time can wield this sword…" He looked at me with
a puzzled expression. Then he burst out laughing.
"Hah! I guess you're really going to save the world." He put his arm around
my shoulders and grinned. "C'mon, Mr. Hero, tell me all about your
adventures. Lunch is on me."
"Nooooo thanks," I replied, recalling that Kakariko's delicacy was
Skulltula Stew. "This time I'm buying you lunch." His mouth opened to
protest but I quickly said, "Hey, I'm the Hero of Time. I order you to let
me buy you lunch." Both of us laughed and headed towards some of the fine
dining establishments in Kakariko Village.
I ordered Deku salad for both of us. It's a Kokiri delicacy that I had
gotten used to at a young age. It's made of chopped and fried Deku Babas.
Enichah poked at the tough leaves with his fork and desperatly hoped for
some distraction in which he can get rid of his food. I smiled inwardly at
the satisfaction of sweet revenge.
We sipped on Lon Lon Milk and filled each other in on what's been happening
for the last seven years. Or in my case, the last few days that I didn't
see him. I told him about my adventures in Zora's Domain and about my
'engagement' with Princess Ruto. Enichah laughed until tears streamed down
his face and milk nearly came out of his nostrils.
I was glad that there was someone familiar from my past who still has the
heart of a child. I may be seven years older, but my spirit hasn't aged a
day. In this world of evil, you can die not from wounds, but from
"So, all-mighty Hero of Time," Enichah said with a droll smile, "Need any
help on your journey?"
"What are you suggesting?" I asked suspiciously.
"I want to be a hero too." Enichah sat with his arms crossed in a sign of
stubborness. "I won't take no for an asnwer."
"Well, how about 'I don't think so' or 'Forget it, buddy' or 'Not a
chance'?" I asked.
"Then prepare for the consequence!!" Enichah grinned. "Waiter, five plates
of Tekiggas for the gentlemen there," Enichah smiled evily at me. "I know
you just LOOOOVE Tekiggas."
"ACK!! By the Goddesses, NO!!" I cried.
"Bwa ha ha!!" Enichah laughed. "So, you'll take me as your apprentice?"
I sighed. "O-kay, fine. But you'd better not get in my way."
"Sure thing, Boss," Enichah said with a smirk. "Let's become heros!"
Enichah went home to retrieve his slingshot and some Deku nuts and sticks.
I lent him my Kokiri sword which I had outgrown only a few days ago. We
took a day off for Enichah to get used to his new sword. I was amazed at
the skill he possessed in swordsmanship for a boy of roughly fourteen. But
I'm not the one to speak, I mastered the Kokiri sword at an even younger
age. A sudden saddness flowed through me as I realized how quickly my
"Umm…It's kind of dumb to ask this now, but where are we going?" Enichah
asked the next day.
I stopped in midstep. "Now that I think of it, I don't know." I admitted.
"The Lost Woods, remember?" Navi said. "Shiek told us about 'a deep
forest'. Well it just so happens that Hyrule has only one forest."
"Shiek? As in Shiekah?" Enichah inquired. "Kind of a lame name."
"I know!" Navi whined. "That's the worst name I've ever heard of other than
"Hey!" I yelled. "Your name is no worse than mine. 'Navi' ugh, it's so
"No fair! You haven't said anything about my name!"Enichah complained
"By the Triforce, why the heck do you pronounce your name like 'Enisha'
instead of 'Eneka' or 'Enicha' when it is spelt like E-N-I-C-H-A-H?"
The trip to the Lost Woods passed quickly with the three of us arguing
about names, foods and other meaningless things. If Ganondorf had seen us
now, he would of stopped worrying. Ha, the fate of the world depends on two
idiot kids and one fairy.
When we finally reached the cave enterance to the Kokiri's home, I stopped.
I simply stopped. The Kokiri's home, my home, was empty. No laughter. No
"LINK!! Look out!" I spun around and found myself staring at the stem of a
giant Deku Baba, its flower portion looming over me and ready to pounce. It
lunged! Not having enough time to counter the attack, I braced my feet and
let the attack come. The blow hit me squarely in the chest and knocked me a
few meters away. I staggered in pain.
With a war cry, Enichah striked the Deku Baba with a jump attack and
slashed it with a regular side swing. Its severed stem fell to the ground
and shriveled until nothing but a Deku stick was left. Enichah kicked the
stick in disgust. "Is this what I had for lunch yesterday?!" He demanded.
I didn't answer him. I was still absorbing the shock of what happened to my
home. Where's Mido, Fado, the other Kokiri? Where's…Saria? I felt a tear
trickle down my cheak.
"Hey, stop it. Hero's don't cry." Enichah said with a gentle smile, putting
his hand on my shoulder.
I gave him a dirty look. "And I suppose Shiekah's don't either."
Enichah smiled slightly. "Nope," He pointed to the Shiekah's eye symbol
imprinted on the corner of his vest. "The Shiekah never cry. This symbol
represents our courage and bravery."
Despite the memories it brought back, I agreed to give Enichah a tour of
the area. To my surprise, I found all the Kokiri hidden in their homes! I
breathed a sigh of relief. At least they weren't dead.
I approached Fado, a Kokiri girl with blond hair who used to live beside
me. She eyed me suspiciously and backed away, as if I was a stranger.
"Hello, Mister. I haven't seen you around here before." She said shyly. I
kicked myself mentally. Of course they don't recognize me! My old clan
haven't seen me in seven years and Kokiri are never supposed to grow up.
I discovered that the Kokiri don't go outside often anymore because of the
monsters that appeared when the Great Deku Tree no longer protected the
Kokiri's home. One Kokiri revealed that Mido suspected me of killing the
Great Deku Tree. I felt a wave of anger and guilt wash over me. Why should
that ignoramus call me a murderer when I was trying to save the Deku Tree?!
Speaking of Mido, where is he? The only two Kokiri missing are Mido and
"C'mon, Link. There's nothing more we can do here,"Enichah said, wearing
his solemn expression.
"Let's go to the Forest Temple."
We went through the Lost Woods although we got lost five times. For the
first four times, Enichah laughed hystericaly every time. However, when we
finally found our way, Enichah was breathing hard. The Shiekah symbol on
his vest started glowing red, almost identical to his own bloodred eyes. He
didn't offer an explaination so I didn't ask for one.
When we reached the last turn to the Hedge Maze, a Kokiri child was
blocking the enterance. …Mido! When we tried to go past him, he would block
our path and tell us to go away. That was, until I played Saria's Song on
"What!" Mido exclaimed in shock. "You know Saria?" He hesitated, weighing
the odds. "All right. I trust you. Go quickly!" He moved aside and let me
and Enichah pass.
"Hey, Link," Enichah said once we were through the Lost Woods. "You know,
you have been my best friend, my only friend." He looked at me with his
flaming eyes. "And since my dad died before I was born and my mother
doesn't have the time to take care of me, you are my only family."
I laughed. "All right, buddy. No more Kokiri specialties for you. It's
making you mushy." I smiled at him, expecting to see the same smile
reflected back. But there was no hint of humor on Enichah's face. Yes,
there was a smile but not a happy one, it was almost melancholy.
"Enichah, are you okay?" I asked. He was acting extremely out of character.
His Shiekah symbol was still glowing.
Enichah laughed, but it was a painful sound, a laugh that held his lifetime
of sorrow and loss that I knew he was holding inside.
"The Shiekah, like many other races," Enichah whispered, "Have many powers,
although they have grown thin over time." He took a deep breath before
continuing. "Sometimes, the Shiekah have the power to see into the future."
He looked around. "Hey, we've reached the Hedge Maze." He sighed deeply,
relieved to move on to a different topic.
I kept my shield up. "I used to go here when I was a kid," I said. "This
place was overgrown with Deku Shrubs." I surveyed the surrounding area.
"Humph. They're all gone."
"Look out!!" Enichah yelled, pointing behind me. I spun around. Moblin! It
bellowed, going full speed ahead, right towards us! I didn't have time to
draw my sword so I rolled out of the way. The Moblin didn't stop. It was
now charging Enichah! He drew his sword but it was too late.
"NO!!" I screamed as the Moblin skewered him, and didn't stop running until
it hit the wall. I drew my sword and began charging it up for the Spin
Attack. The Moblin put one foot on Enichah's shoulder and pulled its spear
out of his body, ripping flesh and tendon in the process. Enichah screamed
I slashed the monster with a medium-powered Spin Attack. The Moblin barely
flinched. It raised its spear to impale Enichah again. This time, the spear
was driven right through Enichah's Shiekah symbol and left lung. He gasped
and coughed, choking on his own blood.
In desperation, I took out my hookshot and aimed it at the Moblin. To my
surprise, it worked! The Moblin bellowed in pain before it incinerated into
smoke. But none of that mattered.
"Enichah!!!" I yelled. I gasped at what I saw. Enichah, bloody and broken,
with one leg twisted in an unnatural position. His intestines were visable
and blood trickled down the corners of his mouth.
For a few seconds, I just stood there in shock. Then I fumbled in my
satchel for my bottled red potion. I tried to pour it into Enichah's mouth
but he grabbed my arm weakly.
"Stop it, Hero." Enichah whispered. "The time has come for the Goddesses to
"No, don't say things like that." I stammered. "You can't die. Everything's
going to be okay. I should have taken the hit. I could have lived through
it. I have more Heart Containers than you…"
He smiled weakly. "We Shiekah sometimes predict the future. I knew I was
going to die today."
I took his hand in mine and held it in front of me as tears formed in my
eyes. He returned my Kokiri sword with his other hand. The hilt of the
sword was bloodstained with Enichah's blood.
He looked at me with his burning crimson eyes for what seemed like the last
time. "Impa wasn't much of a mother to me but…" He stopped to gasp for
breath. "If…if it wasn't for destiny, she would have loved me. Tell her, if
you ever meet her, that I…I still love her…"
Enichah went into a coughing fit and his whole body shook with concussions.
"Link!!" He screamed. He grabbed the sleeve of my tunic. "I…I don't want to
die!" He coughed and choked until he ran out of energy. Then he gasped for
air. When he was too weak to do that, his eyes closed, never to be opened
again. Tears ran down my cheeks.
I leaned close to him. I could still hear his heart beating…once…twice…He
released his last breath as his entire body relaxed. And then……nothing.
"NOOOOOOOOO!!!" The birds in the trees fell silent. The entire forest was
still as I mourned for a Shiekah, a couragous fighter, my friend, Enichah.
I could not continue to fight. I can not force myself to even strike at an
enemy with out thinking of the pain that Enichah had to go through. I crept
into the Kokiri village at night and returned to my house. I stayed there
for two days. At first, Navi pestered me with complaints that we should
continue on our quest. I threw a pot at her. The pot hit the wall and one
of the fragments nearly damaged her fragile wings. She flew out of my house
Navi did not wander far away. She stayed by my house, watching through the
windows as I cried myself to sleep every night. I wept for the loss of
Enichah, Zelda, Saria and for the devastation the world has scumbed to. I
am fighting in a foreign world where I have no friends, where my chances of
saving Hyrule where lower than a bottomless pit. I was afriad, I admit it.
Enichah was so much like me. The same ambition, courage and stubbonness.
And now he has died. I can die as easily as he did. They say that Destiny
is a good thing. I disagree. It killed Enichah, it allowed Ganondorf to
take over Hyrule. But it let me be the Hero of Time. What good can that do?
I'm just a worthless kid that's stuck in an adult body. That suddenly lead
me to a new thought. I am the Hero of Time. I have the Ocarina of Time and
the Master Sword. I have the power to change time itself!
I ran out of my house. I could sense that Navi was following me not far
behind. Curse this twisted future, I'm going back to the past!
The journey to the Temple of Time passed by in a blur. I didn't pause to
fight any enemies or anything. When I finally reached the Altar of Time, I
just stood there breathing heavily.
"Link, what are you doing?" Navi asked from a safe distance behind me.
"If I can change time," I said to her without looking. "I can change
Navi whirled around, flashing nervous colors. "That's not right," She
whispered. "Destiny is never written in stone but you have already
determined the future. If you go back in time to change it, the frabic of
time-space could be twisted and broken!"
"I don't care!!" I screamed, choking back tears. "Ganondorf has taken over
Hyrule. Enichah is dead. He…he was one of my only true friends. Him, Saria,
Zelda and…you, Navi." I gazed at the fairy with pleading eyes. She flew
closer and landed on my shoulder, like she always did. "If I lived though
the seven years of my absence, maybe things would be different. Maybe I can
stop Ganondorf before he conquered Hyrule. Enichah would be alive…"
I stepped towards the Altar of Time. Navi didn't protest. I plunged the
Master Sword into its marble pedestal as seven years of the past engulfed
me in blue light.
My hands released the hilt of the legendary blade. My small, childlike
hands. I ran out of the temple and looked around me. I was back!! The sky
was blue and I can hear distant sounds from the marketplace. I laughed. It
felt strange. I haven't laughed in a long time.
I stopped at a sidewalk stall to buy something to eat. Tekiggas. It may
have bad origins, but it still tastes great. I sat in the exact spot where
I first tasted the delicacy with Enichah, hoping I could relive the moment.
I stayed as long as my anxiousness would let me. Then I headed off towards
Kakariko Village, and went straight to the house of Impa. With shaking
fingers, I opened the door. Standing in the center of the one-room house
was Enichah, alive and as mischievious as ever, trying to milk his cow.
"Enichah!" I yelled.
My yell evidently surprised him and he jerked slightly. The movement caused
him to pull the poor cow into bellowing in pain. Enichah spun around and
threw me one of his paralyzing stares.
"Link! What are you doing here?!" He demanded once he saw that I was the
uninvited guest. He sighed. "This cow is so annoying. She's from Lon Lon
Ranch and is supposed to be a good milker but she barely gives more than a
cupful a day. I don't know what to do with her!"
"Watch the master," I said as I took out my Ocarina and played 'Epona's
song'. The cow mooed and wagged her tail lazily in respose. I took out one
of my empty bottles and to Enichah's great surprise, filled it with milk
from the cow. "Music is the key," I said to the slack-jawed Enichah.
I helped Enichah cage his cow again and do some other housework. We
laughed, I told him about my adventures in Zora's Domain that he will hear
from me again in seven years. I even told him about how he dies in the
future. He didn't act surprised. All he said was "I could see that coming."
For the next two weeks, I regained some of my lost time as a child. I
visited some of the temples, the castle, and other sacred places where
Ganondorf was likely to attack. There was nothing suspicious going on so I
just took it easy. I tried all the different foods that Hyrule has to
offer, dispite some of their shady backgrounds. I now live in Enichah's
home, since the journey from my house to Kakariko Village was too far for
convenience. There were still some dark doubts in my mind about my warping
of time, but I put all of that behind me.
I was sitting on a cliff on Death Mountain with Enichah and my Sworn
Brother, Darunia, watching the sun sink behind mountains yet unexplored.
Enichah and I were trying our best to choke down the 'Top Serlion' rocks
that Darunia offered us for refreshments. I told Darunia the story of my
adventures although Enichah has heard it several times. When I finished,
there was an awkward silence between the three of us. That was, until
Enichah broke it with his usual bluntness.
"Um, Darunia? You're scaring us." Enichah said with a hint of mock fear.
"I fear, that what you said is true," Darunia said with his usual grim
expression. "I fear that the frabic of time has been broken, although we
can hardly feel it right now."
"What do you mean?" I asked, regarding him with disbelieving eyes.
"Most creatures of Hyrule are blessed with pointed ears, gifts from the
Goddesses. If you listen closely, you can hear echos of distant voices,
echos from the future and past." Darunia gazed at the horizon. "You're
probably too young to hear it, but I hear tangled, twisted and broken
fragments of events from the future. The distortion of time can have
chaotic consiquences…" Darunia closed his eyes and concentrated, as if
listening to the wind. Enichah and I were caught in another silent spell.
I looked down at the Temple of Time, clearly visible from this peak. I
wondered at what kind of catastrophy I had created. I wondered at the
awsome, unquestionable power of Time itself.
The night was a long, quiet one. Enichah and I were sleeping on the roof of
his house since it was a warm night and the stars were out. Enichah fell
asleep right away, exausted by the climb down Death Mountain. I couldn't
sleep. I kept thinking about what Darunia said, how he can hear that time
has been changed. I closed my eyes and tried to listen to the future, as
Darunia can. As much as I try, I can hear nothing but the calm wind and
songs of insects in the night. Soon, I fell asleep.
Nightmares. I was so terrified of them before the Great Deku Tree summoned
me. So terrified that I used to be afraid to
sleep. This time, the nightmare was different. At first it seemed like a
dream. I could see Zelda, Saria, Navi, Enichah, Malon, Darunia, Impa,
Ruto, King Zora and all the people of Hyrule standing in a row. The funny
thing was that I can see myself among them as if I was someone else.
Shadows rose behind all the people and took shape as their older selves.
Some new people rose out of the gloom, such as Shiek and Rauru. I can even
see two versions of myself, older and younger. The whole crowd formed a
circle around me. A writhing darkness rose near me and grew until it became
the King of Evil, Ganondorf. I was terrified of him, but somehow, I felt
strangely drawn to him. He smirked at me and laughed. Suddenly, the Ocarina
of Time appeared between us. He reached for it and the whole world
shivered. He withdrew his hand. When I touched the ocarina, everyone around
the circle wailed in tortured voices. The faces of all the people in the
circle writhed in agony and twisted or fragmented.The people glowed and
melted until they formed an intense blue light. The light resonateded
through time and space and grew until it ripped apart. The dying screams of
Hyrule echoed in my mind. I screamed.
"Link! Link! Wake up!! Are you okay?!" Navi fluttered anxiously by my face.
I woke with pearls of sweat dripping down my forehead and I was breathing
heavily. "Link, look around!"
I sat in silent shock at what I saw. Kakariko Village was full of burning
and collapsed buildings. "What happened here?" I asked nobody. I looked
around. Enichah was gone!
Navi and I patroled through the village, trying to find hints of what
happened to Kakariko. I paled when I remembered my nightmare. The memory of
destruction and death. Was it an omen of what happened here? The village
was deserted. We decided to go to Hyrule Market to ask for clues.
In Hyrule Field, I suddenly heard a lovely song that seemed to come from
Lon Lon Ranch. Epona's Song, sung by Malon, no doubt. I decided to stop
there for a rest. The ranch seemed to be the same as it was before. I can
see a flash of red hair in the middle of the field. Strangely, a mare with
a white mane galloped past me. She looks almost like Epona. Probably her
mother or something. I walked towards Malon. To my astonishment, when I got
a closer look at Malon, she wasn't a small girl anymore, she was a teenage
"Link!" Malon called happily once she saw me. She waved.
"Hi, Malon." I managed to say. She ran over to me and didn't seem to notice
I'm younger than her. Maybe she knows that Kokiri don't ever mature. Even
though, I have seen for myself that I'm different from other Kokiri because
I can grow up.
"You should have visited sooner, Link," Malon said with her hands on her
hips as an expression of mock annoyance.
"Hey Malon, you've…uh, grown…" I stammered. I had to raise my head in order
to make eye contact with her.
She blushed slightly and laughed. "Have you seen Epona yet? She's a fine
young mare and growing more beautiful each day. Epona!"
The horse with the white mane came galloping over. Epona lowered her head
and I scratched her nose. "Say, Malon, I have to get going now, I'm
supposed to be at Hyrule market."
"Oh. Alright. Bye!" She looked disappointed and waved as I left the ranch.
I ran as fast as my feet could carry me. "What the heck is going on!?" I
yelled in anger and fear.
Navi flew out of my tunic and hovered in front of me. "Darunia may be
right. Your time traveling twisted the frabic of time-space. The balance
must have broken last night. Didn't you feel it?"
"NO!!" I shouted. "I am the Hero of Time! I have the power to make time
flow as I please! It can't go against me!" I stopped and gasped for breath.
Sweat and tears covered my face and dripped off my chin. I fell to my knees
and dug my fingers into the soil in desperation and frustration.
Navi flew in front of me to survey the top of a hill. Then she dropped. She
fell to the ground as if she suddenly forgot how to fly.
"Navi!" I yelled as I ran up the hill. What I saw stopped me dead in my
tracks like it had shocked Navi. Hyrule Market was visible from where I was
standing. I can already see and hear the activity of daily life in the
market. However, Ganondorf's castle, complete with the lava pit, hovered
where the Hyrule Palace used to stand.
The two of us gaped at the castle for what seemed to be forever. I
swallowed and walked towards the drawbridge that separated the market from
the field. The marketplace was identical to the original one. People smiled
and waved as I passed by. I stopped by two arguing men to ask them what the
HECK WAS GOING ON!
"Um, excuse me, but where is Hyrule Castle?" I asked.
"Can't you see it up there?" One of the men replied. He pointed at the
"Oh. Princess Zelda lives there, right?"
"Huh? Zelda? Are you insane? King Ganondorf lives up there." The other man
"Hmm. Does he run the kingdom well?"
"Oh yeah. He's a great leader. Even better than the last King."
"??? Well… I heard a rumor that he was the leader of the Greudo Thieves."
"WHAT?! Geez, you must have your head screwed up. Of course he's not a
Gerudo. They are only females. Zelda is the Queen of the Gerudo Thieves."
"Th..t thank you." I managed to stammer. I went over to a rock and just
sat there thinking that over. Finally, in frustration I slashed at the
rock. "Tell me what is going on!!"
"BOING BOING! THE TIME IS 6:15!!" The rock said.
I sighed. This wasn't going to get me anywhere. Navi flew out of my tunic
and flew around in tight circles. I frowned at her. "What?" I demanded.
"What do you mean 'What?'" She shot back. "Don't you have a plan of what to
do by now?"
"Why do I have to make the plans?" I complained. Navi landed on my head.
"Say, what if we paid Zelda a visit?"
"I dunno…" Navi replied. "I'm afraid of what I might find. I can't imagine
Zelda as a Gerudo."
"Ha! I'm not afraid of anything! Well, um…maybe except Ruto. Anyways, let's
"Hold it," Navi flew in front of my face. "It's almost sunset. You should
wait until morning to go."
There is no flaw in her logic but my eagerness for action burned inside me.
That is, until a rumbling in my stomach made me realize how hungry and
tired I was. I bought something to eat and used a bench for a temporary bed
that night. So exhausted I was that I fell asleep immediately. The only
dreams I had this time were unclear and distant but I didn't really have
time to think about it when I woke up.
"Hey! Look! Hey! Listen! Look!" Navi cried.
She didn't sound too urgent so I decided to ignore her for the time being.
But it is impossible to return to sleep with her annoying voice pestering
me. Ugh…what did I eat last night? My morning breath smelled terrible.
Something wet on my cheek made my eyes fly open. I found myself looking
into the mouth of a stray dog.
"aaaAAAAGH!!" I fell of my bench and I realized that the garbage-like smell
was from the breath of a dog that has been tasting my face. Navi fell
beside me laughing her head off.
"Oh, shut up!" I yelled at the fairy. I took off my hat and spat on it and
used it to wipe the putrid dog-slime off my face. I looked at the hat in
disgust. "Navi, remind me to wash this later."
"Like that would make a difference," She replied sarcasticly. "By the way,
when was the last time you washed it?"
I put the hat back on and grinned sheepishly. "Never." I laughed at Navi's
disgust. We left the marketplace and I washed my hat in a stream that
orginated from Zora's Domain. Enough idling, it's time to visit Zelda, the
Queen of Gerudos.
We arrived at the bridge to Gerudo Valley soon afterwards. I wasn't exactly
expecting an easy entry but a guard was posted at the only enterance to the
fortress. I hid behind a rock. "Hey, Navi," I whispered. "Can you get rid
of that guard?"
"Sure thing, Link" Navi replied. She flew under the bridge and reappeared
in front of the Gerudo. At first, the guard ignored her, thinking she was a
regular fariy. After a closer look, the guard realized she was looking at a
Guardian Fairy, quiet rare and useful. The chase was on! The guard lunged
at Navi but she dodged it easiy. Navi shouted taunts and curses but stayed
a safe distance from the guard. Annoyed, the guard drew her sword and tried
to hit Navi with the flat of the blade. This went on until Navi lead the
guard far enough from the enterance for me to enter.
I don't know what I expected to find in the fortress but it sure wasn't
what I saw. The Gerudos have a surprisingly organized society. Like an
anthill, the people came in and out of caves built into the mountainside,
each one with a task to complete. They worked like machines, never resting
and with no emotion on their faces. Building, sewing, cooking, hunting,
guarding, caring for their daughters, practicing archery or hoseback
riding. Only the childern laughed and played under the eyes of their
mothers. Of course, there is no gender discrimination here; the females did
Judging from the richly dressed Gerudos that were coming in and out of one
specific tunnel, I guessed Zelda would be there. Avoiding the guards, I
made my way into the main chamber. The chamber was decorated with statues
of marble and paintings of important people or events. Silk tapestries
adorned the corners of the room and precious stones were embedded into the
furniture which consisted of a large table and several chairs. I hid behind
one of the tapestries.
I came at a good time. Although most of the chairs were currently
unoccupied, they began to fill up as more Gerudos arrived, probably for a
meeting. They were all wearing gems on their forehead, a symbol of rank,
and their clothing were embroided unlike the plain outfit the guards wear.
Finally, Zelda entered the room. She was older than I last saw her, of
course. Her hair was the usual blonde but streaked red and tied back in a
ponytail similar to the other women in the room. Dressed like the fashion
sensitive Gerudos, she looked more beautiful than ever. Nothing short of
amazing. But Zelda's face matched the expression of her peers. Her lips
were set in an emotionless line and her eyes are two blue pools of ice.
"I thank you for coming, my fellow Gerudos," Zelda said as she took her
seat, her eyes never wavering. "I'm afraid we must discuss the threat of
Ganondorf once again." Some of the Gerudos had bored expressions on their
faces while others tightened their lips in anger. One of them slamed her
fist onto the table.
"How much longer must we wait?!" The Gerudo snarled through clenched teeth.
"How much longer can we stand being persecuted by the rest of Hyrule? It's
not our fault we have to steal to survive! This desert wasteland is good
for nothing but a military fortress. If we ever move to a more fertile
land, those Hyrulian pigs would just chase us inferior female thieves
away!" She stood up with her hand still tightly clenched. "We will show
them who's inferior!!"
The room erupted in cheers and applause. But Zelda simply tapped her
fingernails impatiently. "Nabooru, will you please sit down?" She said
with no change in expression. "It is true that anger is a powerful weapon
but hatred is a double-edged sword that destroys the user. Be sure to
differenctiate between the two."
The one called Nabooru sat down. "We have reason to hate." She said
A girl suddenly ran into the chamber and whispered something into Zelda's
ear. Zelda's eyebrows rose and the beginnnings of a smile tugged at the
corners of her mouth.
"I'll see to that later," Zelda said, waving the girl away. The girl bowed
and disappeared the way she came.
"Be patient, my friend," Zelda said to Nabooru. "The world will soon see
who is superior. Females in general, Gerudos in specific. We are now closer
to getting the Triforce than ever before." Gasps of pleasant surprise
filled the room. Now Zelda addressed the rest of her audience. "It is a
well known fact that to obtain the Triforce, one must have the three
Spiritual Stones and the Ocarina of Time. We have located the Spiritual
Stones. My spies tell me that they are in the possession of a male in his
teens. I want all of you to be on the watch for him. He has unkept blonde
hair, is of medium build and wears a dirty green hat and tunic. With such a
bad fashion sense, I'm sure he would stick out in a crowd like a Dodongo
among Tektites. But if you ever meet him, do not attack unless he is at a
severe disadvantage. I am told that he has the Master Sword and would be a
I blinked. They were talking about me! But my fashion sense is fine…Wait a
minute, the discription Zelda gave was of my older self! How is that
possible? In this time frame, my younger self exists. This doesn't make
sense! Ganondorf already took the Triforce. The Spiritual Stones and the
Master Sword are both in the Temple of Time. Or are they?
A wave of anxiousness flowed thourgh me. I wanted to return to the Temple
of Time to see what happened there. But Zelda started talking about
politics, agriculture and other stuff that she would have to govern as a
queen. She just went on and on (and on and on).
I heard a whispered voice and jerked my head in that direction. There were
two guards standing dangerously close to me! When did they come in? I
didn't even notice them. They were talking in hushed voices as to not
disturb their superiors. One of them was wearing heavy perfume that made my
nose itch. Oh shoot, I felt a sneeze coming up! Don't these sort of things
always happen at the worst time? I held my nose and shivered as the sneeze
passed and my eyes filled with tears. But the shiver was enough to pass a
huge ripple along the delicate tapestry I was hiding behind.
All attention was immedatly focused on me. The two guards that were near me
lifted the tapestry and exposed me to the rest of the Gerudos. With a
movement of her finger, Zelda motioned the guards and two others to seize
"Back off!" I warned. The four Gerudos that faced me drew their ever-
present katanas. I drew my sword and shield and braced myself for the
attack. One Gerudo swiped at me with her sword and cut deeply into the
Kokiri shield. By the Triforce, it couldn't take much more of this! I took
out my stone of Din. "I call upon the fire of the Goddess of Power!!" I
screamed. A spray of fire blew out of the stone and surrounded me, blinding
me. When my vision returned, the four Gerudos were unconscious and aflame.
The others were throwing sand on their comrads to put out the fire or
rolling on the ground to extinguish their own hair and clothes.
"Stop," Zelda whispered softly. With such a quiet command, Zelda halted the
activites of the entire room. Then she stared at me with her eyes that
could pierce the soul. "A Kokiri boy. Hmm…" Zelda cocked her head
inquisitively. "Now it all makes sense. I see you have Din's Fire, child."
"Zelda," I said breathlessly. "Don't you remember me?"
Zelda continued to stare. Then she shook her head, causing volumes of
raspberry-blonde hair to ripple like silk on the wind. "I'm afraid I do
not, Kokiri child. Should I?"
"You must remember!" I yelled. Desperate, I took out the Ocarina of Time
and played Zelda's Lullaby. The tune filled the chamber slowly but stirred
every soul within it's hearing. As the song ended, the room became silent,
only an echo of the Ocarina's voice remained. If this Zelda was the same
Zelda I had talked to in the castle, she must remember this melody. I
looked around at my audience. Every face in the room was in wonderment and
awe. Especially Zelda's. But then I saw a flicker of anger dart across her
face and I realized I had made a fatal error. The Gerudo's were looking for
the Ocarina of Time! I had been stupid enough to show it to them and now
they won't ever let me leave with it!
Zelda leaned back on the seat and combed her fingers through her long
ponytail. She looked at the other Gerudos in the chamber. "Ladies," she
said. "I'm sure you all realize you have just seen the legendary Ocarina of
Time. I hope all of you understand that we must take advantage of this
fortunate turn of events. Before the end of the day, that Ocarina will be
in Gerudo hands."
I felt like a guppy among sharks. Every eye in the room was focued on me.
The Gerudos narrowed their eyes and unshealthed their swords. I gulped.
There is no way I can fight against all these Gerudos alone! There must be
over twenty-five of them! Zelda shook her head slightly, silently and
immediately every Gerudo lowered her weapon. Zelda similed.
"As much as we need the Ocarina, I will not spare my people unnessesarily.
Stand back." The crowd parted, leaving a clear path between me and the
queen. Her hands were still in her hair. When she removed them, each hand
held four small, shuriken-like daggers; one between each finger. She held
her left hand in front of her and flicked her wrists four times.
I was confused for a split second. That's when I realized her left hand was
no longer holding the daggers. The daggers are flying right at me!!
By the time all this processed through my brain, two of the daggers already
whizzed by either side of my head, grazing each of my long ears. I quickly
raised my shield. If I didn't make that last movement, the last two daggers
would have struck directly in my eyes. One of them even came half way
through the shield before lodging in the wood. I gaped at the blade.
"That was only a warning shot. As you can see, I am an excellent
markswoman." Zelda examined the daggers in her right hand as if she was
examining her fingernails. Her eyes glittered like the polished blades.
"There is no need for you to die. If you hand over the Ocarina now, I will
let you leave with your life." She smiled savagely.
I am really beginning to dislike this Zelda. I nodded quietly as I
dislodged the daggers from my shield. But I did not take out my Ocarina
which I would give to no one; not even Zelda (as strange as that may
sound). Instead, I took out my boomarang. Before any of the Gerudos could
react, I shouted a war cry and flung the boomarang right at Zelda.
The Gerudos gasped and screamed in surprise. The ones who were in the
boomarang's path ducked to avoid the projectile. Zelda ducked as well but
the boomarang hit the jeweled band that was holding her hair and cut it
loose. I jumped onto the table and started running towards the queen.
Those who still had some sense in them tried to hit me with their swords
but I used my speed and small size to avoid the attacks. Right before I
reached Zelda, I rolled and took out Din's Fire.
"Hold it!" I yelled, loud enough for everyone to hear. Everyone stopped,
seeing that their queen is in danger. "Goddess Din, I call upon your
power…" I whispered. The stone glowed brightly in my hand but didn't burst
into flame. The boomarang finally returned and I caught it with my free
hand. "That was my warning shot, Zelda." I declared, pointing the boomarang
at her. Then I noticed the boomarang brought back Zelda's hairband as well.
Zelda stood up. With nothing to hold it, her hair fell to her waist. The
twenty-somthing daggers that were hidden in it fell to the floor and made
metalic clanging sounds which echoed in the room. Zelda stared at me with
cold eyes. Then she smiled sweetly.
"I see I have underestimated you, Kokiri warrior." She said smiling. But
there was a certain malice in her expression. "I know that Kokiris don't
ever reach adulthood. Perhaps you are even older than I am. What are you,
I shook indignantly. "I'm ten!" I cried.
The queen laughed, a silvery, bell-like sound. "I like your attitude. If
you didn't have the Ocarina, I would have let you go. Still, there is no
reason for there to be any hard feelings between us." Zelda's eyes wavered
to the side. A Gerudo seemed to narrow her eyes in response. The gesture
was so slight, I barely noticed it. "I propose a trade for that Ocarina."
"What will you trade?" I asked in a teasing tone. "How many horses, weapons
and resourses will you trade for a priceless artifact like this? How many…"
I held up Zelda's hairband. "…jewels are you willing to part with?" I put
the boomarang and hairband in my satchel.
Zelda snapped her fingers and the girl she was talking to before entered
the room. This time, the girl had something in her hand. A bottle. A glass
bottle with a fairy inside.
"NAVI!!" I screamed. The jar shook in the girl's hands, the result of Navi
slamming herself ceaselessly against the walls of her glass prison. Zelda
smiled. I gritted my teeth and stared at the bottle, almost mesmerized. In
that moment of weakness, the Gerudo Zelda had signaled to before, swiped at
my legs. "Argh!" A gash appeared on my shin and I lost my balance. That's
when Zelda lunged. She grabbed my neck with one hand and stood up to her
full height on the table. I was very uncomfortable; my feet were lifted off
the table and Zelda's fingernails were digging into my neck.
"I tire of this, Kokiri!" Zelda shouted, her anger unchecked. She narrowed
her eyes. "I will make you beg for death." She said softly, tasting the
words. The Gerudos watching whooped and cheered, excited to see their queen
in action. Zelda tightened her grip; choking me. I dropped whatever was in
my hands and grabbed her arm, trying to lossen her hold. As consiousness
started to leave me, I noticed that with her free hand, Zelda was reaching
for the Ocarina. NO! With one last burst of strength, I did the first thing
that came to my mind.
I bit her.
Zelda dropped me and screamed in pain and fury. In one liquid movement, I
grabbed Din's Fire and jumped off the table. I ran. But there was no where
to run to. The Gerudos are prepared now, each one poised for attacking with
a weapon in her hand. Even if I did get away, I couldn't just leave Navi
here. I was soon cornered. The warriors formed a tight ring around me; far
enough so that I couldn't use Din's Fire on them.
"Looks like you're out of options, Kokiri," Zelda said quietly, rubbing the
teeth marks on her otherwise undented skin. She stared at me intensly, eyes
narrowed. The jewel on her forehead glowed like a third eye.
No… This warped version of Zelda can not be allowed the Ocarina of Time.
This can't be how it ends! But I was powerless to do anything to stop her.
There is no way I can survive with fifty Gerudo eyes trained on me. At
least… I will take Zelda down with me!
I drew my sword. I powered up my spin-attack and prayed that my death will
be swift. No doubt the Gerudos will slaughter me once they realize what I'm
doing, but even if they cut me into five pieces, the momentem of my magic
will hopefully be enough to kill Zelda.
Suddenly, an arrow flew into the room. It passed directly in front of
Zelda's eyes and made her gasp in surprise. She backed away. It interrupted
my concentration so I was forced to let the spin go only medium charged. It
did not hit Zelda, she was out of range.
The arrow was not a regular arrow, it's a fire arrow. It hit one of the
tapestries and set it ablaze. The Gerudos panicked. A wildfire is a serious
thing in the desert, where everything is dry and water is hard to come
across. As the Gerudos ran for their water supplies, another flaming arrow
was shot from a dark corridor. I squinted and looked the down the tunnel,
hoping to get a glimpse of the archer. As another arrow was lit, I saw a
silhouette of the man but only for an instant. He let the arrow go. The
crowd parted, dodging the arrow, leaving a clear path to where Zelda was
standing. One of the Gerudos actually jumped in the arrow's path in attempt
to save her queen. The arrow hit the woman in the neck. She screamed.
I prayed to the Goddesses that my small size would save me as I ran on the
path the arrow created, towards the corridor. But something was
missing…Navi! My eyes darted feverishly, looking for the girl with the
bottle. I found her huddled in a corner, holding the bottle in both arms
like it was her salvation. No one noticed me; no one tried to stop me as I
pushed my way through the chaos towards the girl. I drew my sword and
pointed it at the girl's neck.
"The fairy, Gerudo." I demanded. Blood trickled down her throat from where
my sword's tip pierced her skin. The sword was shaking. The girl was
shaking. She handed me the bottle and I snatched it from her fingers. Navi
flew around furiously, stretching her wings once I released her.
From the corner of my eye, I noticed that one of the older Gerudos stop to
stare at me and the girl. She mouthed the word 'traitor' and drew her
"Let's go!" Navi urged. Leaving the girl in her corner, I ran for the
tunnel. The arrows have stopped flying from there. Looking back, I saw
Zelda behind the dancing flames as her eyes locked with mine. Her face
twisted in fury, she yelled something unprintable and left the meeting
room. I also saw the girl. Surrounded by her sister Gerudos who marked her
as a traitor, she was helpless. They closed in on her and…well, I won't
say. That will remain my own private nightmare.
Leaving the smoking inferno, I squinted in the noonday sun and took in a
lungfull of dry desert air. Then I ran. Far behind me, Gerudos oozed out of
tunnels like angry fire ants. They saddled their horses and began to give
chase. I looked ahead, and saw a flash of white from a horse's tail
disappear around a corner. What was a Gerudo doing running away from me? In
a moment it clicked. That must be the guy who saved me!
"Hey!" I yelled. I waved to the rider. His horse stopped on top of a hill
when he heard my call. The setting sun in the background made it difficult
to distinguish the rider's face.
"Link, hide! The Gerudos are almost upon you!" Navi cried. Without
hesitation, I jumped behind a tree. Immediately, the Gerudos appeared
around the bend. They saw the horseback rider and started to give chase
without even looking my way. I breathed a sigh of relief. Pretty soon, all
the Gerudos were gone, trying to catch the rider. I was safe to return to
"So, Navi. You just HAD to get yourself captured, didn't you?!" I said to
my fairy as we walked along the grassy meadow."You know,I was doing fine
before you came and screwed everything up. If it wasn't for that guy with
the arrows, Zelda would be taking me to see a taxidermist by now! How in
Nayru's name did you get yourself into such a mess?"
"That Gerudo had a net!" Navi whined. "Ugh! Nets!" She shivered.
"Oh. Real scary. A net." I twisted my face into a mock impression of the
fariy. "A net! EEEEEE!!" I squeaked in a high-pitched voice.
Navi didn't answer me. She simply glowed many colors in embarrasment. I
sighed. "That was undeniably one of the weirdest experiences in my life. I
mean, Zelda, a Gerudo? It's just not right!" I stamped my feet in
frustration. "What the heck is going on!?!?" I screamed to the sky.
"Stop lying to yourself, Link." Navi said quietly, hovering in front of my
face. "You know why this is happening. It is a product of your own
manipulations with time."
We were nearing the gates of the Marketplace. I sat on a broken fence as we
waited for sunrise. I put my head in my hands. When I removed them, I was
mildly suprised to find them tear-stained. Of course. I am thinking of
Enichah. He was, is or will be dead, I'm not quite sure anymore. What if he
is alive now? But what if he turned into some twisted reality like Zelda
"All people die. It is inevitable." Navi whispered softly. "Nothing lasts
forever. Time runs out for eveything. People, animals, and maybe even our
Goddesses. But one must make the most of what little time we have. Link,
Hero of Time. You were given this power not to save one person. You must
save Hyrule from Ganondorf, who will cause many more people to die than you
Navi had to wait a few moments for me to choke back tears before I could
answer. "Y…you're right. *sniff* This would be what Enichah would have
wanted. For me to save the lives of others. Then his sacrifice would not be
without meaning. Then people would not have to die."
I thought about that Gerudo girl. She did not ask to die that day. If she
had fought back, the Gerudos would have let her live. If she had fought
back, I would have killed her. She is only a girl, Zelda's messenger. She
is also someone's child, someone's friend. Like Enichah was.
"I'll set things straight. If the price of Hyrule is Enichah's life, then
it has been paid." I declared with new determination. I closed my eyes. "A
high price it is but I can not ignore my calling; the destiny the Goddesses
have bestowed upon me shall be fulfilled. This is what I was created for;
what others will die for. I can not change the past, nor can I rectify the
future. But I can try. I can hope. And perhaps, with just that illusion of
salvation, I will be able to achieve my goals."
The rising sun shined light onto my hazy mind. I shuddered involuntarily.
"C'mon Navi." I said to my fairy. She flew into my tunic to rest. "Let's go
to the Temple of Time. If we are able to go back to reality, the Temple
must have some answers."
The drawbridge lowered as I drew nearer, almost as if it waited for my
arrival. I didn't pause to talk to anybody as I walked through the
Marketplace but did I keep an eye trained on Ganondorf's floating castle. I
approached the Temple of Time. The ancient place was as intimidating as
ever. Giant granite bricks and towering steeples installed a sense of
wonder to those that gazed upon it. Stained glass windows and writing in
ancient Hyrulian script decorated the interior. Tiles that covered the
floor glowed an artificial white as if they were lit from the inside.
In the echoy main chamber, I had a good view of the Door and the Altar of
Time. Surprisingly, all the spiritual stones were on the altar! I breathed
a sigh of relief. Since I have the Ocarina of Time, all I need to do now is
to play the Song of Time and get the Master Sword to return to the future.
I put the Ocarina to my lips and played the first few notes. The door
opened. Wait a sec, I haven't even finished the song yet!
A figure stepped out of the shadows beyond the door. I drew my sword. What
I saw gave me the surprise of my life. It was…me.
An older version of Link. Exactly the same as what I looked like when I
journeyed into the future. The hat, hair, face, clothes and body were all
the same. I even recognized a hole in his tunic where it had been ripped
and a small scar on his right hand were I had cut myself years earlier. But
he was holding the Master Sword. That almost gave me a heart attack. If the
Master Sword is not in its pedestal, how am I supposed to go to the future!
Link (?) looked at me in confusion, as if trying to remember…Then his eyes
lit up in recognition. "You're the kid that was at the Gerudo camp, weren't
you?" My older self said to me. He frowned. "What in Farore's name were you
doing there?! The Gerudos don't approve of childern very much. Especially
those of the male variety. Who are you, anyways?"
I did some quick calculations in my head. This must have been the person
who rescued me from the Gerudos. First of all, this alter-ego of mine
obviously doesn't recognize me as his younger self. Secondly, he has the
Master Sword! Either we must work together to restore time, or I must take
the sword from him. However, I don't think he would be willing to help me.
If things go back to normal, this version of me will cease to exist. I
can't trust him.
The other Link looked at me strangely. "You're a suspicious person, you
know that? First I find you in the Gerudo Fortress, now here. If I didn't
know any better, I would think you're after the Triforce."
I swallowed hard. Was I? I'm not quite sure anymore. Where exactly is the
Triforce? Last time I checked, Ganondorf took it during my seven inanimate
years in the Temple of Time. Before that, the Triforce rested right where
the Goddesses left it, in the holy Golden Land. Where is it now…?
Teen Link continued, as if oblivious to me. "I am on a mission to stop
Queen Zelda's rein of terror. She searches for the Triforce but I must find
it before her. All I need now is the Ocarina of Time. Rumor says that Zelda
already has it but I guess that's not the case. You wouldn't, by any
chance, know where it is, would you?" His eyes pierced mine.
I blinked. Why was he telling me these things like he trusted me? Why would
he be asking me for the Ocarina? He must know that I have it already or at
least suspect it. No point in starting a fight. I took the Ocarina out of
my bag. The other Link backed away, his eyes wide in surprise. Okay… I
guess he didn't know I have the Ocarina after all.
"The Ocarina of Time! What fortunate a turn of events! I don't know how you
got the Ocarina, but in the name of the Triforce, I need it to save Hyrule.
Give it to me!" Older Link demanded, holding out his hand.
I shook my head. "This is the only key to my past and…" I looked at the
intricate symbols on the Ocarina. "Perhaps it is the key to my future. I
can't give this to you, Link."
The other Link's eyes narrowed. "How did you know my name?" He asked. "I
have worked too hard for the Spiritual Stones and Master Sword. I will stop
at nothing to get the Triforce. You will not stand in my way." As he was
making this elegant speech, Link raised his hand and rested it on the hilt
of the Master Sword. He lifted the holy relic out of its shealth in slow
motion. Older Link and the Master Sword together looked twice as menacing
as they can ever be alone. "I don't wish to fight. But for the survival of
Hyrule, if I must do so, I will not hesitate to destroy you."
I took out my Deku shield and Kokiri Sword. They looked primitive and
useless compared to the superior Hylian shield and Master Sword the other
Link was holding. "You can not have the Ocarina!" I shouted. I braced my
knees and sliced at the air in threat. He did the same.
None of us moved. Both of us were waiting for the other to attack, waiting
for an opening. I took this time to think things over. This is ridiculous!
I am fighting myself! But fight I must, there is no way I am going to part
with anything from the real world. Teen Link has all my skills. He is older
and stronger than I am now. However, I am more agile than he is and my
smaller size will allow me to dodge most hits. Does he have my experience?
My items? There's only one way to find out.
With a war cry, I lunged at him. The blade of my sword met his. Holding his
sword steady, he held me back with relative ease. I was straining. Link
shoved me back violently and I fell. Instead of stumbling, I let my body
absorb the impact and rolled to the side. Link turned, slightly off balance
for a few moments, adjusting himself to better face my new position. Ha! I
was faster than him. Running to the side, I tried to get some distance
between us. But when I turned around, I saw that he had a fire arrow
pointed at me. He let the arrow fly. I raised my Deku shield and the arrow
struck it with a dull thwang. Immediately after impact, my shield
incinerated from the fire.
"Give it up, kid." Link said, loading another arrow into the bow. "There's
no need for bloodshed."
I put my free hand in my satchel without thinking about it. This is
something I have a habit of doing every time I'm in danger. An item with a
cutting edge poked at my hand. I rubbed it between my fingers and felt that
it is a surprisingly light and flat object with many sharp edges. Has to be
one of Zelda's signature daggers that must have been brought back with my
Boomarang. A side of it was wrapped in cloth and fit comfortably between my
middle and forefinger.
"My patience is waning." Link said. "Your Ocarina or your life."
In some distant part of my mind, I thought I could use Zelda's dagger in
the fight. Before I knew it, I did. I'm pretty sure that the dagger is
enchanted because it struck exactly where I'm aiming. Right between the
eyes!! Link dropped his loaded bow and clutched at his bloody face. The
lightweight weapon must have penetrated the bone. He screamed. Raw torment.
I stood there, stunned. His voice seemed to sink deep in my subconsious. My
ears heard his screaming but my eyes saw Enichah. We are so alike. Me and
"Link! Wake up!!" Navi cried. "This is your chance!"
I blinked. I saw the other Link on his hands and knees. His eyes were
almost non-existant under the blood and broken cartilage. With one last
shriek of agony, he ripped the dagger from his head. His sense of danger
finally got the best of him. Squinting, he stopped and tried to see past
the carnage on his face. Older Link swung the Master Sword around wildly in
an attempt to defend himself. From this, I can guess he doesn't know the
"Navi, lock on!" The fairy zipped out of my tunic and hovered over my
fallen opponent. I charged up my Deku Sword and slashed at his chest and
shoulders. He doubled over in pain. Now knowing my position, he took a
desperate stab at me and opened a gash on my arm. The wound wasn't deep. It
just hurt like hell.
My blood now stained the tip of Master Sword. I watched in horror and
fascination as it seemed to take on a life of its own. After tasting my
blood,the sword would hesitate in the other Link's hands, not knowing
whether its wielder or the person it's attacking is the real Hero of Time.
It decided to stay out of the fight, growing so heavy that Link could
barely lift it.
Link wiped the gore off his face with the back of his arm. He tried to
stand up but my spin attack caused a lot of damage and he couldn't hold
himself upright. The battle was over. I actually won! The bloody, broken
Link sat with his back towards me. The Master Sword lay beside him in a
puddle of blood, useless to my older self. Now that I had won the right to
the Ocarina of Time, there was no need for further hostility between us.
I walked towards him. I assumed he was defenseless. I assumed wrong. Navi
saw what I missed.
Teen Link twisted his upper body so he was facing me. I found myself
standing three feet away from the tip of a fire arrow. It would be a
miracle if he missed.
"Game over." The older Link whispered through clenched teeth.
I was going to die. I could see, almost in slow motion, how the other Link
relaxed the fingers that were holding the bow taunt. But Navi, bless her
tiny heart, flew in to save me. She hovered in front of Link2 and emitted a
brilliant flash of light. Some inner instinct told me to get as low as
possible, which I did, falling on my shoulder. Immediately after, I felt
the heat of the fire arrow pass directly above me. Navi's light was
painfully bright, even with my eyes tightly shut. I can only imagine what
it was like for the other Link, who got the full impact of the light with
Navi only inches from his face.
I blinked back the colored spots in my eyes. Teen Link had dropped his bow
and arrows and wrapped both arms around his face, trying to recover from
the flash. Suddenly, he raised his head and rubbed his eyes vigorously. He
fumbled for his weapons, blinking rapidly. I don't believe it! He's still
trying to fight!
I can't let him get the better of me like he did before. No way. I sliced
at the other Link and opened a slit in his jugular, causing blood to
cascade down his neck. With a forward stab, I ripped the area of tunic
above his belt and whatever flesh was behind it. At one point, he grabbed
the blade weakly and it bit into his hand. I snarled fiercely, an action
completely unlike me, and yanked it away. Blood splashed onto my face but I
ignored it. I can't quite remember what happened next. My consiousness
slipped away and I entered a drunken, dream-like state in which I was
unaware of my actions. I just simply continued to fight, no, slaughter. I
continued until he no longer screamed in agony. Until he no longer moved.
Until he was no longer alive.
I stood there, breathing heavily, staring blankly ahead. Like waking to a
nightmare, I realized what I had done. Navi gaped at me in horror from her
perch on one of the Spiritual Stones. She seemed dimmer, most of her light
spent on the recent flash, or was she simply pale from fear, fear of…me? I
felt my legs buckle and I tried to use my sword as a crutch, but in vain.
All the strength was drained from my body. I fell to my knees. Glancing
back at the fallen Link, my stomach churned and promptly emptied itself.
What a mess. Blood, vomit, sweat and tears spilt on the floors of the
sacred Temple of Time.
What have I done? What had to be done.Two Links can't live in the same time
frame. But this is...
murder.But this is not the first time.Think of all the other creatures that
have died by your sword. Is this any different? I kill so others can live.
But this time my victim is a person who is trying to bring peace to the
world, just like me. He is me. What frightened me the most was that I
didn't feel anything while I was literally hacking away at his life. No
pity, remorse or hesitation. You have always acted this way. Why should it
bother you? My consciencs must be speaking. Shut up! No!
I put my hands on my head and shook it violently. If I don't close out my
inner demons, they are going to drive me insane.
"Are you okay, Link?" Navi asked, twitching her wings nervously.
"Why does it have to come down to this? How do I know if I am the one that
is meant to die? The two of us both had the same goal but only one of us
survived the conflict. Oh Navi, how am I supposed to know if things will
turn out right?"
"There's no 'right or wrong' in the future. 'Right or wrong' exists only in
the present. If you trust your heart, your decisions will eventually lead
you to a better world. But life is not a video game, there are no second
chances. Death is final. I am gald that you are alive, Link, even if your
older self isn't. Learn from your mistakes and move on in life."
I contemplated what Navi said. It is true, but it does not stop my feeling
of disgust towards myself. I arranged the other Link's hands across his
chest and closed his eyes which stared through me even in death. Then I
said a Kokiri's prayer in honor of my fallen opponent.
The Master Sword laid where Link had dropped it, stained red. I grabbed the
hilt and received a terrible jolt. The sword shocked me! I glared at it
accusingly, holding my injured hand, and the inanimate object seemed to
glare right back. Tenderly, I touched the tip of the sword where it entered
my skin before. Nothing. I ran my hand slowly down the flat of the blade,
stroking the weapon like a pet. I received a few minor charges but they
soon ceased. Now when I touched the hilt, the sword wouldn't fight back.
It finally yielded to my grip.
Okay… I have the Master Sword. Now what? It's not in its pedestal so going
into the future may be a bit tricky… I lifted the sword with both hands, it
being heavy for my childish body. I played 'The Song of Time' in front of
the Door of Time and sure enough, it opened. How my alter-ego got in there
in the first place will forever remain a mystery. I stepped up to the empty
My only option was to plunge the sword back into the pedestal. But what
time period will I go to? Will I be a teenager without the sword? Or maybe
I will go back in time and turn into a three-year-old or something. My
greatest fear was that nothing will happen. That this twisted reality will
I took a breath. No choice now. I plunged the Master Sword back into its
stone holder. This time, the light engulfed me in not the original blue,
but in an angry red color.It swirled around me madly, as if I'm standing in
the eye of a tornado. I tried to let go of the hilt but my hands wouldn't
"Navi! My hands won't release the Master Sword!" I cried. My voice was
swallowed by the vastness of time. Did she even hear me?
In what seemed like a distant voice, the fairy replied, "Then don't!"
And then, everything went black.
Actually, I was still conscious but I just couldn't see. Did the light
blind me? Or did someone turn off the lights? I waved my hands around,
trying to feel something. But nothing responded to my command to move my
arms. My arms won't move! On further examination, I realized that I didn't
even have arms! Or legs, or head or any other body parts. I screamed. But
no sound formed. I don't have a mouth or lungs. I suppose I should be
grateful, for if I did, I would scream and scream and never stop. Geez,
talk about an out of body experience!
Am I dead? Good question. I reached out with my mind, the only thing that's
left of me. I felt… emptiness. The void. It was crushing in its silence.
I would have jumped three feet into the air if I still had a physical body.
Someone's talking to me! Well, not exactly talking, since I can't hear. It
was more like another person's thoughts simply entered my mind. I have
heard of such experiences in legends. When individuals communicated with…
Not the Goddesses, Link. But quite close. Don't you remember me?
Ah. Of course. Rauru! The Sage of Light, keeper of the Temple of Time.
I see you have made quite a mess of time, my boy. And perhaps now you are
now trying to undo your mistake? Rauru laughed, a sound which seemed to
vibrate throughout this desolate universe. As you can 'see' we are not in
the Temple of Light. This is the void between Time. You, being the Hero of
Time, have the power to change the past and future. But it is not up to you
to control destiny. Such things are beyond mortal comprehension.
I am sorry that your Sheikah friend had died. Another brave soul for the
Goddesses to keep. However, you cannot prevent death, only cherish and
preserve life. That is why the power of time has been given to you. It is a
tool to save lives, not a toy to be used for your personal persuits, even
one to save a single friend. You can't trade Hyrule for one life. Death is
I wanted to spit. Destiny…
…Is inevitable. Try to accept that, Hero. You will see a lot of destiny in
I was suddenly aware of my own body again but my hands still won't release
the Master Sword. I yanked as hard as I could and the sword flew out of its
pedestal. The momentum carried me backwards and I fell on my butt. The
sword clattered loudly beside me. When I reached for the sword, I noticed
my hands. They are the the larger, gloved hands that I own when I'm a
teenager. So, I'm seventeen again.
"Having fun, Link?" Navi asked, landing on my shoulder. "I think it's time
for you to continue the search for the other Sages."
I nodded in agreement but secretly I was afraid to return to the Hedge
Maze, where Enichah died. I might lose it again. Stalling, I went to
Kakariko Village instead, to restock some of my supplies. However, as soon
as I set foot on the tended grass, I found myself being drawn towards the
graveyard like a magnet. I found a small crowd was gathered there, about
A funeral was taking place. Before anyone told me, I could already guess
who the funeral was for. Among the whisperings, I heard how the body was
found by the Kokiri. Seeing that it was a Sheikah, the childern retrieved
the body and somehow sent it to Kakariko Village, home of the Sheikah race.
The crowd is not large and nobody shed any tears. It's no wonder, since
Enichah never had many friends and family. The coffin is one made of plain
wood with nothing carved onto it. The people shook their heads in regret at
the loss of a life so young. I hid in the shadows until everyone had left
before I approached the grave.
The cemetery had always been a place of lothing for me, I guess. But now, I
notice how peaceful and serene it is. The air would be quiet as if wind was
afraid to enter this resting place of the dead. Exotic flowers were planted
around some of the graves and a few marble statues stood, decorating the
meadow. A little waterfall trickled on top of a few strategically placed
stones, churning out an endless melody. And still I hate it.
The loose soil around Enichah's grave was already starting to sprout
flowers and blades of grass, the result of some ancient spell. His granite
tombstone read, Enichah. Of the Sheikah.Son of Impa, founder of Kakario.
May power, wisdom and courage follow you where ever you may go.I felt my
eyes water and tried to hold back the tears that threatened. I found that
to take more effort than what it's worth. They coursed down my face and
blurred my vision.
I stood on one knee and took off my hat in respect. With my eyes closed, I
held my hand over the grave and concentrated. I focused my energy and used
an old forest spell that I learned from the other Kokiri. Slowly, surely,
the flowers reacted to my magic and commands. Vines, roots and grass wove
together into a complex mat. I clapped my hands together and all the buds
bloomed, forming a red Sheikah eye symbol with a small yellow triforce in
"E…Enichah." I paused and cleared my throat. My voice had cracked.
There was a slight but sudden breeze that ruffled my hair and made me
shiver. I turned my head to the direction where it was coming from. It
originated from the top of a cliff where the Shadow Temple was rumored to
be. Squinting, I saw two red dots in the distance. They looked like…eyes.
Mournful eyes. I blinked and they were gone. The thought of someone
watching me sent chills down my spine. But I probably imagined it. I turned
back to Enichah's grave.
"Enichah," I said. I swallowed and took a few breaths before continuing.
"Thank you, my friend. For the too short of a time that we were together.
But I would rather meet you and die than be given a hundred years of life.
I'm sorry…that thing's couldn't have been different. Try as I might, I
can't change the future by changing the past. What's done is done.
Maybe…maybe in the end, all will turn out for the best." I stood up and put
my hat back on. "You would not want me to live in grief forever. But I will
never forget you. Your devilish grin, piercing eyes and ever-laughing
"I will never forget you…"
Why, my friend, did you go away?
We can no longer laugh, we can no longer play.
I search the clouds for you when it's bright,
I search the stars for you when it's night.
Your laughter's echo can't ease my heart.
It hurts so much because we are apart.
They tell me you live in my thoughts and dreams
But it still can't soothe the pain it brings.
I'll try to be brave and face tomorrow
Though where you have gone I can not follow.
Near or far or beyond the stars
May the Goddesses watch over you, wherever you are.