Full Summary- When Link hears about an apparition called the "Masked Mystique" the hero within him can't help but to be curious and look for an adventure. However, before he can blink, he's dragged into an evil realm unlike any he could ever comprehend before- and a battle for the final days of Hyrule. Zelink. Rated for horror, nudity, blah blah. Starts out as action adventure but turns into romance.

Announcements-

4.28.04 Again- OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS, I ACTUALLY FINISHED IT! I had this writing spurt thing and was just like… "MUST…. WRITE…" and I finished. I'm still in shock that I actually completed the entire thing… and also very proud of myself, and incredibly sad. *sniffles* I'M SO SAD! Now, to explain to some of you, this story isn't fluffy because I'm in a disagreement with my boyfriend and have been put off of romance… or at least, experiencing it/writing it. However, I was sure to add in some sweet stuff for all of you fluff lovers. I AM, note, AM, taking challenge requests, GO ME, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I'll actually write it. So yeah. If you want to get in contact with me for any reason, feel free to email me! I like getting email! It makes me happy.

Anyway, in other news, I have another ficcie on the way…. Er, another two ficcies, really. One will be a peter-pan remake of LoZ OOT, and the other will probably be a modern-ish fic. Either that, or a pointlessly fluffy romance. *shrug*

Let's see. I'm probably going to publish the rest of the story TONIGHT, as soon as my reader gets done and tells me whether the ending needs work or not. I was kind of confused while writing it, so I wanted to be sure that it wasn't all ambiguous and whatnot. And… yeah.

YAY! Please review! I'll respond to all the reviews in around a week or so.

4.28.04- Greetings, all. In my opinion, you all should be thanking me on bended knee- you know, since yesterday was my birthday and all, and yet I still have found time to bring you my writing. Backslash arrogance. No really, though. I got the most GODLY stereo system for my sweet sixteenth… it roxxors my soxxors. Oh, and I got an alarm clock with a rooster on it, too. It crows. So yeah. Uh, let's see. I am pleased to bring you chapter four of the ever-growing tale (I'm struggling through the ending scenes as it is) and… this is probably my gloomiest chapter yet, I think. Or next to gloomiest. Definitely a major moving chapter, though, and some mad fun at that. ALSO, it's the introduction of one of my favorite characters, Toyl, who isn't anywhere near as obnoxious as Navi, and doesn't dominate quite so much of our poor hero. ALSO, the fire temple scenes were possibly some of my favorite scenes to write, if not my absolute favorite. I had quite a large bit of fun with those. And… yeah. Please read and review! I will love you forever if you do!

4.24.04- Hey everybody. Rejoice- it's time for the much-awaited (or not) chapter three! Truth be told, I've been slightly sad since I've been obsessive-compulsively checking my mailbox, but alas, no reviews. Pleeeease, people, review! Reviews make me write faster! Anyway, I completed the much-hated chapter four, and am now on chapter five, in which… wait, I can't say. MUST NOT SPOIL! But anyway, good news for all you readers, I have ALMOST completed the story. I think. I don't want this to be too long, or else I get in ill spirits and no words come out. However, once I DO finish, I promise you all that I will publish all the remaining chapters simultaneously. So, enjoy! I proudly present to you chapter three.

4.20.04- I'm so depressed that I can't even write right now. Bleargh! Anyway, I've already got chapter four about three-fourths finished, but I'm not going to publish it just yet. It's a nice, angsty chapter, courtesy of my disagreements with my boyfriend at the moment. But that's not what you're reading. You're reading chapter TWO! Yay! One of my favorite chapters, I must say, especially because of the nice fluffy scene incorporated in that was the preview for the story. Haa. Enjoy the story, everybody!

-Many thanks to my 9 reviewers so far! You guys are the best! I'll be replying to reviews at the end of the story in order of review received, so if you don't want to scroll down a page looking for your name, give the muse a kick and get me some inspiration!

4.17.04- For those of you who are confused, please note that this is a ZELINK romance. The person behind the mask is yet to be revealed. However, Sheik is Zelda. Everything will all be explained in a few chapters, I promise you. For you all to note- this fic is post OOT and MM, not AU. I'm working my way through chapter four or so, which is giving me no end of hell, however, no worries. This announcement is almost journalistic because I have no intention of publishing anything tonight- I just wanted to help clear up some confusion I received in reviews.

(Somebody mentioned that the plot was confusing. Basically, what is going on is that Link discovers a strange person in a mask, tries to catch them, fails, winds up spending the night at the house of a "nice sheikiah lady" and her son, but when he wakes they're gone. He then learns that the princess Zelda and her attendant also vanished during the night, but makes no connection between the two. He goes to see Saria about the princess because something he hears confuses him, and Saria only makes him even more confused. Then he runs into Sheik by sheer circumstance which multiplies the problem, and goes to the temple of time to find some answers. Did that help clear anything up for chapter one?)

4.16.04- Well, I've finally decided to publish this, despite the fact that I'm not even finished writing the whole thing. But hey, pressure is half the fun, right? Besides, I've hit a sticky spot about halfway through the third chapter and need some reviews to help smash my brain into gear.

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Preview

            "Who are you?" Link asked the cloaked figure. "Show yourself." He pressed the sword blade into the figure's throat, though they did not recoil. Chin held high, the figure moved two bound hands up to its masked face. Link held in his breath as fingers slid underneath the mud-stained plate. What would he see? A horrible disfigurement? A monster?

            What Link saw when the figure peeled away the mask was so totally unexpected that it sent him gasping for air. The loveliest woman he had ever seen peered defiantly back at him from under the hood, her violently blue eyes sparkling with pride. Her cheeks were high and beautifully pink, her lips rose colored and plush. A strand of curling blonde hair fell into her eyes from under her hood, but she didn't seem to notice. Her eyes were fixated steadily on him.

            "Who are you?" he asked in a whisper. "What is your name?" She did not speak, but Link saw a flicker of doubt behind her stubborn eyes. "Why won't you speak?" he asked in a whisper, reaching up to touch her face. In a whirl, the girl spun around and leapt into the branches of a tree high above.

            "Wait!" called Link after her. "Come back here!" but she had vanished through the branches of the trees. Link looked down and noticed that she had dropped her mask. He picked it up, brushing the dirt and mud off of the white porcelain, and stroked the face of it with his finger. With a sigh, Link slumped onto a tree stump, burying his face in his leather-gauntleted hands. He yanked at a strand of blonde hair that fell into his blue eyes, then tucked it back into the green cap that permanently adorned his head.

            "What does it mean?" he asked himself, sighing and dragging at his face with his hands, looking at the mask he'd placed in his lap. "What does it mean?" He stood, brushing off his white breeches, and grabbed the mask, stashing it within his green tunic. He whistled through his teeth to Epona, who came trotting up to him seemingly from out of nowhere. He hauled himself up into the saddle and rode off into the forest with a "yah!" It was not long before he reached his small, modest cabin. He let Epona loose and stooped at the small pond outside his home to splash his face, still shaking his head at the odd events that had just occurred. Who was that girl? Why had she taken his journal? He entered his cabin and sat on his bed, reclining against his pillow. He looked at his table, and noticed that his paper and ink were out. Confused, he stood and made his way to the table, meaning to clean up the mess. What he saw caused him to stop dead in his tracks.  A letter sat neatly in the middle of the table, a roll of parchment and a bottle of ink with a brush sitting nearby. The elegant letters on the parchment were still wet, glistening in the fire that warmed the cold cabin. Shaking, Link bent before the letter.

            "I am the Mei, the seventh sage. Do not try to come into contact with me- you must stay away from me if you treasure your life. Someday, all that is foggy will be unveiled before your eyes, but for now, do not meddle in affairs that you are unconnected with." There was a smudge, as though the Mei had been meaning to write more, but had heard Link coming. The teenager whirled around, searching his cabin for any signs that anything was amiss. He noticed the window was open- that was how the Mei had made her quick escape without being detected by the young hero. Shaking his head in confusion, Link pulled the mask out from within his tunic, studying the mask that had covered the face of the beautiful warrior.

            "Mei…" he said, running his finger along the edge of the faceplate. He set it down on the table, determined. "I'm connected in this- you've taken something that belongs to me. We will meet again, shadow warrior. I vow to learn who it is you truly are, Mei," he said, "with the goddesses as my witnesses. Strike me down if I don't learn the mind behind the face you mask."

            As though this was the final straw in deciding Link's involvement with the war, he then set about to collecting his weapons from random corners of his cabin, making plans for his next great adventure. What he didn't see was the shuddering character sneaking away from his window, cloaked in black with only the tear and mud streaked face of a blonde beauty showing. Mei crawled through the woods until she could no longer see or smell the smoke rising from the chimney of Link's cabin, and collapsed against a tree, sobbing hysterically.

            "No, Link, don't," she cried. "You'll only get yourself killed…"