Link moved swiftly, his pace like that of a man concealing great disturbance within himself. As he walked through the great hallway, his steel blue eyes darted to the windows, watching the seemingly endless droplets of rain lash at the windowpanes. Lightning streaked across the sky that lightened the dark circles surrounding his weary gaze within its flash.

What had he done? A rush of guilt flooded though his body like never before, a strange sort of confused feeling that merely left him dubious for answers. Swifter became his pace, and more disturbed was his demeanor while he realized to the fullest extend the words he spoke to princess Zelda. It was as though, deep within him, he felt impatient and almost...violent toward her for no apparent reason. She had done nothing to invoke such repugnance from him, and only responded with simple kindness.

Fretfully the hero of time pressed his hands over his face, before he slid them down his cool cheeks. The castle was dark, silent and almost eerie in appearance, though out of nowhere since he left his chambers he suddenly felt extremely cold. His hands shook repetitively, causing him to shove them into his tunic pockets, and at first he assumed his chill came from a draft somewhere inside his chambers. Even outside his study though, he still felt no warmer, and he wondered if he became even colder if his breath would be seen escaping into the air.

Oddly enough Zelda did not seem bothered by the apparent chilly atmosphere inside the castle. Perhaps it was because he was falling ill with fever? Link considered that thought, until he arrived at his chamber and stood before the door. Almost instinctively he reached for the brass doorknob, but pulled back with a gasp when it reflected within its distorted surface a shadow with glowing crimson eyes. Instantly Link whirled around, his eyes wide with surprise and fear, though there was nothing standing there...

Carefully he inspected every nook and cranny of the area he stood in, which consisted of a small room with two long narrow vertical windows on either side of it. Opposite of him was a wide archway with descending steps, and behind him was the door leading to his study chamber. Due to the rain beyond the castle walls, everything appeared shadowed and darker than usual, which made it impossible for him to find anything mysteriously out of place.

Dismissively Link shook his head, allowing his thoughts to trail once more to Zelda. He knew he had been far too harsh with her, but for some reason he could not summon within him the willingness to make an apology. As he grasped the doorknob of his study chamber once more before slowly opening the door, he began to think of himself as being correct on what he had done. Zelda had been overly interested in his concerns, and far too attentive to him. He was the hero of time, and he needed no one to constantly be bothering him about his well being. Through most of his life he relied on himself to survive, and as a result he had grown stronger. Zelda was trying to weaken him, which was what he concluded to himself, and he would not allow it no matter how much she meant to him...

Eventually Link placed himself in a chair at his oak desk, while his eyes stared with passive interest at the mountains of dusty books he gathered from the castle library. An hour passed consisting of him silently studying his literature regarding the legends of Hyrule, though something continuously tugged him away from his intense concentration. Seemingly automatically he would look away from his books and glance about the room, as if someone was watching him. Link could not help but feel as though there was something else in his presence, but the harder he looked the less believable it seemed.

The dark shadow had vanished, and he had not caught sight of it since he awoke...or had he? The figure reflected in the doorknob looked exactly like the shadow that confronted him earlier. Link was reluctant to believe it, because it seemed ludicrous that a shadow was following him. It might have been some sort of nightmare, or perhaps something he made up in his minds eye as a result of the trauma from the battles he fought. He was merely in a negative mood on such a rainy day, and it had nothing to do with what the shadow told him. At least, that was what he wanted to believe.

In exasperation Link returned to reading once more, and tried with his best efforts not to become distracted again. Within moments the words scrawled on the pages appeared blurred and wavy in his eyes, and for some reason or another everything began to close in on him from all sides. Frightfully the hero of time shoved his chair away from the desk and darted to his feet, before he looked wildly about the room and turned around anxiously. The strange shadow continued to pry its image into his mind, in ebbing itself deep and never ceasing to leave him. His heart pounded faster in his chest, his mind reeled with confusion, and he knew only one person who he could seek comfort from...

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Zelda leaned back in her chair, as her eyes strayed to the dreary world outside. After Link's sudden outburst, she retreated to the castle's conservatory to be alone. It was a quiet comfortable room, with several large windows lining the left wall that overlooked the emerald green fields beyond. Her chin was delicately cupped in one hand, the other hand rested on the arm of her chair and drummed on it listlessly.

Link was acting strangely, it was evidently clear, though she could not think of a reason as to why. Several suspicions entered her mind, though the only one that bothered her most was the mysterious shadow she thought she saw standing behind him when she tried to urge him to dine with her. What could it have been? Perhaps it was he imagination playing tricks on her, but there had been instances in her life when she had visions or thought she saw things, and as a child no one believed the visions she had about the threats of Hyrule until the land came to the painful realization, but by that time destruction had already taken its toll...

Suddenly a rush of surprise filled her when she felt a hand gracefully touch her shoulder. The princess turned quickly in her chair, her eyes straying upward to find Link staring at her with his piercing gaze. "Zelda..."

His words were quiet, deep and humble as he stood for a moment until seating himself closely next to her. Zelda remained still in her chair, not daring to move out of fear she would offend him as she had earlier. As she looked upon Link's handsome face, his contours were smooth and calm, and his demeanor appeared to have returned to normal. She felt at ease to know he was not like he was before, though behind his gaze another warning filled her that all may not be as it seemed...

"Yes my beloved? Do you wish to sit with me here? I'm afraid we have been denied the beauty of the sunlight today due to the storm, though I shall not try to offend with imprudent questioning."

Her lips pursed for but a moment, and the words she wished to speak to him fell silent in her mind. Link merely shifted restlessly in his chair, while the pale light from the dull gray rainy sky shone upon his face and cloaked part of it in darkness. With a swift yet unnoticed glance upon him, Zelda could see his eyes dim slightly but then lighten when he turned it to look at her fully. An expression of endless guilt reflected within his quivering lips and abyss like eyes, and all at once she felt him take her hands in his while he spoke to her softly.

"I must apologize for my actions this evening. I have not exactly...been myself...these past days. If you so choose not to forgive me then I understand, for what I have done is unforgivable..."

Zelda sighed deeply, unsure how to respond to him. Did he really think she would not have the heart to forgive him? By the way he looked at her, seemingly so genuine in sincerity, she could not help but melt before him with love. Link's actions were so intense, so rash and changing, it was difficult for her to predict what he would do. A silence ensued between them, until Zelda tired of the tension and said meekly.

"Dearest Link, you need not humble yourself. I have been far too attentive in intruding into your affairs. Please, let us forget what has happened so that we may start anew."

"I agree darling, and I shall be the first to make it so."

Yet again he spoke, his words emitted quickly after she finished. Link was behaving unnaturally hasty and evasive, she could see it within his carefully concealed expression than the had other thoughts in mind other than starting anew. A soft gasp escaped her lips, when her eyes caught sight of his strong frame moving toward her as she looked at him, before his lips pressed roughly against hers. Zelda was too surprised to push him away; she could not comprehend what was running though his mind. His lips tasted of wondrous spices, though they were as cold as ice and invoked a dreaded feeling though her.

Her body tingled and shivered beneath his touch, while the once gentle grasp of her hands became firmer, until a feeling of pain shot though her frail body. Link was hurting her, his grasp was too tight, and though she tried to pull away she could not move. Zelda opened her eyes as he kissed her, only to find his eyes staring into hers like a deep ocean distant, dark and mysterious. It frightened her, but she dare not show it on her face and forced herself to wait for him to cease.

Moments later he pulled away, and across his pale lips he wore a slight smile that to Zelda appeared to be more of a smirk. Link's eyes glinted under the dimming light flooding through the windows, till he rose from his chair and towered over her. Desperate, she tried to appear relaxed and unshaken by what he had done, though her hands throbbed with a dull pain from his former grasp around them. The kiss was not pleasant for it had been forced, though her heart was too kind for her to refuse him.

"I must take my leave of you now dear Zelda, and I anticipate seeing you in the morn. Goodnight..."

His last word echoed in her mind, while she sat as still as a statue, her wide eyes watching him as he turned his back to her and disappeared into the shadows of the room. His footsteps could not be heard, his green tunic virtually disappeared with his form, and it was then she knew nothing he said would be of sincerity anymore...

Author's Note: How did you like that chapter? I guess it doesn't leave on a good note either, and if you keep waiting for updates then you will see more of what is going to happen in this tale...

Special Thanks:

Rainer Aquarias – Sage of Time: Hehe I hope this relieved some of the suspense...or maybe created more? Yep Link's changing, but he doesn't actually become 'Dark Link', he becomes something far worse for Zelda...thanks for reviewing! Keep checking for more updates, sorry for the delay I'm currently working on Forgotten Memories which only has 2 chapters left so I kind of forgot about this story!

Jobo(o) Productions: Thanks a lot! I'm glad you like the tension; I guess that means my intentions for this story are working. I hope you enjoyed the tension in this chapter, and more will come soon!

Yugiohfan325: Thanks! I don't know if you mean another chapter or another separate story, but right now I've got 3 stories on the go and if you want you can check them out if your interested in reading more from me. I can't start anything new until I finish some of the ones I have, because I know people hate unfinished stories. Thanks for reviewing; I hope to read more reviews from you sometime!

LadyofDemons45: Don't worry, your stories are really good, I know I haven't reviewed yet like I said I would, I've been super backed up with my own stories so far because people are demanding I update Forgotten Memories, so its taking me a while to have some free time on Your revised version is so good though, especially how you've incorporated the old English into it, its very well thought out. Thanks for reviewing and taking the time to do so, and I promise I will as well in return soon!

Babydoll72489: Thanks a lot! Possessed not really though lol he's more or less going kind of insane/evil...Dark Link doesn't possess him, but I will better explain that part a little later into the story! Thanks for reviewing

Pinguicha: Yay! Thanks for coming back and giving me another review! I appreciate people like you, who like what they read and support it! I really love your work, my favorite of course being Blind Pursuit...please update it soon! I'm dying over here, but I'm backed up with my own stories hehe and if you do it would make me very happy!!

Lady Kumiko: At first when I read your name I was like who is this?? But then I looked at your profile and realized it was still the same LanieG304 lol yay! I'm so happy you like my work, I've tried hard to gather some attention in the Zelda section and I think its working! Thanks so much for your continued support; you don't know how awesome I think you are!!! I've decided to lay off on the old English for a while though because I'm finding it isn't working either, I'll have to re-edit a few chapters and decide what I plan on doing about it!

Selah Ex Animo: Wow! You submitted a long review, and I like that! You have a wonderful way of voicing your opinions; likes/dislikes and you have a very positive approach! I like reviews that say more than 'good job update soon' because it makes me wonder: what was good about my chapter? Couldn't they emphasize a little so I have an idea? You did great with what you had to say, I've stopped describing Zelda's hair so much because you were right about how it was repetitive. Once this story is finished I plan on revising it and making it better. Thanks so much for liking how I portrayed shadow Link, he's so rare in stories...I mean being portrayed how he really is (i.e.: in character). I wondered more about him since he was Link's dark side, and I wanted to do more with him than what Nintendo did with him in the game, which I thought was lame. I found your review particularly pleasing as well as helpful and encouraging, and it makes me so happy to see that there is someone with such great politeness enjoying it so much, which makes me want to continue it all the more. I have other stories too, and although I am not much for 'advertising' like some people are when they submit reviews and expect the author to read what they've done, you might like my other Zelda story called "Legend of Zelda: Forgotten Memories" which has a similar feel of angst. and romance, story and feeling. Anyways, before this gets incredibly long, I'd just like to thank you and hope that you return!

Draken72: Really? Why? I'm not offended, I just wondered if there were particular aspects about chapter 2 that made it more interesting to you. Anyways, I hoped you enjoyed this chapter and thanks for reviewing!

Evil Excalibur: lol, I think its Link who's suffering the most, what with the insanity and all...hehe! Loved that review, made me smile. Yeah and if you think he's a pain in my recent chapter, he's got a lot more trouble planned for our dear princess...darker trouble...deeper trouble...and I should stop that since its sounding disturbing lol. Anyways, you get the idea, so stay turned and thanks for reviewing!

Hylian Heroine: Hey nice to read a review from you again! Yay! I love people who keep coming back for more, and if you check out my profile you've been added to the review's space of fame! I appreciate how you enjoy all my stories, I strive to be known as a good Zelda writer, and it's hard sometimes to pick through the Zelda section since most stories I've read don't do much for me really. Maybe its because the plots are predictable or something, but that's why I want there to be change, for people to see the possibilities in LoZ that they failed to see before...I hope it would inspire people to write original works of their own, because we can never have too many awesome writers! Thanks for reviewing!!!

Jewel of the Wolves: Hey don't apologize; a review is better than no review! There's no such thing, as 'late' for me, I don't get mad if people have lives besides reading my stuff hehe. You'll find out how Link will conquer himself soon, but you may realize the answer has been with him the whole time...(what that means I don't know, but just wait and see unless you've figured it out) thanks for reviewing, I hope to update Forgotten Memories really soon!

Shadow reaper2: I hope this chapter was interesting enough! Thanks for liking the mood; I know I must look like a depressing author because of all the angst. Hehe I like suspense, its what I do, so maybe this chapter will keep you waiting for the next! Thanks for reviewing!

Young Link: Hey good idea, I might just use that in a later chapter...your review made me laugh! Bad dark Link, I'll make my Link and Zelda get even with you soon enough! Muhahah!