Disclaimer: I do not own Zelda or any of its characters. Nintendo does. Ganson, Largen, Darrel, Aloraura, and Ventra are my own character. Do not use them without my permission. This story takes place after Unexpected Allies, which comes after Misinterpreted Dream. Read those two stories first before you read this one to understand it.

Chapter 1

A year had passed since the demise of Majora. Hyrule had finally recovered from his attack. Kakariko Village and Hyrule Castle Town Market had been rebuilt. Hyrule's army had been restored. The Gerudos and Hyrule were finally able to sign their peace treaty thanks to Ganson being the new leader.

It was getting close to Link's twentieth birthday, and everyone in the castle was working on getting his surprise party ready. They sent Link on a bunch of wild goose chases mainly to get him out of the castle while they prepared. Finally, Link's birthday had arrived. Link was lying on his bed in his room early that evening, staring up at the ceiling. He looked over at his door once he heard a knock at it.

"It's open," he called out. The door opened and in came Princess Zelda, dressed in a very elegant, halter-topped, lavender dress with small diamonds decorating the collar. Link quickly stood up, looking at her. "Wow. You look beautiful."

"Thank you. Dinner's almost ready," explained Zelda. "We have a special guest with us tonight, so you need to dress your best." Link nodded.

"I'll be down in a few minutes." Zelda smiled, then walked downstairs, shutting the door behind her. Link immediately went over to his closet and looked through it to find something to wear. Ever since the first run-in with Ganondorf two years ago, Link has lived in the castle by the king's orders, partly so he can help Hyrule easier, and partly for his own protection, which irritated Link a bit. He pulled out a nice, royal blue tunic with gold embroidery on the sleeves, collar, and bottom part of the tunic. He changed into that, a white, long-sleeved shirt, white pants, and his nicer pair of boots. He combed his shoulder-length blonde hair and pulled it back into a neat, low ponytail. He checked himself over one last time, then headed downstairs. When he opened the door to the dining room, it was pitch dark inside. He took a few steps inside, his heart racing a little bit. The door suddenly shut behind him, startling him a bit as he looked back. He then looked forward again. At that moment, all of the lights came on and a bunch of people jumped out from hiding places.

"SURPRISE! Happy Birthday, Link!" everyone shouted. Link blinked a few times in surprise, then started laughing. Zelda, the sages, and the king went over to Link and they exchanged hugs.

"Wow, you guys," started Link. "I wasn't expecting this at all. I've been so busy, I completely forgot it was my birthday."

"You're not celebrating your birthday without me, Little Brother," spoke a voice from behind. Link turned around as a big smile formed on his face. There stood his older half brother, Ganson. The two brothers hugged each other. "Happy Birthday, Link."

"Thanks, everyone."

After everyone ate dinner, had cake, and watched Link open his presents, Link, Zelda, Ganson, and the king went for a walk in the courtyard, talking to each other. They soon came to a stop in the garden once they saw a mysterious figure in a white cloak standing in front of the window that looked into the throne room. The cloaked figure turned around and pulled its off, revealing a beautiful, pale woman with white hair and silver eyes. Her body seemed to have a bit of a soft, white aura around it.

"Who are you?" shouted the king.

"I am Aloraura, a messenger of the Goddesses of Hyrule," spoke the woman softly.

"Why are you here?" asked Link.

"I have been sent by the Goddesses to find The One, the Triforce Guardian." Link, Ganson, and the king got surprised looks on their faces from her statement. They remembered what their old enemy, Princess Ventra, had said about "The One," how the king and his brother, Darrel, would reunite with swords to fight for "The One's" life.

"The Triforce Guardian?" asked Ganson. Aloraura nodded, then held a hand out towards the group. She charged up a golden blast, then sent it at the group. It hit Link with full force and sent him flying back about ten feet, shouting out in pain. He landed on his back and skidded on the ground a few more feet, unconscious.

"Link!" shouted everyone in unison as they rushed over to the unconscious hero, kneeling next to him. The king propped Link up into a sitting position, letting him rest in his arms. Zelda blinked as she saw something glowing on his forehead. She gently pulled his bangs out of the way and her eyes widened once she saw the symbol of the Triforce on his forehead, with all three triangles glowing.

"The Triforce Guardian has become of age, and the Goddesses Din, Nayru, and Farore have decided to awaken the powers inside of him," explained Aloraura.

"Why Link, though?" asked Zelda.

"He was chosen by fate to defend the land of Hyrule. He was also chosen by the Goddesses once he achieved the title Hero of Time to be called the Triforce Guardian, in regards to the multiple attempts by evil ones to obtain all three pieces of the Triforce. The only way for evil ones to get the Triforce is to take the life of The One."

"Why would the Goddesses of Hyrule put the Hero of Time in further danger?" roared Ganson, glaring at the woman.

"He has proven that he can protect the Triforce. He is the only one capable of doing this job. These new powers will help protect his life force. He must keep his guard up, however, for many evil ones will be after his life in order to obtain the Triforce. I must leave now. Take care." And with those words, Aloraura disappeared into the Heavens. Ganson, Zelda, and the king looked at each other, then at the unconscious Link, whose Triforce symbol on his forehead had just disappeared. Link stirred slightly, then slowly opened his eyes.

"Ugh, what happened?" asked Link groggily. "And where's that woman?"

"She disappeared," spoke Zelda. "She…Link, there's something we need to tell you."