Disclaimer: I don't own Zelda.
Wow! California was a blast! In the two Disneyland theme parks, I watched two different Aladdin shows (one was the most amazing musical I have ever seen), plus I took a picture with an uber-hot Aladdin, bought a shirt with Jasmine on it, a pin with Jasmine on it, an ornament with Jasmine and Aladdin, both to go with my Jasmine and Aladdin painting, barrette, collection of videos and movies, and figurine. I am so obsessed!
Anyway, I'll put the rest of my notes at the bottom and start the chapter!
Chapter 19: Happily Forever After
The flames had burned Ganondorf's carcass and the ground, leaving behind black ash and the stale stench of his burned flesh. Link crinkled his nose as he stepped around the smoldering limbs and stones as he went to Zelda's side. As soon as he reached her, she flung her arms around him and buried her head into his shoulder.
"Oh Link!" she cried. He wrapped his arms around her waist and smiled into her hair.
"It's over. Thanks for your help." Zelda pulled back lightly and gave him a smile. The king and the goddesses approached the pair.
"Well, I suppose we can celebrate now that he's dead," Farore said. She cast her disapproving eye over the remains of the castle. "Though…I doubt you can rebuild all this easily."
"We'll find a way," Zelda assured her, leaning her forehead against Link's chin. "I'm just happy we can try to return to our normal lives now." Link looked down at Zelda as she said those words. Normal lives. As much as he didn't want to admit it, the castle really wasn't his normal life anymore. It never truly was his to start with.
Link cleared his throat and pushed away from Zelda. She gave him a concerned look, but he shook his head.
"I'm sorry. This is really all my fault," he said. Zelda reached for him, but he stepped back. "I don't belong here. I have to go back to the forest." Zelda's father stepped forward and put his hands on her shoulders. He looked at Link with a kind smile.
"My boy…this day has really confused me. Right now, I don't even know what to believe about you. However, my daughter loves you. Is that not a good enough reason to stay?" Link looked at the goddesses for help.
"He's right, Link," Farore replied. "You've got this whole new world before you. Don't close your eyes against this!" Link shook his head and Navi floated closer to him.
"I belong in the forest. I can't be king of Hyrule. I don't know half the things I need to know about this kingdom."
"Oh Link!" Din cried, stepping forward and playfully smacking him across the shoulder with her palm. "You've come so far! You can't go back to where you used to live now!"
"Don't argue with me!" Din's brown eyes flashed dangerously. Link winced. Din giggled and returned to her more cheerful expression. "Just kidding! Oh Link, I've been really, really mean to you these past few days. Will you ever forgive me?" Link opened his mouth to say something but Nayru intervened.
"Din. There are more pressing matters." The flame-haired goddess rolled her eyes.
"Of course! But no worries! You still have one wish left, Link! Nayru's wishes concern rules…we can probably work something out!" Din insisted. Link gave her a defeated smile. He turned to Zelda, who returned his glance sadly.
"I know what you're saying, Link. I understand. Besides, your friend Saria's probably worried about you, and the others…" Zelda trailed off as her voice caught in her throat. Her eyes glistened with unshed tears. She knew the law; yet, she couldn't stand the fact that she might Link for the third time.
"Are you ignoring me?" Din asked. Her tone made Link turn in a flash. She scowled. "I just said you have one more wish! Make Nayru break the rules that make you a commoner or something…or break the rules of the law! Or something!" Link thought for a moment.
"I have already decided what I want to wish for," he said. Din clasped her hands together.
"See! I knew you would think of something!" she gushed. She latched herself onto his arm and practically tugged him over to stand in front of Nayru. He cast a look back at Zelda, who giggled at Din's enthusiasm.
"Now! Nayru! Grant this handsome young man his wish so that he may become a prince and marry Zelda!"
"You're not jealous anymore," Farore asked with obvious amusement in her voice. Din shook her head violently.
"I believe I got carried away," she said, posing dramatically with one hand over her forehead and her other arm entwined with Link's. "But now, I just think they look so cute together! Come on Nayru!"
The blue-haired goddess flashed a rare smile, her sapphire eyes twinkling. "He must ask with his own words." Din turned to Link. He gave her a smile and drew a breath.
"Nayru, Goddess of the Wisdom, I wish for you to break the rules…that confine the three of you to the Ocarina. I set you free."
"Yay! Now Nayru, Link looks best in green or black-," Din cut off, giving Link a puzzled stare. Farore gasped and Nayru's smile widened. Zelda grinned up at her father and both of them stared proudly at Link. Even Navi and Epona seemed surprised at Link's wish.
"You…what?" Din asked. Link nodded to urge Nayru to continue. The wise goddess held up her hands. A blue light formed, wrapping around the three goddesses one by one. The three bands of light then traveled into the Ocarina. The instrument glowed golden one last time before dropping with a clang onto the stone ground. The black gowns the goddesses wore changed into long robes that matched each of their hair with coordinating golden sashes around their waists.
Din pulled at the skirt of her red robe and grinned at Link. Before he could return the gesture, she flung her arms around him and squealed in delight.
"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" she gushed.
"Oh…er…no…no…okay…" he said.
"What a brilliant display of coherency," Navi muttered to Epona, who neighed with laughter. Din pulled away from Link quickly.
"Oh! My bad! Zelda gets to do that now!" She pushed Link into his princess. Zelda helped him regain his balance with a smile. Din always had a way of cheering everyone up.
"I can't believe you set us free," Farore said, slightly less energetic than but equally as happy as Din. "Now that we are no longer confined to the Ocarina's power, I believe we can express our gratitude in other ways." She smiled at her sisters. Nayru and Din took each of her hands and nodded.
"Let us show them the power of the Goddesses," they exclaimed in unison. Instantly they were surrounded by a bright light that forced Link, Zelda, Harkinian, Navi, and Epona to shield their eyes.
When Zelda, Link, and Harkinian opened their eyes, they uttered a collective gasp. They were standing on the open terrace at the top of Hyrule Castle, now restored to its original splendor. The sky above was blue once again. The kingdom looked as if it had never been destroyed.
Din, Farore, and Nayru appeared at the edge of the balcony.
"I believe this is the most we can do," Farore said. "Our powers weakened slightly now that we are no longer tied to the Ocarina."
"Thank you so much," Zelda said. "This is more than enough." Din grinned.
"Are you going to marry Link, or what?" she asked. The princess blushed and Link shrugged.
"Well…now that you three can't help me change the laws, I don't know how I can," he said. Harkinian stepped forward.
"You don't need magic to change the laws, my boy. I am getting too old; I should have remembered this before! I can change the laws! From this day forth, the princess of Hyrule may marry whoever she feels will make a suitable husband and king. And…the forest will now be a protected territory. If Link has friends who live there, they are welcome to visit Hyrule Castle as they please! So, now, Zelda who do you choose as your husband?" Zelda hugged her father warmly.
"Oh, Father, thank you so much!" She turned and ran into Link's arms. "I choose Link, if he will have me!"
"Of course," Link said. "I'm sure the other Kokiri will love to visit me here, and I will go and visit them too if I miss them." Din clapped her hands.
"I knew Link would make the right decision!" she cheered.
"You lost a good one," Farore teased, elbowing her red-haired sister. Din shrugged.
"You can't have them all, I guess." Zelda pulled herself away from Link and raised an eyebrow at Din.
"You know," the princess said. "There was a rather fine gentleman who came by here a while ago. His name is Marth, and he is a prince of the nearby kingdom. I'm sure you would find him quite handsome." Din raised her eyebrows.
"That's interesting. Thank you for the information, Zelda, I'll be sure to look into it. But for now, I think it's time for a well deserved vacation." The goddess turned to her sisters with a mischievous grin. "What do you two say?"
"I agree," Farore replied. "I say we head over to the real Termina." She shot a pointed look at Link. He grinned back, remembering his 'Mido' disguise. Nayru nodded.
"It would be pleasant," she remarked. Din threw her hands into the air.
"It's settled! Well, I guess that means I'll be seeing the two of you later!" She gave Zelda and Link a big hug. "Hey, Navi, you want to join me? You'll be the only fairy, though. Looks like Ganondorf's sidekicks ran off on us!" Navi looked around and saw that Din was right.
"Sure…" she turned back to Link. "I'll be back soon!"
"Take your time, Navi," Link replied. "You've been a big help." The little fairy glowed lightly and settled into Din's warm hands. She gave one last look at the royals before joining her sisters.
"Take care!" Farore said, waving. Zelda, Link, and Harkinian waved back while Epona whinnied as a goodbye. The three goddesses and Navi disappeared in a flash of tri-colored light.
Link turned back to Zelda. She reached up and kissed his lips lightly.
"Don't worry, you'll make a good king, I promise!" she said. Link nodded and placed his arms around her from behind.
"I hope!" Zelda leaned back against his chest and looked out over the castle at the rest of the kingdom. Harkinian joined them at the edge with Epona next to him.
"Hyrule truly is a wondrous place," Zelda remarked as the four of them gathered together. Link nodded, placing his chin against Zelda's head and gazing into the distant horizon.
A wondrous place…for you and me.
The end! Yes, that is the end, people. I can't believe I finally finished this after two years! I have to thank all of you who have reviewed, of course, for your encouragement and advice. Especially the people who have stuck through my horrible six-month breaks! Yeah, I'm going to try to avoid that in the future. Anyway, thank you so much to those of you who reviewed and to those of you who read without reviewing. It would make me happy if there are any of you who read but didn't actually review, to just this once leave a word so I know that you are there and I can properly thank you!
Anyway, I have another Zelda story that I am putting up on Sept. 1. Originally I believe I said it was going to be an adventure story, but that story is taking a lot longer than I initially thought it would to plan out. So, instead, I'm going to go ahead and post Zelda: A Fairytale. It's a ZeLink, obviously, and it contains elements of some popular fairy tales, but it is not a direct parody like this one. So, even though you'll recognize some elements, as the story progresses you'll learn there's more originality weaved in. And it's written in a much more formal style than this story. Like I said, I've been taking my readers' advice.
Thank you so much for reading this story! I hope you will also read the other one when I post it! Thank you!