Ill Met at Midnight


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The guard nodded, a hint of fear in his eyes. The princess was normally docile, but if someone pushed the right buttons: Boom! The whole world was bound to explode. "We searched every inch of Castle Town, but all we found was this." He handed her a folded piece of parchment with a small glass shard tied to it.

Zelda nearly choked on her breath at the sight of the mirror shard, but felt a strange sense of satisfaction as she untied the letter.

"What is it?" The young man next to her looked at the letter in her hand. "I know that hand writing; it's Link's." Shad looked up at the princess, confused. "What is this? I thought they were to go on the quest to find the Aurora Crown."

She smiled and shook her head. "They were… I guess there was a change in fate." She looked down and read the short letter.

Princess Zelda:

Thank you for all that you've done for us, but I don't think we'll be going on that quest any time soon. We head south now. Please send our apologies to Shad for not meeting with him. And tell the Great Sages to shove it.

Sincerely: Midna and Link

PS: Please don't look for us.

"I hadn't planned on it." Zelda smiled as she handed the letter to Shad. So, this was their ending? Or their beginning? It didn't seem to matter, as long as they were with one another. They finally got all the gunk out of their system and out into the open where it could breathe and blossom into true love. There was a shout of surprise suddenly, and she looked over at Shad, who had a shocked expression on his face.

"The Princess of Twilight?" He sat down and looked confused as he handed the letter back to the princess. "She was the Princess of Twilight?"

Zelda laughed. "You can't put much past a book-worm like you." She sat down next to him. "Midna helped Link often on his quest, after all they went through, it wouldn't be unheard of for them to fall in love." Pause. "Now you know."

"I guess… but now what? What are they going to do?" Shad looked out the window and shook his head. It seemed illogical for them to just run away without any thought to the future or what came next. It seemed very unlike Link.

"That's the beauty of love. You're not supposed to know what comes next… it just comes…" Zelda smiled again and stood up and touched his shoulder. "Enough worrying about them, they know what they're doing. But, I'm hungry. Let's go get something to eat."

Shad fainted.

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"Do you think she'll come?" Midna's arms were wrapped tightly around Link's waist as they raced across Hyrule Field. She felt so safe and comfortable wrapped around his body, like that was where she always belonged. What had taken her so long to accept him?

Link shook his head. "No. She might look for us in a few years…" There was a small pause and a sudden feeling of discomfort and fear. "Are you sure you want to come with me? It's alright for your kingdom that you don't return?"

She nodded, her fire locks curling around his face in the wind. "My younger brother was always a better ruler than I would ever be. It's time he has his place." Midna tightened her grip and placed a small kiss on the nape of his neck. "Besides, I belong with you, Link. No where else, and don't try to tell me otherwise."

He laughed. "I know better."

From there it was only a week's ride to the sandy shores of the unknown.