I have GOT to get this finished. (gasp gasp)

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Chapter Eleven: Daphnes speaks from the heart

After their little romantic tumble around, Zelda decided to show Link around the place she was living for seven years. The beauty, the peace, the relaxing atmosphere was a haven. But thoughts of Hyrule was still weighing on Link's mind and he was pepared to bring it up to Zelda. She was the last hope for Hyrule, if its people had hoped to see the light, food and water again.

Zelda was pointing to some of her favourite spots near a peaceful waterfall. "Isn't this a great place?" she asked.

"It is beautiful..." Link agreed. "But I don't understand something. You've been alive all this time. Why didn't you come back to Hyrule castle?"

Zelda was relunctant to tell Link the truth. How Daphnes died. How the sorcerers had chased her out and threatened her.

"If you ever come back...we'll kill ya!"

Onox's threat still lingered on the edges of her mind and she forced it out. She hopped up on a "hammock" of vines and relaxed. "Well I just needed to get out on my own...live my own life. And I did," she grinned at Link. "And it's great!"

Link didn't buy it. "We've really needed you at home."

Zelda made a pffth sound with her mouth and looked down. "No one needs me..."

"Yes, we do!" Link was getting really desperate. "You're the queen!"

"Link, we've been through this, I'm not the queen!" Zelda pushed her words harshly. "Ganondorf is the king now..."

Link didn't give up. He put a hand on Zelda's shoulder and told her the truth. "Zelda...he let the Gerudos take over Hyrule..."

"What?" Zelda was surprised.

"Everything's destroyed," Link said, looking down with some anger. "There's no food, no water...Zelda, if you don't do something soon, everyone will starve!"

"I can't go back..." Zelda said, looking down in shame. The memory of her dead father stopped her from making any right desicion.

"Why?" Link asked.

"You wouldn't understand..."

"What wouldn't I understand?!"

"No no no, it doesn't matter...Hakuna Matata," Zelda said, tryin to calm Link down. But her words only confused him.

"What?"

"Hakuna Matata. It's something I learned out here...look, sometimes bad things happen," Zelda was saying.

"Zelda!"

"And there's nothing you can do about it. So why worry?" Zelda said casually, turning around and walking away.

"Because it's your responsibility!" Link snapped. He approached her side, expecting her to reconsider. Instead, she turned on him.

"Well what about you? YOU left," Zelda retorted.

"I left to find help! And I found you!" Link answered. "Don't you understand? You are our ONLY hope," he added, making every word weigh heavier then the last. Unfortunately, Zelda didn't get it.

"Sorry."

"What's happened to you?" Link asked, suspiciously. "You're not the Zelda I remember."

"You're right. I'm not. Now are you satisfied?" Zelda shot, looking mad.

"No. Just disappointed," Link said, folding his arms.

"You know, you're starting to sound like my father," Zelda said in a whisper voice and walked away again.

"Good. At least one of us does," Link answered. That comment obviously hurt and Zelda turned on Link, with more anger then before.

"Listen! You think you can show up and tell me how to live my life?! You don't even know what I've been through!" she yelled.

"I would if you just TELL me!" Link said.

"Forget it!" Zelda screamed, running away.

"FINE!"

She was too angry, and her thoughts were too mixed up. Zelda raced to a clearing and started to pace.

"He's wrong, I can't go back...what would it prove anyway? It won't change anything...You can't change the past..." Zelda remembered the words her father told her about the stars. She looked up at them and screamed. "You said you'd always be there for me!! ...But you're not...and it's because of me..." she could feel tears start to rise. "It's my fault...it's my fault..."

Zelda was too deep into her sadness to hear a strange chant behind her, up in a tree. The wise sage, Rauru, was goofing around like a baboon.

Asante sana!

Squash banana!

We we nugu!

Mi mi apana!

Zelda's ear twitched. She had been taught that Hylians have long ears to hear the voices of the gods, so she looked behind her. All she saw was a nutbar sage in a tree.

Asante sana!

Squash banana!

We we nugu!

Mi mi apana!

The young hylian girl rolled her eyes and decided to find a place with more peace. She wandered over to a stream and leaned over on the log, studying her reflection. Rauru had followed her, laughing and chuckling because he knew who she was. To get her attention, he threw a pebble into the water.

Asante sana!

Squash banana!

We we nugu!

Mi mi apana!

"Come on, will you cut it out?" Zelda asked, very irritated.

"Can't cut it out. It will grow right back! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!" Rauru laughed, jumping out of the tree and picking up his staff. He began following Zelda on foot.

"Creepy old man..." Zelda muttered. "Will you stop following me?! Who are you?" she asked, very annoyed.

"The question is...whooooooooooo are you?" Rauru said, looking closely at Zelda.

Zelda's jaw dropped. "I thought I knew..." she said after regaining her composure. "Now I'm not so sure..."

"Well I know who you are! Shh, come here, it's a secret..." Rauru said, pulling Zelda closer and whispered into her ear, "Asante sana! Squash banana! We we nugu! Mi mi apana!"

Zelda groaned. "Enough already!! What's that suppose to mean anyway?!" she demanded.

"It means you're a baboon...and I'm not!" Rauru said, laughing. Zelda raised her eyebrows and tried walking away again.

"I think you're a little confused..." she said, but Rauru popped right in front of her and tapped her nose.

"WRONG! I'm not the one who's confused. You don't even know WHO YOU ARE!"

"Oh and I suppose you know," Zelda retorted sarcastically.

"Sure do! You're Daphnes's girl!"

Zelda stopped in her tracks and turned to look at Rauru. He simply smiled and waved. "Bye!" Then he vanished.

"Hey, wait!" Zelda said and took off after him. She found him sitting on a rock in a meditation position. "You knew my father?"

"Correction. I know your father," Rauru responded, his eyes closed.

Zelda cringed. "I hate to tell you this...but he died. A long time ago..."

"NOPE! WRONG AGAIN! HAHAHAHA!!" Rauru said, jumping up and darting towards a forest. "He's alive!! And I'll show him to you! You follow old Rauru, he knows da way...COME ON!" the old man said, running into the forest. Zelda started to follow him, looked back once and went into the trees. Unfortunately, the forest was thick and hard to get through. How was that old man going so fast?

"Don't dawdle! HURRY UP!" Rauru yelled, motioning for Zelda to follow.

"Hey, whoa! Wait!" Zelda said, trying to navigate through the thicket.

"Come on, come on!" Rauru was still ahead of Zelda.

"WOULD YOU SLOW DOWN?!" Zelda called. Her words were deaf on Rauru, or he was just ignoring her. He continued going through until he vanished from sight. Zelda ran faster, cutting down branches and vines to catch up. Soon, she was running aimlessly, until Rauru popped up in front of her with his hand up.

"STOP!"

Zelda screeched to a halt in front of him. Rauru shushed her and went towards some weeds and pushed them aside. "Look down there..." he whispered, pointing to something behind the weeds. Zelda was very curious by now, and crept up slowly towards the thing Rauru was pointing at. She looked over the edge, expecting to see her father...

...but she only saw herself.

She sighed in disappointment. All this crag wanted to show her was her own reflection. She sat on her knees and pulled back. "That's not my father. It's just my reflection..." she told him.

"Noooooooooooo. Look harder..." Rauru said, pointing at the water again. He dabbed it lightly, creating ripples in the water. Zelda's reflection turned into one resembling her father. "You see? He lives in you..."

The air grew still. The wind began to pick up speed. Rauru seemed to vanish away and Zelda heard her name being called.

"Zelda..."

It was the voice of Daphnes. Zelda raised her eyes to the heavens and saw the silhouette of her father walking towards her.

"Father?"

"Zelda...you have forgotten me," Daphnes said in a spiritual voice.

"No! How could I?" Zelda protested with her hair flying wildly.

"You have forgotten who you are and so forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Zelda...you are more then what you have become," Daphnes said, his form becoming more outlined and visible. "You must take your place with the Triforce of Life."

"How can I go back? I'm not who I used to be!" Zelda cried.

Daphnes's face became fully visible now. He looked exactly how Zelda remembered him, except his eyes had no pupils. He looked at her with much regard.

"Remember who you are. You are my daughter, and the one true queen..." he said, every word hanging on the balance of everything Zelda had learned. She gazed up at him with wonder, so many questions and the need of her father there with her stretching everywhere.

"Remember who you are..."

Daphnes began fading into the skies. The wind and the clouds began rolling away with him.

"No! Please!! Don't leave me!!" Zelda said, trying to run after the clouds.

"Remember..."

"Father!!"

"Remember..."

"Don't leave me..." Zelda's voice dropped to a whisper and she sat on the ground. Daphnes had completely vanished from sight. The wind tossed the grass around here and there. Rauru approached Zelda from the shadows behind her.

"What was THAT?! Haha! The weather...pbbah! Very peculiar...don't you think?" he asked Zelda.

"Yeah...looks like the winds are changing..." Zelda said, absentmindedly.

"Ahhh...change is good," Rauru said, scratching his chin.

"Yeah, but it's not easy..." Zelda commented. "I know what I have to do, but...going back means I have to face my past. And I've been running from it for so long..." she was so into thought, she didn't notice Rauru swing his staff and wack her head. "OWW!! Jeez, what was that for?!"

"It doesn't matter! It's in the past!" Rauru said, chuckling.

"Yeah, but it still hurts," Zelda said, rubbing her head and checking her hand for blood.

"Oh yes, the past can hurt...but the way I see it, you can either run from it!" Rauru said, patting Zelda's shoulders. "Or...learn from it!" he swung his staff again and Zelda dodged it just in time. Rauru laughed loudly. "YOU SEE? So what are you going to do?" he asked Zelda.

"First...I'm gonna take your stick!" Zelda caught Rauru off guard and grabbed his staff. She threw it a short distance, but it was enough to make Rauru flinch.

"No no no! NOT THE STICK!!" he yelped, grabbing it. When he turned around, Zelda was already running away. "Hey! Where are you going?!"

"I'M GOING BACK!" Zelda yelled back.

"Good! GO ON! GET OUT OF HERE!!" Rauru yelled. He began laughing hard and hollering and cheering all at once. Shooting stars began falling in Zelda's direction.

Busa le lizwe
Busa le lizwe
Busa le lizwe
Busa lomhlaba

Sabusa le lizwe
Sabusa le lizwe
Sabusa le lizwe
Busa lomhlaba

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I love Rafiki's craziness. Haha!

Oh yeah and the chant Rauru/Rafiki was doing translates into this: Thank you very much! Squash banana! You are a BABOON! And I'm not!