Twilight Princess

Prologue

"Tell me..." Rusl asked. "Do you ever feel a strange sadness as dusk falls? They say it is the only time when our world intersects with theirs, the only time we can feel the linger regrets of spirits who have left our world. That is why loneliness always pervades the hour of twilight. But enough talk of sadness, I have a favor to ask of you, Link."

"Me?" A young man asked. He was seventeen years old and had dirty blonde hair.

"I was supposed to deliver something to the royal family of Hyrule he day after tomorrow."

"Didn't the mayor ask you—" Link started, but Rusl cut him off.

"Yes," he said. "It was a task set to me by the mayor but would you go in my stead?" Link didn't know what to say. "You have never been to Hyrule, right?"

"No...I-I haven't."

"In the kingdom of Hyrule there is a great castle, and around it is Castle Town, a community far bigger than our little village. And far bigger than Hyrule is the rest of the world the gods created. You should look upon it all with your own eyes."

Rusl looked over at Link with knowing eyes. Behind where they sat at the spring, Link's horse, Epona, whinnied. "It's getting late. We should head back to the village. I will talk to the mayor about this matter."

"Th-thank you Rusl," Link stuttered. "It is a great honor."

"It's nothing Link, now let's head back."

Link jumped to his feet and ran over to his horse. He grabbed the reins and walked next to Rusl. They didn't have much to say, but the twilight gave Link a serene feeling. He felt as if something terrible would be happening soon.

They reached Link's house in due time. Waiting for them was Uli, Rusl's wife, and their son, Colin. Colin was a close friend of Link's, and Link played with him on his day off.

Rusl said goodbye to Link and walked over to Colin, rumpling his hair. Colin looked back at Link and smiled. Link smiled back. He then walked into his house when he saw that they were gone.

Link had hardly been in his house for very long when a voice called, "Hey! Link! You there?" Link stuck his head out the window to see his old friend, Fado standing outside. Fado and Link worked on the Ordon Ranch together. "Hey, you mind helpin' me herd the goats? They ain't listenin' to me lately!"

Link disappeared inside his house, but he still heard Fado call, "Hey, where's Epona?"

"Ilia," Link whispered.

Link quickly ran out of his house and stopped outside the entrance to the forest. I was just in there, he thought, a little annoyed. Takeing a deep breath, Link rushed into the shadowy entrance of the forest.

Running down the path, Link turned into the Ordon Spring, where, unsurprising to him, he saw Ilia with his horse, Epona. With a wry smile, Link walked closer, stopping at the edge of the sand. Ilia looked up.

"Oh," Ilia said. "Hi Link." She glanced toward Epona and then back at him. "I washed Epona for you."

"Um...thanks," Link said.

"Epona is a girl too, so you have to treat her nice like one!" Ilia commented in a dry tone.

"I know, I know," Link mummbled. That wasn't the first time Ilia had said something like that to him.

"Oh, but listen Link..." Ilia said. Link glanced up to let Ilia know he was listening, then she comtinued, saying, "Could you do something for me?"

"It depends," Link responded. He knew it wouldn't be anything to difficult, but he still didn't want to have to do anything too...annoying, in his own humble opinion.

Ilia then asked, "Can you use a piece grass to play that song for me? You know, the one Epona likes?" Link smiled brightly and nodded. "I tried to play it for Epona," Ilia added, "but I just can't seem to play it the way you can, Link."

Link wasn't really surprised. He could do many things other villagers of Ordon couldn't. Looking around, he found pieces of horse grass, as he himself had named it, growing by a rock. Walking over, he bent down and pulled one out, playing the all too farmiliar song. Epona moved closer to him.

"It's such a nice melody," Ilia said vaguley. "Epona looks happy."

"Is that all?" Link asked her. "Or would you like me to do something else? I have to get back to the Ordon Ranch pretty soon."

"Well," Ilia said, "Epona's all prettied up now, so you can ride her back. But don't make her do too much, okay?"

"Alright, see you tomorrow, Ilia," Link said. He ran up to Epona and got quickly and nimbly into the saddle. He quickly brought Epona into a gallop and together they quickly returned to Ordon Village. Inside the village, Link noticed that the villagers were gathered into, almost, random clusters of people.

Noticeing him, one of the women of the village, Sera, said, "Ah, if it isn't young Link."

"Hello Sera," Link said, trotting over to her on Epona.

"Are you going to close down the ranch for the day?" she inquired. Link nodded. "I just closed the shop, myself. I'm sure you know about the mischevious that have been coming into town lately...those things worry me a bit."

"Monkeys?" Link wondered out loud.

"I'd better lock up tight," Sera continued, as if Link hadn't said anything. "I couldn't stand to have anymore goods stolen. Can't trust the good-for-nothing husband to do anything right..." She glanced toward her husband, Hanch, as she said that.

In her own conversation with her father, Beth, Hanch and Sera's daughter, said, "C'mon Dad! You can't catch a silly little monkey?"

"Uhh...Well...No. No I can't," Hanch said feebly.

"Oh, listen to us babble," Sera said. "I didn't mean to keep you. All right, off to work with you."

"It's alright, I'm sure Fado won't mind, and have a good night," Link said, turning Epona in the direction of the ranch.

Link hadn't gone very far when he saw Rusl, Uli, and Colin.

Rusl was practicing with his sword, swinging it in complex ways and using strategic moves Link new would take him years to master.

Moving Epona towards them, Link called to Rusl, "Nice moves!"

"Ah, great timing, Link!" Rusl said, stopping and sticking his sword in the ground. "There was something I had forgotten to tell you." He took a deep breath before continuing. "My son Colin is making a fishing rod so the two of you can play together. He should finish it today, so you come get it at my house tomorrow."

"Alright, see you tomorrow then," Link said, continuing on his way.

The next person Link met was the mayor, Bo. Bo was Ilia's father, so of course he and Link were close.

Seeing Link, Bo said, "Oh. Link. Looks like you're goin' to help Fado." Link nodded. "Good job. He headed up to the ranch ahead of you. You go finish up your chores before the sun goes down."

"I will, good night, mayor," Link said, forcing Epona into a gallop so that he could get up to the ranch all the more faster.

The moment he got there, Fado called Link over to him and said, "Sorry to get you over here in such a hurry, Link!" Looking fondly around at the goats, Fado said, "These guys have been awful skittish lately. They won't listen to a word I say."

"So that means...?" Link wondered.

"Sorry to ask, bud, but how's about you an' Epona herd 'em into the barn real quick? We ain't got much time, so you think you can do that for me?"

"Sure," Link said slowly.

"Much oblidged, bud! Okay then, go on an' herd all these little scamps into the barn for me!"

The confluence of goats in the field shriveled and expanded like a school of fish as Link herded them into the barn. It took less than three minutes, but the sun was almost twice as low as it was when they had started.

"Done!" Link called over to Fado when he finished.

Running over, Fado said, "Link, Epona...Much oblidged to both y'all!" He looked at Link with a skeptic eye. "I can cover everythin' tomorrow without havin' to trouble you, to sit back an' relax, bud!"

"Are you sure Fado, I mean-" Link cut off when Fado gave him a stern look.

"Oh...but how 'bout today? Wanna pratice with fences?"

"Sure! That sounds like fun!"

"Just wait a spell, bud. I'll get them fences up."

A few moments later, fences were set up alond a path on in the field. Fado glanced over at Link, who was still sitting on Epona, and said, "Sorry that took so long! Okay, then! Y'all ride all you want. When y'all get tired of riding, just jump the gate and head back into the village, okay bud?"

"Got it," Link said.

Link spun Epona around. Facing the first fence, he set off at a gallop. Not too long after he had started, he jammed his heels into Epona's side, and she moved even faster, than right when he got to the fence, Epona jumped staright over it.

He ran around the feild a few times. But as the sun was just sinking lower and lower, so Link decided that he should get home. He ran toward the gate, and called over his shoulder, "See ya, Fado!" Link jumped over the fence and ran into the twilight. He didn't know that this was the beginning of his adventures. The beginning of a long, tidious journey, one that would save the world.