I'm finally updating this again…what, it's been more than two months, right? Well my ideas have been somewhat scattered for a while…and I haven't recollected them. So, I'm winging it, and hoping this chapter won't royally suck.
On a whim I have added a new character completely out of thin air. Which means that I don't exactly know what her future purpose is, but I'm partially using her for comic relief. I'm also using some Japanese lore for her character, as well as some obscure anime references, namely the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star. I have a vague idea of where she's going though…
Midna might be a little OOC here, simply because I'm imagining an extremely overworked and bored princess. She didn't do her signature laugh in this chapter though…but that's because she's not an imp anymore.
This is the longest chapter I've written so far...4000+ words...
Disclaimer: My characters belong to me, and Nintendo's characters and settings belong to…Nintendo obviously.
In the eyes of the Twilight Realm, Princess Midna was the perfect example of how a princess should be. Graceful, charming, beautiful, wise, and all that other stuff. Whenever Princess Midna presented herself to the public she did so with dignity and grace, and the people of the Twilight respected her for that. Not to mention the majority of the male population (and a small percentage of the female) fawned over her beauty as if they've overdosed on magical love potion. However, there was a small amount of people who believed the princess wasn't really as great as everyone thought she was, and when nobody was looking, she was just a regular girl.
Naturally, they were wrong. She was a lot more annoying then a regular girl.
"Kitsuuuu!" Midna whined, "What's taking them so long?"
A young, timid silvery-blue haired Twili blinked behind her spectacles. "Um, milady, I'm sure Rels and the others will show up any second now. And my name's Kitsuna, not…Kitsu…"
Midna shot Kitsuna an innocent look. "But I like calling you Kitsu." She grabbed Kitsuna's hand and pulled her uncomfortably close to Midna's body. "Don't you like me, Kitsu?" Midna asked with a flushed face. "Don't you want me?"
"Um, Lady Midna," She pulled away from the princess. "I think you've had a little too much to drink."
"You're no fun, Kitsuna." Midna said with her arms crossed. "Can't you play along for just a little while longer? After all, we're friends, right?"
"Yeah, we're friends, but if somebody walked in on you while you were playing one of your little 'games,' then they might think the wrong things about you." Kitsuna straightened her glasses. "Besides, you have a lot of work to do, you don't have time to play."
Midna scowled. "Work this, work that. Do you know how sick I am of doing all this freaking work!?"
Kitsuna sighed. Here goes another one of her rants…
"Every day I have to do the same thing over and over and over again! As soon as I wake up, some guy barges into my room and throws a stack of paper on me and tells me to look over and sign all of them. Do you know what it's like to do paperwork in your nightgown?" Kitsuna politely shook her head. "Yeah, I thought so. So after I finish with those papers I have to get dressed, and as soon as I finish putting on my robes another guy comes in and guess what?"
"More paperwork?" Kitsuna offered.
"Yeah, you're absolutely right! I swear, I have more work then everyone in the palace combined!" Kitsuna was about to raise her hand in objection, then decided it would be better to stay quiet. "Why couldn't Link be here…then at least it wouldn't be so bad…I could make him do some of the work."
"Um, milady?" Kitsuna interjected quietly. "Wasn't the reason you left Link behind was because-"
Midna held up her hand. "Yeah, yeah, 'light and shadow cannot mix,' blah blah blah." She buried her head in her hands. "That was before I knew how hard it is to run a country by yourself…how does Zelda do it!?" She pulled Kitsuna in an embrace. "Comfort me, Kitsu."
Kitsuna grimaced. "Uh…sure…" She stroked the princess's back. "Everything'll be alright…I guess…"
Midna looked Kitsuna in the eyes. "You're horrible at this, you know that?" She leaned in slowly towards Kitsuna. "This is how you're supposed to comfort a girl…"
"If that's so, then how come whenever I try you slap me?" Rels walked in the room nonchalantly. He waved at the two girls. "Yo Kitsu, milady."
"It's about time!" Midna shouted, her arms still around Kitsuna. "I was starting to get bored harassing Kitsu here!"
"Milady…" Kitsuna said timidly. "Your arms…"
"Oh, right." She let go of Kitsuna and turned to Rels. "So Rels, what the heck took you so freaking long!? A little longer and I might've actually-"
"Kissed her?" Rels offered, his words causing Kitsuna to stiffen. "There's nothing wrong with that, heck, I think someone made a song about that! Something about kissing a girl and liking it, with her lips tasting like cherry chap-stick…or something. I need to ask that girl what the lyrics were again…"
Kitsuna looked at the princess with a frightened look in her eyes. "M-milady…you wouldn't actually…would you?"
Midna sighed. "Don't be silly, if I forcefully took away your innocence you wouldn't be a proper moe girl."
"M-moe?" Kitsuna asked.
"Are you telling me you don't know what a moe is?" Rels asked, walking over to her. He slapped her on the shoulder playfully. "It's a term that usually applies to girls who-"
"That's enough." Midna interrupted. "If Kitsu knew what a moe was then she might never look at us the same way again. But if you really want to know…" Midna grinned. "You could always consult Haruhi or Konata."
Kitsuna blinked. "Haruhi? Konata? Who're they?"
"You don't need to know." Rels said.
"Soooooo, Rels," Midna interrupted, obviously trying to steer the conversation away from the fourth wall before the writer got sued, "As I was saying before, exactly why were you late again?"
Rels sighed. "It's because of our new guest. Telfia's bringing him here right now. You see, our guest isn't as compliant as the other one."
Midna tilted her head. "What do you mean by that?"
"Get the hell off me!" A loud voice echoed.
"Right on time." Rels commented.
Lein was being led to Midna's throne room with Telfia leading him. His hands were tied up behind his back and his legs were loosely tied together enough so that he can walk but can't run. Lein obviously had his face scrunched up in annoyance and anger, while Telfia was pleasantly ignoring him. She pushed him towards Princess Midna. "Greetings, milady." Telfia said formally, "I have brought our guest."
"You don't need to be so formal…" Midna stood up from her throne and walked towards Lein. "So, this is the Chosen, huh? What a mess…" She knelt down to Lein's eye level. "Hello, Lein was it? I'm Princess Midna, and it's nice to meet you." Lein glared at her, but didn't say anything. Midna smiled. "Is something troubling you? Maybe I can help." She held her hand out to him.
Lein looked away from her. "What can someone like you do for me?" He muttered. "You can't even do your job right."
Kitsuna stiffened. Oh no…he said the forbidden word… She braced herself for one of Midna's rants.
Surprisingly, all Midna did was smile. "Oh, and what makes you think I'm not doing my job? The country's at peace, isn't it? Aren't my people happy? Maybe it's you who can't do your job right."
"What do you mean? I have no job." Lein pointed out.
"Oh, and here I thought you had a mission to do." Midna leaned in closer to Lein and whispered in his ear. "I thought you wanted to avenge Kana's death."
Lein's eyes widened. "How did you know about-"
"Believe me, I know a lot about you," Midna said mockingly, backing away from him. "After all, my job is to keep my citizens safe, and like it or not you're one of my citizens. I've kept tabs on you ever since you've escaped from our custody."
"You've been spying on me?" Lein asked.
"Occasionally," Midna brushed a strand of hair from her eyes. "Whenever we deemed it necessary to watch out for your well-being, we sent out a spy to shadow you. Of course a few months ago that spy died in action and was replaced by someone…less competent."
"Hi!" Rels said.
"So you knew everything about my life, from the time I left your custody." Lein asked.
Midna nodded. "Every important little detail."
"Then why couldn't you save her!?" He shouted. "If you had someone there you could've stopped her from dying! You could've…you could've…" He looked up at Midna, a single tear streaming down from his eyes. "You could've stopped me from killing her with my own hands."
"Lein…" Midna said softly. "Some things we have to do ourselves, if we let others do it for us we can never grow as Twili."
"So you're saying I needed experience in killing, right?" Lein said bitterly. "I have to be willing to cut down anybody who stands in my way."
Midna shook her head. "I'm saying that you needed to be able to do what's right." She motioned Telfia and Rels out of the room. "Listen, Lein," The princess said softly, "Kana was a monster, and monsters have to be killed before they can destroy what others hold dear to them."
"Kana may have been a monster," Lein muttered. "But she was a Twili before that, a Twili who…who I loved." He glared at the princess. "Are you saying we have to be willing to cut down what we love the most?"
Midna paused for a moment. "Yes." She stated simply. "Yes we do. Sometimes for the greater good, we have to cut ourselves off from who we love, and by cutting ourselves off, we then proceed to do what we fear most." She wiped her eyes. "For you it was killing Kana, for me, it was leaving the one I love most back in the Light Realm."
"You…loved a Hylian?" Lein asked, confused.
Midna nodded. "The Hero of Twilight, the one who took the form of a sacred wolf. It was a forbidden love, one that was destined to fail, but I loved him anyway. But for the good of the country I had to cut myself away from him and seal the pathway between out two realms to ensure the safety of our people."
"So what, it's not like you had to murder him." Lein said quietly.
"But it was just as hard." Midna retorted.
"Enough." Lein said. "Just tell me what you want already."
"Very well then. But before I do that…" She bit her lip. "Listen, I don't want anyone else knowing about Kana yet, you can't tell anyone outside this room about her. That's why I sent Telfia and Rels outside while we talked."
"Then what about that girl?" Lein asked, gesturing towards Kitsuna.
"Oh, her?" Midna grinned and walked towards her. "Kitsu here is a special case. What I know, she knows. Isn't that right, Kitsu?"
"Oh, um, right." Kitsuna finally said after her long silence. "But milady, are you sure you want him to know about…eek!" Princess Midna moved her hand under the backside of Kitsuna's dress and grabbed something, causing Kitsuna's face to express her obvious discomfort. "Ah…Lady Midna…you don't have to…ahh…"
"Got it!" Midna cried out joyfully. A large burst of light radiating from Kitsuna followed after Midna's exclamation. "The seal has been broken!"
"What the hell are you…?" Lein's eyes widened in shock. "Oh my god is that a tail!?"
Kitsuna now had a silvery-blue fox tail and a pair of matching fox ears. Not to mention a very scared and embarrassed expression on her face. "Lein, you are looking at the last surviving member of the sacred tribe that existed to protect the legends of this land." Midna explained, "Kitsuna here has the special ability to channel the wisdom of the sages at will, which makes her very valuable." She started scratching behind Kitsuna's ears. "Not to mention how adorable she is in her true form!"
"Ah…Midna…don't…ohh…" Kitsuna sighed contently. "A little more to the left please…"
Midna obliged and continued explaining. "However, the knowledge of the sages always comes at a price. Every time she channels the sage's knowledge, she loses a bit of herself along the way."
"What do you mean she loses herself?" Lein asked.
"Exactly what I said." Midna said darkly. "She loses a piece of her life force. Her life force is intertwined with her soul, which means that she could either die, or become a hollow shell. Either way, her power is not something to be used lightly."
"Then why is she in her true form now?"
"Wasn't there a certain prophecy inscribed in one of the ruins on the palace grounds?" Midna asked. "I'm pretty sure there was…"
"Are you saying that you're going to use that girl's power for me?" Lein said.
"My name's Kitsuna…" Kitsuna muttered drowsily.
Midna nodded. "I'm afraid the Twilight Realm's destiny is intertwined with your destiny, Lein."
"How do you know that?"
"Because." Midna smiled sadly. "The advent of the Crescent Goddess is upon us."
"The Crescent…" Images from Lein's dream sprung up in his mind. "Wait, who's this Crescent Goddess person anyway?"
"I'm not certain," Midna admitted, "But numerous lore and legends depicted a massive battle between the Crescent Goddess Orimis and the Sacred Warrior Velisis that threatened to destroy the two realms of Light and Twilight. These are only legends by the way, but the marking below your eye…" Midna lightly touched Lein's scar. "It's half of the Crescent Pentacle, Orimis's emblem. If there was a crescent moon then…" She shook her head. "Never mind, we should hear the sages words instead of listening to mine."
"Wait." Lein said. "What about my scar? What are you trying to say?"
Midna just smiled. "Kitsuna…do your thing already…"
Kitsuna nodded and walked over to Lein, her tail visibly swishing against her legs. "Hi Lein…" she said shyly.
"Yeah…hi…" Lein said reluctantly. "So exactly what are you going to do?"
"I must form a link between the sages and the subject through intimate physical contact." Kitsuna muttered, her face flushed.
"Intimate physical contact…wait, what?" Lein asked.
Kitsuna lightly cupped her hand around Lein's cheek. "I'm sorry, this is just as embarrassing for me as it is for you."
"What are you talking ab-" Kitsuna interrupted him by forcefully kissing him. Lein was in complete and total shock, and only noticed that Midna might've been laughing at him, and that something that was soft, wet, and not his softly brushed the inside of his mouth. By the time his brain registered what had just happened, Kitsuna had already pulled away from him. "What the hell was that!?"
Kitsuna stood in front of Lein with a blank look in her eyes, her tail and ears drooping towards the ground. She opened her mouth and started speaking in a strange voice. "In a battle once ancient, the great evil was brought down by the sacred warrior Velisis. Using the power of the Light and Twilight, he sealed the evil away, never to be reawakened. But it is foretold by the great sages of our land that it will arise again in the persona of what we'd least suspect. The evil will choose one to stop it, branding said Chosen with a scar. The Chosen will be forced to learn loneliness for many years, until he remembers the Forgotten. Together with the power of Innocence and Dreams, the Chosen and the Forgotten will bring down the End, though the sacrifice the Chosen will make will tear the soul apart."
Lein remembered those words, they were the same ones Cremis spoke in the ruins. Then Kitsuna continued.
"The journey the Chosen will face will be filled with many hardships. Many close to him will fall, and those who the Chosen least expect will rise. The Chosen will face a torrent of evil from both the past and the present, but for the future to be bright the Chosen must be strong. Only through the support of the Forgotten can the Chosen ever hope to succeed on the journey. The power of Dreams will give the Chosen the wings needed to face the End, while the power of Innocence will strengthen the Chosen's resolve. Yet the Innocence will one day be Corrupt, as with all good in the world. But when the world seems to have lost itself, an ancient hero will rise once more."
With those words, Kitsuna regained herself and slumped to the ground. "W-what happened?" Kitsuna said, dazed. "Oh…Lein…you taste funny…" She fell unconscious.
Lein made a slight movement towards Kitsuna before Midna dashed up to the fox girl and raised a finger. The princess muttered some incomprehensible words and a flash of light surrounded Kitsuna, and when the light faded, she was back to her regular self. "Phew, sorry about her comment on how you taste." Midna said, "She acts slightly drunk whenever she does this. I'm sure you taste fine."
"What the hell was that prophecy about?" Lein asked.
"That?" Midna smiled. "Isn't it obvious? It's the story of your future."
"My…future?" Lein said.
Midna nodded. "Your future." She helped Kitsuna up and led her to a chair. "Lein, you have a long journey ahead of you, and while it seems it has all been mapped out for you right here, right now, remember this. The future can change. Don't expect it to be everything the prophecy says it will."
"Litsen." Lein said. "I don't care about some damn prophecy or the fate of the world or whatever, I just want one thing."
"To avenge your parents death?" Midna asked. "Or Kana's?"
"Both." Lein stated simply. "Besides, both of my goals will end the same way."
"And your goals end the same way as mine." Midna pointed out. "The girl who's responsible for your suffering and the one who'll be responsible for the destruction of our Realm is the same person. Besides, without my knowledge and resources you'll never be able to find a trace of the girl."
"You mean you know who she is?" Lein asked.
Midna shook her head. "I'm saying I know the path that leads to her." She snapped her finger. "Rels, Telfia, you can come back in now!"
The two Twili stepped into the throne room. Rels bowed. "What is it that you wish, milady?"
"Stop acting like you're polite and listen to what I have to say." Midna said.
"Fine, whatever." Rels sneered. "But you should know that chances are you'll never see me being overly polite to you ever again after this."
"That's what you said the last time." Midna sighed. "Just listen." She walked over to Lein and pushed him towards Rels. "From now on the two of you will be partners."
"What!?" Lein exclaimed. "Are you honestly expecting that I'll cooperate with this psycho!?"
"Now, now Lein," Rels said in a sing song voice. "You shouldn't go around calling people psycho. You might hurt their feelings."
"Oh yeah, like you actually have feelings." Lein scoffed. "Tell me again why your telling us to partner up?"
"Because," Midna said softly. "Rels is the Dreamer, and you need his wings."
Lein gave Midna a blank look. "Oh, you mean you're actually going to let me continue my project?" Rels chimed in. "I thought you wouldn't let anybody continue it, not after Desch…" He stopped. "Sorry 'bout that Tels…"
Telfia shook her head. "Forget it. I'm more pissed off at the fact you called me Tels again."
"Um, yeah, right." Rels grinned sheepishly.
"Could someone tell me what these 'wings' are?" Lein asked.
"Certainly, buddy!" Rels cleared his throat. "I'm going to build an airship."
"Air…ship?" Lein said, confused.
"Yeah…you know, a ship that flies in the air?" Rels clapped him on the back. "My dream is to build the world's first airship. However…while the frame of the airship has been designed, I'm afraid it doesn't have an energy source. Which is why we've halted its development." He grinned. "But don't you worry about that, we'll find a suitable skystone one day!"
"It's a technical term." Rels explained.
"Listen, Lein," Midna said, "Before we let Rels rant about all his mechanical stuff, I need to know one thing. Are you going to cooperate with us?"
"That depends," Lein said carefully. "If I refuse…what'll you do to me then?"
Midna smiled. "That's easy…we'll lock you up in the dungeons for trespassing and throw stones at you until you agree to work with us."
"So I hardly have a choice then." Lein sighed. "Fine, I'll work with your whole save the world thing. But only so I can fulfill my goals."
Midna clapped her hands happily. "Then that's settled then. Telfia!"
Telfia saluted. "Yes, milady."
"Take Lein here to his quarters," Midna commanded, "And give him his schedule for tomorrow as well." The princess walked over to Kitsuna and started fixing her hair. "And make sure he doesn't see our other guest for now, we wouldn't want any unnecessary fights going on."
"Yes, your majesty!" Telfia grabbed Lein's arm. "Come on, let's go."
"Wait!" Lein shouted as he was forcefully being dragged away. "Aren't you going to unbind me!?"
"Telfia will take care of it later!" Midna called after her. She brushed a strand of hair from Kitsuna's eyes.
"So how's our little moe girl doing?" Rels asked.
"Rels. Fourth wall. Stop. Now." Midna said curtly.
"Geez, fine." He knelt beside the sleeping girl. "Did you let her use her power again?"
Midna nodded. "There was a prophecy about Lein that we had to know."
"I don't suppose you're going to tell me what that said prophecy was, are you?" Rels asked.
The princess shook her head. "Not now. Maybe someday, but for now it's staying between me, Lein, and Kitsuna."
"You mean Kyuubi here?" Rels muttered.
"You won't get the prophecy out of me by reminding me of what she is." Midna said solemnly.
"I know." Rels got up and started making his way out of the room. "I just want to remind you of Kitsu's fate." He left.
Kitsuna muttered something under her breath. Midna calmly stroked her, like you would stroke a cat. "The fate of all who forcefully obtain the sage's knowledge."
Just so you know, I completely made up the rest of the prophecy on the spot. I only have a basic idea of the overall plot, and I'm expecting most of the story to write itself. And excuse the fourth wall breaking…please…
Just so you know, Kitsuna's name was based off of the Japanese word Kitsune, which means fox (though some people like to use the term for a fox-girl). And Kyuubi is a nine tailed fox, and unlike what most people think, Kyuubi's do NOT have to be evil demon foxes (although that's what I'm going for in this fic) and the term did NOT come from Naruto. Naruto isn't the only Japanese thing people! (insert rant here)
Now go and review! Lelouch vi Brittania commands you! (sued for using more anime references. I'm sad that Code Geass is over…)