Disclaimer: Don't own Zelda.

He tries to focus, he really does.

He is the secret hero, the little boy whose job it is to save a land he is only visiting.

Stone Tower is a confusing place, but he is slowly getting the hang of traversing its twisted halls. Flick a switch here, kill a monster there…It is slow going, but he has time.

Tatl kindly reminds him that he only has 48 hours left, and even though he nods and appears to redouble his focus, he can't help the thoughts that flicker across his mind—

In Clocktown, Anju is about to get a letter she can't do anything about, and—

In Romani Ranch, Cremia has realized her little sister is missing, and—

In the Deku Palace, an innocent monkey is being publicly tortured, and—

In Goron Village, a baby is starving to death, and—

In Zora Hall, a mute singer is crying over her kidnapped and soon to be murdered children, and—

He has to go outside and flip the entire tower to get any further into the labyrinth.

"Link," Tatl reminds after he makes his way back inside and through a few more rooms than he cares to count, "hurry up, we only have 40 hours left!"

And even though he nods and appears to redouble his focus, he can't help the thoughts that flicker across his mind…

He is just a boy in green, making all the progress in the world and none at all.