There was an awkward kind of silence between Darin and Kaede as they travelled through the eastern fields of Hyrule.
"I need to get back." Kaede said, breaking the silence.
"What?" Darin was caught off guard by her statement.
"There's someone I need to... apologize to." She continued.
"Is it that boy?" Darin took an educated guess. Kaede looked at her feet as she walked.
"Yes." She replied. For the next long while no-one said anything. The silence was eventually broken gain by Kaede. "Look out!" She yelled.
"Wha-" One on Kaede's vectors gripped Darin ankle and tripped him, a moblin's blade narrowly missing his head. The moblin, who had rode up behind them on boar, was yanked out of his seat by another on of her vectors. Darin got up as she stood up over the stunned and confused moblin. A vector reached out and gripped the moblin's neck.
Suddenly, all her vectors retreated as she gripped her hat, the faces of hundreds of terrified men, women, and children running through her head. The moblin took his chance and slid out from under her and jumped up, and then unsheathed a small dagger, but before he could use it he was smacked hard upside the head by the blunt of Darin's sword, landing on his face. "Are you alright?" Darin asked her.
"You wouldn't think I would be able to remember every... single... one..." She muttered under her breath.
Darin tried to take her mind off it. "What are we going to do with him?" He nudged the moblin, who lay face-down in the grass.
"I can't kill him." Kaede stated, still shaken.
"I don't think I could either."Darin rubbed his chin.
"I don't think you need to." Kaede stepped back as blood pooled from under the moblin. Darin turned him over with his sword, revealing that he landed on the dagger, puncturing the approximate area of his heart.
"Ooh. Tough luck." Darin looked at the corpse. "Still, the problem remains. What do we do with him?"
Kaede looked about. They stood in a huge grassy field, ponds spotted throughout. The cliffs to the east were visible on the horizon, the sun shining above their heads. Then she noticed a crowd of Kargarocs circling above them. "I think those birds up there might take care of this if we just leave." She suggested.
"I guess you're right." Darin replied.
Meanwhile, Spencer coughed as he, Link, Midna, and Andima arrived in Kakriko village. "Wow. I forgot how dusty this place was." He commented.
"Last time we were here was our wedding." Andima choked on the dust. "And that's only because the shaman lives here."
"Let's go visit Malo, and get out this sandy wind." Midna suggested. They walked over to Malo's somewhat spruced-up shack, holding cloth to their faces to breath.
As soon as they walked in, three swords were at their throats, held by Hylian soldiers. "Hey, hold up there! Easy!" A voice called from behind them. They backed off, allowing the Quadro to see a tewnty-four year old Malo standing behind the counter. He had cut his black hair very short, to the point of almost being bald. He still wore Ordon clothing, despite residing in Kakriko. "Her Highness might have sent you, but that's no reason to try to kill old friends."
"What's with the extra muscle, Malo?" Link asked.
"How about you take a look behind you?" Malo spoke in more of a commanding tone rather than a suggestion.
They turned and stepped back at the sight of their faces on wanted posters, along with Darin and Kaede. Kaede's illustration was ridiculously off the mark, with huge bags under her eyes and a stare that would make children scream.
"And now, I want to be asking the questions here." Malo stated, the Quadro turning back to face him. "Most important: How did you not age?"
"What? Oh!" Spencer realized what he meant. "We didn't actually know we were gone so long, you see we had a bit of trouble with inter-"
"I don't care about your story. Just tell me how you didn't age." Malo persisted.
"Why do you care so much about that? What about us being wanted criminals?" Midna asked, pissed off that Malo had seemed to have become selfish.
"At this rate, I won't be able to keep business running long." Malo explained, "In forty years or so, I'm going to have to get some dumb ass to continue running my chain of shops, probably running them into the ground. I can't have that after all these years of hard work you see. If I simply can stop aging, I'll be able to keep this enterprise running for as long I want!"
"But we didn't stop aging! We just skipped a few years!" Andima insisted.
"Just stay here a day or two. That way I might be able to figure it out." Malo said in a diplomatic tone.
"I'm sorry, but we're leaving." Midna turned and opened the door, only to see at least a hundred soldiers waiting for her.
"We have should a generous ruler, don't you agree?" Malo said.
As the sun began to set, Darin and Kaede reached a pass in the eastern cliffs. "I guess this is the place." Darin said, relieved that they made it to the border.
They turned to see the source of the call, which was Ladoran. He ran towards them, still a far distance away and waving his arms around. "Hey, it's that assassin!" Darin squinted at him.
"Should I be getting ready to stop him?" Kaede asked, not sure if this was a threat.
"I don't think an assassin who intends to kill us calls out and waving his arms around." Darin replied. Finally, Ladoran caught up to them. "And who exactly are you?" Darin inquired.
Ladoran panted for a minute before replying. "Just call me Ladoran. I need you to answer some questions." He looked up at Kaede. "Hey, wait a minute." He remembered the tunnel that he flew through into Hyrule. "You bumped into me!" He pointed at her.
"No, I'm pretty sure it was you who knocked her over." Darin said.
"Huh? Oh, that. Sorry. But that's not it! She bumped into me when... never mind. Now's not the time." Ladoran said.
"Hey.. I remember you! I hit you when I came to this land!" Kaede grabbed Ladoran's neck with her hand. "Tell me how to get back!" She demanded.
Ladoran pushed her off. "If I knew that, I wouldn't be here. Let me give some advice that comes from two years of searching: give up on trying to get back." He turned to Darin, while Kaede looked like her dreams were just shattered. "You're Spencer's son, right?" He asked.
"How do you know my Dad?" Darin asked, unintentionally answering Ladoran's question.
"Good. We need to get out of here." Ladoran said. They head down the pass, coming to a big metal gate.
"My gods, Darin! Now you're associated with that Assassin!?"
They turned to see that Zelda and two-score soldiers had followed them down the pass on horses. Zelda dismounted, conjuring her Bow and arrows of light. "I can't let you go any further." She said.
"Have a jolly good humble pie!" Ladoran called out suddenly, drawing confused attention. When Darin was wondering what the hell he just said, Ladoran pulled Darin's sword out of his sheath and plunged it through himself in one swift movement. "Run..." Ladoran gasped. The soldiers glanced at each other, no one knowing what really happened.
Kaede grabbed Darin's arm as her vectors worked to push the gates open. They ran through as soon as the gates were open wide enough. Zelda snapped out of her confusion, running for the gates as Kaede pushed them closed. Zelda managed to jump through, rolling in the dirt on the other side. Darin and Kaede ran at full pace down the pass, They caught sight of the end when a light arrow zipped past their heads.
Kaede had a sudden thought. She stopped running, Darin stopping in his tracks as soon as she did. "What are you doing!? Run!" He exclaimed. Kaede turned around and jumped to the side to dodge another arrow. She ran at Zelda while she was about to notch an arrow, but a vector gripped the forearm of her bow arm.
"Sorry." Kaede said sympathetically as there was a sickening snap and Zelda's forearm bent, blood staining her royal gloves.
"GYAAAAAHHHH!" Zelda fell to her knees, screaming in pain.
Kaede ran past Darin, "What are you waiting for?" Kaede called to him. He looked at Kaede, then at Zelda, then back at Kaede. Finally he decided to follow her.
Darin caught up to Kaede as she ran onto the nearest boat. A man on the boat was about to stop her when Darin caught up and showed him the inside of his rupee bag. "It's all yours if you leave [i]right now[/i]." Darin said. The sailor ran inside, and shortly they set sail and were leaving Hyrule's briefly visited eastern port. Darin found Kaede panting and sitting on the deck, leaning on a wooden wall. He sat down next to her to catch his breath as well. "What was that?" Darin asked her.
"I... don't know." Kaede looked like she was in pain. "I'm not sure but... I think that voice is coming back... and I didn't realize it until after I broke her arm." She looked at him. "I'm sorry Darin. I've gotten us in even more trouble now." She buried her face in her arms.
Darin was going to say it was alright when she continued. "If what... Ladoran said is true... I need to do me a favor."
"What is it?" Darin asked.
"I had someone else to do this... but now it looks like I'm never going to see them again." Kaede looked at him with a teary face. "If I can't find some way to stop killing... to stop myself from hurting so many innocent people..." She swallowed. "I want you to kill me."