A few years ago I overheard my friends talking about how true love doesn't exist and that everyone will get divorced. Reflecting on it, I thought that maybe I was childish for believing in such a thing. But just a few days ago I was talking to a friend who was telling me about her grandparents. They got married when they were seventeen, and are still married to this day at age eighty-one. She told me that they get up early every morning and sit on their front porch, watching the traffic go by and talking to each other. I felt so very inspired by that, and I hope that their story and this story will keep all of you believing in the kind of love that much of the world has forgotten.

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Disclaimer: Me no own, you no sue

Rated T for violence, torture, and sensuality

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." -Aristotle

Epilogue

Hyrule Castle looked the most beautiful at dawn.

The sun's bright, golden rays were fresh from the horizon, shining off the stone and casting the opposite sides of towers into blue shadow. Flags proudly rippled out, their color vibrant. Hope and the promise of peace seemed to flow from the castle, and it was a great relief after the crisis Zelda and Link had averted. What had a first seemed impossible they had managed to overcome. They were married, legally, and ruling Hyrule. Zelda, or Queen Zelda, was doing most of the ruling, but Link was still a symbol of royalty to the people. He was, by marriage, royal.

Hyrule's relations with the small country of Arvad not only were good but had strengthened. The younger prince had ascended to the throne, and had confessed that he'd long been suspicious of his brother's behavior. The prince had assured them that while he and Arvad still grieved for Casimir's death, there was no hostility between them.

The former king Dahnes tried many attempt to lose weight, but none that got rid of the majority of his pounds. He admitted that he simply liked to eat too much. Without carrying the direct burden of governing a country, he found a new hobby in cooking, where he created and tested deserts. Mixing influences from a variety of cultures and times, Dahnes' deserts became extremely popular.

Ricky continued to be a close friend of Link and Zelda, taking care of Epona and the other horses in the stables. He soon assumed the position of head of the stables and took on a young apprentice of his own. Malon secluded herself to country life, and was never seen at public events that would involve the royal couple being there. Zelda heard that she eventually moved off to the border country of Hyrule and set up a farm of her own, but then that could have just been gossip.

Roofy and the wolves became integrated into part of Hyrule's everyday life, and were welcome among the people. The woods were still their home, and were a place where Slasher and other wolves that preferred to not be around humans so much could go. Roofy, Angel, and their puppies often spent time in the castle to be with the friends they had made. The wolves were even accepted as their own division of Hyrule's army and welcomed the opportunity to use their skills in any battles that arose.

Impa appointed herself as the main guard of the royal couple, but she no longer had to wait behind Zelda's every move. She at first was lonely and bored often, but once she began to be able to spend more time with Touchstone she didn't mind so much. The two grew ever closer. Navi stayed with Impa whenever Link and Zelda wanted to be alone, and they became close friends. Impa supported Zelda's decision to train new sheikah and they set up a school that accepted children and trained them once a week.

Touchstone and Link's bond became very strong, and anyone who had known how much they had initially hated each other were shocked but happy. Touchstone relied on Link not only for missions but to help train soldiers. Link worked his way into being second-in-command of the army, and enjoyed the position immensely.

Captain Maxi still continued his pattern of pirating the seas for half a year and staying in Hyrule for the other half. He became so assimilated into the castle life that he was known by name to everyone there and was a welcome guest. He and his crew also informally joined Hyrule's army, ready to provide sea support for anything that would arise. Maxi turned out to be a forever friend of Link and Zelda, and he took them sailing whenever they wished.

As dawn broke over the land, it brightened the tall and sturdy Death Mountain, the quaint town of Kakariko, the sands of Gerudo Valley, the thick green forests of Kokiri, the sloshing waters of Zora's Domain, and the tranquility of Lake Hylia. It was here that Link and Zelda sat on the sand, side by side, their bare feet in the water and knees drawn up to their chests. With each breath the wind blew their blonde hair from their faces and brought in the smell of the water. The sunrise shone along the lake's surface, making gold and pink reflections. Soft shadows were cast behind the ruins, delicately lying over the sand.

"It's so pretty here," Zelda breathed, the entire side of her body touching Link's.

"It is," he agreed, gazing out at the lake.

They sat in silence for a moment, not needing an active conversation to enjoy one another's company. It was their second anniversary, and they had chosen to spend it away from the chaos of the castle and in privacy.

"So, do we have anything in mind for today?" she asked, glancing at him.

He grinned. "Nothing in particular. I figured we'd just go wherever the wind takes us."

Zelda smiled at him, loving his free-spirit personality. "That sounds like fun."

"Though," he turned his head to face her, "I know one thing that we have to do at the end of the day. And maybe before if we find ourselves alone and with a decent amount of time."

She cocked an eyebrow, running her tongue over her lips. "I like the sound of that."

They shared a quick kiss, beaming.

"Oh, hey, I got something," Link said, standing up. He walked a few feet to the bag he'd brought, bending at the waist and rummaging through it.

Zelda admired the view, leaning back on one hand. "Link, if you stand like that any longer we'll have to find a private place right now."

His face appeared between his legs, smiling brightly. He threw something at her and she caught it smoothly. She looked at a small envelope in her hands. Hearing him return to sit beside her, she opened it and pulled out a pictograph. It was of the two of them when they were ten years old, standing in a hallway of the castle. The little Zelda was whispering something in Link's ear, her hands clasped behind her back. Little Link was grinning.

She smiled at her husband. "Where did you find this?"

"I was going through my old room the other day, intent on giving it a final cleanout so it can be used, and found that. If I remember Impa took it."

Zelda nodded. "She did."

They stared at the picture, their minds filled with the memories of them growing up together.

"That was so long ago," Zelda whispered. "And look at us now."

Link laughed. "We're twenty, it's not that old."

She turned her face to him, their skin inches apart. "I didn't mean it like that. I mean we're still together. We married each other."

His voice had dropped a level, the tone hushed as he replied, "We always said forever, didn't we?"

"We did," she whispered in response, leaning closer until she could feel his breath against her.

He moved closer, their lips brushing and eyes half-lidded. "Have I told you how much I love you?"

She smiled. "Only every day."

"I love you, Zelda."

She pushed closer, whispering against his mouth, "I love you, Link."

They met lips in a kiss, and as the sun rose all the way into the sky, showering its warm rays on a new day in Hyrule, Link and Zelda had a moment to themselves. It was happy, it was perfect, and it was just another piece of their love story.

The End


Wow, well that's it! I can't believe it's over! I miss it already! 8( Anyway, thank you all for reviewing, and thank you to everybody who will discover this a year from now and still care enough to review! God bless you all!There's links on my profile to my YouTube and DeviantArt profiles! I'm really active on DA so please check 'em out!

I hope this is the start of lots of Zelda stories to come! I already have my mind on one that I'm really excited about, but I promised myself I wouldn't start on it until I finish a story in another fandom. But another is on the way that I think you all will love! 8D

Lots of love!

Allendra