Okay. As promised, a short Chrismas fic. Well, technically, it's a New Year's fic since I'm too late for Christmas. I was too late for New Year's too, but I'll post two chapters in a day. Sorry, I was too concentrated on my other fic "Between the Two" and I forgot my promise to make this one :D Sorry. Anyways, hope you like it, it's a very short fic. Each chapter will be mad 2000 words, so the entire thing should be one of my shortest fics ever. Whatever. By the way, the XXX...XXX areas mean were changing the POV of the character and switching it to another ^^ And the little italicized parts at the beginning are the words of a song I found on youtube, it's called the Twelve Pains of Christmas. It's sang on the tune of Twelve days of Christmas. XD ENJOY! :D
The first thing of Christmas that's such a pain to me,
is finding a Christmas tree.
"Come on! That snowflake goes there, and that icicle goes over there!" Impa directed as the servants ran around the ballroom, decorating it for the upcoming New Year's party at the castle. Zelda quietly stood behind her, telling her what to fix and what to add.
"And a silver touch in that corner wouldn't be bad either!" Zelda said, pointing at the far east corner of the room as a couple of servants nodded and took a ladder, setting a snowflake decoration on it.
"PERFECT!" Zelda screamed, smiling.
"Princess, why don't we take a break? It is lunchtime anyways." Impa smiled.
"Sure, why not." She replied with a sweet smile.
Together, they exited the ballroom and headed for the dining hall. About halfway there, they stopped, hearing distant shouts. Zelda smiled, knowing to whom they belonged.
"AND THAT'S MY FINAL ANSWER!" Link suddenly yelled behind him as he stepped out from a room and slammed the door behind him. Zelda giggled and ran after him to catch up.
"Hey Link! What's wrong?" she giggled.
"Those ministers of yours want me to wear a tuxedo to the ball and cut my hair until the top of my neck." He growled in irritation.
"Hey, Link, come on. You were lucky I could persuade my father to let you come, so don't be picky." Zelda giggled.
"Why? Cause beggars can't be choosers and I'm exactly that?" he chuckled, taking a step ahead of her.
"Link, don't say that. Even if you ARE a commoner, you know I will always be your bestest friend ever, right?" she giggled, putting a hand on his shoulder.
"Um… Zel, not to be critical…but… You are my only friend, so I can't compare." He chuckled.
"Come on Link! Don't say that! You saved the entire country of Hyrule! Why wouldn't anyone be your friend?" she asked, shocked.
"Umm… Coming from the woman who sent me back in time and erased everyone's memories?" he chuckled again.
"Fine, blame me. You're lucky the Sages haven't forgotten either." Zelda turned away sarcastically as Impa interrupted them.
"Sorry Link, but Zelda has to go eat. Her father desires her presence at his sides for lunch." She sighed.
"Remind me why he can't come with me?" Zelda asked sadly.
"Hello, you said it yourself, I'm a commoner. I bet it kills him to let me inside the castle in the first place." Link chuckled instead of Impa. Zelda gasped, then headed for him and slapped the back of his head. He turned around, rubbing his head.
"What was that for?" he asked her, gritting his teeth. Goddesses, Zelda was strong for her age. Must've been the Sheik-training she had been enduring.
"Because, my father is a very reasonable man, and does no such thing!" she shrugged indignantly.
"Yeah… That's why he always aborts the subject whenever you talk of me." He grinned sarcastically.
"Link, come on. He doesn't hate you; it's just that… well… he's not used to speaking with someone who is not noble." She tried finding an alibi.
"Know what? I'll make a bet with you. If he can show a gesture of affection towards me just once until the New Year, as in twelve days from today, I'll back off and do whatever you want. If he doesn't, then you owe me a favour. Deal?" he asked with a sly grin.
Zelda thought for a moment. It was a risky gamble, but she could pull it off. All she would need was a little convincing, and Link would be all hers. She grinned, then extended her hand.
"Deal." She simply grinned.
"Great then! You have twelve days, twelve tries!" Link smiled as he shook it. "Seeya in the dining hall!" he grinned mysteriously before disappearing in the blink of an eye.
"Impa?" Zelda asked when he was gone.
"Yes?" she replied, looking at her.
"He DOES know that the dining hall is forbidden to anyone but me, my father and the ministers, right?" she asked with a trembling voice.
"I think so…" she replied, still as impassable as always.
There was a moment of awkward silence, then Zelda sighed and turned around, walking away.
"Sometimes, I wonder if you should have showed him how to behave like a sneaky Sheikah…" she sighed as Impa laughed, guessing his intentions, and walked away behind her towards the dining hall.
"Hello your Majesty." Zelda greeted as she bowed slightly and went to sit down in front of the King.
"Hello, my daughter. How are you?" he asked.
"Fine, thank you Your Highness." She replied politely.
A few servants came in, carrying silver plates of food, and placed them in front of the King and his daughter.
Zelda waited until her father had finished helping himself, then grabbed a fork and delicately took a piece of ham into her plate.
"You are silent today, my love. Is something the matter?" he asked.
"No father. Nothing is wrong. I would just like to ask you something." She gulped down nervously, getting ready to start off her bet with Link. She simply didn't know he was closer than she thought.
Link swiftly slid into the dining hall by one of the back windows after scaling the wall outside. Quickly, he jumped into he shadows of a nearby pillar and stayed on top, so that no one could spot him, and he could spot everyone.
Knowing very well the consequences for sneaking into the dining hall, doubled with the fact that he was a commoner, he simply held his breath as he spied on Zelda and her father as they spoke together.
Listening closely, he inched forward to hear what they were talking about. His surprise and delight were infinite when he heard the word "Link" in their conversation. His sensitive ears twitched, hearing the voices of the King and his daughter as they discussed him.
"Father, what do you think of Link?" Zelda finally asked. The King's traits crisped.
"You mean Link? That peasant boy I allowed to stay in the castle?" he asked her.
"Yes father. He is a great friend of mine, nonetheless." Zelda gulped down uncontrollably, shaking in worry and anticipation.
"Why would you ask me that? I think he is just like any other commoner. All he needs to do is take care of his property, pay taxes and be respectful, like any other commoner. If you ask me, I wouldn't want him in my castle right now." he replied indignantly, putting some food in his mouth.
Zelda stiffened and covered a surprised gasp of horror. A little in the distance, there was a loud thump and a crack, then everything was silent again.
Hearing the King's harsh words, Link lost his grip and fell backwards. Twisting around at the wrong moment, he landed on his front with a loud thump, breaking his right arm with an audible crack. He gasped in pain as a few tears rushed up his eyes and rolled down his cheeks.
Thinking he had heard enough, he delicately cradled his broken arm against his chest and silent drew backwards, avoiding the gazes of the King, who was anyways, back turned at him. He only feared Zelda might spot him as she was turned in his direction.
With another gasp of pain, he drew back and jumped out the window, disappearing from the dining hall.
"What was that noise?" the King asked.
Zelda lifted her eyes and suddenly caught a glimpse of green cloth disappearing from out the window. Gasping, she understood what had happened vaguely and tried catching the attention of her father again.
"Umm… Must've been one of the servants from the next room who fell and broke something…" she told him nervously.
"I hope it's nothing important." He mumbled, uninterested, as he turned back to his food.
Zelda sighed and fell silent. Only eleven more tries for eleven days…