"Zelda. I have a question you probably won't like." Link sat beside the princess several days after the events of the Evil King, letting her head rest in the crook of his neck as she cuddled with him. Zelda had agreed to let Link reside in this time, but she thought it selfish of herself. She had virtually denied him of a childhood, even though he wished it so.
"What might that be, my loving hero?"
For some reason unknown to her, he winced at the name she called him. It was as if he didn't want to be called that at this particular moment.
"You do know that our relationship is bittersweet, right?" Link asked sadly.
"What do you mean by that?" Zelda raised her head to look into his eyes for an answer. The answer she heard from his voice and saw in his eyes were the same.
"You're the Princess of Hyrule. You're at the very top of the social status ladder. I'm nothing but a peasant. A commoner. It would never work out. Don't misunderstand me. I love you with all of me. But the placement that fate has given us deters us from one another. I can't be in your life as your lover. But only as a loyal vassal. It is what is expected of me. It's also expected of you to lead this land into peace with another royal at your side. I'm sorry, but we can't stay like we are, lest we become even more attached to each other."
Link's words struck more painfully to her heart more than any other thing could, yet some part of her agreed, while most of her being screamed in protest. She couldn't love any pompous suitor more than the hero she sits with now. She didn't want any other, she only wanted him. She didn't care about status. She didn't care about expectancies. She only cared about them.
"I don't care. I want you. Only you and no one else! You're mine and I won't give you up to anyone, nor for anyone. I love you. You love me. That's all I need do know." Zelda had started crying without her noticing until she felt a strong hand brush the tears away. She looked up to see Link smiling softly.
"You're gonna get me in trouble. You do know that, right?" He asked jokingly.
Zelda smiled. She thought that he was such a softy when it came to women, especially her.
"You big baby!" Zelda said softly before kissing him. After they parted, the two Hylians relaxed back into their original position to watch the sunset quietly, never parting.