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--Two years later--
"Link! Link! LINK!"
"HUNH?" I cried out, falling off my bed, surprised.
Someone on top of me chuckled. I groaned and looked up.
"Why do you keep doing that?" I sighed, getting up and rubbing the side of my head.
"Cause I love you." The crystalline giggled response came.
"Zelda, Zelda, Zelda..." I scolded amusedly as I got up and caught my girlfriend in my arms. She giggled again and only pecked me on my nose before wiggling out of my grip and heading for the kitchen.
"What? Just a peck?" I complained amusedly as I ran off after her.
"Yes, because you've been a bad boy." She scolded, looking over her shoulder to smirk at me.
"Why? What have I done to deserve this?" I cried out sarcastically, raising my hands in the air.
"Let's see. Well, I can't remember everything you've done since we've gotten this apartment together, but for today, you made me yell my voice out at you to wake up. How could you oversleep on your first day at university!?" she groaned, slapping her forehead in fake disappointment.
"I was tired... They kept me till one in the morning yesterday at work." I pouted, crossing my arms.
That's who I am. Hi. I'm Link Gaiden. I'm nineteen years old, been orphaned parent-wise since I was born. As for sibling-wise... Let's just say my last uncle "died" when I was fifteen. Now, I live with my girlfriend, Zelda Harkinian, in an apartment that she rented for both of us a couple years ago.
Now, I do fencing, archery, and during summer break, I went to a nearby village for some horseback riding. I'm currently working in an office, hired to set all the files in their respective places in a filing cabinet when I'm not typing in front of a computer. I want to major in a specialized Graphic Design program. Cause I wanna be a graphic designer, obviously. And calculus, Zelda said it could come in handy.
As for Zelda, she's nineteen as well. Both her parents are still alive, but went to live in Termina, leaving us alone here. She's also trying to fence with me, archery is one of her favourites, she loves horseback riding, and we go camping often in the summer, which she really appreciates.
She's currently working as a waitress in a bar (part time, cause she doesn't need much money. I refused to abuse her generosity, so my job was full-time during the summer) but she aspires to be a child psychologist. She says the mind of a child is fascinating.
"Honey." Zelda sighed, turning around and cuddling in my arms. "You shouldn't push yourself that much." She frowned. "Specially that now, with university, you're gonna be more exhausted than ever. Take it easy, I'll pay everything for you until you finish university." She suggested again, moving her arms behind me and massaging my shoulder slightly.
I frowned. "Zelda, how many times have we discussed this issue?" I sighed. "I'm working for my OWN money, cause you ain't paying for me in any way." I pouted, crossing my arms.
"I'm paying for the apartment." She grinned, looking down at me.
"You were just lucky I didn't have enough cash to tip in when we did rent this thing." I stuck my tongue out at her. "Just you wait. When I finish university, I'm gonna buy us a huge house single-handedly, and you won't pay at all." I grinned, turning away indignantly.
"You can always dream, love." She chuckled. A quick kiss later, she walked towards the refrigerator as I sat down in front of the bar and closed my eyes.
"You okay for eggs and bacon?" Zelda asked from behind the bar that separated us.
Bacon... Tears came to my eyes at the mention of that particular food. It had a distant meaning to me, one that no one could ever understand. I couldn't either, actually. It just felt like a faded memory to me. An important one.
"Anything you cook is good." I chuckled back, half-smiling, though I felt a nervous knot in my stomach.
"I'll take that as a yes." She giggled, and turned to the frying pan.
I checked the clock. Seven thirty in the morning. My first university classes would start at nine. It took half an hour to get there. So we had to get out of here maximum at eight.
My thoughts were broken when Zelda put a fuming plate of eggs and bacon in front of me. The smell tingled my nose, and I smiled as I grabbed my fork and poked my food.
"Welcome." She smiled sweetly, pouring me a cup of orange juice.
"You're not supposed to do all these things for me..." I groaned amusedly, grabbing the cup with a nod.
"It's your first day at university! Why shouldn't I?" she giggled in her sweet voice.
I simply rolled my eyes and drowned a bit of juice. Then, I nodded to thank her as I licked my lips.
"I think we should get going..." I tensed, looking at the clock. I don't know, first days always make me edgy. My food hadn't been touched. I was too nervous to eat.
First days... I remembered... Four years ago... Memories, faded with time, but cherished a lot. I have to make an effort to remember... But why? Why am I forgetting the things that have meant the most to me...?
It hit me. The day me and my best friends parted after graduation from high school, I was hit with a huge fever. The doctors couldn't identify the cause. I was bedridden for a couple weeks. Then, as suddenly as it came, it disappeared. A mystery of science. But I realised that I was not as intact as I was supposed to be.
My memories... I could barely remember the names of the people I cherished so much in high school... Everything was a big blur. Zelda stood by my side the entire time, thank Farore I didn't forget her, but... I felt guilty...
It started off as a regular headache. Then, I suddenly blacked out one day. Zelda later told me she called the hospital because I had more than forty-five degrees of fever. She said I had trouble breathing, was sweating a lot, mumbling deliriously, having occasional seizures and the fever just wouldn't go down. Then, a couple of weeks later, it disappeared. As suddenly as it came, it disappeared. That's when the doctors checked over and realized I had a light case of amnesia as a remnant from the fever.
It's officially cured now, and nothing remains of it, 'cept the amnesia part. I don't know how I got it, or who I got it from. Like I said, it was a whole new mystery for the doctors, but before they could take a good look at it, it vanished without a trace. Thank Farore it did vanish. The doctors later told me I couldn't have taken it much longer if it went on like that.
"Link, relax love! It's not even eight o' clock!" Zelda giggled, breaking through my thoughts with that sweet voice of hers.
I shot straight back to the real world and smiled. "Sorry, I'm a bit iffy." I grinned sheepishly, rubbing the back of my head.
"I know. Just relax and enjoy breakfast." Zelda caressed my hair briefly and kissed it before moving away.
"I can never thank you enough." I smiled back at her, watching her hair sway as she walked away.
"Yes you can. By eating that food and changing into some clothes." She laughed, pointing at me accusingly.
Blushing, I looked down, realizing I was only in my boxers, the ones I used to sleep in. Face as red as a tomato, I sank under the table with a grin. "I hadn't realized..." I smiled sheepishly, eyes poking out from the table corner.
"I enjoyed watching that green stud glisten off your abs." She chuckled, motioning with her head towards the stud piercing on my belly button.
"Admit you like it." I grinned seductively, getting up and flexing my biceps in a cliché superhero pose.
"My eyes are unworthy of seeing that." She rolled her eyes sarcastically.
"You're right. You are forbidden to look at this until the time is right." I chuckled with a double meaning.
"Time is right?" she raised a brow sceptically. "Riiiiight…"
"Yeah. When we have--"
"GO AWAY!! Scurry on! You little perv..." she giggled, shooing me away with a dismissive wave of her hand.
"You're just jealous. Look at it while it's still there." I grinned, lifting my arms and exposing my toned torso with the random stud right in the middle.
"Shut up and put a shirt on." She pouted amusedly, not turning to meet my sceptical gaze.
"Alright, alright." I chuckled, stepping back into my room. There, I grabbed a t-shirt and jeans. Then, I checked for everything in my bag. Laptop? Check. Pencil case? Check. Notebooks? Check. Cellphone? Check. Money? Check. House and car keys? Check.
"I'm ready." I sighed, stepping in front of the mirror to try and make some sense out of my falling strands of blond hair. When I had evaluated it as fixed enough in the front, I grabbed all the shoulder length hair behind my neck and tied them down with a green elastic. Once done, I turned around to meet Zelda as she watched me with a smirk.
"What?" I smirked back.
"Nothing. Did you eat anything?" she asked, concerned.
"I can't… Have this knot in my stomach. Damn thing won't let me eat." I muttered.
"Don't be nervous, love. Relax, I'm sure you'll do great. And please eat something, it's been since yesterday noon you haven't eaten anything." She pleaded silently.
"I can't, not matter how much I try to relax." I sighed.
She giggled. "Fine, but it's YOUR loss… So… Wanna go?" she asked, flipping her car keys in her hand.
"Okay." I gulped down nervously. She giggled again and stepped outside, and I soon followed.
Outside, we stopped in front of two cars parked in front of each other.
"Okay. Are we taking the convertible or the Porsche?" my angel asked with a wide grin.
"It's terribly hot outside." I remarked, fanning myself. "Let's take the convertible." I suggested, looking at the silver car we had.
"Can do." Zelda giggled as she grabbed the side and jumped inside without opening the door. I chuckled and did the same in the passenger seat. After buckling up and starting the car, Zelda put on her sunglasses and pushed on the gas pedal. Within seconds, she had turned the car out of the parking lot and we were speeding towards my new university.
The wind blowing through my hair felt good. I closed my eyes and breathed in deep, enjoying the ride.
Zelda's voice, tiny compared to the sound of the rushing wind on the highway, rang around me.
"Yeah?" I answered back, turning to face her.
"You feeling okay?" she inquired worriedly, brows furrowing in worry.
"Why wouldn't I be?" I chuckled nervously.
"You're… quiet… I know that you're usually quiet… but you're quieter than usual today… Is something the matter?" she asked worriedly, concerned.
"Nah…" I shook my head, feeling the familiar knot in my stomach resurfacing. "But a tad nervous." I sighed.
"It'll be alright." She giggled, leaning over to give me a kiss. I closed my eyes as I felt her luscious lips on mine. I only opened my eyes right in time and gasped.
"ZELDA! YOU'RE GONNA MISS THE EXIT!"
With a squeak, Zelda turned the car around just in time to get the exit. Laughing all the way, we got off the highway and drove slower towards the university.
The last ten minutes of the ride were spent in silence. Zelda shot me a worried look once in a while, but I kept my eyes glued on the structure in front of me, silent. Even from afar, as soon as the trees were cleared, I could spot the campus entrance.
One word that described it all. Huge. And I had the sinking feeling it extended farther away from what I could see. Hundreds of people were scattered everywhere on the front lawn, some with laptops, books, sketch pads, cellphones, music players… I lost track of my mind. So I just let my mouth drop, gaping.
"Zel?" I squeaked for the first time in what seemed like forever.
"Yes, my love?" she asked from beside me, seemingly unfazed by the huge structure.
"You sure this university was the right one to pick for me…?" I bit my lip anxiously, eyes darting left and right frantically.
"Unless you wanna go somewhere else than where I'm gonna go…" she smirked. "Don't worry. It's the university with the highest ranking in the country. It'll be okay." She smiled, caressing my cheek.
"I sure hope you're right…" I frowned, gaze dropping from the immense structure.
"Baby…" Zelda pouted as she carefully parked the car. "Why are you worrying so much…? It'll be okay!" she comforted me, grabbing my cheeks with both hands and moving my face around to wake me up.
"But we're not even in the same classes… It's like… I'll be exposed to a whole new atmosphere, KNOWING that I could have changed it…" I sighed, disappointed.
"You're following your dreams, love." She sighed along, unbuckling herself and jumping over to my side. "It's the best for you and for me." She giggled, plucking a kiss on my lips.
My arms flew up on reflex, ensnaring her, encircling her, snaking around her arms and drawing her close. "Just a bit more…" I pleaded, liquid azure eyes peering within her compassionate ones.
"Anything for you." She gasped for breath as she dipped in for another passionate kiss.
A few minutes later, Zelda and I were walking inside the hallways, looking around curiously. I don't know about Zelda, but in addition to the knot in my stomach, I now had a lump in my throat. I think I'll let Zelda do the talking.
We stopped in front of Zelda's classroom. I gulped down nervously as she stepped forward, into the room. My hand suddenly shot forward on its own and grabbed her wrist.
Startled, she looked back at me. "What is it, Link?" she inquired, eyes scouring over me worriedly.
"I… I can't do this alone…" I gasped. The world was a big blur to me, but I had no tears. I felt dizzy, but the reason was unknown. I assimilated it to my stress.
"It's okay Link. It's okay!" she comforted me, grabbing my face in her hands. "Everything's gonna be alright…" she whispered passionately. "Just go out there and listen to the lecture. Then, jot down your notes, and go to your next class. You'll be alright." She giggled, then kissed me briefly. "I love you! Good luck!" she smiled and walked inside. Only when she was out of my field of vision, I sighed.
Why am I acting so weak? I shouldn't be so weak! I lost my reason to be a weak four years ago. I should toughen up. I should be strong.
With those thoughts, I was revitalized. Smiling, I lifted my head and strode confidently towards my own class.
I got there right in time. Quickly looking for a place to sit, I saw three empty seats between a blond boy and a black haired boy, both looking equally bored as they typed something on their laptops. I quickly moved and sat in the middle one, with one seat difference from each one. They were too engrossed in their work to notice me anyway. Sighing in relief, I wiped some sweat off my forehead.
Is it just me, or is this place hot? Like… Really REALLY hot? It must be just me… No one else seems to notice…
Even though everyone else is engrossed in some kind of work…
Oh well. My attention turned to the teacher as the lady teaching us entered the room and took her place behind the desk at the front. A bell rang, and all the attention was turned towards the lady, mine included.
"Welcome students, to advanced calculus 302." She greeted with a slight nod of her head. I took out my notebook, ready for anything.
Towards the very end of the course, I was sure something was wrong. My head felt woozy, my vision was blurred, I could barely keep my pencil up, and my balance was wavering on my chair. I frantically tried to keep my drooping eyelids open, and block the darkness from my mind, trying to find the cause. Could it be the incessant burning in my stomach? Dry throat? Nausea? The heavy heat in the room?
I couldn't find out because that's when I tripped over my chair and fell to the floor, unconscious.
There was a huge noise of something falling in the classroom. Even the teacher shut up for a moment and turned towards the source of the noise.
It was located right in between the blond and the black haired boys. Both were looking down at the boy who was sprawled on the floor, unconscious, right in between them.
"WHAT'S GOING ON?" the teacher called from the bottom, looking towards them.
"Miss! There's a guy who blacked out!" the blond boy called worriedly, biting the nail on his left hand's thumb.
"Oh dear…" the teacher gasped. "You two boys." She motioned to the two boys. "Take him to the infirmary, you are excused." She ordered, pointing towards the door.
For the first time, the two boys lifted their eyes from their fallen comrade's body, and their crimson gazes met.
The shock was immediate. Recognition flashed in their eyes, tears gathering in their eyes. Both gazes fell upon the figure on the floor, shocked awe threatening both boys to black out as well.
"Well! Get a move on it!" the teacher yelled. The two boys quickly bent down and each took one of Link's arms around their shoulders before they exited the classroom under everyone's inquisitive gaze.
The first thing I saw a bright blur instead of the ceiling. Black dots danced in front of my eyes as I blinked to get them out of my vision. I slowly brought my hand up to my head and shook it to unsuccessfully try to clear the dots. That's when I noticed eight faces hovering on top of me.
Wait… not eight… As my vision got clearer, the eight faces diminished to four… then two… One of them was blond, the other was black. But both the people's crimson eyes were fixed on me, bloodshot, like they'd been crying for a long while.
"Hello…?" I asked faintly, blinking to get accustomed to the light.
"You okay?" the ebony haired boy asked, worried.
"Yeah, you gave everyone quite the scare back there." the blond boy smirked.
"Yeah, that's just like you, Link."
My thought rushed in my head for a moment. Those faces seemed familiar, although a bit blurred from my vision.
"How do you know my name? What happened?" I groaned, shaking my head a bit.
"One question at a time." The blond boy smirked.
"Okay… What happened?" I asked, going for the more obvious question first.
"We don't know. You just fell unconscious right in the middle of class." The black haired boy shrugged.
"The nurses just said you needed some rest and food and you'd be back on track." The blond boy shrugged along.
"Something about being too exhausted and hungry to keep up… And you gotta admit the classroom was a bit hot, so I guess it didn't help." The ebony haired boy continued, putting a finger on his chin thoughtfully.
Listening, I pushed up in a sitting position and shook the last black dot out of my vision. Their faces were now very clear to me, and I felt like I had known them before. Digging into my memories, I tried to bring back up some forgotten ones. With no avail. I couldn't reach exactly where I'd met these guys. Could it have something to do with the ravaging fever that attacked me a few days after I finished high school?
"Now, second question." The blond smirked, putting one arm on his hips, waiting for my question.
I hesitated, not knowing if I should dread or await the answer. "… How do you guys… know my name…?" I asked uncertainly.
The two boys looked at each other for a moment, smirking fully. Then, the blond turned to me first.
"What? Don't you remember us, Link?" he asked, putting a hand on my left shoulder.
"Us? Your high school best friends?" the ebony-haired boy grinned, showing his pointy teeth as he put another hand on my right shoulder.
The shock was immediate. I bolted upright as if something had hit me on the spine. My eyes glazed over as my mouth dropped in an awed gape. Limbs limp, my eyes glazed over as I zoned out for a moment.
High school… Roommates… Bully… Friends… Pain… Punches… Outings… Fun… Girlfriend… Zelda… Friends… Parent day… Abusive uncle… suicide… Friends… Comfort… Mall… Friends… Dance… Expulsion… Happy… Friends… Graduation… Goodbyes… Friends…
More like BEST friends…
Every face I used to know in high school rushed back into my head so fast, that it hurt. I bit my lip to avoid screaming in pain, drawing blood. My memories were returning. They came back. The fever was just an event that locked them away… They say that sometimes, when in great pain, you tend to forget things… I forgot… I just pushed these precious memories to the back of my mind.
Ganondorf, Zelda, Midna, Tetra, Uncle, Mr Lighte… And these guys.
I snapped out of my trance when the blond shook me a little, worried. Shaking my head a bit, I felt tears drawing up my eyes, threatening to spill at any moment. Biting my lip, but not avoiding the smile that crept up my face, I chuckled.
"It's good to have you back, Sheik, Dark." I finally smiled. Not a second later, I jumped up and drew them both over the bed into a group hug. Choking and gagging, the two followed me, until they got up on the bed, making it easier for us to hug.
"I missed you guys." I whispered, too shocked to say any more.
"Same here." Dark grinned, becoming limp for me to hug him.
"Welcome to university, you guys." Sheik smirked, putting both his hands on his hips.
"I can't believe you guys come here…" I finally spoke up.
"We couldn't believe it either… We didn't even notice until you blacked out and we finally got a good glimpse of each other." Dark chuckled.
"Good to have you back, Commander." Sheik laughed.
"Yeah, just a few days after we left each other after the graduation, Zelda sent us each a letter that you'd fallen terribly ill." Dark pouted amusedly. "Fever, I think." He frowned thoughtfully.
"And I was in Termina for college applications while Dark was in Holodrum. So we kept worrying sick over you until Zelda updated us that you'd woken up again. We only worried with the fact that the doctors had diagnosed a light case of amnesia for you. Apparently, we had reasons to worry." Sheik chuckled, pulling back.
"YEAH! How could you FORGET you high school best friends?!" Dark gasped amusedly, faking being shocked.
"And they say high school years are the best years of your life. How could you throw us aside like that?" Sheik crossed his arms sarcastically.
I smiled for a moment, then it enlarged into a full grin. "I love you guys." I smirked, hugging them again.
There was a moment of silence where I felt like a fifteen year old again, as I hugged my best friends. Fate winds paths up and down, sometimes crossing a few, and giving them weird shapes. Our paths were one of the weird shaped ones. I smiled at that conclusion, tightening my grip. Sheik and Dark chuckled, feeling the extra pressure.
"You'll never change, Link." Sheik smirked, throwing his arms around me.
"You'll always be our favourite little fairy boy." Dark added, hugging me as well.
I grinned once more before I added my part, finishing our collective phrase. "Just like in High School."
AAAAAAAAAAAAAW!!!!!!!! Dark and Sheik ARE BACK! :D
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