Hey guys, remember me? I'm LoZ4Life, the author who has *apparently* entertained you guys a lot with my past stories, and who had suddenly stopped writing a couple months ago =) Remember I disappeared for about two months? Well, it wasn't for nothing. After bringing you the bread and butter, Full Moon (check it out, it's a short oneshot of mine ^^), it's time for the main dish:
Rise, the long-awaited sequel to Just Like Royalty.
Yep, it's finally time =) So I hope you enjoy this prologue ^^ More info at the bottom =)
HOPE YOU LIKE IT! =)
WARNING!!! You might wanna read "Just Like Royalty", or you won't understand too much xD
I never thought it would come to this. I can't believe this is actually happening. I can't believe this is actually going on.
I hate this, I can't believe it, it's like I'm living a nightmare. But it's true.
My heart is torn apart, my tears are endless, my fears are all confirmed.
But you know what the worst part is? Oh, just think of it, I know you'll get it right. Come on, why do you think I'm crying? Oh, sorry, my country's at war, I should naturally be crying.
Okay… I'll give you a hint. It has something to do with Link.
Ugh… Why am I happy about it..? I shouldn't. Exactly why I'm sitting here, crying. What? No, Link isn't next to me.
He's down in the war room, preparing for war.
I can't believe this is happening…
My Link, my love, my heart, my soul, my life, my EVERYTHING, is going to go to war. I wouldn't have been worried if we were living in the medieval times, because he excelled at swordsmanship.
But we live in modern times, where swords take almost no place in the world, except the huge swords the Hylian army is trained in using. This era is the era of the scared humans. We are all pathetic cowards, hiding behind out long range weapons. We are all afraid of head to head, hiding behind our guns.
Which is exactly why I'm so scared. One shot, and goodbye Link. Thankfully, the Hylian army was also trained in big, heavy swords along with their guns. At least that would protect Link a bit…
Oh, Goddesses, we just GOT Kairi! The little girl can't grow up without a father! Roxas is already four years old, and Aryll is thirteen. I'm currently twenty-three, and so is Link. He can't go to war this young! The entire army is older than him! Who, with a sane mind, would actually APPLY into the army???
Right. Link. Oh, wait, HE'S GODDAMN OBLIGED! Well, he IS Hyrule's Prince and Army General. Why? I knew I shouldn't have forced him.
He's leaving everything behind. His four year old son, his one year old daughter, his thirteen year old sister and his twenty three year old wife to go die at the hands of some freak who dreams of ruling over Hyrule.
I tried calming down. Of course Link would fight. As if he'd just stand there and let some foreign freak come and take over his territory. I know he'd protect Hyrule until his last breath exits his body.
And that's exactly what I'm afraid of. He's just going to jump in there and get himself killed!
With those thoughts, I walked from the war room towards our room. Link was currently discussing the precarious situation they were in with the ministers.
Hmm. Funny, actually. I'm not complaining or anything, I'm actually glad, but Malon, Ralph, Ruto, Dark, Anju and Kafei are all gone to Termina. The first two couples for their honeymoon, and the third couple because they want their second child to be born in his parents' home country. Oh yeah, second, because their first kid was born two years ago. He has fiery fair like his mother, and his name's Axel.
So only Link, Tetra, Sheik and I remained from the gang we had created a couple of years ago. What am I talking about? It's been five years since we all met, and I became Queen of Hyrule.
I sighed in frustration as I opened the door to my room and walked inside, drying my tears. Link was a Prince, I was a Queen. All I had to do was command him not to go! Ha, problem solved!
Something told me it wouldn't be that easy.
Oh, how did this all start? A couple of years ago, Labyrennu declared war on Koholint. I don't know what happened, but I guess they had their ulterior move. Anyway, after a two years war, Labyrennu won, and Koholint became a province of the enlarged Labyrennu. A short time of peace reigned, then, Labyrennu suddenly started a campaign against Hyrule. No idea why, they just camped at the border one night, and the other, their King and Queen, Onox and Veran, came to meet us at the palace.
I remember their edged words very well.
"We need more territory for our growing population, especially now that Koholint has been added to our power." Veran had cackled evilly.
"And we will take Hyrule." Onox had added. "On the dawn of the day one month from now, we will direct our army into Hyrule Field. Be ready or not, it's your choice." He had then warned.
"We will take our leave now." Veran had disrespectfully turned around and walked away. I could barely hold Link back from ripping their faces off as they left because killing them right away would have angered the people of Labyrennu, who would have been overly hostile towards us, violent and disoriented without a leader.
I then came back to the present as I finished putting on my nightgown and headed for the crib where Kairi slept.
My little baby was sleeping peacefully, curled up on herself. Her short deep red hair was plastered around her face because of the shower she took, and behind her closed eyelids, I could still imagine those ocean blue eyes. Her tiny fragile body was rolled up, her chubby hands in fists next to her face, her knees drawn up to her chest as she mumbled in her sleep.
I sadly bent down and kissed her dark red hair. I have absolutely NO IDEA where that color came from, but I loved it nonetheless. Made a change from blonds in this family.
"Sleep tight, baby." I wished, touching her soft cheek as she mumbled sleepily.
With a sad smile, I headed away towards Roxas' room. My son was already old enough to sleep in a real bed, so we just got him a little bed with a net on the open side so that he couldn't fall if he rolled over.
I ruffled his blond hair as he muttered my name in his sleep. I smiled and kissed his cheek gently as he rolled around towards me unconsciously. I chuckled and blew him a kiss. "I love you, baby." I whispered, heading out.
Then, I headed towards Aryll's room. I knocked, wondering if she was asleep.
"Ugh… C'mon in…" came a sleepy voice.
Raising a brow, I opened the door and stepped inside, spotting Aryll writing something on her working desk. Aryll was now thirteen, and she'd grown up considerably.
Her pigtails had now extended into one ponytail that went down to the middle of her back. She refused to cut her hair. I remember when she had her illness. Her eyes were faded, but now they're all sparkling blue and giggling again. Her body was also becoming one of a woman, and she was growing up really quickly. Now, she had her square light blue glasses on to read, but she usually doesn't need them. Most of the time, I see her wearing a tank top and either a miniskirt or 3/4 pants. She's also much taller than before, and her childish voice has transformed into a more mature, yet still playful tone.
"Aryll…? What're you doing up so late?" I asked. "It's ten at night." I yawned myself.
"Homework. It's a pain." She muttered.
"Need help?" I asked.
"Nah, I'll be done in a jiffy. Just a question. If I say 12x and 6x, can I sum them together?" she asked, turning her blond head towards me.
"Yeah. They're similar terms." I answered with a smile.
Sigh… Aryll and her algebra lessons. She's actually catching on pretty quick, and is already at the level of someone her age that has been to school all their life.
"Well, don't be too long now." I told her.
"Alright mother." She muttered sarcastically.
I chuckled and headed for the door. "If you need me, you know where my room is. Link won't be here for a while now, and hopefully, you'll be asleep when he comes back." I rolled my eyes.
"Of course. Good night." She wished me emptily, stuck into her algebra.
I chuckled and closed the door. "Good night." I calmly wished as I walked towards my room.
Once next to my bed, I combed my hair, tied it loosely and tiredly fell on the mattress, groaning when I hit the comfortable surface. My thoughts always revolved around the war. Why were these atrocities allowed? Why couldn't the Goddesses prevent this?
My mind only drifted into a shallow sleep as my eyelids drooped. I fought against the nearing darkness with all my might, but then gave up to oblivion.
I don't know much time it had been, but I woke up when I felt something get on the mattress. With a serene smile, I turned around and watched as Link tiredly slipped into the sheets. The moonlight filtering through the trees hit his eyes, now twinkling sadly and wearily.
"You look tired, love." I whispered gently.
"Oh, sorry." His head whipped around. "Did I wake you?" he asked.
"No, I wasn't asleep in the first place. What time is it?" I asked.
"One in the morning." He carelessly replied, putting his back against the wall behind his pillow.
"Are you crazy? What were you doing till now?" I asked wearily.
"Discussing… discussing… trying to find ways to avoid this war… more discussing…" he chuckled.
"And…?" I asked, hopeful.
"Well, we tried finding Labyrennu some other ways to remedy to their problem, but they kept arguing that they needed more land, and that Hyrule was the closest to them." He sighed tiredly.
"It's okay, Link. I'm sure we'll figure out something to avoid this." I moved up and hugged him, giving him a brief kiss in between.
"I sure hope so. I don't want to take Hyrule into a pointless war. But Labyrennu is a huge force, and they don't seem to mind losing men. What, their population is four times bigger than Hyrule's?" he groaned.
"Three." I corrected. He moaned again. "I'm sorry." I apologized quickly.
"It's okay…" he sighed, gently sliding me down. "It's late now, we'll talk about this tomorrow." He muttered tiredly.
"Okay." I whispered, kissing him gently before taking my place next to him.
"Hey Zelda?" he asked as he pulled the covers up.
"Yes, dear?" I asked, turning around to meet his worried blue eyes.
"You… You do know… That if we get involved in this… I'm gonna… have to go… you know…?" he asked uneasily.
My heart started beating faster, but I kept my unshed tears back.
"Like you said, we'll talk about it tomorrow." I whispered icily, avoiding his question. Then, I turned away so that he could not see the icy drops of water rolling down my cheeks.
"Alright… I'm sorry if I bothered you." He sighed. "It's just so stressful, I can't believe this is happening." He groaned tiredly.
"Come on, love. Relax and sleep, like you said, we'll discuss it further tomorrow." I sighed.
"Fine, smart ass. Later today." I chuckled, wiping my tears away.
"No matter what happens, you'll still know that I love you, right?" he breathed.
"Of course. Now get some rest, you look drained." I commented.
"Thanks." He leaned in and kissed my collarbone before turning to his side and closing his eyes. "Night." He called out weakly.
"Night." I wished back, yawning.
In the time of five minutes, he was already sleeping peacefully. I let my mind wander. Would he really leave everything he loves behind to go die on some battlefield? No, I'm thinking negative. Would he leave everything he loves behind to go fight on a battlefield? I sighed, knowing the answer.
He'd protect Hyrule no matter what it costs.
He'd throw it away to protect Hyrule.
He'd throw it away to protect Hyrule.
He'd throw it away to protect Hyrule.
He'd throw it away to protect Hyrule.
Only one question rang out clear in my mind, and it terrified me. I didn't know what to respond, because I couldn't read his mind like he learned to read mine (Hello. Sheikah husband much?) I didn't know what he would do. And I prayed he was never met with the choice.
But the inevitable question was still ringing in my head restlessly, at the point where I had to say it out loud as not to go mad. I leaned into his pointed ear, and with a broken whisper, I stuttered into it.
"Would you throw ME away to save Hyrule…?"
Okay, so basically, the main theme is war. No, there will NOT be bloody battlefield moments. I've cut them all out =D
FANART! Cover: www(dot)crazy-about-loz(dot)deviantart(dot)com/art/Rise-Cover-116890676
Yes, there WILL BE themes. The themes will start next chapter, since the real story starts next chapter.
Till now, I've written till the ninth post, chapter 8, so now you know. A lot of stuff is gonna happen, you guys, so I hope you got a lot of space in your memory xD Oh yeah, and I'm gonna skip a lot of time as well xD
Now, UNLIKE Just Like Royalty (the prequel), this will not be chapter/day type of story. I haven't written the story enough to till now to do that sort of thing. It'll be more of a chapter/week or something like that. Whenever I feel like it. Erratic posts. I'll probably give you guys the expected date for the next post at the bottom of each chapter anyway. And guess what!?
Next post: Monday, July 06, 09
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE REVIEEEEWWWW!!! =D
Hope you liked it =)
PS: Things will get more intense later on. Keep in mind that this is JUST the beginning...