Author's notes: HA-CHA~! I have returned! *cackles madly* I'm kind of in a hurry to post this, so I shall keep this very short. I'll just say that I over many thanks to Amanda's beautiful music for making me write this, I certainly hope people will still read this story after not being updated for so freaking long, and just because I've been on hiatus, it doesn't mean I've become any less twisted. I'm tormenting Marthie this time! Does that mean I'm taking a liking to him? Maybe; I just felt he needed some agony! XD

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Chapter 23

Link's POV

After running a safe distance away from where we split after being attacked, I felt it was safe to lower my overcautious senses. My pace was at a slow walk when I glanced around and noticed my surroundings. I was deep into the woods now; I didn't know where exactly I was, and at that moment, I didn't much care. The forest had always been my home--my sanctuary. Everything I knew and loved was represented by that overwhelming beauty that man could never duplicate.

I looked straight over my head and watched the bits of light between the leaves stir around with the wind in a soothing sort of way. In that one moment, mesmerized by that dance, everything that I was fighting for faded away. It didn't really matter to me. At that time, I wasn't a fighter; I was a child.

My mind began to drift out of what was flourishing around me and back into the unparalleled, lush forests of home. I remembered the days when I believed that I would be young for all of my life. One of the few born of the forest itself and destined to be nature's child...

But then I thought... Did I really think that was true? I lived with the Kokiri and fate showed me no other path, but I felt that somehow I knew from the start that it wasn't who I truly was. I was always out of place... And sure enough, that feeling proved to be with reason. Fate's plan for me just hadn't yet been unraveled; my destiny was much greater than I had imagined. My fate was inescapably intertwined with her own...

The instant my mind focused on her, a spine-chilling sense of foreboding shot through me. It was a feeling that catches one off guard, and all they want is for it to stop. It frightened me. Not just for those reasons; the feeling was horrid, but what worried me more was why it came over me. My only rational thought was that when concentrating on her, with such an unstoppable bond, I could sense if something was wrong. It wasn't the first time I got a strange feeling thinking about her, but it had never been so harsh before. Without a single other collective thought, I dashed back through the brush where I came from.

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Marth's POV

It wouldn't stop hurting...

Eyes shut, I winced again and continued holding my head in a vague hope that it would somehow make it hurt less. I felt... Weak...

Weak like I did after that strange dream.

I vision flashed in my head. It was too quick to make out, but I could see something...

Skin...

The pain intensified and the flash returned. I thought I could make out...

...No. It couldn't have been.

My knees went weak and I couldn't support myself any longer. I fell to the ground, and that was the last thing I could grasp. It came again, brighter this time. But this time, it didn't shoot away, and so I realized...

It was.

He was laying open, eyes closed and hands bound. His breath was slow and heavy. He seemed exhausted... Vulnerable...

...Alluring...

'No,' I told myself in my head. I tried to shake the image, but part of my mind didn't want to let it go. I tried to focus on what was going on; I had to find the others; it should be safe...

His expression changed.

His eyes shut tighter and his mouth opened slightly. The panting intensified. I couldn't deny myself any longer; it was enticing, beguiling, intoxicating...

I tried to block it out... But the voracity of it all was taking over...

...Then a whimper.

He was in pain.

I wanted even more for it to stop. It reminded me far too much of that last dream. And the moaning was increasing.

"Marth..."

Were it possible, my eyes certainly would have opened. It seemed as if he was trying to keep my attention. Was it like the other one; being controlled by an outer force? No... This was different...

As if it was meant to entice me.

"Marth, please..." he cried softly, "stop..."

In that instant, my chest hurt violently. Stop? Did that mean I was...?

"No!" I shouted, seemingly out loud, "No, I wouldn't hurt him like that..." I tried to clutch my head in another useless effort to make it stop, but my body seemed to have left me a long time ago. I just wanted to get out...

"But you already have, haven't you?" a voice resonated in the chamber of my mind that I was trapped in. It wasn't Roy. It wasn't the voice from the last one. It was a voice I hadn't heard before, bursting with callous and nothingness. I didn't know if it was the overwhelming torment of my state of mind or the voice itself, but a grisly sensation shot through me. In either case, it didn't matter to the speaker because he continued. "You're the reason he went through that; do you take no responsibility?"

"Stop it!" I screamed. I knew I would have been in tears if I could. I'd had all I could take. My voice drastically went down to a mere whisper. "Just let me go..."

Then I felt something. A breeze of some sort. Gradually, another force was taking over me. I didn't know what it was, but it felt like my salvation and that was all that mattered to me. Feeling began to return to my body, and the weight in my mind was being relieved. Eventually, my eyes opened...

But what I saw remained surreal. I could once again see the forest that I knew I was in, but a figure was descending, slowly and gracefully. It wasn't human, but it was indeed humanoid. It's skin was pale lavender, and I could see a tail behind it. But what called my attention most was the one holding onto the it's small shoulders, using the creature to keep from falling. Although my one and only thought since setting out was seeing him again, that was possibly the thing I wanted least at that very moment.