So after a century of making you all wait, here's the final chapter from my fanfic. I have to thank everyone for your patience and apologize for taking so long in ending it but well, life goes on and things change on it, that's what made me take so long.
I hope everyone enjoys it and once more, thank you for following me through these past years while I shared this with you. I'm out for now.
It hurt me to go back this way, things hadn't been exactly smooth once I left Zelda, I didn't want to but I had no other choice. I had started working at a Federation as a free-lancer bounty hunter, yes, a weird job for a senior to take but they told me they had clues about who had been responsible for my parent's deaths and I had to take it, I didn't tell Zelda about this though, I should have… It was already too painful for me to leave her behind but I didn't want to put her in any danger, I wouldn't had been able to live with myself if something had happened to her.
I parked the car outside the apartment lot where I used to live, it had been five years since I closed the doors behind me, hearing Zelda crying her soul out and still I didn't turn, not even for a second.
I pulled the keys out and was surprised to see the apartment neatly organized; all my things were still there though there was no trace of Zelda.
I threw my bags on the floor and laid on the couch, nothing made sense now, nothing mattered. Why did I even bother in coming back? She had moved on, throwing me out of her life. That year we lived together had been wonderful, why did I have to go and throw it all away? Just so I could have the vendetta I had always dreamed on? Was I really stupid enough to believe I'd come home and Zelda would be with her arms wide open, waiting with dinner on the table for me to return?
I rubbed my eyes and stood up, looking at my reflection on a nearby mirror; time had played with me, what was left of that childish face on me had vanished, I was a grown woman now, if time hadn't given me that look, experience certainly did.
I pulled the phone from my pocket and looked at it, I found Zelda's number and sighed, I doubt she'd keep her same phone, it had been so long and the first months I called she didn't pick up… I pressed the 'dial' button and sighed deeply as I put the thing against my ear, it started ringing and I closed my eyes.
"Hello?" I jumped startled as I heard Zelda's voice answering, I sure didn't expect this, how was I supposed to act now? What was I supposed to say? "Who is this?" Sure, she had erased my number, why would she even bother on keeping it?
"Hey Zel…" I said trying to sound as cheerful as possible, I just heard total silence after I spoke, I groaned and rubbed my temples. "Is this a bad time?"
"Who is it?" She asked once more, I felt frozen for a second when she talked so indifferent, she didn't even remember my voice.
"It's me, Samus…"
"Oh, hi." That's it? That's all I was getting?
"Hey, how have you been? Listen, I just got back to town and I was wondering if you wanted to get together, we can grab some lunch or just…"
"Sure, are you too tired or want to meet today?" I sure didn't expect that answer either, I stuttered and just took a deep breath.
"It's ok, we can meet today."
"Say… 3 at the mall? They haven't tore it down so you should remember how to get there."
I just laughed at the comment and nodded.
"Sure, I'll be there." I put the phone down and looked at my watch, I had an hour before leaving.
I had no idea what I would tell her, I swore she wouldn't answer the phone, then I thought she was raving mad at me… That just meant she didn't care for me anymore, I had no idea why I was making such a great deal out of this, I still loved her, there was no doubt about it but it had been so long since I left that it was foolish of me to even believe for a second she felt the same way.
A knock on the door took me by surprise, I grabbed the gun from my table as a reflex and hid it behind my back as I opened the door slowly, one can never be too careful.
"So it is you!" I knew that squeaky voice immediately, I opened the door completely to find Peach standing before me, next to her, a brown haired girl smiled widely and waved at me, I just stared at them in awe. "So, won't you let me in?" She asked, I tilted my head and left the gun on a near drawer, Peach took a glimpse of the gun and raised an eyebrow, turning serious. "Where have you been?" She asked somehow worried, I raised my shoulders and signaled them to come in, closing the door behind me.
"If I told you, I'd have to kill you." I said almost whispering, that wasn't entirely false, I had asked to keep the job confidential, after all, I was only a pawn. She sat on the couch and looked at me as she rolled her eyes.
"Well, since you won't talk about you I assume you want to know what happened to Zelda."
"I couldn't care less." I said and turned my back, heading towards my room, Peach stood up and put both hands on her waist.
"She's with Link now." I froze as I heard those words and turned immediately towards Peach, she grinned and raised her shoulders. "You did leave her, what did you expect her to do?"
"it's not like I wanted to…"
"For God's sake Samus, grow up and admit your mistakes! Maybe you didn't want to but you did it and that's what we all see, no one knows what went on in that little head of yours that made you leave that way but all we see is you walked out on her."
I sighed and looked towards the floor, she was right, there was no way to justify what I did.
Peach put both hands behind her back and stared at me, I just raised an eyebrow and fell on the couch, I wasn't in the mood to listen to her anymore, I just wanted to redo the last couple of hours and stay with the Federation, I looked at the hour and shivered at the thought on meeting Zelda, where in the world did I get it would be a good idea?
"Listen, you have to go." I told her with a sigh, Peach just scoffed.
"You're throwing me out?"
"Kind of, I have something I need to do and I don't feel in the mood to have you here."
She stared at me seriously and put her hands on her waist.
"Samus, you won't… kill yourself… will you?"
"What? No!" I couldn't help but laugh at the thought, it was simply stupid. "I just have to call the Federation I work for and, like I said, no one can know what I do there so if you don't want me to shoot you I'd recommend your friend and you get out of here right this moment."
She looked at me completely annoyed, held the girl's arm and stormed out of my department, shutting the door loudly behind her.
I ran towards the room and looked for something more decent to wear, I wanted to cause an impression on Zelda but I couldn't look desperate, she wouldn't fall for me that way, I had to act as I did the first time I saw her; calm, cool and not like a love crazed woman. I had to win her over again, and I would or my name isn't Samus Aran.
Hearing Samus' voice made me shiver, I didn't expect ever to hear from her again, I thought I would be annoyed, but I wasn't, I was somehow relieved. I let my hair loose and brushed it while a thousand things came rushing through my head, why did I tell her I'd meet her?
I closed my eyes as the moment she left came to my head, it had been my nightmare for the last five years and I just felt it growing stronger now…
"I need to leave Zelda."
"What? Where are you going?" The girl smiled and caressed the blonde's face, Samus turned her head and sighed deeply.
"I just… I…"
"You're leaving me?" Zelda asked almost whispering, Samus closed her hand in a fist and lowered her eyes to the ground.
"It's not that I want to leave you Zel, I just have to, I promise I'll be back."
"Where are you going? Why are you telling me this just now?"
"Don't you love me?" Samus turned and pressed her lips against Zelda's, she scoffed and wiped her tears away with her sleeve, looking at Samus with a cold look on her face.
"Woman, I am crazy about you…"
"Then the least you could do is tell me where you are going! I'll wait for you Samus, you know I will."
"I can't say."
Zelda shook her head and sighed defeated.
"Well then, forget me. I gave you everything and this is how you thank me?"
"Damn it Zelda! If I had another way to do things, I'd do it!"
Zelda froze and scoffed, rolling her eyes as she grabbed her bag from the couch and exited the room, Samus punched the wall and fell on her knees…
This wasn't the best idea I ever had, but it was too late to back off now so I grabbed my coat and stormed out of the room, Link wasn't around so I had no explaining to do, good, I wasn't feeling like it.
I paced around nervously as I looked at the clock, I was starting to get anxious after I noticed the clock went past 3, she was half an hour late already, had she backed away?
"Samus?" I turned as soon as I heard her voice; her brown hair was loose on her back, she was wearing a cute pink dress and a gold chain on her neck, she was beautiful, far beyond words.
"I thought you'd decided not to come." I answered lowering my eyes to the ground, she raised her shoulders and smiled.
"Traffic's too hard in this city, a lot has changed." I just nodded and sighed deeply.
"Well, where do you want to go eat?"
"Actually I want to talk to you." I felt those words fall down my back with a shiver, she looked pretty serious, which only made me feel more nervous, I took a deep breath and nodded.
"What's wrong?" Our eyes met for a moment I was hopeful I'd find a trace of feeling for me in them but nothing was there, not even a glimpse.
"I just wanted to apologize for everything… I know you tried calling me and I didn't answer, I thought by doing that it would be easy to forget you, but it wasn't."
I didn't say anything as she paused, I just looked at her deeply, she sighed and I noticed her eyes water.
"I am with Link now and I won't leave him. If you came because you thought I had feelings for you then you're right, I do have them, but that doesn't mean I'll go back to you… You broke me Samus and it won't be easy to bring me back."
"Zelda, please give me a chance." There it was, I sounded desperate, the attitude I was trying to prevent fell on me like a bucket of ice water. "I was stupid, heck, I am stupid and I make mistakes but let me show you I am willing to change, I will give up everything I need to win you back Zelda, I love you. These past few years without you by my side have been a nightmare, if I could turn back time I would but what's done is done."
"There's only a promise of tomorrow." She whispered, I held her hand and brushed her hair behind her ear.
She stood on her toes, caressed my cheek and brushed her nose against mine.
"I'm sorry…" She turned her back and walked away, I just stood there with my feet stuck to the ground, there was nothing I could do, I wouldn't force her to act on something she didn't want to.
"I'll wait for you Zelda! As long as it takes!" I shouted, causing a few people away from me to turn but she didn't stop for a minute, I saw her disappear as she crossed the front door and I fell on a near bench.
I meant every word I said, even if it took a year, a century or a millennium I would wait for when she felt ready to come back to me. If time had taught me something it is that we never get what we want without fighting for it, and I will give everything to win her back, she still loves me but she was right, I broke her heart and it was even selfish of me to believe it wouldn't matter. Yet my arms would never close for her and my heart was taken that minute she said she still felt something for me so I'll be here, no matter how long it takes.
I just can't help it, I love her.