So here is another short story from me in the LoZ category. I was going to make it a oneshot, but the way it turned out made it necessary to have 2 chapters instead of one. The next chapter will be coming a couple days when I have it all revised and ready to go.
This is an Ocarina of Time/Skyward sword "crossover" of sorts. If you haven't finished Ocarina of Time or Skyward Sword (or at least haven't talked to Zelda yet in the Sacred Temple) and don't want to be spoiled, I suggest you stop reading this until you do.
Oh no no no no NO!
I gasp in surprise and frustration as I am encapsulated by a crystal.
Why was I so foolish to believe that things would turn out exactly as planned? Ganondorf does not follow anyone's plans but his own.
I had just finished revealing my true identity to Link and explaining everything that had happened over the last seven years. I was all ready to seal Ganondorf back into the Sacred Realm where he belongs…and then he goes and shows up.
Capturing me like a damsel in distress.
I look at Link, who has his face up close to the crystal. His eyes are swirling with fear, anger, and frustration. He desperately bangs against the crystal trying to break it, but is most likely aware that his efforts are in vain.
Suddenly I feel a sense of déjà vu…something tickling at the back of my mind, like a memory….was I in a crystal before? No, that can't be right…
I find myself in a body that is not my own yet feels familiar. I am surrounded by walls of amber…the walls of a crystal. In front of me I see a young man pounding desperately on the crystal. Somehow I am certain it is Link, even though he does not look like the Link I know…or do I know this Link?
The one thing I notice the most is that there is more to his gaze than fear and frustration. What I see warms me to the core and brings me this indescribable happiness that I do not understand.
His eyes are full of love.
I begin to speak, and the words feel natural as they roll off my tongue.
"While it's true that I am Hylia reborn, I'm still my father's daughter and your friend…I am still your Zelda."
Tears begin to form in Link's eyes at my words, the reality of the situation finally beginning to sink in.
I continue: "When Demise is finally gone, there will be no more need for the seal that binds him, and then I'll be able to wake up."
Demise? Who is that? Images flash before my eyes of a fight with a creature with blazing hair and eyes of pure hatred, one that I win…wait, that I win? When did I battle this…this thing of evil? Realization dawns on me as I see myself sealing Demise away, to be dealt with in the future…for Link and I to handle.
Not the Link of the present, but the Link of the past…of my past.
"Zelda…please, don't do this!" Link cries, practically begging me to get out of this crystal. My resolve bends, but then hardens as I remember what I must do. I need to keep this vigil until Demise is destroyed.
He ceases his pounding and stares at me with those eyes…those beautiful eyes, full of tears.
I continue on, my voice breaking slightly, "So I'm going to ask you a favor, sleepyhead. Ever since we were kids, I'd always be the one to wake you up when you slept in." I take a deep breath. "But this time, when all of this is over, will you come to wake me up?"
His hand is on the crystal, reaching for me. I place my hand to mirror his, as close to holding hands as possible.
"I promise." His voice is unwavering and full of resolve.
I manage a small smile at that, sighing in contentment because I know Link will come for me.
He will come for me…because he loves me.
And I love him.
I blink rapidly as I return to the present. Ganondorf is yapping about how I am a traitor and how he underestimated Link and the power of the Triforce of Courage.
My eyes find Link's, and he seems startled by my gaze. My emotions must be obvious to him, but potentially confusing.
I remember. I remember everything from back then. I remember Skyloft and how we grew up together. I remember realizing I was falling for him as I prepared for my role in the Wing Ceremony. I remember almost telling him I loved him before that cursed tornado took me away from him. I remember standing on the hands of the statue of the Goddess, telling him I wanted to live on the Surface and hearing him agree to live there too…how he took me into his arms and kissed me for the first time. How we married and had children, who had their own children…how we finally took our last breath, together.
I had to tell him. I had to tell him I loved him.
Before I can form the words, the crystal begins to rise. I frantically try to escape, but to no avail. I yell Link's name one last time before disappearing from the Temple of Time.