I watch angrily as the crystal rises and disappears from the Temple, Ganondorf's mocking laugh echoing harshly in my ears. Why does he always have to ruin everything? How come I can never get a lucky break? I certainly deserve one for all the trouble he has put me through.
"Link…hey, are you ok?"
I look up at Navi, "No, but that does not really matter does it? I have a job to do and I'm not going to stand around here wasting my time talking to you." I am probably being overly harsh with her, but my emotions are on edge and all I want to do was break a wall or something. Which I could probably do with my gauntlets.
I notice Navi's glow dim a little, an indication that I had hurt her feelings a little. I sigh, "I'm sorry Navi, I am just frustrated. I just wish this was all over and everything was back to normal."
Navi pats me on the shoulder with her little hands. "It's ok, this isn't easy for you. I know you care for her and you just want to see her safe and sound."
The "her" doesn't need to be named directly, for it is obvious Navi is referring to Zelda…to my Zelda.
Wait….my Zelda? Where did that come from?
I got to know Zelda on my quest, but I didn't even know it was her, seeing as she was disguised as a Sheikah. Technically we were friends bound together by fate to seal Ganondorf out of this world. We each held a piece of the Triforce that we needed to protect.
I shook my head. Well isn't that going well? Shows how good we are at protecting things.
But back to the point…why do I feel this powerful connection to her? Why did seeing her in that crystal bring forth such intense emotions of anger and fear for her safety? I mean yes, she is the Princess and therefore needs protection. She became a sort of comrade to me over the years, teaching me extremely useful songs and giving me hints and instructions. Yet these feelings do not seem to fit that relationship…
The picture of Zelda in that crystal replays in my mind. The look in her eyes had changed from one of fear to something drastically different in a matter of seconds. It was as if a switch was pulled and emotions came forth to fill up her expression. It was almost impossible to interpret, but the intensity startled me.
Those eyes…I feel as if I have seen that look before, but where….?
The pink crystal in my memory morphs into an amber one.
An amber one? Why?
I notice that my body doesn't feel quite the same, and I can see my reflection in the crystal…my hair is darker and shaggier.
I look beyond my face and find myself gazing at a beautiful sight. Here she is…Zelda, in a beautiful white gown, her blonde hair falling around her like waves. She doesn't look like the Zelda I know, but it is plain to see it is her.
She is telling me about why she needs to sleep in this crystal, but I wish she wasn't saying these horrible things. I wish she would just come out of that crystal and into my arms. I wish I could bury my face into her hair that smells like lavender and hold her tight.
I can tell that my hopes are useless because she is not going to come to me…not yet anyway.
I focus as she speaks to me: "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."
"Zelda…please, don't do this!" I yell. It's my last plea…but when does she ever listen to me? Zelda does what she wants and there is no convincing her otherwise.
That's why I love her so much. She refuses to be someone she's not, no matter what. She can be stubborn and impossible.
And I wouldn't have it any other way.
I stop pounding…I don't have the energy to do it anymore. I can feel tears in my eyes that are threatening to fall.
"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." She takes a deep, shaky breath. "But this time, when all of this is over, will you come to wake me up?"
I shakily place my hand over hers; wishing I could touch her soft, warm skin. All I want to say is "Please don't go to sleep Zelda…please stay with me." But the words I need to say form in my heart, and my resolve hardens. I know what I need to do.
I see her smile and hear her sigh before a bright light blinds me and I have to shield my eyes. The next thing I see is Zelda frozen in time, her eyes shut in sleep. I tear my gaze away, unable to stop some tears from falling…
I'm crying…why am I crying? Navi is buzzing around me in her "concerned mode", asking me what is wrong. I sink to my knees and put my head in my hands.
All those memories…an image of Skyloft forms in my mind. I hear Zelda laughing at me before she pushes me off the Statue of the Goddess to test out my sail cloth. I see her falling…falling as she is sucked into that tornado. I see her throw me the harp and step into the portal as she escapes the sick and twisted Ghirahim. I feel her collapse into my arms after waking up from her slumber. I hold our first child, gazing down at him and my beautiful wife. I take her hand one last time before we leave the world for the heavens.
I love her.
"Navi, I love her!" I cry, unable to contain myself.
Navi stops flying around and settles in front of my face as she stares at me, wonderment in her eyes "I saw your expression change…so you really love her? When did this happen?"
I nod, unable to speak due to the worry in my heart. "Just now Navi…" Anger replaces it as I wonder what Ganondorf is doing to her and how he is going to pay.
I leap to my feet and take off, running as fast as my legs will allow. I must stop him. I must save Zelda…the woman I love more than anything in this universe…with a love that transcends time and space.
I destroyed Ganondorf once, in a different form. A much more powerful form.
I can do it again. I will do it again.