A/N: Hi! This is my first Fanfiction, so take it easy on me, OK? Dark x Link, don't like than you don't have to read it. Enjoy, R&R!
Warning: This story/series contains violence, language, and yaoi, sexual content/themes in later chapters.
Disclaimer: I don't own the characters or anything else from Legend of Zelda.
I stared at the golden door in front of me. I stepped in hesitantly, and the barren landscape that awaited my eyes caught me off guard. Was I... outside? No, that was impossible. I was hundreds of feet underground; this room was just a trick, a mirage. The ground was covered in 3 inches of glossy water. It was cool in here, and I shivered. The air was foggy, and I could barely see 15 feet in front of me.
The only solid object in the room appeared to be a dead, black tree. I took another step in, and was awarded with the door behind me slamming shut. I knew it was coming, but it scared the hell out of me anyway. "Damn…" I muttered, glaring at the fog, as though daring it to thicken. I peeked into the fog, but it was too thick for my eyes to penetrate. I sighed, and then jumped as a growl echoed from wall to wall. But it didn't sound like an animal; it sounded more like a... human.
I ran to the tree, just wanting to be near something solid. However, as I got closer, another solid object appeared. It was a small-looking brick building, about 20 more feet away, but hell, it was better than nothing, right? I dashed over to the building, my feet splashing in the water, only to find its door locked. Well, that's great….
I knew there should be something else, an enemy for me to kill or something else of the sorts. Suddenly, I was afraid. Fear chocked me, threatening to envelop me, and eat me alive. Or whatever else fear does.
My breathing was coming rapidly now, so fast I was hyperventilating, and I thought about me being locked in this goddess's forsaken room, wasting away until all I would be was a pile of bones and a shadow. My nerves jolting, my blood pounding, I walked back towards the tree. It would likely be my last companion if I couldn't get out of here. Well, there was Navi, but she wasn't exactly my best friend.
I was almost back to the tree, my head hurting from thinking of every possible way to escape. I didn't want to let the tree be out of my line of sight, it was now like a lifeline… Great. A dead tree is now my last life line, what next? Will my shadow jump me or something?
My brain really needed to learn to shut up.
I heard a dark chuckle. I spun around, but I couldn't see anyone. A dark presence filled the room, and I knew I wasn't alone. I drew my sword cautiously. "Show yourself." I growled.
"Well, I'm glad you're eager to see me. I've waited a long time to meet you, Hero of Time." A dark voice replied. I spun on my feet, and faced a dark figure a few feet away. He took another step in my direction, and I gave a loud gasp of shock as I recognized the figure.
"Y-you… you look like… Who are you?" I hated the weakness in my voice. I was stuttering over the simplest of words! The goddesses should be ashamed of me if I couldn't even face an enemy without trembling in fear.
"My name is Dark Link. But you can call me Dark." He smirked at me, his voice as cool as the room we were trapped in. But at the same time, his voice was deep and rough, as though he hadn't spoken in a while. He must have sensed my fear, because he added, "I'm your shadow, Link."
To my surprise, I relaxed. "Oh. I-I didn't know you could talk and stuff..." I trailed off, amazed. "So, do you know how to get out of this room?"
Wow. Great, I'm asking my shadow how to get out of here. Lame! But I didn't care. I could use some help. "Link…." Navi whispered to me. "I don't trust him… If you're going to trust him, at least be wary." I sighed. "Oh, Navi" I whispered back, to quiet for my darker figure to hear. "Yes, as it so happens, I do." Dark responded, keeping his voice monotone. He sat down against the tree, looking more relaxed.
"But first, tell me more of the world above. Tell me of the world of Hyrule." I smiled, and sat down next to the darker man, also leaning against the tree. We began to talk, and I realized that this had been the first time since I had begun my journey that I had sat down with a companion, and talked at ease. I soon found myself relaxing, even laughing and smiling as I indulged my new companion of the world that he sadly hadn't had the chance to become a part of.
Finally, I stood up, smiling at my new found friend. "Dark, come with me. If you can get us out of here, out of this damned temple, I'll take you to the world above."
His head shot a look of wariness at me. "And... why would you do that for me?" His sudden distrust of me made me wonder exactly the same thing. Why was I offering him a chance at freedom? I backed tracked, trying to use logic to cover up for me. I didn't really know why either, but something about Dark made me excited, and it would be nice to have a companion with me on my journey.
Blushing and stammering, I managed to cover up my sudden need for a friend. It was a crappy cover up, but it was better than nothing. "Um... b-because... well, I do need some help getting out of here. A-and it would be nice to have some help with… well, my whole journey." I gave a small smile, and my face was redder than the inside of Eldin Volcano. "Plus... I could really use a companion. The Goddess's know I get lonely out there."
He sighed, the burst of air causing one of his loose black locks to move away from his eyes. "Well, that's true. And I did tell you that I knew the way out of here..." His face fell, and so did his voice as he continued to speak. "But... in exchange for my help, I'm going to have to..." He trailed off, and I ignored his last comment.
"Great! So... can we get out first?" I received a creepy smile, and I felt my stomach- and my hopes- drop a bit. "Dark..?" there was a pause.
"Do you know why they call me Dark Link? It's not just because I'm your shadow, Link. No… I'm called Dark because I'm everything you aren't. You're the Hero of light, while I'm the Knight of Darkness." He blew out an angry gust of air. "When the goddess's made you the hero, they knew you had to be good- perfect, even, without the 'clouding' thoughts of 'darkness'. So they took away anything that they considered evil out of your personality- Anger, passion, lust, hate, vanity, ignorance, depression, spite, jealousy… they took it all out of you. And they made me the bearer of your pains, your… 'Flaws'."
Dark's voice started to raise, anger in very word, in every letter that he spoke. "They took away your humanity! They made you like a saint! THEY TWISTED YOUR MIND!" He paused, gasping, trying to calm himself down.
"You are the second person I've seen in over 7 years… I know nothing of the world, or its people. And now this- this is all I remember."
I thought about this. Was it true? Did the goddess's really make me inhuman, like Dark said? I knew I had only met this man minutes before, but I wanted to believe him. He was human, in a sense. He had feelings, and I'm sure under his dark composure, he had a heart. We may once have been one, but now, we were opposites. Then his other words hit me- 'You are the second person I've seen…' Cautiously, I asked, "Dark…. Who else have you seen?" He smirked at me, and I started praying that it wasn't who I thought it was. "Wouldn't you like to know?" he asked me teasingly. "Yes…" I whispered. "I would like to know."
He looked at me, grinning. Damn, this guy was bipolar or something. I noticed him more, how he was almost exactly like me in looks. His skin was paler, as though he was colorless. His hair was jet black, matching his black outfit. His eyes glowed scarlet, like blood, and he had a pair of small fangs. Besides that, however, we were like twins, with tunics, matching swords (although his was black), and the same pointed ears. I vaguely wondered if one of us was taller.
"Take a guess, hero. I'm sure you know who…" The darker warrior replied. I stared at him, sadness in my contrasting blue eyes. "It was… it was Ganondorf, wasn't it?" The moment I said the Gerudo King's name out loud, I knew I was right.
"Well, congratulations, you figured it out." Dark sneered at me, as though saying; Wow, how dumb do heroes come these days? But I ignored him. Fear lightly pricked my skin, and a strong sense of foreboding with it. "What did he want?" I asked. "Oh, nothing much," Dark replied "Just a little...chat." Well, that's great. It's nice to know I won't have to introduce you two.
A sigh escaped my lips, and my blood surged as heat ran through my blood. I wasn't used to being frustrated, especially not to this extent. And now the Goddesses have decided to bless me with the task of dealing with my own shadow...
"He promised me my freedom, too." Dark whispered. He took a few steps back, and disappeared into the fog that had still been swirling around us. I stared at where he had been, and my ears picked up the sound of a low and sinisterly dark chuckle from behind me. I tried to spin around, but his cold hands held my shoulders, locking me in an iron grip. I turned my face to the left, trying to see the man who held me in place.
My eyes met scarlet, and I growled.
"He said all I had to do was defeat you in battle." I glared at him, and he smirked. "But listen, I think I might just like you. So, I might be willing to strike a deal with you." His voice dropped lower, and his eyes held intensity that I didn't know even existed in the whole of Hyrule.
I growled again, anger rising, and I resumed my pointless struggles to get free. "And why the hell should I surrender to you? I barely know you, you just admitted that you're working for Ganondorf, and know you're stopping my blood circulation! The least you could do is let me feel my arms again!" It was true; all I could feel from the shoulders down was a numb throb.
"Oh, whoops. Sorry."
He released me, and gave me a shy, sheepish grin. I sighed, my arms twitching as the blood resumed circulating. "But this really would be easier if you just surrendered. I really don't enjoy the thought of beating your ass under Ganondorf's circumstances. He may have promised me freedom, but I don't like him." I thought about this for a minute.
Information overload! My brain cried. We're going down! This man was so confusing. I had just met him, and he had already fried my brain.
Finally, I replied "If you don't like him, then why are you doing his dirty work for him?" He shrugged. "He may have been the one who put me in here and cursed me so that I couldn't leave; but I still hate this dump even more than him."
I do feel bad for him. I would hate this place if I was stuck here for 7 years too. Wait, strike that. I already hate this place and I've only been here for 7 minutes. Theoretically. "I'm sorry, but I can't surrender. You know, I have the whole go-save-the-world job to do."
For a moment, he looked disappointed, like a Kokiri who was refused a chance to go out and play. The he shook his head, and gave me an evil grin. "Fine. But by the time I'm done with you, you're going to be screaming for mercy." With that wonderful statement ringing in this goddess's forsaken room, Dark pulled out his own replica of the Master Sword.
My sword in hand, I decided to experiment with a simple slash. Not a good idea. At least, it wasn't good for me. It benefited my attacker quite greatly though.
The moment I slashed towards Dark, he was moving so fast it was all a blur. He dodged my sword, and gracefully jumped- flipping in midair- over my head, and landed behind me, pressing his sword against my throat. Not hard enough to draw blood, but still pretty damn hard.
"Last chance, golden boy. Surrender or die." He said, and I replied by growling. He released me, and I swung around, trying to scratch him with my sword.
He blocked my blow, and we began to 'dance', circling each other, and our swords meeting in a contest of strength. But Dark would always have the upper hand; He was both stronger and faster than I was. Our swords would meet time and time again, and I would always try to back up, to get out of reach of his black weapon that so eagerly hunted for my flesh.
For my blood.
For my death.
In a matter of minutes, I was covered in scratches, bleeding heavily from the deeper cuts. I had already used one of my health potions, and here I was cursing myself for not bringing another with me. I had a fairy, but I wanted to save her for when I was more desperate. More? I'm already the most pathetic hero ever! I'm getting my ass whooped by my own shadow! A voice cried out in my head. But I ignored it. He's not JUST a shadow. He's more… complex than that. Next thing I knew, I was fighting two opponents: My mind and Dark.
And it looked like I wouldn't be winning either battle.
I still hadn't scratched Dark, not even given him a paper cut. I was limping from a cut on my thigh, and I was losing blood fast from a cut on my ribs. I was bruised, bleeding, and hopeless. The situation in my head wasn't any better, and all I wanted was to lie down and die. Finally, I tripped over my own boot, and fell on the ground, splashing into the cool water that reflected the fog, and screamed in pain. I looked up at my shadow, pain reflecting in my eyes.
"Well? Aren't you going to kill me? Or are you just going to stand there and gloat?" Even in my pain, I managed a fierce glare.
He blinked down at me. Ignoring my questions, he said "Heal yourself." When I didn't reply, he added "With your extra fairy, stupid. I know you have one."
I took out my fairy and struggled with the cork. Dark glared at me, and snatched the bottle out of my hands. "Do I have to do everything for you? I honestly don't know how you became the Hero of Time..." He opened the bottle, and pointed at me, looking at the fairy. "Heal him." The fairy shot out of the bottle and flew at me, gently sprinkling her magic on me and bringing me back from the brink of death.
"Thanks…" I croaked out. "You're welcome" They both replied. The fairy shimmered in a swirl of pink sparkles, and was gone. I glared at Dark. "Not you, asshole! You're the one who nearly killed me!"
"Ouch. That hurt. Huh, maybe the Goddess's didn't make you a saint. Or if they did, they made you a swearing saint. Sweet." He grinned, looking down at my blue eyes. He moved away from me. "Get up. If you want to get out of here, follow me." With that, he walked away.
"W-wait!" I cried out, stumbling to my feet. "Where are you going? I thought you said you couldn't leave!" I ran towards him, new energy coursing through my veins. That fairy really did know her stuff. All that was left of our fight were a few bruises and my blood that swirled with the reflecting water. Dark spun on his foot, and knocked me down to the ground with the back of his hand. I gasped in shock.
"What the hell? And what's all this about leaving? I thought we couldn't leave until one of us died!"
Glaring at me, his eyes blazing, he retorted: "I said I couldn't leave until I defeated you. I had a loophole. I didn't have to kill you. I just had to best you in battle."
His eyes started to tear up. "If you had surrendered, I wouldn't have had to hurt you! Just because I'm a knight of darkness doesn't mean I like hurting people! If you had just surrendered, we could be fighting Morpha right now! I don't want to hurt you, Link!"
Yup. Definitely bipolar. "I- Dark, I'm sorry. I didn't know. I had no idea..." I broke off my apology, and I sat down. Dark had already sat himself down, and was now staring blankly at the wet ground. We were both wet, so it didn't matter that we were sitting in what seemed like an endless puddle. A bloody puddle at that never ended, that surrounded us, reminding us of why we were here.
Reminding us when all we wanted to do was forget.
We sat like that for a while, each lost in our own thoughts. Finally, after what was probably hours, the shadowed man stood up.
"Come. We should go. The longer we stay here, the stronger Ganondorf grows." He walked through the door to the building, the bars having slid up at Dark's will. I creased my brow, and followed him in.
Finally, we stood in front of the last door in the temple. We were both soaked, tired, and bruised, but I really wanted to get this over with. I looked at my black-haired companion, and smiled. I didn't know why, but when I was with him (in companionable circumstances of course) I was almost delirious with joy.
He looked at me, and grinned back, revealing small fangs. "Morpha is beyond these doors. Are you ready?"
I looked at him, my 'Well-duh-I'm-ready-I'm here-aren't-I?' look on my face. "Of course I am. You'll help me, won't you?"
He looked at me, cocking a brow. "Oh, I don't know. Maybe I'll just sit back and watch. After all, I've done all the work, right?" His voice was light and joking, and I saw the corners of his lips pull up a bit, as he tried to hide a smile. But it was true- he had done all the work. Bringing him along was one of the best ideas I had thought of since I set out in the first place; and was getting better minute after minute.
"Well, that is why I let you live..." I teased back. He growled, and I was thrown to the ground. We play wrestled, and after a few minutes we broke apart, laughing hard and gasping for breath. "Hmmph. Yeah, you let me live. I was so scared that you were going to kill me."
I climbed on top of him, pinning him to the ground, now red in the face. "You know me. I'm a deadly killer."
He snorted. "Yeah, those poor pots."
I got off him. "Come on. Let's go get some tentacles!"
I pulled out a key and stood up. He eyed my pants, and I blushed. "W-what?" I looked down at myself. I mean, I was pretty sure nothing was out of the norm...
He smirked at me. "I think we've already got some tentacles..."
I glared at him. "Oh, shut up." But I was grinning. One thing I had learned about Dark: He was very perverted. Not that I minded...
I opened the door, leaving the key in. Why bother bringing it with me? We walked into the room, and it was just as blue as the last one... I was beginning to hate the color blue. It was everywhere in this temple, and I hated this temple. Therefore, I started to hate the color blue.
There were four platforms in the middle of a pit which was filled with water. It seemed innocent enough, but something about the room gave me the creeps. "Dark..." I whispered. "Can we please not go for a swim in this room?" Even though I wasn't looking at him, I was sure he was rolling his eyes.
"Yeah, no problem sweetheart."
I snorted. "Thanks, dear."
"No prob, hun".
Our teasing was interrupted by Navi.
Oh! Crap! I completely forgot about Navi!
"Hey! Listen! Are you going to remember me for once?" Her small, annoying voice jingled. "Yes! I'm so sorry, Navi. I- I just..."
The room vibrated violently, and my inner focus shook me back into a state of alert.
"Link! Look out! That isn't normal water!"
"No dur. I don't need to be Nayru to figure that one out..." I muttered. I tried to be quiet enough that she wouldn't hear me, but I guess I was too loud, since I received a small blow on my ear. I heard Dark snicker behind me.
"Shut up and focus, you idiot! No on wants to hear about how 'smart' you are! We have a job to do! You need to focus! And why is that creeper still here? You should've killed him earlier! You big, stupid, blathering idiot! He's one of Ganondorf's minio-" Her voice was quickly cut off, and was followed by the 'pop!' of a cork being shoved into a bottle.
I turned around, and Dark was there, holding a closed bottle. I looked at it, and grinned at a very put-out, bottled Navi. I grinned and hugged Dark, thankful for being relieved once more of Navi. He blushed, and told me to hurry up and kill Morpha so that we could get out of this "Goddess be damned temple." as he crudely put it.
I jumped carefully onto one of the platforms, and I looked down at the rippling, disturbed liquid below me. Some bubbles rose to the surface, and I could tell we weren't alone.
"Dark!" I yelped as a blue limb of gunk rose from the water. "Yes?" I heard a lazy reply come from the door. "W-what is that?" I cried out.
"Hmm? Oh, hi Morpha. Long time no see." I made a run for it, leaping off the platform and onto the rest of the floor. I teetered on the edge of the water, and a firm hand pulled me onto the floor. "Honestly, what would you do without me?"
The limb dissipated back into water, and I gave Dark a freaked out expression. "Get into the corner. Now." He ordered. His voice didn't leave room for discussion. I nodded, and headed for the nearest corner, avoiding the spike-lined wall. He ran to the opposite corner. "Pull out you clawshot!" He yelled out. Nodding, I pulled out my new clawshot, which was what was in the building back in 'Dark's lair' which is what I had deemed the room I had found him in. He pulled out my shorter clawshot, and he yelled out directions on how to kill Morpha.
I coughed up water and felt air flowing through my lungs again. Followed by more coughing.
"Are you OK? Link, answer me! Oh, please don't be dead. Shit, you can't die. You're the Hero of time! You're not supposed to drown. Shit..." A familiar voice cried out in anguish, and I felt strength return to my body. Confused, I opened my eyes. We were still in Morpha's lair, and I was sitting up against a wall.
"Dark?" I croaked out. I felt my throat get tickled, and I coughed some more. The everything came back to me. "Morpha!" I bolted, and sat upright. Then it all came back to me. I had finished off Morpha. Then I remembered being dragged down with the water beast, falling into the water. Bastard… My eyes focused, and I looked into swimming red pits, and I heard a gasp of shock.
"Link?" Dark was on top of me, and I noticed his hands on my bare chest. I felt myself blushing deeply, and the pale face in front of me relaxed.
"W-why are your hands... I-I mean... Um..." I looked away totally embarrassed.
"Hmm? Oh, sorry. I was just pumping water out of your lungs, saving your life... no biggy." His hands left my chest, but reappeared on my face. "What? Do I... disorient you?" He gave me a grin, and I blushed even darker. I didn't even know it was possible for me to blush this deep. "D-Dark..." I giggled.
He felt so blissfully cool; it was like an angel was holding my face. His voice dropped, and he was suddenly very serious. "Don't ever do that again! I thought you had died! I thought you were gone! I was freaking out! What is wrong with you? That wasn't funny! I might not be always be always be here to save your life, you know!"
I sighed. "I know, Dark. I didn't mean to drown and kill myself, you know."
"You will never leave me, understand? Never." He snarled.
I opened my mouth, but the words were sucked out of it.
And then he kissed me.
It was short and sweet. My lips moved with his, and for once in my life, I felt whole. Before, I hadn't even noticed that I was missing something, but now I knew.
I was incomplete without him.
I enjoyed the cool warmth of his lips on mine, and I agreed with him.
His lips pulled off mine, breaking the spell. I was incomplete again, and we were no longer one. We were Link and Dark again, not the perfect being that was the two of us together.
I opened my eyes. I hadn't noticed that they were closed, but that didn't matter. All that mattered was the man in front of me, and that's all there ever would be. Now that I had him, I wondered how I had gone without him. Our heads were still close to each other's, and he rested his forehead on mine. He opened his eyes, and we just stared at each other, basking in the moment. He smiled, and I smiled back.
He kissed me again, this time a bit more passionately, and I froze. I didn't push him away, but I didn't respond. I guess the idea of kissing another man finally reached my brain, and it scared me.
Dark seemed to sense my reluctance, and pulled away quickly.
"Oh, Goddess's. Link, I'm so sorry, I don't know what came over me, I just-" He continued to apologize, but I blocked him out, so that his voice was just a buzz in the background. I left myself at the mercy of my mind. I was still in shock, and even though I struggled to gather my thoughts, I was scattered.
"-sorry. I'm such an ass! You almost died and here I am trying to... If you want me to leave, Link I understand. I'm sorry. Here, I'm going." He started to walk towards the door, and that's when I snapped out of my daze.
"Dark! Don't... don't leave me here alone. Please." I looked at him, and for some reason, the idea of him leaving me scared me more than anything I had ever felt. "Please."
He rocked on his feet, like he couldn't decide if he should stay or go. I stood up, shaking. My knees wobbled, and as I took a step towards him, I gave a gasp of shock as my muscles screamed. I stumbled, and he ran towards me, and caught me before I could fall. I gave him a weak smile.
"You said I could never leave you. So you can't leave me, either." I gazed into those red eyes and I felt content. Not complete, but for now it would have to suffice.
"I- I won't leave you. Not unless you want me too." He gave me a sad smile.
"Promise…" I whispered. I was still so weak.
"I promise. I promise I will never leave you unless you want me to leave."
My eyes shut, and the world around me went black. I heard noises in the back of my head, but I couldn't make them out. The last thing I remembered was the voice of an angel in my ear, telling me that the he would never leave. Then it all swirled, and I once more lost consciousness.
I held the unconscious Hero in my arms, my heart beating fast with worry. I looked around the room gravely, looking for something that would help the man clad in green to revive himself. My eyes fell upon the Heart Container on the floor. It must have appeared when Link finished off Morpha. Gently, I placed Link on the floor, and ran over to retrieve the precious object that could help my...
I shook my head. No. Link couldn't be my boyfriend. While I definitely felt something for the man in green, I was sure he didn't return those feelings. The way he froze when I kissed him again- No. He didn't want me the way I wanted him.
But the first time...
He had kissed me back. And afterwards, when I smiled at him, he smiled back. That had to mean something, right? So maybe I wasn't hopeless after all. Maybe he did want me. Maybe we could…
I slapped myself. What was I thinking? The best I could hope for was friends. But none of that was important right now. What really mattered was keeping him alive.
I grabbed the heart on the ground, and looked up to see myself face-to-face with a blue portal.
"What the hell?"
I decided to just ignore it. I figured it would still be there for later. I didn't want to move Link until I was sure he didn't have a concussion or something. I sat down next to the lighter man, a look of worry spreading across my calm mask. I propped his head in my lap, and cracked open the container, pouring the red liquid down his throat.
I pinched his nose and clamped a hand over his mouth, forcing him to swallow. I bent down, and whispered into his dark blond hair.
"Shh… It's okay." I cooed
"It's OK. Just relax. You'll be fine. I promise."
Damn it! Why did I keep promising him things that I knew weren't going to be true? Promising to stay with him? Pssh! Yeah, please! Even now, I could feel Ganondorf's power in the temple, searching for me. It would take him awhile to find me, but when he did, he could make it so that I would be powerless to do anything besides his will.
The truth swung its ugly face to look at me, and it bit down hard on me. Reminding me of who I am. Of my purpose, the reason I was created.
The Goddesses didn't curse me. They didn't make me. I wasn't their creation. I'm not their puppet.
It was all Ganondorf.