A Thousand Red Threads
Chapter 1- White Dress
The waters gently lapped against the jagged, upward stalagmites that made a natural barrier around the large, looming island keep called the 'Forsaken Fortress'. Admits the highest climb, upon the highest summit was a cozy building where the master of the island lived. A giant, raven-feathered bird had made an equally cozy nest not too far below the lodging of it's and the island's dominant male, as it slept for the night. Upon the balcony stood a man in a loose white shirt with skin as dark as the night sky and hair as red as dawn's rays. His gold eyes quietly searched his land for any trace of the phantom that had been plaguing both nightmare and vision recently.
Perhaps it was an embodiment of his sins come to haunt him, or his wary mind was just casting around random after images upon his eyes, but he could have sworn he had seen glimpses of a girl in a white dress- something of a sort of sundress. But a single woman among the population of men on the island would be easily caught and…dealt with by his minions in some way. He thought, once more, it was merely his imagination and moved to turn away before he gripped the railing and forced himself to stay put as he saw once more the image that had caught his attention.
The white of something not too far below the nest his pet bird had made for itself, was the fluttering of the ends of a white skirt before it vanished. Perhaps she had stepped out from somewhere under him while he was distracted. The master turned from the balcony and grabbed his black and gold coat, pulling it on. This time, for sure, he would catch this figure that came and went like fog. He pushed moblin and minion aside roughly to get outside and when he did, she had scaled down five more floors to the outside dock. "Hey!" The figure looked up and the master twitched.
Bright, grey eyes shone up from under a white hood. Eyes that could have belonged to a feral beast of some ancient sort. Then he took notice that the moblins and the goblins didn't approach her at all. As if they didn't notice her, but they did stare at their master. "Who do you think you are, running around my fortress! This isn't a playground, little girl!" He snapped angrily and the figure turned to him and he continued, "Moblins! Hold that individual to that spot!" Some moblins moved towards the figure that looked at them. They slowly began to get closer and the figure was unfazed, as the Master continued down to the scene, keeping his eyes half on the figure and half where he was going. His moblins had loosely surrounded the figure and moved away while the master approached them. "How did you get here?" The figure didn't respond and took careful observation of the lackeys around them, which started to shift uneasily. "You all stay right where you are!"
The figure turned and jumped over his minions before diving into the water and vanishing as a fog rolled in from the ocean's misty night and the lord of the island growled angrily, "You have to come up for air sometime." He said before walking off.
As his strongest and most fearless of knights guarded the water, the Master bitterly returned to his chambers. He had gotten what he had wanted but it didn't seem enough. It never fully seemed like enough. Images of the figures all-too graceful and agile movements brought back an after thought to his mind, "A woman…among a horde of males…" He muttered to himself as he entered his room, "How interesting this can truly become." As the figure rose into their refugee, pulling themselves onto a stone floor in front of a large statue of a womanly figure as the breathing figure took off their wet clothes, going to a small circle of cryptic writing and bowing within it to the statue, and began to silently begin their prayers to it.
The next evening the Master anxiously paced before the water. No one could hold their breath for so long. Perhaps the current swept them away. Perhaps they had swam to close to the rocks and drowned. His minions were too stupid to swim properly and search for the figure but suddenly as he moved to leave there was a splash and he whipped around. The figure had emerged, wrapped in a white cloak unlike the night before, and his minions were ready this time. They threw a net over the figure, catching them off-guard and in it's grasp as the knights under his command shoved the weaker ranks aside and pulled the net from the water, slippery, heavy with water, and holding one cloaked figure captive. "You were wrong to think you got the better of me, intruder." the Master boasted confidently as the white-cloaked figure struggled and thrashed, "No use fighting the inevita-" The cloak's hood fell back to show the face of one of their minions and the master finished, "-ble?" There was a flash of bright light that blasted Ganon's minions far from him and he whipped around, the figure in another cloak, standing a meter or so from him. "Cute trick- it won't work on me though."
The figure nodded and stepped back, brandishing a large sword with intricate and dark cryptic writing along the edge of the blade, making the master chuckle, "You dare challenge me, Ganondorf, to a duel of swords? I see…may you regret it." They raised their sword and the wind picked up, swarming and swirling to the tip of the sword to summon a gyro ball before the figure flung it at Ganondorf, knocking him back slightly before he charged them. Ganondorf brought his sword down towards their head boldly but two hands shot up and stopped the blade, holding it between their palms as Ganondorf struggled to press on with his attack. "I see. You've been trained." A piercing grey eye locked on with one of Ganon's own, making his shudder before being roughly butted in the stomach with the hilt of his opponent's sword. He slashed back but his blows were parried, even with his two blades, the hood of the stranger and their cloak never revealing their clothes or their gender, nor giving hint to an identity. "Perhaps I will spare your life-!" With a quick slash, the brooch that held the cloak upon the figure clattered to the ground and the cloak fell in an instant, Ganondorf hesitating as the figure flinched from the surprise.
A woman stood in the center of the ring that was their rumpled cloak, their hair pulled tightly back into a bun with pins in it as her grey eyes displayed slight shock, "Oh, my. Looks like your little cloak fell." Ganondorf taunted and earned a sharp glare that made his shiver, "What eyes!" He mused aloud before the cloak was thrown in his face and a hard and abnormally strong shove sent him into the very water the woman emerged from. Ganondorf surfaced and ripped the cloak from his face to see her being held down by his strongest knights as he smirked and pulled himself from the water. "What a refreshing experience. Come, Guards, and be careful with her. The gentler gender is very fragile." Ganondorf said, slipping his hands into his sleeved as his knights held her arms and forcibly made her walk with them behind Ganondorf who paused for a moment just before the stair case to his room to speak to a trident-wielding goblin, "Quickly put some large cushions in my room before I get there." He ordered and continued on. The tinier goblins scaled the walls to get past the group and arranged a corner of Ganondorfs room into a small area of pillows and cushions, "Over there, Knights of mine. Not to rough now, we don't want to seem like brutes." The Knights struggled to follow the orders as Ganondorf pulled up a chair while the girl was put on the cushions, seemingly untouched by the water she came from while Ganondorf was drenched to the bone. Thankfully the night was warm as the knights stood guard over the girl. "I don't believe I caught your name." She held her head up high and Ganondorf smirked, having taken note of it since they resumed their fighting,
She simply looked away with a "Humph!", obviously not wishing to continue the conversation anymore but Ganondorf wanted more.
"Don't be like that. You're quite the skilled fighter for a child." He said and she glared at him, "You look a bit too…old…to be a child though. Perhaps a teenager?" He looked her over with more scrutiny. She was of voluptuous built despite how a simple white dress hid most of it, and her hair was of a dark color, even in the candle light. The woman turned from him despite how questions of how she got there and her age still went unanswered, but for her name, she wrote it on a piece of paper for him. Kohana. "Well, you seem to be entertaining and you're the only capable fighter I've seen in a while. I'll keep you as spoils of war." He said and got up with a pair of metal cuffs and snapped one around her right, delicate, ankle, before snapping the other end to one of the many ring decorations around his room. She immediately began to try and take it off and pry it from the wall, "Oh, it's solid iron-" She grabbed the ring in the wall and put her foot against it before pulling it hard enough to make two nails pop out, "I guess I will be putting in new nails as well. Knights." They poked her with the tips of their swords before she quickly took them and decapitated the both of them, "Now, look what a mess you've made, Kohana." Ganondorf tutted, crimson blood on the cushions she sat on and a bit on the dress she wore, "You got your dress dirty."
Within the months that followed, Kohana still refused to verbally speak to Ganondorf but he continued on the conversation on his own as she sat and listened, or ignored. Anywhere Ganondorf went around the fortress or even to an island or two, he forcibly dragged Kohana along with him. Even to the area where the moblins built a strange metal cage and young girls were slowly being accumulated, an act that brought sadness to her which was eminent on her face, "Come on, ladies," Ganondorf encouraged as he unlocked the door, the younger girls running out and flocking around Kohana who smiled softly, "Yes, yes, that's quite enough." Ganondorf said with a hint of jealousy and led the ladies to a room that he had the moblins clean up and re-purpose into a small study. It kept Kohana happy and she watched over the girls who enjoyed not being locked up all of the time, and them not whining made Ganondorf happy.
Ganondorf sat down on a large, comfortable couch he had put into the room as the other 'hostages' collected books and relaxed, Kohana daintily sitting far from Ganondorf on the couch as well, opening up a book she had gotten from one of the many bookshelves. Despite how he had discovered their age was but a year apart, their intimacy was more like 30 years apart. They dined together every night and Ganondorf made her sleep with him in his bed after her many attempts to escape, along with him accompanying her everywhere and dragging her with him everywhere, there were also a few romantic gestures and nights here and there which were usually ruined quickly by his dolt minions. "Kohana." He voiced and she looked over, "We have been acquainted for many months now (like, 5), come, sit closer to me." He requested and she shyly scooted a little bit closer, making him frown. Ganondorf reached over and pulled her closer to him, "You're cold today." He voiced and she looked away, "Very cold indeed. What do you read today?" He questioned and she showed him the book she picked out, obliging his wish that they read it together as snacks were brought in. Ganondorf slipped his hand onto her thigh while the girls were distracted and Kohana smacked his hand, making him pull it away with a hearty laugh. Thankfully, she was older than him so he could get away with some childish things. "Why do you spur my attempts, woman?" He questioned and she reached up and grabbed his cloak, pulling him down so his ear was level with her lips before a low and sultry voice said,
"Because your advances are ill-timed." Ganondorf's heart skipped a beat as the voice continued, "You feel lust but not love. I do not admire such a trait. Therefore, I do not take to you." His heart raced as she released him and he sat up perfectly straight and she continued to read,
"That is…your voice?" He asked and she nodded, "Every night, I want to hear it." She rolled her eyes and eventually, Ganondorf and Kohana ushered the girls back into their cage for the night, locking them up (Ganondorf did anyways) and they both retired to their room, Ganondorf shutting the door behind him. As soon as they entered the magical barrier he made for Kohana activated, only when the door was shut, and was made with her blood for the best accuracy. She could go to the Balcony but only if Ganondorf was with her and even then the Helmaroc King wasn't particularly fond of her- often because it's own stupidity around her got the bird into trouble with Ganondorf.
"Who knew you had such a nice voice?" Ganondorf mused aloud and sat on the bed, having finished changing for the night. Kohana glanced back at him then looked away as she went to her own tiny dresser and pulled out a night gown, going to the bathroom to change. She came out, Ganondorf having vanished and she still crossed the room to the bed and sat down, Ganondorf reappearing to chain her to the wall before he laid down first, pulling her to lay against him. He played with the pins in her hair as he did every evening while he unwound and relaxed, "Will you tell me where you come from now?" She closed her eyes, giving no answer, "I see- so you will speak and then keep quiet again?" Kohana said nothing before he pointed out, "You seem fully aware of your position and that your fate is in my hands, yet you play these games with me. Perhaps you're getting ahead of yourself." She sat up, pulling from his hold and far from him to the extent of the chain that bound her limits as he sat up as well,
"Silence is a virtue you don't seem to have, Ganondorf." She told him simply, "It doesn't matter where I come from or who I am, what should matter to you is that it is YOU who makes ME to be the threat." She told him out-right, "I may be quiet but I'm not a fool. I know your plan to resurface Hyrule and rule it, I know you send that goddess-forsaken bird out to pick up girls who may be the key to your mental well-being," Ganondorf got up and stood in front of her, looming over her, "But never once have I used my voice for there was no need until you stand here and blatantly threaten me to speak. Here I am, speaking to you. You must be overjoyed, aren't you? For if a spoiled brat doesn't get what they want, they throw a tantrum and I see you very calm before me."
Ganondorf was mentally shell-shocked by her words but he reached down and tilted her head up before leaning down and kissing her. This seemed to catch her off-guard for a moment before she reeled and slammed him hard. Despite the surging pain he smirked, "And after all that proclamation you're still the same spit-fire woman. You women tend to get more interesting the madder you get-" He was swiftly delivered a kick to the stomach, making him double over before she pushed him on to the floor,
"Perhaps you shouldn't get so cocky. Remember, I still hold my own against you with sword." She told him simply and moved over to the pad of cushions and pillows that now resides atop a circular little bed. She sat down on it and watched him as he slowly got to his feet, going over to the corner where she watched from. Unlike Kohana, Ganondorf had the ability to freely move around, while Kohana was still chained. As he stopped in front of her, a hand on his stomach, she looked up at him with her fiery grey eyes. He saw his reflection within their contracting pupils as her irises shrunk against the light to better help her see. He felt something strange the longer he stared into them- as if he had remembered these defiant grey eyes before. As if some where in his brain were memories of this woman that he simply could not remember. His brain tried to pull them up but something kept them back. "Do what you will to me."
" 'Do what you will'." He repeated with a smirk, "Come, Kohana, it's late. Let's go to bed."
"I am not your wife, I will not join you." She said bluntly, "If not for the barrier you made, I would be spending every night in another room, but your fear of me has your mind in a routine you are uneasy to break." Kohana said and he steeled himself against it. It was like every time she spoke, she hit the nail on the head. She knew him better than he knew himself- why was that? It didn't make him mad though, like his knights trying to do the same or an opponent.
"You're right, but the day is over. I think we should speak about everything in the morning, don't you? We would better have our heads instead from the tired minds we have now. There's no reason to bicker and fight right now, we're both very tired." Ganondorf said and Kohana thought about it, letting out a little yawn as she did so.
"I will sleep here for the night." She stated, turning from him and pulling a blanket over herself, but Ganondorf reached down and tied the blanket around her, "What-!?" He picked her up and dropped her on his bed, "How uncouth!" She huffed before he got on the bed and towered over her as she blinked in surprise, and stared up at him with those shiver-summoning eyes of hers.
"You know, I think it's high time you realize who runs things around here." He told her before she narrowed her eyes and he shivered. "There can't be two Alphas, my dear." But she smirked at his statement.