Kindred Love

by Sara Freitag


  Once Link had defeated Gannon, again, he left with Princess Zelda to rest at the Castle as long as he need to. There he spent a great deal of time with Zelda, taking walks together, horseback riding, and watching the Hyrulian sunsets, he found himself in love with her. Walking towards the castle's garden, he saw her standing in her garden like he always did before. He took in her beauty before he approached her.


  Hearing him and sensing him near, she said, "Hello Link."

"Hi Zelda," replied Link, not at all surprised that she sensed him.

Walking over to stand next to her, holding out his arm, and said, "shall we."

"Yes, we shall," answered Zelda taking his arm.

"Where do you want to walk today?" asked Link smiling down at her with love in his eyes.

"Let's go down to the village," answered Zelda smiling up at him with love in her eyes, "and then watch the sunset."


  Walking down the road to the village, Link took her small hand in his larger one and entwined it with his. Watching the expressions on her face, she looked up at him, smiled, and covered his fingers with her other hand. Both had a wonderful time and the on-lookers knew that their Princess Zelda had fallen in love with the Hero of Time.

"What's going on over there?" asked Zelda pointing to a group of people mesmerized by something.

"I don't know, let's check it out," answered Link as he led her over to the crowd.


  The two found out quickly that a show was being performed, particularly about the Link's fight with Gannon. One actor was Gannon, dressed in ugly smelly clothing. Another was Link, carrying a stick for the Master Sword. The original Link and Zelda found this parody to be extremely hilarious. The two actors did a very horrible job at recreating how Link had destroyed Gannon, for one they did this by way of rumors.

"Link! Just look at them! It's so funny!," whispered Zelda close, very close to Link's ear.

"I know!" laughed Link as quietly as he could to Zelda. He was just inches from her face, looking at her, taking in her beauty again, he felt his heart skip a beat.

Zelda had suddenly turned her head to face him and found him staring at her. Immediately she broke her gaze from him, looked down and cursed herself for her blushing. He noticed her anxiety, lifted her chin with his hand to face him, and just smiled at her. He looked so handsome to her, how could she look at those blue eyes without it being scorched in her memory. The two noticed immediately how close they were, both shyly backed away, not wanting to admit it. Someone had to break the silence that was building between them.

"You're Princess Zelda!" exclaimed a lady, "and you're Link, the Hero of Time!"

"Yes," they both replied.

"Oh, thank you so much Link! It's about time that we were rid of that horrible Gannon," said the lady.

"You're welcome," answered Link.

"Well, it was an honor to meet you," said the lady then bowed to Princess Zelda, "I'll let you two be."

"Thank you," answered Zelda as she cuddled closer to Link's side.

"Come on!" exclaimed Link gently tugging the hand he held.

"Where are we going?" asked Zelda.

"We aren't going anywhere, but to have fun!" answered Link.


Unfortunately, the gamers wouldn't let Link play their game because he had mastered almost everything they threw at him. Link tried desperately to control his anger, towards the gamers, in front of Zelda. He wanted to show off to her, what he was meant to be was the only thing he could offer her. Almost storming away and practically dragging Zelda, he knew he shouldn't be treating her this way.


Zelda completely understood Link's anger in fact she had sensed it. She sensed what he was thinking, and he was wrong, dead wrong. There was so much more that he could offer her than his status. She soon found herself sitting on a bench next to Link, wondering what he was going to do. But there was this silence between them again.

"Link, it's okay," said Zelda as she took his hand into hers. "Don't worry about it, the gamers are just trying to make a living. And besides, what fun is it if you've already mastered everything."

"Zelda, it's not just that," sighed Link as he squeezed her hand.

"It's just that . . . I kinda wanted to win you something."

"Oh, Link," sighed Zelda. "You don't have to do that. You already won something for me."

"What?" asked Link.

"You destroyed Gannon," answered Zelda, "that's all I ever needed."

"But you deserve more," said Link.

"No, no I don't," replied Zelda, "I have more than I deserve."


  Without thinking, Link had an idea as he heard music being played near by, without pretense Link whisked off Zelda, and they danced in the square. She had no idea that he could dance, then she remembered that he spent quite some time with Impa a while back. ~Maybe Impa taught Link some dance steps,~ she thought, either way she was enjoying this. She couldn't help but notice how close he held her, how he touched her. She felt him against her body, with one hand at the base of her back, gently guiding her in the steps and the other covered her hand that was placed over his heart. She could feel his heart beat beneath her hand, as her other hand played with the hair at his nape.

He noticed that she was trying to avert his gaze. He could feel her body against his, just like he wanted it to be. Feeling her stroking his long hair at the base of his neck. When he thought it couldn't get any better, he saw her lower her head to his chest, gently laying her head against his heart. He drew in a deep shuddering breath as he felt her against him, he always dreamed of this moment with her. He lightly placed a small kiss on the top of her head, wishing against hope that she didn't feel it. But to no avail Zelda felt the kiss, and she silently sighed at the sensation she felt coarse through her body.

"Thank you," said Link as the music stopped playing.

"No, thank you," replied Zelda as she kept her arms around him.

"It's almost sunset," said Link as he took her hand into his.


 As the sunset approached the two left the village to watch it just out side the castle walls. Still holding hands, Link helped Zelda sit down on the grass under a tree, while sitting next to her.

  "It's a beautiful sunset, isn't it?" asked Zelda.

"Yes it is," replied Link nervously, " . . . Zelda . . . there's something I need to tell you."

"What is it?" asked Zelda and hoping that it was what she was wishing for.

"I . . . I love you," said Link as he caressed her cheek with the back of his hand.

"Oh Link," sighed Zelda and covered his hand with hers, "I love you too!"

"Zelda," whispered Link as he leaned in to kiss her.

He found her willing and open to his kiss. With her soft lips against his, he gently caressed his tongue across her lower lip. She opened her mouth to him, sighing in his mouth as she felt him. Darting his tongue between her lips to taste her sweetness, she returned the action to taste him as well. He wanted to continue to kiss her, touch her, but he knew he had to break the kiss before they regretted it.


  "Link," whispered Zelda as soon as he broke the kiss.

"I'm sorry," said Link as he traced his finger along her jaw and across her lips.

"It's okay," replied Zelda taking his hand and entwining with hers.

"I guess we better go in," said Link as he helped her to stand.

"Wait," said Zelda," please . . . just hold me for a little while."

Link didn't say a word but just took her into his embrace. Encircling his arms around her shoulders, burying his head into her hair. Zelda circled her arms around him and buried her head in his strong chest. They stood that way until the first star came out.


  Walking back to her room, he lifted her hands, placed them on his chest, and traced the outline of her lips with his finger. Leaning down he kissed her again, like he had done before.

Once he broke the kiss, he said, "Goodnight Zelda, I love you."

"Goodnight Link," said Zelda and caressed his cheek, "I love you too."

He didn't want to leave her but had to. Watching him walk away, she cried tears of joy and of loneliness.


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