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The Dark Empowerment

Juliet A. Singleton (Scullys@bigfoot.com) and Kirsty Singleton (indigo_spacen@mail.com)

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Chapter 4


   The next morning, Aaron showed Link and the rest of the group the work he'd helped with on the new Communion meeting hall. It was a small, simple building made from wood. "Thanks to Kain, it's going to double up as a school room and a Communion volunteer from Mido is going to teach the village children how to read and write," the man in charge of the building said proudly.

"See, the Communion really is valuable to Hyrule," Selina stated, fingering her necklace. Zelda looked uncomfortable at this remark, but remained quiet.

"Here's Damon," Aaron said, waving over to his friend. Damon waved over to Aaron as he walked over to the group. He was a tall, surely built man with dark eyes and hair, he also had a neatly trimmed beard and a charming smile. He wore a green tunic and blue pants and a shirt underneath his tunic. He wore a sturdy leather belt which had a finely crafted Hylian sword tucked into it. Link also noticed a strangely familiar dagger tucked into his left boot. Noticing who else was with his friend he quickly kneeled before Zelda.

"Your Highness," he said removing his cloth hat. Zelda smiled and touched Damon on the shoulder.

"I appreciate it very much, but there's really no need," she said offering her hand to help pull him up.

"Well I only thought it right to show my respect to your family," replied Damon smiling.

"Hey everyone this is Sir. Damon of Tarn, Damon this is Princess Zelda, Link, Selina and Aramis," introduced Aaron quickly, mockingly emphasising the Sir.

"It is an honour to meet all of you. I assume you are all travelling to Valour Hold along with my companion Aaron here," said Damon nodding to the three other party members. "Well I must say Link, it is a great honour to actually see you in the flesh. You are indeed the greatest and most honourable warrior in the land," said Damon grinning and shaking Link's hand.

"Oh no Sir. Damon, the pleasure is all mine," mocked Link slapping Damon on the back. Selina held out her hand and said,

"Oh, I am sure I am more honoured to meet with you Sir. Damon." Damon took Selina's hand in his somewhat larger, begloved hand and pressed his lips softly against her hand, never taking his eyes from hers.

"The pleasure is all mine," replied Damon grinning. Aramis stuck out his hand and Damon grabbed it and shook it hard.

"Sir Damon of Tarn, I believe we have met before. Let me guess… I know, Valour Hold two years back!" exclaimed Aramis snapping his fingers.

"Right on Aramis, it's great to see you again. Hope you're ready for a rematch," laughed Damon. Aramis quickly drew his sword.

"Oh believe me Damon I'm ready." This comment sounded to be a little too full of animosity for Link's liking but he said nothing. He was beginning to wonder if Aramis really was the gentleman he turned out to be . A short while later Aramis was on the ground and Damon stood before him grinning.

"But Sir. Aramis I thought you said you were ready," bellowed Damon replacing his sword in its scabbard.

"Yeah well it's a little hard when one of us has been quaffing Moruge Bane Essence and the other hasn't. It's hardly a fair contest," protested Aramis bitterly pulling himself up.

"Never touched the stuff, too expensive and no proper tests have been carried out on it yet, only the goddesses themselves know if its safe," replied Damon seriously. "So Aramis I'm led to conclude it was you who quaffed the forbidden nectar," joked Damon. Angrily Aramis pushed Damon aside.

"I'll be in the tavern if I'm needed," yelled Aramis.

"We leave in an hour, meet us at the town gate leading to Valour Hold," yelled Link behind him.

"Geeze, what got into him?" asked Damon staring after Aramis.

"Oh, he never was such a good sport," replied Selina placing her hand on Damon's arm. He took hold of her hand and then swiftly brushed it off. Link turned to Damon.

"Hey Damon! Fancy joining us to Valour Hold?" asked Link.

"At such short notice? Hmm I'll have to think about it," there was a slight pause. "Okay I've thought about it, of course I'll come!" announced Damon grinning.

   An hour later a slightly larger group was on the road towards Valour Hold. They'd left the cart at Aaron's parents and they all rode on horse back. Aramis seemed to have cheered up a little but didn't seem to be on talking terms with Damon.

   "Finally!" Zelda said, diving onto her bed in their usual room at Valour Hold. Link dropped all their luggage onto the floor.

"Selina got a room across from us. I don't know who she's sharing with though."

"What about Aaron? Is he sharing with us?" Zelda asked.

"Well, I told him he could if he wanted, but I'm hoping he'll be a bit more independent," Link replied.

"I noticed that he wasn't as shy as usual last night," Zelda remarked, taking the Triforce out of a bag.

"Yeah, he's getting more confident in himself," Link answered.

"D'you think the Triforce will be safe in here?" Zelda asked. "Sure. Isn't it always? Besides, we can lock the door and then you can cast your usual protection spell and it'll be fine," Link replied beginning to unpack.

"I guess we'd better get freshened up for dinner, after all, we will be the guests of honour," Zelda sighed, pulling a blue dress out from her bag.

"What's up Princess? Sick of being Royal again?" Link grinned.

"If you were me, you would be," Zelda replied. She held the dress up against herself.

"This 'royal' enough?" she asked. Link pretended to think about it.

"Oh, it'll have to do," he replied.

"Link!" Zelda exclaimed, throwing a cushion in his direction. It hit him on the shoulder.

"Okay Princess, that does it!" Link shouted, throwing the cushion back as hard as he could. It missed, so he made a dive for Zelda instead, pushing her onto the floor.

"Do you mind?" Zelda protested.

"Just getting you back for when you pushed me off that bunk the other night," Link replied, laughing.

"Well, I, uh, don't like it very much," Zelda answered, beginning to giggle. "The floor, I mean," she added.

"Well, this is exactly what that wooden bench felt like!" Link replied.

"Oh Link I'm so sorry!" Zelda exclaimed, still laughing. "It was very selfish of me."

"That's what I like to hear. Apologies!" Link said.

"Can I get up now?" Zelda asked.

"No. I don't think you've quite made up for what you did," Link lectured solemnly. Zelda eased herself up to a sitting position.

"I said I was sorry! What more do you want?" she wailed.

"Princess, if you don't lie back down at once, I'm afraid I'm going to have to throw this cushion off that pretty little head of yours," Link warned.

"I don't care! At least I'll have something to rest on!" Zelda retorted.

"Hmmm, maybe that isn't such a good idea," Link decided.

"Give me that cushion now!" Zelda ordered.

"Sorry Princess, but this is MY cushion!" Link said, hugging the cushion.

"Okay," Zelda said. Without warning she made a dive for Link, and managed to pull the cushion out of his arms. "Now look who's on the floor!" Zelda said smugly.

"Not for much longer," Link smiled, pulling Zelda down on top of him.

"Link!" Zelda objected.

"Going to kiss me now?" Link asked. Before Zelda could reply, the door to their room opened. A guard stood in the doorway, looking a little surprised. Link and Zelda got up hastily, brushing themselves off and trying to look dignified. It was hard though, considering there were cushions scattered all over and they'd been lying all over the floor. Eventually, the guard spoke.

"I stopped by to inform you, that dinner will be served at 7. That's in 10 minutes."

"Erm, thank you," Zelda answered, trying to retain her royal stature. The guard walked back out, closing the door behind him. "Oh I do not believe this! That was completely humiliating!" Zelda moaned. "And look at the state of me!" she cried, running into the dressing room.

"You look fine," Link replied truthfully, also feeling somewhat embarrassed about the incident. It was all very well, messing about, and he'd particularly enjoyed the excuse to flirt with Zelda, but having a guard walk in on you, especially when you were held in high esteem, wasn't funny. At least Zelda isn't mad at me though, he thought, watching as she walked out of the dressing room wearing a long blue gown.

"Hurry up Link, the guard said ten minutes!" she said, picking up a brush and pulling it through her abundant golden hair. Link grabbed his best silk tunic and velvet cloak and hurriedly got changed. As soon as the gong for dinner sounded, the two were ready and dashed down to the Great Hall.

   Dinner was a lively and jovial affair. The Great Hall was kept warm by a roaring fire, and several of the guards who lived there were busy entertaining visitors by playing music, along with the Hold's overseer, Lord Hylton. Among the young men training to become either Royal Guards at North Castle, or part of the Hyrulian Army, there were visitors, such as Link and Zelda, and men from other lands. Seated across from Link and Zelda was Sir Nicolas of Dalsona. He was a handsome, dark skinned man with a serious air about him. "I'm learning the skills from your men here, so that when I go back to my country, I will be a fine King," Nick explained.

"That's wonderful," Zelda said, slightly absent-mindedly. Link could tell she was distracted by something, but he wasn't sure what.

"Are you finding that you're learning new skills?" Link asked. Nick nodded.

"Yes. Your trainers here are excellent," he complimented. Link smiled proudly.

"And how are you finding Hyrule generally?"

"Well, I've only seen East Hyrule so far, and apart from being colder then where I come from, it's wonderful. The people here are most hospitable. I hope to travel to West Hyrule within the next week or so, to seek an audience with the King," Nick explained. Zelda came to attention when she heard her Father mentioned.

"You wish to talk with my Father?" she asked. Nick nodded.

"Yes Your Highness, if he will spare the time." Zelda idly twisted a strand of her hair. Link wondered what was up with her. "I hear that you're a fine swordsman, Link. The men here told me of plenty of your brave deeds," Nick said admiringly.

"No doubt they exaggerated," Link said modestly. Nick laughed.

"I believe every word they say."

"Hey Link! My old friend!" shouted a huge voice. Link, Nick and Zelda looked up to see a tall, strong, man wearing chain mail and a Hyrulian Crest tunic, walking over to the table.

"Hey Drake!" Link shouted back, waving. Drake grabbed the nearest chair to him and slide it across the floor. The chair landed next to Zelda.

"Excuse me, 'Sir' Drake," Zelda exclaimed, emphasising the 'sir'.

"Fair Princess, I did not mean to offend you," Drake said, sitting down and taking Zelda's hand, kissing it lightly. "It is a delight to see you again." Zelda smiled.

"It was only a few weeks ago that my Father Knighted you, Drake."

"Oh, I suppose that means I'll have to call you 'Sir' as well," said Link, pretending to be jealous. Drake grinned.

"Yes, that's quite correct, youngun'."

"Me, young?" Link protested lightly.

"Compared to me you are. It'll be a good ten or so years yet before you're old enough to be knighted," Drake laughed.

"What are you doing here anyway?" he added.

"Oh me and the Princess just felt like visiting. Besides, we want to catch up with everyone. It's been a while since we've last been here," Link replied.

"I see you've meet old Nick here," Drake said, grinning at his friend.

"Yes, Drake's been teaching me some of his secrets," Nick added. Selina appeared, looking extremely pretty in a white dress, her hair braided with velvet ribbon.

"Sir Drake!" she intoned.

"My fair Lady, what is your name?" Drake asked.

"Selina. You're a legend in my hometown, Karul, Sir Drake, ever since you helped to prevent Ganon's raid," she replied smiling. "Why thank you, Selina," Drake replied, taking her hand and kissing it.

"Where's everybody else, Selina?" Link asked.

"Well, I was talking to Damon and Aaron, they're over there talking to those guards. I'm not sure about Aramis. He asked if he could room with me, but I've not seen him since before dinner," Selina replied.

"Strange. Well, let's not worry about him. I'll go and get Aaron and Damon," Link said, getting up.

   "Ah, the young apprentice," Drake said, as Aaron sat down at the table a few minutes later. Aaron smiled shyly. "I'm Sir Drake," Drake introduced, shaking Aaron's hand heartily. "Ah, Damon!" he said, nodding at his friend. "How's that lovely sister of yours, and her family?" he asked Damon.

"She's doing fine Drake. Just had another baby. A little boy, this time. She's called him Phillip," Damon replied.

"Marvellous!" Drake boomed. Aramis walked up to the table.

"Drake you old devil! I didn't know you were going to be here!" he said smiling.

"This is simply wonderful!" Drake said laughing.

"Where on earth have you been Aramis?" Selina protested. "I've been looking for you all night!"

"Just honing my skills before dinner, that's all," Aramis answered.

"Link?" Zelda said, getting up.

"What's up Princess?" Link asked. They walked over into the corner.

"Something's wrong. I have this weird feeling," she whispered.

"Weird feeling?" Link questioned. Zelda nodded.

"I don't know what it is, but something doesn't feel quite right," she replied.

"Is it the Triforce?" Link asked. Zelda thought about it.

"I don't think so," she finally replied.

"Perhaps your Father is in danger? North Castle?" Link tried.

"No…. I can't quite put my finger on it," Zelda answered. Link didn't want to dismiss Zelda's 'feeling' because whenever she did have them, something usually was wrong. He sometimes felt the same way, especially if the Triforce was in danger. A long time ago, most Hylians had good psychic abilities, but these days, the people who were able to do it, were very limited, and the power was virtually non-existent in most.

"Is it urgent?" Link asked. Zelda tried to concentrate but couldn't.

"I suppose not. Perhaps I'm just tired," she said, giving up.

"Well, I'll go and make sure the Triforce is okay, just in case," Link replied. "You go back to the table," he said, making his way to the stairs.

   Ganon levitated over to his Triforce. It glittered brightly, in the gloom of the dark caverns Ganon reigned over. "Enzar will never get his claws on you, ever!" he cackled. Looking into his magical orb, he watched his two scouts, Skoll and Aspete, terrorising two little children. A few seconds later, a large man with a sword appeared, and they dashed off. "Cowards," Ganon muttered. The mists shifted inside the glass orb, and Enzar appeared, in the guise of Kain. He appeared to be doing some sort of magical ritual, but Ganon couldn't quite make it what it was. "Fool," he laughed loudly. "But what of Link and Princess Zelda?" he asked, watching the orb intently. Link was revealed, walking down some stairs. "Soon, I'll own your Triforce too, you little imbecile," Ganon said. Clicking his fingers, he landed beside the Triforce again. There was something up with it, Ganon thought, studying it intently. It seemed dimmer, if anything. "The blasted thing is just playing tricks on me!" Ganon decided. He certainly wasn't going to lose any sleep over it. At this present moment, he wasn't sure who he hated most; Link for his perpetual heroism, or Enzar for his continued defiance of Ganon's deal. Ganon decided the only thing to do, was the blast the two of them out of existence. "Then, the whole of Hyrule will be mine! All mine!" Ganon screeched.

   Exhausted, Zelda lay back on her bed. She still felt like something was wrong, but she wasn't sure what. Link had remained downstairs, catching up with some of his old friends. Suddenly, she heard a loud 'clink' as something heavy dropped. Staring up in surprise, she realised the Triforce had stopped levitating magically above the table, and had dropped onto it, falling on its side. Though it still glittered, it wasn't shimmering with its usual pale blue magical aura. Confused, she got up and walked over to the table and picked up the prism. Turning it over in her hands, she wondered what was wrong. In her entire life, she had never seen it do anything like this. It appeared to be just a regular piece of crystal, still beautiful, but not shining with the power of magic. I don't understand? How can this be?, Zelda wondered. It had been fine when she came up. Feeling over its smooth surface, it felt completely familiar. It can't be a replica. Besides, Link would have known. And surely no-one can penetrate our protection fields. If Ganon can't, who can?, Zelda thought to herself. Holding the prism in one hand, she focused using its power to project a beam of magic from her other hand. It worked, but the beam was weak and irregular. "It's almost as if it has no power left! But how can that be?" Zelda wondered out loud. She placed the Triforce back onto the table. I know, I'll test myself without using the Triforce, Zelda decided. Holding her left arm out and saying the words quietly, Zelda turned around in a sweeping manner, attempting to cast a spell of protection over herself. Where there should have been a slight magical aura left from where she'd cast the spell, there was nothing. Frowning, Zelda tried another spell, but the same thing happened. "But my magic always works!" Zelda said, still feeling puzzled.

"Zelda?" cried a small voice? Sprite flew into the room. "What's up with the Triforce?" the faerie asked, spotting the prism. Zelda shrugged.

"I don't know. But none of my magic works either!"

"Are you sure?" Sprite asked. Zelda nodded.

"Watch," she said, casting the protection spell again.

"You're right," Sprite said, looking worried. The faerie attempted to shoot a bolt of magic from her own hands, but nothing happened. "Looks like my magic isn't working either," the faerie said. Something weird was going on after all…

   Downstairs, Selina was busy entertaining the small group of men downstairs. "I mean, I think I am pretty smart, being able to learn a few good spells," she laughed.

"Yes, that's so clever of you Selina! I'd never be able to do it," said Aramis.

"Well of course, considering I am human, and it doesn't come naturally," Selina said. "Of course, I mean no offence to you Hylians," she quickly added.

"Well, I suppose we are lucky to be magically apt," said Link. Selina smiled.

"Well yes."

"So let me get this straight," said Nick. "Your race can do magic without learning," he said pointing to Link, "But your race has to learn?" he said pointing at Selina. Link nodded.

"Yes. It's supposedly in our blood, magic. Not that I'd want to check of course," he laughed.

"So what magic can you do Link?" Nick asked.

"Oh anything really, so long as I know the spell. You ought to ask the Princess though, because she's the expert round here," Link replied.

"I can do lots of good spells too," Selina cut in.

"Well then, if you're so hot, why not give us a demonstration, Selina?" Drake suggested. Selina smiled sweetly.

"Of course, I'd very happy to," she replied. She picked up one of the nearby glasses and placed it on the table on front of her. "Okay, I'll do that levitation spell thing," she said. Concentrating hard, she spoke the words to make the spell work. However, the glass wouldn't move. Undaunted, Selina tried a second time, then a third time. "Well, looks like my magic isn't working tonight," she said casually.

"You're probably just tired from the long journey," Link sympathised.

"Well, I guess so. But," she paused, grinning. "I promise I'll show off my magnificent skills tomorrow!" Drake cheered.

"Come on Selina, you'd best get some rest," said Link.

"Okay. I'll see you guys tomorrow," Selina waved, walking towards the stairs with Link.

   "That was so embarrassing! I can't think what I did wrong," Selina chatted as she and Link climbed the stone steps up to their floor.

"Oh, it happens to everyone. Anyway, I wouldn't worry about it," Link replied smiling.

"But telekinesis is an easy spell!" Selina replied, still feeling slightly disappointed by her failure.

"I'm sure you can do it," Link reassured her.

"Oh Link, you're too kind," Selina replied.

"Well, just don't get too upset over it," Link said, grinning at Selina.

"I can't believe that you're actually talking to me! I mean, with you being so famous throughout Hyrule and everything," Selina suddenly exclaimed.

"Well, I might be fairly well known, but that doesn't make me any different really," Link answered, walking down the passage.

"That's why I like you so much!" Selina replied. "It would be wonderful if I could get to know you ever better," she added shyly. Link smiled at Selina.

"Me too," he admitted.

"Link! Link!" shouted a high pitched voice.

"Sprite, what's up?" Link asked, seeing his faerie friend flying down the passage as quick as she could.

"The Triforce… and mine and Zelda's magic…" she said breathlessly.

"What, is Zelda in trouble?" Link asked, ready to draw his sword.

"No, she's fine. It's our magic that's all wrong!" Sprite squealed excitedly. Link stared at Selina.

"Selina's magic doesn't work either," he said.

"Quickly! We have to show you something!" Sprite said, flying off. Link ran down the passage to his room.

"Link, come here!" said Zelda, who was sitting down on her bed. Link followed Zelda's glance to the Triforce.

"What's wrong with it?" Link asked, walking over and picking it up.

"I don't know. But something's up with magic. The Triforce is a magical piece of equipment," Zelda replied. Link drew his sword to test for himself. Sure enough, he couldn't get the sword to work magically, it seemed reduced to just a normal blade. "What are we going to do?" Sprite wailed. "Without protection spells, Ganon can easily infiltrate our defences!" Zelda added.

"But surely if our magic doesn't work, his won't either?" Link rationalised.

"Well….," Zelda stopped there, thinking about it. "What if he found a way to weaken our magic, but not his?"

"That's surely not possible, Princess. He uses exactly the same magic as us, but for wrongful purposes. Besides, Ganon may be a great necromancer, but to be, honest, he's no better at it than ourselves," Link replied. Zelda sighed.

"Okay, so we're without magic," she said.

"And effectively, Ganon should be at equals with us," Link said hopefully.

"Or he's stronger than us, because his magic still works," Zelda said darkly. Sprite looked worried, and not even Link could come up with anything to contradict Zelda's words…

   Zelda woke up suddenly. She wasn't sure why, but she felt like something was wrong again. The room was pitch black, and Zelda figured it to be pretty early in the morning. I need a glass of water, she thought. As quietly as possible, she climbed out of bed. As she tried to find the candle she'd left on the table, she knocked something off the surface. Whatever it was fell to the floor with a loud clatter. "Damn it," she cursed under her breath. Link woke up, still sleepy.

"Zelda?" he said drowsily.

"It's okay, I er… I just knocked something by accident," Zelda replied. Link sat up in the darkness.

"What are you doing up anyway?" he inquired.

"I, uh, wanted to get a glass of water," she answered.

"Oh, okay Princess. But why don't you light a candle first?" Link suggested.

"That's what I was trying to do," Zelda said, finding the candle and lighting it. The room was immediately lit with a small, warm glow.

"D'you want me to get you some water, Princess?" Link asked.

"No, it's okay. You go back to sleep Link," Zelda answered, opening the door.

   She stepped out into the stone passage, which was lit at intervals by torches. She made her way quickly to the first flight of stairs and went down them to the ground floor. She got a glass from the kitchens, but there was no water, which meant she'd have to get one from the well or fountains outside the Hold. She soon reached an oak door which she knew led outside. She was surprised to find the bolt already pulled back. I suppose one of the guards forgot to lock it, she thought. Zelda slipped through the door, to be greeted by a blast of cold night air. She suddenly wished she'd gotten dressed, or a least put a robe over her night-dress. Quickly, she ran over to one of the nearby fountains and filled up the glass. The water tasted good, cool and crystal clear. Zelda drank it in one go, then refilled the glass so she could take it upstairs. A sudden gust of wind whipped at her hair, and Zelda knew she had to get back inside. Suddenly, she heard the snap of twigs close by. She froze, hoping it wasn't one of Ganon's monsters. She was completely defenceless. "Princess Zelda!" called a voice. She spun round, to see Aramis coming out of some nearby trees.

"Aramis! You scared me!" Zelda exclaimed.

"Sorry, Your Highness. I didn't mean to," the man apologised.

"What are you doing out here anyway?" Zelda asked suspiciously.

"Erm, I… I couldn't sleep, Your Highness," Aramis faltered, blushing in the light of Zelda's candle.

"Oh…" Zelda replied. The wind picked up again, and Zelda wrapped her arms around herself, cold. "It's cold. We have to go inside," she said, turning away and walking back up the path. Aramis followed her.

"May I walk you to your room, Princess?" Aramis asked, as Zelda closed and bolted the door behind them.

"No. I'll be fine," Zelda answered.

"But our rooms are just opposite each other," Aramis replied.

"I suppose they are. Okay then," Zelda decided. She wondered what Aramis had really been doing. When she'd asked him, he'd certainly looked a little guilty. Then again, why am I being so suspicious? Zelda wondered. Unexpectedly, Link appeared, coming down the stairs. He stopped upon seeing the two, looking puzzled. "Aramis was outside already," Zelda said quickly. She realised how it could look to Link; that she and Aramis had arranged to meet secretly, that they were having some sort of affair.

"Oh. I was just getting worried about you, that's all," Link said quietly.

"Thanks, Link," Zelda replied.

"Yeah, I, uh, couldn't sleep. Decided to get a bit of fresh air," Aramis explained.

"Sure, whatever," Link said, turning around to go back up the stairs.

   "It wasn't how it looked!" Zelda protested the next morning.

"Oh, so it was just a coincidence that you both happened to be coming upstairs together?" Link said sarcastically.

"Yes, it was! Besides, what would you care anyway?" Zelda replied angrily.

"I don't. I just think you could do better, that's all," Link answered. "Besides, I know that you like him," he added.

"But I don't! I think you're so jealous, you're just jumping to conclusions!" Zelda replied heatedly.

"I am not jealous!" Link exclaimed.

"So why are you getting so angry at me?" Zelda questioned.

"You started it!" Link retorted.

"Oh for goodness sake Link! Why don't you believe me?" Zelda cried, sitting down on the bed, sulking.

"Well, it just looked that way to me," Link said.

"Honesty, I wouldn't give him a second glance! I tell you, he was already outside when I went to get some water. He came out from behind some trees and claimed he'd gone for a walk. That's all," Zelda replied.

"Okay, whatever you say, Princess," Link answered, pretending not to care. Zelda felt a little hurt, wondering why he wouldn't believe her.

"You are jealous, aren't you?"

"Geeze Princess, you really think you're something, don't you? I think I might remind you that I do not fancy you at all. Besides, I think Selina is much more my type," he replied.

"Stop lying! I know you like me!" Zelda retorted.

"I did years and years ago. But I was only a kid then. Like I said, I prefer Selina," Link replied.

"Fine. If that's how you feel, then you're welcome to Selina. You suit each other," Zelda said sulkily.

"Oh, look who's jealous now! Perhaps if you didn't keep playing games, I might like you more. But whenever I get close to getting you to admit your true feelings, you just mess things up again," Link answered. Zelda looked down at the floor. "Am I not good enough for you? I can't help who I am, but at least I try to be as respectable as possible," he added angrily.

"Link, I'm sorry. I didn't mean…" Zelda began, but Link cut her off.

"Forget it, Princess," he said, walking out of the room. Zelda sighed. Ever since they'd come to Valour Hold, things had gone from bad to worse. I thought I was leaving my problems back at North Castle! she thought. First the Triforce and her magic had gone wrong. Now Link wasn't speaking to her. Looks like my life is set to get much worse, she thought sadly.