Zelda Dungeon Marathon 2019:

Link looked around at the group. He figured that he and Zelda had gotten off on the wrong foot. It he was to be effective as her royal guard, he would have to be on her good side. Taking a deep breath, he prepared himself and walked towards the princess. He noticed Mipha look up as he passed but she did not say anything and went back to her work. He walked up beside her.

“Uh, Princess-”

“What.” Zelda replied pointedly.

“Look, Im-”

“I don’t care.”

Link clenched his fists. He tried not to raise his voice as he could feel Revali’s amused gaze watching their interaction. “I don’t care that you don’t care, I came here to apologize for what I said earlier.”

“Is that all?” Zelda mumbled, but in the still night he could still hear her loud and clear.  

“Okay, what’s your problem?” He grabbed the princess by her shoulder and turned her around to face him. “I know you hate having me here but I can’t help it. I’m only following orders!”

Zelda pushed away from him, “not my orders! So far, you have done nothing but cause trouble. I still believe that I would be better off without you!”

“Well too bad, Princess, because I’m not abandoning my orders from the King. I’m going to stay right here. The least you could do is be a little nicer.”

“You do not tell me what to do,” Zelda growled back. “I stand by what I said. I don’t need you to babysit me.”

Link threw his arms up and walked a few steps away. There was no use in arguing. The two stubborn Hylians were getting nowhere. He was stuck with a hodgepodge group where he was outnumbered by people who disliked him.

“Fine, you know what. Forget it.” Link said as he stalked away. “How about you take care of yourself then.” He walked past the rock where Revali sat, legs crossed and smirking.

“Trouble?” He asked.

“Shut up, Revali.” Link replied, not stopping. Revali shrugged off the blond’s rudeness, stretching out to relax on his perch instead.

Link made his way to the other side of the island and sat down.The island wasn’t big, so he wasn’t as far away as he liked. He ran his fingers through his hair. It was true what he said to Zelda, he had to follow the orders of the King, whether or not the Princess approved. But with the way she acted, he wanted nothing to do with her.

He heard a splash, causing him to jump, becoming alert and squinting his eyes as he searched for the cause. A few feet down from where he sat, Mipha had hopped up from the edge of the water. She looked shyly at Link as she shook the water from her limbs.

“Pardon me,” she said blushing. “It was such a nice night and, well, I can’t stay away from the water for long…I should have told you, it’s probably not safe out here alone and all-”

Link lightly chuckled. “You don’t have to explain. Frankly, I think we all could use a break alone from each other. It’s been a rough few days.”

“I heard some of your debate with the Princess. I decided to go off so as not to intrude on your conversation – I couldn’t help but hear some of it though. I…kind of agree with you. I do think that the Princess could be a little nicer toward you.”

Link picked himself up off the ground, shaking the sand from his clothes. Hearing that Mipha agreed made him feel a little better, made him feel as if he was justified in his anger toward the Princess’s unreasonable attitude. He smiled and began walking back to the makeshift camp with Mipha. They had only taken a few steps when they heard a shriek cut through the silent night. It was Zelda.

Link took off running with Mipha not far behind. Reaching the other side of the island, they saw Zelda being approached by a wimpy bokoblin brandishing a wooden club.

Link instinctively reached for his sword, ready to ambush it and knock it out with one blow, but he hesitated. He was still heated after the argument they had. She said she didn’t need someone to watch her, so why not let her deal with it? She could certainly save herself. 

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