THIS IS A FAKE CHAPTER WRITTEN AS AN APRIL FOOL'S JOKE- but some people want me to leave it up, so here it is. But it is FAKE. The real chapter 5 will be posted shortly. Don't take this chapter seriously
Among the Ashes
Love me, love me
Say that you love me
Fool me, fool me
Go on and fool me
I can't care about anything but you
~The Cardigans "Love Fool"
Fake Chapter 5
“This is exactly what they want, you know,” Link said seriously as they dismounted their horses and unpacked some food and supplies. By dawn they were far from Bellek and both in need of some rest. “They’re looking for you, and you’re asking me to let you go walking right into their hands.” Link looked at her with genuine concern.
“No, I’m asking you to walk right into their hands with me,” Zelda replied with a wry smile. “If something’s wrong in Hyrule, with my father, we have to go back. What other choice do we have?”
“We have to go back,” Link agreed resolutely. Neither of them was eager to return to Hyrule, but knew that they could never turn their back on their home, no matter what had happened in the past. “It’s going to be dangerous, though. We don’t know what we’ll find there.”
“Well, if we turn our backs on it now we’ll never know,” Zelda replied.
There had been a time when Link wouldn’t have given it a second thought, but he was no longer alone in the world. He was far less willing to risk Zelda’s safety than his own. Despite himself be worried about her, and so he pushed once more. “We don’t even know what to do once we get there.”
“We’ll just have to figure it out as we go,” Zelda replied calmly.
Looking at her Link couldn’t help but smile. “I’ve created a monster,” he said proudly.
“You didn’t create it,” Zelda replied with a grin. “You just set it free.”
“What was that?” Link suddenly turned his head, tensing and searching the trees warily.
“What?” Zelda asked, looking suddenly worried. In the distance they would both hear footsteps and a rustling in the trees.
“Stay here,” Link said forcefully, drawing his sword and moving stealthily towards the suspicious sound. Zelda watched nervously as Link vanished into the trees.
She waited nervously, waiting for any sign of trouble. She was watching so intently she hardly noticed the rip opening in the sky beside her until the portal opened wide enough to reveal a figure she had not seen in years.
“Marth!?” she shrieked, jumping back in shock as Marth used his sword to open the portal and stepped through onto the grass beside her.
“What are you doing here?” she asked in disbelief.
“I can’t stand it anymore,” Marth said quickly, grabbing her shoulders. “Come back to me!”
“What!?” she stammered, still unable to believe what she was seeing.
“Come with me,” he said simply, taking her hand and pulling her towards the portal.
Link walked carefully, searching intently, ready to strike at any moment. Nearby he could hear the sound of someone struggling and a loud rustling of leaves and foliage. It did not take long for him to find the cause of the commotion. A young man with long golden hair was caught in the brambles struggling to free himself. He was bound in a strange restraining device and helplessly caught in the branches and thorns, unable to free himself. When he saw Link he looked hopeful.
“Can you help me?” he asked hopefully, a benign and naive smile on his face.
Link was slightly wary but the man looked harmless, and so Link consented to help him free. He used his sword to cut him loose from his bindings and the man leapt to his feet in joy, smiling broadly, the large, vague smile that gave Link an uneasy feeling.
“What are you doing way out here?” Link asked him.
“Looking for Zelda,” the man said genially. “We’re all looking for Zelda.”
“What!?” Link drew his sword in an instant, bearing down on the man threateningly. “Who are you? Who are you working for? What do you want Zelda for?”
“I’m Link!” the man replied brightly. “Ocarina Link told us to look for Zeldas, so here I am! Do you know where one is?”
Link stared back in confusion and stammered once more. “Who are you?”
“I’m Link,” the man replied once more.
Link lunged at the imposter violently and the imposter jumped out of the way, laughing boisterously. “Golly! You should be careful, you almost hit me with your sword!”
With a cry Link flew after the imposter once more, thrashing his sword and chasing him out of the trees.
“Let me go!” Zelda shouted at Marth, tugging her hand out of his, but suddenly Marth and Zelda stopped in their tracks as Link appeared through the trees chasing a strange looking man in green who ran with elongated, over-enthusiastic strides.
“Who is this?” Zelda asked in bewilderment as the strange man approached them.
“Zelda!” the strange man stopped in front of Zelda and exclaimed in glee. “I found you!” he opened his arms and tried to hug her but Zelda jumped out of the way in horror.
“Who are you?” she gasped. She looked at Link and the strange man side by side and an unsettling feeling overcame her. From their blonde hair to their green tunic to their brown boots there was something quite distressing about seeing the pair together.
“I’m Link!” the man exclaimed, the large, disturbing smile never leaving his face. “How about a kiss?”
Zelda shrieked in horror, grabbed Marth’s sword and leapt through the portal, closing it behind her.
Marth and Link were left staring at the spot where Zelda had vanished.
“What are you doing here?” Link shouted at Marth.
“Don’t start with me,” Marth shouted back. “She’s gone now and she took my sword!”
“Don’t blame me!” Link replied.
“She’s a little shy, isn’t she?” the imposter Link laughed.
Marth and Link looked at each other then turned their wrath on the imposter Link.
“Hey, fellas, you look a little angry,” he commented.
Link pointed his sword at the imposter.
Marth cracked his knuckles menacingly.
“Guys,” the imposter Link laughed nervously as Marth and Link bore down on him. Finally they lunged and the imposter Link leapt into action as Marth and Link tore after him, screaming through the trees.