It was dark, and it was cold that night. The shadows seemed to stretch across and snuff out every bit of light from existence, minus the small lantern, and the gentle glow of the sacred treasure that was to be protected. Though, even that didn’t bring him peace. Something felt—
What was that? Was it the elder? That’s what he hopped for at least, but deep down, the boy had a sinking feeling in his stomach. He wasn’t alone and something was definitely watching him from within the dark. Whatever it was, zoomed past his right side in a blur. He gasped, and turned towards the direction of where he heard movement. There was nothing there. Zoom. Again, something went by so quickly that it put out the light of his lantern, and he could feel nothing but his stomach knot up anxiously.
Footsteps. He could hear them approaching. Closer and closer they came until they came to a stop and—
Link sat straight up in his bed with a gasp, beads of sweat alined on his forehead. He was breathing heavily and it took him a moment that what he was dreaming about was just a dream. What a relief.
“ ‘Bout time, boy! You sleep like a log! C’mon. Get up! You’ve been sleeping aaaall day!” An elderly woman had given him the wake up call. A rather abrupt one at that, but she didn’t care. She was in a bit of a rush, and she didn’t like being kept waiting. “I got something important for you to do. And you got to be on your toes!” She poked him in the stomach with her feathered staff, forcing him to stand up straight.
“That’s better. Now look here, Link. I need you on guarding duty tonight. I have something urgent to attend to, and I hate to not be on guard duty, but I trust you know what to do, right?” This was rather big news for Link. He had helped the elderly woman around the Sealed Grounds and the Temple countless times, but to be given guard duty of the sacred treasure? Well, it was… A big responsibility. He didn’t think he’d ever be given such a big task, but he was determined to do his best, and he nodded his in response.
“That’s a good boy. Now here,” She gave him her staff. It was a very important artifact, that no one was ever really allowed to touch it. “It’s important you have that, and I’m sure you know what that staff can do. If you ever find yourself in trouble, use it. Oh! And don’t forget your sword. You never know if you might have to fight off any greedy thieves or whatnot.” Again, Link nodded and took the staff. He put his sword in it’s sheath, placing it on his back as well as his shield. Once that was done and over with, the two whacked out of the small hut and walked together to the Sealed Grounds. Or rather, what it use to be.
“Alright, Link. This is where we part ways. Take care of yourself. I’ll try to be back as soon as possible, but I trust you can handle yourself.” With that, she left, leaving Link to attend to his guard duties.
As soon as he was alone, Link gazed at his surroundings. How empty and silent it was. He guessed he was going to be alone for the rest of the night as the sun was already setting. The village wasn’t too far off, and he would have a nice view of it from the altar of the sacred treasure.
It was kind of strange how this ‘Triforce’ had a legend behind it. Some hero about a century ago had managed to forge it to defeat some great and powerful evil. It almost seemed unbelievable because the village didn’t seem like it was being threatened by any danger. There were a few with tainted hearts that tried to get a hold of the Triforce for themselves, but it wasn’t something the guardians couldn’t handle. Though the legend had to be true. The Triforce was a gift from the goddesses and it was very important to take very good care of it. Link just hopped he could live up to elder woman’s expectations. He’ll do his best not to fail, and not let anyone get their greedy hands onto such a sacred treasure.