Side Story: Scenes from a Visit
A/N: Three short stories for y’all, partly to celebrate +100 followers, and because it’s fun to know what happens behind the scenes.
The Queen’s drawing room, Hyrule Castle. First day of waxing crescent of the eleventh month.
‘Goddesses!’, Impaz exclaimed joyfully, ‘Who would have ever thought Sheikah and Gerudo would make such a lovely creature! Look at your pretty red hair, your eyes match with your eyes! And your lovely brown skin!’
‘Thank you, Dame Impaz’, Amina humbly accepted her compliments, ‘you flatter me way too much’.
‘You deserve it, dear child!’, she laughed, ‘now, do tell me which magic spells you know’. She served enthusiastically tea and pastries.
‘Well’, she took a deep breath, ‘I know Din’s Fire, Nayru’s Love, some healing spells, and I can do small glamour spells’.
‘Then you are most welcome if you want to improve your skill’, Impaz offered her, ‘We Sheikah must pass on our skill to the younger generations… and I only had Zelda as a student, she has all the skills required, but she is the Queen, after all. The remains of the Sheikah here lack the magic skill you possess’.
‘Of course!’, Amina assured her, ‘I shall come at least once a week to see you!’
‘I feel like I can die in peace now knowing our lineage is safe’, Impaz sighed, the young woman surprised at such ominous comment.
Telma’s Bar. Second day of waxing crescent of the eleventh month.
‘Dear members of the Council, Ms. Uli, wifey’, Naima stood up with a glass of moonshine, ‘besides making a toast to you all for being amazing hosts and colleagues, I’d like to make this an unofficial Council meeting to address a very important subject of Hyrule’s contingency’.
Everybody looked puzzled at the tall Gerudo Matriarch.
‘We need to address the Oocca in the room’, Naima stated.
Shad and Ashei looked at each other suspiciously.
‘Not you, guys’, Naima made clear, taking her seat, ‘Zelda and Link’.
The crowd at the table made a collective nod.
‘Uli and I know the kid since he was a baby’, Rusl noted , ‘it’s pretty obvious they are at least attracted to each other, but Link either hasn’t realized yet or is too scared to tell’.
'He is being discreet’, Uli assumed. ‘I am quite sure he likes her… mothers always know, even though we’re not related by blood’.
‘Shad and I saw them chatting at the fountain on the way back to the castle when we celebrated his knighting’, Ashei recalled, ‘I told them they looked like a couple… they are really cute together, even though I hate the word’.
‘Ashei, you told them they looked as if they were hooking up’, Shad sighed.
‘Oops’. A vague flashback of her subtlety came to her mind.
‘You seriously screwed up, sister’, Naima told her with a disapproving look.
‘We should give them time’, Telma commented, ‘Both are young and inexperienced. They have to realize things by themselves’.
‘I support Telma’s argument’, Auru intervened, ‘Zelda is a very wise young woman, but lacks knowledge of the matters of the heart’.
'Auru, do you know anyone else who might have information?’, Naima asked.
'If Impaz knows anything, she won’t tell’, Auru guessed. 'on Link’s side, I have no idea whatsoever’.
'Agitha won’t tell either’, Ashei added. 'Unless we bribe her with bugs from the Stone Oasis’.
'Didn’t you brought a letter from mother for Link?’, Amina asked, all eyes turning to her.
'Lost cause, Mother will take her secrets to the Sacred Realm’, Naima concluded, scared of even daring ask the Elder. 'Time will tell, then’.
There was a collective sigh at the table.
Castletown. First day of waxing crescent of the eleventh month.
Link was riding along the merry entourage of Hylians and Gerudo, when the feisty matriarch approached him on her beautiful grey steed.
'Mother sends you her regards’, Naima said casually, handing Link discretely an envelope with an orange wax seal. She returned to the conversation with her new raven-haired friend.
That afternoon, in his office at the barracks, and while the Council was still in session, Link opened it.
I hope you are in good spirits, and my daughter is not giving your Queen and the kingdom too much trouble. Poor Amina, she has to put up with her antics all the time here.
I wondered if the object of your affections has realized how you feel about her. May Din light the fire of love in her heart, and favor your feelings.
If you need discreet and confidential advice, feel free to write me.
The brief but kind words from the Elder brought a smile to his face. He hid the letter inside his chestplate, and resumed his work on the recruits’ training trip to the Peak Province.
Once I arrive from Snowpeak, I’ll take the risk and tell her for sure. Maybe a letter should be a good idea? I am better at writin’ stuff than talkin’…. Yeah, that’ll do! I’ll start writing tomorrow evening then!