Princess Zelda thought it would happen sooner than
this. Six weeks was a pretty long time to wait considering how adamant King
Clement was about moving this courtship and marriage along quickly. Maybe their
parents had hoped their children’s heads would calm down a bit. But if Prince
Link was anything like Zelda, he would still have a quiet layer of seething
anger just below the surface. But as it stands, her first official outing with
Prince Link would take place in two weeks’ time. It would be a warm-up to the
first public declaration of their courtship, a way to see how people will react
when they see Link and Zelda together, and Zelda was at least glad it would be
on her home turf.
The Ordon Village Harvest Festival was always a staple
for the beginning of fall in Hyrule. The small village had grown from producing
quality milk and cheese from their humble goat ranch to the a rather well-to-do
farming town that supplied half of the country’s wheat and cotton as well as
herding cattle along with the famous Ordon goats. It was a pleasant festival
filled with none of the stuffy rules, tight corsets, and political masks of a
Royal Festival; it was truly one of Zelda’s favorites, and she was going to
damn Link to the Dark Realm and back if he ruined it for her.
Unsure of the stranger’s intentions, the previously grazing mare raised her head, ears swivelling forward. Naturally, she was on alert, but also fairly curious– she extended her neck, flaring her nostrils at the new scent in the air. This person didn’t smell like a monsters, nor her master. She decided to wait and simply stare at the intruder until they did something. The occasional snort would leave her snout, followed by a flick of her beautiful, flowing tail.