I’m not gonna lie, I chose this prompt solely so I could use this song for inspiration: With You from Ghost the Musical. I have links to two versions of the song, the OBC and this amazing version by Collabro. I recommend listening to the song if you want, but I warn you: it’s sad. So obviously this is some OoT Zelink angst. Enjoy!
It had been a month since Link had officially moved
out of the castle, so Zelda didn’t know why she was doing this now. Picking up
his leftover things as if she was a common maid. Not that there’s anything
wrong with maids or their work. Zelda just didn’t really understand why she was doing this. She could have
simply asked any other maid to do all this for her, but then again, she really
The next day on her way into the stables for an
afternoon ride, one of the stable hands, Reynolds if Zelda remembered
correctly, asked her to say hello to Link the next time she saw him. She had to
turn around and head back to the castle so the stable hand wouldn’t see her
tears. It was ridiculous. She had a mutual agreement with Link that they would
break off their courtship, and he would leave the castle and live his own life.
A life without structure and walls. A life where he could be the adventurer he
always was in his heart.
But, Zelda mused, that didn’t mean letting go was
going to be easy. She had begun advoiding the places in the castle grounds and
Castletown where they had taken evening strolls or sat and talked for hours.
Her heart ached too much. And then it seemed as if echoes of Link were haunting
the castle like ghosts. Try as she might, despite the discipline of her royal
training, Zelda could never really keep her mind off Link for long periods of
time. Her days were different; her nights were different. It was as if they
were taken with Link when he left.
You took my days with
you, took my nights with you.
Link spent all his time traveling, visiting all those
he had met before he was sent back in time to relive his childhood. He
reconnected with Ruto, Darunia, even Saria briefly. But what was best was
seeing Malon again. She was probably his best friend besides Zelda.
He paused in his thoughts. It still hurt to think
about Zelda. He had loved her, truly loved her, but there was no way it would
work out. Even he could see that one of them would end up miserable if they
stayed together and got married. Link just wasn’t made to stay cooped up in a
castle, and Zelda could never leave her duties as Crown Princess. Star-crossed
lovers, Ruto had called them. Lovers unable to be with each other due to
There were so many things Link felt were unfinished
between him and Zelda, though. There were conversations they never got around
to having, like the full story of what happened in Termina, or even his
adventures through time with the Ocarina and awakening the Seven Sages. Some
part of Link desired to finish these talks. He felt like a child having mental
conversations with Zelda, and sometimes he even went far enough to write
letters to her detailing his adventures, past and present. But he never sent
They had agreed that total cutoff was the best, and
no matter how badly Link wished to pop back into the castle like he used to, he
respected Zelda’s wishes. He couldn’t stay anyway. But it was hard, knowing his
heart was broken, and it would just keep breaking every day. Everything he had
hoped, everything he had dreamed all his life had involved Zelda, was now left
You took my hopes with
you, took my dreams with you.
Zelda stared out the window sometimes, thinking she
might see a flash of a red mare, a hint of a green tunic. Her handmaidens doted
on her, calling her lovesick. Impa briskly told her it was all in her head. But
for some reason, in the back of her mind, Zelda couldn’t accept that it had
ended just yet. She didn’t want to give in to reality. The pain was too much,
the regret too big. She couldn’t live like this. Her life, her true life, the
one filled with smiles and laughter and happiness and love, was with Link. But
Link wasn’t there.
You took my life with
Link couldn’t keep pretending he didn’t care. He held
in his pain around his friends, but he knew they all saw through him. Malon
always gave him that look of hers that said she was concerned but wasn’t going
to say anything out of respect for his pride. But he couldn’t quite comprehend
not seeing Zelda every day, not holding her hand or walking around with her. He
still caught himself looking around for Zelda when he found a new and amazing
place on his travels or saw something he knew she would love or whenever
someone said a joke that made him laugh. He wanted her here with him, to
experience the world with him. His world, his whole world, the one with
excitement and joy and true adventure and love, was with Zelda. But Zelda had
left him alone.
i) Hooked on a Feeling | Blue Swede. ii) This is War | 30 Seconds to Mars. iii) This is Why We Fight | The Decemberists. iv) Warriors | Imagine Dragons. v) Paradise City | Guns ‘N Roses. vi) Radioactive | Boyce Avenue. vii) Some Nights | fun. viii) Howling Commandos Montage | Alan Silvestri. ix) Iron | Woodkid. x) Charlie Boy | The Lumineers. xi) Safe & Sound (ft. The Civil Wars) | Taylor Swift. xii) Bring Him Home | Collabro.