And the Zelink fic rises from the dead! Chapter four of my Zelink Week Master Quest is here!
Prince Link and Princess Zelda are shipped off to the beach to spend some alone time, but their mini-vacation is crashed by our favorite Zoran Princess Ruto, who has some mischief planned up her sleeve.
Now that Zelda had stopped fighting with Link, she
threw all her energy into researching ways to get around the Courtship and
Marriage Contract Clause of the alliance treaty. She faced many dead ends and
road blocks, but the image of King Clement’s smug face at the Midsummer Bonfire
kept her going. Since she was no longer looking for ways to annul the contract
outright, it opened many options for her. Zelda was sure that if she worked it
right, her parents could pressure the Bathory’s enough to extend courtship or
even the engagement past her twenty-fifth birthday. Then she would assume the
full rights and privileges of the matriarch of House Hyrule and could deal with
King Clement one on one as the Head of House Hyrule.
“I don’t mean to be rude,” Link started one day as he
sat with Zelda in the Calatian Royal Library. “But why is it so important that
we marry after you’re crowned Queen? I know before it was because you didn’t want
to be seen as unworthy of your title without a man, but we’re past that now.”
“Not to cause offense,” Zelda replied without taking
her eyes off the book in front of her. “But it’s mainly because I don’t want
your patriarchy destroying what little is left of the matriarchal tradition of
“Since when did my patriarchy become such a threat?”
Link snorted as he idly flipped the pages of the text he was skimming.
“Since that ‘King of Two Nations’ nonsense your
father spouted on your birthday.”
Link’s head thudded against his book as he let out a
muffled wail, “Goddesses, please don’t remind me.”