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    A Link to the Test

    Post by Link64 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:45 am

    Date: May 27, 2012
    Time: 1:04pm

    Wow, Link loved just about every meal he had ever had at the Stock Pot Inn, but more than those, he was thrilled whenever he got to have a real taste of Hyrule. He could make a few simple things on his own, but whenever Impa invited him over for any meal, his eyes always lit up. He knew that she was a jack of many trades and a master of a few, but sometimes, he was still amazed whenever he got to sample some of her cuisine. Whether it was an incredible seafood feast like they had had the first night that Zelda was here or even just simple sandwiches, he loved every one of them… and today, he'd got to have something that had become one of his absolute favorite treats…

    Lon Lon Steak Pie!

    He was full now, but even thinking of the name of that dish was enough to make his mouth water all over again. Still, as he made his way down the stairs, he managed to keep that to just a big grin. If their lunch today had been this good, he couldn't wait to see what they might eat for dinner next… and that steak pie still came after a perfect Hyrulean-style breakfast…

    Hey, he couldn't help it that he thought about food! It was good stuff! Plus he was a growing boy!

    "So where are we headed to again?" asked Tatl, snapping Link out of his thoughts.

    "Oh, I was going to go pick up some bread and pastries from Wheaton and Pita's bakery,"
    replied Link. Ever since the older Link had discovered their shop back in February, the Hyruleans had become frequent customers. They were a really nice couple, and regardless of the fact that they were also from Hyrule, their bread was the absolute best on the entire Breach! "I thought it might be something good to have in the room."

    "You just ate!" huffed Tatl, bobbing a bit more in her flight. "How can you even think of food right now?!"

    "I thought about it before I ate, and I've got a good chance to run over there now… besides, they won't be too busy by the time I get there," said Link, rubbing behind his head and hoping that that might calm Tatl down. "Plus it's just nice to surprise them sometimes."

    "Hmph. I guess so," stated Tatl. Surprisingly enough, she left it at that… she still thought it was a bit silly, but she did enjoy getting out every now and then. Not as much as Link did of course, but it could be fun.

    Resisting the urge to say anything else, Link just sighed and smiled again, hitting the bottom floor and starting to move across the lobby. He wondered what the two of them might have baked fresh today…
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Chell on Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:59 pm

    Chell decided she didn't much care for TV.

    It had been nearly three weeks since the former test subject's arrival to the Breach, and she was, in a sense, settling in. The initial luxury of having a place to call home and not spending her life constantly in some form of danger still hadn't quite worn off for her (and, to be honest, she wasn't sure if it ever would), but it was slowly approaching something resembling normalcy for her now, becoming easier to accept. In truth, her only trouble now besides figuring out how to operate in a society that was almost entirely unfamilair to her was the simple question of what to do with herself now. The Breach presented multiple opportunities for her, but she wasn't anywhere near ready for a job yet, and hadn't exactly had the time to develop her own interests or hobbies back in her own universe.

    She was, to put it simply, starting to get a little bored. Which brings us to now. After devouring a hearty lunch, Chell had decided to wander into the lounge, thankful to find that it was wonderfully, gloriously empty. Of all the things the woman had tried doing, TV watching definitely had not been among them, but she was willing to give anything a shot at this point. Half an hour of aimless channel surfing later, and she left staring at some gameshow with vague irritation, already wishing she had just gone outside instead. Honestly, was daytime television always this bad? She could only vaguely remember the existence of them in her time, just one of the many things that seemed to be a sort of ingrained knowledge within her, but if the programs here were any indication, then maybe it was for the best.

    If there was one thing she learned from this little venture though, it was that, scifi? Was not her genre. At all.

    Sighing, Chell stood and made her way towards the lobby after turning the TV off, long fall boots gently scraping against the wood floor. Maybe it was finally time for her to venture out more than just a few blocks, perhaps see some shops or something. The constant noise of the city still never failed to make her nervous, but how was she supposed to get used to it if she never pushed herself? After all, it had been three weeks, and if she was going to adjust to life as at least a semi-normal human being, than it was important for her to wait a minute was that Link?

    Demonstrating a rather impressive doubletake, she came to a dead stop and looked down at the boy, eyes almost comically wide. She stuck to herself too much to know the innkeeper incredibly well - though she did always make sure to at least give him a friendly nod whenever she happened to see him on her way to an outing - but she was very familair with his general appearence at this point, and this? This was just wrong. The overall features were the same, the clothes were almost identical, and he even had a little fairy bobbing above his shoulder, but there was something off something she couldn't quite put her finger on. Had Link... changed somehow? Did he have a clone? A brother?

    She continued to stare, unblinkingly and, admittedly, a little unsettlingly. This was going to get awkward.
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Link64 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:32 am

    As Link headed through the lobby, he couldn't help but feel a pair of eyes on him. It wasn't quite like the weird feeling he had got used to in some dungeons, but even though he couldn't quite explain it, he could definitely feel something or someone looking at him. He glanced about, his own blue eyes soon landing on a human woman who had just entered the front lobby from the lounge. He hadn't seen her before, or at least he didn't think he had… no, he was pretty sure he hadn't. His memory wasn't as good as Zelda's and certainly not as good as Impa's, but it was still pretty sharp. Even with as many people as there were in the city, he could still usually recall if he'd seen someone before. Maybe she was new to the Breach, or at least to the inn?

    Either way, she seemed to be looking at him with an oddly intense focus. Had she never seen a Hylian before? Or a fairy? Given the fact that the innkeeper was the future Link though, he sincerely doubted the first case… being surprised by a fairy was a bit more likely since the woman did not seem to be from a world like Hyrule, but given the way that she was looking at him instead of Tatl, he didn't think that was it either.

    … was there something on him? Or had he done something weird without realizing it?

    Link gulped, right smiling and nodding politely to the woman. "Eh-heh…" The smile was a little sheepish, but hopefully it would help break them from this awkward moment? A second later, he greeted her, saying, "Ah… hi."

    "Hey, what gives?" asked Tatl as she stared back at the woman, her own bluntness causing the Hero of Time to wince very slightly. "Don't you know it's not nice to stare?"

    "Tatl!" called Link, shooting his fairy a look before quickly turning back to the woman. "Ah, sorry…"

    Leave it to Tatl to completely break his attempt to break an awkward moment… thus landing Link in a different awkward moment.
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Chell on Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:41 pm

    A blink was all the boy finally noticing her seemed to get out of Chell, her grey eyes still warily pinned on him. He seemed surprised, but didn't seem to recognize her in any way... maybe he was some kind of imposter? Honestly, the former test subject had seen some weird things in the past couple of weeks, but this just took the cake. When the boy actually spoke to her, politely and looking maybe just a tad bit embarrassed, Chell's eyebrows shot up nearly as high as they could go before furrowing again, prompting her to take a cautious step back. But... Link... he couldn't speak, right? He had never said a word to her, nor she to him. It was a commonality they both shared, something that had allowed her to almost immediately relate to him when they first met. There was something very, very wrong here.

    As if the situation wasn't uncomfortable enough, the boy's fairy decided to chime in, objecting to her staring. The former test subject finally peeled her eyes away from him long to stare right back at the little orb, cocking her brow and tilting her head in such a way that dared her to try and stop her. Her gaze softened when she looked back at the boy as he attempted to shush his companion, but she still looked suspicious and confused, as if trying to decide whether to actually try to get some answers, or simply go on her merry way and forget this ever happened. Finally, after a brief inner struggle, she pulled out her notepad from her bag and quickly scribbled something down, turning it around slowly to show to him with no small amount of hesitance. "Link?"
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Link64 on Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:33 am

    Link straightened his posture a bit in surprise when his greeting seemed to cause the woman to take a careful step backwards, raising her eyebrows in shock at him before narrowing her gaze once more. Wait, that wasn't his intention at all! What in Hyrule was going on here?!

    "Um… are you okay?"
    asked Link as the woman. He still wasn't sure if he had accidentally done something… there wasn't anything on his tunic, and as far as he could remember, he hadn't smashed any pots lately… well, he hadn't smashed anyone ELSE'S pots. In fact, the month had been a pretty quiet one for him so far. He'd just stuck to the inn and heading out on adventures with Zelda, Link, and Impa. And yet, this woman he'd never seen before was currently staring at him as though he wasn't supposed to be there this way!

    In fact… it was almost like some of the looks he'd wound up giving people when he'd first arrived in Termina… when he met their counterparts who looked and acted so much like their counterparts back in Hyrule. Maybe there was another version of him in her world? No, that didn't make sense… she didn't look like she was from Termina… not to mention, she was a human… a human with a very piercing stare, no less… and why wasn't she saying anything?!

    Tatl met the former test subject's challenging look with one of her own, and a couple of stronger wingbeats later, she was a bit closer to the woman. Still eyeing her strongly, she silently huffed at Link's protest of her blunt comment. If he wasn't going to say something about it, then she was certainly unafraid to! Tatl and the woman stared each other down for a few more moments before the former test subject shifted her gaze back to Link, her expression softening as she did so. Ha! That's what she thought! When it came to staring contests, there were very few that could beat the Terminian fairy! … Not that she really cared about her record or anything… but not many had ever bested her. She just usually lost interest before anyone else could win.

    Link titled his head to the side a little as the woman moved to pull out a notepad and start writing something. Was she taking notes on him? Whatever she had written was pretty short though, although she did seem to hesitate before turning the notepad around to show the message to him. Blinking at the text he read, Link glanced back up to the woman, his own expression shifting from confusion to curiosity.

    "Ah… yeah… that's my name," replied Link, nodding to the woman. How did she know it though? Wait a minute… she hadn't spoken, she had just written something… just like the future Link. And although this Link had never seen the former test subject before, that did not mean that she had not been at the inn for at least a little while… thus having already met the other Link.

    Suddenly, the pieces fell into place, and it all started to make sense.

    The two young boys were quite different of course, but in their age range, green attire, and other factors, they were very similar outside of what personality traits they shared. It seemed that this woman had caught on to those external similarities though and had thus got royally confused. Unable to suppress a smile at realizing this, Link laughed slightly before adding, "Yes, I'm Link. But… I'm not the Link you're probably thinking of… the innkeeper, that is. We're both from Hyrule, but we're from two completely different times of it, and are two completely different people. I'm really sorry if I confused you!"
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Chell on Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:21 pm

    Chell wasn't sure if she was okay anymore. It all kind of depended on what his answer was. The Breach was indeed a very strange place even on it's less eventful days, but she couldn't say she had ever seen double before. And, well, she was mostly positive she wasn't just seeing things. She had never really been the type, even after her time spent in Aperture, so if this was what was happening here, than she had either really not slept well the night before, or had officially lost it, and she was really not quite ready to accept either of those things just yet. The boy himself looked horribly confused, and maybe even a tad desperate, but the former test subject was still far too suspicious to cut him any kind of break just yet. After all, in her experience? That was how they got you.

    Still, she was willing to give him a chance to explain himself. Her eyes flicked back and forth between the boy and the fairy as he read over her message, frowning once he confirmed that that was indeed his name. So they were both Link? How was that even possible? Huffing a little through her nose, the woman shifted uncomfortably from foot to foot, vaguely wondering how she had ended up in this situation. It would have been easier to simply throw her hands up and go back to her room without a word, as she had originally intended, but she was too troubled to even consider it at this point. There had to be an easier way to get answers, to ask him...

    Before she had the chance to write down anything more though, a change seemed to come over not-Link's face, one she was able to vaguely place as a look of recognition. Quirking an eyebrow again, Chell looked down at him as he laughed, wondering if there was some joke she was missing out on here. As it turned out, he seemed to have worked out their predicament on his own, much to the former test subject's luck - not only was he apparently not the Link she knew, but he was from a different time period altogether, though they were both from Hyrule. Her eyes widened a bit at that, just before averting themselves, her mouth forming a perplexed little 'oh.' Impa had informed her not too long ago that it was not uncommon for people originating from the same world, but from different different timelines to show up here, hadn't she? It was an idea Chell was still coming to grips with herself, but it would certainly make sense in this particular situation. If what he was saying was true, than this encounter had just been a simple misunderstanding.

    Even so, she had to be sure. Quickly scribbling down some more words, she presented them to the boy with a significantly more relaxed posture, although there was still an impressive amount of confusion in her expression. "So, you're Link, but you're not Link." And below that line, another question. "I assume the other Link knows you then?"
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Link64 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:22 am

    Thankfully, despite the bewilderment that was still very apparent on the woman's face, she did seem willing to stick around instead of dashing off and leaving him to wonder even more just what this was all about. Although Link was still pretty confused himself, he just hoped he could figure this out. She was still here so he definitely had a chance to do so, and it soon felt like this was just like any puzzle he had ever solved. And thinking of it that way, if he just took a little more time to look at it… he was sure that the answer to just why she was acting this way would become clear.

    Thinking over her writing, Link found himself very much reminded of the older Link. Was this woman mute just like his friend? Could she even make some of the non-speech noises that the Hero of Winds could? Whether she could or couldn't, Link didn't mind reading her words instead of hearing them. He was used to doing so with his friend, and to him, communication went way beyond just what one could say. Sure, talking could help, but there was so much more to it than that. Link was not incredibly talkative himself most of the time, but even so, he was just glad he had got some sort of response from the woman.

    Wait a minute… a dark-haired woman with fancy white boots who couldn't talk? Link had heard about her! Not too much of course, but he had heard mention of her around some of the meals and hangouts he had shared with Zelda, Link, and Impa! So he finally had the chance to meet her! Her name was something short and simple too if he recalled correctly… come on good memory, don't fail him now. Hm… it was Chell, wasn't it? Yeah… Impa had met her on her first day here, Link had helped his fellow mute find a new room, and Zelda had even got to join her for lunch a couple of weeks ago! Link smiled a bit more at remembering that, but at the same time, he felt a slight resurgence of guilt for having unintentionally confused the woman so. Hopefully she wouldn't hold that against him.

    Link watched her surprised reaction at confirming that his name was in fact the same as that of his future counterpart, right before waiting in patiently as she wrote her next two messages. She still looked very confused once she presented her text to him, but as he read her notepad, he looked back to her with a smile that he hoped would come off as reassuring.

    "That's right," replied Link, nodding to the woman. Smiling a bit more, he added, "I'm Link, but not the one you've met. And yes, he does know me. He's actually one of my best friends!"
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Chell on Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:38 am

    Unbeknownst to Chell, this Link had heard of her once or twice, though none of the people she'd met here had ever mentioned him to her. To see another completely separate version of Link here was definitely, well, shocking to say the least, but the former test subject was slowly finding the idea easier to swallow the more they talked about it. And, again, it did make sense - this was Link's inn, after all, and even if this other Link had been an imposter, he'd have to be a pretty stupid one to be just waltzing down the hallways without worry of being spotted. Perhaps this was just another aspect of this would she would have to work on accepting and getting used to... although hopefully, running into different versions of other people wouldn't be something she'd have to experience often. That was bound to get incredibly confusing, and quick.

    Unfortunately, with this came the realization that she had been practically glaring at someone who was completely innocent for nearly five minutes.

    Biting her lip, the woman nodded when this Link confirmed he was friends was Link #1, averting her eyes quickly. Damn, she really didn't have the hang of this yet, did she? Luckily, the boy didn't seem too alarmed or upset - in fact, he looked downright reassuring from what she could see, something that made her relax slightly even as she tried to keep her gaze off of him. Still, she couldn't help but feel a little bad for having confused him so, despite knowing deep down it had been an honest mistake. An apology was probably in order. Finally letting herself look at him again, she gave him one more, appraising sort of stare before quickly scribbling something down on her notepad, holding it out towards the boy with just the slightest bit of embarrassment. "Oh. Sorry."

    That done, Chell took in a calming breath and pressed the notepad close to her chest, furrowing her brow thoughtfully as she tried to work out how to proceed with this interaction next. She was admittedly just a little bit curious about the boy, especially seeing as how she'd had nothing but good experiences with the Hyruleans thus far, but she didn't want to make him further uncomfortable by sticking around longer than he possibly preferred. Still, it somehow felt even more awkward to just end everything on that note... not to mention, the former test subject was now bound and determined to improve her people skills, even if she seemed to be progressing at the speed of molasses if this encounter was anything to go by. Perhaps an introduction was the key here - honestly, she felt like she owed him that much. More scribbling was resumed, and once she had finished, Chell presented the text to him with an outstretched hand, knowing that if nothing else, she could at least get this right. "Chell, by the way."
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Link64 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:24 am

    As things seemed to click more and more into place for the former test subject, Link couldn't help but to let out a silent sigh of relief. That had been a bit confusing to sort out, but at least it had been easy enough. He was glad that this was only a simple misunderstanding instead of something far more serious… and hopefully the woman wouldn't hold this initial run-in against him. After all, he couldn't help that both he and the future Link had been brought here! In a way though, he was glad he had since he'd got to meet him in the first place… that could only happen here of course, and that combined with reuniting with Zelda and Impa had definitely helped to make his arrival the Breach a pretty good thing in the end for him.

    Here, the woman seemed to realize how intense her expression must have seemed for the past few minutes, and Link gave her a sympathetic look. When she ducked her eyes away, Tatl simply chimed, inwardly feeling victorious for them having stopped the former test subject's staring. Yes, there were two Links. It was confusing at first but really? They wore completely different outfits and were very easy to tell apart for crying out loud!

    Once the woman looked him over once more and moved to write a new note, Link just smiled slightly at catching it. Hoping to help reassure her, he stated, "It's okay. Don't worry about it!"

    As the woman appeared to still be a little curious about him, Link found his own curiosity rising. He had only heard a little bit about the former test subject from Impa and Zelda, but right now, he was keen to get to know her a little better, or at least move on from this awkward first encounter. Thankfully, it seemed that she was set to help start off the proper introductions!

    "It's nice to meet you, Chell," replied Link, nodding to her as he took her outstretched hand and gave it a good shake. After the two shared a firm handshake, he gestured beside himself, adding, "Now that you already know my name, this is my fairy, Tatl."

    "Hello," said Tatl, bobbing slightly in the air. She was still a bit miffed that this woman had just stared at them for the past couple of minutes, even if it was just a case of confusion, but she figured she could at least greet her. "You must still be pretty new here."
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Chell on Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:43 pm

    To think nothing of Chell holding this little run-in against him--Chell was a fair bit more concerned that he was going to hold it against her. After all, from her perspective, even though she assumed this was an honest mistake that really anyone could make, possibly bringing down a complete stranger's afternoon had been pretty much the last thing she had intended on doing today. Of course it wasn't the boy's fault that there was another suspiciously similar Link hanging around. With the way Portal Breach worked, she half expected to run into an alternate version of herself one of these days, or, at the very least, someone from her own world. (And given the so called "acquaintances" that existed for her back there, for the moment, she kind of hoped she never did. Ahem.)

    Thankfully for her, this boy seemed as kind as any other Hyrulean she'd ever met, and from what she could see, he accepted her apology with understanding and no small amount of reassurance--although she couldn't speak for the fairy. When he took her hand, she knew he wasn't about to hold it against her, and shook back just like she'd practiced: Firm, and, though she could only hope it showed, grateful.

    When he introduced her to his fairy--Tatl, apparently it was--the former test subject returned the her greeting with a polite headbob of her own, not entirely sure what to make of her yet. If she was reading her right, then she might have guessed the fairy was still not all that pleased about the staring contest she had inadvertently gotten them into, though she decided to ignore it. Despite now standing as straight and proud as she ever did, Chell couldn't help but bite her lip at the fairy's next comment, responding to it with a tiny, half-hearted shrug of her shoulders. Well, if you wanted to get technical about it...

    Turning her attention back to her notepad, she wrote the two another message. "Three weeks. It feels like longer, somehow." Which was a good thing in her book, by the way. She would take a long couple of weeks in freedom and civilization any day over... however long she had been in the facility. If the past week or so had seemed, to put it lightly, quiet, it was simply because of that fact--that it was hard to know when to pull herself out of her newfound security, and actually go out and make a use for herself. There was still so much that overwhelmed her. People, being the biggest culprit. "I guess that explains why I haven't seen you around before."

    Ahh, but she had at least met some of his friends, hadn't she? At least, assuming they were friends. That thought coming to mind, she blinked, and quickly added on another note, writing with a bit more exuberance now. "You probably know Impa too, then? Sheik?"
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Link64 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:37 pm

    Feeling even better from the handshake that he and Chell had just shared, Link had a feeling that things would go even more smoothly in this strange but still nice meeting… even though Tatl seemed to still be coming down from being a little miffed.

    As the former test subject nodded to her, Tatl found herself coming down even further. She might not have been pleased with this first exchange, but she had got that point across… and she had still been the victor of their staring contest, so that already counted for something. Maybe she could start to let her off a little easier… maybe. Once the woman bit her lip and shrugged ever so slightly at her next comment though, Tatl figured she could turn that maybe into a definite. Eh, fine. This Chell character didn't know any better.

    Once she wrote out her answer and showed it to the two of them, Link and Tatl exchanged a glance, the latter soon turning back to Chell and stating, "Yeah, that's pretty new. Don't worry about it. You'll get used to all the strange stuff in no time. Trust me, something like this is nothing."

    Wincing slightly as his fairy expanded on some of the strange stuff around the Breach, the Hero of Time couldn't help but think that he wasn't sure if telling someone about such happenings was such a good idea… especially not given the way she had reacted to catching sight of him. She seemed really sharp though, so maybe she'd be okay in the face of the stuff that was bound to happen at one point or another… she'd have to be able to tackle it anyways. Link looked back to Chell, his expression shifting back to a genuine smile. "This place has a way of making time seem like it goes by even faster sometimes… I hope it's been a good three weeks for you, though! And yeah, that probably does explain it… I tend to run around a lot. I'm glad we get to meet now, though!"

    That much was especially true, regardless of the fact that she knew the older Link, and that she had apparently got to know both Impa and Sheik decently enough so far. Speaking of which…

    At Chell's latest question, Link broke into a broad grin. Nodding strongly, he replied, "Yeah, I do! They're from the same time I am, and they're also two of my best friends! Impa's almost like a guardian for me sometimes, or at least a teacher… and Sheik… it feels like he and I have known each other forever, even though it's only been a few years now."

    Technically, he could say that he had known Zelda for even more than seven years before they arrived on the Breach, but then that would delve into the fancy math based on his slumber in the Temple of Light, the time he knew her there, the way that her self from that timeline knew him… and that didn't even factor in with the Zelda that had been brought here, since she had been taken from the time BEFORE the two of them had saved Hyrule. Different timelines could be something of a headache on occasion, but between his own previous quests and the nature of the Breach, he was starting to get the hang of it… and Impa's guidance had definitely helped on that front!

    "When did you meet the two of them?" asked Link, still grinning to Chell. He already knew roughly when the former test subject had met the Sheikah and disguised princess, but he still figured that having her tell him would be more personal, and help both of them move on even more from their initial awkward run-in.
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Chell on Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:33 pm

    Had Chell been more open of a person at this moment in time, Tatl's little statement that encounters like this "were nothing" might have earned a snort out of the woman, though for now she settled for a pair of raised eyebrows and a wry sort of incredulous look. She didn't really doubt that there was far worse out there in the Breach--being an official resident for three weeks straight now had obviously done little to quash her unending sense of wonderment and confusion at the world around her, and thus far, there was no reason for her to believe it was going to stop any time soon. The fairy's comment was slightly worrying, and, had she been less bullheaded, she might have wondered if she had unintentionally bitten off more than she could chew by stumbling into this city, but Chell had faced her own sets of oddities in her time. If she allowed something like this be the one thing to break her, than she truly was a lost cause, something she was unwilling to accept even on her worst days. At the very least, Tatl's more conversational demeanor was a sign she was growing more relaxed around her--something Chell took as a sign that she was at least doing something right.

    At Link's own contribution, the former test subject nodded again, tapping her pencil against the side of her face as she considered how to respond. Though her natural wariness was still present, she found herself growing increasingly relaxed the more they talked, to the point where she found she wanted to respond. It was a strange, and relatively new feeling, but she decided there was no harm in exploring it farther. "It has been good. New and strange, but good." She eventually scribbled. "I've been really fortunate." And then, because manners weren't completely foreign to her: "It's nice to meet you too."

    Once that message was finished and presented, she listened as the boy explained his own potential connection to Impa and Sheik, and indeed there was one. Same time, huh? Chell couldn't say she was all that familiar with the Hyrulean's culture, but from what she could glean just from their description of their home world and their clothes, everything seemed to match up. The fact that they were apparently his best friends was another matter entirely, although she was glad that her initial suspicions were correct. Though she was still getting to know the two herself, now that she thought about it, she could easily see Link as a part of the little group they apparently had--given his overall demeanor thus far, it just seemed right somehow, and she couldn't help but wonder if she would get to see them all together at some point. As new to socialization as she may be, the thought of everyone together was amusing and somewhat sweet, almost enough to bring a smile to her usually restrained features.

    Speaking of which, Link's enthusiasm was oddly infectious, as the former test subject found herself returning his grin with a smaller one of her own not a second later. Okay, she'd admit it--the kid was really likable so far, especially for someone who had just been wrongfully stared down not ten minutes ago. At his question, she gave another small, nonchalant shrug of her shoulders before writing the two another message, presenting it to them with a slightly more reserved quirk of her lip. "Impa was the first person I met here, believe it or not. She was the one who told me about the Inn, and guided me here." And now that she was beginning to settle in, privately? She was so, so grateful for that, she couldn't even say."Sheik I ran into in the lobby a couple of weeks ago, and we wound up having lunch together. I've seen both of them here and there since then." Then, after a moment's pause, she added, "I can see why you're so close to them."
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Link64 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:25 pm

    Link nodded at Chell's response. New and strange were definitely the two words he would use to best describe his own first few weeks on the Breach… at least as time had gone on, whilst some of the strangeness always found new ways to pop up, at least things had only gotten better for him, and that stood regardless of the arrival of those that had all become his family here. He smiled at her next two statements, inwardly feeling happy for the woman that she felt she'd been fortunate. The Breach was quite the place to get used to regardless as to what someone's original homeworld was like, so the fact that she counted herself as fortunate was definitely a good thing as far as he was concerned. Smiling a bit more, Link said, "I'm glad."

    That smile only grew as she added that it was nice to meet him too. That note in particular meant a lot to him, especially considering the way that she had first eyed him once they had run into each other a little while ago! He was very happy that they had managed to work past that initial confusion, and now the former test subject even seemed keen to keep conversing with him! He was not fully aware of just how much Chell liked to keep to herself, but even from their first encounter and the little bit he had heard about her from Zelda and Impa, he could tell that she was kind of reserved. The two of them had met in an odd way just now, but perhaps their first encounter might serve as a better start to their friendship. After all, the same had been true for him with Malon, Darunia, Ruto, and even Nabooru! Sneaking into Hyrule Castle where he had met Zelda and Impa was another story entirely, of course…

    In any event, coming to the Breach was certainly a double-edged sword, but just as it hurt to know what had happened to the world one came from and those left behind, it was great to be able to get to meet new people and even be reunited with others. That did not mean that Link did not still feel guilty for not being able to do anything to save Termina before he had been pulled here, but at the very least, he had been able to work past much of that. His friends arriving had definitely helped in that regard… as did the knowledge that the world was perfectly safe in other points in time. Timelines could be confusing, but by the same token, they could also be very, very beneficial.

    Link waited patiently whilst Chell wrote her answers to his two questions, his smile broadening into another grin once he read her presented text. "Oh wow, that's neat! I can definitely believe it!" He had been new and confused once too, after all. Luckily he'd been able to get to the inn without much trouble himself… and then had come his own fun times getting to know his nametwin better. "It can be tricky to get around when you first arrive here, so I'm glad that she was able to help you find this place! She's always been wise and helpful like that."

    Nodding at Chell's mention of Sheik, Link added, "I see. If it helps even more with the inn, he and Impa actually live in the room next to me." The young hero paused as the former test subject added another line, right before smiling warmly as he read it too. "Heh… thanks. I was just glad to get to met them here again."

    After exchanging a quick glance with Tatl, Link looked back to Chell and asked, "Um… I was just about to head out to pick a couple of things up… would you like to join me? Maybe I can show you a couple of things that are close to the inn." Even though he knew that the former test subject seemed to like sticking to the inn, for some reason, the young hero just felt compelled to invite her to come outside with him. He just hoped she wouldn't mind the offer regardless of her response.
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Chell on Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:59 am

    'Kind of reserved' was something of an understatement. This new world Chell had found herself in may have been a sight better than the one she left behind, but that didn't mean she was ready to explore the city and it's inhabitants from the get-go. The mishmash of sights and sounds just outside her doorstep was still overwhelming for her, especially after getting used to the relative tranquility of the country, and, frankly... she had been tired. Tired, hungry, and dirty, at least at first, and more than a little inept in the friend making department. It was hard to let people get close after going through the hell she had been put through, especially when it was so much easier to stay locked up in her room and enjoy the fact that she had running water now. In any case though, she was daring to let her guard down with this boy, just like she had dared to with the two that came before him, and was finding a cautious sort of enjoyment in simply talking to another person again.

    The former test subject nodded at Link's rather enthusiastic response to her comment about Impa--she may not have known the Sheikah herself very well yet, but from what she did know, she didn't think his "wise and helpful" assessment was very far off. Although she was sure she would have worked something out eventually, she would have been in a much sorrier state upon arriving at the Inn had it not been for the other woman.

    And--interestingly enough--it seemed Link just so happened to live right next door to the two. Her lips pursed themselves into a sort of "oh" shape at that, and she made a mental note to remember all of this in case she needed the info later. Turning back to her notepad, she penned the boy another message. "It is helpful. I'm still familiarizing myself with the overall layout here--so more information is always nice." Gently biting her lip, she met his eyes again, hoping it wasn't too obvious how odd this all felt to her. "I'll keep that in mind."

    At his next offer though, Chell seemed to freeze, although it was more out of surprise than any sort of trepidation. He was offering to show her around? Despite his apparent friendliness, that was really the last thing she expected him to do, and now that it was on the table, she wasn't quite sure what to do with it. Her muscles relaxed a tad as she mulled it over, and her head swiveled back and forth between the front door and the hallway leading to her room. Given that she had been contemplating going out herself earlier, it certainly wasn't an unwelcome offer... she just hadn't really expected to talk to anyone today, much less hang out. The thought of taking on two challenges at once--interaction and shoving herself out into the city--was a daunting one, but when she really thought about it, maybe it was something she needed. She liked the boy well enough so far, and situations like this were bound to crop up in the future no matter how hard she tried to avoid them. The only way to improve was to try.

    Besides... she had faced far worse before.

    Taking in a breath, Chell finally trained her eyes on the boy again, looking apprehensive, but with a visible hint of curiosity in her features all the same. Her mind now made up, she quickly wrote him her answer, leaving it as open ended as she possibly could. "As long as I wouldn't be intruding."
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    Re: A Link to the Test

    Post by Link64 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:00 am

    "Of course you wouldn't be intruding," replied Link, grinning broadly to Chell at her open yet positive response. After all, if she had to potential to, there was no way he would have invited her in the first place! Gesturing towards the front of the lobby, he added, "I'm not going too far, but I think you'll like some of the shops on the way. Come on!"

    At that, the Hero of Time waved for Chell to follow him, and once he was certain that the former test subject was right behind him, he set out for the front door, soon stepping foot into the bright light of the early afternoon. He took a deep breath, fully appreciating the fresh air out here, and with another smile to Chell, he began to lead the way down the sidewalk, Tatl bobbing over his shoulder with a slight chime.

    "I know we've got just about anything you could ask for at the inn, but if you want something else food-wise, there are some really good little shops and markets around here," stated Link, looking ahead down the sidewalk as they continued on their way. "There's a supermarket in the other direction, but down this way, there's a good butcher shop, a seafood market, and even an amazing bakery! That's actually where I'm headed right now."

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