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    En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Wind Waker Link on Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:11 pm

    Time: 6:00 AM
    Date: January 3rd, 2013

    The walk home was nice even if a little chilly because it was still winter but they didn't rush. Link was content to keep walking, eyes occasionally going back to the sky and the moon and each time a grin would spread back across his face to see that it was normal. He took turns with Aya to carry the heavy sky splitter and his fairies flew on, illuminating the path when street lamps were just not enough.

    Sometimes he'd hold Aya's hand, sometimes he wouldn't but whenever a car passed, his hand would reach up, catching her elbow or if his hand was already in hers, pulled them to a stop in the middle of the pavement to watch the vehicle going by. Could the people inside see them? Could? Were they not ghosts anymore? He couldn't tell. He'd like to imagine they could see them. They had fought all night for it and people had died for it too. Are they still forgotten?

    He watched early rising civilians pass by, squeezing the vampiress' hand until the passerbys gave some form of reognition, either a nod, a greeting or simply even just a flicker of their glance towards their direction; anything to show they could be seen. And when it was given, he'd grin so wide, all his teeth showed and he fought the urge hug them, Aya, anything.

    Just as they reached the inn's locked front door, the bell atop the building rang.

    Who was ringing it? Who would ring it in the innkeeper's absence? Impa? Link? Zelda? Sanji? Other staff members? Did they even know Link was gone? Are they ringing it knowing he was gone? Or are they ringing it because they couldn't remember it was his job to ring it? So many questions and only one way to find out.

    The fairies looked up to the roof, Neri and Leaf floating up a metre before they realised they were ascending. They turned back, came back to Link sheepishly with the blue fairy nuzzling the boy's cheek.

    "Mm-mm," hummed the boy, patting the blue fairy before pushing her lightly skywards. He smiled at them and nodded.

    "You sure?"

    A chuckle escaped his throat and he nodded again. The fairies didn't need another word, they flapped their wings and flew upwards. Who was it? Who was ringing the bell? They can't wait. Who was it? Did they remember them?

    Up at the edge of the rooftop, just as the last chime of the bell was rung, the fairies peeked over the railings, holding collective non existent breaths. Watching and waiting as the last echoes of the bell died out and Impa stepped out of the immediate vicinity of the bell. Finally, Ciela broke free and fluttered over slowly, watching the Sheikah the entire time. Leaf joined her soon afterwards, trailing a foot behind the yellow fairy. The Spirit of Power was only halfway across the rooftop when he realised Neri wasn't following.

    "Hey," he whispered, flying back to see the Spirit of Wisdom clinging to the edge of the rail like an insect would against the wall. "Come on. It's fine."

    Ciela, on the other hand, had reached the Sage of Shadows, hovering to a stop right in front of her. "Impa?" she asked almost too quiet to be heard, a trait rather unlike the feisty spirit. Then she shook herself and asked again, this time a bit louder and with an air of forced confidence. "Impa?"

    Over by the railings, Leaf plucked the frozen and silent Neri off the edge, flew them both over and held onto the blue fairy even when they came to stop beside Ciela. Neri flappd her wings once but otherwise remained still.






    Link watched them go then sucked in a breath, smiled at Aya and stuck his cardkey into the keyslot. The door beeped and he pulled it open but stopped there, biting his lip. He was the bearer of the Triforce of Courage. MOVE. He shouldn't be scared. He fought bosses, he won against enemies over a ten times his size and travelled the seas. But here he was, hesitating to walk into his own inn.

    What was there to be afraid of? The moon was back to normal. Passerbys saw them. By logic, everything should be normal again, right? His hand found Aya's and he held on tightly, closing his eyes. It was like a ReDead's scream had hit him, he couldn't move his feet. This first step. He came all this way and he couldn't take this first step. What kind of Triforce of Courage was this?

    The innkeeper sucked in a deep breath, subsequently a fair amount of his pride as well. He turned and looked up at Aya, bit on his lower lip hard enough to turn it white from the pressure. "Aaa.." he started and faltered. What was he to do if they fought all night and the memories still weren't back? Why was he having so much doubts in the first place? He should have blazed right in.

    But the feeling.

    The feeling of his own body phasing into code when he touched his friends. The feeling of not feeling them. Of them walking right through him. He could still remember it.

    His stopped biting his lip, blinked at the draculina and forced a watery smile on his face before his mouth moving slowly as he mouthed a single word. "Help."
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Impa on Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:13 pm

    Regardless of the colder temperatures brought on by the winter air, it was still rather refreshing and pleasant outside. The sun was not even up just yet, but as the morning twilight began to slowly pierce the darker skies of the night, one figure found particular comfort in the view the sky held, moon still hung high in it. And as she rang the large bell atop the inn six consecutive times, the one atop the roof of the Stock Pot Inn could not help but feel that today was going to be a very, very good day.

    And when Impa got one of those feelings… it was almost always right.

    She had a good sense for the day and planned to trust it fully, for whilst she knew that there had been some days had been a bit trying, things just felt… more in place today. Although she could not remember the full extent of what had happened this week, between her own keen mind, sharp perception, and Eyes of Truth, Impa did know that something had changed… that something that was once wrong was now right again.

    She only held onto shades of having forgotten the young Hero of Winds, but even so… she very much hoped that she would be able to see him again soon. The lad had not been about this morning and seemed to have ventured out well before then as well, so whilst the younger Link and Zelda had gone on to get some of breakfast ready for their little family, the Sheikah had taken to the roof to help with the daily ringing of the bell. After all, if the older Link was not presently at the inn, then someone had to carry on in his stead. And who knew… perhaps this bell would serve as a knell to signal his return to their home. Folding her arms and stepping closer towards the edge of the roof, Impa let out a slight sigh, her expression soon shifting into a smile as she got a good sense that she was no longer alone on the roof…

    Better yet… her new company were three friends of hers… three friends that she had missed… and if they were back… then surely a certain charge of hers was too…

    The Sheikah had known that the three fairies were up by the roof just before they moved to peek over the railing, but be that as it was, she did not glance to them until Ciela moved to fly towards her. That familiar yellow glint had never been so welcome, nor had the respect red and blue ones of Leaf and Neri as the the former tried to help convince the latter that they could fly on over to her. Smiling softly to the Spirit of Courage as she stopped in front of her, Impa nodded slightly at the first mention of her name. She had no trouble hearing the first quiet statement, but once Ciela shook herself back to her normal speech even with the uncharacteristic forced confidence, Impa simply held out her left hand for all three of the fairies.

    "Welcome back… Ciela, Leaf, Neri," stated Impa, her smile honest and steady. "It is good to see you three again."
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Aya Valentine on Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:22 pm

    It truly was a beautiful night for a walk. Beautiful and brimming with relief and happiness but also heavily tinted with sadness and barest traces of fear. She would never readily forget what had happened in that Castle. Truly, she didn't wish to forget it either. But she wouldn't hang to heavily upon it all, but she would remember those who had fallen with the labyrinth of a Castle. The vampiress was glad that she wouldn't have to take the trek home alone, she had a fair amount of company. And she felt more than lucky to have all four of them along with her. Admittedly , she intended to make some sort of conversation but nothing seemed right for it and what else could even be said?

    In the city, things were different, vastly so. Even she much like Link wanted to know if they were seen. If they existed amongst the fellow inhabitants of the Breach once again. Tiny movements other made, eye the nonverbal occasional greetings were enough for her. They were visible. A smile curled nearly infectiously about her face, her head tilted down to share elation with the Hero of the Winds. Success was sweet, victory felt even more so.

    Before too long, their home was in sight... their pace seemed to pick up just a bit more as they strode towards the cozy abode, both of them hoping that things would only continue on their current path of returning to normal... the Stock Pot Inn would truly be the final test of such for them, but the vampiress knew that the way they had weathered everything else the past few days, they could greet whatever met them here... no matter what it was.

    As Aya and Link neared the inn's front , they were greeted by the very welcome knell of its trademark bell. She looked skyward to see if she could determine just who was ringing it. Perhaps one of the members of the boy's 'family'? And if not them, perhaps another staff member? The lad seemed just as relieved over the ringing of the bell as he did confused... but hopefully... hopefully this bell was ringing in the return to a long overdue sense of normalcy for them.

    Watching as Link motioned for his fairies to go on up and check, Aya watched Leaf, Neri, and Ciela as they flew up to the roof. Smiling softly and glancing back to the boy at his mouthed word, the vampiress placed her hand on his shoulder, hoping to transfer some degree of comfort to him as she said, "Come on, Dear. We're finally home. And...I think you have people waiting for you." Her hand moved up to ruffle Link's hair and hat fondly. Crouching down she wrapped the boy in another embrace. Rising once more, she took his hand gently in hers, reaching out her free hand she grasped the knob and turned it carefully. No phasing through it, no coding mishaps. It was solid, she was solid as well. Pulling the door open, Aya ushered Link in slowly trying to get the poor lad out of the cold. Looking about the lobby she blinked slow, contented with the familiar surroundings. "There now, see? All safe and warm. How about we get you where you need to be? How does that sound?" The Draculina looked down at the Hyrulean boy and awaited patiently for his answer. She was in no hurry, she was more than willing to wait by his side.
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Wind Waker Link on Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:14 pm

    The fairies stared up at the Sheikah, not quite believing what they were seeing and hearing. They floated down a good few inches, completely forgetting to beat their wings to stay aloft.

    "You can see us?" asked Ciela, still staring then after two feet of dropping groundwards, she remembered her wings again. the Spirit of Courage gave them one big flap, the two and with a flutter, she angled forward, gently bumping into Impa's outstretched hand.

    "You can hear us?" Leaf asked, still in a moment of stupor and his and Neri's combined weight made them sank a lot quicker in the air. The blue fairy switched her gaze from Impa's face to Ciela, watching as her friend's soft fairy glow remained intact even when she drifted into Impa's fingertips. Not a finger fuzzy number to be seen. NOT ONE.

    "IMPA COULD TOUCH US!" shrieked Neri. With a cry, she lunged forward, snapped out of Leaf's grip and went straight into Impa's chest, right where the Eye of Sheikah was on the sage's clothes. She nuzzled against her affectionately, beating her wings fast as a hummingbird as if she wanted to bury herself right into the woman's chest. She was soon joined by Leaf, snuggling in. "Impaaaaaaaaa!" "It's real,. It's true." "Impaaaaaaaaa! Impa! Impa! Impaaaaaaa!" "You can really touch us and we you. Impa. Haaaauuu.....huuuu...."

    "Neri, you're making weird whining noises again," grumbled Ciela but even bossy little Ciela wasn't immune to the clinging actions. She rolled right into Impa's hand, contently resting there with her wings flattened down and face rubbing one or twice into the sage's palm.




    Link hugged Aya back, cheek against her shoulder and eyes closed. Brave, be brave, Link. There is nothing to fear about going home. There's people waiting. There IS! And they remember him. They fought all night just for this. For these memories. For their existence. As Aya pulled away, he opened his eyes, feeling a bit stronger, a bit warmer and also a lot more tired. He wanted to sleep. He wanted to curl up in front of Impa's fire with a blanket a sleep. Link held the vampiress' hand as she opened the door. He allowed himself to be ushered inside and he blinked around the room.

    Twelve hours ago, he was on the verge of an emotional breakdown where everything in the room phased through his hands, people walking to and from the recpetion blinking nary an eyelash at him as he stood and sat there watching them go. Now... he smiled up at Aya then tugged her hand, slowly making their way across the recpetion, his free hand outstretched and his fingertipes intact brushed the surface of his front desk, smile broadening.

    As they reached the bottom of the stairs and he stood and wonder if he fancied taking the elevator or the stairs, his eyes widened as the next test of the morning appeared in front of them: A tenant.

    All thoughts and feelings of exhaustion left his body, his hand tightened around Aya's and his brody froze up, tensed and alert. Link's mouth flapped open and closed. Should he call out? Can she see them? Can she hear them? Actually, what was she doing up so early in the morning? The moment of truth. Make or break.

    Chell, Good Morning.
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Chell on Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:52 pm

    What was Chell doing up?

    No, seriously, she'd like to know. Ever since she'd fallen into somewhat of a regular sleep schedule, Chell had quickly discovered she was an early riser, preferring to get started on her day when a good chunk of the world was still waking up. For her, it seemed to come naturally, and it simply made sense--sleeping in meant wasting hours in the day, something she was not at all inclined to do now that she had the freedom to do whatever she wanted. Admittedly though, six o' clock was about an hour too early even for her, and indeed, the former test subject hadn't exactly gone to bed at her usual hour last night. Something had caused her to collapse early the night before, something she had been focusing on so intently that it had drained her energy faster than a usual day of hiking and wandering the shops normally would have.

    That something had been cooking. The former test subject was not one for New Year's Resolutions in the least, but with the holidays over, and the first new year she could actively mark on the horizon, she had resolved to shoot for the more practical goal of teaching herself to cook. The food the Inn served up was more than good enough for her, as were the meals she had tried at a couple of other restaurants nearby, but being able to make her own food at any time was too useful a skill to learn for her to pass up. So, she had gathered up whatever recipes she could find and worked throughout most of the day, deciding to throw in the towel early once she decided she was too tired to do much else. Which, incidentally, was what caused her to wake up at this ungodly hour. After trying and failing to fall back asleep for what felt like ages, she simply thought, screw it. The Inn would be serving breakfast soon anyway. She was hopping straight out of bed and getting some food in her stomach before early morning hunger pangs drove her crazy.

    And she meant straight out of bed. The woman was currently hobbling down the halls of the Inn barefoot and still clad only in her pajamas--a red long sleeved shirt that was at least a size too big for her and fuzzy plaid bottoms, along with a bedhead to end all bedheads. Normally, she would have had the foresight to at least put her hair back, but she sincerely doubted there would be many people out and about at such an early hour--so she was undoubtedly surprised when she bumped into Link by the stairs. Chell came to a sudden stop, blinking sleepily. Normally, she wouldn't be so surprised to see the innkeeper of all people out wandering the Inn this bright and early, but there was something... different about him this time. He looked surprised, almost shocked to see her--and not only that, but there was a woman with him, one she was unfamiliar with. Their demeanors, from what she could glean in her half-awake state, puzzled her, enough to the point where she didn't immediately greet the boy like she normally would have. Maybe she had done something wrong... was it the pajamas?

    Well, whatever the case may be, Chell couldn't think of a time when she wasn't happy to see her fellow mute--even in situations where he was gaping at her like this. After a long moment of squinting uncertainly at the pair, the former test subject relaxed, smiling warmly in a way she reserved only for certain people and giving her friend a drowsy wave.

    Well, good morning yourself.
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Impa on Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:47 am

    Impa was the slightest bit amused that her greeting to the three fairies was enough to cause them to forget to use their wings for a couple of moments, but she still held both her smile and position steady. Considering the few shades of memories that she held from the previous day, their surprise and disbelief made perfect sense, and she did hope that the gesture of her outstretched hand would be enough to help show that yes, everything was back to normal now. At Ciela's stunned question and Leaf's own one that followed it up, Impa simply nodded and said, "Yes… I can."

    As Ciela's familiar, soft warmth came into contact with her fingertips, Impa could not help but smile just a touch more. This confirmed that her feeling was true… everything was as it should be once more. Her memories, like those of everyone else, had been fully restored… and more than that, the three fairies were no longer a mere presence to be felt… the same had to be true for Link, and that thought brightened the Sheikah's smile even more than Ciela's own action did.

    Before Impa could say anything else, Neri suddenly darted straight for her chest, nuzzling in against the Eye of the Sheikah on her armor. As Leaf bolted forward and joined her there, both of them voicing their happiness at being able to be seen and touched by her again, the Sage of Shadow just laughed very softly. Still smiling from that, she did not say anything else for the moment, but instead moved to gently cup the Spirits of Wisdom and Power with her right hand, carefully 'hugging' them to herself as Ciela nuzzled into the palm of her hand. Impa curled her fingers slightly to give the Spirit of Courage a better base, and she could not help but think of just what a great prelude to another, more full reunion this might be.

    A few moments later, as the fairies continued to nuzzle into her, Impa stated, "I missed all three of you… but I can promise that everything is all right now. ... ... ... I trust you helped take good care of Link whilst I was unable to?"
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Wind Waker Link on Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:10 pm

    Link stood stock still, temporarily forgetting how to function his mouth, how his lungs operate and how rude it was to simply stand and stare at his tenant with his mouth open.

    What was she doing up so early? That would be the first thing to cross his mind on a normal day. Chell was an early riser, they knew that but not this early. She was one of the first to arrive in the inn's restaurant for breakfast but she had never been the first. On a normal day, he'd wave cheerily then wave for her to go on ahead and have breakfast before it got cold. But it wasn't a normal day; it wasn't even a normal week! So he stared.

    And stared.

    And stared.

    Right, the staring was taking its toll and somewhere along the way he remembered how to breathe again only to promptly forget when Chell waved. She WAVED. She smiled and wa--

    Link turned his face up to Aya. Was she seeing this too? Was she? Chell could see them! Chell could see them!

    Then that means...that could only mean... the boy smiled up at the vampiress, hugging her quickly once in reassurance and happiness then let go of her hand.

    "Haha!" laughed Link as he close the distance between themselves and Chell. Not slowing down. He wouldn't dare. He can't slow down. If he need this. They need this. He need to know it now. NOW. It can't wait. He barrelled into his fellow mute, gasping aloud upon collision then with a cry that sounded like it can't decide which emotion to settle on, he buried his face into her stomach and wrapped his arms around her in a fierce hug.

    He could touch her! He could touch a tenant! He could intercat with people!

    "Ha...ngh," mumbled the boy, sniffing then breaking into jittering giggles that made his body shudder and shake. He rested his forehead against the fabric of Chell's pajamas. He could feel it. He could actually feel it against his cheek. And she waved. She waved and she smiled. CHELL WAVED AT THEM!

    "Haha..." Link chuckled then screwed his eyes shut and UP Chell went, awkwardly spun in a circle whilst in a hug. Once, twice, then brought her (still up in the air and all) over to Aya! Look! He could touch them! They could touch other people now! There was no fuzzy! No numbers! No data-thingies! They could see them, they could hear them, they could touch them, they could.... what else could they do?

    They could... they could... have breakfast! Lunch! Dinner! They could...

    Gently he set the former test subject back down, squeezing her in his hug one last time before he let go and stepped back. He was far too happy to look sheepish. It didn't matter if his actions confused Chell. He didn't even have time to think that right now. He'll remember later though and will send an explanatory note and apology to her. Right now, he can't stay still. He wanted to go on. He wanted to go upstairs RIGHT NOW.

    He wanted to have breakfast.... he wanted to have breakfast!

    He looked up at Aya again then Chell, head tilting to one side briefly. Oh why not? An uncontrollable bark of laughter left his throat and he tackled the test subject in another quick hug, a calmer one, thanking her wordlessly for the showing them such a lovely gift. He detached himself and with a smile still on his face, stepped back and waved for Chell to continue on her journey to find warm breakfast food.




    "Oh Nayru! Ocean King! Oh! Oh! OH! Impa is hugging me! I can't... I... IMPAAAAAAA!" squealed Nayru, momentarily indecisive about whether she should continue nuzzling Impa's chest of to turn around and nuzzle into her hand. Being small suddenly seem so confusing. She'd bet that human-sized wouldn't have these problems of deciding which to nuzzle into. But her mind made up soon after, choosing to continue to cling to the Eye of the Sheikah, and let Impa's fingers rest on her wings.

    Suddenly, being small seems so NOT confusing. It was great. She had all this warmth completely enclosing around her. She was a fairy, she could dodge arrows, enemy attacks, survive underwater and many more things. She was very close to un-hittable if she chose to be so she never thought much of protection for herself but here? Here with Impa after all that happened the past few days, after the wicked Castle and the moon and being held close to the Sheikah's heart like this? She felt protected. All was right. Nothing was wrong. She'd gladly sleep right here for months on end.

    "Neri! You're so loud!" snapped Ciela, finally rolling back upright but otherwise remained in the Sheikah's hand.

    "IMPAAAA! WE MISSED YOU! HOW MANY TV EPISODES DID I MISS WHILE WE WERE AWAY? Everything is all right. All right, yes? You remember us?" And trust Leaf to say something Leafy. "It's fine! I can just watch reruns!"

    "I'm dreaming! I'm not dreaming right? This isn't a dream! I can touch you! You remember us! Oh Impa, the most terrible thing happened. It was like a nightmare. And we can't cry. All we could do was scream but nobody heard us. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. IMPAA! IMPAAAA! I LOVE YOU!" continued Neri's tearless blubbering.

    I LOVE YOU TOO!" echoed Leaf, suddenly feeling that he must not miss out on the spotlight and that his very pride was challenged to one up Neri. Of course, two ticks later, he realised what he said and decided it was far too soft and cutesy for his image. Hurriedly, he tried to salvage his image of a cool, heroic, manly red fairy, "In a platonic way!" he added.

    Ciela turned aroung in Impa's hand then with a push of her wings, ghosted her way over Impa's wrist, following her arm up and landed on the sage's shoulder. Briefly, she contemplated if she should brush her head against Impa's cheek then squashed that feeling. Instead she bounced up, touched Impa's cheekly lightly and fell back to her shoulder just as quick. A peck. Yep.

    "We should go down. Link will be waiting. Please go downstairs, Impa. He'll need you."
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Chell on Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:50 pm

    Her waving, it seemed, had the right effect. Chell watched as the boy's face lit up, feeling an admittedly drowsy sort of curiosity as he hugged the woman next to him, and cocked a puzzled eyebrow. Well, it was definitely a relief to see he wasn't broken, but where was the excitement coming from? It was unusual for her to be up at this hour, sure, but it certainly wasn't a cause for celebration in her mind. Perhaps he needed to talk to her about something. Except...hey, why was he--

    Chell, under normal circumstances, wasn't one for physical affection. It was not a conscious decision, nor was it necessarily another way for her shield herself from others, although her natural wariness when it came to people definitely didn't help matters. No, when you got right down to it, she was just reserved, almost to a fault, and her inexperience with things like friendship meant that the idea that she could touch someone--whether it was a hug, a kiss on the cheek, or even a simple brush of the fingers--to show her appreciation for them never really occurred to her. Sure, she could communicate through touch when it was needed, or use it to comfort someone (and in many ways, it was easier than writing), but her general demeanor never exactly invited that sort of thing from others, even those she was close to. Which was why, when Link had initially charged at her, her first reaction had been goggle-eyed confusion, with maybe a smattering of anxiety to go along with it. He was moving far too fast for her to react, while she was far too bewildered, and when he had thrown his arms around her and cried out, the only thing she'd been able to manage was a sharp gasp.

    For a second, she couldn't move. It was hard for her to even register what was happening. She had never been... touched like this before. She had never been hugged before. Wide eyed, and slightly red in the face, she looked down at him, hands hovering indecisively in front of her. Was... was he alright? She could hear him giggling into her shirt, but she had also been able to make out a sniffle or two as well, and it didn't take an expert to know that that usually was not a good thing. Now wondering of something was genuinely wrong, the former test subject took in a shaky breath, letting her hands finally come to rest on his shoulders and giving them both a tentative squeeze--an action that held traces of both being comforting, and concerned. Maybe he'd tell her what was wrong if she got his attention.

    Her request had apparently fallen on deaf ears, however, because a second later her feet were being lifted off of the ground with another gasp, and she was being spun around, upper body wobbling dangerously as she tried to find her center of gravity. As far as "first hugs" went, this was definitely not a bad one to start off with, but it was a little harder to appreciate when she didn't know what she had done to earn it. She could feel herself being carried over to the other woman and glanced at her, mouth hanging slightly slack, wondering if she had any idea what was going on here.

    Had she... gone somewhere?

    Despite not receiving much of an answer to her silent question, Chell felt a touch relieved once her feet touched the ground, although she wasn't able to muster any response beyond staring in wide eyed astonishment at the pair. Now that she was able to get a good look at his face, Link... seemed happy enough. In fact, he seemed really happy, and at the back of her poor, sleep addled mind, she couldn't help but wonder if she had missed something important. None the less, his next hug to her didn't go entirely unreciprocated, as her hands found his shoulders again, giving them another slight, albeit confused squeeze. When he waved her on her way to breakfast, she was incapable of doing more than giving him a baffled nod in return, but as she moved somewhat dazedly back towards the restaurant, she found herself glad that there was apparently nothing too wrong with her friend.

    One thing was for sure... she was definitely awake now.
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Impa on Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:37 pm

    Impa simply laughed softly at Neri's relieved crying, inwardly rather glad that her returned gesture was apparently having an even better effect for the three fairies than she had anticipated. The poor things... the past few days must have been very trying for them, quite possibly as difficult as they had undoubtedly been for the Hero of Winds. They too had borne the brunt of being forgotten, but in addition to their own time of it, they had also had to help Link through it. Now more than ever though, the Sheikah had a very strong feeling that their impending reunion would do every single one of them a world of good. The three spirits were back, and that meant that Link himself had to have returned... now the only question that remained was just where they were going to be able to meet one another again.

    As the thoughts of their own little family catching each other again ran through her head, the fairies seemed to be starting to come back to themselves from their emotional reunion with the Sage of Shadow. Before Impa could answer the Spirit of Power on his questions about the television, Leaf seemed to answer himself, but she was still able to nod in response to him. "I missed you all as well… and yes. Everything is just fine."

    Impa's expression softened a touch at Neri's own words, and around both the Spirit of Wisdom's affectionate exclamation and the red fariy's echoing of it, she stated, "No Neri, I can promise you that it is not a dream. You are all fully back… the same as our memories are of you. Of all of you. You have nothing to be sorry for. If anything, I am sorry that I was not able to do more to combat the forces that sought to cause this event. The important thing though is that now, everything is as it once was."

    After Leaf decided to clarify his own sort of love, Impa just smiled to the three fairies, adding, "I love you all as well."

    Whilst Neri and Leaf seemed to settle a bit more, Ciela moved to follow Impa's arm up towards her shoulder. She only remained there for a moment though, right before she bounced up to very gently give the Sheikah what amounted to a quick peck on the cheek. As the Spirit of Courage retook her place on her shoulder, Impa's smile broadened a touch from the action, right before she glanced towards Ciela at her words. Nodding slightly, Impa noted, "I agree, and was just about to suggest doing so. I am glad that you three saw him back safely… I truly am. And I can promise you that as ever, I will be right there for him."

    At that, Impa moved to head back towards the staircase that connected the fourth floor to the roof. If she timed this just right along with the new sense she had picked up, the Hero of Winds would arrive at her room right before she did… and that would be just perfect for the both of them.
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Zelda/Sheik on Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:25 pm

    Whilst Impa had already got dressed in her usual outfit, both Zelda and Link were still in their trademark pajamas. It was still early morning after all, and it was not unusual at all for any of the Hyruleans (especially the kids) to stay in their nightwear for as long as they could before they had to set about their tasks at the inn. After all, they all wore supremely comfortable outfits, and the only thing better than still being cozy in the morning was the breakfast that they knew awaited them. Whether they made their own as they often did or had something downstairs in the dining area, breakfast was always a special meal for the Hyrulean family.

    This morning unlike most however, the disguised princess found herself rather concerned about an uncharacteristically empty chair at the table… and that empty chair had been preluded by a strange silence from the room directly underneath hers and Impa's. The future Link was not always right in there room around the daily ringing of the bell, but he did usually at least touch base with them around that task. There had been absolutely no sign of him this morning though, and as best as Zelda could tell… he had been gone since at least sometime yesterday evening…

    … just like a strange stretch of her own memories.

    Zelda had not been quite as aware of the strange happenings as Impa had, but both she and the Link from her time had still been rather sensitive to it, at least to the degree of sensing that something had been wrong. Therefore, once they realized part of what had happened and had caught up with the Sage of Shadow on the matter, it became painfully apparent that something had happened… something had happened to their memories, something had happened to the older Link, and he still was not back at the inn. Even with as disconcerting as that was though, Zelda felt something good about this morning, and that feeling of hers matched up very closely with Impa's. When Link agreed with them… the disguised princess was downright certain that the Hero of Winds was just fine, and that they would hopefully be able to see him soon.

    No matter when that time happened to come, she and Link had both agreed to not only start on the Hyruleans' breakfast whilst Impa took care of the bell, but to make sure to make enough food for four… they were going to save Link's place even if they had to reheat his food for him once he arrived.

    The toast, bacon, sausage, and pancakes had already been prepared, so things were very close to being set… now they just had to make the eggs. Zelda was just about to start up on those, but before she could even reach for the first egg to be cracked, she was hit by a sudden sense. Her ears perked up slightly and her red eyes widened as she was fairly certain she had been struck by a premonition… a premonition of very familiar footfall…

    "Link… did you hear that?" asked Zelda, turning and looking to her friend from where he was making sure the already prepared items were set on the plates at the table. That premonition had shifted to something in the present, and something fully audible… someone had just clambered up the stairs. Someone that they both knew very, very well…
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Link64 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:54 pm

    It might have been an early morning, but even with the odd sleep he had got last night, Link felt that today was going to be a good day. He couldn't quite put his finger on it, but when he had woken up a little while ago, the overall air of the morning just felt… strangely refreshing.

    Even so, it still felt as though something was missing… maybe that was just an effect of his slowly dawning realization the the past couple of days seemed to be a little hazy to him…

    Link might not have remembered what all had happened the past few days, but he did have a very strong feeling that something had been wrong. VERY wrong. His sense had not bee so strong that it was enough to cause him to worry excessively, but it was still there… and when he voiced his lingering concern to Impa and Zelda a little earlier that morning, he learned that he was not the only one to have had such a feeling. That did cause him a little bit of alarm, especially with the princess' own sensitivity to such things, and the Sheikah's particularly keen awareness, but in short order, that concern had been eased over with a newfound sense of relief. Impa had confirmed for all three of their sakes that everything was in face okay despite the sense that things had not been previously, but even so, another concern soon sprang up for the Hero of Time… namely the uncharacteristic absence of his older nametwin.

    Link was gone… and he seemed to have been missing since last night. But since everything was okay regardless of the feeling each of them had felt earlier, that meant that the older Link had to be too… right?

    Determined to stick to his own confidence and Impa's suggestion that the Hero of Winds was just out taking care of something that only he could, Link focused on making sure that everything was set to welcome his friend back home. Still clad in the green t-shirt and longer shorts that had become his trademark pajamas, Link was in the middle of helping Zelda out with making the Hyruleans' breakfast whilst Impa tended to the daily ringing of the bell. He heard it sound just a few minutes ago, so he knew that he and the disguised princess were right on track to finish everything up in time… and that meant making sure that all four plates were set to be full of delicious food.

    Link glanced over as Zelda seemed to start, the surprise clearly evident across her face regardless of the far that the loose neck of her nightshirt was down around her neck. He was just about to ask her if something was wrong, right before his own ears perked up at just catching the sound of boots hitting the fourth floor landing. Even with Tatl's sudden chime of her own, thank Farore for his Hylian hearing…

    "Yeah… I did," replied Link, nodding slowly as his eyes widened slightly. There was only one person that would be running up the stairs at this time of day… "Come on, let's go see if it's who we think it is."

    At that, Link moved to head towards the door of Impa's room, followed closely by the princess. As he neared the door, he felt a sudden knot take place in his stomach, but even so… it was more one out of anticipation than nerves. He glanced back at Zelda, and as soon as the two friends exchanged a nod, the young hero moved to open the door fully, peering outside curiously. The taller girl was right behind him, glancing just over and to the side of Link's head to see if their sense was right…
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Wind Waker Link on Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:15 pm

    Link watched Chell moved towards the restaurant, rather oblivious to the fact that he had confused her. It wouldn't be until much later - as in epic sleep and lie in later - that he would realise the fault of his actions and be sure to apologise and explain things properly to the former test subject. In the meantime though, he was content. So blissfully content.

    He gave Aya one last hug, mumbling something incoherent into her stomach which could be thanks, could be well wishes, could be words of care or many other things. He wasn't too sure himself what he wanted to say and even though he knew he can't say actual words, he made the noises nonetheless and nuzzled into the fabric of her shirt before he pulled back. With one last parting wave, Link said his goodbyes to Aya for the day - yes, the day because you wouldn't be seeing him anywhere but his bed for the next 24 hours if he could have it his way.

    Link took a deep breath and quietly wait for the elevator to arrive at the ground floor except... it wasn't arriving quick enough. The innkeeper cast a look at the stairs then back at the lit up floor number above the elevator doors. By the time his eyes flicked back to the stairs again, his mind was made up.

    He tried to keep it in. This excitement. This hope. But it was difficult. The first flight of stairs, he ascend at a run, muscles protesting and body aching from tiredness from emotionally, mentally and physically but he pushed on. His breath came out in puffs. Three more flights. Just three more. The image of a breakfast. A perfect breakfast, not the food. He could care very little about the food which was odd and even he himself thought that.

    The image in his head was Impa's table, the chairs around it, occupied. Laughter, talk, company, friends, warmth, family

    "Ha..." breathed the boy, his steps quickening. "Haha!" By the time he was on the third floor, he was sprinting. His feet weren't fast enough, they trip, they're clumsy and he had to reach out his hands, removing them from the handrail just so that he could use them to further push himself up the stairs. Faster! FASTER! FASTER!

    He was on the fourth floor, running top speed down the corridor giddy, excited and grinning the widest grin ever. Impa! Zelda! Link! Tatl! Breakfas--

    He skid to a halt that almost had him tripping over his own feet, three metres away from his destination. Why? The door had opened and out came not just the blond head of Link but that of Zelda followed by a waft of something insanely delicious smelling.

    Link stood there, chest heaving and breathing heavily from his race up to this point. Can they see him? Can they see him now? Can they?

    Can they?

    The Hero of Winds took a step forward, faltered and almost wanted to take the step back.

    Can they?

    He can't stand here and wait! He have to know!

    CAN THEY?

    Please let them see him. Please let them remember.

    He sucked in a breath, his vision beginning to blur but he didn't think it was from staring unblinking at his friends. He sniffed, straightening and trying to tell himself that he was strong, 12 years old and too old to be crying. "Aa..." he tried, taking another step forward. "Aa..."

    Suddenly he was running. He charged at Impa's open doorway, pouncing forward before neither of his friends could show a reaction and together, all three of them crashed to the ground.

    "AA!" he gasped both from surprise and pain. OCEAN KING THAT HURT! What did he hit? His nose on the younger Link's shoulder. Was his nose bleeding? He lifted his head up to check for blood then forgot all about it when his mind computed. It HURT. It hurt! He actually connected! He could touch them! Forget the nosebleed (which wasn't a nosebleed as much as a snotty running nose)!

    Link was back on the ground with his friends, arms around them both hugging them so tightly their shoulders smooshed together and there he buried his face. His voice hitched and choked as he cried but it wasn't painful. He was laughing. Loudly. HE LOVES YOU TWO!
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Impa on Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:11 pm

    It did not take long for Impa to return to the fourth floor from where she had been on the roof, and as she and the three fairies accompanying her silently made their way back into the familiar hallway, the smile that had been on the Sheikah's face for the past few minutes simply broadened. It seemed that she had had perfect timing after all…

    Not only had Link and Sheik opened the door to her room, the older Link himself had in fact arrived on the scene, having seemingly just clambered up the stairs and braked to a sudden stop as he saw his two friends standing there in the doorway.

    Their eyes wide, the three friends looked to each other, none of the trio seemingly knowing quite what to say here. The Hero of Time and disguised princess both appeared to be stunned, relieved, and happy to see that their friend had already returned safe and sound… and the Hero of Winds himself seemed to be caught in a mixture of disbelief, anxiety, and hope. The former two were undoubtedly just glad to see that the boy was back… and the future Link had to have been caught by the uncertainty regarding Link and Sheik's visual perception and memories…

    Here, there was only one way for the young hero to find out, after all… the Hyrulean way. To press forward.

    A deep breath, a welling up in the eyes, and two steps later, and the older Link bolted forward with a speed that would have made a Gerudo guard proud… right before tackling both Link and Zelda to the ground. That scene and the ensuing group hug brought out a true grin for the Sheikah, especially as she got to see each of her three charges' surprised and thrilled reactions. Earlier that morning she had wondered how things might play out once the Hero of Winds returned, but no matter which possible scenario had passed through her head, she had known that nothing could compare with actually getting to see it take place… and here, that had most definitely been outright proven.

    Still smiling broadly at the three young Hylians for a few more moments from her still unseen position, Impa soon nodded to Leaf, Neri, and Ciela before moving to stand just outside of her own doorway, looking down at where Link, Zelda, and Link were still tangled up on the floor. Only once she caught her own good chance around this happy reunion did she speak, her tone soft and her words true.

    "Welcome home, Link."
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Zelda/Sheik on Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:51 pm

    Zelda eagerly followed Link as he led the way towards her and Impa's door, soon nodding to him right before he opened the door for the two of them. As the young hero leaned forward to look out into the hallway, the disguised princess shifted her head a bit to the left to look out just over her friend's shoulder. Once they both looked towards the fourth floor landing, her own red eyes widened even more as she saw just who had run up the stairs. … She and the Hero of Time had been right.

    Link was back.

    Even though she was inwardly beyond thrilled to see that her best friend had returned safe and sound, just as he had frozen in disbelief at seeing the two of them, Sheik found that her voice had disappeared on her. She was just so glad to see him again that she didn't know what to say… and although she might not have been able to properly articulate a response to seeing him standing there, that did not stop the surprised and relieved grin that her features soon showed. More than that, the Link from her time seemed to be stuck in much the same predicament. Sheik tried to speak, but her voice caught in her throat before she could even say her friend's name… thankfully though, he seemed to break out of his own being stunned… and his ensuing action spoke more than loudly enough for all three of them.

    Sheik's ears perked up ever so slightly as the older Link took a quick breath, and she was just about to try to speak again when his eyes welled up. Before she could though, he took two steps that instantly turned into a sprint, and a second later, she found herself caught in possibly one of the best tackle-hugs she had ever been met with. "Aah!"

    The disguised princess finally found her voice again, right before her back found the floor. The younger Link's upper half hit the ground roughly beside her, but from about his lower ribs down had landed on top of her lower half, and both of them were caught underneath the form of the older Link. Sheik's red eyes widened in surprise as she fully realized that the three of them had wound up on the floor in something of a group hug, but that surprise was no match for just how ecstatic she was to see that yes, Link was here. He was back, he was safe, and he was hugging them. Even as he laughed in relief, even as his voice hitched around the interspersed cries… Link was back. Her friend's return and hug was all she needed to get her bearings back.

    "Link!" Sheik exclaimed, quickly moving to return his hug with an equally strong one of her own. She wasn't crying like her friend was, but her eyes were closed just about as tightly as his, and as the younger Link joined in the hug as well, she managed to add, "We missed you so much!"

    Sheik laughed a bit herself out of sheer relief and happiness as the three continued to hug for at least a minute more, but once a familiar voice spoke up, one that also welcomed the Hero of Winds back, her red eyes snapped open and she turned her smile upwards. That's right, Link… all THREE of them missed you… all that mattered though was that he was back.
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    Re: En daʃeʋu nobe̞ ʃo̞ndʊ

    Post by Link64 on Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:45 pm

    If Link's own blue eyes had already widened at hearing the familiar boots land on the floor outside in the hallway, then they managed to widen even more once he peered out the door and saw just who was there. His own surprised expression almost mirrored that of the one he was looking to… and even though he had been downright positive as to who he and Zelda had heard outside was, he was no less stunned or happy to confirm that he was correct.

    It was Link! He'd returned!

    Right now, he didn't know who was the most surprised out of the three of them! He was very excited to see the older Link here already, but even though he had hoped to catch him soon, now that his friend was back, he didn't know what to say. Even Sheik, who seemed to know what to say in almost any situation, didn't seem to know how to respond here. As for the Hero of Winds, he stood there panting from his quick sprint up the steps, just looking to the two of them as though he'd seen a Big Poe suddenly appear out of nowhere. Yes Link, they could see you… both Link and Sheik could see you. They remembered you… and they were unbelievably glad to see you again.

    Before Link could say anything to welcome his friend back, he blinked a bit at catching the hitching in the older boy's voice. He started to reach forward as the future Link stepped towards them, but instead of relocating his mysteriously missing voice on its own, a second later, he found it as well as three new things. "AH!"

    One, the breath had very quickly been knocked out of him. Two, there was a sudden twinge of pain in his right shoulder. And three, he had a very nice view of Impa's ceiling. Wait, what had happened?!

    In the time it took Link to process all of that, he realized just what had transpired in the briefest of moments. The older Link's steps had turned into a run that met both him and Sheik with a tackle-hug to end all tackle-hugs. His own upper back had landed on the floor right next to the disguised princess', but Link soon found that the rest of him was sandwiched in between her and the Hero of Winds. Blinking a bit out of surprise at this new entanglement, the Hero of Time looked to his older nametwin, soon realizing that the pain in his own shoulder must have been from his nose colliding with it. Before he could ask if his friend was okay though, the future Link caught both Sheik and Link himself back in a tight hug, and a moment alter, the young hero was hugging him back.

    "Link!" Link called a split-second after Sheik, feeling his own grin return so fully that it made his cheeks hurt. After the disguised princess voiced their shared missing of him, Link laughed slightly as he retightened the hug, noting, "It's great to see you again!"

    "Good morning to you too, Link," quipped Tatl, smiling imperceptibly in spite of herself as she fluttered a bit more into the doorway. She had managed to have the quick reflexes to avoid any impact from that pounce of a hug, but regardless, she was just glad to see that the Hero of Winds had returned home safely. She had missed him too, and hopefully, his three fairy friends were just a little ways behind him.

    The Hero of Time did not know how long the three of them had been on the floor in their group hug, but truthfully, he didn't really care. He was just enjoying it too much, and right when he thought this couldn't get any better, the voice of the Sage of Shadow came through. That's right… that was all that mattered now. Their memories were back... and Link was home.


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