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    Sudden Darkness

    Post by Zelda/Sheik on Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:47 pm

    Date: February 28, 2013
    Time: 11:53 pm

    Even though the Stock Pot Inn was always a very safe place, Zelda was definitely grateful for the enhanced security that she and Impa had been able to set into place late last year. Between her guardian's wards, carefully cast spells, and strategically placed crystals, they had been able to set up a very effective system that was not excessively elaborate. It was simple for the four Hyruleans to work with, but still devised such that not just anyone could figure it out. One of the very intriguing features of the system was the fact that it did not rely on electricity whatsoever... just the power of the spells and wards behind it.

    Tonight, that fact proved to be very, very useful, as the sudden blackout could have otherwise proved rather problematic given the late hour...

    One minute, everything was lit as was normal, but the next, the lights began to flicker erratically. Some of the electronics around the inn began to gltich, but for the most part, it was a complete and total blackout.

    ... what in the world was that?!

    Zelda had been just about ready to change into her pajamas for the night, but no sooner had she taken the cloth bandages off the top of her head than had the inn been struck by whatever had caused this city-wide blackout. The disguised princess had experienced a couple instances of the modern versions of blackouts, so this latest one did not catch her off guard too much... although the nature of its suddenness did give her a very strange feeling, one that Impa seemed to share...

    Normally, the Sheikah would have treated this blackout like any other... for those, she and her three charges simply rode it out around making sure the inn as a whole was okay. The security system might have been able to hold its own around such, but it was still important to make sure that no hazards or accidents sprang up around a blackout. Impa, Link, Zelda, and Link were always set to perform standard checks in such events, blackouts or otherwise, and given the time and feeling of this current one, it was definitely important that they each check on parts of the inn even more thoroughly than they usually did before regrouping. Each of them had their own areas to check, and as soon as those were clear, they were all set to meet in the basement to round off their investigations. The Hyrulean family's gameplan was go!

    Impa took to checking on the roof and fourth floor, using her own excellent night vision to navigate the top of the inn. The older Link took the third floor with a flashlight in tow, the younger Link did the same for the second floor, and Sheik made her way down to the first floor, holding her left fist up with a faint glow of light magic emanating from it to help light her path. She could see pretty well in the dark despite not being a Sheikah, but when additional light was needed for anything, casting a simple light or fire spell was definitely an ability she was grateful for.

    The lights had been out for a couple of minutes by this point, and as Sheik confirmed that the lobby was fine and moved across the hall of the first floor, she did not really see anyone. It seemed that most of the tenants on this floor were safe in their rooms or were out for the evening... that was normal, and definitely a good sign. Still... there was just something... off about this blackout, although the disguised princess couldn't quite put her finger on it.

    And now, it seemed that she was not the only one in the darkness of the first floor of the inn that felt her own curiosity rising...

    Making certain to keep her light spell such that it held a soft glow without being too bright, Sheik turned around, looking behind her, soon smiling a bit as she spotted the familiar form of one of her friends. Nodding to the former test subject, Sheik said, "Hey Chell... are you all right there?"
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    Re: Sudden Darkness

    Post by Chell on Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:08 pm

    Sheik wasn't the only one who had a bad feeling about this.

    Chell, for all intents and purposes, was not unfamiliar with blackouts. Though she had experienced her own versions of them in the past since starting her new life in the city, they were usually brief, and, once she had gotten over her initial startle and pieced together what was going on, never truly anything to get all that concerned about. There was always that moment of panic that accompanied being suddenly plunged into darkness, sure--after all, a sudden loss of vision during testing could easily be fatal if you weren't careful--but she lived in a city that drew it's life from electricity now, and power surges happened. It was never fun, but despite being a little sketchy on the details of how it all worked, she knew The Inn was always protected in the event of such a thing. The impressive, somewhat awe-inspiring security system her Hyrulean friends kept up insured that.

    So why did this blackout feel so different?

    Maybe it was because it had struck during the habitual nighttime reading session she'd recently adopted, effectively pulling her out of the story and slamming the door on her face faster than she had time to register what had happened. Maybe it was because it had, at this point, officially lasted longer than any blackout she could remember ever having experienced before. Or maybe, just maybe, it had something to do with the fact that, once she had managed to pull herself out of the partially defensive position she seemed to have frozen in, she had peered out her window and noted that the blackout seemed to be effecting the entire city.

    Whatever the reason, she decided she didn't like it at all, and very quickly set to work rummaging through her bag for her flashlight. After a few experimental flicks of the light, the former test subject slung the bag over her shoulder, and crept towards the door. Moving with the air of someone who was fully expecting something terrible to pop out at them any second now, she slowly opened it, sliding through the gap and shutting the door with a soft click. To her surprise, there was another light source in the hallway besides her flashlight--being held by a figure, none the less. Squinting her eyes in the dark, she quickly shut her flashlight off and peered at them...

    ...Aaaaand it was only Sheik. Chell let out a breath and allowed the tension to drain from her body, returning the boy's greeting with a nod. Of course it was Sheik. She wouldn't be surprised if he, along with the others, was just as curious about what was going on as she was. Pulling out her notepad, she approached her friend, using the soft light he seemed to be projecting as her writing aid. "Fine. Is everyone else okay?"
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    Re: Sudden Darkness

    Post by Zelda/Sheik on Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:01 am

    Sheik's ears had perked up at the first sound of movement from behind her, and she turned around right as Chell closed her door. The former test subject had appeared to be a bit on edge when she first entered the hallway, and given both her nature as well as the way that this blackout had occurred, that made perfect sense. At least once she had realized that it was just her in the hallway she had relaxed some… although she too seemed to have felt that this particular blackout was… different. The disguised princess still could not tell quite what it was, but it was definitely something. It was… almost ominous… unsettling… more than anything though, it was just… overbearing. She as well as both of the Links and Impa had seemed to feel that much. Hopefully it was nothing, but when any of them had such a sense… that was very rarely the case.

    Part of her wondered if their upcoming meeting down in the basement would yield anything outside of what they had already picked up before they had each set out to check the inn… whether it did or not though, at least they had all been on the exact same page as the blackout had struck. Hopefully, it would not last too long… she had a feeling it wouldn't, but she was still prepared to contend with this for as long as she had to.

    In the meantime, Sheik glanced to Chell as the former test subject neared her, soon catching that she had pulled out her notepad in order to better respond. The disguised princess adjusted the angle that she was holding her left hand as well as the light spell at so that her friend could see better to write. She waited a few moments as she penned her newest message, soon reading it before glancing back up to the woman. She was glad to confirm that the former test subject was okay… now hopefully the strange feeling would be too… at some point, at least.

    "Yes, they seem to be," replied Shiek, nodding once more to Chell, this time a bit more strongly. "Impa, Link, Link, and I were just checking the inn to make sure of that."

    The disguised princess paused for a couple of moments, inwardly debating whether or not to ask the former test subject if she too had felt anything strange. Deciding to use slightly different phrasing for the moment, Sheik soon inquired, "Chell, when the power went out… did you happen to notice anything… odd?"
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    Re: Sudden Darkness

    Post by Chell on Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:39 pm

    There was a sense of obvious relief surrounding Chell when Sheik confirmed that the others were indeed okay--she had figured as much, but it was still good to know that thus far, there didn't seem to be anything sinister coming out as a result of the blackout. Hopefully. The trouble with Portal Breach was that sometimes, it was hard to tell. For now though, it was probably best that she keep her head on and focus on what she knew for sure was actually there, rather than the sinking, paranoid possibilities currently dwelling in the back of her mind. Besides, her companions were strong--they had been up against more than she had here. If anything did happen, she was sure they could take care of themselves, along with the rest of the residents.

    Evidently though, she was not the only one who had... concerns about the nature of this thing. The former test subject gave Sheik a quick look of surprise before glancing away at his question, drumming her fingers against her notepad thoughtfully. Was there anything odd about this? By all logic, there was nothing that said this wasn't just a normal blackout, albeit a large one. So why did she still feel so uneasy? It would be so simple to just convince herself that nothing was amiss and return to bed, but her friend experiencing the same thing concerned her more than if it had simply been her own paranoia setting in. After all, Sheik was innately intuitive, probably moreso than she was. If he had worries, then maybe there was something more to this than she thought.

    Finally, after a long pause, Chell began to write again, inwardly grateful that her friend's light kept her handwriting from being too unintelligible. "Other than the whole city being blacked out? Beats me." She glanced to the side again as she presented her text, mouth pressed into a thin, serious line. It was times like these she had more knowledge about these sorts of things, other than her own personal experiences. "Something feels... off, though. I don't like it."
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    Re: Sudden Darkness

    Post by Zelda/Sheik on Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:02 pm

    Sheik narrowed her red gaze in thought slightly at the first message Chell showed to her, pondering just what a blackout could mean. Isolated or regional instances did happen from time to time, but for something to hit the entire capital city on such a scale and all at once? Either there had been an immense problem at the main power source, or there was something else afoot here. Just like Impa, the disguised princess wanted to think it was nothing, but she knew far too well by now to listen to what her instincts told her.

    She had not had any dreams regarding a complete blackout lately, so perhaps this really was just nothing… but still, she could not simply shake away the feeling that something else was going on. If nothing else, aside from staying alert and looking to whatever was discussed at her upcoming meeting with Impa, Link, and Link, Sheik was set to be extra vigilant to see if she had any dreams the next few nights that gave her any clues or signs to be on the lookout for. It might have been a step further than was necessary, but the disguised princess felt that given the way things could be on the Breach, it certainly could not hurt.

    Before Sheik could say anything else, Chell quickly penned another message, soon presenting it to her under the soft glow of her light spell. The disguised princess read the text, finding herself a little surprised that the former test subject also seemed to feel that something was off regarding the blackout. Its widespread nature was certainly a cause for concern, and even then, the strange sensation that they seemed to be picking up from it was even more of one. Sometimes it could be a little disconcerting or even frustrating to not be able to pinpoint exactly why something felt off, but even so, it was always important to stick true to ones gut instinct… even if nothing came of it, it was better to be prepared no matter what.

    "Yeah, it does… that's what the four of us felt too," stated Sheik, glancing back up to Chell. "I don't like it either. I really don't like to say it, but whenever I have had a feeling like this before, it's almost always been the prelude to something else taking place. I… I don't know what this one could be, though…"
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    Re: Sudden Darkness

    Post by Chell on Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:27 pm

    If Sheik's reaction to her first message was any indication, then it was indeed true that it was unusual for the entire city to go completely dark in instances like this. It could easily have been just a fluke--perhaps a simple temporary technical anomaly--but given how her friend seemed to be feeling, there was a decent chance there was more to it than that. The former test subject frowned, eyes narrowing even further. The lights still hadn't come back on yet...

    At the boy's response to her last section of text, she glanced up, meeting his own troubled gaze with her own. So the other Hyruleans felt it too... that was something of both a comfort and even more cause for worry, as far as Chell was concerned. It was frustrating, incredibly so, to feel something was wrong but unable to pinpoint exactly what. She was used to solving things, and solving them quickly if the situation called for it. Now though, it was like a test without an solution--and although she mentally chided herself for immediately jumping to the comparison, it was true. She was also aware of the boy's tendency to pick up on trouble before anyone else did, and despite still working out how exactly he did it, she firmly trusted his judgment. Sheik was not the type to make such predictions at the first signs of nervousness.

    The woman let out a faint sigh, expression softening at her friend's own uncertainty. It was times like these she was reminded of just how young he was in comparison to her--though she could only assume on the latter. She had never dealt with children before, and given the overall maturity of Impa's three charges, it was easy to forget that she was quite possibly the eldest among them, with the exception of the Sheikah herself, of course. Comforting the boy was something she really couldn't do here without blatantly lying, but maybe she could help in her own way, even if it was just giving him something of a hope spot...

    "I'm sure we'll figure it out." She eventually wrote, trying her best not to let on that she wasn't used to giving verbal reassurance in the least. "There's a decent chance it's something minor. But in case it's not... I think it's best if all of us keep our eyes and ears peeled for a while." And after all, on Portal Breach? That was pretty much a given even on a normal day.
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    Re: Sudden Darkness

    Post by Zelda/Sheik on Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:28 pm

    A total blackout in Portal City was not exactly unheard of, but given the way that power seemed to work in it, it was a rare occurrence… and even if she did not have an odd feeling about this instance, the disguised princess would have likely still been on guard once the power went out. Unlike many children of varying ages, Sheik had never really been afraid of the dark… in a world such as Hyrule where artificial light was not nearly as widespread as it was on the Breach, children often got used to the dark early on, most often out of necessity more than anything else, but fears of the dark could still occur of course, and some even persisted. Sheik as well as Link and Link however had been spared of that fear, even before they reached their current ages… and regardless of their adventuresome nature, that simple aspect of their constitutions had turned out to be far more helpful than any of the three of them could have possibly predicted.

    For Sheik herself, that lack of fear had proven helpful for her many times over the years, not only when she was growing up but also for facing the literal darkness that struck the night that Ganondorf attacked the castle. More than that, once she had started her Sheikah training with Impa, the bravery she showed towards the dark gave her just one more advantage in learning the ways of the shadow folk. Darkness and shadows were not the same thing of course, but in being able to learn how to work even more efficiently in the dark, the disguised princess had only boosted her own skills, both in magic as well as for Sheikah techniques. She was not as adept in the dark as Impa was, but even without the light spell that she was currently holding, she was still very capable in it. Whether it was just this isolated incident tonight or anything yet to come, the disguised princess was ready to test herself and stand her ground. No matter what was happening this time, she was not about to treat it any differently.

    Sheik caught Chell's own troubled look as the two confirmed that they both felt that something was off in this blackout, thinking that even though the former test subject was not as attuned to foreboding events as she, Impa, Link, and Link were, the fact that she was particularly struck by this blackout was something of a cause for added concern. The woman definitely knew how to follow her intuition, and that was just one of the things that the disguised princess truly admired and respected about her. Some of that trait seemed to have been honed in previous experience, but so much more just felt… natural for Chell, much like her own affinity for new magic, Impa's keen perception, the younger Link's readiness to stand his ground, and the older Link always being prepared to run into whatever challenge he was met with. These were just aspects of themselves that helped define them, and holding true to them could undoubtedly help see them through anything.

    After a long pause, Chell penned another message, and at catching her first line of text, Sheik simply smiled softly. The disguised princess might not have been able to tell what her strange feeling about all of this meant, but at the very least, she did know that somehow, someway, they would be able to figure out what was happening. Whether it was a simple blackout or something far more sinister, they would most certainly figure it out. Nodding to Chell as she moved to write a second message, Sheik stated, "Yeah… we will. Somehow or another, we will."

    As she read over Chell's second message, Sheik nodded slightly before glancing back to the former test subject, adding, "I agree. Whether it is minor or not, it's a good idea for all of us to stay alert and ready for anything that might be amiss." Given the differences in their own species, the disguised princess did grin just a touch at the mention of keeping their ears peeled… for the three Hylian children as well as her Sheikah guardian, that definitely was not going going to be a problem.

    Sheik very nearly said something else after a couple of moments, but right then, the lights in the hallway of the first floor slowly began to return to their normal level of brightness for this time of night. Her pointed ears perking up just a touch, and it seemed that all of the other electrical devices nearby had returned to proper working order as well, or at least as close as they could achieve to that considering the way that the power had just ceased. The disguised princess glanced about a couple of moments to confirm that the lights were in fact going to stay on, and shortly after doing so, she smiled up at Chell, letting her own light spell fade and her right hand fall back to her side. At least that had been resolved relatively quickly… now if only the same could be said for this lingering feeling…

    "I suppose we could take the power returning as a good sign… and our own meeting around it as well," said Sheik, managing to smile a bit more broadly to her friend.
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    Re: Sudden Darkness

    Post by Chell on Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:23 am

    Despite Chell's own uncertainty in regards to how to reassure her friend, her attempt seemed to have worked.. Sheik was smiling again. The woman felt a touch of relief at that, although she didn't show any outward sign of it, and gave him a quirk of a smile of her own--brief, warm, and entirely genuine. She had meant what she said, about them figuring it out. Though she may have only heard stories and explanations from the group themselves, she knew her friends had been through a lot on the Breach, possibly even more so than she knew. They had survived countless battles, and certainly more than one crisis, and if anyone could figure out what was going on, it was probably them. It went against Chell's every gut instinct to have faith in people, but she knew by now that when it came to this group, the suspicion and hair-trigger paranoia she held so near and dear to her heart once didn't quite apply. They were her friends... she accepted them as her friends now, and she trusted them. No matter how terrifying the thought may have been at times.

    Sheik's amusement regarding keeping her ears peeled had admittedly sailed right over Chell's head, but the overall sentiment of what he'd said didn't. The former test subject nodded solemnly at this, thankful that the two of them seemed to be on the same page--and subsequently, the others. With the five of them staying extra vigilant, that was at least one measure taken against whatever may have possibly been troubling them, although how much good it would do in the end if there was a threat, she couldn't say. It was still better than nothing though, and quite frankly, it was all they could do for now while the potential threat was still merely that... potential. Almost as if to reaffirm that a second later, the lights began to flicker back on, gradually illuminating the previous darkness of the hallway one by one. The former test subject couldn't help but let out a sigh as her vision slowly started to return to normal, knowing that whether or not there was something to be afraid of as a result of this, at least they'd be able to take it down with the lights on now.

    Stifling a drowsy yawn, she turned her attention back to Sheik, returning his grin with a light smirk. Well, it seemed that, for the night at least, this little mystery of theirs was probably over. And thank goodness for that, because she really wanted to at least try and sleep. Whether or not she'd actually manage was still up in the air, at this point. Balancing her notepad on her elbow, she started to write again, already finding it much easier to do so with the added light. "You could say that. I'm just glad that we're all in agreement." Once that was presented, she added on another line--not trying to push the boy away, but also not wanting to keep him tied to the hallway for longer than was necessary. "Is there anything else you'd like to talk about?"
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    Re: Sudden Darkness

    Post by Zelda/Sheik on Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:05 am

    Even though she would have been all right even without the lights on for quite some time longer, Sheik was very happy and relieved that the power had already been restored. If she had to guess, it felt as though about five minutes had passed since the blackout had first struck… and whether the power had been restored to the entire city just yet or not, she was pleased that the inn was already back to itself. Her heightened sense of hearing caught certain electrical and mechanical sounds starting up again, confirming that everything was already back in working order, or at the very least would be again very soon. Hopefully, that would bode well for the rest of the night… whether it did or not though, she did have the meeting with Impa, Link, and Link to look forward to.

    Still, even though she was feeling a little better now that the power had been restored, the disguised princess could not shake the uneasy feeling she had got not five minutes ago… and given the way that this one was lingering for her, she was fairly certain that the others in her little family might still feel it too…

    No matter what happened though, Sheik knew very well that they could stand against it. Whether it was just a simple power outage or the heralding of something new to strike the Breach, they had all stood their ground before, and they would always do so. Now more than ever, after the disconcerting events at the start of the year, she was fully prepared to do so.

    As Chell let out a sigh, Sheik glanced up to her smiling a bit as they both let their eyes adjust to the newly re-brightened hallway, and as it seemed that her friend's tiredness was starting to show though. As the two then exchanged a smirk and a grin, the disguised princess soon nodded at there former test subject's next presented statement. "Yeah, so am I… it will definitely help just in case if something does come of this."

    Waiting patiently as Chell wrote her next question, Sheik soon read it before glancing back to her friend, shaking her head slightly as she said, "No, not unless if you have anything else on your mind. I was just checking the first floor before meeting up with the others… Impa, Link, and Link all checked the fourth, third, and second floors, and now we're going to rendezvous in the basement to update each other. It should not be too much, though… anyways… I hope you sleep well tonight, Chell."
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    Re: Sudden Darkness

    Post by Chell on Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:14 pm

    With the lights now on, and things seeming more or less okay, Chell was indeed starting to feel a tad drowsy. She had been just on the edge of finishing up her book for the night when the outage had occurred, and was normally at least on the cusp of sleep by this hour. Her mind was still racing, but she doubted she'd accomplish much by staying up all night--not to mention she knew she'd be chiding herself for her paranoia in the morning if it turned out this was just a normal blackout. Going to bed, in this case, was the best course of option. The former test subject returned Sheik's nod regarding his first statement, sagely, noting with a touch of amusement that it was rare for her to actually see his smile, given that he usually had his head-bandages on and the loose neck of his tunic pulled up. She had never pried into why he normally wore them, since he had the respect and courtesy not do anything that might invade her privacy, but given the boy's confidence and overall cheery demeanor? She decided this look suited him well.

    And with that, it seemed there wasn't much more to say, and it sounded like her friend had a meeting to attend to. Chell was admittedly curious about what they might talk about, but frankly, she assumed it wouldn't be any different than what she had just discussed with Sheik, and if she knew her friends at all, she had no doubt one of them would tell her if they had found anything interesting in the morning. Turning her attention back to her notepad, she quickly scribbled up a new message, stifling a yawn as she did so. "I'm good--I just hope I haven't kept you from your meeting. Be sure to let me know if anything comes of it." Unable to resist another wry smile, she added on one more line, and gave him a little wave farewell once it had been presented to him. "Goodnight, Sheik."

    With that out of the way, Chell very quietly slipped back into her room, letting out another sigh once the door had been firmly shut. No matter what she told herself, no matter how much logic she applied to the situation, that deep, eerie sense of foreboding still refused to leave her alone. If her friend's suspicions were correct--if this was a prelude to something bigger, to something that could threaten their livelihoods as a whole--then she knew she needed to be ready this time. She wasn't the strongest, nor the most powerful being in this world, faaaar from it, but she had survived a lot in her time, and she was now determined to get through whatever this world threw at her, now or in the distant future. This was her home, now, what she had crawled out of the depths of Aperture for, and she wanted to defend it with all her might--no matter what the cost may be. Cautiously, she padded over to her living room window, peeking through the curtains at the glimmering lights of the city beyond, almost like she was making sure it was still there.

    After a few minutes of standing there, seemingly frozen to the spot, she finally drew the curtains shut and slunk back to her room, whatever curiosities she may have had apparently satisfied for the time being.
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    Re: Sudden Darkness

    Post by Zelda/Sheik on Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:36 pm

    Whilst Sheik would occasionally lower the cloth that she often kept up over the lower part of her face, she was indeed very rarely seen without the cloth bandages that she wore on her head. Much like both of the Links and their trademark green hats, they were effectively a part of her identity. They did not define her of course, but she did rather like to wear them. If she had known that Chell thought that this look suited her well, she would have definitely been grinning rather broadly.

    "No, not at all," replied Sheik, shaking her head once more and smiling to Chell to reassure her. "We each still need to work our way down to it, and now that the lights are back on, we've got plenty of time to meet. I'll definitely let you know if we figure anything else out."

    Returning the former test subject's wry smile with a soft one of her own, Sheik waved back to her after having read her latest message. "Goodnight, Chell. Sleep well."

    As her friend returned to her room, Sheik glanced about the first floor hallway, deciding to continue on to the end to double check everything before moving back towards the basement. Everything seemed to be all right now, but for some strange reason, the disguised princess could not shake the feeling that something else still felt off. Hopefully, that would fade with the upcoming meeting with her family. Hopefully…

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