Vaati merely let his friends chase each other as he deeply stared into the embers of the flame before him.
It was then that something black flashed through his eyes. He blinked to confirm if he was only seeing things. Half-expecting that it was just his imagination, he just shrugged it off.
Vaati lifted his head to see the hero. The hero quickly passed by him and dashed inside the tent, where he supposedly saw that 'something black' that just passed by.
"DARK!!! NEED I REMIND YOU THAT NOT ALL CHUCHUS ARE…"
"OH, GOD!!! A BLACK CHUCHU!!! IT'S SO FRIGGIN ADORABLE THAT I JUST WANT TO…"
'Oh dear…' thought the Hylian-Minish.
"OH, GOD! IT'S WRIGGLING IN MY HANDS! OH, LOOK AT THOSE EYES! AH, GOD!!!"
After Dark said those words while rummaging around in their tent, Vaati could swear that he heard a chomping sound, and…
"Don't say I didn't warn you…"
"I was hoping for a blackberry-flavored chu but…"
"What does it taste like?"
"GUWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! TASTES LIKE ONE-YEAR-OLD GREASE!!! CAR GASOLINE!!! MOTORBIKE DIESEL!!! MIDNIGHT OIL!!!"
Hearing his friends' silly conversation, Vaati giggled. He looked at the tent which seemed to be finally undisturbed after the wild goose chase of the two. He looked back at the bonfire, feeling its warmth in the cold night.
Just then, the long-haired boy felt something by his legs. "H-Huh?"
When he looked down, he saw the injured chuchu jelly, scurrying for its life away from the clutches of the Links, especially the shadow.
"WAAAATEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRR!!!" shouted the shadow as he darted out of the tent and practically submerged his whole head in the nearby spring.
"AAAAHHHHH!!!" Dark let out some gasps for air as he withdrew his head from the spring.
"Feel better?" Link said, by this time, beside his shadow.
Instead of answering his owner's question, he dunked his head into the water again.
"Tsss…" Link merely smiled at this and patted Dark's back. The shadow resembled that of an ostrich hiding its head in land… although, this time the "ostrich" was dunking his head in water! "If you don't mind, I'll just be accompanying Vaati over there."
As Dark waved his hand, signaling to Link that it was okay, the hero approached Vaati and sat down on one of the three logs as he did before.
"Hey." He called out to the Minish, but the boy didn't seem to hear him.
The Minish seemed to be so engrossed in the fury of the flames that he was drawn to it. He stared at the flames so intently, as if studying its every flicker…
"HEY!!!" the Hylian-Minish jumped on his seat as he felt a hand on his shoulder. It was the hero.
"I… I…" Vaati tightened his grip on his cucco and buried his face in it. Later, the hero heard sobs…
"H-Hey! I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to frighten you! Hey, come on!" Link said, sitting beside the crying boy.
"What did you do this time?" Dark said, smirking at the hero as he tried to dry his hair and ears with a towel.
"I… I think I surprised him…"
"Teh. Really now. Hey, come on, Vaati. It's alright. As disgustingly scary and revolting as my light self is, you need not be scared for I am here."
Link glared at his shadow.
"…And he's completely harmless. I gave him an anti-rabies vaccine before and…"
"THAT would be enough." Link said, raising a brow, obviously pissed off yet again.
"Teeheehee… OOOO-HOHOHOHOHOHOHOOOOOO~!" Dark began laughing in triumph, his hand in such a position as one would whisper to his side, while his arm supported his other bent arm with the said hand.
Vaati raised his head up and tried to look at the other two. "I-It's not that, guys…"
"Sshhhh!" Link signaled his shadow. Dark immediately stopped, gave out a serious face and sat beside Vaati as well.
Now that the two Links were beside Vaati, the Minish felt a bit more comfortable somehow. The two remained silent, waiting for Vaati's explanation.
"I-It's nothing, really…" Vaati said, wiping his tears with Robin and his sleeves.
"It's 'nothing'?" Dark repeated sarcastically. "You say suddenly bursting out in tears is 'nothing'?"
"Come on, Vaati… surely you cried because of something." Link comforted him.
"W-Well… I…" Vaati eyes widened and pointed to the woods. "What in heaven's name is that?!"
Link hurriedly turned his head and tried to see what Vaati saw. Without hesitating, he walked cautiously to the nearby trees. The two can still see him, for he never really went inside the cluster of trees. He tried peering through the thick trees…
As Link left, Vaati slowly tiptoed his way to the tent.
"HOLD it right there." Dark said as he grabbed Vaati's wrist tightly.
"Nnhhh… Dark! Let go!"
"Trying to ditch us, eh?" smirked the black-haired youth.
Dark's eyes pierced Vaati's. The Minish was left staring into the shadow hero's eyes, as if in a trance.
"Tell me. Tell me everything."
Just then, Dark's head began to hurt and he knelt on the ground, with his palms to his temples. He screamed in pain and caught Link's attention. Vaati was so stunned that he did not know what to do. He just stood there.
"Dark, what's wrong?" Link asked worriedly.
"Nnnhhh… someone's… messing with my mind…" Dark looked at Vaati. "Vaati… your… your shadow… knows me, after all… as this form of 'Dark'…"
"H-Huh?" Vaati wondered.
"Only shadows who know me can interact with me like this… he must've known about my alternate form after that fight…"
"What's it doing to you?" Link said.
Dark stood up, feeling a bit better. He stared directly into Vaati's eyes… but his time, it was not as threatening, although his piercing crimson eyes always looked fierce.
"I'm sorry, man… I… I mean… I think your shadow tried to protect you from me." Dark said, settling on the middle log.
The three settled on the middle log with Vaati in between the two. The winds gently danced for them as the moon gave them more illumination in their camp out.
"I guess it's only fair that I give my share of the story, huh?" the Minish clutched his plush cucco once more.
"Yes please." Link said, putting an arm around Vaati's shoulders.
"Please do." Dark added, also putting his arm around Vaati's shoulders.
And Vaati did narrate his story…
"Aww, I think it's a baby boy!"
"Look, he's got your nose, honey!"
There, sitting on the bed was a Minish couple. They were holding a baby wrapped in the scraps of soft cloth that Hylians throw away after cutting it into something to be used for clothing and such.
"Oh look, he's opening his eyes!" said the mother, smiling.
"Ruby… they're a beautiful shade of ruby." said the father, adoring his little boy's smiling eyes.
"Gooooo…" the little Minish baby tried to grasp his father's nose.
"Aww…" was what the couple could only say. They decided to assume their roles as soon as possible; the father as the breadwinner of the family and the mother as the light to guide her little baby boy as he grows up. The days passed by…
The mother put her baby in the cradle, gently singing her lullabies to him. There was a crib mobile that showed different animals which befriended them, not to mention the plants that they use for their everyday lives. There were objects that resembled a little bluebird, a dog, a flower, and a four leaf clover.
"Ili ili tulog anay Wala diri i mong nanay Kadto tienda bakal papay Ili ili tulog anay…"
After singing her lullaby to him, the little Minish soon fell asleep peacefully with a smile on his face.
It was then that the father returned from his job and brought home a little present for his little boy. It was a plush cucco. He put the plush toy beside his son and almost immediately, the little baby hugged it in his sleep.
The couple smiled at this.
The father chuckled. "After all, he needs something to hug in his sleep."
"Waitwaitwait…" Dark interrupted. "A little plush cucco?"
"I… I see…" Link said, realizing that there might be more to Vaati's fondness in certain things.
'After all, he needs something to hug in his sleep.' It ringed once more in Vaati's mind. He remembered that the hero once said something similar to his father's line.
"Please continue." Dark said with a straight face.
The little baby Vaati grew up and soon was old enough to be taken to work with his father, not that the little boy was going to work just yet. His father just wanted him to come along to the workshop so that he won't miss him so much. He was only six years old back then. He wore something that every Minish wore, except that it's indigo to suit his tastes.
"Daddy, daddy, where are we going?"
"To work, Vaati."
"Because we have to work to live."
"Because working hard for what you live for makes you happy."
After a long walk, they arrived at a little workshop in a secluded part in the Minish Woods. It was considerably far from where they lived, the Minish Village. Upon arriving at its entrance, they went inside of it.
"Daddy, what is this place?" Vaati said, his eyes flitting at everything in sight.
"It's a magic workshop, Vaati."
They looked around. It indeed was evident that it was a magic workshop. There were potions aligned in several shelves covered by glass and to the other shelves were thick books. You would expect these books to be covered in dust, but they're all perfectly clean. It seems that the owner always read these books.
"And how is my young apprentice today?"
Both of them turned to the direction of the voice.
"Very fine, Master." His father smiled.
Vaati hid behind his father, nervous of whoever it may be. He saw before him an elderly sage in green robes, his hair turning almost blackish gray. He had thick eyebrows and had eyes which were very piercing. The young boy was very afraid until he saw what the elder was holding…
… a cane. With a bird-shaped décor on its upper tip to top it all off.
He rushed over to the elder, trying to get a good glimpse of the decoration on the cane. He jumped up and down just to look at it, for he was very short; even the cane was taller than him!
"And who might this little kid be?" the elder said, quite curious.
"That would be my son, Master."
"So he's the little rascal that you were always talking about…"
The elder looked at the young boy and smiled. He lowered the little bird décor to let Vaati grasp it. As Vaati grasped it, he petted it as if it were a true bird.
'If only there were birds as small as these…' Vaati thought.
"Well, Master? Shall we begin?" the father said.
"You stay here and be a good boy, okay, Vaati?"
The two men went inside the secluded room, its doorway covered by only a big strip of cloth.
'Now what do I do…?'
Not knowing what to do until he waits for his father, he looked around the library. He decided to find some storybooks that his mother always read to him before going to bed.
'Aww, why do these books have to be so big?' thought the little Minish.
He looked at the potions that lay in the shelves across from where he stood. This time, he got curious and went closer.
The potions were in vials of different sizes; and they were multi-colored at that. There were pink potions, lavender potions, green, blue, red, violet… black. So many attractive sparkly colors that were before the little Minish.
"So many… what are these?" Vaati thought aloud. His eyes shifted as he opened the case. When he found a particular heart-shaped bottle with a transparent pink liquid in it, his eyes sparkled.
"Now I know what to give Mommy back at home!"
He took the potion and hid it in his pocket. He decided to shuffle the cabinet a bit more…
"I wonder what this tastes like…"
He grabbed a bottle with a long neck. It had dark red liquid in it. He then opened the bottle and drank directly through its mouth. He lay down on the floor as he continued drinking the potion; but as he drank it, he felt funny. He also felt like blushing as he drank all of its contents!
"And that, my boy, is how I was such a ladies' man back then!" the voice of the elder could be heard.
"B-But… why did you stay single?" the young man replied.
"… Just because you have a beautiful wife and a charming kid does NOT give you the authority to speak like that."
After that, a loud bonk could be heard.
The two men went out of the room, the younger of the men rubbing his noggin, and were shocked at what the library looked like…
…it was a complete and total mess. There were potions on the floor with some bottles broken. Some bottles were merely emptied out with some traces that show they had been drunk by someone.
"D-Daddy… -hic!-" the little boy called out, lying on the floor, holding a long-necked bottle in his tiny hand.
"Vaati! What happened here? Are you alright?" The father rushed to his son as the elder calmly followed.
"You –hic!- should try this –hic!- Daddy… it tastes -hic!- goooooood…" Vaati blushed as his father picked him up.
"Oh dear goddesses, no…" the sage gave himself a face palm.
"It's… liquor? Isn't this what we always drink after long hours of work, Master?"
The sage didn't answer back; rather, he gave a signal for his disciple to go home. "Your work is done today. Go."
"What the heck. Seriously." Link chuckled at Vaati's story.
"And I thought that you were the only 'pure' guy here, untainted by liquor!" Dark laughed out loud.
"B-But… it was an accident…" Vaati defended himself.
"We know, just like what happened to us before." the shadow said. "So your dad was also a sorcerer's apprentice then."
"Yes…" Vaati replied, clutching his stuffed cucco tightly once again while looking at the bonfire.
"Please do continue, Vaati." Link said.
"Run, anty!!! Wheee!"
The lavender-haired Minish sat on his father's shoulders as his dad pretended to be a giant ant giving him a ride around the village. They all laughed and screamed in sheer fun as the father gives his son a quick tour around the village.
"Ah! Ah! Anty needs to go to the pee-pee room now!" the father laughed.
"Anty needs to pee?" Vaati asked back.
The father gently took Vaati off his shoulders. "Yes. Now wait here until Anty gets back, okay?"
Vaati nodded. He left Vaati near a small pond, which was actually a small puddle of water in Hylian/human size, and tried to find a place to relieve himself. As the little boy waited, he saw a group of Minish kids playing nearby. He was a bit bored and they weren't so far away from where he should have stayed, so he decided to join in.
"Hey, may I join?" Vaati asked the little kids playing a classic game of tag.
"Ummm… sure!" said one of them.
"Uhhh… I think I hear my mom calling me." said another.
This went on until only the Minish who welcomed him in the game was left.
"Umm… I guess it's break time, huh?" Vaati asked innocently.
"Y-Yeah… um… if you'll excuse me… I think my… uncle's calling me."
The last Minish child went away. There, Vaati was left all alone so he decided to go back where his father left him. He stared into the water as tadpoles swam about. They were just as big as the normal sharks from the human world. As he found peace just sitting by the bank…
"HAAAHAHA!!! Look at that weird kid!!!"
Vaati turned around and saw some people passing by.
"Huh? Where? Where?" Vaati looked around inquisitively, hoping to find this "weird kid" that they spoke of.
"What's with the red eyes? They look as if something irritated them with some leaf juice!" said another kid passing by.
"Purple hair? Get real!" laughed another.
They all looked at the little lavender boy as they passed by. They all seemed so big to him, child and adult alike. He was a bit clueless at first, but he soon got the feeling that it was HIM who they were talking about.
"AM NOT!!!" Vaati defended himself, tears forming on his eyes.
"EWW, now he's talking to us!"
"'He'? What do you mean 'he'?"
"IT'S speaking! Wow! I thought IT didn't know how to speak at all!"
"Nnnhh… you… you take back what you just said!!!" Vaati cried. Of course, no one would expect this indifferent group of Minish to just apologize. They continued to ridicule him until Vaati was forced to run away as he sobbed.
"Dang it! And I thought the Minish were cute!" Dark complained. "What horrid little critters!"
"Well, I'm Minish…" Vaati smiled a bit, looking at his dark-haired friend.
"…and you're cute." Dark said, chuckling.
"Whattheheckareyoutwo…" Link inquired, looking at his friends questionably.
The two just laughed at Link's reaction. Vaati just can't get enough of Link's "wtf" expression that he laughed so hard; Dark was so humored that he ate popcorn while laughing.
"AAA-nywaaaaays…" Link said, changing the topic. "What happened next?"
"Well…" Vaati continued his story.
"Vaati! There you are!"
It was already dusk by then. There was the young father standing by a pile of leaves. The little boy apparently hid under the pile of leaves, his eyes puffed from crying so much.
"W-What happened? Why are you crying? Did someone hurt you?" the father crouched down to pick up his son, checking for any bruises.
"A-Are they gone…?" Vaati whimpered.
"'They'? Did anyone hurt you, my son?"
"N-No… but…" Vaati could not continue for he cried once more. He buried his face in his father's chest as he continued to cry profusely.
"There, there…" the father said gently, carrying him in his arms as they went home.
They finally arrived back home. As the door opened, a tempting aroma wafted in the air. The young man raised his nose as he closed his eyes and followed the delectable scent. It led him to the kitchen. There in the kitchen, his wife was humming herself a melody as she cooked something in the cauldron.
"Hey there, hun!" said the loving husband to his wife, kissing her on the cheek.
"Oh, sugar! Did you and Vaati have fu- OH, GOODNESS! WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM??" The lady practically snatched their son away from her husband.
"Vaati, Vaati… why are you crying?"
Vaati refused to answer; instead, he kept on crying. His cries sounded so innocent…
"Aww… there, there… Mommy and Daddy are here for our little Vaati!" the mother lifted her son holding him under his arms. "Yes, they are! Yes, they are!" the mother started to talk babyish to her son and rubbed her nose against his. This tickled Vaati and it immediately made him giggle.
"Whoo!" the mother playfully raised her son in the air and caught him. Each time she caught him, she rubbed her nose against her son's and made faces. Vaati kept on giggling and almost forgot what happened earlier.
"Hun…" the husband tapped her shoulder. He then pointed to the cauldron. It was emitting questionable scents by this time.
"Oh no!!!" She hurriedly turned the cauldron off and opened the lid.
"So we all know where Vaati got his 'cooking skills'…" chuckled Dark.
"N-No! My mom was the best cook in the world! She only forgot to turn it off at the right time, that's all…" Vaati defended his mother.
"Yeah… remember, Dark? He DID say that there was a 'tempting aroma' and a 'delectable scent'." Link covered for his friend.
"Yeah, I know." Dark answered, still smirking.
"Anyway…" Vaati once more continued.
It was another evening and Vaati and his mum were left alone in the house.
"M-Mommy… am I really weird?" asked the innocent Vaati to his mother who happened to be crocheting his clothes.
"What? Vaati! Just where did you hear that? Who told you that?" the mother seemed to be stirred up and was in a defensive mood.
"Uh… s-some people did…"
"Don't believe them! They're just jealous of you."
"B-But… what if it's true… what if I was a freak…?"
Vaati started to cry once more and cried on his mother. She immediately put down her crocheting materials and embraced Vaati warmly. She could not believe that someone would have the guts to make fun of their child.
"If anyone else hurts you or says anything bad to you, tell Mommy… okay? I'll take care of them."
"M-Mommy…" Vaati continued snuggling onto his mother.
The door to their house opened. In came a drenched father, apparently weary from the rain.
"Dang rain… those big drops just keep on coming!" the father complained as he proceeded to sit on his favorite chair.
"Wait here, okay, Vaati?" his mother left him for a while and got some towels upstairs to dry her husband.
"So, Vaati. How are you today?" the father asked his son.
"I'm fine, Daddy!" smiled the little Minish.
It was evident that the boy cried, but he didn't bother to ask why. It was better that Vaati already felt better and was not crying anymore. After all, it seemed that the mother had already talked with him to make him feel a lot better.
"Here you go." she came back holding a pile of towels.
"No, that's okay! I'll just be taking a bath."
"You want me to scrub your back?"
"Hmmm… nah, it's fi-oooohhhhh…" he didn't get a chance to finish his sentence when she massaged his shoulders.
"Are you sure about that…?" she teased him.
"Vaati, be a good boy and stay here, okay? Don't open up for anyone. If anyone is down here knocking on our door, call us from upstairs, okay?"
"So, that's your dad. He's not as scary as we thought now, huh?" Dark interrupted once again.
"Yes… I lied when I said that he was scary… he was the best father in the world, and no one could ever replace him… not even Master Ezlo."
"That's saying a lot, talking about the guy who raised you up from childhood as a little sorcerer."
"But Ezlo… he's a b------ sometimes, you know?" Dark said.
"All of Kenny's killers?" Link clarified.
"Chyeah." Dark laughed once more.
"So what happens next?" asked the two almost simultaneously.
"Mommy! Daddy! Someone's knocking on the door!" squeaked Vaati as he went upstairs to see his parents in the bathroom.
"Ooooooooh yessssss…" he could hear his father groaning from where he stood.
He then opened the door which was unlocked and called out his parents again. He saw that his mother was scrubbing his father's back with a smooth leaf, relaxing to the touch. The father was in the bathtub, surrounded by bubbles.
"Ah, Vaati!" said his mother.
"Mommy, someone's knocking on the door!" repeated Vaati.
"Oh, okay." she then turned to her hubby. "Please wait for a while, okay, honey?"
The father just nodded and let his wife go downstairs. As she left, he then looked at his son.
"That's a good boy." he smiled. "Come here to daddy."
"Daddy!" giggled Vaati. "You look like me when mommy gives me a bath!"
The father chuckled and looked at himself. "I guess do."
Vaati then went closer to his father. Something seems to have caught his eye as he looked at his father's back and began to trace something on it with his finger.
"Daddy, what's this?" he said as he poked his father's back even more. He seemed to like touching a certain scar etched on his father's back.
His father chuckled. "Vaati… your daddy has been out to the human world."
"What? Whoa…!" the young Minish squeaked in delight. "Daddy, how was it like to be in the human world? What does it feel like?"
"Well… I haven't been out much…"
"And daddy, what's this?"
"That is the proof that your dad's a brave person." he chuckled as he got Vaati and held him above his head. He then let Vaati on the floor just beside the tub. "You see, a cucco once almost got me… so I fought my way out of his monsterly grip!"
"Woooooooow, cool!" Vaati went behind him to poke his back even more. "My dad's a hero!"
"Right you are!" the older Minish blew bubbles from his tub so that the younger may play with them.
"Well…" Vaati hugged his cucco tightly once more. "You see… it went on like that… everything was normal, some people kept on making fun of me…"
He paused and let out a sigh. It seemed as though he did not want to continue… the part of his story that the two Links were waiting for. Just how did he become a sorcerer's apprentice just like that? According to Ezlo, he took in Vaati when he was only a little boy. But how could that be when he was living the life of a seemingly average family?
"Please continue, Vaati…" urged Link.
"Fire… fire…" whimpered the sorcerer's apprentice.
"Huh?" Dark wondered at Vaati's sudden statement.
"Fire… Mom… Dad…" he cried and buried his face in the cucco. "D-Dad… M-M-Mom…"
"Vaati?" Link gently rubbed the boy's back. He looked up at the hero…
"Stop it, Link! You remind me so much of him!!!" he cried, trying to shrug off Link's gentle pats.
They remained silent and were forced to only listen to Vaati's sorrowful crying.
"Link… come to think of it…" Dark came to a realization. "He may have liked you better than me because you were some sort of a father figure to him."
"Think about it… your gentle playful attitude, your smiles, and even Robin…" Dark explained.
"I… I had no idea…" Link bowed down his head, knowing that Vaati shared a very special bond with him. Knowing that Vaati sees him as some kind of a replica of his father.
"D-Dad… Mom… please come back… I know that you're there somewhere…" Vaati suddenly raised his head and looked at the thick cluster of trees surrounding them. "That's right! They may be there somewhere…"
"Vaati, no." Link said firmly.
"What do you mean? I have to go look for them!" the Minish boy stood up, looking determined.
"Vaati." Dark confronted him.
"Let me pass. I have to find them…"
Now, Vaati looks like he could hurt anyone who would dare get in his way. It was as if his shadow gained a little control over his emotions. He glared at his two friends standing in front of him. But even so, the two restrained him from going in the forest even further. They each grabbed his arms and forced him to sit on their log. The trio sat on the log, with the two Hylians still holding the Minish's struggling arms.
"What are you two doing?! Let GO!!!"
"Vaati, I thought we made it clear that we both share the responsibility to take care of you now." Link stared sharply into Vaati's eyes.
"Just what went on, Vaati?" Dark asked, once again putting his piercing eyes to work, but to no avail. Vaati wouldn't listen to him. "Link…" the shadow said, almost desperate.
"Vaati." Link said, firmly grasping Vaati's wrist. He looked directly into Vaati's worried eyes with his own, gentle and assuring. "Tell me, Vaati… just what's wrong?"
"I…" Vaati tried to recollect his mind once again after he just nearly lost it. As much as it pained him to recollect those painful memories, he felt the need to share it with people that he could trust the most… "Okay…"
Vaati tried to resume his story.
It was a day like any other… the family members were doing their own businesses during that rest day, his father taking a day off from work, his mother taking care of the house, and him playing with his own toys in his playroom upstairs.
"So, how're the magic practices coming along?" she asked her hubby.
"Just fine." He replied while stretching on his favorite chair.
"Good to hear. "
"I must say that Master and Vaati seem to be getting along very well. Vaati was much too much curious sometimes and unbelievably, Master doesn't get much irritated at all."
"Wow, that's good to hear!"
"After all, we made him Vaati's godfather, right?"
The two began thinking how lucky they were to have a stable life, a very nice and obedient boy, and a good relationship with everyone they know. She went on to her resting husband and massaged his shoulders.
"Ooooh… that's the spot, yeah…" the father groaned, smiling. She merely giggled at this.
It was then that they thought that something made the earth rumble. It shook for a while but almost immediately stopped.
"Must be a slight earthquake." The father said. The couple just shrugged it off and continued to have some more sweet moments.
On the other hand, Vaati from upstairs saw the people moving away, scrambling from their houses. They seemed to be filled with terror as they evacuated with their valuables. He thought immediately that he should warn his parents.
"MOMMY! DADDY!!!" just as he was about to run out of his room, he found that the first floor was ablaze! Everything in his lovely house was burning… and he swore that he could hear his parents screaming from somewhere!
"No… Vaati!!!" he heard his mom.
"We couldn't just leave him in there!" he heard his dad shouting.
"There is no time. You have to go!" said someone else. Must be a friend.
"VAATI!!!" he heard both his parents scream his name.
"MOMMY!!! DADDY!!!" he cried. He was so terrified… how could this be? How could a normal day turn out like this? What should he do? He looked around and tried to find an exit….
Alas, there were no other escape routes. All he could do was cower in fear as the flames engulfed the whole house, cornering him… but wait. What is this?
'Call me crazy… but I'm doing this! Mommy, Daddy… wait for me!'
He looked out the window and the height he had to jump from, but it just may be crazy enough to work. He held his breath, closed his eyes, and jumped outside the window. He landed with a loud thud on the ground, but he finally made it. He saw that almost all of what's left of his village was a burnt disaster.
"Mommy, Daddy…? Mommy… Daddy… where are you?!" cried out the poor boy. By then, he was already terrified of what would have become of his parents and what would become of him. He staggered around the village to see if anyone else is there, and if he may be lucky enough to find help.
"Mommy… Daddy!" he cried out with a louder voice. He only heard his voice echo through the lonely, abandoned village. He looked up in the sky and saw some humans walk away.
"Well, that was it… I guess we burnt all the trash." he heard them say. "Let's go. It's about to rain."
"T-Trash…? Dumped in our village… and burnt it…? H-How…?" Vaati sobbed as he felt all alone… "Rain… rain?!" Vaati squeaked. 'Oh, no! Where do I go…?'
He scurried off stripping a leaf to protect him from the incoming rain. Seeing that there was no one else in the village but him, he thought of only one place to go… it was kind of far, but it was better than having to be alone in a deserted village.
He heard a loud growl from the heavens.
"No please… don't rain yet!" Vaati pleaded, although he knew that it would do him no good.
The drops fell little by little, then it began to rain really hard. It made it a lot harder for him to proceed. The lightning taunted him, flashing in the heavens and frightening him.
"Nooooo!" Vaati squeaked in desperation. "Mommy! Daddy!!!"
He repetitively called for his parents whom he believed were still alive, separated from him. Although it was far too hard to proceed due to the titanic drops of rain, he persevered to go to that shelter he had thought of.
'Maybe… maybe they stayed in there… yes, that's right! He should've helped Daddy! He should have…'
He was getting desperate when he saw a light through the rain. Without hesitating, he ran for the light. He found out that he finally arrived at the place he considered a haven. He quickly banged on the door, hoping that someone is still inside.
It took him a while, waiting outside and shivering in the cold. Then, he heard the sweetest sound he could ever hear in that moment…
The sound of the door creaking.
"Why, Vaati… what are you doing out here in the rain?" the voice said.
The Minish sage took the poor, drenched boy in and made him feel at home.
A couple more minutes later, Vaati finally found comfort in the old sage's workshop. He was wrapped in warm towels and was dry already. He sat by the fireplace, glaring into the embers… it only reminded him of the tragedy that happened not long ago…
"Here, Vaati… you should have this." the sorcerer gave him a cup of warm tea.
"Thank you…" he said as he sipped from it. He looked around the room; it seemed different from the other rooms of the workshop because it felt almost like home… no books or potions or any complicated stuff in it. Just a hearty room that looks like their living room.
"M-Mister… did you see my parents…?"
"…" the elder felt sorry for the boy. He looked sadly at him and said, "I didn't. But I heard that they went somewhere far from here to evacuate from the fire."
"F-Far…?" Vaati felt something sinking inside him. "N-No… th-they'll be back… right…?"
The old sage was at loss for words. "Vaati…" he brought out a stuffed cucco.
"Ah! Where did you get that? He was missing for a few days!" Vaati practically snatched it from the elder. The elder didn't mind; all he felt was pity for the poor boy.
"Your father brought it here a week ago so that he wouldn't miss you while working. It was practically his… lucky charm."
"D-Dad…Daddy… h-he… I…" Vaati started to cry again as he held the cucco in his arms tightly.
"Vaati. I… I'm sorry I couldn't be of any help…" the sage regrettably said.
"You did a lot, mister… it's just that... I…" Vaati sniffed and could not continue. He just kept his face buried in the plush toy. "I… I didn't even get a chance to give Mommy a present!" Vaati took out the heart-shaped vial and showed it to the green-clad magician.
"So that's where it went!" he took the potion from the boy.
"I… I'm sorry… I just thought that it could be a good present to take home, so…" Vaati buried his face in the cucco again, in guilt.
"No… never you mind it, Vaati." he calmly said.
After a few minutes of crying, Vaati finally calmed down. He looked at the senior Minish magician with determination in his eyes.
"Mister… will you be my master?" he asked.
"I'll be a good boy! I promise! I… I'll follow my father's footsteps! I swear to be a good son… I… I have to make them both proud! I… I… Mom… I'll prove them that I'm no freak… I will! I will be the best apprentice ever to come after my dad!!!" Vaati spontaneously said with full determination.
The sage stood quiet for a second then smiled at the little boy. "Of course."
He then pointed to the chart which was hanging from the ceiling. It looked like a poster made by a child.
"Vaati, do you see this picture? Tell me, what do you see?"
"Birds… there is a green eagle hovering above that little robin… as if guiding him for food and shelter. The green eagle doesn't seem to be mean… in fact, I think it's smiling!" Vaati remarked.
"A beautiful interpretation, Vaati. Now take a look at this." He pointed to the lower right corner.
"I… it's… it's…"
The older of the two nodded. "That's right. It's your father's signature."
"H-He drew this…?"
"Yes. When he was a little boy like you. He studied under me since childhood, you see. Would you want me to tell its story?"
"Yes please… Master."
"Call me Master Ezlo." Ezlo smiled, beginning to like his new disciple already. "The eagle flies above the robin as it searches food with its sharp eyes. The eagle teaches the little robin how to fly high so that he may be able to lift himself up… and that someday, he may be as great as the eagle…"
"The eagle… is it you, Master Ezlo?"
"…And the robin… it's my daddy…"
"Yes, my dear boy."
Vaati looked more determined than ever. "Master, teach this little robin's son how to fly! Teach this little robin's son how to take care of himself!"
"All in due time, my little robin's descendant. All in due time."
"Robin… I never knew how much that word meant to you…" Link said, realizing the true significance of his simple present to Vaati.
"So that was it… that's what happened…" Dark concluded, feeling tears run down his cheeks.
"D-Dark, are you crying?" Link said, covering his face. The two Links both cried hearing Vaati's story.
"My parents… I know that they're alive! I just know it!" Vaati hugged his plush cucco while looking at the flames… it was the same feeling he had, eight years ago, on that fateful day.
"Apparently, my master oftentimes expected too much from me, being the son of his only and finest apprentice… but I was never as great as him… nowhere as great as he was… even after all those magic practices… even after all of those… people still made fun of me…"
"Master… what just went wrong?"
There were the two Minish, practicing their magic spells in the library… which was full of soot and dirt! Everything was in disarray…
"Vaati… that's NOT how you do it." he gave Vaati a bonk on the noggin.
"Now help me clean this up!" Ezlo yelled at him, using his magic to put everything in place. "No, wait… do you mind going out and get some cloth for my next project first?"
"W-What project, Master?"
"A wishing cap."
Vaati's eyes gleamed as he heard those words. 'A wishing cap… maybe… maybe I could wish my parents back when he's done!'
"GO!!!" shouted Ezlo threateningly. This made Vaati squeak and immediately ran out of the door.
He searched everywhere in the village… there were a lot of gigantic bottles, cans, leaves… but no suitable cloth for a cap.
It was then that he finally decided to rest that he met impending pranksters. They approached and cornered the poor little boy.
"HEY YOU!" one of the four said, collaring the boy. "YOU SET UP THE FORMER MINISH VILLAGE IN FIRE, DIDN'T YOU?!"
"N-No… I would never… GAH!!!" he curled up into a ball after getting punched in the stomach. He could only groan and call his parents once more.
"Your parents… have abandoned you, freak. After all, who wants a freak for a child when they know that they are perfectly normal?" insulted another.
Vaati wanted to cry in pain; both in external and internal feelings. How dare they talk about his family that way… when they have done nothing wrong! Everyone seems to enjoy tormenting him. He had that point confirmed when he felt that someone shoved him in a nearby lying bottle and sealed it with a cork.
"No! Master!!! HEEELP!!!" he could only hear his voice echo inside. The others were watching him look for a way out. After a while, they finally got tired of watching him that they eventually left him.
He felt despair, knowing that there was no way out. He stayed in the base of the bottle, crying once more for his parents and his master. While all alone, he reflected on himself; how weak he was, how dependent he was on his parents, everything. He couldn't find the right cloth for his master, let alone save himself.
It seemed like an eternity he stayed in that bottle, when someone suddenly picked it up!
"This should be perfect for Grandpa!" said a little youngster. He was shaking the bottle so much that the poor Minish couldn't make out the face. All he knew was… he felt dizzy.
After a while of jumpy trips in the bottle, the Minish made out what appears to be the little boy's home. There was a living room, a staircase… and some other rooms that your average house held. The little boy proceeded to one particular room in the house with the bottle in hand.
"Grandpa, Grandpa! Lookie what I got!"
"That's good, my boy. Did you wash it yet? The grease I'm going to put in should not be contaminated with any dirt."
"Hold on, Grandpa!"
Vaati feared what he just heard. The little boy rushed to the kitchen sink and opened the bottle. Scared, the little Minish tried to climb up the bottle; but he can't. It was far too slippery. Water began filling up the bottle, and he felt like he was about to drown.
"No… stop i-glurg!-" Vaati's words were cut as the little boy continued to clean the bottle.
"Are you quite done there?" the grandfather called out to his grandson.
"In a minute, Grandpa!" he said, continuing to scrub the bottle.
Vaati felt so terrified that he took note of what the boy and his grandfather looked like… he couldn't forget it! Not after that horrible experience. The grandfather was white-haired, having a sturdy frame even in his old age. The boy was wearing a red outfit with hints of green. His skin was fair and his eyes were a beautiful shade of blue; complementing his soft, wavy blonde hair.
Luckily, Vaati was washed away and managed to grab onto the long sleeves of the boy. He got a little glass shard and cut some cloth from the sleeve.
"Now can I go play?" asked the blonde boy innocently to his grandfather.
"Sure. Just don't go too far!"
Vaati didn't know where he's going with this, all he knew was he could only wish for the best. The boy went to the town's playground, sitting on one of the swings. There was such a light atmosphere that Vaati convinced himself that he liked the said place.
"She's not here yet? Bummer!" complained the human. "Ah well, better go back to the woods… maybe I can find something real neat there!"
The boy immediately rushed off for the woods with much excitement. However…
"Hey, kid. Gimme your lunch money." a teenager threatened the blonde as he collared him.
"But I don't have anything!"
"Really now…?" the teenager kicked the blonde on his stomach, then his shins. He laughed as the little boy squirmed and fell to the ground.
Vaati was left amazed. Could this be the answer that he's been looking for? For people to respect him? 'That was… cool…'
When they arrived in the woods, the little blonde boy pretended a sword fight with his shadow. He picked up a fallen branch and started "fighting".
"I'll show that dork! I'll be stronger than he is one day! I'LL SHOW EVERYOOOONE!!!" he swung his "sword" even faster and stronger. He was getting wild.
"I… can't… take this anymore…" said the Minish to himself, feeling so dizzy. He saw the place around him going in circles, never seeming to end. In the flight, he thought he saw a glimpse of his master's house.
"M-Master…" he decided to jump off the blonde's arm, hoping to flee from dizziness.
"What could that boy be taking so long? Hmph. I guess he's off playing and avoiding house cleaning." the sage complained, having waited for Vaati. He went outside to take a peek for his missing disciple (and for some lovely ladies).
He was about to go back inside, back to the magic room where he and his former apprentice used to learn complicated spells together when…
Ezlo looked up in the sky, looking where it came fro-
"GUWAAARK!!!" Ezlo moaned as the little Minish dropped on him. They both fell flat on the floor, the apprentice lying face-down on his master's back.
"What is the meaning of this…?!" Ezlo moaned as he trailed off to a scolding tone.
"Ahhh… well… ummm…"
"Just get in."
The two Minish went back in. As the door slammed, some neighbors could swear that they heard a single loud "WHACK!" and a child's faint groan.
"BUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!! Way to keep the blonde boy anonymous, Vaati." Dark laughed so hard.
"Haha… yeah." Vaati smiled.
"Urk! Well, whoever that blonde little boy must be… he must be a very good and strong boy now, right? A-And he's wearing red!" Link suggested.
"Yeah right. Stop pretending, Link. You heard his story. While he was narrating, I swear I saw you fidget a few times in your seat. And changing your taste for colors don't change anything. People do that all the time through the years." Dark smirked yet again.
Silence ensued. Sure there were a lot of funny little misadventures Vaati experienced with some of these unconsciously shared by the hero, but they could only think of the mere fact that the Hylian-Minish had a lot more to him that no one ever knew.
"Vaati… I had… I had no idea…" Link shook his head. He sadly looked at his Minish friend.
"So that's why… when I saw that my master's project was finally complete after almost four years… I took it. I didn't care, but I knew what I felt at the time… lust for power."
"B-But that's your shadow, right?"
"It took over me and my whole being. I had to get revenge for myself and my parents… if it wasn't for the humans, we would still have been together…"
Vaati's ears flopped down, realizing his past mistakes in life. He knew that his life was a complete and total mess… and then images of his newly-made friendship flashed on his mind. It seemed that his life wasn't really screwed up after all.
'Mommy… I hope you're proud that I proved that I could belong and that I'm fine… Daddy… I hope you're proud of me following your footsteps…' he closed his eyes for a while and reflected on his parents… and how much he missed them.
"I… I never expected for Master Ezlo to forgive me so easily… and then, he did that favour for me… he cast a spell on all of Hyrule." he looked upwards at the clear, starry heavens. He could swear that he saw bats pass by… but there was this lone little robin, flying with a twig in its beak. Flying on its way home, to help its family and itself have a brighter future.
Chapter 2 Red cried out and Blue let out a yell. Vio jumped a little and even Shadow stopped laughing."Who turned out the lights?" Red asked.
"Well I couldn't have." Blue said, as Red was squeezing him too tight for him to move. Shadow put his arms up innocently.
"I'm all the way over here, so I didn't do it." he said. Vio shook his head.
"Wasn't me either." he said, getting up and feeling his way across the room to find his bag. He picked it up and rummaged through it, pulling out a small LED book light. Flipping it on brought relief to the four boys.
Vio looked around. "Looks like the whole areas out of power." he said, looking out the window and seeing that there were no lights on down the street.
"Well that's just great," Blue said, "that means we won't have power till morning at least!" Red looked around the dimly lit room.
"Hey guys..." he started.
"Yeah?" Vio asked.
"Where's Green?" Red asked. Vio flashed his light around the room.
"He's not here." he said.
"Then where is he?" Shadow asked. Blue's ear twitched a bit.
"Guys pipe down!" he said, and the room went quiet. He strained to hear, but there was a strange noise coming from the kitchen. He motioned for the others to quietly follow him and he led them into the kitchen.
They entered the kitchen in a line, Blue leading, followed by Red, Vio, and Shadow. They all looked around the room. Blue felt something warm on his boot, and when he looked down, he dimly saw that he was standing in a pool of warm, thick liquid.
"What the heck!?" he said, stepping back and tripping over Red's foot. Vio caught him before he fell and, once Blue was standing again, shone his light at the floor. They all gasped. Blue's foot was covered in deep red blood. Red nearly screamed, but Vio covered the boy's mouth.
"If you're too loud, they may hear you!" he whispered so that the boys could hear.
"Who'll hear?" Red asked.
"The people who left that on the floor." Blue said, pointing at the place he had stepped. Shadow started going through drawers. He rummaged around until he found a flashlight. He checked to see if the batteries worked, shining it on the floor. The blood lead to the cabinet under the sink. Vio walked over to the sink and opened the cabinet doors. Nothing but cleaning supplies and piping.
"Nothing." he said, closing the doors and returning to the others. "Let's go back to the living room." he said. The others agreed and returned to the other room.
Walking into the living room, the boys all sat down. Vio and Shadow sat on the couch, and Red and Blue sat in the chair.
"Guys... I'm scared." Red said. Blue nodded.
"Yeah this is starting to creep me out a little."
"We need to find Green fast." Vio said.
"He probably went to the bathroom for a drink or something and stayed in there," Shadow said, "he'll be back any minute now."
"Then whose blood was on the floor?" Blue asked.
"Whoever it belongs to, it's not Green's! I saw him get up a few minutes into the story." Shadow replied. Vio got out his cell phone and started pressing buttons on it. Putting it up to his ear, he waited patiently.
"Who're you calling?" Red asked. Vio put a finger to his mouth.
"Green of course." he said. The boys faintly heard The Song of Time coming from upstairs. Vio hung up before Green's phone could start playing the recorded message.
"So he went upstairs to go to the bathroom?" Vio asked, getting up and walking over to the stairs. Shadow shrugged and followed. Red followed Shadow and Vio, but before Blue could join them, he was grabbed around the waist and his mouth was covered.
"Mmmmmph!" he tried yelling for help, but the other three didn't notice that their blue-clothed friend was no longer with them.
As the trio walked upstairs, Vio called Green's phone once again. The same song played, a little louder as they were closer. Reaching the top of the stairway, Vio led the way down the hall. There were two doors on the right, and one on the left. These rooms were mostly used as bedrooms, as the boys had many sleepovers and had decided it would be easier to have bedrooms for when they came over rather than them always bringing their own bags. Red and Blue normally shared the room farther down the hall on the right, Green slept alone in his room on the left, and Shadow and Vio would share the room closest to the stairs. The phone was apparently in Green's own room, so the boys tiptoed down the hall, trying not to make any noise, and went into Green's room. Shining the light around, Red saw that Green's phone was on his bed.
"I found it!" he said, picking it up.
"But where's Green?" Shadow asked.
"What the hell do you think you're trying to do sneaking up on me like that!?" Blue asked. Green was standing across from him in the living room.
"Well sorry! This was all Shadow's idea! Now hush! This is your job." he said, whispering in Blue's ear what to do next. Blue crossed his arms, hating to be bossed around, but reluctantly went upstairs.
'Something's not right....' Vio thought, looking around the room. "We're missing Blue." He said aloud.
"What? But he was just with us!" Red said. Suddenly, the three heard a noise coming from Red and Blue's room.
"What's that?" Vio asked. Red gave Vio the flashlight and took his book light.
"I'll go check it out." He said, trying to look brave. Shadow nodded and sat down on Green's bed.
"Well if you want to I guess you can." Vio told him, seeing that Red was trying to be strong. Red nodded and walked out into the hall. He looked around in the hall and went to his room, where the thumping noise continued. Walking into the room, he shone the light around. The door behind him slammed shut and he squealed a bit. He turned to the door and was caught by someone.
"Shhh! Don't worry it's just me." he heard, recognizing who it was. He nodded and the hand was removed. Blue whispered in his ear what to do and left the room, walking to Shadow and Vio's room. Red ran over to Green's room and banged on the door.
"Vio! Shadow! Open up!" He cried before running and quietly heading downstairs.
Vio heard Red and ran to the door and opened it quickly, but no one was in the hall. Vio sighed, closed the door, and sat down on the bed again.
"Looks like it's just us now." Shadow said, laying down and putting his hands behind his head. Vio shone the flashlight in Shadow's face, causing him to sit up and rub his eyes, his night-vision now ruined.
"What was that for?" He asked.
"Are you not concerned? Green, Blue, and now Red are all gone. Who knows which of us is next." Vio replied. Shadow shrugged.
"Who cares? Our time will come when it should, whether it's tonight in this house or if it's fighting Ganon." He said.
There was a thud heard from downstairs.
"Did you hear that?" Shadow asked. Vio nodded and got up, Shadow following. Walking into the hallway, they began to descend down the stairs. Someone reached and grabbed Shadow my the arm, and he stopped.The two boys returned to Shadow's room for the final part of this plan.
"You ready?" Blue asked Shadow. Shadow nodded and morphed an area on his shirt to look as if he had been stabbed with a dagger. Blue watched and winched a little, as it was rather unusual for a person to be able to do that. Shadow laid himself on the floor and got into position. Blue left the door slightly open and quietly went downstairs.
Vio was looking around downstairs when he felt a tap on his shoulder. He swung around and hit Blue on the cheek with the flashlight. Blue fell on the floor.
"Ack! What the heck was that for!?" Blue asked, rubbing his cheek and standing up.
"Sorry Blue! Are you ok?" Vio apologized.
"Fine, no thanks to you." Blue mumbled.
"Where did you go off to?" Vio asked.
"Well, this dude grabbed me and held me back," Blue said, "but I overpowered him and ran to find you guys. And now here I am."
"You came down alone." Blue told him, crossing his arms.
"But he was right behind me " Vio said slowly. He ran back upstairs, not waiting for Blue to follow. He ran back to Green's room, found no one there, ran to Red and Blue's room, found nothing again, and finally to his and Shadow's room. He froze as soon as he entered, seeing Shadow lying on the ground with a dagger in his chest.
Vio ran into the room and kneeled by shadow.
"What did they do to you " he said quietly. There was no answer from the shadow. "This was all because of that stupid book. Why did you read it, Shadow, why?" he asked the lifeless boy.
Again, there was no answer. Vio got up slowly, and went to the door, as he was closing it behind him he heard something from inside the room. What was it .no was it giggling?
Yes it was! Vio turned and walked back into the room to se none other than Shadow himself sitting up and laughing.
"HAHAHAHA! YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN YOUR FACE!!" He said before bursting out in laughter again. Thumping came from the stairs as Blue, Red, and Green came into the room. Green seemed angry.
"Shadow! You ruined it!" He said angrily. Blue turned to Green.
" But why didn't you fill us in beforehand? You freaked the heck outta me downstairs! " he yelled.
"Because if we had told you we woulda had to have told Red and we all know Red stinks at keeping secrets." Green replied. Red smiled a bit, then realized it was an insult.
"Wait hey!" he said. The other three laughed.
Vio was still a bit upset.
"So why'd you do this to me again?" he asked, tapping his foot. Shadow stood up and morphed himself back to normal.
"Because you skipped on us to finish a stupid book." He said. "it was just that easy to do. I must admit, the storm causing the power outage was pretty sweet considering it was unexpected, but the rest of it was all me and Green." He said.
"And the blood in the kitchen?" Blue asked.
"I put some water on the boiler and added food coloring to make it look like blood," Green explained, "then added some thickener to make it like blood. While Shadow told the story, I went to the kitchen and spread it on the floor." He finished.
Vio shook his head. And looked at his watch. " It's almost midnight already." he said. Suddenly, the lights flashed on.
"Hey the powers back!" Red said happily.
, "Let's go back downstairs and clean up the blood." Shadow said, starting downstairs. The four heroes followed.
The boys stayed up until about four in the morning., except for Red, who fell asleep quickly. The four others played awhile on the Wii, then played a game of 'Truth or Dare' followed by another, but not nearly as scary, ghost story from the book Shadow had. Then they had a snack and retired for the night. When they woke up, they ate some breakfast and messed around the rest of the day. Little did they know what was in store for them.
TheWindWakersDream: Brb, gotta help Grandpa with something for a while. Only gonna take a minute.
VelvetBooks: So I heard you guys would want to go to the mountains next week?
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: yep. actually it was supposed to be only for vaati and link, but I convinced them.
VelvetBooks: With that mind of yours, no doubt. ;) Well, actually we're going with you. We'll be merging with Green again with the help of the Four Sword.
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: okay. good to hear that. 8D
VelvetBooks: So I heard that he let us come just as long as we go in him as one person again. But he didn't tell me anything about you
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: meh. i don't think he wanted me to come. i dunno. :P
tehL33tbl00pwner300pwnzuall: how did you convince green? he's a tough cookie. :P
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: yeah, like one that got left out in the sun for a week. he tastes soggy and moldy. yeah and fuzzy too.
tehL33tbl00pwner300pwnzuall: excuse me while i puke having that mental image
VelvetBooks: Eew. :P
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: lol anywaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaays well I asked him nicely at first but he said no but then i asked him a question are you sure that hiking is your only objective going to an isolated place?
VelvetBooks: And what did he say?
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: he asked me what i meant. then i told him that he could not be trusted especially with vaati. he could have gone there to do something to the poor vaati~ lol, the worst part is there are no witnesses.
TheWindWakersDream: I'm baaack!
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: he could've made him scream because you guys know what I mean, right? ;) so when i said my idea to link, he hyperventilated. lol. XDDDDDD
VelvetBooks: Haha. :D Oh. Welcome back, Green.
tehL33tbl00pwner300pwnzuall: wb lol creepy. id never wanna go alone with that guy.
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: haha lolyeah. actually we're all the same person but still different. we'd never know what the other link is up to and vice versa
TheWindWakersDream: D8< I see what you did thar!!! DARK!!!
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: hey that's why i wanted to go with you two! i can never be too careful the way you interact with vaati and now you wanna be alone with him FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
TheWindWakersDream: Fine, think that way! I know that it's not true! >:I
tehL33tbl00pwner300pwnzuall: lol denial.
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: you know what? i personally think that you're just as bad as he is. yes i'm talking about you, blue. >8D you're like him only your target is red.
tehL33tbl00pwner300pwnzuall: WHAT ABOUT YOU?! YOU LIKE BOTH VAATI AND VOI!
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: i like no one. and i can prove that to you. ;)
VelvetBooks: Ha. He's right. But still, aren't we getting farfetched from what we're REALLY talking about? And it's VIO. Get it right. :/
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: lol. XDDDDD
TheWindWakersDream: ^///^ You're right. What'll Vaati say about us?
VelvetBooks: He's online?
TheWindWakersDream: Yeah, but maybe he's afk.
tehL33tbl00pwner300pwnzuall: this is
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: a demonstrative pronoun
tehL33tbl00pwner300pwnzuall: no!!! this is
VelvetBooks: Boorish. ;P
tehL33tbl00pwner300pwnzuall: FFFFFFFF this is
ShAdOwStAlKeR_04: PASTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA~ =¬=
tehL33tbl00pwner300pwnzuall: asjf;dkljfal;skjga;sjg;asldjfa;sldjkf this is
This story is a series of chapters. Please read further in the artist's comments for details. Thank you!
NOTE: If you would be interested, here's the link to "Aftermath", the fic before this one. The two fics are directly connected as a sequel, which may explain some minor events that will occur here. [link]
Yep, you guessed it! This is chapter one after my first fan fiction "Aftermath"...
Presenting "Memories and Moments", another fanfic. Consider this a little prologue before the actual story begins.
You were at an Amusement Park. A small one, with some stands and a couple of rides. It was a day off of work and school and you wanted to enjoy your time. School and work really got to you, so relaxing and having fun was really going to pump you up. You went alone; all of your friends were still studying. All of the little stands were beckoning you to them, but you kindly refused. Well, you kindly refused until you stopped in front of a fortune teller. It was a woman, wearing many scarves and a lot of jewelry. She beckoned you forward, with a ring covered finger and you complied, curiosity taking over. You step into a little room covered in carpets. You sat because you were told to and she pulls out a box. And eyed you carefully and you got jitters from her stare. She pulled out a bracelet from the box. It was a (Y/F/C) bracelet with a golden charm at the end. She held out the bracelet to you. “Is this your name?” she asked. You took the bracelet and held the charm in the palm of your hand. Engraved in the golden charm was (Y/N). Baffled, you looked the bracelet over in your hands. ‘That’s crazy’ you thought to yourself. You nodded to the woman in response and she laughed. She held out her hand to you and speaks slowly. “I saw you and I knew there was something special with you.” She explained. Her words mesmerized you; your ears were alert, grasping as much information as you could. You were so focused on her words you almost didn’t realize your hand moving and giving her money. You caught yourself, until you realized you had to compensate for this session eventually. You paid her and she pushed the hand that you held the bracelet to your chest. “Keep the Bracelet, wear it every day. One day, you will find someone wearing the matching bracelet with their name on it. When you find that person…I promise you, you will find it quite surprising.” She said before pushing you out of the room. You weren’t ready to leave yet. You had so many questions. You had no idea how a bracelet had to do with anything. Before you could have said anything you were already standing outside of her stand. You decided to put the bracelet on your wrist. No shame in wearing it….right? Finals were finally over; you could now just take your time. You could study when you needed to and lay low until your next series of tests. You remembered the last time you had a break. You went to the festival and got that bracelet from the fortune lady. You took the bracelet off of your wrist. Looking at it, you’re still puzzled at how she knew your name and what it all meant. You ran your finger over your name engraved into the charm. Before you knew it you were on the ground. You heard a boy’s voice apologize three, maybe four times before helping you up to your feet. You quickly snatch your bracelet from the ground and apologize yourself before taking your leave. ‘That was so embarrassing’ you think to yourself. You put the bracelet back on your wrist only to notice one thing. It wasn’t the same color. The charm was the same golden circle as yours. You flipped over the charm to see if there was a name. You read it out loud. “Oh…Se…Hun?” you said before hearing your name being called aloud as well. “(Y/N)! Excuse me (Y/N)!” the boy yelled from behind you. You turn and your suspicion if confirmed. It was Sehun, from Exo. You watched as he made his way to you, holding your bracelet. You figured he read your name on the bracelet as well. He held out the bracelet out to you, and you swapped out yours for his. “Weird, they’re exactly the same except for the color and the name.” Sehun pointed out and it clicked. But before you could even lay it all out he spoke again. “My Umma always said…” he started with a laugh. You watched him, ready to hear what he had to say. “She said that if you’re lucky enough to find the matching bracelet, you’re going to fall in love with the owner of the bracelet.” He said with a laugh, but the laugh faded when he really took his time to look at you. You watched him do this, it was as if he all of a sudden became really shy and you didn’t know why. He must have had noticed he was staring at you because he blinked multiple times before looking down at his feet. “Really? I was told that when I found the matching bracelet that there was a surprise waiting for me.” You said, with a light laugh, hoping to lighten the mood a bit to make him feel better. His head still down, he looked up at you with just his eyes. You had to keep yourself from blushing or saying something stupid. He looked really cute that way and you didn’t want to make yourself look stupid. He pulled his head up eventually, fixing his hair, only to have one little strand fly out of place. You reach your hand over and fix the little piece of his hair. Before you could pull your hand back, he grabbed your hand. You watched him do this, looking him in the eyes confused. A pink flood spread across his cheeks and he let go of your hand, laughing it off as if it was nothing. An odd tension filled the air around the two of you. The moment, in your mind nothing was going to make this any weirder until you feel lips pressed against yours. His lips. Oh Se Hun’s lips were on yours, kissing you. Most people would stand there in shock but your first instinct was to kiss back, and you did. He pulled away and scratched at the back of his neck. You looked down at your feet. “Sorry about that, I have a tendency to believe things like this…but it doesn’t help that you’re really pretty…sorry again.” He said bowing his head a bit; you could see that much out of your preverbal vision. You look up and he looks shy and quiet, like he did something that he obviously shouldn’t do and he was waiting to be yelled at. But you didn’t yell at him. How could you? Instead you spoke. “Well, Sehun…let’s just say there’s a reason I kept this bracelet on. And the effects of the bracelet, I like them…I like them.” The last thing you could remember from that day was the happiest smile on his face that you’ve ever seen. You were at an Amusement Park. A small one, with some stands and a couple of rides. It was a day off of work and school and you wanted to enjoy your time. School and work really got to you, so relaxing and having fun was really going to pump you up. You went alone; all of your friends were still studying. All of the little stands were beckoning you to them, but you kindly refused. Well, you kindly refused until you stopped in front of a fortune teller. It was a woman, wearing many scarves and a lot of jewelry. She beckoned you forward, with a ring covered finger and you complied, curiosity taking over. You step into a little room covered in carpets. You sat because you were told to and she pulls out a box. And eyed you carefully and you got jitters from her stare. She pulled out a bracelet from the box. It was a (Y/F/C) bracelet with a golden charm at the end. She held out the bracelet to you. “Is this your name?” she asked. You took the bracelet and held the charm in the palm of your hand. Engraved in the golden charm was (Y/N). Baffled, you looked the bracelet over in your hands. ‘That’s crazy’ you thought to yourself. You nodded to the woman in response and she laughed. She held out her hand to you and speaks slowly. “I saw you and I knew there was something special with you.” She explained. Her words mesmerized you; your ears were alert, grasping as much information as you could. You were so focused on her words you almost didn’t realize your hand moving and giving her money. You caught yourself, until you realized you had to compensate for this session eventually. You paid her and she pushed the hand that you held the bracelet to your chest. “Keep the Bracelet, wear it every day. One day, you will find someone wearing the matching bracelet with their name on it. When you find that person…I promise you, you will find it quite surprising.” She said before pushing you out of the room. You weren’t ready to leave yet. You had so many questions. You had no idea how a bracelet had to do with anything. Before you could have said anything you were already standing outside of her stand. You decided to put the bracelet on your wrist. No shame in wearing it….right? Finals were finally over; you could now just take your time. You could study when you needed to and lay low until your next series of tests. You remembered the last time you had a break. You went to the festival and got that bracelet from the fortune lady. You took the bracelet off of your wrist. Looking at it, you’re still puzzled at how she knew your name and what it all meant. You ran your finger over your name engraved into the charm. Before you knew it you were on the ground. You heard a boy’s voice apologize three, maybe four times before helping you up to your feet. You quickly snatch your bracelet from the ground and apologize yourself before taking your leave. ‘That was so embarrassing’ you think to yourself. You put the bracelet back on your wrist only to notice one thing. It wasn’t the same color. The charm was the same golden circle as yours. You flipped over the charm to see if there was a name. You read it out loud. “Oh…Se…Hun?” you said before hearing your name being called aloud as well. “(Y/N)! Excuse me (Y/N)!” the boy yelled from behind you. You turn and your suspicion if confirmed. It was Sehun, from Exo. You watched as he made his way to you, holding your bracelet. You figured he read your name on the bracelet as well. He held out the bracelet out to you, and you swapped out yours for his. “Weird, they’re exactly the same except for the color and the name.” Sehun pointed out and it clicked. But before you could even lay it all out he spoke again. “My Umma always said…” he started with a laugh. You watched him, ready to hear what he had to say. “She said that if you’re lucky enough to find the matching bracelet, you’re going to fall in love with the owner of the bracelet.” He said with a laugh, but the laugh faded when he really took his time to look at you. You watched him do this, it was as if he all of a sudden became really shy and you didn’t know why. He must have had noticed he was staring at you because he blinked multiple times before looking down at his feet. “Really? I was told that when I found the matching bracelet that there was a surprise waiting for me.” You said, with a light laugh, hoping to lighten the mood a bit to make him feel better. His head still down, he looked up at you with just his eyes. You had to keep yourself from blushing or saying something stupid. He looked really cute that way and you didn’t want to make yourself look stupid. He pulled his head up eventually, fixing his hair, only to have one little strand fly out of place. You reach your hand over and fix the little piece of his hair. Before you could pull your hand back, he grabbed your hand. You watched him do this, looking him in the eyes confused. A pink flood spread across his cheeks and he let go of your hand, laughing it off as if it was nothing. An odd tension filled the air around the two of you. The moment, in your mind nothing was going to make this any weirder until you feel lips pressed against yours. His lips. Oh Se Hun’s lips were on yours, kissing you. Most people would stand there in shock but your first instinct was to kiss back, and you did. He pulled away and scratched at the back of his neck. You looked down at your feet. “Sorry about that, I have a tendency to believe things like this…but it doesn’t help that you’re really pretty…sorry again.” He said bowing his head a bit; you could see that much out of your preverbal vision. You look up and he looks shy and quiet, like he did something that he obviously shouldn’t do and he was waiting to be yelled at. But you didn’t yell at him. How could you? Instead you spoke. “Well, Sehun…let’s just say there’s a reason I kept this bracelet on. And the effects of the bracelet, I like them…I like them.”
The last thing you could remember from that day was the happiest smile on his face that you’ve ever seen.
"Ahh, What a nice day to relax". Nelly was lying in the lush green grass of Hyrule field, the warm sun soaking over his body while a gentle spring breeze blew through his fur. After a hard day of work at Lon Lon ranch, the Pichu decided to spend the last few hours of the day enjoying the perfect weather. While daydreaming about how he will be visiting lake Hylia the next day for the weekend, Nelly's thoughts were soon interrupted when a grey furred Raichu walked up to him and sat in the grass, yawning and streatching his arms. "Hello there, Tensão. I see you must have had a hard day of working at the ranch, huh?", Nelly asked while sitting up. Tensão yawned and scratches the back of his head, "it sure was. I had to spend the day hearding Cuccos and that's no easy task when they're running around all crazy like". The pichu laughed, "luckly I'm to small to do that kind of work so I only had to feed the horses and cows". Tensão looked at him with and annoyed look on his face. "Yea, and that's why you smell like cow dung", the Raichu said while flicking Nelly's ear, making him slap Tensão's hand paw away. After giving each other a couple playful shoves, Tensão felt a blow to the back of his head. "What the-?!", Tensão turned around to see another Raichu looming over him. The grey Raichu stood up, his head only reaching up to his chest. " What do you want dad?" sighed Tensão, looking up at his much bigger father and folding his arms. His father knocked him on his back by pushing his foot paw against Tensão's face. "What I want, boy, is to let you know that it's time to battle" he answered back while pressing his paw down on his son's torso. "why do y'all have to battle?" asked Nelly, while standing up. Tensão's father takes his paw of his son's torso and pull him up into his arms while giving him a noogie, "because, it's our family's tradition to fight your old man when you are 18 years old. If he wins he will officially be a man. His older brother had to do it last year and now it's Tensão's turn. But because of his short height he is allowed to have a parter". Tensão's father lets go of him, smirks, and pokes his forehead, "so son, who's going to battle along side you"? Tensão and Nelly stand side to side while the father and son stare each other down. The father Raichu grins deviously and raises an eyebrow, "go ahead son, make your move". With blinding speed, the grey Raichu runs on all fours torwards his dad in an attept to use quick attack, but with fast reflexes, Tensão's father jumps to the side and gabs the Raichu's tail. Caught by total suprise, Tensão is thrown by his tail and collides head first into a boulder. The injured Raichu staggers to his feet and wipes some blood from his nose, "come one Nelly, lets attack simultaneously". Tensão runs torward his father again, but instead of colliding with him, he starts running around him in a circle, causing the double team attack to take affect and creating the illusion of 6 Raichus. While The father Raichu starts to get disorianted, Nelly uses his spark attack, though not so powerful, it did manage to knock Tensão's father off his feet, falling to the ground with a thud. Tensão took advantage of his father's temporary Paralysis to use his bite attack and sunk his teeth into his leg. Although the Raichu's leg felt like it was on fire, he still managed to recover and flip his son on his stomach, then body slam onto him. Tensão screamed in pain, as his father heavy body came down hard in him and presses his small body into the ground. Nelly runs over and bites down on the Raichu's tail hard, causing Tensão's father to roll over and kick Nelly in the face, making him collapse on the ground. The large Raichu loomed over the weakened Pichu, ready to knock him out with one quick, hard stomp when he got ingulfed in electricity brought on by Tensão thunderbolt attack. His father stagger for a bit and collapses to the ground, knocked out while Tensão Lifted Nelly up on his shoulder and placed a foot down on his father's chest in a victory pose. The sun has just about setted, the sky has grown dark and resembled an oranged flame covering the heavens while the song of crickets where played off in the distance. A Raichu with a sling and bandages stood in front of his son, looking down at him proudly and pets his head. "Son, you have proved yourself today and you are now considered a man in our family. There is a gift I want to give you as a celibration for you reaching adulthood". Tensão's father digs in his poket and pulls out an instrament, an ocarnia that was a shiny aqua green color and had a golden thunderbolt on the mouth piece. "This ocarnia has been passed down from raichu to raichu for generations in our family. It is given to our youngest child on the day they become a man and now...I'm giving it to you". And with those words, Tensão's father puts the string attached to the ocarnia around his neck as a necklace. The Raichu father suddenly pulled his son in for a big hug, and kissed the top of his head. "Remeber son, I love you and I always will", and with those words, Tensão's father gives him one more hug and walks off to return home, while his son stays on Lon Lon Ranch. Tensão stood next to Nelly and watches his dad walk off while he puts the ocarnia to his lips and plays the sweet sounding lullaby of his ansestors.
Two sisters were born, and they were blessed with great power. They were born in a world where creatures with incredible abilities lived alongside Earth-Ponies, Unicorns and Pegasi. Although the Ponies were not as powerful, their intelligence separated them from these creatures, which were called Pokemon. The only ones with enough power to match them were these sisters, and they were accepted as the Ponies leaders and Princesses.
For a short time, they lived together, but not harmoniously. The ponies found a way to capture and train these Pokemon to benefit them, but they do so without restriction, treating the Pokemon more as slaves.
In time, two types of Pokemon, both of whom share similarities with the ponies, separated, and began to revolt. The Zebstrika evolution line, and the Rapidash evolution line, felt the need for justice and freedom, and they sought out their legendary guardians to their aid. Their legendaries, which were Pokemon with powers over nature itself, and wisdom higher than that of Ponies, have been watching the unjust treatment of the Pokemon, and agreed to help the revolt. Virizion, Cobalion, and Terrakion, soon waged war against the ponies.
This war went on for years, destroying many lives and land. The Legendary equines soon found their powers were best used rescuing and saving Pokemon from war rather than using them to fight, but there seemed no end to the violence.
The Princesses knew this war was pointless, but even they could not sway their subjects to stop. The Ponies felt threatened of the Pokemon's powers, and if they do not use them, the Zebstrika and Rapidash can reign over them all. The Eldest princess understood her subjects terror, and tried to think of another way. But, it was the youngest who found the solution...
During the biggest, and most dangerous battle of the war, as the ponies and pokemon prepared to charge, a bright light blinded them all. The very sun seemed to fall upon them from above. But it was no sun. It was the Legendary bird, Ho-oh, who pulled up flames from the ground and stopped each side from attacking, destroying the Pony's weapons and chains they had over the Pokemon. Then, over the light, a large shadow flew over them, looming right above the very center of the battlefield, as a heavy rain washed down on them, taking out the flames once the weapons were destroyed, and keeping the Rapidashes at bay. The shadow was cast by the Legendary bird, Lugia, who landed beside Ho-oh.
Although the Pokemon bowed their heads in respect, the Ponies yelled and shouted at them, terrified from their power. It wasn't until the Princesses stepped off from the Legendary birds backs, did they become silent.
The sisters spoke to both the Ponies and the Pokemon, how they should stop the fighting, and live together in balance and harmony. But neither side felt balance and harmony in each other's existence. They each felt the other had something that gave them an unfair advantage over the other. But the youngest proposed a compromise. The Ponies were allowed to have Pokemon as their partners, not slaves. They are friends for them to grow together with, and help strengthen. By respecting one another, and using each other's advantages to promote everyone's better living, they will see all tensions become eradicated. They had gone to ask for any input from the Legendaries that rule over the Pokemon, and they feel this compromise is fair, and just.
The Ponies, and Pokemon, felt satisfied with this idea, but the Zebstrika and Rapidash were not happy. After all the brutality they had witnessed, the Legendary equines that had fought alongside them, were also unhappy. They instead proposed the right to separate themselves from any Pony, and reside on their own land, to be free and live peacefully in their own solitude.
Saddened that they could not reach an agreement with the equine Pokemon, but understanding their distrust and unhappiness, the Princesses granted their right to secede from any partners they didn’t get along with, and reserved them their own land for them, banishing any Pony from ever stepping a hoof on that land.
These legendaries, witnessing how well these sisters worked together, not only to save their subjects, but to also save the Pokemon living alongside their kingdom, came up with a few compromises themselves. Gathering several of their brothers and sisters, they spoke to the Princesses about another issue in hand. Now that both Pokemon and Pony will be living together in harmony, it is time for them, to also take in the responsibility that the Pokemon Legendaries share. And so, The Eldest was given the responsibilities to raise the sun during the day, and the Youngest to help raise the Moon at night. For, in order for their rule to have any effect on Pokemon, they must have Legendary power in their hoof as well.
And so, a new, delicate balance between Pokemon and Pony, Nature and Civilization, was formed. This balance of sharing, compromising, harmony, and trust, lasted many centuries, and the Ponies and Pokemon soon grew to depend on one another, and flourish. Even the Legendaries that put themselves in the Princesses power, formed a bond with them. All was peaceful, and full of bliss.
But, it was not to last, as one of the Sisters begins to show signs of corruption...
I decided to try to write a fanfic based on my pokemon Gallery. [link]
I'm not sure if I'll just write the origin fable for it, up until Nightmare Moon gets sent to the Moon, or if I'll continue this on as a series, following the Mane 6 and their pokemon. It'll have to be up to the feedback I get.
The title is just a default, I'm open for suggestions for better ones. This was edited by Ginger Nix, from Gaiaonline. I cannot thank her enough for her help. c:
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"Link! I challenge you!" Marth unsheathed his sword and approached the young boy clad in green. Marth had a cocky grin on his face, he and Link had never had the chance to properly duel, and now that he saw the chance, he was taking it.
Link grinned and turned to face Marth. Link drew his sword, pulled out his shield, and was ready for battle. A friendly duel would be a great change of pace; he was getting ready to continue his travels soon, anyway.
Without another moment of waiting, they clashed. Link let out a fierce battle cry, and within a second their swords met. Marth grit his teeth and grinned. Link was stronger than he expected.
A minute later they jumped back and went into the real battle. Link swung to the side, Marth stepped back and then moved in for a stab, and so on it continued.
Both swordsmen were grinning the whole time. Neither never had the chance to freely duel against an opponent this tough; all times in the past it had been to-the-death matches. Link's handy shield served to frustrate Marth by blocking many attacks, while Link was perplexed as to how Marth always managed to get two strikes in at times when Link saw one hit as unlikely.
After almost an hour straight of intense swordplay, both Link and Marth tried to do a special move to disarm the opponent. Their swords collided at the same time, and after a rather loud clank of metal-on-metal, both swords were thrown in opposite directions. Link's Master Sword was thrown to his left, while Marth's Falchion was tossed to his right.
Link and Marth looked up at each other, and laughed. Both warriors were covered is sweat and nearly exhausted.
"Call it a draw?" Marth asked, offering his hand.
The ever-silent Link nodded and shook hands. It had been a great match, indeed.
"We must have a rematch to settle this one day," Marth grinned. "Until then, see you around!" They smiled and walked to their swords, each reclaiming theirs before turning and setting off on their separate journeys. If fate would have it, they would meet and duel again.