Zelda felt like she was floating in a sea of fog. She could neither see nor touch anything solid, even her own body felt like it was not completely there. There was bright light all around, but it felt neither warm nor cold. She only felt a brief moment of confusion before realizing that this was the feeling she felt while in the Sacred Realm.
As the leader of the Sages, she could enter the Sacred Realm by meditating, but she had not done so in a very long time. During the Gerudo-Hylian Skirmishes after they had reset the timeline, she had often visited the Sacred Realm to meditate and seek wisdom from Rauru. Thankfully, there had not been a situation dire enough to warrant a visit since then, as Hyrule had experienced a blessed era of peace.
She frowned, and turned to look around, futile though that was. Something was missing- Rauru’s presence. She could not feel it at all. Zelda searched farther through the mist, but still, nothing. The Sage of Light’s spirit was tied to the Sacred Realm, and even when he chose to walk the physical world in his owl form, the bulk of his spirit remained behind.
Fear settled in her heart over what the implications of this meant, and she frantically reached out, trying to find him. She was all alone.
But then, suddenly, she felt a presence blink into existence at her right, the courageous glow comforting her heart and banishing the fear. Link?
The spirit burned bright and warm beside her, offering it's quiet support. She smiled softly, at balance and peace again, then turned to resume her search for Rauru.
Another presence suddenly appeared at her left, a powerful wave of energy that rose up before them. Zelda’s eyes widened as she recognized this presence. No!
She recoiled in fear, turning to run through the white fog. Mocking laughter echoed through her head along with images of flames and destruction. Hyrule Castle crumbling, Castle Town burning, its citizens fleeing in fear as the invaders cut them down. Evil and darkness taking hold of the land, trapping the Gorons in their temple and freezing the Zora in their domain…
“No!” Zelda screamed hoarsely, throwing the covers off and sitting up straight in her bed. Her breathing was ragged and sweat dripped from her brow. She ran her hands through her messy hair and hid her face against her curled up legs to try and wipe the images from her mind.