Hey everyone! welcome to my newest story! Link's hardships, I' m really excited about this story, I've been typing for two days, and I finally typed a good action scene. (that'll come later.) I hope you all enjoy this story, one of the things I want to show in the story is Link's compassion and the love for his child.
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Zelda stood behind him, cradling the small bundle in her arms, tears pouring down her face as she approached Link from behind.
"Link," she said, the blonde young man turned around, surprise filling his baby blue eyes, he quickly jumped up and raced over to her.
"Zelda? What are you doing here? Did your father change his mind? I thought he was refusing to let you come and see me or me come and see you." He said, his eyes filled with pain at the last part. It had been around 7-8 months since he had last seen her.
Zelda bowed her head.
"h-he still refuses to let me see you, but he… he made me come to give you something." Zelda said, leaning forward to show him the blanket in her arms.
Link glanced at he blanket, a shocked look on his face.
"Zelda… what-" he started, but Zelda cut him off.
"Link, I want you to meet our son, I was pregnant when we were forced apart… I'm so sorry! They took you away before I even got a chance to tell you." Zelda said, she was now sobbing, tears streaming down her pale cheeks as she clutched her son.
The baby had Link's golden blond hair and Zelda's complexion, bits of his cute blonde hair fell over his eyes, which, when they opened, would be the same baby blue color as his father's.
"Zelda… it's ok, I'm here now," Link said, wrapping his arms around her. Zelda sobbed harder, and pressed her face against Link's chest.
"Oh Link… I've missed you so much, my father refused to let me leave the castle the whole time I was pregnant, he didn't want anyone to know, he even tried to make me give up the baby, but I convinced him to let our son live." She said.
"How did you do that?" Link asked, Zelda sobbed harder and tightened her hold on Link's tunic, one arm still wrapped around her precious son.
"H-he made a bargain with me, I had to stay in the castle until the baby was born, and then… I had to find you and give him to you." Zelda managed to choke out.
"My father said the only way he would let the baby live is if you took it and raised it on your own, away from me." Zelda said, and Link felt tears sliding down his cheeks.
"You mean… I'm to take him, and raise him on my own, and you're to go back and marry whoever he wants you to marry?" Link said, Zelda let out a huge sob and buried her face in her hand.
"That's exactly what he said. I'm so sorry Link! If only we were able to keep our marriage secret a little longer…" Zelda said, Link was about to hug her again, but a spear suddenly blocked his way.
"You're not to touch the princess, those were the orders his highness gave us, the princess is to give you that little bastard and then we are to escort her back to the castle." A guard said.
"Don't call my son a bastard." Link snarled, trying to push past the guard, but the guard held him back and turned to Zelda.
"Princess, hurry up and give him the child so we can be on our way." The guard snapped as he and a few other guards struggled to hold back Link.
Zelda let out another sob and approached Link, the guards backed away and to let her have some room.
"Link," Zelda said, gently rocking the boy, "please, take our son and raise him well, I will try to come and see him whenever I can sneak away." Zelda said, tears streaming down her face once more as she gently kissed her sleeping son on his forehead.
Link nodded and Zelda reluctantly handed him the baby, Link gently held his son and glanced at Zelda. She was staring at her son as she wiped her tears away.
The guards moved over and began to move back to the castle, but Link called to Zelda.
"Zelda! What's his name?" he asked, Zelda looked back, and for the first time since he had seen her, she smiled, just a little.
"His name is William, Willie for short, which ever you like best." Zelda said, she turned back towards her destination, her body may have left, but she had left her heart behind.
Link watched her go before glancing down at his son, a small smile on his face as he thought, "William, she picked my favorite name."
Link bolted up into a sitting position, breathing hard from his dream. Why couldn't he stop dreaming about her? Link didn't understand it.
Suddenly, a baby's cry filled the night; Link shook his head to forget the dream and glanced at the blanket next to him.
A little baby was inside, no more than a few months old, the baby's blue eyes were filled with tears as he cried, waiting for his mother to comfort him.
Link gently picked him up and cradled him, "shh Willie, don't cry, it's ok." Link said, speaking softly to his son.
All at once Willie recognized his father's voice and slowly stopped crying, instead, his adorable eyes followed Link's face, watching whatever he did.
Link sighed and stretched his legs out before gently laying his son in front of him. Willie's eyes still followed him, making Link grin.
"You're just like your mother," he said, grinning down at Willie.
Then, much to his surprise, Willie smiled back, (you know how young babies smile back at you when you smile at them.)
Link grinned again and began to laugh softly, suddenly, a little blue light flew out from his hat and floated next to him.
"Link? What are you doing up at this time of night? And what's worse, you keeping Willie up with you!" Navi exclaimed, floating down next to Willie's face.
"The poor little boy needs his rest, don't you? You little cutie! You're even cuter than Link!" Navi said.
"Don't go filling my son's head with ridiculous dreams Navi," Link said, pretending to be stern, Navi snorted.
"Oh please, this kid barely has to try and he's the cutest thing around. Aren't you, you adorable little prince!" Navi cooed. Link rolled his eyes.
"Anyway, I think the two of you should be going back to sleep, babies need lots of sleep, and staying up late isn't going to help with that." Navi said, hovering near Link's face. Link nodded and picked Willie up before lying back down on the blanket. His son snuggled next to him with his hand over Willie's small body. The two of them were asleep almost instantly, and little Willie resorted to sucking his thumb in his sleep.
Navi was about to go back to sleep when she noticed something that would make any girl melt from the cuteness, Link had fallen asleep with his hand on Willie's body, what Navi noticed was Willie's little hand tighten around Link's thumb.
The next morning, Link and Navi were the first ones up.
"Link, I think we should go to Kakariko and find help," Navi said as Link extinguished the fire he had made the night before.
"What do we need help with?" Link asked as he picked up Epona's saddle and swung it up on her back.
Navi placed her little hands on her hips, "you well know what we need help with." She said, zooming over to the sleeping Willie and hovering over him.
Link tightened Epona's girth strap and grinned,
"Navi, what makes you think I need help raising my own son." He said; Navi flew up to his face.
"Link! You know as well as I do that you have no idea how to raise a baby! Sheesh! You can barely even take care of yourself!" Link rolled his eyes.
"Fine Navi, we'll head to Kakariko, but only for a little while." He said, tying on Epona's saddlebags. Navi nodded,
"Good, you finally got some sense knocked into you, maybe we should have gotten you a baby to look after a long time ago." She said. Link ignored her and picked Willie up.
"Com' on Navi, let's go." He said as he mounted Epona. Holding Willie and taking the reins in the other, Link turned Epona towards Kakariko village.
"Navi, are sure someone here can help me?" Link muttered a little while later, Navi nodded and floated near Link's shoulder.
"I'm positive, there has to be at least one woman around here that has a baby or that can at least help you." Navi said.
"Well, what about Impa?" Link suggested, "She took care of Zelda most of her life, maybe she can help."
"Link! That's a brilliant idea! I'm sure Impa would be willing to help, she was really upset when the king forced you and Zelda apart." Navi said. Link shifted Willie a bit and started jogging towards Impa's house; Navi flew behind him, cooing at Willie while he slept.
"Navi, what if she's not home?" Link said as he approached Impa's house,
"Then we'll wait for her to come back or we'll find someone else." Navi said. Link nodded and opened the door to Impa's house.
"Hello? Impa? Are you here?" Link said, he went inside and glanced around, no one was here.
"It's ok Link, we'll find someone else." Navi said, she noticed a piece of paper on the table.
"Link, why don't you write a note for Impa when she comes back? Then she'll know you came by and that you need help." Navi suggested.
"That's a good idea Navi, watch Willie for a sec." Link said, setting Willie down on the bed near the door. Navi floated over and cooed to him while Link wrote the note.
(He just wrote that he stopped by and had some questions about Willie in case you're wondering what he wrote.)
"Com' on Navi, let's go. Maybe we can find a place to stay tonight." Link said, picking Willie up, Navi floated over to Link's shoulder as he left Impa's house, glancing inside one last time before he closed the door behind him.
Link left Impa's house and headed through Kakariko, stopping to sit on the edge of the well to plan his next move.
"We could always ask Saria, she could help us, she raised you, after all." Navi said, Link brightened up a bit.
"That's a great idea Navi, I know if anyone can help us, Saria can." He said.
At that moment, Willie began to cry again, and Link turned his attention back to his son.
"ssh, don't cry Willie, it's ok, I'm here." Link said, setting Willie on his knees, Navi floated over to Willie's head.
"Link, he looks like he's hungry, have you fed him yet?" she asked, Link shook his head. Navi rolled her eyes.
"Link! You've got to feed him, babies need lots of food, now come on, we've got to find someone who has some food for him." She said.
"Where am I gonna find someone who has food for him?" Link asked, Navi floated down next to Willie again just as a woman came around the corner,
"Link, there has to be someone around her with a baby, or at least someone with children." Navi said.
"Well the place looks pretty deserted right now." Link said, Navi snorted.
"That's because it's early in the morning, not many people are awake yet." She said just as Willie began to cry louder.
"Aw Willie come on, don't cry." Link said, next to them, the old woman was listening as Link tried to calm Willie down.
"Excuse me, do you need some help?" she asked, Link looked up, and relief spread across his face. Navi flew into Link's hat.
"Um, kinda." He said, the old woman grinned, "come with me, I can help you, my daughter just recently had a baby herself, she can help you."
"Thank you." Link said, the woman nodded, "what's your name?" she asked.
"Link," Link replied as he followed the woman back to her house, where a young woman was waiting with a little baby.
"Mother! Where have you been?" she asked, the old woman grinned. "Relax Lily, I went to get some water at the well."
Lily glanced at Link, "looks like you found more than just water." She said, the old woman sighed, "Lily, this is Link, Link, this is my daughter Lily." She turned to Lily.
"Link needs some help with his baby Lily, I knew you could help him." She said; Lily turned to Link.
"I can help you, what do you need help with?" she asked, Link glanced down at Willie, who by now had stopped crying and was staring up at Lily and her mother with big eyes.
"Ah, he looks hungry, want me to show you how to feed him?" Lily asked, Link nodded.
"Yes please, that would be helpful." He said, Lily nodded and disappeared into one of the back rooms. She returned a minute later with a bottle.
"Here," she said, holding her hands out, "I'll show you how to feed him." Link handed Willie to her and Lily cradled Willie in a comfortable position and began to feed him the bottle.
"What's his name?" she asked, "Willie." Link said, and Lily smiled.
"That's a sweet name, you must be a new father, other wise you would know how to do this." She said, Link nodded.
"Yeah, he's my only son, my wife… died, a few months ago." Link lied; he knew he couldn't tell them that the princess was Willie's mother.
Lily glanced up at him, "I'm sorry," she said, Link shrugged. "It's fine, I have Willie," he said, Lily nodded.
"What about you?" Link asked, he hoped he wasn't being nosy. "My husband is a soldier at the castle, he comes by every now and then, especially now that we have our daughter Gwen." Lily said, looking at the cradle near the window.
A minute late Willie finished his bottle and began to cry again, Lily set the bottle down and gently rocked him, cooing the whole time. It didn't help, so Lily handed him back to Link, and he immediately stopped crying. Lily smiled.
"Looks like he knows who his father is." She said, her mother smiled and nodded her head.
"He looks like you too." She said, Lily nodded her head in agreement. Making Link blush.
"Thanks," he said, he headed for the door.
"Thanks again for helping me and my son." He said before he left, Lily nodded. "Anytime." She said, and as soon as Link was gone she said.
"I could have sworn I've seen him before."
Link left Kakariko and found Epona waiting near the steps; Navi flew out from Link's hat now that they were out of the village.
"Not that that woman wasn't helpful, but we need to find someone else who can help you." Navi said; Link nodded.
"Yeah, maybe we should go and see Saria." He said, Navi nodded. "That's a good idea, maybe you should settle down for a while, maybe move to Hyrule marketplace or something. That way you won't be traveling all the time, it would be good for Willie too." Navi said.
Link nodded, "yeah, maybe I should settle down for a little while, at least until Willie's a little older, then maybe I can start traveling again."
Navi pretended to fall back and faint. "Dear goddesses! Is this the more responsible and mature side of Link I'm seeing? Or is it just a dream?" she said dramatically. Link rolled his eyes.
"Oh please Navi, stop being such a drama queen." He said; Navi started laughing.
"I couldn't help it, teasing you is soooo much fun!" Navi said, still laughing.
"You're so funny Navi." Link said sarcastically as he rolled his eyes again.
Navi had managed to stop laughing a minute later as Link mounted Epona. "You know Link, you can't carry him forever while you ride, soon he'll be to big to ride with you, and you'll have to get him his own horse." Navi said.
"I'll worry about that later, right now, I need to start heading towards Kokiri forest." Link said, Navi sighed and hid in Link's hat.
"What ever you say Link." She said as she slipped into his hat.
how was the first chapter? I know it might have been a little cheesy, but It'll get better as the story goes on, I've decided it will span over the years, starting with Willie as a baby, them moving to toddler, child, teenager and maybe even adult. I haven't decided that yet. Well, see you soon!
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