Throughout the sunset dimmed town, a girl with green hair skipped along the tile path. She had just been released from Twilight Town High for summer. As she skipped through the Sandlot, and the shops of the backstreet, she began to head for home. Children we're playing in the streets, business was booming all among the streets. The teens began to meet up at their usual hangouts, looking for something to do, or to meet up with their peers. Yes…this was her home.
At least it is now.
This girl was named Saria. She wore a white button up blouse, a red tie, and a blue plaid skirt. She had socks up to her ankles, and wore nice brown shoes. But she had a deep secret: For regardless of how she looked, she did not come from Twilight Town. Yes…in truth…she had only been here nine months. An alien among people, but with no one able to see it. And she had a story that most did not believe.
One year ago, she had been a Sage for a land called Hyrule. The Forest Sage for that matter. The Sages we're guardians of the Sacred Realm, doing all things necessary to protect the Land of Light, Hyrule. When her time as a Sage was up, she searched the countryside for a boy named Link. An old friend from four years ago.
But when she did, she was captured by the Head of Castle Oblivion, known as Marluxia. Sent into a deep sleep, they sought to use her as a way to lure this Link to their castle, and obtain the Triforce of Courage. Combined with the fact they searched her memories and obtained information on a Ganondorf, they sought to obtain the Triforce, along with the Keyblade Master.
But it failed.
For Sora, the Keyblade Master, destroyed each Nobody that came his way. The Organization was long destroyed before their plan had come to full scale. And the boy known as Link, terminated the resurrected King of Evil, forever sealing the Triforce of Power from evil's beings hands. From this, Saria and Link we're reunited as friends.
At least they we're friends for a while.
They we're now a couple.
As she moved into the Sandlot, she wondered how it all came to this, being trapped on a foreign world. When they left the Castle to go home, they took a wrong road, and ended up here in Twilight Town. They we're found asleep on the ground outside the city. A group of youths, known as Hayner, Pence, and Olette woke them up and introduced themselves to the group. Of course the three could not relate. Oh yes…there was a third among her too. Mido. An old friend she knew on Hyrule where she had come from. He was here too. Link and him actually traveled together in order to find Saria, since they had common grounds.
But going back to the present, she always continued to wonder how it came to this. For when link tried to find the path to the green fields again, it was not there. Vanished completely. Thus the three we're trapped in the world of Twilight town. Unable to leave. Separated by space from their home.
It sucked…for a while at least.
Link knew they could not live out on the street, so he worked to find a way to get them a place to sleep. He first went to cash exchange and exchanged all the rupees he had for the currency of this world. The man was confused at the precious stones, but after seeing their value, he bought them all. Link was sure that was being ripped off with the prices, but he had no choice.
With this, Link found a house that a man was renting out. This man was the tournament host of the Struggle game, and he was glad to have Link rent out the place. He was even nice enough to get him a job at the local accessory shop to help pay. From that point forward, Link worked in the shop, and doing whatever odd jobs he could to get spare cash.
For their horse Epona, they had to keep her in a nearby stable, which Link had to pay monthly for. It usually meant Link had no cash with two payments already, but as long as he could keep Epona, he didn't care.
As the months went by, Mido and Link's lack of modern intelligence shined as he moved around town. Because of this, the man placed Link into the High school in Twilight town. It took a long time for the man to prove that they we're foreign exchange students, but he did. Link and Mido lacked sufficiently in mathematics, reading, and writing (well…technically he could read and write very well; but not in the English language). Saria however, was a genius. Her time as a Sage enabled gave her the time she needed to learn about things that we're optional, which she now appreciated. Thus, she helped Link as much as she could. While he was still behind the class, he was already catching up really fast. Whatever power he had unlocked at Castle Oblivion from his heart, also increased his brain's ability to think. Same with Mido; whatever Vexen had did to him while he was in the tank had increased his brain's capacity to learn.
Today was another day she and her new friends we're going to meet up at the usual spot. The sandlot was the meeting up point. She wondered where Link was, for he was late in arriving. As she waited, she saw Seifer and his gang on the other side. He was the neighborhood bully, despite the fact he and his gang we're the self-proclaimed Disciplinary Committee. Behind him were his three followers: Fuu, Raa, and Vivi. Seifer was a tall young man with orange hair, a beanie hat, purple pants, a long silver coat, and a blue tank top. Fuu had a blue shirt on with carpi pants, silver hair, and red gleaming eyes. Raa had on a red shirt, and black pants. His skin had been slightly tanned from being out in the sun too long. And finally…Vivi…well…Saria really couldn't describe him. He wore a pointy wizards hat, and a blue coat with green and white striped pants. The rest of him was a mystery.
"Well, well, well." He said. "If it isn't the neighborhood genius?"
She sighed. Seifer had taken a liking to hitting on her…especially at school. He always began to hit on her whenever Link was not around; and right now was the worst time for him not to be around.
"So…" He said. "We're you waiting for me? You don't have to wait at my meeting point to find me honey."
"Knock it off." Saria said. "I'm waiting for my boyfriend, and Hayner's gang."
"You don't have to wait; he's right here." Seifer said, pointing at himself.
Saria was becoming increasingly annoyed at Seifer. She thought about using some magic to trip him, and then head to the usual place. Lately, Saria was developing quite keen magic. She was starting to be able to conjure powers of nature and use them for fun, or as weapons. Link was not sure how she was getting the power, but it was there.
"Join us." Fuu said.
"Seifer is way better looking than your lame-o friend Link, ya' know!" Raa said. "Your better suited with hanging with us than the rest of your posse."
Vivi said nothing other than adjusting his hat for a few seconds. Saria then breathed in heavily, already been quite annoyed with this.
"Not interested." She said, getting up to walk away.
Seifer however moved in front of her, blocking the way. Saria tried to move to the side, but he moved in the same way as her. She tried again, yet the same result incurred.
"C'mon Seifer; I have other things to take care of than be hit on by you." She barked.
"Don't worry baby; I'll let you go." He said. "But first, plant a nice red one right here."
Saria gagged when she heard that.
"No way!" She shouted. "Like I would ever do that."
"It's just a kiss." He said. "It won't…"
Seifer felt a sharp thud in his side. He turned around to see a rock had been thrown at him. As he turned towards one of the exits to the Sandlot (that led to the Back alley), he saw a teenager there, about a couple years younger than him. It was Link, who was currently fifteen at the time. Link himself was wearing similar attire as Saria; button up shirt with tie, but he wore blue pants for obvious reasons. He had on black sneakers as well. His hair had grown out over the years, forcing him to tie in up in a ponytail. He stood there, quite mad at Seifer.
"You know Seifer," he began. "I can tolerate this dictator like personality on and off school grounds. Just not when you hit on my girlfriend."
"And here's the school dunce right here." Seifer said, walking away from Saria. "You know, I help the principal at school; so I get to see all the report cards. Cs and Ds dude. C'mon…even at reading your terrible."
Fuu and Raa laughed as Link stood there; but Link didn't feel ashamed. He knew he was behind; that's why Saria and Olette tutored him and Mido. Link then walked into the Sandlot.
"This girl spends too much of her spare time on you." Seifer said. "You don't deserve a girl that beautiful."
"Why don't we debate about it then?" Link said, moving towards a Struggle bat that was left lying on the ground. "In a language you can speak."
Link moved his shoe under the bat, and then forced it up. He caught the bat as it flew from where it was into the air. Seifer looked at Link and then smiled.
"Vivi; my bat." He said.
Vivi nodded and ran over to some bags that Seifer and his gang had left behind without Saria noticing (she was too busy being hit on to care). Vivi brought out a blue bat with a yellow handle, similar to a sword hilt, and handed it to Seifer. Seifer pointed his bat forward, while Link kept his in his hand, without making any stance.
"Kneel loser." Seifer said.
Seifer walked towards Link. Then without giving him a warning, he swung it forward.
Link saw the swing in slow motion, and simply used his left hand to block the attack. Seifer was shocked when he saw how quickly he blocked it.
"Wha…what!" He barked.
"Is this it?" Link asked.
Seifer became mad and then brought his bat forward for a down swing. Link simply moved to the side, Seifer only hitting an afterimage of Link. He turned to see Link a few inches away. He did another horizontal swing, only to have Link back-flip away from it.
"C'mon." Seifer said, slightly enraged. "Quit playing around and fight."
"Do you really want me to?" Link asked calmly.
Seifer charged at him with the bat in his hand. He swung down to hit Link on the head. Link moved slightly back. When the bat hit the floor, Link ran towards Seifer, walked on the bat, and then used Seifer's shoulder as a way to jump off towards Seifer's back. He did nothing after this. Seifer turned around angrily.
"C'mon runt!" Seifer shouted. "Quit this cowardly crap and fight."
"If you insist." Link said.
Link deflected Seifer's next swing, and then decided to give the guy what he asked for. He pushed off Seifer's bat, and then turned around, smashing Seifer's face with it. Seifer flew several feet from where he was back towards his posse. Saria took this time to run to Link's side, who stood there. Seifer got up, wiped his mouth, and he his gang took off.
"This isn't over!" he shouted.
Link stood there, swinging the bat around as if it was a sword. He laughed as he watched Seifer run. Before he could continue though, Saria pushed his arms away from each other and moved towards his face.
"My hero." She said.
Saria began to make out with Link for a few seconds, but before they could get into it, they heard a voice.
"Get a room you two." Hayner said.
Saria pulled away from Link when she heard that. That was Hayner's usual line whenever he saw them in a sexual moment. It was no secret among the group that Link and Saria we're having sex at least once a week ever since Mido spilled the beans one day. The story was that Link had walked into the bathroom one day, but had not realized that Saria was in there naked. At first Saria and Link we're embarssed, but soon hormones surged through Link, and he began to make out with her. One thing led to another and the two we're in the shower in minutes. Mido found out about it when he went in to take a shower and saw the two in there…which…had been the most embarrassing day of their lives.
The rest of the gang, including Mido showed a second later behind Hayner.
"Way to go Link." Pence said. "Somebody had to do something to Seifer eventually."
"I was actually hoping for someone else to do that." Link said. "But he pushed me to be the one I guess."
"More like egg you on." Olette said. "Way to stick up for your girlfriend."
"Hey Link; next time Seifer gets you mad, call me." Mido said. "I'll be glad to give one for."
"C'mon." Hayner said. "Salty sweet ice cream is one me."
The group left and went to the ice cream shop, purchasing six of the famous ice cream bars and then returning to the usual place. The usual place was an area in the back ally with a curtain over it. Behind it though was a shack that the group had made into their own little hangout. It had everything to keep them entertained: couches, dartboard, and a calendar. Everything they could want for entertainment. Mostly though, it was a place that they used to talk and plan meetings. Today's important item was the Struggle tournament, which was coming up over summer.
"I'll tell you one thing." Hayner said, while he spoke with Pence. "Seeing Seifer get beat up by Link today was by far the best thing I have seen all week. I feel so good right now I might actually do my summer report."
Pence looked at Hayner shocked.
"Nah!" Hayner said, looking at Link. "He still has yet to impress me."
"Oh thanks!" Link said, taking a bite of the ice cream.
"So Link," Olette said. "How's your grades been?"
"Terrible." Link said. "Great that I join the school only after I start catching up. I'm probably going to take Summer school so I'm ready next year."
"So…pretty much Hayner's and Mido's grades." Pence said.
"Shut up man." They both shouted at the same time.
Olette got up and looked at the two.
"Well; he cares about his future, unlike you two deadbeats." She said.
The two gulped as they looked at Olette. If there was one thing they knew about her, it was arguing was futile. She, Saria, and Pence we're the most intelligent of the group, and Link was honestly starting to catch up to their levels near the end of the semester.
"Hey; now just cause I had a D in English doesn't mean I don't care about my future." Hayner said.
"Link had a C." Pence said.
Hayner's jaw dropped when he heard that. Link only stood there with a slightly confused face.
"How did you know that?" Link asked.
"Because you left your report card on the desk yesterday." Saria said as Olette pulled it out of her book bag. "Me and Olette found it the other day."
"So you peek at it!" Mido shouted. "You two are snitches I swear."
Link however smiled when he heard that. He went over to Olette and took the piece of parchment.
"Thanks Olette." He said. "I thought I lost it."
Pence came over and began to peer over his shoulder. Link noticed this and gazed at him.
"Do…you mind?" he asked.
"Hey; you didn't do too badly at all." He said. "Compared to your Ds and Fs last year…you only have one D…and you even have a B in literature."
"Huh." Link said. "Guess Seifer doesn't know everything after all."
"There is a girl named Lina at the school." Pence said. "She went to hospital for a couple months. She was saying yesterday she didn't do too hot because of the hospital stay and she missed so much. Maybe he mistook you for her."
"Seifer is a jerk; but he's not one to lie about someone." Hayner said. "He does get straight As every semester."
"Huh." Link said, taking another bite of his sea salt ice cream. "Learn something new about somebody every day huh."
The group continued to discuss for a little while longer. Soon the day became later and later, and they had to head home to rest. Tomorrow would begin summer vacation, and the entire group wanted to go to the beach to welcome it. Link, Saria, and Mido however, before heading back home, decided to scale the Clock tower. This was their secret spot, where they discussed ways to get back home. As the three stood there and watched the sunset, they wondered about their future.
"Did you ever find the way back?" Saria asked.
"Nope." Link said. "The path is gone. Disappeared entirely more or less. I can't think of any way to get there."
"I miss the Kokiri forest." Saria said.
"Me too." Mido said. "I bet Fado and everyone else back home are worried sick. Do you think we'll ever go back home?"
"I don't know." Link said.
The other two sighed, wondering if their future in this foreign world would ever pay off.
"But you know…" Link began. "This world isn't too bad. I guess if…in the end…we ended up becoming stuck here our entire lives, it would be okay. We have great friends, and even have a place here. Twilight Town…the town of eternal sunset. I kind of like this place. I love Hyrule more…but if we ended up becoming stuck here our whole lives, I don't think it would be too bad."
The two looked at Link. He was right. It was not like the town was awful; in fact it was great. The only reason that they wanted to go home was specifically because they felt home sick. Link wanted to go home also to return the Master Sword, and the Ocarina of Time (which had lost its power when they arrived here. No melody he played to warp carried its effect). Twilight Town was a great town. If they we're truly stuck here forever, this would not be a bad place to be stuck at.
As Link looked out over the tower, he thought he saw someone familiar. He looked down to see a blonde girl with a white dress walk away from the market. She stopped in the middle of the street, and looked up.
He shook his head, but as he did, the girl was no longer there. Gone completely. He stood out over the tower for minutes, before Saria broke him from his trance.
"Link…honey…" She began. "You alright?"
Image the song Hand in Hand from Kingdom Hearts 2 here
Link shook his head and looked at Saria. He smiled and kissed her on the lips.
"But why should we stop looking?" He asked. "Our hearts belong to Hyrule. Let's look over the summer to find the path."
Link grabbed Saria by the waist and leapt out over the tower. She screamed, but Link simply laughed. Link then activated Sora's power of Glide and the two began to fly. When Saria realized she and Link was levitating in the air, stopped screaming. She then clasped Link and looked into his eyes.
"Let's find the way back home." Link said. "Together."
Saria looked at him with fury for a few moments, about to slap him for scaring her like that. Then she brought her arms around Link and kissed him in the sunset.
TO BE CONTINUED