Link breathed in deeply, the sweet smell of Relan's perfume filling his nostrils. They were lying side by side in the grassy field and Relan had a smile on his face and love in his eyes. Relan's arms were around Link, whose face was buried in his tunic. Link felt warm and safe near Relan, but even so a thousand thoughts were racing through his mind.
Link wondered what everyone would think of him and Relan if they found out. Even if king Osirus was to accept their relationship, which wasn't very likely, Vlad, Zelda and the nobles wouldn't. They would scoff and jeer and Link and Relan would be the talk of the town. Even if it were kept quiet, and only king Osirus, Vlad and Zelda knew, there was still the matter of who would take the elf throne. If Relan loved Link he could not, for that would guarantee disgrace for the kingdom and Relan's sister loved a commoner and only those with royal blood could take the throne. The problem angered Link and frustrated him, driving away the happy thoughts he felt when near Relan.
Link breathed in again and Relan's scent washed over him, turning his mind to more pleasant things. Link's mind, strangely, turned to his sword, the Master Sword and everything it had seen him through. He could see the sword in his mind, yet he could also feel it. He could feel the shape of the hilt beneath his hands, cool and smooth to the touch. He could feel the hole where the beautiful green jewel sat, embedded in the middle of the Triforce symbol. He knew the sharpness and smoothness of the polished elfin blade and the weight of it in his hand. He knew the thud of sword clashing against sword and the way his feet danced beneath him, to the silent music of his opponent.
Link felt Relan's tunic ripple beneath him and the soft cloth rubbed against his face, turning Link to thoughts of Relan. Link could see Relan in his mind but he couldn't feel him. All he could feel was the faint memory of Relan's soft, smooth lips against his. Link wanted, desperately, to know and memorize the feel of his face, his lips. Link's fingers twitched with the longing, but Link didn't know how to tell Relan this.
Link buried his face deeper into Relan's tunic, feeling the boy's chin on his head. Relan tried to pull away, worried about the boy he held in his arms, but when Link refused he pulled him closer, feeling the warmth of his body through his clothes.
Link smiled at the warmth he felt and then he heard Relan's heart beat. It was steady and strong like Relan, though on the outside you only saw a quiet, sensitive, beautiful elf boy. Link felt courage begin to grow in him and it got stronger and stronger until he was overflowing with it. Link's own heart began to thud and then before he could even realize what he was doing, he was kissing Relan. The older boy accepted and kissed back, his heart thudding loudly. Link felt Relan's soft lips against his and took in every detail of the feeling. He took in the feel of how happy he was as their lips came apart and then together again. He felt the strength hidden behind Relan's lips and the breathlessness that their kiss induced. He memorized it all and when they finally pulled apart, breathless and panting, Link could still feel it in his mind.
Relan looked at Link with his soft, green eyes and that was when Link knew he wanted to feel Relan forever in his mind. Their faces were close, but Link pulled away enough to move his arm to Relan's face. He put one finger on Relan's nose and with a smile and nod from Relan, closed his eyes and memorized the other boy's face.
His fingers trailed down Relan's nose to his lips and he let them linger there, feeling Relan's soft skin beneath his hand. He brushed his hand along both cheeks and then to the eyebrows and eyes. He felt the elf boy's sharp, prominent cheekbones and his tall, pointed ears, sharp to the touch. He committed it all to memory and then when his hand came away from Relan's face he opened his eyes. Link saw Relan's eyes, soft and friendly looking back at him. He buried his face in Relan's tunic again and just lay there peacefully.
Relan hugged him tight and whispered in his ear, "I love you, little hero boy"
"I love you too," Link murmured sleepily, "And don't call me hero."
Relan chuckled and, breathing deeply, began to drift peacefully to sleep with Link wrapped safely in his arms.
Moments later, just before consciousness was about to abandon them, Link heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He and Relan sat up to see what had made such a large rustling noise and if they should be concerned by it. What they saw though worried them enough to make all sleepiness and peace they felt abandon them completely.
Staring at them from behind a bush were icy blue eyes that only one Hylian other than Link possessed. Queen Zelda. She looked at them, grinning maliciously, before running off into the direction of the castle.
Link gulped and looked at Relan; they were both thinking the same thing. Zelda must have followed them, for Link had thought he had heard something behind them as they walked, but at the time had dismissed it for an animal. Link felt sure Zelda had seen everything and now she would tell Vlad and King Osirus. After they knew and had yelled at them, Link knew Zelda would tell the nobles and disgrace both their families.
Link sighed and looked down at the ground, he felt no shame or regret about his feelings for Relan. But Link didn't know how the other boy felt and hung his head sadly. Relan got up and pulled Link to his feet, giving him a quick kiss on the lips. Link, reassured that Relan didn't feel shame in his feelings, curled his hands into fists and steeled himself to face King Osirus. Relan looked at Link and nodded once. Then the two boys walked, heads held high, to the castle to face those who wished to hurt them.
Standing outside the doors to the elf king's throne room, Link's bravado faltered. Relan slipped his hand into Link's and smiled, completely unafraid to face his father. The doors opened and the boys walked in, hand in hand, up to the throne of the elf king.
"Father," Relan bowed low, his hand still holding Link's. Link bowed low too, but not before noticing how tense and angry the king looked. When the two boys stood again the king's face was red and angry.
"Relan!" he said gruffly, the anger evident in just one word, "Zelda tells me you and Link have been getting a little too close lately."
Relan breathed in deeply and then calmly said "Yes Father, we have been getting close, but I love Link more than any girl I've ever met. I've never felt this way about anyone ever before."
King Osirus looked them up and down, noticing their hands intertwined together and how close they stood to each other. His face grew redder and angrier, but he took a deep breath and calmed himself before talking again.
"Zelda also says she saw you two kiss, is that true?" he asked almost tripping over the word kiss.
"Actually," Relan replied smugly, "we've kissed thrice more than that!"
Link was surprised that Relan was actually talking back and standing up to his father. He felt empowered by it, but also fearful as King Osirus got angrier and angrier.
Just when Link thought the king couldn't get any angrier Relan squeezed his hand tightly and smiled at what he was about to do. Relan then pulled Link close and they locked lips again. Link was more than happy to kiss back as he had always dreamed of being rebellious to King Osirus.
They pulled apart and turned to face King Osirus again. Link knew that now the king was in a deadly rage because his ears were red and his gaze was murder. Relan just smirked and Link chuckled happily at the anger that their kiss caused.
"I forbid you from kissing Link again, you bastard son!" yelled King Osirus.
"I love him, Father, and I would kiss him again!" Relan hissed back icily.
Suddenly King Osirus jumped up and slapped Relan across the face, knocking him to the ground. Then the proud elf king stormed out the door, leaving the two boys alone in a giant throne room. Relan got on his knees and was panting heavily. Link offered his hand and Relan took it, pulling himself up.
Relan was smiling and Link knew he was physically and mentally unhurt from his father's slap. But Link was surprised, for the elf king had never hit Relan before.
Relan walked over to the throne and opened a trunk next to it. He replaced his circlet with a princely crown and placed a cape upon his shoulders. He then sat on his father's throne and beckoned Link to sit. Link sat on his lap and leaned against his chest, feeling the other boy's heart beat. Lying together like this, so peacefully, the two boys fell asleep and left the world of hate and greed for the fair and just dream world. They fell asleep knowing that whatever happened in the future didn't matter, that whatever happened they could get through it together.