The Desert King
"GO AWAY NAVI!" Link exclaimed.
"Navi? Who's this Navi you speak of? Your girlfriend?"
What the hell is going on? Link wondered to himself. He opened his eyes to see a not so surprising face, Nabooru, his aunt.
"Wake up sleepy head. Are you planning to sleep the entire day away?" she asked.
"Nabooru, I just had the worst nightmare ever. I dreamed that there was this annoying fairy that kept following me around giving me pointless advice and shouting HEY! LISTEN! over and over. I thought it would never end!"
"Hmmm…interesting. I think I might actually care if there wasn't something else on my mind, like getting you out of bed!" Link groaned as his muscles fought to remain in the bed. "Hurry up and get ready. It's a special day today."
Crap that's right! It's my birthday today! How could he possibly forget such a momentous event? It wasn't every day that a boy turned seventeen, especially a Gerudo boy. Sometimes it was lonely being the only male in his clan. He never really had anyone to talk to as all the girls his age just stared at him from the distance and made conversation that was just too low for his ears to pick up.
"You're wanted in the Council's Tent in an hour so hurry up!"
"Aye sir." He mumbled
"What did you call me?"
"Nothing! I said nothing!"
"Whatever. Just make sure you're presentable and don't be late!"
Link hurried to get ready. There was no way he was going to miss something this huge. He grabbed his sand colored tunic, his white leggings, and his favorite tan boots. After putting all his clothes on, he rushed to the mirror to try to do something with his hair. The long blonde locks decided to be stubborn as usual and ended up in a very disorderly fashion.
Screw it! He thought. If I waste any more time with this stupid hair I'm going to be late for my party! Running his hand through it one more time, he jumped out of the tent and sprinted towards the Village center.
It was weird seeing the entire village empty. No girls gossiping about each other. No women trading old stories. Just silence. It was creepy to say the least. He had never seen the tribe this quite in his entire life. Despite it being so hot outside the silence gave him chills.
The council's tent was fairly easy to spot. It was the largest in the village and centered directly in the middle. It wasn't too far of a run, but he still had to catch his breath as the sun had decided to be extra hot today and his previous chills had disappeared quite rapidly. Panting and catching his breath, he dusted off his clothes at an attempt to be presentable. Here goes nothing. He thought. He counted to three, pulled back the massive flap, and stepped inside.
As he walked in for his "surprise" birthday party, he was met with a completely different surprise. As he entered the tent he was met with the stares of countless pairs of eyes. They all watched him intently without any distraction. Is the whole village here? Link's stomach started to quiver and he hoped he wouldn't disgrace himself in front of the entire village by puking.
This isn't a birthday party. I guess I misunderstood what she meant by ceremony. But what could she have meant then?
Before he could consider any other options, the council leader's voice interrupted in a booming, commanding voice that demanded obedience.
"Welcome Link. I'm sure you are wondering why you have been called here and why the entire tribe is present. Well as you, you are the only male in tribe. Has anyone ever told you about the ancient lineage of the Gerudo?"
He shook his head.
"The Gerudo are a special tribe with lots of history. Our entire tribe consists of only women and so we must venture out into neighboring lands to find a lover or mate for our offspring. All of those offspring are women, however, every hundred years or so, a single male is born. That male, by Gerudo law, on his seventeenth year of birth shall inherit the title as King of the Gerudo. You my dear are that male. I declare you Link, King of the Gerudos. ALL HAIL KING LINK!"
"ALL HAIL KING LINK!" they shouted in unison, all that is except one. Just before he collapsed to the ground from the shock, he couldn't help but make out his cousin Sabrina's glare. Her hateful, vengeful eyes were the last think he saw before he hit the ground and blacked out.