Episode 7: New Acquaintances and Creepy Mirrors
Dawn had arrived over That First Motel, rousing Pit and Link out of their separate slumbers. It seemed calm, but both could sense a strange event would come soon.
"Decaf. coffee, here I come…" Pit mumbled as he made his way over to the coffee pot that had been set to brew the night before. After pouring himself a mugfull, he asked, "You want any, Link?"
The boy garbed in green shook his head, then walked over to the sink and proceeded to splash his face with cold water repeatedly.
After a quick breakfast, the duo paid the motel owner 100 rupees and walked out into the slowly rising sunlight. They wondered what they'd do next or if Palutena had a mission for them as she usually did, but decided to leave That First Town anyway.
"Perhaps Zelda has more information on Ganondorf's return. We should probably consult her on what to do," proposed Link with conviction. A look of thoughtful concern graced his features.
"What's wrong?" he asked worriedly, catching the uneasiness.
"Ganondorf's goal is to obtain the Triforce."
"What's the Triforce?" Pit asked with his usual questionable pout on his face.
"Zelda can explain… Anyway, there are three pieces to the Triforce: Wisdom, Power, and Courage. When he first tried to obtain it, it broke into those three parts, and he only got the Triforce of Power. The others went to Zelda and me. I possess the Triforce of Courage; she has the Triforce of Wisdom."
"So… In order to get these 'pieces of the Triforce', he'd have to capture the two of you, and if that were to happen, he'd be unstoppable… Am I right?"
The Hylian gravely nodded.
"Well, that's not gonna happen on my watch! The fight is on!" he shouted while ending up in his awkward heroic pose.
"Uh… Umm… Right… Anyway, let's go. Lady Palutena! Help me fly!" he yelled to the heavens which was answered by the sound of crickets chirping. "Um… Lady Palutena, I can't fly without you! Please! Don't make me beg…"
"Well… It never fails… Get in the hot spring and I hear my flightless angel…" Palutena's voice chimed.
She sighed gracefully and said, "Once again, I'll remind you that the power of flight only lasts for five minutes, so BE careful! We don't want fried angel wings for dinner, do we?" At this, Pit's wings began to shine with the blue luster of Lady Palutena's power of flight, and, with a whoop, he shot himself sky high. Meanwhile, Link had pulled out the Ocarina of Time and began to play Epona's Song. Just like she had before. the beautiful horse galloped to him as he patted her neck. Then, he straddled her and ushered her to a light gallop, being sure he was prepared to increase speeds if Pit's time above neared the limit.
As strange as it may seem, That First Town was on the outskirts of Hyrule Field, so our heroes didn't have far to travel. But they were sure it would take more than five minutes, even at maximum speed, so Pit reluctantly agreed to ride behind Link on Epona after his unfair flight timeframe had ended.
"I wish I could fly by myself!" he complained as he landed behind Link.
"Heh! Hey, Pitstain!" a boy's voice sassed from somewhere to the right of them.
"Yeah…" another voice from the same direction drawled.
"…" was Link's silence as he eyed the two dark counterparts. As he did, Epona, sensing the change in atmosphere, whinnied.
"Relax… We're not here to fight," Pit's dark doppelganger said.
Pit had jumped off Epona and now stood face to face with the dark angel. "You know, I don't believe you, Pittoo… Last time you said that, it only lasted for about five hours, then, without even saying you'd backed out of the deal, you attacked me. So… Sorry I don't believe you," he growled.
By this time, the boy garbed in green was beside the angel of Light, staring down his dark clone with his sword at the ready. "What do you want, then?"
"We're here to make sure you don't screw up and expire… Shocking, I know," said the dark mirrored image with a hint of sarcasm.
"Nice, D-Link. But, yeah. That's the general gist," Pittoo laughed.
"Uh… W-what?" stammered Pit.
Link raised an eyebrow. "Huh?…"
"Really? Is it THAT hard to grasp? Pit, you know I helped you get Palutena's spirit back from the Chaos Kin, so it shouldn't be that much of a surprise to you…"
"Oh yeah… I never did thank you for that, did I? Ah well… Um… So, I guess we're on the same side again and- Whoa! What the hell? He looks just like you!" he yelled as he pointed from Link to D-Link and back again.
"Oh jeez, I NEVER would have figured out that one… Thanks." said the Hylian as he rolled his eyes.
"Sorry! It's just… I didn't know you had a dark self, too! It's scary how much we have in common…"
Pittoo glanced at D-Link and shook his head, shamefully. "He can be an idiot at times…"
"Uhhhh, yeah…" agreed the person mentioned.
"HEY! I heard that!"
"You were SUPPOSED to!"
Now, Link had sheathed his sword and currently had the palm of his hand pressed to his forehead. D-Link, however, was stifling a snicker.
"Anyway… We should get going. It's not wise to be caught out here at night…" commented Pittoo.
"To Hyrule Castle, then," announced the dark swordsman as he hopped upon the shadow of Epona. Pit and Link both nodded and remounted the non-shadow horse. Pittoo, however, had been wise enough not to use his power of flight yet and flapped himself up on a warm draught of wind as leaves flew with his first thrust. His wings had a pale green luster to them which Pit was curious about, but decided he'd ask later.
A blonde-haired, blue eyed, pointy eared, girl with a very ornate circlet on her head, armor on her shoulders, and a beautiful, flowing gown stood looking fixedly out the window of Hyrule Castle. She seemed worried, almost as if she had received a vision of what is to come.
"Princess… Are you alright?" a tough-looking Sheikiah with silver hair, a blue, ninja-like outfit adorned with a grey, strange, eye-like symbol, and bright scarlet eyes questioned.
"Huh? Oh, Impa… Yes, I just feel uneasy…"
"Did you have another vision?"
"… Yes… I hope he is on his way… He is the only one who can stop Ganondorf…"
"So, the rumors are true. Ganondorf has indeed escaped the Evil Realm. However did he manage to break the power of all seven sages?"
"I don't know, Impa…" as she said this, the ruler turned back to the window. "What I do know is that Link is the only person in the kingdom who would even stand a chance against him now… I will assist him in any way I can, though…"
"…" the Sheikiah sensed the damsel was hiding something and made sure that notion appeared on her features.
Her eyes were distant as she responded to her faithful guardian's silence. "Ganondorf stormed the streets of Hyrule wreaking havoc and despair in the hearts of all he passed. Then Link, joined by both Light and Dark, approached to vanquish him once and for all… However, in my dream, I saw my reflection in a cracked mirror, but then, I threw it out this window as my image cackled at my efforts to dispose of it…"
"Who ever knew a town this small could be so confusing!" fussed Pit as he glanced at every back alley they passed.
"All we have to do to get to Hyrule Castle is walk straight…" intoned Link as the gang hastened by the large fountain at the center of Hyrule Castle Town.
"Jeez, Pit… Did someone clout your head this morning? Oh, no wait! You're naturally this brainless!" Pittoo guffawed.
"Of course the Idiot would find a bunch of byways mind boggling… Its just SO hard to navigate with all that food swimming around his brain," D-Link snidely commented to his dark angelic brother.
"Just wait till I get my hands on you two…" growled the now befuddled Pit as the dark duo snickered.
"Save the cynical remarks for another time; this is urgent," reprimanded the resolute Hero of Time as he led the group.
"Well, hello, Mr. Serious…" Pittoo lipped as Link shot him a glare that clearly said he meant business. At this, the sass-mouthed angel clamped his jaws shut while Pit made a small, comical squeak-like noise. D-Link, meanwhile, suddenly found the cobblestone pavement more interesting.
A few minutes later, with the tension in the small company slightly diminished, the spectacular site of Hyrule Castle emanated into view.
"M' Lady, the Hero of Time is here to see you. It seems he has brought some companions as well," Impa informed as she made an honorable bow.
"… Bring them here; I have something very pressing to forewarn them about."
Soon, our four champions stood before the Monarch of Hyrule. The two angels and the darker Hylian felt very out of place, but decided they'd just go with it, letting Link do all the conversing.
"You finally came…" said the sovereign as she turned to reveal her pulchritudinous countenance as she wore a bothered, yet determined expression. "I am Zelda, ruler of this kingdom of Hyrule. I had foreseen your arrival in a premonition so please, introduce yourselves."
"I'm Pit, servant of the goddess of Light, Lady Palutena," replied the cheery angel, and for the first time, he did not end in his odd pose.
"I am Dark Pit, however, my friends call me Pittoo," the dusky angel answered.
"D-Link's my name," was the short response from the shaded replica of Link. The boy in green, however, humbly inclined to the princess.
"Hmm… So Light and Dark have conjoined consciously to oppose the King of Evil…" Zelda murmured, her words barely audible as she stroked her chin in a quizzical fashion.
"What do you mean?" Pit piped.
"Light and Dark…? Oppose? Am I the only one confused here?" accented Pittoo while he subconsciously fluttered his wings,
"…" was Link's and D-Link's reaction as they both bore demeanors of puzzlement.
"In my vision, I saw Ganondorf run rampant through the courts of Hyrule, causing disparage and dismay in the souls of all who trembled before him. Then the powers of Darkness and Light accompanied Link to charge and vanquish him. While all this came to pass, before me, a fractured mirror showed my distorted doppelganger chortling at my endeavors to assist you as I tossed the speculum out the window, fragmenting it." At these words, Pit and Pittoo tensed slightly and gasped under their breaths. Zelda, catching this, gazed at them as if to say, 'do you know what this pertains to?'.
Pittoo and Pit exchanged apprehensive glances and nodded at one another before Pit explained. "That sounds like the Mirror of Truth. I remember having to destroy it a couple of years ago because the Underworld Army was using it to replicate monsters, but that whole task was a trick played out by Pandora on Medusa's orders to create Pittoo. If all had worked out in her favor without a single flaw in the mirror, he would have worked for them, but instead, he became a free agent. So… You're saying you looked into it in a… dream of sorts, I guess… and it was cracked?" Her Highness confirmed the angels' fears with her simple gesture. Her eyes expressed certainty as she studied the two.
"Then… There's already a non-alleged Dark Zelda running around, or there will be… Either way, we're fucked…" Pittoo grimaced.
"… Darn…" sighed Pit. He really did NOT want to have to chase down another Dark copy of someone. He'd had his fill tracking Pittoo after his creation and that wasn't easy in the least. Link seemed stunned at this new revelation while his dark counterpart let out an exasperated sigh.
"I have yet to appear before that pier glass…" observed the princess.
"What a relief!" the light angel cheered, his grin reappearing on his face again. However, Zelda's air of intensity did not dissolve…