Summary: The Hero of Time is dead. Or so everyone thinks. When Link returns from his journey, he expects everything to be the same. He doesn't expect for Hyrule to be a different place, and he definitely doesn't expect the love of his life to be engaged to someone with a horrible secret. Can Link live life knowing that nothing can ever be the same again? In this story of love, trust, friendship and betrayal it asks the question; How far are you willing to go for love?

I actually wrote this a while ago, and I really wasn't planning on uploading it at all, I just figure WHAT THE HELL? so here it is. I had to edit it A LOT, it was a little too fluffy for my taste and honestly, still is, so I might edit it later. Please review... constructive criticism is needed, flames are not! I had a lot of fun writing this and I hope you have fun reading it...

P.S I do not own Legend of Zelda or any of it's awesomeness, if I did, I would be hiring people to write this for me :P

Prologue: Blissful Beginnings

The red headed farm girl watched from the barn door as the green clad warrior prepared Epona for another long journey.

She breathed in deeply as tears threatened her eyes. She didn't want his last thoughts of her to distract him on his journey. So she watched carefully from the door, composing herself, memorizing every curve of his face, lost in the fluid movements of his body.

When he finally turned around, she forced a smile that ended up more like a grimace. Seeing her, the Kokiri boy smiled brightly and held his arms out to her. "Hey Red" his eyes seemed to shimmer in the pale moonlight shinning from outside.

"Link..." She said breathlessly, placing her body in between strong arms. "I'm scared." She said truthfully, hearing the slight quiver in her voice.

His arms tightened around her. "Mal, I'll be fine. I'll only be gone for a few weeks."

Malon bit her lip and looked up at him pleading. "Link, do you promise to return?" Link looked down at the red headed Malon and smiled. She was only fourteen – only a year younger than him – but she was a beautiful girl that would grow into a beautiful woman one day.

"Nothing could keep me away." He placed his forehead on hers and kissed her softly. She pulled away and looked up at him. The moon seemed to cast a heavenly glow around him. He gave her a lopsided grin and took a shaking hand into his. "I'll be back, no matter what."

Link wasn't sure if his words got through, but the shaking hand in his stilled a bit. "It doesn't matter where Zelda sends me, or who I meet, or fight. I'll always come back to you." Her forest green eyes glistened with tears and she nodded slightly. He cupped her face in his hands and used his thumb to wipe away a stray tear that trailed down a pale cheek. "Red, I love you." He couldn't help but smile at the truth in his words. He loved her.

"I love you too." She breathed, looking deep into ice blue eyes.

Smiling brightly, he reached into his tunic, and pulled out a small ring. "I know it's not much, but..." He held the ring out to her so that the turquoise gem shimmered in the moonlight. His cheeks flushed and he turned away. "I was going to wait until we were older, but since we're both of age and... I think we're ready. I want to be with you Red."

Malon's eyes widened with shock at the scene that played out in front of her. It was rare to see Link nervous. She blinked unbelieving as Link stumbled with his words. "Link...I..."

"I'm sorry." He said quickly, pulling the ring back, a pained grimace on his face. "It's okay. This is too soon, just forget it. I..."

She grabbed his arm and slowly took the ring from his hand. She saw his smile brighten and couldn't help but smile back. "Link, I love you, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you."

"Then Malon." He said, taking the ring from her hand, and slowly descending on one knee. "Mal, will you marry me?"

"Yes." She said breathlessly and Link slipped the ring on a slender finger. Gaining her composure, she sunk to her knees where Link still knelt. "Are you sure you want to be with me? I'm clumsy and boring. And let's face it, I'm a huge wimp. You'll probably be bored always hanging around the ranch doing chores. Are you sure?"

He leaned in and captured her mouth with his. "Forever and always Red." He said breathlessly against her lips.


He ran a hand through silky crimson flames. "Your my everything Mal. I couldn't live without you if I tried." He kissed her again, sending shivers down her spine. "Besides, someone needs to catch you when you fall down the stairs." He grinned teasingly at the beautiful red head in front of him.

"Just come home safe." She said, ignoring his earlier remark.

Suddenly, their lips locked again. Their breath mingled. Fears of what was to come, forgotten, in sweet never ending bliss, all of the pain not yet felt, buried deep in the far corners of their mind. The kiss deepened, becoming more intense and passionate, yet somehow more gentle.

When finally they pulled apart, they were both breathless. Malon's hands reached into her pocket, and pulled out a small pendant. She traced a finger along intricate designs that formed intertwining hearts. "Here." She held it out to the green clad warrior in front of her. "It was my mothers. Take it with you."

"Mal I – "

"Link, just take it." She smiled up at him. "Just remember, I want it back." She interlaced her fingers with his, feeling the rough fabric of his gauntlets in her palms. "So you'll have to come back."

They stayed like that for what seemed like eternity before the silence was finally broken. "Are we really going to do this?" Her voice was almost a whisper.

"Of course Red." Reluctantly, He pulled away, feeling strangely empty and cold, and straddled the brownish-red mare. "Epona and I will be back soon. I swear."

"I know." She smiled up at him weakly before he rode past her and out of the barn.

This night is too perfect to be real. Malon thought cheerfully to herself, as she fiddled with the turquoise gem. The warm breeze caressed her cheek and broadened the smile that played on her lips. She was so happy. So in bliss, that she didn't notice the collection of storm clouds raging in the distance.

Oh no... What will happen next? O.o

Okay, so I'm already done the next chapter, it's just a matter of editing and uploading it. However, I'm going to be busy studying for my chem exam, and probably wont be able to do it for a while, but none the less, it will be coming.

I love writing LinkxMalon fanfics, mostly because they were what I actually started off writing, so I'll probably be adding a bunch of these... Oh and one thing you might not know a bout me is that I loves me some romance, so I write A LOT of it... hopefully the rest of the chapters wont be as lovey dovey as this one, because honestly, I hate writing too fluffy, and I can't wait to get into the story.