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Chapter 4: Broken

Link watched the barn door for hours after his shadow had left. He didn't know how to react to what just happened. He was right; Dark had no intention of marrying Malon for love, he just wanted a way to hurt him, and stealing Malon was the best way to do that. Needless to say it was working, but Link couldn't let that affect him. He had been through too much to let Dark win like this.

He turned to his mare behind him and gently stroked her mane. He wished that he could take Epona with him – wherever he would go now – but he couldn't remove Epona from her caretaker, while she was in her current…condition.

He leaned his forehead on hers and smiled. "I'll be back girl, and I'll make sure that bastard is gone for good. He won't bug you anymore."

The horse neighed in response, voicing her approval. "That's my girl…"

Link walked slowly out of the barn and closed the door behind him. He would be back for his horse eventually, but until then, he had some things to take care of.

He felt horrible for all that he said to Malon, she didn't deserve to bear the brunt of his anger. It wasn't fair. She had nothing to do with his shadow's deception, and he was wrong to treat her like it was her fault that he felt so horrible inside. He left, and she moved on. He was mad, but not at her – never at her.

Link knew exactly where to find her. He walked briskly into the middle of the horse track where he knew she would be singing. He smiled as nostalgia washed over him. He missed her voice. He missed the way she swayed to her own music; he missed how she would hold his hand and sing them both to sleep. He wanted that back, he wanted the innocence back, he wanted Malon.

Link walked slowly behind her, admiring the way her brown skirt swayed with her movements, the way her red hair flowed elegantly down her back. He had missed her so much.

"Malon…" The red head turned swiftly to face him.

"Link…? Why are you still here?" Her voice was still lined with anger, but it wasn't as cold as before.

"I wanted to apologize…" He couldn't look her in the eyes. He couldn't stand to see those bright green eyes to look at him with their previous contempt. He wasn't sure if he would be able to handle that again.

"Link… I…"

"Red – I mean Malon, - I'm sorry okay. I didn't mean to yell at you… I was – just… I was being stupid and mean, and I'm so, so, sorry…" He shifted his feet anxiously on the floor. "And I just want to stay with you, if you'll let me…"

"No…" Link frowned and looked up to see her shaking her head at him. "I can't. I know you think Dark is using me, but I don't. I know he loves and I love him… I won't betray him by doing this, alright?"

Link chewed his lip, drawing blood. "I don't care alright Mal, I love you and I don't care if he's here. He's not the kind of guy you think he is, he's not right for you."

"That's enough." She shook her head at him and clenched her fists in frustration, tears brimming in her eyes. "He's my perfect guy. He's respectful, well mannered, he thinks of me before anyone else. He would never leave me and run off for 5 years without a warning! He's nothing like you, so he's perfect for me!"

"Mal, you don't-"

"I do Link, I mean every word." Her hands shot out on either side of her as she screamed. "How can we be together, when you've already committed yourself fully to Hyrule? You'll stay for a while, and then you'll leave and you won't be back this time!" She brushed away the tears that were trailing down her cheeks and stormed past him.

"Malon, I'm sorry…"

"Sorry?" She whipped around and turned to face him again. "You have no idea what you did to me. Dark saved me but you don't seem to get that! You don't know him!" She hung her head sadly. "Were different now, we haven't gotten through one conversation yet where someone hasn't started yelling. You don't know me any more than I know you… Not anymore…"

"But Mal, I –"

"Link please…" She wasn't yelling anymore, the exhaustion from the conversation evident in her voice. "You left okay…? You left for 5 years and you didn't come back. You left me all alone, with no one else, and I can't forgive you for that… I don't want to be sad or scared anymore…" She turned away from him and headed inside. "Just leave me alone Link…"

He didn't know what there was left for him to do but stare at her entering her home, to embrace his demon. "I can't Mal…" He whispered, stumbling out of the ranch. Without her, there was nothing left for him to look forward to. He had nothing left to come home to. So what was the point?

"I won't stop loving you…"


Link had never been drunk before. In fact, he had always made it a point to lecture Talon whenever he caught the man drinking anything stronger than Lonlon milk, but today was an exception. Maybe the reason he was so against the consumption of alcohol was because he never had a reason to drink… but now he did.

Link tipped the warm liquid to his mouth and allowed the burning sensation to creep down his throat. Malon had kicked him out. The woman who was supposed to love him had replaced him with the one person he was almost certain she would never meet. It was disgraceful. He had made a fool of himself. He returned, fully committed to her, ready to give up everything, his sword, his honor, his life, just to be with her again and she all but spit in his face.

Link took another swig of his drink and dropped his head on the bar table, a loud thud sounding on impact. His head hurt, but he didn't care. There must be something wrong with him, because the pain felt good, compared to the horrible ache in his heart.

He still loved her – as messed up as that sounded – he still wanted to love her, he still wanted her to love him back. He could forget everything that had happened; he could forgive all the words she said to him and take back all the hurtful things he said to her if she would just hold his hand like the day he left, and tell him that he was the man she wanted to spend her life with.

Link groaned in his arms at the thought. She didn't want to be with him… She wanted to be with his darker half – as ironic as that sounds – it wasn't fair. He told Dark before he left that he would take back Malon, and he planned on keeping that promise. He would do everything in his power to get her back. But how could he do that now when he knew she didn't want to be with him?

He narrowed his eyes at the figure across the table that seemed to be talking to him. The girl seemed hysterical about something, but he could care less about what. He had more to worry about than some weird girl who wouldn't leave him alone. Like what he was going to do about Dark.

Link's first thought had been to kill him, but as much as he wanted Dark gone – and dead – he didn't want Malon to hate him. And if she really did love the bastard, then she wouldn't be too happy about his death. He had to win back Malon, and convince her that Dark was using her. Link moaned loudly, attracting the attention of the people surrounding him. This was going to be harder than he thought.

"Link…?" Link turned gingerly toward the weird girl who wouldn't leave. She was a little bit shorter than him with brown skin and fire red hair, looking down on him with worried golden eyes.

"What do you want?" His voice sounded hoarse and strained as he turned his gaze back to the drink in his hand.

"Link what are you doing?"

Link laughed out loud. What a stupid question. "Drinking, what does it look like?"

He tipped the bottle to his lips only for it to be snatched from his grasp. He groaned and turned back to the woman. "I can see that." She rolled her eyes and reached out her hands. "Come on, let's get you home." She wrapped one hand around his waist and the other under his shoulders to pull him up from the bar stool. "Malon is going to kill you when she sees you like this."

He jeered at the woman but leaned against her to hold himself up. "Like she'd care…"

"What are you talking about?" She asked, it seemed like she was struggling a little bit with all of his weight leaned on her. "You know what, never mind, I'm sure Malon will tell me when we get to your place…"

"D-don't…" She stopped walking at his sudden plea and turned her head towards him. "S-she… I'm not ready to face her again… h-he did something to her. He must have or she wouldn't have said it, right? He did something to her…"

The woman furrowed her brow at his words; he must be more confused than she thought. "Uhh…"

"Please don't bring me there…"

The woman sighed heavily and turned the other way. "Alright, I'll take you to my place until we can figure out what to do with you."

Link sighed. He felt like shit, but at least Malon wouldn't see him like this. Suddenly, he felt his back heave and he turned away from the girl, to spare her the sight and felt the liquid he'd recently consumed travel back up his throat and onto the side of the building. He laughed despite himself and wiped his mouth clear of the bile. "It's funny, this is the second time I've thrown up since I got here… and it was supposed to be my welcome party." He laughed again and took the drink from the woman's hand. "Chosen by the gods my ass..." The drink was immediately swatted from his hand when he lifted it to his lips and landed on the floor, shattering in to pieces, releasing the smell of alcohol onto the sidewalk.

"Who did this to you Link…?" She sighed. Link groaned and leaned into the girl as she carried him away.


"How could I say that to him?" Dark pulled the redhead into a backwards hug, pulling her close. He almost wished Link were here. He could only imagine the look on his face if he walked in on them so close. "He came back from the seemingly dead and I kicked him out! I said all of those things to him!"

Dark smoothed her hair back and kissed the side of her mouth. "You did nothing wrong…" She leaned into him and he tightened his grip on her.

"I just don't know what's wrong with me…"

"If you don't want to go through with this then –"

"No..." She cut him off, turning around. "We are going to get married, and I'm happy, I don't want to change that." She smiled and leaned her head on his chest.

This girl was a lot different than he had originally thought. It made him happy to hear her say those things. It made him want to make her happy when she said she loved him, and he didn't know why.

All he knew was that Link would never have her. He had lost his chance with her. And Dark didn't want her to want Link back. She looked up at him and smiled with her green eyes sparkling

"So you'd hurt her in the process?"

Dark shook Link's words from his thoughts. He needed to rest. His mind was racing with feelings that he didn't understand and he wanted nothing more than to escape them. "Come, you should rest…" He pulled Malon into their bed and lay next to her, his head resting on her shoulders and closed his eyes.

Dark resisted the urge to pull her closer as he listened to the sound of her crying as the night carried on. She was happy, she told him. Then why was it that she stained the pillows each night with her tears…?

"I didn't deserve her to begin with… but neither do you"

Maybe…


Nabooru was – to say the least – shocked when she found Link in a bar drunk. She had left to find him the moment she heard of his return and of course the last place she checked was the pub. She didn't know what had happened to the poor boy, but the pain on his face was heart breaking. Whatever Malon did to him, she would have a lot to explain.

Link was currently lying on her couch, his face streaked with tears. She wasn't sure when he had started to cry, but sometime in his sleep; tears began to fall from his face and onto the pillow. She smiled down at his young face. He reminded her suddenly of when he was just a young boy with his child-like innocence. It made her smile, yet also made her mad that someone had hurt him this much. He didn't deserve it. He didn't deserve to hurt.

A moan escaped his lips and Nabooru knelt by the side of the couch to see his eyes crack open. "Hey there Mr. Hero…"

Link squinted at her and she laughed at the confused look on his face. "N-Nabooru?" He said, holding his head.

"Head hurts doesn't it..?" He nodded, and winced at the sudden movement. "That's what you call a hangover. It'll go away eventually."

"Oh…" He leaned back down and pulled out a silver pendant. The heart shaped emblem shone in the moon light and Link tentatively ran his fingers along the edges. "I guess I shouldn't have drunk so much…"

She frowned; he seemed really absent minded, like something was eating at him. Shrugging, she leaned her head on the couch cushion in front of his face, so that they were only inches apart. She figured now was the best time to ask him. He wasn't so drunk that he wouldn't make sense, but was out of it enough to tell her what she wanted to know.

"Why were you at the bar?"

He shrugged, turning his face away from her "Because I didn't want to cry anymore…"

"Well you're crying anyway." She indicated to the tear stained pillow with a nod of her head.

He reached up and touched a wet cheek and smiled sadly. "I guess I am…"

"What happened Link?" She felt her anger rise when Link let out a sound of distress. He didn't want to talk about it, but she knew he would, because it was Link. She didn't really care what happened though; she just wanted him to smile.

"I-I… I don't think I should have returned…" Nabooru opened her mouth to object but was cut off by a shaking voice. "I guess I misunderstood when she said she would wait for me…"

"Who…? What Link, tell me…"

"Malon's getting married…" He rolled over so that his back was to her. "I'm sorry, but just leave me alone."

Nabooru nodded her head. As much as she wanted to elaborate on it, she could wait until he was more willing to speak about it. "Alright Link…" She breathed, running her hand through his hair. She really did miss her old friend. She never believed them when they said he was dead. Link was too strong, too determined to allow himself to die. She had gone searching for him, but had come up with nothing. Where ever Link was hiding, it was nowhere in Hyrule.

She had missed her old friend….

Link….Link awoke with a splitting headache and aching limbs. He looked over to where Nabooru was sleeping and sighed. It had been a while since he'd seen his old friend, and he missed her. He had often admired her confident attitude and courageous personality. And to be honest, he was just glad that he wasn't alone anymore.


He knew she would try and get answers from him, but he just wanted to forget about it. He pushed himself up and stiffened when Nabooru turned to face him. "Trying to escape?" She giggled holding herself up on her forearms.

"I was…" He looked up at her and grinned. "It's good to see you again Nabooru…"

"Changing the subject I see…?" She stood up and stretched. Last time he had seen her, she was taller than him, and Link felt a strange surge of pride that he was around her height now. "That's alright." She continued. "So are you going to answer some questions?"

"I'd rather not." Link said honestly. He just wanted to go bad to bed and forget that anything happened. Nabooru however, wasn't going to stand for any pity Link wanted to receive. Knowing that; he sighed and leaned his throbbing head against the cushions.

"First; where were you?" She had moved to sit next to him, and leaned on the edge of the couch in anticipation.

"I don't really know, somewhere out of Hyrule; Oridon or something along the lines of that… I don't remember how I got there; I woke up in some weird hut." He laughed and ran a hand through shaggy blonde hair. "That place is a lot different than Hyrule. I almost didn't make it back." He looked around, taking in the scenery of her small house. It was obvious it was just her living there, but it was cozy none the less.

"Hey Nabooru…?" Link asked turning to the Gerudo. "Why are you living in Castle Town?"

"Huh? Oh, well I was kicked out of the Gerudos"

Link blinked in disbelief. She was their leader; he didn't even think that was possible. "What happened?"

"Well…" She looked down at her feet, her face turning a shade darker. "I- something happened to someone I cared about, and I went looking for him. The Gerudos wanted me to stay, but I wouldn't, so here I am."

Link smiled at her. "Who was it?" When she didn't answer, he nodded. He would accept her privacy if she didn't want to tell him. "Whoever it is, I hope they were worth it."

"I think they were…" She looked back at Link and smiled, before resuming her original composed position. "So, about last night…" She leaned in closer to him, as if to make sure he wasn't lying. "What did you mean when you said someone did something to Malon…?"

"I-I said that?" He furrowed his brow in confusion. He didn't remember saying anything more than the few things he said to his Gerudo friend when he awoke in her house the first time. Apparently, he was more out of it last night than he had first thought. Link sighed, he was dreading the question. As much as he trusted Nabooru, he wasn't sure it this was something he should share with her.

Nabooru answered his question with a nod. "W-well…"

"NABOORU!"

Link shot up with relief.

"HOLD ON!" Nabooru called back, and turned to face Link. "So, what…?"

"Come on Nabooru, you can't just leave them waiting." Link smiled and rushed to open the door. He was sure Nabooru knew he was stalling, but he couldn't care less then. He just needed a little time to come up with some kind of lie to get her off of his back.

Link swung open the door and was shocked still at the sight.

"LINK!" Link shivered as two slimy appendages wrapped tightly around his neck. "I heard you had returned, though I didn't believe it!"

"Ah – R-ruto?" A series of giggles erupted in his ear, as he pushed at the limbs enclosing around him. "Ruto, please stop, your crushing me…"

She giggled again, and pulled away. "Sorry…" She turned angrily to Nabooru and pointed a finger in her direction. "Link was here and you didn't tell me!"

Nabooru shrugged, and shot Link a look that he was too tired to read into. "He just got here last night."

Ruto narrowed her eyes at the Gerudo, and then turned happily to Link. "I have someone you should meet!" She ran outside, and returned a few minutes later dragging a Zora male carrying a small toddler. "This is Mikau!"

Link arched a brow, but reluctantly took his hand without the baby, almost cringing at the slimy feel. "Uh… I'm Link…"

"I know…" He answered in a nervous voice, obviously uncomfortable with Ruto smiling and observing the interaction. "Ruto talks about you all of the time…"

"Link…" Ruto somehow managed to smile wider than before and grasped his arm that had just pulled away. "This is my husband!"

Link blinked in surprise for a second before the idea registered in his mind. "Oh…" Ruto pouted, his reaction obviously not meeting her expectations, but she shrugged and turned to Nabooru. "I wish I could stay, but I have a meeting with Zelda, would you mind watching Lulu for me?" Link looked down at the baby, slightly paranoid seeing as the thing hadn't looked away from him since it enter the house, and was relieved when it – she – turned towards Nabooru instead. "I really have to hurry, but we'll be back soon." She cooed the baby before handing it to Nabooru who reluctantly accepted it.

"You should find a baby sitter for this thing."

"But I already have a great one!" She smiled, pulling Nabooru in for a quick hug and turning to Link. "I guess I'll see you soon…"

"Uh actually, I'll just come with you; I have to talk to Zelda." He could feel Nabooru's cold stare at the back of his head but chose to ignore it. She knew he was avoiding the question, but right now, he didn't care.

"Sure!" She beamed taking Mikau and Link by the arms, and dragging them out the door. Link looked back at an angered Gerudo and smiled. He would have a lot to make up for when he returned.


A.N~ This chapter was supposed to be longer, but if I made it as long as I planned, it would have been another chapter long…. T.T so yeah…tell me what you think…. There is a lot of foreshadowing in this chapter of what is going to happen… or so I'd like to think….

BTW I was going to draw a bunch of LinkXMal pics and put them on Deviantart….so if anyone wants to see them, or has a request for a scene to be drawn on paper… PM ME! (my Deviantart account is blackorchid2007 XD)

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