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My hands slip through strands of black, through hair belonging to a face I no longer recognize. All that I learned from Zelda, I have applied to myself. My eyes, my body, my birthright, all are hidden so that I might walk among my companions without scrutiny. My given name… I no longer remember it. So long has it been since any who mattered knew me by it.

They call me Ashei.

Auru, Renado, Shad, three who would think to call me their friend, three who would seek to thwart the King of Darkness without need for the cycle. They are the bravest people I have ever known. They stand defiant in the face of an overwhelming power, a hunger that would stretch across fields, across deserts, across mountains.

Were the cycle to falter, were the hero to fall, I would trust the future to them.

Yet here I stand: An imposter.

I wear armor of gold I'd like best never to use. In my hand, a blade I shall never touch. The cycle binds us all. Only I understand this, only I can comprehend the power it holds over us. We will never change it. We will never come close. So many times have I thought to end this façade, this charade, this mask of defiance.

My life remains an unending chapter, a story with no resolution. Those around me will die with grace. They will die surrounded on all sides by loved ones, by family. I will have no such luxury. I will have no such death. I shall walk beside them till the end, only to continue into the next generation as the old one passes into the earth.

Why must I live while others perish?

My mother—my father—they aged as they should have, passed into the final years as one. They lived as one. Fought as one. Loved as one. Never were they forced to extend their lives for the sake of another, for the sake of a kingdom. Why do I remain in my youth, some unnatural of the fey?

The sword is drawn back to its sheath.

I exit the room with the practiced routine of a mountain woman. I stand tall; I dominate whatever room I enter. But as I enter this room, as I see my companions gathered around the map, my gait slackens.

I've watched him since he was a boy, watched as his life followed the same twists and turns, watched as he came close to love, but hungered for something more. But I could not prepare myself for first sight, for seeing my father once again in the flesh, once again taking on the hero's mantle.

My son.

He casts a gaze across the room, passing over Telma, ending on me. Blue eyes. My father's eyes. He is the spitting image of the great hero, tunic's natural green darkened by blood stains and dirt smudges. It is so familiar, a callback to another time, another age, another cycle.
This is the second of a series of short segments meant to bridge the gap between Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, including that oft taboo element known as the hero's child.

Entry Zero can be found here: [link]

Few of these chapters will exceed one 500 words in length, so do not expect an epic.
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SusanBourne042 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
You did a great job
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011   Writer
Thank you. I tried to imbue it with the essence of what I'd like a fanfiction to be.
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SusanBourne042 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
You're welcome ^_^
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Nintendraw Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wait a minute. Is this Link x Ashei? Or did I completely lose you?
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011   Writer
You lost me. Entry Zero is Ashei bringing the infantile Link to Ordon Village. Except that Ashei isn't Ashei. I should probably add a few more details for clarity.
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Nintendraw Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I read mention of Navi?
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011   Writer
You did.
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Nintendraw Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I mean in another response.
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011   Writer
You did.
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Nintendraw Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Gah! You responded this to mewmewluvr2: "It's more one that I've been harboring for awhile. During my early years, one of my first original characters was the daughter of Link. She turned out in a manner typical of characters created in the fifth grade: Arrogant, boisterous, and with all the skill to back up her status. I wanted to resurrect her, but write her believable, and without any of the special powers. Oh and Navi's the mother. Just thought I'd get that out of the way."

But since Part 2 is out now, might as well read. >(
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