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Chapter 1: Hard Work

  The young man was bent over at the waist. His body was covered in a sheen of sweat, the sun glistening off his powerful shirtless shoulders and back. His face, chest, arms and particularly his hands, were covered in dirt.  He stood up straight, but slowly and winced, rubbing his lower back. He had been out here all day since this morning. He paused to take a break and put the handle of the pickax against his flat hard belly. He felt the cool breeze blow, the sweat off his body intensifying the coolness and he was thankful to the Gods for it. He reached into his back pocket and produced the handkerchief Ilia had given him as a present on his 18th birthday. He wiped the sweat from his brow and slicked his spiky hair back, the wetness making it stick. He looked up at the sun trying to shield his eyes and judged he had another two hours before it was eventide. His lips were dry and his throat was parched. He licked his cracked lips tasting the salt on them and breathed hard from his exertion of today.

  He heard a familiar voice and saw his long time friend Ilia coming with a glass of sweet ice tea. She had a smile on her face and wearing her apron meaning she had been cooking, but what exactly was still up to debate. She came up to him and handed him the cool glass, the outside of it was perspiring, feeling cool to the touch. He brought it to his scorched lips and took big gulps of it almost chocking, the cold ice cubes clanking against his teeth.

"Be careful now! Take your time Link!", Ilia warned. "Don't choke on it! You look parched..."

  Link did not pay her any mind, drinking 3/4 of the glass non stop, but then paused and looked at her. Her short dirty blond hair was done nicely around her ears and her eyes a pleasing bright emerald green. She had an annoyed look on her face, which he knew she would have when he had not listened to her, but then it softened to a smile. He raised the glass to his forehead and let it cool him off. He sighed feeling refreshed. Thank the Goddesses Yeto and Yeta allowed the fresh ice from their realm to be brought and shared among the people of Hyrule through trading caravans. Yummy fish, especially red fish was all that was really required as payment. The ice cold drink was just what he had needed. It felt like he was regaining his strength again. "Thank you kindly miss." He said with a wink and a smile. "I needed that."

"I know you did. That is why I brought it. You know you do not have to work so hard all the time.", Ilia said in a matter of fact voice. "You can take a break every now and then..."

"Well the goats need tending and milked. The chickens fed and the eggs checked. The horses cared for, cleaned and ridden and the garden needs to be kept up. It does not leave me a lot of time for other things.", Link replied.

"You could take a break every now and then and play with Talo, Beth or Colin... you know he looks up to you... even adores you..." She paused for a second and then continued. "Or you could spend some time with me...", she finished sheepishly.

  Linked looked at her quizzically. "Why? You adore me too?", he asked and she blushed like a red apple, looking towards the ground making a circle in the dirt with her small foot.  He stepped closer to her and she did not move, but she did not look up.

  He was about to reach out to her, but she interrupted him. "You best finish that drink so you can get back to your work." Link sighed and then smiled as he brought the sweet iced tea to his lips again and took the last swig of it. He felt fully refreshed and she looked up reaching for the glass and he handed it to her. For a moment she held it in her hand in his and looked into his eyes and he in hers. There was something in those eyes of hers... something that he had seen before, but something never fully realized. She slowly took it from him in both her hands and brought it close to her bosom. "Father asked for you to come over tonight for dinner."

"What's for dinner?", he asked.

"Come over and find out...", she started replying back.

"Your dad wants me to come... or you do?", he asked questioningly with a smile.

  She got real quite and blushed again. She was at the age where she had feelings she had never known before and only for him. She turned from him and ran off, not sure how to express herself. Link sighed and shook his head. He himself had problems expressing feelings... but he never ran away from them. Of course he would just pretend not to notice or hear... He chuckled to himself... even though both he and Ilia had grown over the course of the dreaded events that had transpired in Hyrule and these last few months after he came home, leaving his soldiery ways behind him... although he still trained with Rusl... she and him both still had a lot to learn...

  He wondered what she was making for dinner, she was not known for cooking... but she sure did try.  Sometimes that was all that mattered. He had heard that Mayor Bo's wife, her late mother, was a very good cook.  He had no doubt Ilia would one day be too... to a very lucky man some day... He looked back up at the sun and shielded his eyes once more. He shoved his handkerchief back into his pants back pocket and raised the pickax once more over his head, bringing the point back down into the dirt.....
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I have always wanted a cover page for this story and EzzieSkull has made that possible! A very wonderful rendition of her favorite happy moments. I can't wait to see her darker side to some of the less happier parts of my story. :evillaugh:

It has the Hylian symbol, Zelda's Royal Guards giving the salute, Link holding Ilia on the ranch pasture, some fairies, twilight, the Ordon wooden shields and even the golden wolf in the back ground. How cool is that!? :wow:

Thanks again to her. Please be sure to check it out for a full view for all it's fantastic glory. Please note, although I will be updating my regular chapters with this picture, I wont be letting my Watchers know it. You guys were updated once because I wanted you all to see the new cover page. Now if I change something dramatically with the story or add an even newer cover page I will let you all know. Enjoy! :)

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After I had beaten Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess I had a long thoughtful discussion with a friend of mine. She was the one who had really gotten me into Zelda in the first place and who also was really the one who got me back into writing stories. But long story short, we had discussed and wondered what would have happened after the game was over. The ending credits were great and gave hints to events that may occur in the future.

Well I figured I would write a book about it. I am sure others have, but I wanted to give my opinion and view of what events occurred after. Sadly I am currently writing three books at the same time, this and two others. One I have already posted the first chapter on this site.

What is strange is that I had started those months ago and although I have had events happen in my life that have made me slow down or stop all together or to restart... for some reason I just had to start writing this... this is a much more light hearted story than the other two I am currently writing. I already have quite a few chapters already completed and many more chapters in my head and at present I have no plans on stopping. In fact I have been writing at least one chapter just about every day... not sure how long I can keep that up, but I am going strong so far.

In any case, I have actually even been replaying Twilight Princess just to get the feel for it again and get certain aspects as accurate as possible. I hope you all enjoy... those that have always enjoyed my stories... and those that are just finding them... Please comment with any suggestions or feelings. Take care.


Edit: I placed this as critique-able (Is that even a word?) so please feel free to give me your thoughts and opinions.  Be aware you can only critique my story, not the cover page because I did not draw it myself.  However, if you must critique or more to the point praise the cover art, please go to her page to do so.  Thank you.
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TheGartonator Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I love it so far, and one word echoes in my mind.

MOAR!
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Why thank you. :)  However, the entire first book is already written.  ^^;  It's now on it's second one, but I have halt writing it for now, although I have almost the entire second book in my head...
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EzzieLynn Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah! It actually looks nice :iconhappytearsplz:
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
It looks very nice indeed. :) Thanks again! :w00t:
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EzzieLynn Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem. Now I have the 2nd one to work on :icongivingupplz:
I'm gonna take a break for a little while if you don't mind XD
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Hahaha! =D Ok. :nod: I am currently working on the next chapter of Half the Sky. :typerhappy:
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EzzieLynn Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconawwwplz: I can't wait!
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
:)
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fishter911 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Why? You adore me too?"
:drool: :faint:
"Are you ok?"
Yeah I'm perfecally... fine... :eyepopping: :giggle:

This is what I would do! :D
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Ahhh, I hate you... :tantrum: your comments actually made me laugh... :giggle:
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fishter911 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*HYPERVENTILATING FROM DESCRIPTION AT START! CANT CONTROL IMAGINATION!*
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:faint: nosebleed! :airborne:
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
=D I have 30 chapters in all so far. :nod:
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fishter911 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY!! LOTS OF READING! I LOVE READING! :D mines a short story but people literally kept bugging me to make it public so i put it here so I can get others opinion on it. If you do read, I would LOVE it if you commented on it. I want to become a skilled author just like you! :D
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
A skilled author huh... Ummm... probably want to stay away from me then. =D Thank you though, I may check it out one of these days, but I do hate to read so it wont be any time soon I am afraid. :no:
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fishter911 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gee... thats a shame... a buzzkill even... im gonna cry :cries:
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
:aww: That actually has me almost making my self read your story now... almost... Those that know me well know I almost never read, so I am sorry. Very short stories, poems (Generally sad) and of course drawings I have no problem looking at. But reading a full blown story just isn't my cup of tea. :no: And I was not saying you can not be a great writer, I was just saying don't do what I do or you'll fail. ^^;
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fishter911 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
but it is short. its only 9 chapters. :pat:
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NinBun-the-Great Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I pictured the first part.......*drools and pinches noise to hold the blood. Tightens fist and exclaims.....* DAMN IT, WHY CAN'T I BE LINK'S BEST FRIEND!!
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Haha, thanks. =D I have many more all the way up to chapter 30. :nod:
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NinBun-the-Great Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay!!!!! I will continue to read them and maybe you could possibly take a look at my fanfic, I'll soon have more up!!!
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I may take a quick look one of these days, but I actually hate to read. It takes great strength for me to read other people's stories. If you draw I have no problem looking at them or even short poems to read them usually, but to actually sit and read a story, no. :( I'm sorry. :forgiveme:
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NinBun-the-Great Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally understand. I mean if I don't get interested within in the first few sentences, then I can't read it. I'll eventually have more pics up. Just wait till summer vak, then it's on!!
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
I'll be waiting. :nod:
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KrishnaBalroop Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Dt first part I could just imagine seeing Link like that *drools* :iconnosebleedingplz:
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the-dragoness-DM Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
hm? i didn't knew they had ice tea in these times :P
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Oh yea! They even have toilets... ^^;
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the-dragoness-DM Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
hmmmmm... didn't knew that ^^ interesting :P
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KrishnaBalroop Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
it will make sense if you play SS
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the-dragoness-DM Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
yeah, true :) but TP is playing long before SS (i think...)
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KrishnaBalroop Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
SS is the start of everything
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the-dragoness-DM Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
hmmm... that does make sense, since that'd mean that gannondorf is a descendant from demise, isn't it?
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KrishnaBalroop Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
PLAY THE GAME and yes he is Girahhim is the kokri (sorry for the spelling) sword in OoT and MM
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Radlady Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
I'm not really a big Ilia/Link fan but this is very interesting. I might have to start watching you ;)
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Thank you. I am more of a Zelda/Link fan myself..., but I decided to write a story with Ilia and Link in mind, although nothing is ever definite and who knows what the future may hold. But I am liking the more out in the wilderness small town feel of being with Ilia, than having to worry about being a prince with Zelda in a huge castle and governing an entire kingdom. Link never struck me as the princely type. Surely he can act the part, but I feel in his truest of hearts, he is still just an average day person with above average abilities. And I am sorry for my late reply. I hope you continue to enjoy reading my stories. Take care.
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Radlady Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Its ok about the late reply. And you have some good points there. Link doesn't strike me as a prince either. I see him as more of a wild and untamed spirit ya know? One for adventure,not sitting on a throne all day. He's sweet and smart,but probably more of a outdoors guy. Do-it-yourself person. I think the way you portray him fits rather well,and I hope you keep up the amazing stories you write.
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Thank you! And I will try to keep up with them.
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Radlady Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I'll be waiting. :D
(Actually,now that I think about it,that kinda sounds stalker-ish.lol)
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Haha! I have not heard that in a while. :giggle: And if you get too stalker-ish I will just beat you with this stick I have over here... :katana:
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Radlady Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
I'll try to restrain myself from stalking you then,as I have an irrational fear of sticks :fear:

(lol not really)
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Because sticks are sticky? :rofl:
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zelink4everandever Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011   Writer
interesting start, will be interesting to see how this one pans out.
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I am sorry for the late reply and thank you. I have the basics of it in my head, I just have a problem connecting my major plot points with the smaller ones. However, I do hope that you will continue to enjoy my stories. Take care.
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zelink4everandever Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   Writer
I wish you luck in connecting the plot points. It can be difficult, but with enough time and work, it should work out.
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LinkNZeldaForever Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Yea, I take time and care with all my stories, but this one in particular is my baby. I want to make sure it is my best yet. While I have made many short stories and posted them here, this will be my first real novel type of story. I think I may have posted a first chapter of another story or two here, but this one by far has the most chapters. And thank you for your wishes...
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zelink4everandever Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   Writer
you're welcome
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