Ganondorf was walking in the secret passage way towards the door leading to the corridors of Hyrule’s castle, impatient to finally see the princess after all this time. When he was finally in the corridors, he waited and took the opportunity to scan the surroundings. The place was bright, setting a warm atmosphere; as many silver chandeliers were hung from the ceiling, there was no rug on the wooden floor and many paintings were adorning the walls, most of them were of young men and women, ‘surely, the former kings and queens’ thought the Gerudo king.
He contemplated a particular painting of a blond man, with grey eyes almost black, wearing a luxurious red velvet cape, flanked with ostentatious jewellery as well as a brazen golden crown carved with large gemstones, too big for his own head. The dark king snorted with disdain and looked at the painting scornfully, ‘some people think of themselves as being sophisticated while they just have bad tastes’ he mused.
A sudden realization struck him down, he knew that man, named Ramon, long time ago, more precisely in another life, he was king of Hyrule and a true crysophilist; he would starve his people just to adorn himself with precious metals and rare gems. He declared war to the Gerudo people hoping to get the desert routes under control. He almost died of laughter when Ramon got his large sword out of the scabbard during the battle, it was entirely made out of gold and carved with a giant red gem on the pommel, and the Hylian king was barely able to hold it. The Gerudo decided at that time that the insufferable Hylian didn’t deserve to be wasted time on, he swiftly killed him slitting his throat open.
“Tell me, now king of Hyrule, did you take your jewellery with you once you were dead” snickered the demon king to himself. Ramon’s successor was his own daughter, she sold all his jewellery to make a better living for the Hylian.
‘Speaking of princess, where was Zelda’ he wondered. There was no sign of his lover in the area. A voice lurked at the back of his mind began asking rhetorical questions; only meant to destabilize and weaken him further.
‘What if the princess refused what he was going to ask?’, ‘What if she doesn’t feel the same as he does’, the demon king leant on the wall and shook his head to clear his mind and calm himself. Unfortunately, the voice didn’t stop, but finally delivered the final blow: “what if she doesn’t come?”
Blood froze within his vein, fear striking him and the same voice laughing coldly at his turmoil.
He tried to gather as much trust and belief in the princess…That didn’t work… He decided to go search for her. But where to go?
Fear clutched at his heart, he watched and scanned the corridors with such a desperate frenzy, he walked hastily in the corridor’s way, straight ahead, at the end of the hallway there was two paths.
‘Now what?’ He wandered.
Blood rushed to his head, he massaged his temples to clear his mind, yet, to no avail. How will he find her? He finally, decided to wander about the castle until he found the princess, or threaten someone into telling him where her rooms were.
After walking for what seemed an eternity, the demon king heard a faint noise, he decided to follow it and discover its cause. His eyes grew dark and a smirk spread all across his face as he saw a young lady, wearing a light shapeless gown and a nightcap. He discreetly approached her, when he was close enough, he clamped his giant hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming
“Hello, my pretty, now you won’t make any noise and you will lead me where your precious princess is! Or else I will relieve you of your miserable life, is it clear?” Ganondorf whispered coldly to the woman in her ear.
The servant nodded silent tears streaming on her cheeks and the hand on her mouth was automatically removed. The maid’s heart almost stopped beating, she thought she was going to melt down by sheer fear. She sobbed quietly, internally cursing her gluttony which led her out of her bed towards the kitchens and finding herself with the king of evil himself, putting her life as well as the princess’ on the line in the process. For she couldn’t do anything, she marched silently, the evil king behind her, praying all the gods who existed to save her and the royal lady. After a while marching, the woman and Ganondorf were in front of Zelda’s rooms.
“Open the door.” The Gerudo king growled.
The servant reluctantly executed his order, she knocked lightly but there was no answer, she knocked the door harder this time, still no answer, she finally opened the door under the dark lord’s glare.
the only lighting was a small fire set against one wall, The princess’ room was in traditional royal style, it was still simple yet some hints of luxury were present; the floor was covered by a cottony rug comfortable to walk on even barefoot, a puff chair was placed in the middle of the room, big shelves full of books were put on the wall, a big closet next to a dressing table and two night tables with two silver tri-candle on top, disposed on each size of the spacious bed, on which lay peacefully the princess, sleeping.
The maid tried to eclipse and call for help as she saw the Gerudo king losing interest on her and eying the princess, she soon found herself elevated in the air like a ragdoll and thrown inside of the large closet and locked in there. Rather than giving up, the young maid began hitting her fist against the closet’s door and screaming, hoping the princess would wake up and ask for help.
The royal lady woke up, indeed, scared by the noise; she saw Ganondorf’s agitating the closet to make the servant stop her fit. A look of confusion settled in the princess’ gorgeous features, once her befuddlement was put aside, she looked at the closet then at Ganondorf. When the demon king finally noticed Zelda was awake, he let go of the closet and looked at her apagogically, while the maid was still screaming her head out.
“Let her go” said the princess firmly.
The huge Gerudo did as she said, the maid fell on the floor, cursing. Then she ran towards the princess screaming “My lady! The demon king is here! He’s searching for you, we must…”
The young princess put her hands on both the servant’s shoulders to calm the latter down, and replied softly “I know, Demelza, I know, don’t worry everything is fine…”
Demelza almost went crazy, how could the princess say everything is fine when the demon king was within this very room!? She took the soon-to-be queen of Hyrule by the shoulders and shook her hardly screamed on top of her lung “we are going to die if we don’t do anything!”
“Calm down…” the princess said more firmly, then she turned to the dark king and added “Would you like to be so kind as to apologise to my lady-in-waiting for scaring the hell out of her?”
He inclined his head to Demelza and said in far quieter tone than before with a rueful smile “My sincerest apologies, my lady, I was rather… lost.”
The maid was baffled, she looked frantically at the princess then at the Gerudo… What was the meaning of this?! The king of evil and the princess were acting like old friends, while they are supposed to be enemies! Seeing the look of bewilderment and confusion over her servant’s face, Zelda decided to explain the situation, she appointed to the huge dark man and said “The king of the Gerudo people was an enemy once, it’s true, however it’s now a great ally of Hyrule.”
Strangely, Demelza seemed content with that answer, she nodded all too happy to leave the room and go back to her bed which she shouldn’t have left in the first place. As the maid turned toward the door, the royal lady called back to her “Demelza, wait! I will ask for your to keep the visit of lord Ganondorf a secret, is that understood?”
“Alright” replied the said lady hastily, she curtsied and left.
After the maid left, the soon-to-be queen of Hyrule turned toward her lover and exhaled tiredly, Ganondorf still seemed sceptical.
“Are you sure she’s not going to tell anything?” He asked
“Don’t worry, I know Demelza well, she’s not going to say anything” Zelda winked then added “Let’s go to my private studies we will be much more at ease there”.
The two royalties left the room and went to their destination.
The room was spacious, lit only by the fire place, Zelda sat at the table while the Gerudo was observing the fire burning within the chimney, His face was as solemn as stone, frozen into an unemotional, restrained mask, unreflecting his internal dilemma.
After a long pause, she looked at the Gerudo king apologetically and said “I am really sorry, this wouldn’t have happened if I haven’t overslept, forgive my carelessness”
The Gerudo king looked back at the princess and smiled “it’s alright”, then he noticed, the princess’ awfully pale face and dark circles under her eyes as well as her loosened and dishevelled hair, she seemed exhausted.
“Princess, is everything alright?” He asked, concern apparent on his face.
The princess exhaled tiredly, pinched the bridge of her nose and answered “No…Not really…”
“Care to elaborate? I can help you, you know?”
“I really don’t want to bother you with my own problems, my king…”
“But you aren’t! Besides how can we help each other, if you don’t give me the chance to help you? Zelda you made so much for me and my people saving us from the hardship of the desert, I want to do something for you! I have enough taking food for free!”
“Don’t worry, it’s only a question of time, I will be crowned and take care of the Gerudo problem properly”
“That’s not the problem, I want to help you!”
The princess breathed deeply and finally said: “Alright, I trust you, so I will tell you.” She arose and then sat on the big divan, and appointed at the empty place next to her saying “but first I want you to sit next to me, I missed you a lot”
The Gerudo king did as she said, they were very close now. Zelda felt herself blushing, heat rising toward her cheeks, as she looked up at him. He looked very thoughtful, and slightly perturbed as he brought his hand to her face and cupped her cheek gently. Her lips parted as his thumb brushed over her lips, caressing them tenderly, and she inhaled deeply. Ganondorf started slightly dropped his hand.
“I … Princess…. I should not have done that.” He said gruffly.
“No, on the contrary” she answered softly, then she cupped his cheeks and brought his head down and kissed him. Twining her fingers into his hair, Zelda kissed her lover languorously, numbing at his lower lip begging him to open his mouth, which he did with a groan at the back of his throat and kissed her back passionately. After a while both of the lovers pulled out to breath, an affectionate and tender smiles on their faces.
“Zelda…” He murmured half pleased half astonished.
“Ganondorf” She countered boldly, looking at him deeply in the eyes. She Smiled and looked away, blushing.
Ganondorf was still, amazed; eyes wide and mouth slightly open, unable to talk. He really wasn’t convinced that Zelda felt the same towards him, but there she was, she just kissed him and now she was smiling at him.
“You know” The princess said in a passionate voice “Since the day I saw you, I knew you were going to be mine, I am wisdom after all” she laughed. She sat up straightened her skirts and, slowly, arose from the divan. Then turned towards the Gerudo king and said “I have had an idea since a little while now, I was going to propose it to the council but I thought about discussing it with you first.”
“Please, tell me about it”
“Well” She smiled “This will open many opportunities and would secure the aid the Gerudo people need more than a trade agreement."
The Gerudo lord was unable to grasp the situation nor to understand what was happening, did the princess of Hyrule just propose to him?
“Zelda…No…Impossible….” He finally managed to say.
“What? Is there something wrong?” it was Zelda who was now utterly astonished “Ah, unless you don’t want me as fiancée and a wife…” she finished disappointed and sad.
“No that’s not that” the dark lord replied “This is just crazy!”
“What’s crazy, my lord?” asked the princess, confused.
“It can’t be this way!”
“Stop saying riddles and answer me!” she snapped, impatiently.
“I came in the purpose of proposing to you not the inverse! Zelda this is backward!”
The soon-to-be queen laughed reassured of the love proof of her soon-to-be fiancée.
“Who cares?” she smiled
“What warped dream of mine have you invaded, Zelda?”
“None, this is reality…” she said “So, will you marry me yes or no?”
“Great! I shall speak about our union to the councilmen and advisors tomorrow”
“Excellent” He said, pleased and calmed “But you still didn’t tell me about your turmoil…Zelda? Are you trying to make me forget about it?”
She exhaled “Guilty! Yes, I admit, I did. But thank the goddesses, I did find a solution to almost all of them…”
“Alright, it’s nothing really, some people are working in the shadows: spreading confusion and terror in the Kakarico village. I don’t know who they are working for, they are trying to stir up that village; it’s a clear attempt to discourage me and prevent me to take the thrown. Besides the fact that there is someone trying to poison my father.”
Ganondorf listened carefully to the princess. And finally said “I can help you to crush those rebels”
“No, there’s no need for that, I decided I was going to make a speech to get all my people to accept me…”
A clashing noise was heard interrupting the conversation. The two royalties, scurried towards the door and noticed that the amphora next to it was broken…Someone was listening to them.
“Go back to the fortress Ganondorf, I shall deal with it by myself, let’s not make a fuss out of it.”
“Do as I say” she said firmly and softly added “worry not, I can catch the one who listened to us and make him forget everything that was heard by my magic, we shall discuss about this in further meetings.”
“Fine” he replied flatly and disappeared in the shadows.
The princess, rushed towards the running footsteps and finally caught the culprit by striking a weak light magic but strong enough to make him or her fall. The spy, found herself thrown on the floor with a yelp.
The soon-to-be queen advanced towards her and was shocked by finding the identity of the one who pried on her.
“You?” The princess said flabbergasted.