I am SO sorry that I left this dead for so long guys. Lemme fill you in on some stuff that's been going on that prevented me from posting this.
Anyways, I had to reformat my hard drive a while back and I lost Word (still haven't been able to re install that on my computer) and that made me lose quite a bit of progress.
Then there's the concept issue: you see, I simply went through a lot of beta concepts for this chapter (at least three) and scrapped them due to the fact that I want to make it the best it can possibly be while remotely making sense.
And then I started High School. It's a drag but unfortunately it has to happen eventually and with everything High School has to slow me down with "offer" to me, I haven't been able to work on this as much as I'd like to.
To top it all off, I've been meaning to do this update since the beginning of the month, but I left the manuscript (I've begun to write it down on paper at school whenever I've got free time [which actually has been about like ten minutes every study period, more or less]) and I accidentally left it in my locker over the weekend.
Then I kept forgetting to bring it home during the course of the week. And I finally remembered to bring it back on Friday (and just in the nick of time too!). Then there was a bit of a hassle with having to go out of town shopping with my mom, so I couldn't update it then, then I tried the next day and I had to stop before it got too late. Then I sorta put it down for a while and then I got Earthbound yesterday (so flippin' excited I could just flippin' explode!
DDDDDDDDDDDDD) and I've been playing that nonstop since I came home yesterday, so that distracted me BIG TIME.
Long story short, this chapter was by far the HARDEST chapter to right so far and also the chapter that by far suffered THE MOST interruptions so far.
Really, I'm VERY VERY VERY sorry about it taking so long guys. On the bright side, the rest of the storyline's pretty much finished at this point and I'll try to post the next chapter tomorrow. No promises though, I don't want to be unintentionally breaking them.
Anyways, I hope you think that this chapter was worth the wait.
Chapter 10: Isle of the Great Fairy
Link awoke on a sandy beach. Waves crashed all around him. Odd though it may have been for him in his ghastly form, it was still possible for him to lose conciousness.
What am I doing here? Link thought to himself. Suddenly, his memory flashed back to him. He had been attacked by Dark Link in the Ice Cavern and then a monsterous fish known as a Gyorg came and attacked him in his weakened state.
So that river carried me all the way here, huh? He mused.
He looked out at the body of water before him.
It's odd, though, that I can still lose conciousness... Maybe that's what happens when I 'kill' a Poe? He thought. I guess this isn't the time to reflect upon what's happened so far...
He stood up and began searching the beach to see if he could find his missing items, sword and shield aside. He dug in the sand and walked through the water in search of them for what seemed to be hours until something caught his eye.
A green lizard walking on it's hind legs scurried out from a forest deeper on the island. It stopped suddenly and dug in the sand before finding a brown satchel. Link's satchel to be exact.
Without a word, the reptile scurried into the forest with Link's satchel held above it's head.
"Was that a... TOKAY?!" Link thought aloud. "Figures, they'd steal my stuff since they did it the last time too..."
Uttering not one more word, Link rushed after the Tokay in an attempt to get everything back.
After a while of wandering through the forest (because he had lost the Tokay through all the twists and turns), Link came into a clearing of wooden huts and hollow trees.
Various green lizards walking on their hind legs, called Tokays by Link and his people, walked around conducting business in a very similar manner to how Hylians did in their towns. Heck, they even used the same currency: small six sided gems of varying colors known as Rupees!
As he walked around, he caught glimpse of a Tokay shop: one that sold wooden sticks, Deku Nuts, and none other than a brown satchel. Link's satchel.
The ghost approached the reptilian merchant and, trying very hard to keep his rage to a minimum, began to speak.
"Can I have that satchel back?" He asked kindly, showing no signs of rage from having all of his items stolen.
"Back?" The Tokay parroted. "What mean back? Satchel belong to me."
"I lost that thing earlier." He said, gritting his ghostly teeth. "Is there any way I can get that thing back?"
"Oh, you buying." The Tokay declared in it's broken Hylian. "Bag cost three-zero-zero Rupees."
"Three-zero-zero Rupees?" Link parroted, confused. "Don't you mean three hundred Rupees?"
"No." The Tokay replied. "Three-zero-zero Rupees."
At that point, Link's left palm met his forehead silently.
This thing's insane... Link thought to himself. How am I supposed to come up with three hundred Rupees? Of course, the one time I feel that Rupees'll be absolutely useless, I end up needing a lot of them! And three hundred Rupees are pretty hard to come by these days too!
He walked off, frusterated in more ways than one.
"Crap." He said to himself, walking around the forest. "How am I supposed to come up with three hundred Rupees? I knew the economy was bad these days, but three hundred for something like that is just plain robbery!"
He took the time to stop walking for a moment and look at his options.
"I could fight robbery with robbery, but that's not exactly befitting of a legendary hero, so that's a no go." He mused, not recalling the time where he had stolen a bow, only to get fried by the shop keeper later. "And I can't just go around looking for monsters to kill forever..."
He began walking again, not knowing what to do. Unbeknownst to Link, however, he had walked in a straight circle and back into the Tokay's village, where something strange was happening.
There was his shadow self, Dark Link, terrorizing the village with none other than Link's own items.
Without thinking, the young ghost drew his sword and shield and charged into the fray, getting in a preemptive horizontal slice in on him!
The dark copy dropped the bow it had been firing arrows from as well as the satchel, and with it all of Link's items, onto the ground.
Dark Link drew his sword, but Link acted fast and made a risky move while his shadow self was reeling. He did a jump attack, and just before Dark Link could have his head sliced open, he jumped to the side, suffering a blow to his left arm which, in turn, made him drop his own weapon.
Revenge is sweet... Thought Link, remembering his last bout with Dark Link.
Dark Link, not wanting to lose this battle, grabbed for his shield and dove for his sword. Link slashed at him, but narrowly missed his target.
This did not deter him, however, as he kept on the offensive and rushed after his opponent, not allowing him any opportunity to let him recover from his attacks.
Clang! Metal met metal as Dark Link had just managed to put up his sword to deflect Link's horizontal slash.
But, unfortunately for Dark Link, he hadn't been able to properly brace himself and because of that, his sword flew out of his hand once more.
Link kept up his attacks and slashed him horizontally across the shoulder. Then diagonally across the other shoulder! Then, finally, as he was about to deliver the finishing blow on his long time nemesis, he disappeared into the shadows.
Mark my words... Dark Link's voice echoed across the now silent forest. You haven't seen the last of me...
With that battle over and behind him, Link walked foward towards his satchel and bow to pick them up... only to have a Wizzrobe appear out of nowhere and suck his items towards him with magic.
"Wait!" Link cried out, giving chase to the devious wizard.
Unfortunately, the Wizzrobe did not wait, and instead, sped up the pace at which it hovered through the forest, laughing maniacally all throughout the so called 'chase'.
But, as luck would have it, a bolt of lightning struck the Wizzrobe, killing it instantly (after which it fell and disappeared in a puff of black smoke) and leaving the items unharmed.
Link took a sigh of relief and rushed over to inspect his items.
None of them were harmed and everything was accounted for, including the Pendants of Virtue that he sought so much.
"Good... that's a weight off my shoulders..." He said, feeling a tremendous urge to hold his reacquired items above his head. So, with tremendous feeling, he thrust his satchel and bow over his head, almost losing a hold of them once his pose had reached it's end.
He heard a quiet laugh from somewhere nearby, and quickly put away his things and drew his sword.
"Who's there?!" He demanded, edgy from his last two encounters.
"Fear not, for I am not your enemy." A feminine voice called out. As quickly as the voice had been heard, a beautiful woman materialized before Link.
She stood tall, about as tall as he did, and wore a long green dress that went down to her feet and her skin was somewhat tanned. Her long brunette hair, coming down to past her shoulders and covering her ears, had been decorated by flower petals. Her eyes were a brilliant shade of blue.
She looked like a perfectly normal Hylian woman of noble lineage, if not for one glaringly obvious feature. Large butterfly wings jutted out from her back, fluttering gently. Obviously, Link had just met a fairy. And not just any fairy either: he was in the presence of one of the more regal fairies (the Hylian Nobles of fairies if you will), none other than one of the Great Fairies that lived throughout the land of Hyrule.
"I am the former Queen of the Fairy Land, Venus." She said, introducing herself in a friendly manner and smiling courteously. "And you are welcome for the help with that Wizzrobe."
"Well, don't I feel all stupid now." Link said, sheathing his sword and putting away his shield on his back. "I'm very sorry for turning my sword to you." He bowed in respect.
"It is quite alright." Venus said. "You were rather on edge, and it was understandable. Be more careful not to turn your sword against allies again, though."
Link stood up straight when a question popped into Link's mind.
"Lady Venus, if you wouldn't mind answering my question, where exactly are we?" He asked, trying to be as polite and formal as possible. Unbeknownst to him, Link was already well versed in formal conversations with royalty via past lives in which he knew Zelda and commonly met with her and the Royal Family.
"We are on an island off the coast of Eastern Hyrule." She answered. "It is here where we Great Fairies gather and also an island inhabited by the lizard race of Tokay."
"Ah, I see." Link replied. "Lady Venus, if you wouldn't mind answering another question, do you know how I got here or what happened to the Gyorg that had attacked me?"
"Ah yes, the Gyorg." Venus parroted. "The Gyorg no longer swims the seas, thanks to my power and you had drifted here. You see, I commonly go out to sea to help keep the population of monsters in check and I had killed the Gyorg like any other. In fact, I hadn't even known it had you in it's grasp at the time. I helped you drift to shore along with your items."
"Okay, thank you very much for that." Link said, bowing his head. "Lady Venus, there is one final question I would like to ask."
"What is that, dear?" Venus asked.
"Can you help me get off this island?" Link asked.
Venus chuckled quietly.
"Is something funny, Lady Venus?" Link asked.
"Yes, I can do much more than that." Venus answered. "I can take you directly to your next destination, the forest where the Master Sword lies: the Lost Woods."
"Thank you very much, Lady Venus." Link responded, bowing his head.
"You are welcome." Venus said. Before any more words could be spoken, Link had found himself in a dark, foggy forest, complete with owls hooting and Wolfos howling.
END OF CHAPTER!