The Legend of Zelda: Fabric of Time, Part II
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"The Fabric of Time", part II, chap 1

The Legend of Zelda: The Fabric of Time

By: The Destined Hero

Part One - From Despair Rises Hope

Chapter One

"Come on, Jacob! If we don't get there soon, all the good seats will be taken!" She grabbed the boy's arm and hurried over in the direction of the Town Center, her long, auburn hair flowing in the wind. Jacob didn't know why she was so persistent on seeing this performance. It wasn't really anything special, just another concert by the town band. As the two neared the Town Center, they could see a small crowd gather in front by the entrance.

The Town Center was a circular structure that could hold a few thousand people inside it. It wasn't nearly the biggest structure in all of Hyrule, but it was big enough for this small town. The Center had no roof, thereby giving it the atmosphere of being outdoors. In fact, the walls were just there to limit the amount of people that could see the performances. Just a ploy to make more money, Jacob thought as he paid for his admission.

He was once again being pulled by his arm. The girl had a strong grip, he had to admit. The sun was almost directly above them, shining down into the Center. Not a cloud could be seen in the sky. Finally they reached seats that she felt were ideal for the performance. She would have like to be front and center, but the front two rows were already filled. As they sat down in their third row seats, she saw two more of her friends looking for a place to sit.

"Hey. hey John, Chris!Over here!" She was waving her arms frantically until the two noticed her. They walked over to the seats next to her and sat down.

"Hi, Liz," Chris said cheerfully. "Are you as excited as I am?" Chris could barely control herself.

"Oh, you bet I am! This is going to be great!" Jacob looked over at John. They obviously weren't as excited to be here, but they had no choice. If you brought it up to them, they would say that they weren't whipped, but it was clear that they were.

"Hey, John.How've you been?"

"Not bad, not bad. Just want to get this over with though." Jacob laughed.

"Yeah, me too."

A hush fell over the crowd as the curtains were pulled, revealing the band. The twenty-person band included guitarists, drummers, a few bassists, as well as some trumpets and ocarinas. When they started playing, Jacob realized why Liz desperately wanted to come to this performance. The band was playing all new material. Then he remembered that they had just gotten a new conductor. Apparently, he was famous throughout all of Hyrule for his music. It was very unique, indeed. Jacob looked over at John and they both gave each other a gesture that said This isn't too bad. They both sat back and enjoyed the music.

The music soothed Jacob and he began to drift into sleep. He could feel the beats of the drum through his body. He realized that the drums seemed to be getting louder and his body was vibrating more. This caused him to bolt upright in his seat. He looked over at the drummers and noticed that they weren't playing, but the rumbling continued. Standing up, Jacob looked around for the source of the rumbling. It no longer sounded like the rhythmic beating of drums, but more like a stampede. But no animals were that big. unless.

Screams and cries filled the air as the band stopped playing. Outside the Town Center, they could hear fighting and could see smoke rising from the houses. All inside the Center panicked and ran for the exits. Jacob grabbed Liz and ran for the exit as well, followed by John with Chris. They fought their way through the crowd, pushing some people aside and knocking some others onto the ground. When they finally made it through one of the exits, they stopped dead in their tracks as they laid their eyes on the horror that was unraveling in front of them. Moblins were running through the town, engaging in battle with any man that it met. No one was being spared as Jacob saw a Moblin stab a child in the back, then go after his mother. Overhead, two dragons were laying waste to the houses, breathing fire onto the rooftops, causing them to flare up immediately.

Tears of fear came to the four friends' eyes as they stood there. The town didn't stand a chance against two dragons and a bunch of Moblins. After they stood there for what seemed like hours, Jacob snapped out of his trance of fear and turned to the others.

"Come on! We have to get to the horses and get out of here!" Liz pulled on his shirt.

"But. w.what about. my" she managed to get out between sobs. Jacob looked into her eyes.

"They'll be alright. The best thing we can do is get the hell out of here now!" She reluctantly nodded. The four ran as fast as they could for the town stables. Thankfully, it was on the side of town that was not yet hit. Jacob grabbed a brown horse while John grabbed a white one. The four quickly mounted the horses and ran off with Jacob and Liz in front followed by John and Chris.

When they were a safe distance from the town, they all looked back at the disaster. Almost every building was on fire, if not yet burned to the ground. The Moblins were still running around, killing anything that moved. After they had had enough, they looked away and headed further away from the town.

"En garde!" shouted Charles as he swung his sword at William.

The two were sparring in the courtyard, keeping their skills sharp for when the time comes. It had been almost a month since Ganondorf was released. They had been expecting an attack, and they already got one. Right after the funeral for Richard and Ian, some of Ganondorf's minions had attacked the town of Salenne. Their numbers were not very large, though, and the knights of Hyrule were able to fend them off with little damage to the town. Since then, the country has been quiet.

As the two battled, Link and Nick watched on while sitting against one of the walls of the castle. They had just finished their sparring and were quite exhausted.

"So, how's your boy feeling?"Nick decided to finally break the silence.

"He's feeling a lot better. It was just a case of the flu, but it seemed to hit him hard. I'm just glad that he's pretty much back to his old self again."

"Yeah, I remember when Celes had a small case of the flu. I had to practically wait on her, hand and foot."

"Oh, I heard she was pregnant. Is it true?" Nick could do nothing but smile, his face turning a slight red. "Well, congratulations! It's about time you joined the club!" Link patted his friend on the back. They turned up to see William and Charles still sparring.

Charles successfully disarmed William with one quick move and placed his sword at William's chest.

"Looks like I win, Bill!"

Instead of surrendering, William made a quick roll move and grabbed a firm hold of his sword. Before Charles could do anything, William brought his sword up and knocked Charles' sword from his hand. He placed his sword inches from his neck, smiling.

"I told you not to call me Bill! Now surrender, Chuck!"

Charles performed a similar move. He grabbed his sword and once again disarmed William. He stood close to William, laying his sword across William's neck.

"And I told you not to call me Chuck!"

The two stood there in silence for a few more seconds, then burst out laughing. They gave each other a quick embrace.

"Ah, that was a good battle, Charles."

"Yes it was. But I would like it to be on the record that I beat you this time! That makes it. 21-19 me!"

William laughed. "I think not, my good man! I believe that it's 21-19 in my favor!"

"I'm not too sure about that! Maybe we should check the books! Link!"

Link couldn't help but laugh at his two friends. "Seriously, you guys! I think you take this competition thing a little too far!"

Charles and William turned to look at each other, then turned back to face Link.

"Nah!" they yelled in unison.

"I just want him to know that I'm a better swordsman!" Charles shouted. This resulted into a quick jab in the ribs from William.

"You wish!" Link thought about it for a minute of two, then came up with his answer.

"Hmm. let's think about this. If my memory serves me, then. I believe I'm the better swordsman!" he proclaimed while standing up and taking a bow. "Thank you, thank you." He blew kisses to the "crowd" and sat back down.

"Well, a lot of help you are!" William shot back. "Maybe Nick will tell us who is the better swordsman?"

"Trust me, you don't want to hear my opinion on the matter." Charles took this to mean that he was the winner.

"Oh yeah! Told you I was better!" He began to dance around William, gloating like a little kid. He was interrupted by a pretty voice.

"Oh, how childish!" Diana called out. "But cute."

Charles immediately stopped his celebrating. The last thing he wanted to do was have Diana flirting with him. He would much rather declare William the better swordsman. Following behind Diana were Celes, Sarah, and Adriana. They never seemed to be apart from each other. Link laughed to himself when he realized he was almost never apart from Nick, Charles, William, or Aaron for long amounts of time, either. Adriana was still a little depressed after the events of a month ago. She had fallen for Ian, whom she though was a good, honest man. But ever since that night when she found out his secret, she began to doubt any feelings she ever had for anybody. Link hoped that she would be able to let it all behind her soon. She was such a pretty woman, and besides, he knew that Charles had a thing for her.

"Hey, Adriana," Link began, "How are you feeling today?"

"Alright, I guess." Her response was in an almost uncaring tone. Link wanted her to smile and get back to her old cheery self, but he didn't know what to do. He felt like it was up to Charles to do something. Sarah came up beside Adriana and glanced at Link.

"Link, have you seen Aaron recently?" Link smiled. It seemed as though Aaron had finally found someone who wasn't throwing herself down at his feet.

"No, I haven't seen him since last night."

"Oh." She tried to hide her disappointment, but was doing a horrible job at it. She walked over to the fountain in the middle of the courtyard and sat on the small stone wall surrounding it. Nick leaned over to Link.

"When the hell did it get so depressing around here?"

"Beats the hell out of me. But hopefully something comes along to lift the mood," Link said as he saw another group of people walk in. "Looks like that something just got here."

Across the courtyard, Aaron, Robert, Zelda, and Evan were walking toward the group. Link smiled as Evan began to run toward him, arms up in the air with a big happy smile on his face. Link couldn't get enough of his son, or Zelda. He lifted Evan up high in the air and placed him on his shoulders. Zelda walked up, her bright smile across her face, her long, blonde hair blowing gently in the wind. What an angel Link thought. She met up with him with a kiss.

"Hello, handsome," she said between kisses. "Did you miss me?"

"Absolutely. Hey, did you hear about Celes and Nick?" Link looked over at Nick and Celes, who were locked in an embrace themselves.

"Of course, I have, Hero. Now, let's go inside, it's time for lunch." Link's eyes widened at the mention of food and he was quickly on his way to the dining hall. Nick and Celes followed him in. Sarah had run over to Aaron the minute he walked into the courtyard and couldn't care less for lunch. However, Aaron was persistent and they headed in. This left William, Charles, Robert, Adriana, and Diana in the courtyard. Robert spoke first.

"I think I will go for a walk around the castle. I'm not very hungry, and can do without the food for now." He quietly and slowly left the courtyard. Charles saw his chance and made way for Adriana. She was still depressed, but he hoped he could change that.

"Adriana, would you care to join me for lunch?" She looked up at his smiling face and into his eyes. He has such beautiful eyes she thought to herself. She nodded her approval and Charles reached out his hand for hers. He gently wrapped his arm around hers and they walked toward the dining hall. Charles could barely contain his happiness. He had a deep affection for Adriana for as long as he could remember, but he was just too shy to do anything about it until now.

William soon realized that he was in a position that he never ever wanted to be in: alone in the courtyard with Diana. He looked over at her and gave a fake smile. He didn't much like the girl; she was too annoying and self-centered. She always had to get her way. What a snob he thought while still giving his fake smile.

Unfortunately for him, she giggled and ran over to him. Oh well, might as well get this over with. He took her by the arm and led her to the dining hall.