If you think I’m gravedigging by posting here, you can just go tell it to Dampé! I intend to finish the story that I’ve started here.
Just to recap a little (some of which was not said), the Dark Lord has taken over Hyrule. Link is old now and is being held captive at Hyrule Castle. At the end of Ocarina of Time, Zelda and the other sages left and took up residence in an undisclosed location (but I know where, so ask me if you want to include them in your story). You can see the rest of the recap in the post before last (by klop422).
We now join a new character that was introduced in my last few posts. Instead of Jaron’s point of view, it will be his point of view (and I’ll switch back and forth as needed).
Important Note: If some dialogue is contained in quotes and parentheses, it is a translation. In this case, it is a translation from Goriya-speak to Hylian (English, actually).
Now, on with the story!
Type: Escapee (non-hiding, though)
Main Hand: Left
Back-Story: The only peaceful goriya left in the forest. He is old, for a goriya, but very wise and willing to help anyone restore peace to the land.
Day 8 – Morning
After closing the trap door and pushing the table back into place, I sat down in my chair and heaved a sigh if relief. … Then I noticed the Kokiri boys’ belts and gear laying next to the wall! “Oh no!” I said to myself. I had been in such a hurry to hide the boys that I forgot to make sure they had their gear with them. Before I could do anything, a fairy with a bluish glow flew out of one of the pouches they had been resting in.
“Hey,” said the blue fairy, “where’s Jaron??? I need to protect him!”
Before I could answer, another fairy with a greenish glow flew out from behind the other belt.
“Rido? Rido??? Oh, where’d you go now???”
Thinking quickly, I got up and opened the door to my bedroom.
“Come this way! I’ll show you!” I whispered.
The fairies followed me into my room. I stood on top of the bed and, reaching up, pulled open a small hatch that led directly outside behind my house.
“The boys are in a passageway under my house. It leads to a cave to the southwest. They’ll be exiting there.”
“All right. Thanks, mister... Gritsam!” said the blue fairy. “Yeah, thanks!” said the green fairy. Then they quickly flew out the window.
I closed and re-latched the window. Relieved, I returned to my living room… only to realize that the boys’ gear was still there! I was in such a hurry to help the fairies that I’d forgotten! I quickly grabbed the boys’ gear and brought it in my room, briefly setting it on the bed. I unlatched my window again, and shoved the boys’ gear out the window, hoping they would retrieve it once they left the cave. I re-latched the window and returned to my living room. After checking to make sure that I hadn’t forgotten any of their gear, I sat down in my chair to catch my breath.
Fortunately, I had smelled the Goriyas while they were a distance away. A breeze had carried their scent into my house at just the right angle so as to alert me in time. As I caught my breath and rested, I reviewed in my mind how this all started.
Ever since that dratted Dark Lord came to Hyrule, things have taken a turn for the worse. He led Grilwol astray, taking advantage of his lust for power that I’ve spent years trying to work out of his system, and granting him evil powers. I’m a bit too old to be fighting against such evil power, so Grilwol forced me to leave the Guild. Ever since then, he’s kept sending his sentries to check on me. I think he’s afraid I’d leave to find some rebels to fight against him and/or the Dark Lord.
The scent I caught was stronger than usual, making me think he must have increased his sentry force. After what the Kokiri elder said last night… what was his name again? … Oh, Jaron. That’s right. The fairy just so happened to remind me a minute ago. Anyways, after what Jaron said last night, I suppose Grilwol has probably sent a larger force to search for Jaron and his friend for what they’ve done to his hunters.
As I sat pondering, I began to hear the sounds of Goriya soldiers approaching. Then I heard a gruff Goriya yell to halt the soldiers.
I looked up with alarm. It was Grilwol himself leading the soldiers! I didn’t expect that. He sure sounded upset to have called my name in such a manner.
“(Coming!)” I yelled back in Goriya language. I got up, unlocked the door, and headed outside.
Grilwol had brought about 20 Goriya soldiers. He normally only sent a few to check on me. I spotted Grilwol approaching me, so I stepped away from my house.
“(Seriously, Grilwol,)” I began, “(must you really call on me in such an unceremonious manner?)”
Grilwol had a scowl on his face. He hasn’t shown me ANY respect as his elder since receiving his dark powers. “(Did you see any foreign creatures in the woods lately?)” he demanded. “(I’ve lost nearly a DOZEN troops in the past few days, and no one has seen the culprits. There’s been hardly a scent left other than that of a strange forest.)”
I smiled. If he wasn’t going to respect me, I wasn’t about to show him any compassion. “(Oh, really?)” I amusingly replied. “(I guess being in charge is a bit harder than you thought, eh? I don’t think I’VE ever misplaced any of MY Goriyas before! You sure you didn’t make them disappear with that eye of yours while you were sleeping?)”
Grilwol growled. “(Answer the question, you old dog!)” he snapped back.
“(Now, now,)” I replied, “(no need to resort to insults. I don’t get many visitors, you know, so I can’t help but find humor in the situation.)”
“(Never mind that,)” replied Grilwol, impatiently. “(Have you seen anything???)”
“(Wellllll...)” I said while scratching my chin, pretending to think. “(Now that you mention it…)”
“(What? What is it???)” insisted Grilwol. I was really trying his patience, and loving every minute of it!
“(Hm… I think I did see some giant bird heading south on the main path yesterday.)”
Grilwol burned with anger. “(A giant bird??? What do you take me for, a cub??? Don’t make me remind you of my power, old one! I will use it!!! )”
“(Why?)” I asked, still smiling at him. “(I was only trying to help you. I haven’t seen any Goriya-eating monsters lately, okay? You’re wasting your time here.)”
Grilwol gave me a frustrated scowl, and turned to go back to his men.
Pleased, I turned to go back into my house.
Grilwol turned back to me. “(Be that as it may,)” he said, calmer this time, “(I expect you to report to me if you DO see anything out of the ordinary. Do you understand me, old one?)”
I turned back to him, sounding serious this time. “(Yes, yes, don’t worry. I’ll let you know.)”
“(Thank you,)” he gruffly replied before turning back to his troops and ordering them to turn around and head back toward the Guild.
That last remark caught me by surprise. That was the first resemblance of respect that I’d ever received from him since he turned to darkness. I stood there and pondered on that while the Goriyas marched off.
Day 8 – Morning
Rido and I exited the cave and looked around to get our bearings. It was difficult to see anything familiar because of the thick foliage. I figured that’s why Gritsam kept that trap door exit, because no one would find the cave that it leads to. I figured that, based on what Gritsam said and the curve of the cave, it exited facing west.
“What should we do now?” Rido whispered to me. “The way Gritsam acted, it seemed like someone was coming that would try to harm us.”
I nodded in agreement. Then it hit me. “Oh!” I whispered back. “It was probably other Goriyas! I think they might be mad we… vanquished some of their kind.”
“Honestly, I thought Gritsam was going to be upset at that,” Rido whispered back.
“I know,” I responded. “However, Faron did say that Gritsam was exiled. He’s no longer in control of his people. ... He has compassion for the monkeys like we do, so that’s probably why…”
“Shh!” Rido interrupted. He held his hand to his ear, listening.
“What?” I asked after a moment.
“Did you hear that?” Rido asked.
I listened. I heard a familiar sound! “It’s Kovi!” I couldn’t believe it; in all the excitement I’d forgotten about my fairy! How could I have forgotten her???
“And… I hear Noru!” Rido whispered. We didn’t want to let the Goriyas to hear us, so we only spoke in whispers.
I spotted our fairies flying to the north of where we were and waved my arms to get their attention. Rido waved as well, and soon our fairies headed our direction.
“Jaron!” called Kovi as she got nearer.
I held my finger to my lips.
“Oh, sorry,” she whispered.
I held out my hand and Kovi landed on it. “Sorry we left you behind,” I whispered.
“It’s alright!” she replied. I brought my hand up next to my cheek and Kovi hugged it.
After we welcomed our fairies, I asked if they could lead us back to Gritsam’s house. They agreed, but I asked them to do so slowly because I didn’t want Rido and I to make a lot of noise moving through the trees. They led us north and we eventually made it to the road west of Gritsam’s house.
I carefully peered out to the east. I could hear some growls and yelps, which I recognized as Goriya-speech. I spotted Gritsam’s house a ways off… and a few Goriyas on the other side. I motioned for Rido to get back. “We were right,” I said. “There are a bunch of Goriyas over there. We best lay low until they’re gone.”
Rido nodded, and we sat down to wait.
After several minutes, we heard a loud snarl and what sounded like people walking away. I crept back to the road. The Goriyas that I’d seen before were gone, but I could still hear them going back on the east road. I motioned to Rido and we cautiously followed the road back to Gritsam’s house.
As we got closer, I noticed something piled up in a small heap behind the house. When we were within a few feet, I realized what it was. “Hey, that’s our gear!” I whispered to Rido. (We couldn’t hear the Goriyas anymore, but we still whispered just in case.) We hurried over to the pile. It was obvious Gritsam had hurriedly dumped our stuff out… of what? I looked up. I could barely make out the outline of a hatch in the back wall of the house.
Kovi noticed me looking. “That’s a secret window,” she explained. “That’s how Gritsam let us out of the house to go find you.”
Rido and I put our belts back on. I had to re-tighten the bottles since they came a little loose from being dropped. Luckily, they hadn’t broken at all.
Once we were ready, I slowly peeked around the left side of the house. No one was in the road. Cautiously, I crept around the house, in case there were any behind it I couldn’t see. When the front door came into my view, I noticed it was slightly ajar. I crept up and lightly knocked on it three times.
“Who is it?” I heard Gritsam casually say inside.
“It’s Jaron and Rido,” I replied. I looked behind me just to make sure Rido was, indeed, behind me. I’d been so focused on making sure no other Goriyas were around that I hadn’t looked back earlier.
“Come in,” Gritsam replied. “I left the door open for you.”
To be continued…
Edited by Lightwulf, 20 July 2017 - 04:45 AM.