The moment I dreaded seemed to take forever as I squeezed my eyes shut. When I opened them I saw Lissa sitting up with an arm wrapped around her neck pulling her backwards. I felt her grip loosen and quickly scrambled backwards out of her clutches. As I stood up I saw her stand and throw the arm forward sending the person flying at me. As I was hit I saw a lock of black hair fly into my face as we tumbled backwards on the tent. I stood up quickly and looked at who was thrown at me. Before I could get a good look I felt a something smooth coil around my neck.
“Oh my pet we are far from done here.” I was lifted into the air and turned around to see Lissa standing there… but this looked nothing like the Lissa I had met. She had dark purple hair that flowed down her back and sharp eyes that matched. She sported a skimpy reveling outfit that showed her curves and figure. But what caught my eyes were the sleek bat wings across her back and the tail that was currently wrapped around my neck. I felt my body tense as she tightened her grip around my neck.
“It’s much easier if you’re passed out to brainwash you. That way you can’t run or fight back.” She gave a giggle that sent chills up my spine. I struggled to pull her tail off my neck but it continued to squeeze at my throat making my breath slow. My… mind was fading… I… couldn’t breathe…! The person from before rushed past me striking Lissa in the face with the hilt of a sword and caused her to stagger making the tail loosen and drop me. I stood up and reached for my sword to find nothing there. Crap, that’s right; I left my equipment with Link. Suddenly I saw a utility belt and sword fly towards me. It was my stuff, but how? I looked over to see the parson pull there hood back. It was Asuna.
“Asuna!? You came ba-”
“Less catching up, more fighting!” I quickly equipped the belt and drew my sword as Lissa recovered. She gave Asuna a disturbing scowl.
“You again!? I thought I was free of your meddling!” Meddling?
“She’s been trying to get you alone so she could seduce you into reveling where the Triforce pieces are. She played the role of the refugee in order to gain our trust.” She had!?
“But how did you figure it out I wonder.”
“When I left I was about to enter the dungeon when I remembered that I saw a grave at the graveyard when we passed through there. Do you know what it said?” I was blindfolded.
“How is this relevant!? Just tell me!”
“Here lie the residents of Kakariko Village. No one could escape the fire that was lit. May they make a new village in the world beyond.” No one could escape. That means-, “There is no possible way anyone could have been saved from that fire without someone knowing!”
“You did you research. That’s right; I’m not an actual survivor. Hell, I’m not even human; but you know that already sweet Soren. I was hired by Ganon to hunt down whoever was defeating his monsters and stealing his Triforce of Wisdom. I would have just killed you but I had to find out where you hid them first.” She really doesn’t listen well.
“Look!” I shouted catching her attention, “I have no idea where they are! They aren’t even with us. They would be too big to fit any-” I stopped and looked at my left hand. Could it be? I sheathed my sword and pulled the fingerless glove off to reveal a large Triforce piece on the back of my hand. Half of it was a shining golden color while the other half was a pale yellow. Of course! Every time I grabbed a piece it absorbed into my body and hid in the only article of clothing I had yet to take off in this world; my sword hand glove. I looked over to see Lissa laughing.
“Finally, I found it! Now I don’t need to waste my time trying to capture you, I can just kill you know!” Her fingernails extended as she dashed at us with a killing intent in her eyes. I quickly put my glove back on and drew my sword. Asuna and I dived out of the way as she tore through the air into the extra tent storage making a loud crash. I watched as everyone exited their tents to see what had made the noise.
“You can dodge all you want but I can still move much faster than you.” We looked behind us to see her standing there, dusting herself off. I heard as people murmured and shrieked at the sight of the succubus. She gave a wide grin and extended her wings causing energy to pulsate from them. Suddenly I watched as everyone around us stopped talking. When I looked into their eyes they looked grayed over and dull.
“What did you do?” Asuna asked staying on guard.
“A much simpler version of my charm spell, it only works for a short period of time but I think that’s all I’ll need. You wouldn’t hurt innocent people would you?” Everyone began to swing at us as we dodged and maneuvered around them. Dammit! We couldn’t fight Lissa with her controlling the refugees.
“Asuna we have to run!” I grabbed her hand as we raced away from the tent area ending up in the recreational area. As we stopped I looked behind us to see the mob had stopped chasing us. What could we do? We had no way of reaching her without injuring the people.
“I know what you’re thinking right now.” I was startled a little from her sudden outburst, “We can’t both attack her but if one of us distracts the mob of people the other one can attack.” But that would put the other person in extreme danger. It would be one against dozens of people with no way of attacking, “I’ll take the mob while you go after Lissa directly.” That was crazy! If I agreed to her plan she could die; even if their just normal people there are still enough to kick, punch, claw and god knows what her to death. I couldn’t trust her to take them all… wait… trust. It’s because I didn’t trust Asuna that she left, that Lissa almost got me. I was lucky she came back at all. If I was going to continue to partner up with her I had to trust her. We may clash again but when it all boils down to it we need to be able to trust each other on important matters. She strongly felt bad about this place and I still agreed to stay without taking her feelings into consideration. This time though, it’s different. I will trust her on this.
“Okay, I trust you Asuna.” She looked surprised at me.
“A…are you sure? You’re not just saying that so you can betray my trust later?”
“Asuna I’m sorry I didn’t trust you before, I didn’t take your thoughts into consideration; but not anymore. As long as we are partners I will trust you. If you feel uneasy about a situation I’ll take your feelings into consideration and we’ll decide it together. That’s what being a partner is all about right? So I’ll give you my trust.” I extended my hand out to her. She gave me a small smile and grabbed my hand squeezing it.
“And I’ll give you mine.” We stood there as we absorbed the meaning of this bond. We would go through thick and thin together until it was over. No matter what the odds we would stand by and never doubt each other. I looked into her eyes and saw them soften as she starred back; No longer a glare or sharp look of indifference but a genuine look of trust, “Come on let’s go!” We quickly maneuvered and I hid as Asuna charged at the controlled humans. I heard Lissa give an amused giggle and watched as the hoard ran after Asuna. When they were out of sight I jumped out and struck at Lissa taking her by surprise as she swung hitting me and sending me flying backwards.
“You really are stupid aren’t you? Even if I’m on my own I still have more strength than you.” I watched as she approached me. As she did I watched as she struck at nearby barrels and sacks shredding them with her claws. I quickly scrambled and swung at her making her block with her claws. She threw me back again causing my legs to buckle and fall leaving me immobile. I couldn’t stand; my legs wouldn’t move under the weight of this pain, “Soooo boring, you really are just a weak human fom a simple world aren’t you?” What!? How does she know that, “Well, time to die.” I watched as she brought her claws down and suddenly I saw Link jump in front of me blocking with his sword. He pushed her off and, while she was in mid-air, shot a magical beam at her causing her to fall to the ground in pain.
“No one is dying in my shelter demon!” He spoke with authority and strength. Much different from how I heard him before.
“Dammit, wasn’t expecting you.” She stood up and raised her wings, “I’ll see you again Soren.” She took off like a bolt of lightning down the hallway and then we heard nothing. Link grabbed my arm and carried me to the medical tent putting me down on the medical table. He left quietly and came back with Asuna two hours later. She sat down next to me and link gave a heavy sigh.
“So, explain what happened?” I and Asuna explained the events that occurred this night. He stood there taking everything in and finally talked after we finished, “So she was looking for the Triforce and you have half of it now.” He turned around and then turned back, “I will have my doctor fix you up and then give you a few medical supplies. Then I must ask that you two leave and never come back.” I was stunned at what he said.
“Wait, why?” Asuna asked unclear about his motives.
“You two have almost destroyed the shelter I spent the last three years building. You hold half of the Triforce of Wisdom meaning she could come back; you are a danger to this place and can no longer come back.” He spoke like a machine. He meant every word he was speaking.
“Fine! This place is a coward’s hideout anyway! If you keep hidings then you’re not worth saving!” she spoke so angrily. But why? She hated this place anyway. It seemed like she was angrier for being accused of the damage.
“Also.” We perked our heads up to listen, “You hold half of the Triforce of Wisdom, you hold the key to peace. If you come back to this, “coward’s hideout” you would be prolonging the suffering of these good people. Everyone wants to go back home. How about giving them that wish?” He gave us a smile that spoke of something different than the last time; this was a smile that meant he had hope. I looked over at Asuna who gave me a nod. She agreed.
“Of course. You can count on us!”
The next day we stood outside the lizard dungeon with all our supplies in my belt. I gave a sigh looking at the next step in our adventure. I looked over at Asuna who was fiddling with her fingers.
“Are you okay?” She was startled and then looked away.
“I…wanted to apologize; when we separated I might have been a little…rash in distrusting you. It seemed a little harsh.” I gave a chuckle and she looked at me with an embarrassed blush on her face, “What’s so funny?”
“There’s no need to apologize, if you didn’t I wouldn’t have learned to trust you as a partner, so thanks for that.” She gave a small giggle and continued to blush.
“That’s a little strange, thanking me for overreacting and abandoning you. You’re strange you know that?”
“I’m not the one that overreacted like a crazy person.” We gave a shared laugh enjoying the atmosphere we had made. When we stopped we looked at each other and I saw it again; the soft eyes she looked at me with. There was still the hint of secrecy behind them but they looked much kinder at me than before and that made me happy. I saw a side of Asuna I had never seen before. It was nice.
“Come on, let’s keep going.” We looked back at the dungeon entrance and entered ready for whatever was going to test our mettle, together as partners.