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Nagori, Saimon and Senkyoku - A Wind Waker Tale

By achitka
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Chapter 12: Chapter 11: Don't look into the light...

Chapter 11: Don't look into the light...

"Are you done now?" Link asked Saimon once the fairy stopped shouting. "You could warn a guy you know." Saimon took off his hat and wrung it out. He trudged up Link's shirt and sat on his shoulder. Link sat up carefully and looked around. The boat was gone. "Well, it doesn't look like we're going anywhere for awhile, at least until he gets back." Saimon remained quiet. Since neither of them could understand the other, he knew he was just talking to fill the silence. He put the stone around his neck. "I'm going back down; I still want to try to talk to Jabun."

He got up and walked over to the cave entrance and stuck his head in, he noticed the wrong feeling was gone. Whatever it was, obviously vacated the area with Al and Kei. He ventured deeper inside and made his way to the cavern. He carefully examined the walls. Nothing moved so he walked over to where he last remembered being and found his sword, shield and the boomerang still lying in the sand. He picked up the items and put them away.

The tracks on the ground led down to out crop that obscured a covered a passageway. He followed the trail down to an interior lake. Nothing moved, even the water seemed still. Saimon tugged at one of his ears and he looked over in that direction. He walked carefully in the coarse sand trying not to trip over the crabs that scurried out of his way. His foot caught on what felt like a rock, but when he sunk a littler deeper and heard the faint click of a switch as it tripped, he looked around. Link could hear a door moving but was unsure of it location.

He squinted and tried to see deeper into the darkness. A dim bluish light shone under the water near the back of a large egress. The light bobbed underwater for a moment or two longer then popped up out of the water followed by a very large fish. Water washed up onto the beach and uncovered the switch that lay buried beneath the sand. Saimon tugged at his ear trying to get him to move forward, but Link stayed put. The switch he was standing on has that spongy feel that told him if he left it, whatever door he just opened, would shut.

"I can't leave the switch Saimon," he said pointing down; Saimon seemed to understand and stopped tugging.

"Greetings Jabun." Link said with a bow. "It's good to see you're still here."

"Galutas Kaze no Tukato," Jabun said, his deep watery voice echoed through the chamber. "Jous vinto daj'po mujio ju...have discovered..." Link startled by his sudden understanding looked down at Saimon and saw the fairy held his piece of gossip stone. As Jabun spoke, Saimon whispered into it causing Jabun's speech to become clear. "...the evil which has crept into our ocean." So that's how he did it, Link thought.

"I was hoping you'd seen a friend. We were traveling together and became separated."

"The one you seek left the Island a day and a half ago with the pale one."

"I see, any guesses as to where they might have gone?"

"They sailed north."

"Jabun, is there anything you can tell me about Hito-"

"Do not speak that name Wind Waker," Jabun said interrupting him. "To say it is to draw the Shadow's attention to you."

"Oh."

"You must be on your guard with that one. It caught me unawares as I slept, and trapped me beneath the lake."

"What is it?"

"A piece of darkness left over from another time."

"Do you know what it wants?"

"It seeks to regain what it lost when Mei escaped its influence." Jabun moved a little closer to shore and water lapped over Link's boots. "And if that is who I believe it is, Shadow may yet succeed."

"Huh?" Link looked down. "Oh Saimon."

"Why are you not with your charge fairy."

Saimon turned back to back and spoke to the water guardian. "Mui sulin don Lien qui de Dalkin."

"Ju salle bon uryan mancha." Jabun's tone sounded worried.

"Ilia des circonste kan ans jes mui je."

"Ju daj'lui devez avainte," Jabun said and Saimon nodded.

Link was sure there was something in that part of the conversation he needed to know, but held his tongue. Hopefully, Jabun would fill him in. He figured Saimon must some how be helping Al remain who he was, so when Saimon returned to his translation duties he asked,"How long can Al last without Saimon?"

"Al? Oh yes that is his preferred name," Jabun chuckled. "Its influence over him in the past was strong, depending on how his sister has fared throughout these long years will be the critical aspect."

"His sister?"

"The one known as Kei. That is who Dalkin left the island with."

"That old man...was a woman?"

"Was... " Jabun paused. "Yes that would be a good description, she is not herself."

"I don't understand."

"Have you not spoken with Dalkin or Saimon about this?"

"Well actually no, I was only with Al for a few days, and Saimon wasn't actually visible to me before yesterday," Link shifted from foot to foot. "Do you think it would be safe to move off this switch?"

"Yes, I am beyond the doorway now."

"Good," he said with a sigh, "I don't know how well you understand me," he said while pulling his foot out of the wet sand, "but Saimon is translating your words for me, otherwise we would be having a much harder time talking."

"Yes this conversation was going much smoother than the ones we've had in the past. Perhaps that is why Dalkin chose to leave Saimon with you, though it was a very risky thing to do." Jabun again directed his attention to the fairy. "Saimon are you willing to translate my words as spoken to the Wind Waker?" Saimon paused and looked at the Great Fish, thought for a moment and nodded. "Very well, Link I will tell you a story."

Link sat down on the beach and put Saimon in front of him with the stone.

"It is the story of how a promise can cause sorrow so great, the world drown in the Goddesses tears."
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A very long time ago, there lived on the fields of Hyrule a boy and his sister. Many said the children were almost identical of face, and being twins, they were all but inseparable. They lived happily with their parents, all was well, and good until the day the boy, while out exploring, discovered a cave. He stood outside the entrance and looked into the gloom and almost ran away until his sister joined him; together they were unafraid and entered.

The way was dark, but a dim light shone in the distance. So, they stumbled on tripping over rocky outcrops, skinning knees and hands until they came to the source of the light. The light, it turned out, was not one but two. The sight mesmerized the children and holding out their hands the lights came to them. The children played with the lights believing them to be the fairies they'd been told about so many during their bedtime ritual.

When they returned home that evening, they determined not to tell their parents what happened that day. Adults they knew were distrustful of the fairies, thinking they would lead the children away from home and into the lost woods where they would be doomed to become skull kids. The children did not believe the stories they were so often told and returned to the cave every day for months and played with the lights in secret. The adults became suspicious when the two, gone from home for hours on end, no longer in the company of friends, followed the children and discovered the cave.

The adults admonished them and forbade them ever to return to that place. Unknown to their parents was, that it was already too late, for the children's hearts were taken by the lights and in stealthy fashion, the children began to call themselves by the names given them by the lights. The boy became Mei, his sister Kei, and together just as the lights told them; dark and light came together to become the perfect shadow. Still unknown to the children was the true nature of the lights that held them enthralled. Known to the Sages as tekuragari the lights symbolized the outward tendrils of a greater evil. An evil so old, that most no longer believed in the danger they embodied.

When the children were no longer able to hide their clandestine trips, their parents fearing the worst began to make plans to break up their family. Each was to take one child and move far away. In truth, the lights were with them almost continually. Now fearful of being separated, the children, lured by the promises of the tekuragari, ran from their home and their last source of protection from Shadow's influence - the love of their parents. Determined to stay together, Mei and Kei accepted the whispered lies, and set out on what they thought would be a grand adventure.

What followed was far from grand and being children, they did not realize the amount of care they required. Without their parents, survival inevitably became the singular focus of their lives. They learned to steal, cheat and hurt without regret to get the things they required. The tekuragari are beings without pity and they prodded the children onward. To keep them moving they always told them, that shelter was always just ahead, if only they could find the one child who could help them. This child the fairies said, held great compassion and would understand their plight. So the children searched from town to town, but to no avail, and Mei was soon convinced that no such child existed.

The children's parents, upon discovering they were gone, were distraught at the thought of their young ones being out in the world by themselves, and so set out to look for their children. Having no idea which way to look first, they told all they met of their troubles. The parents told their sad story to all who would listen and was heard by many, until it was overheard one day by young man. Remembering a pair of sickly and wayward children he'd cared for on the road several days earlier, he sought out the parents. Once found they told the young man about their children and the evil lights and asked if the children he'd seen had things traveling with them.

He told them honestly he'd not noticed any, but it had been an unusually sunny day and at night, the children slept almost from sundown until sunup, and he may have overlooked them. The parents asked which way they went and he took them to the crossroads and pointed them in the direction he'd last seen the children take. The grateful parents thanked the young man for his kindness, for they were sure the children were theirs and set off in the direction he indicated

As he watched the parents leave, something nagged at him about the lights the parents described. He sought out the village Elder and repeated the story told by the sad couple. The Elder immediately became concerned and told him the legend of the tekuragari, and what the old stories told of them. Noticing the young man possessed an ocarina, the Elder insisted he learn a special song. A song, that when played would remind the listener of better things. Not seeing how this would help the young man learned the song and set out to continue his journey. Soon it would be his youngest son's birthday and he needed to get home.

After many days travel, he rested beside the river and practiced the song taught to him by the Elder. Eyes closed he did not see opening of the gate; he only knew that it was there when he opened his eyes. Curious he ventured through and came upon an empty garden with a small pond at its center. As he neared the water's edge, a figure appeared above the water. She greeted him, and told him the Goddesses had chosen him for a special task; one of great importance to all of Hyrule.

Drawn to the beautiful vision, he listened without comment to the Fairy Queen's words as thoughts of his family ran quickly through his mind. To aid him she gave him two small dolls, each resembling the other, though it was clear that one was a boy and the other a girl. Bound together with thick dark string and were so tightly wrapped, he could not find the end. He placed the dolls in his pocket and wondered how this was supposed to help him and the Fairy Queen told him when the time was right he would know what to do.

Filled with doubt, again he thought of his wife and children still waiting for him at home. He knew the Goddesses call was not something to be lightly set aside, for you could never truly escape it. One way or another you would answer. The Fairy Queen saw his melancholy and assured him there was surely time to return to his home and say goodbye to his family. Just by the way she said it, he felt in all likelihood not be returning, so it was with a heavy heart he accepted his fate.

Before he left her, the Fairy Queen gave him a most unusual gift. Though she'd always served the goddesses without question since her creation, she was not unfeeling and could not leave him without hope. Therefore, if, in his darkest hour, he needed that hope she would grant him one wish. When he left the garden, he was amazed to find himself in front of his house. He whispered a silent thank you to the Fairy Queen and walked quickly to his home.

The children, by this time, had gotten very thin and pale. Only shadows of their former selves they wandered ever onward and it was by chance that their parents discovered them sleeping and shivering in an abandon house. Before they could come to the aid of their children, the tekuragari intercepted them. The parents confronted the lights that had stolen their children from them and attempted to win them back. The tekuragari, having grown strong feeding off the life energy freely given by the children, attacked the parents. First, the father, he roared with pain as they rent him with their burning light. His wife screamed in horror as she watched her husband cooked alive.

Distracted, the tekuragari did not see that one of the children awakened and watched the scene through a broken window. He was cold, tired and hungry and almost without memory of his former life when he realized who the adults were that the tekuragari were tormenting. A single tear escaped his eye as he remembered the gentleness they'd always shown him and how that was lost to him now. It was then that Mei began to doubt his decision to follow the fairies. He watched as the woman who was his mother run from them. Mei knew though that she would not escape and not wanting to see the end of that chase, turned his back to the scene. He looked at his sister and thought that at least they would have food tomorrow. He never told her where the food came from he didn't want to think about it; for you see he convinced her to run away. However, he thought as he lay back down beside her, at least they could stop running. No one would be looking for them now.

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(yesh, the ancient hylian language stuff is garbled words I made up - there's nothing like abusing words in more than one language (and in this case five) so... If I use it I promise to supply random translations:

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"Galutas Kaze no Tukato" - "Welcome Wind Waker."
"Jous vinto daj'po mujio ju" - "Your coming to my island can only mean you ..."
"Mui sulin don Lien qui de Dalkin." - "I stayed with Link at Dalkin's request."
"Ju salle bon uryan mancha." - "You know that was unwise little one."
"Ilia des circonste kan ans jes mui je." - "There were unforeseen circumstances but yes I will."
"Ju daj'lui devez avainte" - "You must return to him quickly."

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Comments on this chapter

Master Link says:

That chapter was cool.

achitka says:

Thanks! Took forever to write...

Kavi_Darkwolf says:

No doubt. Doing good!