Pairing: Link/Sheik (others soon)
Notes: Spoilers for Ocarina, Twilight Princess and a brief Wind Waker one
Prequel: The Collision of Your Kiss
"Wake up warrior of the Sheikah." The voice that stirred me from my unconcious state was clearly female, accented in a way that I'd never heard before. I opened my eyes very slowly to examine my surroundings. From first glance, I observed the trees around me so I assumed I was in a forest of some sort. Perhaps it was the same forest I'd come from, though I doubted it. As I sat up, rubbing my head with one hand, I noticed a being hovering above the ground. Clearly this was who had spoke to me previously. Other then that we were alone.
"Who are you?"
"That's of no concern of yours." The being motioned with one of her small hands dismissively, moving slightly closer to me. She was small in height, possibly about waist height if she stood beside me, and she wore a strange object on her head as a hat, an item that obscured view of one of her eyes. It seemed strangely familiar to me somehow, yet I couldn't quite place it. It certainly added to her height, though she showed no signs of the item being heavy. On her body were various green symbols, which covered one of her arms and parts of her legs. "Your concern should be helping me."
"You open a portal above me and drag me here, why should I listen to you?" I growled, narrowing my eyes at the creature, not trusting her one bit. "I'm not going to even consider helping you until you tell me who you are and where I am.
"Fine." She sighed softly, shaking her head before gesturing at herself. "I am Midna and we are in the Twilight Realm." My eyes widened at her words. How was that possible? There was no way of getting into the Realm except through the mirror. As I opened my mouth again to speak, she cut me off. "We are short on time Sheikah warrior. If you do not help me then your world is doomed."
"What do you mean?" I couldn't help but ask, I had to know. I had to understand what this creature meant even before finding what exactly she wanted from me.
She sighed, shaking her head slightly. "Is everyone from your world so inquisitive, or is it just you? Actually, no, don't answer that." She moved closer, still hovrting roughly a meter over the ground. "This Realm is expanding. The Twilight is slowly covering your world, but it won't last at this speed. With a week the majority of your land of Hyrule will be covered in Twilight. This is why you must move quickly and do as I ask so that the Twilight can be stopped."
It took a few moments for me to process this creature's information. If she was telling the truth... "What exactly do you expect me to do about it?"
"Located around Hyrule are six stones made by your people. Each has a hole going through them and bears the mark that you're wearing now." She gestured to the bright red Sheikah's eye that was emblazoned on my chest which was surrounded by green. "They're referred to as Howling Stones due to the way the wind blow's through them." I nodded slowly, images of the stones quickly coming to mind. My people had placed them at various locations around Hyrule for a Hero, specifically not the Hero of Time, though I wasn't exactly sure what their true function was. "I require them to be activated."
"For the Hero that will push back the Twilight." She replied simply, shaking her head again. Absently I wondered if the item on her head would fall off if she kept doing that. "You ask too many questions Sheikah. Will you do as I ask?"
"What if I don't?"
"Then the Twilight will envelope Hyrule indefinately, the Hero will be unprepared..." She paused, tipping her head to one side slightly her eyes narrowing as she continued. "And then the drowning will happen." How did she know about that? The drowning was an ancient Sheikah legend (some might call it the Goddess' contingency plan) with evil reigned over Hyrule unchallenged, then the Goddess' would use their powers to cause it to rain and flood the land. "So, ou see, you must help me. But now you have to go, before you lose yourself in this Realm."
With no warning a portal similar to the one I'd been dragged throuh opened beneath my feet and I fell through it, back into the forest I'd come from. As I landed on the soft grass I heard her speak from the portal. "Do as I ask, it's what your lover would want."
And then the portal was gone.
Hyrule was different to how I'd last seen it, all those years ago, it seemed to be much larger. Just gazing over Hyrule Field made me realise the sheer enormity of my task. Before it would have been simple to warp around the land, but during Ganon's last attack they'd all been destroyed. All of a sudden a week seemed to be far too little time for me to accomplish this task. Still, it wouldn't stop me from trying and I headed towards the first stone. Death Mountain.