Link-goro had handled the fact that his dad was never coming back pretty well. I was still impressed even now. Epona was grazing at the grass by the river stream. I had kept her there waiting for a while.
I had been resting in Kakariko for just one day after acquiring the Fire Medallion. However, sleeping is a problem for me. My pulsating muscles had kept me up for most of the night. The soreness was still hurting me even now.
Now in the green tunic and hat, I sat cross-legged on the grass beside Epona. I was napping. Yes, it's odd, but I'm not going to lay on the ground. Suddenly, a chill sweeps through. I open my heavy eyelids to see Navi bobbing up and down frantically.
"Do you feel the artic winds blowing from Zora's Domain?" She asked, shivering.
"Yeah, I felt it. Wanna check it out?" I didn't wait for an answer. I stood with a slight grunt and walked Epona closer to the tunnel leading to Zora River. "Stay put." I told her, rubbing her neck.
I jumped over the stream and went through the tunnel. The air certainly was cooler than it had been yesterday. Going through the twists and turns, dodging Octorocks, and climbing some ledges, I noticed how much colder it was getting. Soon, I stood on a Triforce plaque in front of a waterfall.
Playing Zelda's Lullaby wasn't a hassle since the tune was imprinted in my memory. The waterfall splits to make way for me. I take a long stride across and enter the Zora Domain, instantly greeted by a blast of cold air.
The whole place was frozen. The waterfall, the large pool, and I saw bits of ground freezing over too. Careful not to slip on the ice, I hurried to see if the King was okay. I let out a loud gasp. Encased in red ice was the fat Zora King. He was completely frozen.
I hugged myself. More icy wind was blowing from behind where the King sat. My instincts told me to venture out there. I slipped past the large red crystal.
The place where Lord Jabu-Jabu lived, Zora's Fountain, was half frozen. Odd. I hugged myself more, trembling. Navi was flying beside me, shivering also. "G-get in m-my hat." I told her and she obeyed.
Chunks of ice float lazily to form a path. I hop across each to a large gaping cave. My lips quivered due to my chattering teeth. Inside was beautiful after breaking through walls of stalagmites. The ice perfectly reflected sun rays, though there was no sun to be seen. There were three ice creatures that Navi said were called Freezards. I was hacking away at them, dodging their icy breath the best I could with my slow numb body.
I must've miscalculated my leap or maybe it was the ice, because soon enough I was on my back against the frozen ground. All I saw was my right leg sweep upward and then I was down here. I stared up in complete shock, Navi's laughter ringing like a bell.
"Sh-shut up!" I growled, getting up. My foot slipped and I fell onto my bum. Navi laughed more and I was about ready to join in. However, saving the frozen Zora beneath me was my top priority.
Yes, the faces of the aquatic people were showing through the sheet of ice. It scared me as well as saddened me. I had to save them.
The puzzles of the Ice Cavern were surprisingly easy. Pushing the block around in that one room with stalagmites was a breeze even with the Keese flying around. Grabbing the silver rupees was a bit tough though. I had to balance on icy rocks and jump just to land flat on my bum. My tail bone hurts now...
Finding that blue fire was the coolest part. I dared myself to put my hand in it. I know it sounds insane, but I love playing with fire and just about anything dangerous. The fire tingled, but it was incapable of burning human flesh. But, it did melt the red ice. I bottled up an extra bottle, mindful of the Zora King. Navi scolded me about the whole hand thing, but she was giggling after I stuck her in it.
I sensed something out of the ordinary and followed it to the only door in the entire Cavern. "Stay close, Navi." I didn't need to tell her, she could sense it too. She was glowing yellow again.
Past the bluish-white door was a big room with absolute beauty. It was as if walking into the universe! The sparkling crystals encased the dark walls and looked like the night sky. The floor was more like slush than ice. I took it all in. That's when I heard a low growl.
"Look out!" My fairy called. I leaped.
A big white Wolfos had jumped at me. It looked like it had been a beautiful white wolf before, but now it was twisted and had a bad back like a Wolfos. The eyes were a glowing red. It circled me just like a Wolfos too, coming at me with its big paw.
As much as I didn't want to kill it, I drove my Sword into its heart while it was sailing over. I could only tear up once the creature disappeared in that odd way they do. That was the easiest battle of my life. But...it felt terrible.
Soon, a big wooden chest appeared near the back of the room. I walked up to it to open it. Metal plates were inside. They looked like I could slide them onto my boots. Iron Boots. The plates were heavy just to hold in my hands.
Navi smiled when she looked at them. "You could probably walk on the bottom of a lake with these." Heh, no kidding...
A presence entered the room. I put on my default face, which people point out to look like depression. Turning to face my Guide, I placed the plates into my adventure pouch at my hip.
"We meet again..." Sheik stated. "If you came to see the Zoras, I'm afraid you're too late. They are frozen beneath us due to the evil that dwells in the Water Temple. I couldn't save them..." He looked down a bit. "I managed to save their princess, however. Ruto has grown very much, deciding to go answer the call of destiny."
I summarized that all in my head. The brat was the only one to survive and was waiting for me at the Water Temple. I have to go beat the crap out of the evil thing in that temple so the Zoras can be freed from their frozen prison. Got it.
Sheik sighed, pulling out his harp. I instantly pulled out the Ocarina. "If you're willing to save them, then you'll want to know the song to teleport you to the Temple." He said, looking me square in the eyes.
Poem time~! I could only understand the jist of the poem to be on reflection upon one's self. That could very much be an important thing to keep in mind. After the Sheikah's cryptic speaking, he taught me the Serenade of Water. A very, I'm gonna say, light song. It was more like listening to the twinkling of stars.
"I will see you-"
"Wait, Sheik." I interrupted.
He looked at me with a daze in those eyes.
"...You'll be safe...right? It's just that I never know where you go off to every time. I mean...I don't know what I mean..." I looked away bashfully. How could I possibly care for him? We belong to two different worlds. I am the Hero and he is my Guide. No more than that. Besides...I have a boyfriend back home.
I could hear his smile again. "Yes, I'll be safe. And I will see you again." Sheik brought out that Deku Nut he always uses. I reached out for him for a reason I can't remember, but the flash blinded me and he was gone.