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Intervention in the Era of Calamity

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It was late at night; the Hero of Time was riding across Hyrule Field when a sudden light nearby brought Epona to a stop. Link dismounted his horse and stepped forward as that light arced to form a portal, and from that portal emerged a sorceress in shining garb, with pale skin, bright blue hair, and a tome in her hand. The portal vanished behind her, and Link didn't even have time to say anything before her hand lashed forward and struck him across the face, the blow having enough power to knock him to the ground.

His steed snorted as he got to his feet, a hand on the mark. "That's a bit much," he accused.

Lana groaned in irritation. "You stupidrecklessnaivefoolish-"

"It worked," Link interrupted, "didn't it?"

The White Sorceress fell quiet for a moment; then she charged forward, and Link stumbled slightly as she knelt down and wrapped her arms around him in a thankful hug - which he was glad to return once he had his balance again.

"Goddesses, I love you," she murmured after a long moment.

Link set his hand against her arm, causing her to pull away just enough for him to look her in the eye. "You've never said that to the hero in your time, have you?"

Lana shot to her feet, slamming her hands into her mouth as terror lit up in her eyes.

The Hero of TIme shook his head. "It's okay," he assured her. "I already know."

"You... what?"

"I've seen it before," he told her. "When you love somebody, and you know you can't be together, your sorrow is obvious to anyone who knows what they're looking for. I saw it on Saria. I saw it on Malon. I saw it on Ruto. I saw it on Mipha. And when we told you we didn't have a problem with helping you, even if we were going to forget it afterwards... I saw it on you and Cia."

Lana shook her head. "Then... then why?"

"Because that's not something you can control," Link insisted. "You can't choose who you fall in love with. And if someone has fallen in love with you, and you don't feel the same, you can't do anything about it." He glanced down at the Triforce on the back of his hand. "Sometimes it feels better if you just let circumstances get in the way so they never have to learn that... but that's selfish. It's just leaving their feelings bundled up. The... the proper thing to do is to tell them the truth. And if you find you love someone... then you tell them that. You hope that they're willing to return your affections."

He drew out of his pocket an ocarina, carved from a blue stone.

"And hope fate will let you be together."

A sad smile rose on Lana's face. "You two have nothing to worry about," she promised.

"Maybe not for the others," Link insisted, "but this is different. I'm not a hero in this era. I'm just... I'm just a whistleblower. A rat. As far as the royal family's concerned, I just happened to notice that the Gerudo King had plans of his own, and let them know not to trust him. Maybe she does feel the same way, but that doesn't mean anything." He shook his head, pocketing the ocarina again. "But that's alright. I'll accept whatever comes our way."

"And sometimes I wonder why Farore chose you to receive Courage," Lana mused.

She raised her tome and chanted; and Link closed his eyes as the magic washed over Hyrule.

Lana stepped out of her portal, arriving in the Temple of Souls.

A sudden collision caused her to stumble back as the magic faded, and it took her a few moments to realize Cia had charged her and caught her in a tearful hug, burying her face in Lana's covered shoulder. After a moment, she wrapped one arm around her dark half to return it, squeezing her tight.

"You remember," she accused.

"I'm sorry," Cia forced out. "I am so sorry..."

"Don't," Lana insisted. "It was my choice. I'm the one who should be sorry."

Cia shook her head. "Just... Just promise me you won't do that again."

Lana nodded. "I promise."

The two of them stood there in the entryway for a long moment; when Cia finally pulled away from her light half, she was surprised to see a package hooked under her other arm. "What's that?"

"I took a detour through the Sky Era," Lana admitted. Holding out the package; "This is for you. This is thanks for saving me."

"For me?" Cia was shocked. "I-I..."

"No," Lana insisted, "I insist." Then, as Cia accepted it; "Count to ten, and then open it."

The Dark Sorceress was confused by the statement. Lana smiled and started off as she began counting; on ten, Cia opened up the package, and was surprised to find a shining crystal ball sitting there, in hues of brilliant blue.

"From the Sky Era..." she murmured. "Is this from the Earth Temple? Why would she give me...?"

Are you telling me that I'm washing my crystal ball every morning because you're covering it in-!?

A crimson blush lit up on Cia's face as she recalled her light half's accusation when they were deciding on heroes.