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UPDATED Feb 1st 2011
I really added a lot of depth to this.
How dry this chapter was before shames me...
Edit: Small changes done Feb 15th 2011


Things to know

-This story directly follows Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. In part two (chapters 16-30) the fanfic goes into how OoT/MM would tie into Twilight Princess. Knowledge of these stories is recommended with OoT being the most important to know.

-Rated PG-13 for violence, intense moments, and minor swearing (*contains no guts-n-gore, and no torture. Also has no yaoi or sexual content.)
The light hearted/humor vs dark/angst balance and level of violence/intensity is comparable to the anime Fullmetal Alchemist.

-This starts off as a "slice of life" story for the first two chapters, but trust me plenty of action and intense moments lie ahead.

-I worked very hard to make all this fit into the games and to create a sense of history for aspects that were left unexplained. I have played these three games in excess of five times each so I put a lot of thought and heart into this.

The Legend of Zelda
The Winged Ones
Chapter 1: A New Life

    Many a year has passed since the Master Sword was laid to rest and the gates to the Sacred Realm were sealed. A lifetime was lived, and then forgotten, as the evil of the Dark King was locked away by those chosen by destiny and a brighter future was restored to the land.
   With these tasks complete Link was able to live those years he lost sealed in the sacred realm and fighting as The Hero of Time. The future he experienced long ago is a future only known to and remembered by those who were involved in the fate of Hyrule. Link, Zelda and the Sages, only they can recall The Future That Almost Was.

   With peace restored to the world, and a new future upon the land, Link was given the chance to live out his childhood in peace, but his life had been forever changed. Link tried to enjoy the childhood that had been returned to him, but he had been an adult, a warrior, he had seen much hardship and he carried this hardship with him; Link had long since lost the innocence of a child.
    At first Link returned to his old home and lived with the Kokiri for a while. However this did not last long. Link never felt like he belonged there, and Mido never gave Link a chance to feel as if he belonged…and now, with Saria hardly around due to her new Sage duties, Mido was more relentless than ever.
   The self-proclaimed Kokiri leader's taunting hurt Link deeper than before; Link wasn't just the boy born without a fairy, he was the boy who found one and lost it.
   Mido's words tormented Link for he dearly missed his constant companion. Despite the fact she was at times annoying the little fairy was his closest friend and she was the only one who had shared the hardships he faced.
  Furthermore, the other Kokiri, as usual, seemed to hardly know Link even existed. Their cold shoulders stung almost as much as Mido's taunting. Link felt too out of place in the Kokiri forest, having seen so much of the outside world and its hardships Link felt as if his presence destroyed the innocence of the land which held the eternal children of the forest...But the young hero had another reason to leave… he wanted to find his dear friend who had vanished without a word or a trace when peace was restored to the land.

   Link did go in search for her; and in the process ended up in a very unfamiliar place. He had stumbled upon a passage to this other world by accident while searching the Lost Woods. In this new land Link became an unsung and forgotten hero once again. He was not gone from Hyrule for long, not much longer than three days, but to our hero this journey felt more like lifetime as he faced each day with sickening deja vu. His days repeating, reliving the dangers of the world, reliving the sorrow of others and sharing their anguish over the world's end, an end which Link fought to prevent.
   In this land Link experienced the end of the world time and time again. Healing lost and broken souls and taking on their forms so he could restore peace to the loved ones they left behind.
And in the end he had returned empty handed, aside from the masks he had obtained during this quest in another land.
He returned with an even greater emptiness in his heart as he left new friends behind and carried with him the memories of this land filled with death…a land that would surely soon forget him.
   In the end, the masks remained as the only proof he was ever in the land of Termina.

   When Link returned to Hyrule he built a lean-to outside Lon Lon Ranch. He had hoped to stay with Malon, to live in the barn and take on the role of a stable hand, but the weary hero found that she had made a new friend in his absence, a boy, the young lad who in the future that almost was became the potion shop keeper Kakariko village.
   The sense of belonging Link once felt at the ranch, the place where he used to seek shelter and sleep alongside Epona in the future that almost was, the feeling of sanctuary he used to have in the barn had vanished.
   He could see the ranch girl's new friendship was already stronger than what meager relationship Link ever had with Malon; a relationship that was lost in a future that only the likes of Link were forced to remember. Not knowing where to go he just set up camp at the back of the ranch out of sight, and he continued to live there with Epona until Zelda found out, informed by the jogging man who ran around all of Hyrule seeking rabbits.

   Zelda disapproved of the fact that Link was living alone, and so she came out in person to invite him to live in the castle. She became even more upset when she saw how poorly his lifestyle had become. The shanty that the boy was calling home was not fit for an animal let alone for her hero and his unkempt and woe some appearance troubled her deeply. His expression was listless, eyes tired. The boy's clothes were torn and dirty, his body covered in scars with a fresh wound on his arm.
She had not seen him for almost a year and this is not the sight she had expected to see.

   Zelda was persistent and Link eventually agreed to go with her; though hesitantly. As she reached down to take the boy's hand that day, he accepted her grasp with a cold look in his eyes. The young hero planned to stay only until he got what he needed to build a cabin in the group of trees between the entrance to the Kokiri forest and Lake Hylia. Link wanted to build his own little sanctuary where he could be alone, with a lock on the door to keep everyone from meddling in his life, like Zelda was doing just now.
   But Link's re-homing plan never came to be and instead he lived in the castle for quite some time as days turned into weeks, awkwardly adapting to palace life and to his growing friendship with the Princess Zelda.
    The young Princess surprised Link with how outgoing she was. She was quite the troublemaker and tomboy; she enjoyed things like frogs and mud just as much as he did. Zelda often left her dress behind and donned clothing she had made in Impa's image much to the King's discontent; though Impa just ignored his grumbling and let her do as she pleased. The Sheikah knew that it was her act of allowing Zelda to be herself that helped the Princess to develop the strong will and determination that helped her survive the destiny she faced in the future that almost was.
   Zelda would also often insist Link accompany her in her many secret escapes from the castle to explore the world outside. The young hero went along with her halfheartedly at first; not understanding why she even cared to go on adventures having seen all there is to see in the now forgotten future they once shared.
   Link was somewhat envious of the Princess, she remembered the future that almost was but she did not let that get to her. Zelda's behavior showed that she was in a sense stronger than Link for she had managed to let go of the harsh past she had gained in the future that almost was and had allowed herself to enjoy being a kid again.
But after a while the young hero grew fond of the time he spent with Zelda and even began to instigate their games and adventures. Link's smile returned, he began to enjoy the small and simple things he used to do before fate threw so much responsibility on his shoulders. The boy taunted cuccos and chased bugs again with the pure and simple joy he once had.
   Zelda's outgoing nature, her seemingly restored innocence, and her child like kindness had actually helped Link heal. Our once weary hero found an inner sense of peace growing within him in the company of the Princess and he was grateful that she had reached out to him.
   Had she not come to him that day and insisted Link come to stay in the castle… the young hero may have further introverted into his own feelings of hurt and loneliness, and his kind and gentle soul may have been overshadowed and lost.

   The King at first was apprehensive about having what appeared to be a feral child in his castle, but soon Zelda's father took quite a liking to Link, especially when Impa clarified just who the boy was. The King may not have experienced Link's heroics in The Future That Almost Was, but he had trusted the Sage's stories of the boy and how he restored a brighter future for the land of Hyrule.
  In the absence of a proper prince the King figured Link was perfect. And so, a little over a year after Zelda brought Link home with her, the boy's destiny changed yet again. Zelda was acting far too gleeful, and the King seemed to smile at the boy more than normal, poor Link was overall just confused by their behavior; that is until the King announced to all of Hyrule that he had chosen a fiancée for the Princess.
   Being only thirteen at the time the news of being betrothed to the Princess was an awkward shock, and he was tempted to run away. Link was not sure he wanted this, after all the responsibility he had as a hero he was not sure he could handle being a king. Yes Zelda and Link had grown to be close friend and deep down he wanted their friendship to last forever and always, but taking on the role of King, just the thought alone was almost more than the boy could handle.
   In the end the young hero decided that what Zelda had done for him was worth too much for him to just vanish never to be seen again. And so Link chose to accept the future that had been handed to him and decided not to let the news change his relationship with the princess.
   Things stayed the same as they were before the engagement, they remained as childhood friends and Zelda's strong will and wisdom further nurtured Link's battle weary soul back to its former self as Link's sense of peace and happiness grew as strong as his intense sense of courage.
And gradually, over time, their relationship evolved past that of just playmates. The bond that had grown between them that day when Zelda reached out to the lonesome boy only blossomed with age and Link found himself unable to even think about not being at the Princess's side.

   At the age of eighteen Link took on the status of a Prince with Zelda as his bride. The entire kingdom celebrated that day. Link and Zelda stood newlywed atop the steps to the Temple of Time, a place that once marked a very different turn of events for them in a future that almost was.
   Link's face was lit with a huge but awkward smile as he blushed, this experience was new to him and the future that awaited him was the complete opposite of the life he had before. In the future that almost was Link was an obscure and unsung hero facing danger on a daily basis. In in this forgotten timeline Link was forced to live a rugged life where he was lucky to have, and often went without the bare necessities…In Link's past life he faced a dark and challenging future.
   Now Link stood dressed in a fancy white tunic adorned in gold, hand in hand alongside Zelda in her splendid gown. Their faces shone with the happiness of the bright future they had restored to the land, a new future they now shared.
The attention of the entire kingdom was on Link and his bride. In this timeline the world that stood before Link was aglow with peace and harmony. In his new life everything Link could ever need in would be at his fingertips, and this time the future that lay before him was bright.
   All of Hyrule rejoiced as the new Prince and the Princess made their way down the Temple steps and the sages beamed with joy. For who was better for the Princess than The Boy of legend?


A little over a year later Link took on the role of King with much support from the royal family.
   The king had prepared many mentors and had set many stepping stones in place for Link to follow upon his passing so that the lad could be eased into his role as King slowly. The King knew he had made a grand choice in appointing Link as his heir, he was confident that Link would grow into a just and gentle King.
   And so the old King's legacy ended with a smile as his last thoughts drifted to what grand future Hyrule would have in the hands of such courageous and gentle soul.


About a year later Link had fully settled into his role as King of Hyrule. But now the former Hero and present King started yet another lifelong commitment. A task which proved to be the one thing that surpassed and outshined Link's skill and enjoyment as a hero; Fatherhood.

And so Link's next adventure begins.
Art for this chapter

Link alseep in the barn in the future that almost was, this shows how much Lon Lon Ranch used to matter to him



Extended reading material for this chapter


NOTE: this one picture below is not my art and was not made for the story but is a good visual for how harsh Termia was on Link and so I got permission from the artist to link to it here



Poster for this Fanfic
You can also find links to each chapter there


fanfic group


I wrote this back in like 2000, I decided to load it since people have been liking the short stories I put with my art.

The story starts off slow and like a "slice of life" story, but plenty of intensity and action is soon to come.

I worked very hard to fit my fanfic into the real plot of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask and I am sure fans will apprechiate some of the subtle connecttions I make throughout the story.

Too many connections to the game are made in this chapter for me to list them all off BUT the ones that may be too subtle are

* gone for not longer than 3 days but to him it was like a life time - Majora's Mask, you replay the same 3 days over and over, when you think about how much there is to do and how many times the 3 days may have run out before he was finished and thus had to start over...I imagine he would have been there for months if not possibly a year or more.

* the man who jogs around Hyrule seeking rabbits, you give him the bunny hood in the mask trading/selling subquest and he is the post man in MM (and TP)

*a gossip stone claims Zelda is very much a tomboy

*the potion shop sells milk (gah if I remember correctly, I never buy milk, I mean you can get it free from a cow with a song and its usless compared to a pink fairy anyway) so that explains how Malon and the boy met.


if you read it please comment, I do not mind if all you do is put a emoteicon in the comment box, I just want to know it got read and and that the view count is truthful.
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littlerain999 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! I finally found this again :D I found this a few years ago but didn't have an account yet, then when I did make one I couldn't for the life of me ever find it again. Until today! Now I'll be reading through this yet again~ I'll also go see what other things you have posted In the last few years~
LilleahWest Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
welcome back :)

I do have new things to read too, mostly just quick little one-shot stories though since I lack time to write anything as drastic as a 30 chapter fanfiction again ^^;
littlerain999 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll have to check them out~

I understand~ It takes forever for me to write simple, short oneshots(I'm more of a drawer than a writer) so I can't even Imagine how long a full 30 chapter story(with side-stories) would take XD
LilleahWest Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Depending on how long you have been gone though I may actually have something worthwhile for you to read, that is if you have not been here since before I put up a whole new re-telling of the second half of this fanfic where I took a "what if he died" approach to the second half which resulted in an entirely different story :)
littlerain999 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually was reading it when The Winged Ones was still all in the descriptions, so It's been a while ^^;
Nevermoremist Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Wow. This is Amazingly done, a few tweaks could be done but nothing major. Good job :)
nightshadeberry24 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
why is this so cute? just why?!
Sorrowscoldfrost Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
I finally found this... I've been looking forever. Now, I must read it! :)
ObsessedCat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you add a picture with the journal?
ObsessedCat Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can we  fan fiction based off this fan fiction? 
Ask-Spotted-leaf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
is this uploaded to I often read fanfiction on my DSi (fanfiction mobile works great) but it has trouble loading deviantart pages, making it hard to read on here. Just wondering ^w^
LilleahWest Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
yes.. but... this version got some major editing and updating done and I am not sure how much the fanfiction dot net version got fixed up (or if it got fixed up at all)
Ask-Spotted-leaf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh well, i'll read it anyway! ^w^
GamerJoe91 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I read it. Thanks for posting both this and the extended version of Chapter 1. It is quite helpful to see fanfics like these. I am writing one based on Ganondorf's life story. However, I cannot give too many details until I get it polished. For now, I am just brainstorming and setting up his background. This helps me with the pace I may need for the story to take shape.
illiarovanna Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist

I can't believe I found this. This is so epic! Well, I haven't read it yet, but- I'm so exited to read it. It is so hard to find good fan stories for Link that are actually- you know, pg-13, but also one that has thought put into it! The reviews on this story are really good... Its really late right now, so I can't read it... FAVORITES!!!!! XDXDXD

I could have made a legend of zelda story... I started to when I first played Twilight Princess. But it had to change... turned into something else, a life project I'm working on. Still wish it mine a link story, though. ;P

I can't wait to read this!

RedwallChick1303 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely loved it :jawdrop:
Asklegandoflink Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student
I love how this was set up its not a run on story and there's no talking I don't usually like stories like that but this one is amazing. :squee:
linkzeldaganondorf Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
LilleahWest Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Well the good news is the story is now finished so no waiting between chapters X3

aaaaaaaaaand there is now a new alternate second half being written so when you are done there is new stuff to read :dance:
linkzeldaganondorf Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
ERMAHGERD. YAAAAY!!! :iconwhatnowganonplz:
Ziluna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, love it so far. Glad I don't have to wait for new chapters to come out; I'm going straight to the second one. X3
LilleahWest Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I like getting into stories I know are completed, not because I don't have to wait but because I know it will actually be finished (*has read a few dead-ends) I mean, having cliffhangers/having to wait can be fun (well that is if the wait is not too long)
lewisgunner1 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
I am writing a story that is a sequel to Majora's Mask I am still working on it. Although my sequel is very different from yours.
SheikaZen Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Aww, :)
Piano-1468 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks great! The transition in Link's attitude is written very smoothly! Great job!
twixie09 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such an amazing read! I love the level of detail and just the overall style. You remind me a lot of myself as a writer. ^^ I plan to read every chapter, but I want to savor it so I'll only do one a day or so. :la: Amazing work.
Swiftstar01 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I just love this story!
TheNarutoSage95 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
I have always wondered what happened to link after the events of Majoras mask.
TheRawenSnake Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I am reading this story for the second time now! It's just as awesome as the first time :D
LilleahWest Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I actually have an alternate ending I am working on (got about half of it up) it starts off where they fight the Fire Demon and takes a drastic turn.
MrsIshida0560 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
hey i turned 12 on Feb 15! that's my bday!
PenguinEater Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!!!
5LinksLover Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist
awwwww! Link's a daddy! :aww:
saria89 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Reading through the WHOLE story for the 5th time!! Can't get enough!!! XD <3<3<3<3<3
Darkangel4747 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student General Artist
This is better then most zelda fan fictions, and believe me, I have read a lot. For this one has almost no mistakes, and relates to real and fictional life alike.
daisypi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
bombs are illigal but you just blew my mind
jaceyboy1 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Though this chapter was short it was still good and very descriptive about how Link felt after defeating Gannon and reliving his childhood. This is being favorited and I shall read the rest of the fanfic. :3
TrigramSeal-Triforce Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Writer
why didn't u put it on
LilleahWest Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
it is there, but I would MUCH rather have folks read it here since I know the version has errors that have not been fixed, that and the DA version has art X3
TrigramSeal-Triforce Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Writer
sorry >.< its just that im more used to reading stuff off if u want me to read it here than alright :)
5ilvara Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I can't believe it ! We share the most obscure ship of Ocarina of Time! Malon & Legolas Potion Shop owner!
I never though someone else would want these two together. X)

Ok, now to focus and actually read the chapter. (Need I say that I love it? I already do. You and I both know I, love it, and will, love it to the end, so...)
baby-akito Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
that was a good story:)
Fada-Libel-Lula Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like the sound of this~
wvyy713 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
if deviantart had a like :)
Voxollous Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah. i remember taunting cuccos and have them chase after me with there brethren. ah the good ol' days
awesomenessbringdr Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
AMAZING!!! It's wonderful XD
CimmerianMuse Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohmigosh I LOVE this!! I need time outside of classes to read it all! Beautifully written and researched! Made me actually think more about the games themselves, and made me smile in other places too.
I love the additional artwork as brings me much farther into the story as well! *squee!* I'm so excited to read more
DarkLinkandLink4321 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
I liked it. This was a nice setup chapter. It worked out really well.
Visualdude-orviewerr Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student General Artist
nicely done for the first chapter. This is the first fanfic I am reading about what happens after OoT and MM. I knew Link would hace a had time to regain his childhood but what happened in MM that just made it harder.
I have a feeling that I'm going too enjoy reading the rest. ;)
FuriousWinter Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
What an awesoem start!!! :D and you have a lot, i want to read it all!!! hey btw i also have an OOT fan fic called the Tale of Time. care to be partners in review? mines pretty new on here and id like to see what people think of it ^_^ let me know what you decide! :)
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