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But somehow…he had changed. Perhaps it was only natural but Link found life to be rather boring.
Every day he would ship cargo from one area to the other, always doing his job well, yet it left very little satisfaction.
For a while he considered the princess’s offer of knighthood, but fighting wasn’t really his style either. He was at a crossroad, unsure where the tracks would take him.
He rarely saw Zelda nowadays, and saw Alfonzo even less as he had taken back his old job to protect the kingdom, the young engineer felt very proud that his old master would be taking care of her from now on out, but he felt a little sorry for him too.
Zelda certainly wasn’t the easiest to work with and the thought of her pushing his poor old master around always put a smile on his face. Even Niko felt his old adventuring spirit after seeing all those stamps and decided to take “one last, long trip” as the old man put it.
He hoped to see him again, but Niko had lived for so long…Link was beginning to doubt it.
And so…he was alone. Having a great job, but having an unsure lonely future made Link reconsider his life as it was now.
So he took some time off work and decided to spend some time traveling, just letting the tracks take him where he needed to go. One day he was with the anouki’s freezing and the other time he would be taking a swim in papuchia village. It took his mind off things seeing old friends, but it did little to solve his inner dilemma.
One late summer evening, after spending some time back in Aboda, he started to notice his train started making some funny sounds.
“No-no-no!” he hissed underneath his breath “I just had it checked…it can’t be falling apart already?” Put he was forced to pull over as the sound started to become louder. “Darn it! This hunk of junk keeps failing me.”
While it was a good train, it couldn’t keep up with Link’s constant traveling as much as his old beloved gift from Anjean. As a result; it broke down frequently.
Parts kept falling off even after Alfonzo kept “stitching” the poor thing back up, the old engine finally just gave up at the most inconvenient time.
Letting out a loud sigh, Link started thinking off his options “Aboda is too far to push this thing back too, plus Alfonzo isn’t even there to fix it.” Rubbing his chin he looked around the area and it didn’t take him long to see a familiar light glowing in the distance.
“Ah…Linebeck’s…” was all he could muster up to speak.
It had been a long time since he seen his old friend, he had last seen him shortly after he killed off Malladus, but things ended up a little awkward after Link visited the grave of Linebeck the first.
He passed by quickly when he had to hunt for the regal ring and had felt bad about ignoring the dead so casually. So he had returned there on his own accord a time when Linebeck briefly left the shop, to pay his respects after hearing some vague stories from the shopkeeper.
It didn’t end to pretty when he got “caught” though. It seemed to Link that there was more to this story and even though he was ever so curious, he didn’t want to pry into family matters that didn’t concern him.
Link couldn’t relate anyway, since his parents died at sea when he was only four.
He never really had a family, besides Alfonzo and Niko.
“Ah, I guess it would be alright….I’m still a costumer right?” Link laughed a little nervously, even though there was no one around to deceive. Taking a deep breathe, he made his way to the back of the train and started pushing it down the long tracks, towards the alluring lights that called him from the darkness.
It must have taken him a while, because the sky had turned a few shades darker by the time he reached the trading post.
He took a moment to catch some breath and pick himself up again, he was pretty exhausted.
Taking a brief look around the area, he noticed two other trains nearby .
“Oh good, I’m not the only one at this hour…” It had only just hit him that it could have been way past closing time by now, and he can’t imagine how angry Linebeck must be to be disturbed at this hour, feeling a small sense of relieve he made his way towards the familiar wooden door.
He knocked, and hoped he would still be open. Even though the lights were burning, he couldn’t imagine Linebeck working so late either. He brushed some dust off his engineer hat and waited for a reply.
It took a while for a response, Link was just about to knock again when the door opened.
To his surprise though; it wasn’t Linebeck.
He was greeted by an older man, who had the same expression as Linebeck , yet he looked more friendly. In fact he looked almost exactly AS Linebeck, if it hadn’t been for the blue overall and slightly gray hair, Link could have mistaken him for the salesman. “Yes? Can I help you?” he asked in a friendly matter.
It caught Link a little of guard so his voice sounded slightly higher “Uh! Hello…uh…is..Linebeck home?” He immediately regret saying it, it sounded like a child asking for his friend to come play outside with him. But the older man didn’t laugh at him, he smiled friendly “Ah Yes, we were just about to start dinner, oh come in will you? My eyes aren’t as good as they used to be.”
Link felt bad almost instantly, it was after work hours after all “S-sorry for intruding Mr…?” he made his way inside, where it was much brighter it almost hurt his eyes after walking in the darkness for so long.
“Ah, I’m Linebeck the second or well Kai, as most people call me…now where did I put my glasses?-“ The man now known as Kai started to tap his pockets “Ah what’s your name child?”
“Oh, my name is L-..” Link started out saying, but was interrupted by a familiar voice.
“Dad, what’s taking you so long, mom said dinner is ready!” Linebeck III said as he pulled the curtain away entering the shop.
“Ah! Son…your friend was looking for you.” Kai responded back to Linebeck III, now grabbing his glasses from his front pocket and putting them on “What was your name now dear…?”
Kai turned his gaze to the young boy, but his friendly smile soon turned into a face of shock.
“Dad…uh, this is…” Linebeck the III broke the awkward silence, but had trouble saying the next word.
Link just stood there being gawked at, unsure if he should say anything….did he do something wrong? It was pretty late after all, and it seemed he had just interrupted dinner. “My name is Link?”
“Link?” Kai asked surprised at first but he soon started laughing, confusing the engineer even further “How interesting!”
“Interesting?” Link copied his words, more confused than ever. He turned his gaze towards Linebeck but his expression was just as equally confusing. The salesman’s face was completely red, mostly covered by his hand as if something incredibly embarrassing just happened to him. Link was at a loss for words and just looked at the both of them, hoping someone would say something.
Luckily, Mr Kai broke the silence “Ah I’m terribly sorry child, What can we help you with at this hour?”
Link let out a small sigh of relief when the awkward tension was broken “Y-yes!” he yelped “My train broke down suddenly and I was wondering if I could get some parts…I kind of left my treasure satchel at home though.” He just realized while speaking the words “I’m so sorry for bothering you!”
“Nonsense!” Kai waved his hand “ I’ll fix it up for you later, it’s on us this time.”
Link started out saying “oh no I couldn’t-..”but Kai interrupted “Yes you can, you probably helped my idiot son a few times, so consider this a service of our little company.”
Linebeck huffed but didn’t protest either, Kai seemed pleased “Now first, have you eaten anything Link?” Link shook his head “No but I’ll-“ once again Kai interrupted him “Splendid! Son go tell your mother we are having a guest, she probably made more than enough.”
“W-what?” Linebeck shrieked “Dad....I don’t think th-..” Linebeck mumbled
“Oh no…It’s really alright!” Link laughed nervously at the exact same moment.
But Kai was pretty set on his ways, and pushed Linebeck III back behind the curtains “Come child, I promise we don’t bite hah”
Link shook his head, taking a moment to absorb this weird situation in, how did he get himself into a dinner with Linebeck’s family? It seemed that Linebeck wasn’t too happy about it either, he almost felt sorry for him even though he had no idea what was up with this weird atmosphere.
He always wondered what was behind the curtain, and he was about to find out as Kai pushed him through as well.
It seemed the curtain separated the shop from what seemed to be a living room. He only just realized how the shop was only just a small part of a cozy house.
He took a quick glance around the room, it seemed to be a family house. Lots of pictures hanging on the walls, a little sofa and at the end of the room, a table filled where two woman stood. They gave him the same expression as Kai had just given him.
What was up with that? Link thought. He hoped he didn’t have any coal wipes on his face and looked like a homeless kid, but he quickly shook the thought off and turned his attention to the two woman. One was about Linebeck’s age, she had the same green-hair color as the two man, her long hair tied in a ponytail. The armor the wore suggested she was probably a knight, Link wondered if he had seen her before in the castle. The other woman was older, with fair skin and her brown hair braided neatly into a bun, her expression softened as she looked at Link, and gave him a friendly smile, putting the much younger boy at ease.
However it was the younger woman who broke the second awkward silence, she whistled and laughed “Wow, akwaaaaaaard.” But was soon elbowed by the elderly woman “Noelle , behave yourself!” she huffed and sighed “Honestly you two just passed thirty, but still act as if you are little children.” After her little rant, she turned to Link “Welcome sweetie! Linebeck just told me you were joining us for dinner?”
Link yelped “Oh I’m so sorry for the intrusion!”
“Don’t be! It’s rare for us to have visitors, come sit here ….uh..?” she waved Link towards the seat next to Kai, who sat down.
“My name is Link M’am” he hesitantly answered, since the first response to his name fell into silence.
This time however it was greeted by laughter, coming from the younger woman Noelle.
“EVEN HIS NAME IS LINK?” she almost yelled at the top of her lunges “God! Little brother you sure know how to pick em’ eh?”
Linebeck glared at Noelle briefly but decided to ignore her, it seemed he didn’t feel comfortable with their current predicament.
Link could do little for him though in their current situation.
After a quick sharp glare towards her daughter, the woman smiled to Link once more; “Link is a wonderful name dear, don’t listen to silly ol’ Noelle here.”
“That be me kiddo, the name is Noelle, short of Noelle but my friends call me Noelle.” She said grinning from ear to ear “ Haven’t I seen you somewhere before though?”
“uh..” He hesitated “….I was sort of…with the princess…” he started to mumble softly, he really didn’t want to bring up the fact that he kidnapped a member of the royal family and gave the guards a hard time, a nervous laughter escaped his mouth.
“Hu…h?” Noelle tilted her head slightly “Didn’t knew the princess had any friends?” but before she could ask further, Linebeck decided to intervene “Leave him be…”
“Oh yikes…so the boyfriend is off limits?” the young knight grinned “I got you, lil bro!”
There was a brief silence, Link turned his gaze to Kai, who looked a bit puzzled while giving Link an extra plate.
“….don’t say such disgusting things.” Linebeck spoke with a harsh tone, pouring himself a drink. “We already have enough weirdo’s in our family as it is.”
“W-weirdo’s? How dare you!” Noelle yelped, nearly jumping out of her seat “…Grandpa would be sad, to hear you say that.”
Link noticed a slightly angry flicklr in Linebeck’s eye, but before he could even open his mouth, both he and Noelle were greeted by the backhand of Mia’s wooden spoon. “That’s enough of that, just eat up and no more bickering…honestly!” She huffed annoyed, but quickly smiled again towards Link. “Now dear, take whatever you want!”
Link nodded thankful, and the rest of dinner consisted with mostly with small talk.
The food was great, and Mr. Kai has plenty of stories about Trains, they sounded so real, as if he had actually witnessed the first trains being made, and while that wouldn’t be such a bad theory…Link felt a little bit anxious to ask anything about their family history. They didn’t seem like they wanted to talk about it, and as it wasn’t his business…he didn’t ask.
Soon Dinner came to pass, and Link rubbed his full belly in delight. It had been such a long time since he got a good meal, and honestly…the motherly vibes from Mia made it taste even better. “Thank you so much!” the young engineer smiled happily “It was delicious! Can I do anything to help with dishes or…?” However Mia shook her head “Ah no that’s alright dear, you and my husband need to fix that train of yours now don’t you?” It’s weird, but Link had almost forgotten why he had come here in the first place, he turned to Kai and Linebeck, but the salesman got up quietly “You can handle it right dad? I’m….going for a walk.” And left before Kai could even response.
“Ah…goodness, that son of mine.” Kai sighed.
“…Did I do something wrong?” Link asked, somehow feeling comfortable enough to ask.
Kai chuckled “…Oh no, it’s not you…don’t worry about it.” Patting Link on the back “Now… shall we have a look?”
He nodded and followed Kai into what seemed to be the garage, his train was already set up and soon Kai started to tinker at it, making a few grunts now and then and asking for Link to pass a bolt now and then. After a while, Link’s eyes just trailed off to what surrounded him. It was a rather large and spacious, but not quite as big as Alfonzo’s garage, his eyes followed the many books and treasure trinkets that where all over the place. Like a typical garage, it has its junk…but somehow, everything felt like it was special to this family. Jumping off his seat, he started to explore a little bit more, and noticed there where a lot of books on ships, that seemed to be stuffed with what appeared to be treasure maps. Link wondered if perhaps they also owned a ship, nowadays it was pretty rare to own a boat or ship, since the trains got you everywhere you needed to go, there were only a few on the Ocean Realm, as well as the royal harbor for transporting and delivering trades with neighboring countries. Ships where a luxury and a privilege to have, and he couldn’t help wonder how wealthy this family might secretly be.
His eyes followed the book shelve, until it caught the attention of a picture. “…huh?” he muttered out, carefully picking up the picture without thinking of the consequences. It seemed to be pretty old, he gently blew away a thin layer of dust as it revealed itself to be a wedding photo.
There were a few people on the photo, he recognized the two in the middle: Kai and Mia. He smiled and thought of how old they must have been in here, they seemed about the same age as their children, his eyes trailed to the other people in the picture, he didn’t recognize them, a woman with black hair, joined with another black haired man, wearing a red bandana (If it even was a man?), standing next to him was an blonde man with an eye patch, grinning from ear to ear.
He then turned to the left side, the two next to Kai, it seemed clear that the man with the beard was Kai’s father, so Linebeck’s grandfather. “So this is the man Linebeck told me about….” He quietly whispered to himself, but then…when his eyes turned to the man next to the father….
“WHAAAAAAT!?!?” He screamed, trying to hold back his surprised tone but failing miserably.
“EH!?” He heard Kai’s voice from underneath the train, followed by a loud thud.
“…Ah! I’m so sorry!” the young engineer squeaked, as Kai rolled out from underneath the train, rubbing his head in pain. “I didn’t-….I’m…sorry!”
However Kai didn’t seem to angry, he even laughed it off “Ah, I’m going to feel that in the morning…now what’s the hassle little engineer?” The man’s eyes turned to Link, who was still holding the photo “…Oh…?”
Link realized how rude he had been, and quickly put the photo down again. “I’m sorry I….-?” he blurted out, but he couldn’t quite finish his sentence, here he had been kindly received by this nice family, and he repaid them by sniffing through their personal belongings, he felt his face turning as red as a chu chu, how embarrassing. However Kai didn’t seem too upset, he greeted Link with another big smile “Oh….curious how the Hero of Winds, showed up to my wedding?”
Link flinched, Jackpot.
“I….it’s not any of my business…” he started, but somehow remained quiet. The older man raised his eyebrow “….but?” urging Link to continue.
Link however couldn’t look him in the eye “…I….it’s just that…” he scanned the ground for something to look at, but failed miserably “….This guy….he’s…he’s my hero!”
There was a pause, an awkward moment with Link trying to avoid this kind man’s gaze.
“…Huh, yeah I figured….you do share the same name after all.” Link could hear him laugh a little.
Somehow however, Link did something he hadn’t done in years: Talk about his family “….My…mom was saved by him a long time ago, and….she named me after him.”
He bit his lip, feeling the embarrassment, run through his body. Now they’d definitely think he’s some weird kid with a hero obsession.
“Is that so? Huh….Well that could be, Pops never did talk much about work.” He heard Kai speak, breaking the ice, once more. However, that sentence didn’t really process well for him “…Pops?” he asked without even thinking about it. He didn’t expect that get an answer, but he sure got one.
“Hmm…Oh yeah, he’s my father.” Kai casually replied, just like that…like it was nothing. The man started continuing his work on the train, leaving the young engineer startled.
“….F-father?” Link blurted out “…W-what?” it took him a moment to recollect himself before shaking his head and bowing apologetic “Aaaah! I’m sorry again…I don’t mean to be so rude!” Kai’s words didn’t made sense, but there is no way Link could press the matter any further, he was already pushing it. Kai didn’t seemed to listen as he took a step back from the train, staring at it for a good minute and opened his mouth “…Engine overheated most likely, it’s an older model so this tends to happen the further you keep taking it.” Crossing his arms he nodded “For now, just let it cool off overnight, it’ll work again tomorrow…but you should consider getting a new train, it won’t last forever.”
“Eh…? B-but I need to get home!” Link replied panicked “…It really can’t go?”
Kai shook his head “Be a little nicer to the lad, he works hard for you…he just needs a break” he grinned, then finally looking at Link “…As do you, it seems…when is the last time you slept kid?”
“….uhhhh.” Link made a thoughtful face, which worried the older man even further “ That’s not a good sign, come on…I’ve got a guest room. Stay for the night, and you should be able to get back to Aboda in the morning.” He nodded firmly and stood up. The young engineer looked a bit dumbfounded. He really didn’t want to bother this family any more than he already had, and honestly…everything that had happened since he came into this household has been nothing short of strange, he wanted to refuse…but knew he had little choice “…If you don’t mind…I’m really sorry for bothering you so much.” He sighed, scratching behind his ear sheepishly “I’ll be sure to repay the favor.” Kai smiled and approached him, gently putting his hand on Link’s shoulder, it gave the boy somehow a sense of peace. He returned the smile, as he followed Kai to his temporary room.
A few hours passed, as Link laid restlessly on his bed. He was tired, but every time he closed his eyes…he just envisioned the day. It started so simple and ended up getting pretty personal with Linebeck. He thought of the last time he visited Linebeck, as he asked for stories about his grandfather…and he frowned. Why did Linebeck talk about one grandfather he was named after, as Kai mentioned the Hero of Winds being his. The more he thought about it, the less sense it made.
He didn’t read anything of the sorts about the hero having a child in the history books from school. Or…where the books simply not accurate? He sighed and sat up from his bed “Why do I even care so much?” he softly mumbled to himself, letting out a sound in the calm of the night.
Turning his gaze to the window, Link looked up to the bright shining moon that soothed his aching and restless body. He smiled and closed his eyes “Good night as ever for a walk…?” He asked to nobody in particular. Slowly getting out of bed, and carefully opening the creaking door, he gently tip toed his way to the backdoor, in the dark of the night. Upon opening the door however, he was greeted by a presence “…Oh?” a familiar voice spoke.
“Oh…Linebeck!” Link gasped, but quickly toned his voice down “I’m sorry…I didn’t know-..”
But Linebeck waved his hand and shook his head, from the rock chair on the outside porch “That’s okay kid, you couldn’t wait and wanted to bail..?” he asked curiously.
‘N-no of course not!” Link huffed, almost insulted “Mr. Kai has been pretty gracious, I’m not that rude…” Something always irked him about Linebeck, why did he always think the worst of him?
Linebeck simple let out a soft chuckle “I know, just messing with you kid…”
Suddenly Link’s annoyance turned into curiosity “…Why are you still up?” It was an unusual hour after all. Linebeck shrugged casually “Well this is my home, but when my parents visit I give them my room…I usually sleep in the guest room, but my dad graciously stole that one as well” he scuffed, giving a quick glare to Link before turning to his calmer demeanor “…Sofa’s pretty hard, and besides…I like the calm of night.”
Link wanted to apprehend Linebeck on his cold remark, but let it be “Night owl huh? Like me.” He smiled, somehow it was nice to have something in common with the salesman. Even if it was only a small thing.
Linebeck simple nodded, followed by an awkward silence. But just as about Link was going to turn around, the salesman gently tabbed the chair next to him “You don’t have to go -…If you don’t want to” he quickly added that last part. Link nodded grateful and took him up on the offer, and both men just stared at the vast night sky, only the sound of bugs chirping could be heard in the comforting silence. Link sighed content, but soon after the questions about the picture popped up in his mind again, as his eyes glanced over to Linebeck…he wondered if he was okay to ask?
“uhm..” he started, his voice a little hoarse and hesitant “….can I ask you something?” carefully turning his position towards that of the salesman. Linebeck didn’t budge however and continued to look to the night sky “That would depend on the question, now wouldn’t it?” he replied coldly. Honestly, couldn’t he just reply like a normal person would, Link thought to himself, annoyed he sighed and continued “…Uhm…what were your grandparents like?”
Awkward Silence, Link wondered if Linebeck had even heard him, and as he was about to ask again, before he noticed Linebeck’s blood red facial expression “Geez….did my dad open his mouth again?” he sighed half annoyed, but mostly embarrassed “Uh…you know about Linebeck Senior right? I mean…you saw his dumb letter…my grandparents liked to play treasure pranks on me…” he chuckled “…a lot.”
Link laughed a little, breaking the awkward moment, “ But in the end, it helped you out?”
The salesman leaned back in his chair “….yeah, grandpa always apparently wanted to make sure we would never be short on cash..” he mumbled, in which Link replied “Apparently?”
Linebeck took a deep sigh, running his hand through his dark green murky hair “Yeah, I never met him…he died shortly before I was born.” Link’s eyebrows furrowed, making a sympathetic face “..Oh, I’m sorry…” Linebeck didn’t seem sad, he even smiled briefly “ Don’t be, he lived a good life….and left me plenty of stupid treasure quests to remind me of him for the rest of my life.” Somehow, Linebeck seemed much kinder when he speaks about his family, this made Link smile in return “ I never met my grandfather, but it seemed like he was a pretty pushy man…what about your grand mot-…?” Link started his sentence but somehow, he couldn’t finish that last part. He looked confused as if his brain was somehow trying to form the pieces together “…pops?” where the words that left his lips, before his brain could even comprehend his thoughts.
“….Ah…Dad told you huh?” Linebeck sighed “Honestly, it’s not good for business and it will scare costumers away.” And then it hit Link, it hit him. It hit him hard “Grand…father….Hero?” his eyes widened, as he tried to suppress another scream. His head shouldn’t have tried to put it together, it only resulted in confusing questions “What? When…..how?” he blurted out, his mouth and brain finally in sync. Linebeck looked equally confused at the young boy, but soon let out a small laugh “Ah, I’m sorry…guess I was wrong?”
Link just started to Linebeck in awe “…I…How….when did that happen?” he shook his head, as if trying to scramble the words into order. Linebeck just sighed “…Well because of that reaction of yours, we keep it to ourselves…most people don’t like their image of the hero, tarnished.” Link just kept staring at Linebeck, just longing for some sort of explanation of this predicament. Linebeck didn’t seem too willing at first, but his heart wasn’t that cold that he would leave Link hanging like that. After inhaling and exhaling deeply, he rubbed his temples and began to talk. “I don’t know much about how or where they met…but it was before the Hyrule we knew was created it seems. I honestly don’t want to know the details either…but…” he started looking down at the porch, it was an uneasy thing for him to talk about, as if it was a black stain of family history to him “Seems like they loved each other, and Grandpa Senior, is the father of my dad…Your hero isn’t related by blood to us obviously. “he tried to shrug, but his expression was pained “….but still, he was the only grandfather I knew, and he loved me and my sister a lot…he was always there for me, even when he wasn’t my blood. So…when you walked in, with the same name and…” his voice quivered, this man was trying his best to keep his composure, but it was obvious he loved his grandfather a lot.
“….Is that why…you’ve been distant to me?” Link suddenly asked calmly. All his thoughts collected, as he saw this man struggle, it didn’t seem to matter anymore anyway. Linebeck flinched, it seems Link was right on the money, but he still shook his head “Of course not…you are a costumer, I don’t need to be buddies with you.” Link didn’t let his words affect him this time though, as he gave a friendly smile “I don’t consider you just some random shop keeper anymore…I can safely call you my friend, even if you don’t think of me that way.” He nodded, as Linebeck gave him a weird expression “Honestly…you talk way too smart for your age, what are you…twelve?” he asked disgruntled, as Link replied back quickly “Sixteen.”
“W-what!?” Now it was Linebeck who nearly jumped up from his chair, which made the young engineer laugh even more “What…? You have to be sixteen to be able to apply for your engineer license…you never made the connection?” He grinned, teasing the salesman.
Linebeck looked somewhat embarrassed, it seemed like he really didn’t put the dots together “….Your still too young though, geesh.” He sighed. It seemed as if the ice was broken, as they both felt more at ease with one another.
“Linebeck?” Link asked “….How come my school books don’t mention this?” his voice curious.
“Oh… Yeah, seems that was a mutual agreement between the Queen and him, it was better to just let him go into history as the hero” Linebeck rubbed his beard gently “It was also to make sure our family would have a normal life…still it came with consequences.”
Link carefully asked: “Consequences?” he wasn’t sure if it was a good thing to ask, but Linebeck was in a good mood, so it was now or never.
“….Well, unlike Grandpa Senior, he wasn’t buried here…he rests with the Queen in the royal cemetery.” He leaned back “Dad can’t visit him anymore, since he isn’t a member of the royal family.” Link’s eyes widened once more, not from shock, but from an immense wave of sadness that suddenly took over his heart. “…What?…but…Queen?” he softly mumbled.
Linebeck’s face also seemed sadden “…It wasn’t a decision the royal family could make, back then the High Court still controlled most of the Law.” He closed his eyes for a moment “ Both Queen Tetra and Queen Marley fought very hard, but it was in vain…”
The young engineer let the words sink in for a moment, they were so heavy that he’d almost wished he hadn’t asked. Mr. Kai didn’t deserve that, this family didn’t deserve something like that…how cruel it was to be separated from family. His lip began to quiver, as thoughts of his own family filled his head, and soon…he felt his eyes getting watery “T-That isn’t…fair!” he cried out, startling Linebeck; “Oh…geez Kid, I didn’t mean to make you cry…?” he seemed uncomfortable with Link’s tears, but it somehow made him happy too.
“Why are you crying?” he chuckled. Link gave him an angry look, which didn’t seem very intimidating considering his current predicament “B-because, nobody should be separated from the person they love!”
“….!” Linebeck flinched, the words of this young man took him aback for a moment. It had been a long time, since anybody responded in this kind of way, perhaps even never. Link seemed to be getting angrier and more tears started rolling down his face. He probably thought that Linebeck was making fun of him. So with a soft chuckle, The man reached his hand forward, and gently pat Link on his head, rubbing it up and down. Link flinched at first, expecting a flick to his forhead, but Linebeck’s response was kind and very calming, he felt himself relax, but gave Linebeck a curious expression.
“It doesn’t really matter that much Kid..” he said, pulling his hand back “I’m sure wherever they are right now, they are together…probably thinking of more stupid treasure quests for me.”
“Still…” Link huffed “ Zelda still owes me a favor…and so does Mr. Kai…I’m..!” he clenched his fists “I’m going to make sure that Mr. Kai can visit that place from now on! I promise!” he nodded fiercely, a spark in his eye ignited. The Salesman just looked at him for a moment, and soon a loud chuckle escaped his throat “Sure Kid…sure..” he smiled. “Dad would like that.”
Link smiled happily, he felt content he could do something to help his family, and he found a spark ignite in life once more. He wanted to help this family, to repay them for their kindness.
Though soon after, a loud yawn escaped his mouth as well. It seemed sleep suddenly wanted to take him over. “Pffsh, go to sleep…little kids shouldn’t be up this late” the salesman grinned.
The young engineer gave him a quick glare, but he wasn’t too upset “Okay…but promise me one thing?”
“What now?” Linebeck sighed.
“….That the next treasure quest you go on….take me along?” he yawned again, his eyes fluttering.
Before Linebeck could even reply however, Link seemed to have drifted off to sleep, with a content expression on his face. Linebeck figured he’d be sleeping better than he had in a long time. “Figures..” he chuckled, grabbing his coat and gently placing it over the boy, who soon after wrapped himself in it deeply. Linebeck closed his eyes.
“Sure kid, let’s go on an adventure together.”
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