The boy watched as the girl slept. He crouched on the roof of the barn across from her window and watched. He didn’t know how long he was there or how long he would stay there. He wasn’t even completely sure why he was there in the first place. He had tried to convince himself it was to find out if she had any information on the whereabouts of Link or Ganon but he knew that wasn’t the reason. He flicked his long blonde bangs from his eyes; he still wasn’t used to having them there. The girl began to stir as sunlight leaked from over the mountains. The light made her auburn hair shine and made her blue eyes brighter as they appeared from behind her eyelids. He crouched lower to the roof and continued to watch as she yawned and stretched her arms above her head. Her beauty in the morning sun made the boy gasp. He had known she was beautiful, but seeing is different from hearing. Things began to make sense to him and he flipped off the building as she walked outside whistling her way to her morning chores.
Malon was tired. She was tired of chores, she was tired of Ingo, and she was tired of being alone. It had been five years since she was visited by someone and she missed it terribly. In the back of her mind she knew that Link wouldn’t come again. And if he did, she knew he wouldn’t be the same. She had nothing to think about but these things. If thought about anything else she would cry. Thinking about the state of Hyrule made her cry. Thinking about her father made her cry. Thinking about the things Ingo did to her made her cry the worst of all. She felt lucky that he was gone to his “employer” for the week. She was finally able to sleep in her own bed again. She didn’t have to hide among the cows or the horses at night. But that morning she couldn’t shake the feeling that she was being watched.
Lyric opened her eyes and breathed in the green air filtering through the leaves of Dulcea woods. The warmth of her pack around her protected her from the morning chill though the dew settled on the grass was cool on her heated skin. Her breath fogged before her eyes and she breathed a sigh of contentment. Her stomach was full, the morning was clear, and her pack was sprawled around her. The warm, metallic odor of the previous nights kill wafted to her nose from the blood still smeared on the bodies surrounding her. Stretching out her limbs, she arches her back and a squeak escapes her throat. The sound roused her Beta sprawled out beside her.
“Mornin” He grunted.
“Hey Rail” He reached over and ruffled her hair with a smile and let his arm drift down to around her waist. She moved closer to him and buried herself in his side. A chuckle emanated from his chest and woke up the man on the other side of her.
“No fair. You’re supposed to share!” He said and threw his arm around Lyric. She laughed and Rail suppressed a growl to a grunt. One by one the other four members of the pack awoke with snickers and rolled eyes at the pile growing around Lyric. By the time their Alpha awoke the entire pack was wrapped around each other laughing and mock growling.
The pounding of feet against pavement filled Takeshi‘s ears. Sweat beaded on the boy’s forehead and dripped into his eyes. He squinted the stinging away and continued his loping stride. 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4. He counted his steps and his body moved in mind numbing synchronization as his breathing matched his feet. The light grew and faded as he passed street light after street light. He didn’t know how long he had been running and he didn’t care. He was barely aware of his surrounding at this point. The only thought occupying his mind was the rhythmic beating of rubber against concrete and the deafening whoosh of his breath. Takeshi was in his element. A shrill ringing inturrupted his trance-like state and he removed his cell phone from the waistband of his shorts. He turned off his alarm and slowed to a steady walk. It was time for him to go back home.