The Longest Journey

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*Not far off, Rachel is asleep under the cool canopy of a golden apple tree. Her ears twitch as the seabreeze brushes her short black locks,"


*At her side, there sits a smal fox cub. His red coat shimmering in the sun. His blue eyes scanning the line where the sky meets the sea .*


"Julian?"

*The Cub's ears straighten at his mistress's call.*

"Lady Skymoon! At last, you are wakened!"

*Rachel's eyelids part slowly as she sits up, but her eyes see nothing around her *

She hurriedly feels around the ground at her side for something that she knows should have jingled the second she awoke. Her hand brushes a thin metal chain.*
 
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Even though Rachel cannot see, she knows she has found what she sought. At the end of the chain, there hangs a delicate metal key whose top is adorned with a bright golden star. The Star is encircled by a Ruby red hoop and two small silver wings.

"Thank the Seasons....If they had taken it, I'd surely have been finished.":

Rachel can tell that her pet's gaze is upon her. He knows exactly what she means.

"The Ruby Scepter is all that keeps you alive in the absence of The Holy Instrument." said He.
 
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"Exactly." She nods. "For how long? I cannot say,but nothing will change by just sitting here. Go, find Ari and Epona."

"At once, Mistress. " He answers. I shan't be long. *


The young kit races up the slope from the coast and into the forest, his jeweled collar glinting in the sun He scans the treetops for the bright yellow eyes of a great horned owl.

"Archimedes Goldeneye, Where are you?" Our mistress awakens and calls you!"

All st once, a blur whizzes over Julian's head and lands beside him.

Julian looks the winged creature up and down as she begins preening .

"I did not intend to ruffle your feathers.""

Ari chuckles with her melodic hoots, assuring the young fox that she is not at all rattled.

"Hoo-hoo, what shall I do?"

"Return to Lady Skymoon while I go on and find Epona." said Julian. "She will need us all to be her eyes for now."


The horned owl takes to the air and glides back along the path that her friend had just run. She finds Rachel leaning upon a thick branch of drift wood. She hoots out from Rachel's left and lands gingerly on the elf's shoulder.

Rachel smiles, feeling soft feathers brushing her cheek.

"I've missed you all." "But I can't remember anything before this place....Thank the Seasons that you were able to keep near me In spite of."


"Hoooo, we wont leave you!"
 
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Their conversation is abruptly interrupted by a soft galloping sound. Ari blinks as a chestnut blaze mare with a black mane appears. She walks softly over to Rachel.

"We've returned, Lady Skymoon,"

*Rachel nods*

*Well done, all of you, I beseech you however, please do not think less of me now that my sight has left."

"NEVER!" cries the trio.

"You weren't to blame , Mistress. " explains Epona,

"Hoo-hoo, too true!" agrees Ari
 
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Rachel smiles and thanks her comrades. Having said, she also realizes that only by virtue of the Ocarina's power, She needs to bear great responsibility. After all, her loved ones had all fought and died for it.

She moves carefully and slowly toward Epona, feels her way along the saddle and climbs up. Epona stands perfectly still as her master sits firmly before turning to walk. On the way into the forest, e mare explains that she had seen an inn not far from the clearing where Julian had met up with her. Before she could say another word, an earsplitting boom shakes everything around them. The air then fills with what sounds like a rushing waterfall.

Rachel tightens her grip on Epona's reins.

"Yah!"

The horse opens into a full sprint that lasts three to four minutes before she calls out that they are all safe.
 
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*Rachel hears the creek of a hinge and quick, wet sloshing of either boots or leather shoes *

"Are you In need of aid?" A female voice asks loudly.

"Yes!" Rachel answers. " I have lost my sight!" "My animals need shelter!"

Rachel then hears another set of footsteps. Definitely boots this time. She feels a pair of strong, work-worn hands lift her out of Epona's saddle.

"Let's get you inside Lass." said a deep voice. No need to worry about walking." "We've got enough room for your mount in the side stable. Your other beasts can come inside with you."
 
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