Chapter 30

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As Buddar and Link traveled through the plains of Hyrule field, the sun began to set. It had been a few hours since they had left Lake Hylia, and there wasn't anywhere nearby where they could take shelter for the night. As the sun dipped beneath the horizon, Buddar reached down and drew her sword from the sheath on her belt, ready to fight if any monsters appeared. Link did the same, drawing his sword from the scabbard on his back. He stayed close to her, almost as though he was going to protect her.

The two kept walking, eyes and ears peeled for any sign of danger. They were still a long ways away from the Kokiri Forest, where the Deku Tree resided, but if they kept going they would probably reach the forest by morning.

Suddenly, a skeletal creature shot out of the ground, it's bones rattling and hollow eyes glowing eerily. Buddar yelped in surprise, then thrusted her sword through its ribs and through its spine. The skeleton shattered into pieces from the blow, and didn't get up again. Link, who hadn't reacted as quickly as she had, smiled as he recognized the move she had used, he had taught it to her the day after he had been told to take care of her.

Buddar shuddered slightly, creeped out by the bones laying at her feet. "Um, let's keep going," she said, walking a bit faster as they continued onward. A few more of the skeleton monsters popped up as they walked, Link killed most of them, and Buddar killed a few more, becoming a little less scared when she found that they were easy to get rid of.

"So, um, what exactly are these things?" Buddar asked Link as she killed another skeleton.

"They're Stelchildren," Link told her. "They only come out at night, like most monsters do. You can kill them by aiming for the skull or spine, but you already figured that out."

He glanced over at her as they walked, a small smile on his face. "You know, I thought that you would've forgotten the techniques I taught you," he said. "I never would've expected for you to use them without even thinking about it."

Buddar glanced up at him. "Of course I would remember what you taught me," she said, smiling softly at him. "Plus, it's a simple but powerful attack. I always use the quickest attack I can when I'm attacked, then I can usually get away while my opponent is stunned."

Link's smile widened, and there was a flash of admiration in his eyes. "That's actually a very good strategy," he said. "Where did you learn that?"

Buddar paused for a moment. "I learned it when I was still a thief," she lied. "I had quite a few run ins with some soldiers, and didn't want to get caught."

That wasn't true. She had learned it from her father, who was a knight. He taught her that strategy, and it had stuck with her throughout the years. She missed him, and her mother. But she would never be able to see them again, they were dead.

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