Chapter 10

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Link and Buddar rode up to the drawbridge. They jumped off of Epona, then Link tied her to a post so she wouldn't run off. Then he and Buddar walked into the town, many Hylians stared at Buddar with looks of disgust. She tried to hide herself behind Link as they walked, but they still stared. "Freak." One of them growled.

Buddar's vision clouded with tears. "Don't listen to them." She heard Link whisper. "You're not a freak, you're beautiful."

The tears faded away, a slight smile crept onto her lips as she stepped out from behind Link and walked beside him. He smiled at this, and led her into the potions shop. The walls behind the front counter were filled to the brim with bottles filled with colorful liquids. "Why, hello there, Link!" The woman at the counter greeted him. "How may I help you this fine morning?"

Link glanced at Buddar. "My friend was attacked by a Poe last night," He said. "Do you have any potions to heal burns?"

The old woman nodded and grabbed a red bottle off the shelf, then handed it to Link. "That'll be 50 rupees, please!" She chirped.

Link handed her the rupees, then gave the potion to Buddar. "Go ahead," He said. "Drink it."

She glanced at the red liquid in the small bottle, then took out the cork and drained the bottle. She felt a chill run up her spine, making her shiver. The dull sting that had been all over her back faded. Link walked around her and lifted the back of her tunic slightly, he smiled. "It's healed!" He said, letting go of her tunic. "Thank you!"

The old woman smiled. "Come back anytime, Link!" She said as the two walked out.

Link put his hand on Buddar's shoulder, she flinched at the unexpected contact, making him draw his hand back. "Sorry." He mumbled.

Lyra shoved Buddar's shoulder. She cast an annoyed look at her fairy. "I don't like being touched." She hissed.

"Still, you shouldn't be so rude!" Lyra whispered back.

Buddar didn't reply. An odd feeling had struck her. It was something she had never really experienced before. What is this feeling? She wondered. Am I feeling... Shame?

She glanced at Link, then shook her head. No, She told herself. I have nothing to be ashamed about.

But the feeling in the pit of her stomach stayed for quite awhile, even after she and Link had returned to his hut in the woods. She and Link hopped off Epona and walked inside. "Um, Link?" She asked.

He glanced at her. "Yes?" He asked.

She glanced down at the ground. "I'm sorry." She said. "I've been a complete pain lately, when all you've done is try to help me."

A look of sympathy passed through his eyes. "It's alright, you're not a pain." He said, then his normal smile returned. "You're just a bit stubborn."

She smiled slightly. "Come on," Link said. "We need to start your training."

Buddar gave him a confused look. "Training?" She asked.

He nodded. "I'm going to teach you how to swordfight." He said. "I don't want you to get attacked by any more monsters."

Buddar followed him inside. It's like he's asking me to escape. She thought. He probably wants me to. Everything he said earlier was most likely lies to make me feel better.

Link walked over to the chest that sat in the far right corner of the room and opened it up. He reached in and pulled out two wooden training swords and shields. He tossed one of each to her and she caught them. "Let's get started!" He said, walking outside with her following closely behind.

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