I shifted uncomfortably in the sand, glancing up at Rusl who hadn't spoken since we sat down at the edge of the spring. Suddenly, he did.
"Tell me...Do you ever feel a strange sadness as dusk falls?" he asked quietly, watching the water ripple from the small waterfall that rushed into it. I nodded, not saying a word. That was always best when Rusl got into one of these quiet, emotional moods.
"They say it's the only time when our world intersects with theirs...The only time we can feel the lingering regrets of spirits who have left our world." he continued, his face showing obvious sadness. I continued to listen carefully, knowing there was everything behind what he was saying.
"That is why loneliness always pervades the hour of twilight..." he said, and I looked around. The sun was setting. It really did seem to be more lonelier and mysterious once the sun left the sky.
"But enough talk of sadness..." he added, his voice returning to it's normal volume and his face masking his emotions.
"I have a favor to ask of you, Link." he said, looking up at me, his warm eyes locking into mine.
"I was supposed to deliver something to the royal family of Hyrule the day after tomorrow..." I tilted my head slightly, curious.
"Yes, it was a task set to me by the mayor, but...would you go in my stead?" he asked. I gave a small smile and nodded, meaning I was happy to do so.
"You have...never been to Hyrule, right?" he asked again, curiously.
I shook my head, glancing at the sand then looked back at him.
"In the kingdom of Hyrule there is a great castle, and around it is Castle Town,
a community far bigger than our little village...And far bigger than Hyrule is the rest of the world the gods created. You should look upon it all with your own eyes." Rusl explained. I thought about his words longer, and there was another silence. Then he got up, dusting sand from his clothes.
"It is getting late... We should head back to the village. I will talk to the
mayor about this matter." he announced, starting to slowly walk back to Ordon Village. I followed, keeping in time with his steps. As we reached my house, we said our goodbyes for the night, and he left.
I stood in the bloom of the twilight, and loneliness enveloped me just as Rusl had explained.