"Big Brother!" I hear someone shout, but choose to ignore it. I'm so tired...
"BIG BROTHER!" I hear it again, only louder. The voice sounds very familiar...
"Big Brother!" The voice is loud and clear this time. I feel eyes pinned onto my back and slowly get up from the hard, wooden floor of the lookout. I must of fallen asleep here.
I get up and look at where the sound came from. That's weird, no one's there. I stand up and stretch my arms up to the sky. It isn't very comfortable, sleeping on the floor like that.
"I knew you'd be here!" I hear the voice behind my and jump around in surprise.
"ARRGGHH!" Hang on! It's only my little sister, Aryll. "Aryll! What gives?!"
"Hee hee hee! This is my FAVOURITE spot to gaze out at the sea, When I play with the gulls, I call it 'Aryll's Lookout,'" Aryll says innocently. She had her blonde hair up in pigtails and she's wearing a really cute light blue dress with a red flower embroided on the side.
"That's nice..." I reply, part of my head still stuck in the world of dreams.
"So, do you remember what day it is today?" Aryll asks, "...You're still half asleep, aren't you?"
"Butterflies..." I reply drowsily, "pretty little butterflies..."
"Did you forget? Big Brother, it's your birthday!"
"What?!" I reply in shock. Those words have seem to snap me out of my daze.
"That's why Grandma has been waiting for you to come back to the house! She's been waiting for a while now..." Aryll explains and I scratch the back of my head in embarrassment.
"R-right! I knew that! I-I was just going there!"
"It's a good thing that I came to find you!" Aryll continues, obviously not buying it. "You should probably go home and see what Grandma wants, don't you think?"
"Yeah, okay! Thanks, Aryll!" I wave and head down the ladder. I walk across the brown bridge and start following the path that leads to our house.
"Grandma?" I call when I open the door. She isn't there, she's probably upstairs. I climb the ladder to visit her.
Just as I expected, Grandma is standing on her mat with the shield of the Hylian Knights behind her.
"I've been waiting for you, Link," Grandma holds some green clothes out to me. "Link... Try these on. Time certainly flies... I can't believe you're already old enough to wear these clothes,"
"The Hero's Clothes? They look like they might be a little warm for this weather..." I turn back to Grandma and plaster a fake smile on my face. "Thanks, Grandma. You shouldn't have," You really shouldn't have...
"Don't look so disappointed, dear one! Just try them on. Today is a day to celebrate! It is the day that you become the same age as the young hero spoken of in all the legends. You only have to wear them for one day, so don't look down. Be proud, child!" Grandma smiles.
"Proud of what?" I ask.
"In the olden days, this was the day boys were finally considered to be men. They were taught the ways of the sword to prepare them for battle with their enemies. But we don't live in such an age any longer... Our ways are the ways of peace. Nowadays, I suppose Orca is the only one on the island who still knows anything about swordplay,"
"And?" I ask, putting on the green garments.
"Hanging the family shield on the wall as decoration is another tradition that has been carried down from those days. Does this all make sense to you?" She asks.
Grandma turns around to face me.
"Isn't that nice, Link? They suit you perfectly! A perfect fit!" Grandma exclaims in joy.
"You don't say..." I reply, straightening my cap.
"Well, tonight I'm going to invite the whole town over for your birthday party, so I'd better start getting ready, shouldn't I?" Grandma asks and I nod. But that means the whole town will see me in this stupid tunic! Great. "Your grandma is going to make your favourite soup for you tonight! Mmmm!"
"Really? Awesome! Thanks, Grandma!" I fist-bump the air and Grandma chuckles seeing my reaction.
"I just know you're looking forward to it! Now, go get your sister, Aryll."
I run out the door. She's probably at Aryll's Lookout. I walk through the evergreen grass and cross the bridge once again. I climb the ladder and see my little sister watching the gulls fly away.
She turns around when she sees me.
"Ah! 'Hoy Big Brother! Did Grandma make that outfit for you?"
" 'Hoy Aryll. And yeah, she did," I reply to my cute little sister.
"But wow... You look like you'd be way too hot in those clothes..."
"You think?" I raise an eyebrow at her.
"I guess they're pretty neat, though!"
"So, anyway, Link... Can you close your eyes and hold out your hand? Just for a second! I'm going to give you my most treasured belonging... But just for one day!" Aryll quickly adds.
"Um... Okay, sure," I reply.
Aryll takes her brown and gold telescope from behind her back and hands it to me. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"
"Really? Thanks!" I exclaim, taking the telescope. It's Aryll's most precious belonging so I'd better treasure it dearly.
"So? Well?! Do you like it?"
"Yeah! Of course!"
"I'm letting you borrow this special gift just because you're my big brother! Aren't you lucky?! Hee hee hee!"
"Aww... That's so sweet!"
"Ooh, why don't you try it out! Right now! Try looking out our house from here!" Aryll eggs me on and I give in.
"Alright," I look through the telescope and spot a bird-like creature by the postbox.
"The postman looks kinda weird, doesn't he?" Aryll asks.
"Yeah, he does..." I reply, still focused on viewing the strange creature.
"AAAAAHH! Link! The sky! Look up in the sky!" Aryll shouts and I nearly drop the telescope.
I look up with the telescope and see a scary-looking strange bird... And he's holding a girl in his claw! There's a pirate ship shooting cannons at it... Is that girl important to them or something? The bird swiftly moves to dodge it. Aryll and I watch in anticipation.
The cannon shoots a jet-black sphere at the bird! Squawking in pain, it drops the girl into the island's forest.
"Link, this is so terrible! That girl fell into the forest! She needs help!" Aryll panics, waving her arms everywhere.
"Right!" I reply.
"...But it's too dangerous for you to go in there without something you can use to defend yourself with!"
"...But maybe if I had a sword!" My eyes light up and I run to Orca's house.
"Oh! What is the matter, Link? You have an urgent look about you... Has something happened? Whatever it is, from the look on your face, I suspect it is no laughing matter... What say you, Link?" Orca asks when I run into his home.
"Um... Well..." I say, trying to catch my breath.
"Ah. Have you come for some serious instruction on the ways of using the sword?"
"Yes, sir!" I salute him.
Orca teaches me different attacks such as the thrust, the slice, the jab, the spin attack and all other sorts.
"Very good. More! Keep it up!" Orca shouts and we continue sparing.
After he teaches me all the attacks, he speaks to me.
"And yet... I sense a certain anxiousness in the sword you hold... An eagerness that goes far beyond the mere desire to be wielded on the fields on battle..." He begins, "I do not know what has happened... But I have faith in you. Somehow, I doubt that you will misuse that sword... You may have it, Link. I give it freely. Take the blade with you..."
"Thanks, Orca!" I smile.
"Since the olden days, this sword has been used to fend off evil... It's blade is infused with the desire to become strong and righteous. Be strong, Link."
We bow, and I run off into the woods to find that pirate girl.