Bad Blood

Based on Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood". Nabooru and Ganondorf become the worst of enemies over the course of seven years.

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1. Bad Blood

Cause, baby, now we got bad

Blood

You know it used to be mad

Love

So take a look at what you’ve done

Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

*           *           *

“Babe, please!  Just hear me out!”

            It’s been frequent ever since he came back from that one visit with Twinrova.  He talked about bettering the Gerudo race, and how the key was in Hyrule.

            This time, however, he wanted one of the Hylian girls that enrolled in my school.  The one called Viacka.

            “I’ve put up with this for years, Ganondorf,” I spat.  “My student won’t be leaving my school!  The boy that dropped her off made me swear on the Triforce to protect the girl.”

            “Nabooru, the girl could be the key I need to get the Triforce.”  My husband rested one of his large hands on my cheek.  “Can’t you give the girl a break?  She would likely enjoy the trip out of the desert.”

            “What about her friends?  I’m sure the younger Hylian and the other girls would like the same treatment.  If you expect me to run this academy justly, the Hylians should have the same treatment as the Gerudos.”  I shoved his hand off my cheek.

            “Nabooru –”

            I interrupted his argument with a bitter kiss to his lips.  “No more of this.  You expect fairness in the academy that is what you’ll get.”

            He pouted, his amber eyes looking childish.  Seeing this, I knew I was right.

*           *           *

Now we got problems

And I don’t think we can solve them

You made a really deep cut

And, baby, now we got bad blood

*           *           *

The morning after, Ganondorf left Gerudo Valley without a backwards glance.  He didn’t even pause to wish the Hylian girls a good day in my care.

            I could see it in the older girl’s forest green eyes.  She worried for her brother because of what Ganondorf is capable of.  She’d seen the elites in his army, and just how they were able to take down a group of men in one fell swoop.  Because of this, she knew what he was capable of.

            The younger of the two tugged on the girl’s grey sleeve.  She turned to look at the young princess with a smile.  As much as I liked seeing the girls converse easily, it still bothered me how different both of them really are.

            I knew the youngest is Princess Zelda’s sister.  They are as different as night and day.  Both princesses are powerhouses in their own rights.  Hylia specializes in hand-to-hand combat, whereas Zelda takes a liking to magic.

            As for Viacka, and the young boy she travelled with, I had no idea.  The girl keeps herself as mysterious as the dark side of the moon.

            All I could say is she is capable of defending herself when it comes down to it.

*           *           *

Did you have to do this?

I was thinking that you could

Be trusted

Did you have to ruin what was

Shiny?

Now it’s all rusted

*           *           *

I feared the worse for Viacka.  She was such a delicate creature.

            Viacka came from the forest along with the boy that was travelling around Hyrule, collecting, what Ganon called, Spiritual Stones.  I knew the boy’s fate is tangled with Princess Zelda’s along with Ganondorf’s.

            I worried about both the girls.  Ganondorf, if he ever found out about Viacka’s family, he would kill her just as he would with Princess Hylia.  They would be seen as a threat to his position of taking the Triforce.

*           *           *

Did you have to hit me

Where I’m weak?  Baby,

I couldn’t breathe and

Rub it in so deep

Salt in the wound

Like you’re laughing right

At me

*           *           *

“Vi, do you wanna head to Castle Town with us to get some supplies?” Hylia asked the next morning.

            It was the one day both girls had off, and I wanted to head into town to pick up some much needed food to last for the next month.  They were helpful when I needed them and incredibly talented when it came to cooking.  They even prepared a properly cooked Dodongo steak for our wedding anniversary.

            Of course, Ganondorf would refuse to acknowledge the fact we need food.  So far this year, the hunt for the Triforce ended up interfering with the little things he cared for not that long ago.  He said the hunt for the Triforce was for the best interests of our people and the world.  How I wished my husband was right.

            Viacka blinked and looked away from the sunrise and to her best friend.  Viacka was much more mature than what Ganondorf gave her credit for.  At fourteen, the girl treated the younger girls like they were her sisters.

            I nodded.  She didn’t need my permission any more.  She was well on her way to being an adult.

            “Sure.”

*           *           *

Oh, its so sad to

Think about the good times

You and I

*           *           *

Of course, Ganondorf hadn’t returned yet.  It would make sense since he was still negotiating things with the king of Hyrule.  Rather, that was what he wanted us to believe.

            It didn’t take long for the news to reach us: the king of Hyrule was dead and Ganondorf was seen fleeing the scene of the king’s death.  There were also rumors that the Door of Time had been opened, and he had been seen following the boy that opened it into the Sacred Realm.

            That was seven years ago.

*           *           *

Cause, baby, now we got bad

Blood

You know it used to be mad

Love

So take a look at what you’ve done

Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

*           *           *

“Nabooru, what on earth happened to you?” Viacka asked as she put her hands on her hips.  I decided to pay her a visit in Kakariko after Link awakened me as the Sage of Spirit.  I guess she noticed some frostbitten areas where Kotake had struck me with her magic when I refused to take Ganon’s orders.

            “Kotake,” I answered simply as she gestured me to the back kitchen.  It didn’t take her long to find defrosting herbs.

            “So, how are things with Ganondorf?” she asked, trying to avoid the obvious questions she had about Kotake.

            “Same old, same old.  I resent him; he still is trying to coerce me into being the queen of Hyrule.”  I looked away from my former student.  “How are the princesses?”

            “Zelda’s apparently disappeared, but she came in the other day disguised as a Sheikah.  Hylia’s travelling Hyrule with Link.”  She was grounding the herbs on the counter across from me.  “I heard Ganon’s looking for a maid from Zelda.  She was also saying something about how Link needed a spy.”

            “Don’t do it,” I snapped, looking at her back.

            She stopped grounding the herbs and turned to face me.  “Why not?  I could earn some extra rupees over this.”  Viacka threw her wallet on the ground.  “This job barely covers rent for me, and I’m living with Anju and her boyfriend in Impa’s old place.”

            “What have you been getting?”

            “Five rupees a day with this job and I work all hours.”

            I blinked and relaxed.  “That’s not so bad.  It’s better than stealing your rent money.”

            “It’s honest, but it doesn’t make enough.  Zelda said from the rumors she heard, the lucky applicant would be getting twenty rupees a day from Ganon.”  Her green eyes were harder than the rare emerald.  “Also, I could be sneaking information back to you sages and Link.  I could earn Ganon’s trust, and backstab him when Link goes to defeat him.”

            I gave her an approving smile as she went back to grinding her herbs.  “Now there’s the little crook in you.  I haven’t seen that in a long time, Viacka.”  I thought for a few moments as my grin disappeared.  “But do you think you’ll be able to pull it off?  The power he has now could give you a hard time pulling your charade.”

            “I know I can.  If you know anything about me, Nabooru, I’m as honest as they come.  I doubt any sort of power can trump honesty when it sees it.”  She pulled out a cloth and dipped it into the bowl she had.  “Hold still:  this herb might sting a bit.”

            “I hope you’re right.”  She came toward me with the cloth and applied it on the only frostbite she could see.  Viacka was right, of course.  The herb stung, but it was nothing compared to the torture I faced over the course of seven years after her and Princess Hylia graduated.

            Of course, if she wasn’t able to pull it off, she would be caught, and, since Ganondorf knows she was a student of mine, he would blame me for her demise.

*           *           *

Now we got problems

And I don’t think we can solve them

You made a really deep cut

And, baby, now we got bad blood

*           *           *

I offered to escort her through Castle Town to get to her interview the next day, and she offered me a place to stay in the meantime.  Of course, the girl would do that.  She was too kind to people.

            I figured it was a code of honor she upheld during the Reign of Darkness.  Most Hylians didn’t keep to it anymore for fear of execution.

            We both stood outside of Ganon’s castle, and waited for someone to come out.  Seeing what Hyrule castle was turned into at the whim of a man who wanted it all cleared the rumors from seven years ago for me.

            It was clear that he had killed for power.  It was clear he chose power over me, his wife.

*           *           *

Did you think wed be fine?

Still got scars on my back from

Your knife so

Don’t think it’s in the past

These kinds of wounds

They last and they last now

*           *           *

After a while, he came out of the doorway, dressed in a very similar style to what he wore on that day seven years ago.  His hair had gotten longer, and his eyes colder and far more calculating.

            “Viacka,” he started, “you have been summoned here for an interview for the position of maid.  You understand that, if you get this position, that there will be housing provided for you.”

            “I understand,” my student answered, clenching her jaw.

            The cruellest of smiles hit the corners of his mouth.  “Good girl.  And I see you have brought my wife with you,” Ganon stated.

            “I wanted to go with her.  To make sure you wouldn’t hurt her,” I snarled.

            “Nabooru,” Viacka warned.

            “I don’t suppose you would mind telling me how my mother is, Nabooru,” Ganondorf said.

            “Twinrova is dead.  Killed by the hands of that kid you’re skeptical of.”

            “I see.”

*           *           *

Did you think it all through?

All these things will catch

Up to you and time can heal

But this won’t

So if you’re coming my way

Just don’t

*           *           *

In the end, I should have seen it coming.  I should have seen him inviting Viacka and I in and treating us to something I hadn’t enjoyed in a very long time ... Lon-Lon milk.

            Of course, after hearing Ganondorf raise every question about how much Viacka was capable of, what she would do if she was entrusted with very important information, and how she would go about ratting a spy out without raising the spy’s suspicion, my student was hired on the spot.

            I had to hand it to her, she was right.  Honesty wouldn’t be easily deciphered by magic.

            Ganon had one of his minions give the girl a tour of the place as he watched my face.

            “Nabooru, you’ve been nothing but distant as of late,” was all he said. 

*           *           *

Oh, its so sad to

Think about the good times

You and I

*           *           *

“Ganon, you’ve been gone for too long.”

            The Evil King smiled that smile I almost hated as much as being married to him.  “I was busy with Hyrule, babe.  You know that.”

            “If what you mean is spreading darkness, that’s a terrible waste of time.”

            “Also, I’m looking for the last two pieces of the Triforce.”  He watched me with caution.  “You wouldn’t happen to know where they are, would you, my love?”

*           *           *

Cause, baby, now we got bad

Blood

You know it used to be mad

Love

So take a look at what you’ve done

Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

*           *           *

“Not a chance in hell would I know where it is, Ganondorf,” I snarled.

            “Damn.  And you said the kid I doubted has killed Twinrova?”

            I nodded.  “There have been rumors that the kid is the one to defeat you, alongside Zelda.”

            Ganondorf raised an eyebrow.  “I’m guessing you would know where the princess is, then.”

            “No.”  I clenched a fist.  “Besides, when are you going to come home?  Our people need you more than Hyrule ever will.  We’re suffering.”

            Ganon’s smile faded.  “We’re suffering?”

            “From the darkness you’ve placed over Hyrule.  I don’t think you actually realized how much we need the trading.”

            His gaze shifted to the door.  “I’ll see what I can do about it.”

*           *           *

Now we got problems

And I don’t think we can solve them

You made a really deep cut

And, baby, now we got bad blood

*           *           *

I sighed.  Of course, after bringing to his attention, he refuses his own people’s needs.

            “If that’s the way you’re going to be about it, so be it.”  I stood up.  “I thought you cared about the Gerudo.  Has power made you neglect your own people this much for seven years?”  I started to walk away.  “Do what you will, Ganondorf.  Understand that Twinrova is not around this time to bail you out.”

            Ganondorf’s gaze followed me as I stormed out of the castle.

*           *           *

Band-aids dont fix bullet

Holes

You say sorry just for show

If you live like that, you

Live with ghosts

*           *           *

As Queen of the Gerudos, I could tell something was wrong the minute Link came into my tent.

            “Nabooru, I’ve been trying to contact Vi, and she hasn’t been answering,” he stated.  His cerulean eyes screamed he was scared.  “It’s been over a week, and I wanna know if she’s okay or not.”

            I sighed.  I told him she’d gotten a job as a maid in Ganondorf’s castle a while ago, and they’d been communicating ever since.

            “Maybe it’s work that’s keeping her,” I suggested.  “Ganondorf could be keeping her at his every beck and call.”

            “Like, if I send her a message with a hawk, she won’t respond.  At all.”

            I felt my eyes widen.  I knew messages with a hawk would take time, but this was borderline ridiculous.

            “I’ll see what’s keeping her, Link.”  I stood from my throne.  “If it’s what I think it is, it can’t be too good.  In the meantime, I want you to keep doing what you’ve been doing this whole time.  Find Zelda.”

            Link breathed a sigh and nodded.  “Yes, Nabooru,” he said as he left my tent.

*           *           *

Band-aids dont fix bullet

Holes

You say sorry just for show

If you live like that, you

Live with ghosts

If you love like that, blood

Runs cold

*           *           *

So he did find out Viacka was lying to him this whole time, I thought as I saddled up and rode away.  This can’t be good at all.  She was sincerely hoping he wouldn’t figure her out.

            I couldn’t shake the feeling of dread as I approached Ganon’s castle.  That poor girl was going to suffer the way she said spies would.

*           *           *

Cause, baby, now we got bad

Blood

You know it used to be mad

Love

So take a look at what you’ve done

Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

*           *           *

“Where is she?  Where is Viacka?  Ganondorf Dragmire, I demand you answer me!” I screamed.  I was scared for the girl’s life.

            With a horrible gleam in his amber eyes, he grinned.  “In the dungeon awaiting torture,” Ganondorf sneered.  “Dark Link was the one who caught her, and now, she’s getting her just rewards.”

            “Viacka was merely communicating with her brother!” I yelled.  “How could you do this to someone so pure?”

            “And her brother is the Hero of Time, love.  I couldn’t let her leak any information I had given her to him.  It would be murder on her part, suicide on mine.”  He touched my cheek.  “Don’t worry about her.  She’ll be the key to unlocking the Triforce for me, anyway.  Who knows:  Maybe she’s Zelda in disguise.”

            I slapped his hand away from me.  “Viacka is Viacka.  She never looked like Zelda to begin with, and she doesn’t now.”

            “Then what about Zelda’s sister, Hylia?  Maybe she’ll be useful in finding her sister.”

            “Hylia will never work with you if her life depended on it.”  I spat on the ground.  “She’s worried for her sister over seven years now, no thanks to you.”

            “It’s not my fault that Zelda took off when her father died.  If anything, I think she should be investigated for the death of the king.”

            “The way Hyrule Castle is now tells me you did it.  Let the Viacka go.  She had nothing to do with your plan to get the Triforce, and she never will have anything to do with unlocking the Triforce.”  I left the throne room in search for her prison.

*           *           *

Now we got problems

And I don’t think we can solve them

You made a really deep cut

And, baby, now we got bad blood

*           *           *

When I found her, Link’s sister was in the most pitiful state.

            Her shirt sleeves, collar, and skirt hem were frayed and her clothes were absolutely dirty.  Her ponytail had come loose and her hair stood out at the most obscure of places around her head.

            “Oh, Vi,” I whispered.

            Her head lifted up at the sound of my voice.  Her bright green eyes that were usually full of life were dead.  She gave me a sad smile.

            “I failed, didn’t I, teach?” she coughed.  “For a second, I thought you were Dark.”

            “I tried to warn you, didn’t I?”  I paused.  “You poor thing: what happened?”

            “Once Dark ratted me out, Ganondorf gave him full control over my interrogation.”  She coughed, and then clutched her belly.  Her grin dissolved into a grimace of pain.  “Dark beat me senseless, let me tell you that.”

            “What’s going to happen to you now?”

            “Beats the hell out of me.  Dark was saying something about bringing Ganon in to deliver a world of hurt on me.”

            I paled.  I’d only seen him deliver punishment on a spy before and it killed her.  “He can’t.  Ganondorf will kill you.”

            My student gave me a smile that said she understood the risks.  “If that’s the punishment I have to bear, so be it,” she intoned.  She closed her eyes.  “It was worth it to talk to my brother again.  You were an amazing teacher, Nabooru.  I couldn’t ask for anyone better.”

            “Viacka, don’t.”

            “Besides, if I survive, I’ll send you something to let you know I lived.  That or send Link with the news.”  She looked up.  “I need this.  After Dark’s assault, Ganondorf’s will likely be way better than sitting here in this cell in pain.”

            “Link’s worrying about you!” I yelled.  I didn’t realize I was crying.  “You can’t do this to your younger brother.  He still needs you!”

            “Oh, teach.”  Viacka’s voice was layered with sadness.  “I understand he needs me, but if that’s what I need to do to save him, so be it.”

            “Be strong, Viacka.  I’ll bring him the news.”

            “I’ll try, Nabooru.”

*           *           *

Cause, baby, now we got bad

Blood

You know it used to be mad

Love

So take a look at what you’ve done

Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

*           *           *

It was weeks after Link sealed Ganondorf away before I heard anything about Viacka.

            Rumor had it that she went missing shortly after Ganondorf’s defeat.  Rumor had it she was still alive.  Link wasn’t too worried because he knew things about those rumors.

            Link said once he got to her in the dungeon, he helped her run away from the castle.  He helped heal her and get her life back on track.  He said she was damn near dead when he got to her.

            I wept at the news, to say the least.  The way she was talking when I saw her in the dungeon, it was like she was going to die and she knew it.  I was ecstatic when I heard she was alive.

            I always rooted for that girl to live.

*           *           *

Now we got problems

And I don’t think we can solve them

You made a really deep cut

And, baby, now we got bad blood

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