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Post by Esme Hyrule on Oct 29, 2017 14:36:15 GMT -5
Wood splinters flew out of the target as the arrow flew true to its center, and Esme lowered her bow, exhaling the breath she had kept in. She smirked, walking forward onto her own small range to retrieve the arrows from the targets, then pushed them back onto their latches, holding them down until she was ready for them to pop up again. With a twirl, she tucked the last arrow in her side quiver, and looked around. Empty. Not many people came out to train, with the threat that they were found out known now. Privacy had benefited them in the not-being-turned-into-Swiss-cheese department, but now every Hero of Hyrule was on a tight string. No pun intended.
With a sigh, she turned and walked back to her shooting point, clearing her mind of the anxious haze that tickled at it. She just had to imagine her targets were the threats, because the best way to solve one's problems was to put an arrow through them. It was a clever mechanism some of the soldiers had designed, to test their reaction time, but none were a better show than Eagle-Eyed Esme.
She looped the rope to activate the system around her ankle, and drew three arrows from her quiver, holding two in the same hand as her bow as she nocked the third. She closed her eyes, taking a deep breath through her nose, and when her lungs were full, she snapped open her eyes, and tugged at the rope. The targets shot up, and she let the arrow fly. She wasted no time in reaching forward to grab, nock, and pull the second one back, and it began flying as the first hit dead center. The same was true for the third one, and when they had all landed true, she smiled, pulling her foot from the loop of rope.
A few minutes later, and her bow and quiver were laid on the table beside her, as she drank from her waterskin, noting it was running low. She looked over the camp as she rested, alternating between hydrating and eating the chunk of bread she had brought with her. These people were her responsibility, as much as any of her other siblings. Even if one of them was helping her hero heal, one was off with her betrothed, and one was busy playing soldier. She was more public than her siblings, so she knew there was some degree of poise and responsibility she had to hold up.
At least she found it fun. One of them had to be able to do something diplomatically.
But there wasn't much point on dwelling on it. She grabbed her bow, and prepared to go off to practice long-range shooting. She paused, however, at the sound of somebody approaching.
"Ah, Vaida. I was wondering if I'd see you today."
All this time in the Woods, had lent Vaida the ability to maneuver through its winding paths and tricks of the mind with relative ease. Or at least, at a comfortable pace for the Sheikah woman. She had spent more time combing the edges of the forest, making sure that every ward and trap laid down, than she had actually in the camp set up in the old Temple. Safety was the priority when it came to the Royal Family, every attendant, guard, and loyalist would agree. Vaida was not one to take chances when the cost were the lives of those she held dear to her.
So early this morning, much before anyone else had awoken, Vaida took her time getting to the edges of the Lost Woods. She passed every trap and marked it accordingly for her trip back, leaving the sanctity of the hideout of the Royal Family. The trees and magic swallowing their new home up into the background.
Thus it had come time for Vaida to do what she had planned. A quick supply run, small things; easy to find and barter with merchants that traveled these roads from village to village. She even wondered if some of the braver ones tried to return to Hyrule Castle Town. Where rumor had long been spread of the dissent and chaos it contained. If any of her compatriots found her, she was sure the resulting conversation would be the least pleasant thing in this realm. And the Goddess help her if it happened. But Sheikah training was thorough, and she had always excelled in what she enjoyed. And what she enjoyed, was traveling unseen. Disguised, her Sheikah bodysuit hidden under comfortable and indistinguishable traveler's clothes, the normal coif she so preferred having around her face hung loosely around her neck, and a cloak to cover any distinct facial features. Not that Vaida imagined herself as enemy number one. It was better to be safe than lost.
It had taken several hours, the better part of the morning and into the afternoon and she was sure someone may have wondered about her disappearance. But it didn't matter, Vaida had gotten everything she'd come for and more from a merchant traveling northward between villages. He'd stopped at a junction in a nearby river to rest and that's where Vaida found him. All charming smiles and curious questions. In return, he'd only asked a couple of rather innocuous questions before trading with her, and the two were on their separate paths.
Vaida took the extra precautions getting back into the Woods. She spent her time quickly crossing the small river and entered the Woods a different part than where she exited. Finding her way back to the Temple with minimal trouble. To find Esme had gone off to train.
Dropping both pack and traveler's clothes aside she makes her way over to the youngest princess, a small box in hand. And naturally the princess had heard her coming.
"Well, I bring a present. A...misuse of expenses no doubt," she says, her quiet and rather reserved tone of voice warmed at the sight of her friend and princess. Inside the box, was a slightly smushed but no less promised delicious slice of cake the merchant had let her take. Apparently homemade by the man's wife.
Cake. Sweet, glorious cake. Her mouth watered at the thought, but instead she took the box, set it aside, and gave a caring peck on the cheek to her attendant.
"As always, Vaida, your vigil is much appreciated. Though I wish you didn't have to go on these scouting missions, I feel safest with you nearby. Plus you missed my training for the day."
She knew, though, that she had nothing to prove to the Sheikah. With her greetings, she took the fork from the box, taking the first bite of her precious plunder. With a satisfied sound, she swallowed, and sighed. She smiled briefly, eyes shutting, and leaned her head back, wiping sweat from her brow.
"All this sitting around is driving me up the wall. I want to be out of this thrice-accursed forest, but all I have to do is train and train and train. I can hit the target with my eyes closed, Vaida, and it's so repetitive. But my dearest sister Kura insists I stay where it's safe and away from all the excitement, all the fun. Will this accursed impsonment ever end?"
she sighed, resting her chin on a hand, and played with her cake, toying with the frosting.
"My older siblings insist we just sit and wait for happen, but I can't do that anymore. I would never force you to do anything against my siblings if you didn't want to, but I need out. At the very least, if I go to explore, I ask of you not to follow me. I'm not a little girl anymore, and I want people to realize that. I want the freedom of our castle back, and I want my siblings to be happy and motivated to further our family. Is that too much to ask, Vaida? Or do you understand me?"
The scarlet-colored eyes of the Sheikah lit up at the excitement Esme displayed at the cake. Knowing that if there was anything in this world the young princess appreciated, it was food. Sweets were the better. Her lips shaping into a small and amused smile at the sight. "I found us lacking in important supplies, anyone could've gone but it is as much my duty to keep you safe as it is to make sure you are provided for and as comfortable as any of us can be," she tells the girl, knowing that she had missed watching the princess train, but also knowing that Esme would not find a rival in archery easily.
"Your training these days seems to only prove your already developed skill. And know that you are surrounded by others who would die to keep you safe just as soon as I would. And my patrols only serve to keep you safer, to know that we are well guarded in these woods." Vaida can only imagine what Esme must feel with the inaction. She herself, had only barely contained irritability at times between her sweeps of the woods. These supply runs were what kept the young Sheikah level-headed. And level-headed was what she needed to be to protect her princess.
The Sheikah moves casually, seating herself cross-legged on an old stump, the very picture of casualness with Esme. But her ears and eyes were ever alert for the slightest shift in the winds, trees, and brush. Not just for enemies, but should another attendant or servant be on their way, Vaida almost never lets them catch the casual way she acted around the princess. Lest those who would disagree at the sight be nearby.
"Her Highness is right, there is safety here. And despite what you may think, traipsing around lost in these woods is not the most exciting."
What Esme talks about, draws a very thin line in what was appropriate for Vaida to do. While she attended Princess Esme, and before recent events, much of it had been sneaking into places they didn't belong or trips to Castle Town. But there had been little chance of harm to Esme during these trips. In this forest, not only was it the monsters and creatures lurking about, but the Lost Woods were known to be the downfall of people who didn't understand its riddles.
Asking Vaida to not even follow her, was out of the question. The woman didn't want to risk anything happening to Esme. The girl was too sweet, too important to lose. She could be a figurehead for her people, so outspoken and confident. She helped in camp. Where she was safe.
"I understand your wishes, Esme. I know you hate this idleness, the feeling as though you can't do anything. But it is dangerous out there, not exciting. You don't know who out there works for Elezear, or if they just want a ransom reward." she explains, frowning softly at the girl in front of her.
"I would not be against showing you the forest, as long as we stay inside the forest. But if you wander away, get lost, or give me one reason to believe you'd leave these woods I would have to drag you back to camp, where it's safe. I will not leave you to your own devices, your siblings would have a worse time dealing with my head than if I at least accompanied you. You could hunt, bring back fresh meat for everyone. I'm sure it'd be well appreciated. Assuming your family did not object."
At the last line, Vaida raised an eyebrow. Challenging her princess somewhat. She couldn't do anything that inherently harmed Esme, but a walk through the woods with someone who had managed to memorize its pathways was safe. Armed, they would be safe. It was towing a dangerous line for Vaida, one that she normally didn't mind crossing. But with everything that had happened she was nervous, she understood; but it did not assuage the fear in her gut.
Post by Esme Hyrule on Jan 20, 2018 17:12:50 GMT -5
The princess let out a sigh, eyes flitting upwards briefly, before settling them on her guard. She was always overprotective of the princess, and for good reason. However, she wasn't a child anymore, and Vaida knew she was more than capable of surviving if need be. She briefly entertained the thought of getting away and daring Vaida to bring her back. It didn't sound half bad, but could she do that to her caretaker? Another sigh, another bite of cake, and then another, but it stopped at her mouth as she thought of something.
Oh, that would work nicely a s a compromise.
"A hunt would be fun, but I want a challenge. With you there, it shouldn't be an issue, right? No need to answer."
She put her fork down, standing up as she smoothed out her dress, eyes flitting to her bow. Yes, they could have some fun. She grabbed her quiver and bow, arrows on her hip and bow in its holster, then leaned over, making sure she still had knives in her boots.
"Our meals have been paltry as of late, Vaida. We eat like commoners because we can't let our influence too greatly, but we can change that. So we go hunting for larger game. I've seen wild boar and bear brought in by the hunting parties, but they have to use spears and get so close. I'll have you there, and be 60 paces away to boot. So let's make it fun! Imagine how happy they'll all be when we come back with all that meat! We can eat like we deserve to. Or would you rather me get bored and find my own way out of the forest?"
The last sentence was almost a taunt, and the shadow of a smile danced on her lips, before she turned to walk away.
"I have my mind set to it now, let's not waste time dilly-dallying around here, Vaida. Get what you need and meet me by the entrance to the forest. I'm going to my quarters briefly."
Without looking back, she began walking to her room, which wasn't too far from where her range was set up. When she got in, she was quick to reach under her bed, pulling a box out from under it. From it, she took ruppees, putting them in her belt pouch, then took a smaller box, opening it to make sure the smoke bombs inside it were still functional. When she was satisfied, they were stowed in her pouch as well, and she smiled to herself.