Stupid. Such a stupid idea.
His feet practically flew over the ground, their rhythm matching the pounding of his heart. He had long since dropped the precious box but it no longer mattered. The three pieces of paper clutched in his fist were his prize.
They’re catching up.
Going out during the day again was the most stupid thing he had done in a long time. He was easily noticeable and clearly not Hylian. And after what he had done, the entire city was on edge.
The knights - at least three of them, judging from the sound of their footsteps - were behind him. He couldn’t fight them off in the day; more would notice and come running. He was faster, but the knights could see any obstacles in their way that slowed him down. And he had lost all sense of direction in the chase. His best chance was-
"It’s done! Quick!"
He recognized the voice and swerved toward it. The tunnel. It’s open. I have to get through to where they can’t follow…
His brother stepped back as the smaller boy sped past him, into a strange distortion in the air. The boy vanished without a trace. Smirking at the startled knights despite the pain in his sun-damaged eyes, the taller boy followed and the air snapped back to normal.
It was like travelling through a tunnel at high speed. The smaller child was running again the moment his feet hit the ground, although now he was stumbling unsteadily. Within a moment he had recognized the scent of the forest, near where it began to thin out. He had emerged somewhere near Patricia’s house; he was certain of it.
His grip tightened on the paper, his pace slowing to a shaky walk. “Patricia?!” he called out. Even as he spoke, the shock of being moved through time overtook him and he dropped to his knees, collapsing on the ground a moment later.
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