Majora's Return

16: Theatre

A massive dodongo lizard was the first thing Colin saw.

It was the biggest creature Colin had ever seen. It was green and brown, and had a huge mouth filled with sharp teeth. It's two legs dragged it's huge red tail along the ground, and it had a horn it the centre of it's head.

Colin gasped. Did Kiro meet this thing?

He didn't have time to give it much thought as the monster let out a huge breath of flame at the goron. Colin had moved, but Gorons are not built for speed, and he wound up a little singed on the back. The monster let out it's full breath of flame before moving again, shifting towards Colin menacingly.

Colin looked at his surroundings in a flash. This appeared to be a dead end, but there was a cracking wall on the side opposite of the tunnel. If Kiro did come through here...

The monster shot out another flame, and Colin was lucky to escape with no more than a burned leg. It stung badly, and Colin began limping.

"Grab the tail!" A high pitched shriek came out. Colin wondered who it was momentarily before the Dodongo started turning towards Colin and preparing another blast.

Colin couldn't make it walking, and he knew it. So when the creature let out a fire breath, colin rolled into a Goron ball and quickly rolled past the monster's murderous teeth and breath, unrolling quickly at the red tail.

Without any other ideas, Colin followed the voice and gripped the tail in his rock-like hands. The monster let out a yelp of surprise before the strong Goron began flinging it into the walls, the floor, and the ceiling.

The beast's screams might as well have been Colin's. He threw the creature around in total anger over the young Kiro. He slammed the monster again and again before throwing him at the cracked wall. Goron Colin placed his hands on his knees and tried to get his breath back.

"Heeheeeeeee. Nice job, little buddy."

Colin looked up at the all-too familiar voice of Majora and looked around in anger for it's source.

"No worries...the guy your lookin' for is alive. You'll run into him soon. Oh, by the way, didja know that Dodongos explode after dyin'?"

Colin looked at the monster and, sure enough, it was swelling up like a balloon. Colin instinctivly rolled into a protective ball just as the dodongo detonated with a reverbiating BANGGGGGGGGGG!

Once the explosion was over, Goron Colin looked up and saw a strange sight. The cracked wall had dissappeared, and there was a wooden door right in the middle, completly out of place inside a cave.

"Come on, C'mon!" Majora's voice rang out through the cave. 'I wann show you something important. C'mon!"

Hoping that Kiro was behind the door, and praying silently that Majora didn't do anything to him, Colin began limping towards the red wooden door. He opened it suddenly.

He was inside what appeared to be a massive, decrepit theater. The stands were all but rotted away, the banisters were fallen, and even the red curtain on the stage was torn and rotten. Colin walked down the way wondering at the strange sight when familiar voice he had been hoping to hear.

"Biggie!" Kiro was sitting in the front row, and began eagerly hopping at the sight of his big friend. Colin ran as best he could to the little Goron.

"Listen, biggie, I was looking through the tunnel when I found this theatre thing! A funny kid in a mask told me the show would start as soon as you showed up...I tried to get you, but..." he pointed behind Colin. "He won't let me."

Colin turned around to see a Stalfos behind him. The skelton creature waved his sword at him, bidding him to sit down. Colin grabbed the creature by the neck, but a sudden blast forced the Goron down. Colin sat there paraylzed, unable to move.

"Sorry, buddy." The masked boy had appeared on the stage. He had a crackling energyin his hand that disappeared slowly as he talked. "You gotta sit still." Majora turned to a worried Kiro. "Sorry 'bout the wait, but I really wanted him t'see this. And now the show can begin!" Majora ducked behind a curtain swiftly as the two Gorons sat helplessly, guarded by a stalfos and watching to see what would happen.

The rotten, tattered curtain drew back to reveal a superimposed landscape. Blue skies, white fluffy clouds and a smiling child's drawing of a sun were on the walls, while a ridiculous looking green grass and multicolored flowers was on the stage floor. A simple looking tree was in the centre, with a puppet holding a small sphere sitting in front of it.

Majora began narrating the strange play. "Once upon a time, there was a very happy boy. He had happy friends and lived in a happy place where he always smiled and laughed and had fun and played and slept. But one day..."

Inexplicably, the scene began to rot, for lack of a better word. The superimposed grass and flowers wilted, and the bright green leaves of the tree turned brown and blood red. The sky darkened, and the smiling sun turned into a snarling red orb. Two black puppets floated onto the stage and snatched the othe puppet's orb away.

"Some bad people came and took his happiness away!" Majora tone became almost sad as he continued. "The boy was no longer happy. Nothing seemed the same anymore. He became very angry at the people who took his happiness away."

An electical orb materialized in the puppet's hand. To the shock of Colin and Kiro, the puppet fired at the two black puppets and destroyed them before they could blink.

"So the boy killed the mean people who took his happiness away. But it was too late. The boy couldn't be happy anymore, even if he tried. He couldn't sleep without having bad dreams, he couldn't have fun or play games or have real froends..." Majora's voice began to cry. "No matter what he did, he couldn't..."

Colin felt that the paralysis was wearing off, and he began moving again. He noticed that several other puppets were dancing around the origional puppet.

"Sniff...And when the boy saw people having fun, making friends, sleeping peacefully...he died inside. He couldn't stand people flaunting what he could never ever have again..."

Suddenly the puppets began burning.

"So he stopped them. Destroyed their fun. Made sure they couldn't have what he couldn't."

Colin realized that Majora was talking about himself. Not that it mattered now...he had to get Kiro away from here. His body began to regain it's strength.

"But then he heard of a carnival being celebrated in a town. Everybody playing, singing, dancing, having fun...that was all he could stand."

A town propped up, and the puppet floated above it, staring down balefully into the coloured town. Without arning, the snarling sun turned grey and black, and at a hand gesture from the puppet, ripped off the wall and hoveredover the town.

"The town wasn't going to have it's party. Nope, not at all. He made it so that the town wouldn't live to see the party..."

That was all Colin needed to hear. Having regained his strength, he lept up and smashed the guarding Stalfos with a single blow.

Majora began stuttering"Wait...I'm not finished..."

Colin took a terrified Kiro up and started to run for the exit. Kiro was all too happy to leave this crazy place.


Colin chanced a look around a saw a horrifying sight. The puppet was growing taller and taller and taller, and the strings that had been holding it up snapped and dangled at it's feet. The puppet's wooden hands became long claws and the puppet lifted itself up on it's long, spindly legs.


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