Link looked down at his little kinstone half, letting out a thinking hum before glancing up at the wizard he'd found. He was curious about how this was going to go, but he just decided to go for it instead. He trotted up to Vaati and reached up, tugging on Vaati's sleeve with a soft whine to get his attention. His little fairy even called out to help, watching Link interact with them. He huffed softly as he crossed his arms, watching Vaati before holding his hands up and sticking his tongue out as the kinstone rested in his hands. "Aah!" He huffed gently, watching him quietly as he blepped a little.
Vaati had decided to go on a somewhat peaceful walk, if just to breathe some fresh air for a few minutes. He might be a dark lord, sure, but that didn't mean he didn't take care of himself from time to time, and a walk was exactly what the doctor called for, metaphorically speaking. He was expecting some sunshine, maybe a few of his flying eye bat creatures to accompany him, even a few plants he could stop to inspect, but by no means whatsoever did he think Link himself would walk up to him while holding the other half of the kinstone he had. Pausing while staring at the Hyrulean in mild disbelief, he could only say one thing, "Where in the love of Nayru did you find that? I hid it away securely for a reason so it couldn't be paired with mine..." He grumbled out quietly, folding his arms together whilst still gazing down at the kinstone the other held in his hands, as if struggling to believe Link was intentionally trying to fuse the pieces.
He blinked softly before holding it out to Vaati again, seeming to insist. Link was trying to fuse the pieces, yes, but that was because he wanted to make friends with the dark lord. The blonde Hyrulean was hoping for him to accept quickly, since he'd gone through a decent amount to get this kinstone half. "Hmph." He huffed in mild annoyance, giving Vaati the softest of glares as if to tell him to hurry up. Link wasn't exactly known for being patient, unfortunately, even with his fairy trying to tell him to calm down and wait for Vaati to either accept or refuse. Just because Link had found the kinstone's other half didn't mean Vaati was guaranteed to want to fuse them.
The Minish continued to merely stare, a brow slightly raising up at Link's apparent impatience. Having a gut feeling he wouldn't leave him alone until he got the other half of the kinstone, Vaati sighed out in ever so slight annoyance, unfolding his arms to grab his kinstone pouch and pull out the matching piece, loosely dropping it into Link's held out hands. "There you go. There's no rule that says [i two] people have to fuse it together, so you can do it yourself if you really want. I'll be leaving now," He stated calmly, turning on his heels soon after to promptly resume his walk, the little chasupa that had been following him seeming to glare at Link and his fairy before flying after Vaati. Avoiding the entire fusion process avoided "becoming friends" or whatever the old Hyrulean myth said; he didn't particularly care, and why would he? Link was an enemy of his after all, the likelihood of that changing anytime soon was an almost excessively low chance.
"Huh?" He seemed utterly confused for a moment before running after Vaati, gently grabbing his sleeve and pulling on it gently. "Mm-mm!" He shook his head quickly, putting one half of the kinstone into Vaati's hand before placing the other half near it. Link looked up at him with a quiet smile on his face, wanting to make friends with him quickly. His eyes glimmered softly as he smiled lightly, seeming to bounce a little bit as he watched him quietly. "Mmm!" His eyes glimmered excitedly with the idea of them being friends, even if his instincts warned him against being so close to the dark lord.
Vaati's eyes narrowed a touch at the kinstone piece that had been returned to him, redirecting his slight glare to the blonde in front of him. "You Hyruleans are some of the most annoying people I've met to date, and I thought fellow [i Minish] were annoying, I swear to Nayru... You [i do] know that I've kidnapped your princess and tried to force her to marry me, [i right?]" The dark Minish questioned coldly with a raised brow, hoping the reminder was enough to scare off, or at least make less-determined, the unwavering Link and his insistence that Vaati had to partake in the, in his opinion, utterly useless ritual of sorts.
Link seemed to shrug before managing to sign out "second chance" with a mild hum, watching him with his smile returning quickly. He leaned in and smiled at him, wiggling a little bit excitedly since he was really trying his best to keep calm. He was quite hyperactive, he knew, but he knew that he was at least trying. His eyes glimmered softly as he watched him, smiling at him. "Aaahh!" He sounded happy, holding the two halves of the kinstone near one another. He seemed to almost be begging, wanting him to make friends with him.
Vaati let his expression fall into pure neutrality as he sighed out. It seemed like his gut feeling was correct; Link wouldn't leave him alone until the two pieces were fused. As annoying as he found it to be, he caved into the pleading request, deciding to simply get it over and done with before any more time was poorly spent. Grumbling out his last-minute disapproval of the fact he was going along with this, Vaati held his kinstone half to Links in order to fuse them together, keeping the same neutral look on his face once it was finished. "Are you happy now? Content? Satisfied?"
A happy smile spread across his face as he held the kinstone along with Vaati, then pressed the stone into the dark lord's hand with a quiet hum. "Mhm!" Well, at least he might stop pestering him now. Obviously he would still follow Vaati around, smiling to himself like a dumbass the whole time, but at least he wasn't trying to tug on his arm and get him to do something like he just was. His eyes glimmered with excitement as he held onto him a bit, smiling and giggling gently. "Aaaaahhh!!!" He squealed happily, seeming uncomfortably happy with just being able to do this with him somehow.
"You're just asking to be turned to stone, you giddy green blob of a hero," Vaati hissed out, folding his arms together under his cloak as he continued to walk on, growing further and further passive-aggressively annoyed the more Link followed him around. "Can't you go bother Zelda and her father up at the castle or something? Or someone in Castletown? Ezlo, even? [i Anyone] but me?" He impatiently asked, his fingers drumming against his arms as he took a few more steps forward, his chasupa friend continuing to glare harshly down at Link whilst flying after its master, acting as a clear reflection of his mood as they usually did.
"Purple blob of a villain." He signed in return, giving him a raised eyebrow. Hey, if that's how Vaati wanted to play, Link would happily play along. He thought it was funny, actually, how much Vaati wanted him to leave him alone. Even if he was thinking about actually leaving him alone since he seemed to want it more than Link wanted entertainment from the villain, watching his reaction with an almost smug look as he hummed softly. "You look like a grape." He signed further, tilting his head in a manner that almost seemed to dare him to do something.
Vaati huffed as he and his chasupa rolled their eyes in perfect sync, squatting down to pick a flower he could use for various light experiments or potions if he so wished, letting his chasupa become his eyes- or, rather, [i eye]- so he could see all Link signed even with his back turned. "A grape? Wow, aren't you original?" The Minish dark lord sarcastically asked, continuing to pick the medicinal flowers as he carried on, "If I'm a grape, then at least I'm edible rather than whatever sour, tart green berry you poorly happen to be."
"I'm a leaf!" He signed in indignance, huffing softly before quickly starting to sign again. His eyes glimmered as he ran after him, quickly rifling through his inventory before grabbing Vaati's hand. "Aaah!!!" He huffed quietly, placing a few bunches of herbs into his hand as he looked up at him silently. His eyes glimmered quietly, watching him as he sighed softly. "Mmmm..." He let go of him and quietly signed something a bit unrecognizable, taking a few seconds to recognize what the sign meant; friendship.
Vaati looked from the herbs that were placed in his hands and the other's face a few times, sighing out as he gently tucked the plants inside a pouch he carried. He didn't provide a response to the last word Link had signed, ignoring his own apparent preference to sarcastically or coldly comment, rather seeming to gain a little bit more tolerance for the blonde Hyrulean. The eye that had been flying around his head floated down into his hands, being gently rubbed as if it were a precious pet as Vaati looked into the sky for a moment. It was the peak of the afternoon from what he could tell, humming out at such knowledge. "You should head home soon, you'd be able to make it back before dark on foot." Vaati casually commented without much of an, if any, expression.
He perked up at the sound of Vaati trying to give him advice, smiling a little before realizing what he actually said. "Aah-!" He seemed to panic a bit before smiling gratefully at Vaati, quickly running off since he didn't want to be caught in the dark, servants of Vaati could easily come after him if he did. He ran back after a moment, pushing over a small chest before running away again. It seemed like he was ready to give him something, but just running away? Made one wonder what was in the chest.
Vaati raised a somewhat amused brow watching Link bolt off in such a hurry, it only being raised further when the blonde ran back, pushed over a chest, and resumed to run away. Even the chasupa in his hands seemed a little confused by the sight, squinting as if it had never seen such sporadic actions before despite having keenly observed Link during their entire interaction. When the hero dressed in green had scurried out of sight, the two dark creatures turned their attention to the chest he had left behind, Vaati slowly approaching it before letting the chasupa fly around once more as he opened it and investigated its contents curiously.
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