Dawn of the Second Day
Absolute boredom had enveloped me, I felt I had already done everything I could possibly do within the first day, all that was left would be more of the same. So I spent the majority of the day lazing around on the couch in the den watching television, and that afternoon I watched The Lion King. Shortly after the movie ended my cousins arrived, which excited me – finally things could really kick off!
All of that excitement melted away when they introduced me to a friend they invited over. They told me they were planning to play a new video game on the Nintendo 64 and that I should join them. I was extremely shy back then, as much as I loved video games, I was standing petrified just outside of the room they gathered into. In the end, I darted away to the room I was staying in. I picked up my Pikachu, wrapping the plush in my arms, and began pacing around the room to figure out what I was going to do. I wanted to see the game they were playing, but that'd mean I'd have to be around that new person, and what if they turned out to not be cool?
Little by little I made my way out of the spare room, down the hall, and eventually next to the room again, which was close to the foyer. Hanging on the wall in the foyer just near the front door was a Big Mouth Billy Bass. It was supposed to activate when people walked by it, but I was too short for the sensor to work. Still indecisive on what I was going to do, I stretched to press the button to activate the fish. It cycled between singing two songs, but every time I pressed the button I liked to imagine it might sing something different.
I could hear the audio of the game my cousins and their friend were playing, and my curiosity at the sounds had finally suppressed my shyness somewhat. I made my way to the door and cracked it a bit to peek inside. They were all blocking the front of the TV, so I couldn't see what was going on. I quietly entered the room trying to scope a spot I could get a view of the TV from. I had no choice but to stand near the friend of my cousins.
What I found myself watching was Link riding Epona through a field. "Ocarina of Time!" I initially thought to myself. This was different from the game I was familiar with though. Link was a child, riding pony Epona through a field I had never seen before. My cousin had the controller and was leading Link towards a sandy part of the field, there was a fence that Epona jumped over leading to a pathway to a new area. "Great Bay," I read aloud. I could feel my heart racing with wonder as Link approached a shoreline and dismounted Epona.
"Look, there's seagulls circling above a spot ahead," my cousin observed, finally taking his eyes off the screen to look at us all with a smile. He was older than me, but younger than my other cousin. "Let's see what's out there," he said, extending out the controller to me. My eyes lit up, I took the controller and swam Link out to where the seagulls were gathered. There we met a mysterious Zora who asked to be brought to shore. I positioned Link to push him out of the water and watched in awe of the cutscene that followed. This Zora named Mikau pulled out a guitar from thin air and began to sing!
"OHHHHH" and "BABYYYY" were cries forever etched into our minds. My cousin taught me the Song of Healing so Link could put Mikau's regretful soul to rest. We all wanted nothing more than to continue playing the game, but dinner was ready so we had to stop for the time being. With the game paused, the friend of my cousins noticed my Pikachu plush. "I love Pikachu," he remarked. I asked him what his other favorite Pokémon were, and I found out he liked many of the same ones that I did – this guy was cool in my book.
After dinner we all took turns swapping who played Majora's Mask as we explored the secrets Great Bay offered. We went to Zora's Hall and met the members of the Indigo-Go's. We infiltrated the Pirate's lair and found some of Lulu's eggs, the Longshot, as well as learning about Pinnacle Rock. We then brought the eggs to the Professor at the Marine Research Lab. To end the night we compared the transformation masks to decide which was the best. We all agreed the Zora's Mask was by far the coolest.