On a summer afternoon, Adventurer and Black Knight Josh DragonsFlame would happen to be wandering through Clock Town on a brisk stroll before he ended up accidentally near-crashing into Maude, the carpenter boss. The rather grumpy carpenter boss, might I add. "Oh, sorry, I-" The blonde haired black knight had been meaning to speak politely, before realizing he'd bumped into Maude. Oh boy. The carpenter would look at him irritably, and that didn't stop even as she recognized him. "How is it you keep wandering into my constructions sites? They're not open to the public" The black-haired carpenter would remark, still annoyed that the blonde had disrupted her work. The blonde shrugged casually. "Tell you the truth, I have no idea, but it might have to do with patrol. Or maybe I just see a good looking woman and can't resist regardless of the location" he would joke with a cheeky chuckle. While he had his... Reservations with a certain someone but didn't realize it yet, Joshua was a natural flirt, and did it constantly for kicks. Not that many people seemed to mind. Of course, were a relationship to kick in, this would likely be kept to a minimum for obvious reasons.
Maude was taken by surprise, and the carpenter couldn't help but blush. Of course, she knew about the blonde's penchant for flirting, but he always seemed to catch her off-guard. Like a dagger to her chest, but with honeyed words instead of a blade. "I'm at work. I don't have time to deal with your jokes. Don't you have something to be doing? Killing monsters or walking around caves or something?" Maude would retort, trying to sound irritated and annoyed and angry with her hands on her hips, despite the blonde causing her to become... Quite flustered. Josh would simply shrug in response. "Nah. Just because I don't have set patrol times anymore doesn't mean I don't patrol when it feels right, right?" The guardsman would ask. It was true, while he didn't have set times, and didn't even have to patrolexactly, the black knight's habits died hard. Just goes to show just how much he loved this job. "I don't know what you do with your time. Beyond drinking and killing things, I just figured you went around bothering any girl that crosses your path. So far I'm not wrong" Maude would respond, a small smirk crossing her lips. While he'd taken her by surprise with his flustering-inducing words, she seemed content to get the last word whenever she could. The blonde didn't seem bothered, and shrugged again before speaking without missing a singular heartbeat. "Nah. Between patrol, training and adventuring, drinkings a pastime. If I recall, didn't even bother you, we were introduced" Joshua would correct Maude with a small smirk of his own. Oh, he knew that she liked to tease him. He just liked to correct her because he just knew how much that irritated Maude like the dickens.
"You saw that, but I only ever see you with a drink in your hand, coffee, milk, or otherwise, and you certainly find a way to bother me whenever your around. I say again, I'm working. Don't think I have any reservation turning this hammer from the nails and to you" Maude would jokingly threaten, holding up her hammer mock threateningly. Or maybe she was serious? With her constant state of annoyance, who could tell? "And why would you do that? Not my fault you usually only see me on my downtime" Josh would remark in response. "I feel like I'm being clear, unless you're going to help me put nails in wood, I don't want you around. Your thrilling conversation isn't as thrilling as carpentry right now" Maude would respond with a huff. Yep. She was in one of those usual moods, it seemed. Josh would shrug in response, raising an eyebrow. "If you wanted me to give you a hand, Maude, you could have asked nicely" He would remark. He really didn't mind helping the carpenter out, after all. Maude would appear to consider this idea for a moment, turning to glare at the other workers. Such annoying, useless workers she had to deal with. Couldn't she get someone who knew what the hell they were doing for once? "I don't need help, but building with more than one person might make things go faster. Does that count as my polite request?" Maude would add. She didn't like the idea of asking for help, but he was offering it, why not; right? "You did mention they're shit at their jobs" He would remark, eyeing them. "So I suppose I could take some time out to help. You owe me a drink later though" He would half-joke with a chuckle as he would grab a hammer from one of the spares, and a set of nails. "Don't worry, I'm no amateur. When I used to live in a crap shack, I had to repair the stupid thing all the time because my "rent" didn't cover repairs" Josh added. Of course, he didn't seem to go into detail on just why he used to live in a crap shack. If he recalled, Maude didn't actually know a whole lot about him or his past. Just that he used to be a ranch worker. He couldn't recall if he'd mentioned much beyond that... He'd really only told Selene otherwise.
Maude stared at him, bewildered, struggling as she tried to form words for a moment. He was serious about offering his help? "What? You're really gonna do this? You don't have to. I mean I'm sure you know what you're doing, you're a farm hand, but I'm not asking you to do my work" Maude would protest. I mean, she would love proper help from someone who knew what he was doing, but... It just seemed to catch her off guard. Why would anyone offer to help her, with no indication of anything he wanted in return? Sure, he'd said she owed him a drink, but it was obvious by the amusement in his tone that he wasn't actually serious about wanting anything in return. And a simple drink wasn't really worth all this work anyways. Josh would shrug as got to work without hesitation, grabbing a spare hammer and nails, and got straight to work on helping Maude with the structure she was working on. "It's no problem. Maybe they'll let you go early if you do a good job" He would joke with a mouthful of nails.
"I don't leave until enough work is done. If that means I have to stay until and lord over people until we've donesomething that I'll do it. I suppose I owe you a thanks then. If you want a drink I'll get you one" Maude responded with an attempt at a sigh. She was going to let him help her, sure, but she wasn't going to act all happy about it. Still, she was grateful for it, even if she had a... Rather hard time showing it. Josh would shrug casually as he kept working, placing the nails where they should be, with surprising placement and precision before hammering them properly without ruining the nails. "I'll hold you to that" He would crack with a smirk. He didn't really care if Maude did or not, he was just glad to help. He didn't want nor need a reward. He simply wanted to help out. Maude stared at the blonde haired Hylian in absolute confusion as he worked diligently without pay. "I'm serious, I just said I would. I don't get why your bothering with this, but I will buy you a drink" Maude added toward him. "But only one. I'm not starting another drinking contest with you."
The blonde looked at her, and would chuckle in response. "You couldn't hold your liquor last time, why would I?" He asked. Of course, he hadn't been able to either, and they'd both passed out around the same time. But he wasn't mentioning that. The sooner they forgot The Bootyover, the better. Maude stared at him for a moment, with an angry look on her face. "....We're not starting this again. No more drinking contests, period and you can keep your quips to yourself" She remarked flatly.
"Okay" He spoke gingerly with a nod. "If we ever do it again, I'm just bringing a few home and drinking there. We're obviously not capable of erotic shenanigans while drunk, so we'd be obliterating the problem of dealing with idiots" He remarked right back. Oh, he remembered those two gluttonous peons who tried to ruin their morning. Maude's cheeks turned deep red in embarrassment. He was making her flustered again! "I said no more! I'm not interested in anything "erotic" with you! Last I check, neither were you!" She shouted as she would angrily, aggressively pound the nail with absolutely no mercy. What did the nail ever do to you, Maude? ".... Probably shouldn't be yelling this..." She muttered quietly as she realized probably the whole town could hear her shouting. Again.
Josh would spit out the nails in his mouth as he started laughing. "By the Goddesses, Maude, calm down!" He would remark toward her, chuckling. "I didn't say we WOULD do any of that stuff, I said we WEREN'T capable of it. Are you even bloody listening to me?" The blonde would ask her as he would pick up his supply of nails and get back to hammering the one he was working on. The girl needed to bloody chill.
"Still came too close for my comfort. I think I might prefer drinking alone." Maude would grumble to herself irritably, unhappily. "According to the bartender, we had our witty banter, knocked a few drinks over and stomped on some feet as we struggled to the stage, sang drunken karaoke, then passed out and were dragged into that room because he didn't want to pay for a room in the inn for us. How exactly was that too close for comfort?" Josh would inquire curiously. Sure, there had been quite a few shenanigans involved, but they had never.... You know. "Unless your comfort zone involves nothing but evil staring at one another until one person suddenly explodes" The blonde added cheekily. Oh boy, snarky Josh was back again. He was back back back, he was back back back, back again.
"....... Well the wake up wasn't nice. There was still the chance that one of us could hae done something stupid. We were very drunk!" Maude would remark, getting flustered again. Oh goddesses, she hated when he made her do that! Josh would shrug as he kept hammering the nail, before admiring his handiwork. "Well, I have a sense of humour over the fact that my sexual drive is almost nonexistant. You can take comfort in that" He revealed with a chuckle. Maude wasn't really sure if she took any sort of comfort in that. Actually, that was sort of sad. Funny, but sad. Maybe some day, some girl would show him what it means to... Actually, we aren't even going to get into that. Granted, she had a feeling that the blonde probably came out of that encounter at the bar with... Well, a little more going on in his head then he had coming in. That thought made her turn red in embarrassment, even worse then before! "Can we just change the topic?" She would irritably request, the distraction causing her to slam the hammer into her hand. "SHIT!" She let out in pain once she'd realized what she had done, holding the struck hand. "SON OF A FUCKING BITCH!" She added, close to tears from the pain. By the goddesses, she'd hit the damn thing near hard as she could, and hit her hand instead! Could you blame her?
While Josh was concerned, he knew trying to show it, or check on her would just lead to her bitching him out. So humor was the only way he could go. He couldn't help but chuckle a bit. "Goddesses are getting you for being so angry, Maude. Try and smile sometimes" He would joke. Maude glared at him with teary eyes. "Maybe I'll laugh when you say something funny!" She cursed at him as she rubbed her hand irritably. "Shit" She muttered, with a few more audible curses coming under her breath. She picked the hammer up and tried to go back to work, too prideful to admit it was bothering her.
Alright, now he needed to do something. "Here" Josh said as he put the hammer and nails down, making her stop as he took her hand, knotting his fingers through hers for a moment that seemed to go on way too long in his mind. "This isn't what it looks like, I swear. Don't struggle, this'll only take a moment" He said as his hand would glow. Maude would feel her wounded hand producing a warm and tingly feeling, before the pain would slowly melt away and the bruises from the hammer would fade away before he would release her hand. "Fire magic" He'd remark as he went back to work without another word. Maude had been struggling and complaining the whole time, but stopped when he would release her hand. "..............Oh! Uhhh... thanks too, I guess" Maude remarked, looking down at her hand and wondering just who's hand this was. It was brand spanking new! Not a scratch on her! She wiped it on her shirt and slowly went back to work as if its going to fall off unless she used it enough.
Josh chuckled a bit as he went back to work. "Think nothing of it. All I did was fix you up" He would explain. "Alright. I'll try. It's just.... Strange is all" Maude said quietly, hammering in silence for a moment before speaking up. "Oi, Josh. How does magic work anyways?" She asked, with a curious glimmer in her tone. "Well, first, you traverse through dangerous territory, risk your neck in an area full of fucking monsters, then you walk into a cave and hope its not a monster cave. Then if its not a monster cave, a giant bloody fairy comes out and grants you a wish - I mean grants you magic of an element that's not really your choice, instead its the choice of some kind of deity behind a keyboard or something, according to the legends. Whatever a bloody keyboard is... Then you... I don't know. Do it. You... Just do it” He would explain, or try to explain anything. Honestly, the circumstances around meeting Finn and the rest that had followed was kind of blurry and shady in his mind. "Oh well..... that's sounds interesting." She remarked. She supposed there was something she wasn't getting here, but it sounds stupid as shit, she thought. “Well, that’s how you do magic. And if you want more magic, you gotta risk your life in dungeons to get coins to spend to get more levels of it, or more spells. Oh and you don’t choose which spell you get each time. For some reason its randomized” Josh would add, with a shrug. "I kind of imagined fairies being like all powerful benevolent creatures. At least that's what I've read in stories. Magic can't be worth soo much effort can it?" Maude would ask, and Josh would simply shrug in response. "Depends on what you do with it" He would answer.
After a little while of working in silence, Maude would decide to ask a question. "Why don't you leave me alone and go find that other girl I see you with so often. Who's she, your sister or someone?" Maude would ask. Of course, it had come off as rude, and making it sound like she didn't want him there. But that was far from the case for her. "Hm?" Josh asked, blinking as he looked over at her. "Who, Selene?" He asked. "I don't know. The blonde with the blue ribbon in her hair. You know the only girl you talk to besides me, I'm sure" Maude responded, throwing her hands up. "I really only have two female friends besides you. Ariadne and Selene. And Nerina, sort of. We don't talk much at all..." Josh spoke quietly. "You'd be lucky if Nerina talked to you. Which is the blonde then? Saileen or Ariadine?" Maude would respond, with... Rather harsh mispronunciations of the two. "They're both blondes, I believe" Josh would add, shrugging. "Ok well, she's kind of tall, long nearly white, blonde hair. Uhhh wears maroon a lot, I think. Fuck I don't know. You're the one who knows them. You tell me!" Maude would respond with a raised eyebrow and a newly irritated look. "You mean my festival partner?" Josh would ask curiously. "Yeah! Her! Who's she?" Maude would ask abruptly. For some reason, she seemed quite curious to know. "Selene" Josh responded.
".... And?" Maude asked, raising an eyebrow as she waited patiently. "And what?" Josh asked, blinking. "AND WHO IS SHE!?" She would yell, starting to lose her patience. "A good friend of mine. Why?" Josh asked, still seeming innocent about what Maude was getting at. Maude stare intently at him. "Call me curious. What is she like?" Maude would ask, almost in a hiss.
"I mean, I guess she was a friend of ours, but what is she like? Tell me about her, besides the obvious" She would add.
Josh shrugged, still oblivious at what she was getting at. "Uh.. Not much to say. She's a sweet girl, always wants to do well for everyone if she can" He spoke truthfully, nervously. Why did he always get butterflies talking about Selene. "Well she must be more than just sweet if you spend so much time with her? You're not really helping me make conversation here!" Maude would remark, starting to lose her patience with him. "I guess its just... Uh.. Hard to explain" He would admit, scratching his head. "There's something about her that seems... Special, somehow" Josh would add, with a sigh. Oh lord, the butterflies. "Well, special how? Come on, it can't be that hard!" She responded. This was... Interesting, she thought. Why was the usually confident guardsman suddenly so... Nervous? "Well... She's a nice girl. Always tries to do everyone right. Wouldn't hurt a fly if she didn't have to. Uhh... She... Looks nice, I guess. And she really likes animals" He stuttered, scratching his head. Why did they have to come now? Maude was likely noticing this... Ohhh boy.
"Goddesses, what's wrong with you? Did I say something or are you just being an idiot?" Maude asked, raising an eyebrow. Something was odd with this boy, she could see it. But why? "No, no... It's... Uh... Just hard to describe" He admitted, chuckling nervously. "Its hard to explain. She just... Really resonates with me, I guess.... She's... Really fun to be around, and won't stab me in the back if her life depended on it" He stammered. Here came the nerves again. "Resonates? what are you talking about?" Maude asked. He almost sounded like he...
She couldn't tell for sure, but she'd keep pressing him, curious now. "Why are you asking?" Josh would inquire toward her. "You're the one acting stupid over some girl. Don't correct me!" She would respond. He let out a sigh. "You're the one who asked me to tell you what she's like..." Josh would complain, biting his lip. "Well I didn't realize it was going to be so much of an effort! And I still don't know much about her besides that she's 'nice.' Excuse me for asking a simple question!" Maude would remark, narrowed eyes fixed on the blonde. Why was he acting like an idiot all of a sudden? It couldn't be that he LIKED this girl, was it? This Selene girl? "Well, what did you expect me to say?" Josh asked. "I said pretty, nice, animal lover, loyal, fun to hang around with, sweet. What else did you expect? Well, besides that this sweet little girl uses a weapon better then you do" He would tease with a cheeky grin.
"Hardy har har. I was expecting you to be able to at least say a complete sentence instead of stuttering out random things about her. I suppose I'll just have to meet her myself, since you're no help." Maude snarked right back. Oh boy, he was digging at her now. He rolled his eyes and smirked. "Well, I can say from experience that she's a hell of a fighter. She'd probably give me a run for my money. Whenever I'm going somewhere that could potentially be incredibly dangerous, I always ask Selene to accompany me. I'm not invincible, I can't handle every danger myself, and Selene's someone I've known a long time, that I can trust in a scrap" He explained. Well, honestly, there was more to it then that. He couldn't explain their relationship, they were bonded, linked in some fashion. And they both knew it.
"So, that complete sentence-y enough for you?" He would add, eyeing her with a raised eyebrow. "Why didn't you just say that in the first place? She sounds like a decent person. We don't have many of those in Clock Town. I don't why you were getting all flustered and stuff though. Is there something I don't know?" Maude would complain, still irritated with the blonde for holding back on her. "I don't either. Must have just been a lapse of memory" Josh would lie. He didn't know why he had butterflies either, truthfully. "........It's damn suspicious. Did something happen between you two? Did you date or something?" She asked, digging into him now. Her nosy side was starting to kick in, she was rather curious now. She'd never seen this side of the young man. He would blink, confused. "No?" He responded. How do you tell someone you've never actually dated a woman in your life? That was what he was thinking.
"Is that a question? What am I supposed to take from that? There's something wrong with you today" Maude accused him adamantly with a pointed stare. Josh shook his head. "Nah, I'm fine. You shouldn't jump to conclusions, Maude. You seem to do that a lot" He would half-joke with a small smile. At the very least his confidence was back. "B-but I didn't make any assumptions! I asked a question, but seems to be a problem for you today! You know what I didn't hear your adorable little responce? A GODDAMN ANSWER!" Maude would yell. Maude, again with the yelling. Geez. They were in the middle of a bloody town here. Once again, Josh shrugged. "You're getting worked up over nothing again, Maude. And getting angry. You do that a lot" He'd tease faux innocently, the slightest faint traces of a grin crossing his face. Payback time? Payback time. "Seriously though. I gave you my answer, I just had some struggle finding the words" He half-said in truth. He wasn't sure the real answer, really.
"I'm not getting upset, you're just being aggravating. I didn't really ask for your opinion on the matter either way. Something's going on between you and Selene, I don't know what, but something." Maude spoke flatly. There was something going on, she just knew it! But what? What was it about these two that made the man go ga-ga when he talked about her? Josh shook his head in response. "Nothing's going on, Maude. I'm serious" Josh spoke, blinking again. He didn't know what her deal was today, she being awfully... Nosy. She stared at him suspiciously, obviously not believing him. before turning back to her work, grumbling something about not being THAT thick. Josh chuckled a bit, and put another nail into the structure they were building and got back to work. "Are you trying to cover up that you've got someone special in your life, Maude?" He would suddenly tease with a grin. Oh, payback was grand indeed.
"W-WHAT!?" She let out suddenly, giving him a confused and ever so slightly annoyed stare in response. No! And I don't appreciate the question. I don't even know how you'd get that idea!" She'd remark flatly with a huff. Josh tilted his head. "You seemed real fine with asking me the same question, but with more accusing" Josh would point out accusingly. "That's because you were acting like two you fought or something. It was a valid question, with things provoking its asking. Oh, but I forgot questions are complicated with you. Let's ignore your strange behavior at my perfectly acceptable questions and allow me to apologize for thinking your random, intrusive question is fucking stupid!" She'd add with a sharp glare in the blonde's direction.
"I don't think we've ever actually fought" Josh admitted with a shrug. "I just had a bit of a hard time finding the words. But you really seemed keen on the dating idea, so I figured maybe you've got dating on the mind, y'know?" Josh would add, trying to hide his amusement to what he was saying and Maude's reactions. "I guess? I don't know. I've really thought about it for myself. Never had anyone provoke the thought and given the town I live in now I don't think there's any chance of that happening in the future either. Still, you're the one who made things seems like they weren't, if they in fact aren't like that or... whatever you know what I mean. It's your fault!" Maude would accuse toward him, trying to shift the blame back to the black knight.
Josh chuckled a bit. "I think you're just thinking too much into it. I've never been in a relationship. Don't know if I ever will be. I had a chance once, and she's gone now. Just like anyone else I've ever loved" He responded with a sad smile. "I'm actually kind of scared to love now. Because turns out that if I love... Life likes to find ways to take them away from me" He said, growing a little bit quiet as his eyes moved downward toward what he was working on. "Maybe... I'm just not meant for that kind of thing" He whispered quietly, as he closed his eyes. The sadness obvious in his voice.
Maude noticed Josh's change in tone, and couldn't help but feel like it was partially her fault. She swore there was something she wasn't seeing here, but bringing up dating didn't do jack but make them both upset. She made a mental note of that for the future, but now she had to try her best to fix her mistake. You'd think she'd be better at that by this point, but... "Oi, well.... Uh... Life is.... Life is a bitch like that, honestly, it always seems to find a need to stick a fork into good things, but... I don't think that's on you. Its more on the goddesses. They're testing you and giving you things to overcome and...." Shit, she had no idea what she was trying to get at. "Just, you're not the problem. Life is. You're not like me. You're not mean or rude, or unfriendly, or easily frustrated. You're nice and patient and generous and stuff like that and shit happens but you stayed a nice guy while I just got bitchier as time when on. You have friends and people to talk to, because you're a good person who people like. If anyone's not meant for that sort of thing it's someone like me.... But you're not like me" She managed to get out.
Ok, that just kind of blurted out of her. She meant something by that, she thought, but even she wasn't quite sure what it was. Shows how nice it is to hang around her, Maude will make you feel like crap by accident (or on purpose) and fail at trying to fix it. She went back to work on her nails, knowing she couldn't do much else.
Josh seemed to consider all of this for a few awkward minutes as he worked without a word. Finally, he stopped and let out a sigh. ".... Thank you" He spoke quietly with a small smile as he looked over at Maude. "But... You deserve to be happy too. Everyone does" He spoke softly. Maude didn't know what to say at this juncture, and kept working. The blonde chuckled slightly and went back to work himself, not noticing the small smile that had brought itself to the carpenter's lips.