"Renado!! I found something else that could help!" Link said, quickly and somewhat breathlessly, as he burst through the sanctuary door in Kakariko village. He'd feverishly ran all the way from Impaz's house, completely forgetting that he could have very easily warped his way to Kakariko, with Midna's help. It would have been much quicker that way, but all he could think about was getting to Ilia at all costs. In all that time after he'd found her in Telma's bar tending to the wounded Zora prince, he hadn't the slightest idea on how he could help with her amnesia. But now they had a chance. So he'd ran, across Eldin Bridge and through Hyrule Field to get to her. He took a moment at the door to catch his breath, panting and trembling from fatigue. The shaman jumped, but he looked eager to see what the young hero had brought.
"Perfect. This could be the last key to restoring Ilia's lost memory," he smiled a little and stepped back a few feet to make room for him. Link nodded and, with his head slightly low, approached the girl standing next to the cellar. She was only about a half head shorter than he, with short blonde hair and soft, fair skin. She watched him with hopeful emerald eyes as he rummaged around his small bag. He gingerly pulled out a charm, suspended with a brown cord and beads. The charm looked oddly like a horse's hoof. He held it out to her, his own crystalline blue eyes watching her actions carefully.
Ilia looked down at the object in his hands and gasped lightly at the sight of such a necklace. She lifted her own hands to barely hover over the charm. She closed her eyes and stayed silent for some time before a small, warm smile graced her lips. She let her hands move up to her heart, her head tilting slightly down.
"I.. knew you once..." she began, lids slipping halfway over her irises. "The smell of hay. The ranch, the village... You were always by my side, always with me..." A single tear slipped down her cheek before she closed her eyes completely. Everything came back to her in an instant. The laughter of the village children as they played with frail sticks as swords, the bleating of the Ordon goats in distant fields, the prideful voice of her father, the charming smile and soft chuckle of a certain goat-herd next to her...
The name left Ilia's mouth softly, as to not let her voice shake from oncoming tears. Link blinked before letting out a light sigh of relief. His heart leaped a mile and his smile was brighter than any sun as his strong arms encased her frame in a tight hug.
"Ilia...!" he said into her shoulder, small tears springing to his eyes as well. Renado smiled and so did the goron elder next to him, Gor Coron. They walked out of the sanctuary silently, leaving the two teens alone together. The children of Ordon also left their post at the window, for the same reason. Ilia laughed quietly and hugged Link back just as tightly, her tears now freely spilling from her eyes. Link nuzzled his face in her hair, still smiling as he stood there with her in his arms.
"I'm so glad you're alright..." said he. "I worried about you all the time... And now I don't have to..." Ilia nodded and pulled back to look at him, her hand falling onto his cheek gently. She smiled through her tears.
"You don't have to worry about me anymore.. I'm safe here now, and I'll be waiting for your return..."
"Once this is all over, we'll go back to Ordon together, and let it be how it used to be.. I won't let anything happen to you," Link said, placing his hand on top of hers and squeezing it. He pulled her close again and kissed her sweetly. "I promise..."
Ilia looked slightly surprised but she kissed back nonetheless, hugging him again afterwards.
"I can't wait.. I love you, Link..."
"I love you too, Ilia."