Shimmering water splashed on the quiet riverbanks of an otherwise calm river as a young girl, almost as translucent as the water, rose from the depths and drew in her very first breath outside her hidden-away home. The cool breeze blowing through her still very water-like form made her shudder, and the morning sun's rays felt almost painfully burning to her eyes, but the thought of diving back underwater to escape them didn't even cross her mind. She was as stubborn as she was curious, and had no intention of running back into the world she had just escaped from. She was finally free, and she intended to keep it that way until the end of the day, come what may.
So, blue eyes wide and form gradually growing more and more solid, the girl pressed her palms on the riverbank and pulled herself up. She stumbled as she straightened her posture, feet not used to the rugged grass she was standing on. The stones back home had been smooth, cool and slippery, easy to walk on and pleasant to the touch. This grass? Not so much. It stung. But that was fine. She had figured things would be different here even before she'd made the decision to come. And it wasn't like this was the first time she saw the outside world; just the first time she stepped into it. She'd visited Hyrule lake before once or twice, and each time she'd taken her time to marvel at her surroundings and ask tons of questions from whoever was accompanying her - which usually meant her parents. Xenophobic, paranoid and of noble blood, they rarely let her anywhere without their supervision. Well, too bad for them. This time she was alone.
"And I love it!" Xaya exclaimed to nobody in particular, delicate fingers curled into fists and pressed against her chest as she looked around this new world of hers. She wanted to see as much as she could in as little time as possible before she'd have to sneak back at the end of the day, when her parents'd return home and her caretaker would realize she's not in her room studying. Because yes, she did intend to return; she didn't want to run away from home and worry her parents too much. No, her intention was just to take a little look at the forbidden. She'd be back. She'd have to too, how else could she show her parents how wrong they were, thinking that nothing but death and misery awaited outside their lands?
Stretching her light blue limbs, the girl took one step away from the river. One step, followed by another and another, until the stream wasn't visible anymore. Not that she'd paid any attention to it even if it were, as there was something else that had caught her attention now; something - or, rather, someone - moving in the distance. Xaya stopped in her tracks, blinking furiously and trying to lean forward as far as her back would allow to make out the details of whatever it was that was approaching her. Oh, oh, could it be a Hylian? A Goron? She had only seen passing glimpses of other races so far, and could hardly contain her excitement at the prospect of being able to meet the member of one now. She'd have to see the person from closer by, but... but if she just stood still and waited, she would look rather stupid, right? Then, then it was probably best to hide and surprise them, and - oh, she could climb a tree!
Stumbling, the 19-year-old noble made her way to the closest tree she could find and wrapped her arms around it. And that was... pretty much as far as her knowledge on climbing went. And a few failed attempts later, Xaya just settled to rushing behind the tree to try and come up with a good way to introduce herself instead, hoping the stranger wouldn't see her before she was done.
Unfortunately for her, the nervous twisting of her dorsal-fin was unmistakable even from afar.
OOC: Hope this'll do for a start!