Sorry for the long story, but I wanted to contribute to the feels.
Ever since I was a little kid, my dad and I have been playing the Legend of Zelda video games. I would always rush home after school so I could grab a snack and drink and watch him play through each level and each puzzle as he slowly made his way through the whole game. Sometimes when he would get stuck, I would give my thoughts on how to maybe solve it, but I was usually wrong and he almost always got it right after a moment to think. This continued for years and was basically my whole elementary school years and really early middle school years. As far as I was concerned, life was great! I could only sit in awe as a small child does as he hacked, slashed, and solved his way through each Zelda game.
Now let's move forward to a couple weeks after New Years going into 2007. Very early in the morning, about half an hour before I got up for school, I was awoken by muffled voices outside of my door. I opened my bedroom door to see two cops standing in my living room with flashing lights outside on the street. I went to go downstairs when my mother looked up at me with red, tear-stained eyes and told me to go back into my room. Confused and slightly scared, I turned to go back towards my room when one of the police officers said that my mother really needed to tell me what's happened. I stopped, turned, and stared my mom in the eyes and I'll never be able to forget those words that she said. The words that brought my life to a screeching halt; the words that I'll never be able to unhear.
"Dad had a heart attack last night....he didn't make it."
All I could think about was that he died in the same house that I was sleeping in; that he died and I was so close to him and wasn't able to help him, to tell him I loved him and how much i really cared about him....
To this day I still play all the Zelda games he and I used to play and even new ones as they get released. Every profile I make I always give it the same name in memory of my dad. Gerald.
The only thing that I would ever wish for, is to hear his voice at the end of each completed Zelda game telling me that's he proud of me...but I'll never get to hear those words....I just wanted him to be proud of me.