Hiccup did not wake up straight away but when he did she smiled softly towards him and kept her hand in his hair, checking him over to see how he was healing up. She looked back at the tray she had put on the bottom of the bed and nodded when he asked if he smelt bacon.
“You certainly do smell bacon. She was not around anywhere so it was pretty easy to sneak it back to the room. Besides, even if she did happen to catch me, I could just say that it’s all for me. I do have a decent appetite and she is always telling me to put weight on.” She laughed as She ran her hand through his hair again before moving the tray onto his lap and almost laughed at the way he started to stuff the food into his mouth. “Hey slow down babe. You are going to choke on your food.” She shook her head. “I don’t need you making yourself worse. Valka would have my head.”
She then took her plate and adjusted herself to sit next to him on the bed and she began eating her food at a normal pace. “How are you feeling this morning?” Astrid asked with a sigh and watched him closely, still worried about him but not wanting to be overbearing because she knew all too well what that could be like.
It was still slightly strange how dangerous their lives seemed to have become over the last few years. Back on Berk their lives were almost boring yet since discovering their island there were equal amounts of excitement and danger. Yet, she wouldn’t change it for the world and in a years time they would be tackling these things as husband and wife. Astrid wasn’t sure whether that scared her or excited her more. Would marriage mean they would have more to lose if this sort of thing kept happening? She shook her head as if to shake the thoughts from her mind and concentrated on her food.
“How do you think things worked out with your parents?” She asked in between taking bites of her meal. She was sure that he was just as curious as she was, even if she did feel guilty about the fact she had broken a promise to Valka bringing Stoick here but at least he knew now and the two of them did not have to feel guilty about keeping this huge secret from him.
It took some coaxing for Hiccup to wake up. Astrid had to prod him once or twice because not even her soothing voice woke him like it usually did. When he finally opened his eyes he blinked a few times before taking in the sight of her.
"Hey..." he said softly, a small smile coming to his face. "Do I smell bacon?" he asked. Instantly his stomach rumbled. He hadn't had what he would call real food in days. He sat up a bit and looked at the tray, starving. "You managed to sneak all this past my mom?" he asked her with a small chuckle, knowing how strict she had been with his food. Hiccup didn't care. Astrid would be his wife soon enough and she would be the one in charge of getting him back to health, not his mother, as much as she wanted to be.
Hiccup almost attacked the food once it was in his lap, but was reminded by Astrid to take it slow. He nodded and sighed, wishing he could devour it all in one go he was so hungry for solid food.
It wasn’t until the early hours of the following morning that Astrid woke up again. It was a rare occasion that she woke up before Hiccup but considering his body was still healing it made sense for him to sleep and for Astrid to allow him to sleep for as long as he needed.
She was careful when she moved off the bed so that she did not wake him and she sneaked out of the room quietly so that she could source some food for the two of them. While Hiccup has been recovering his mother had been keeping him on a strict diet avoiding solids but Astrid remembered how difficult it was to eat the same thing every day so she went about making him a proper breakfast. She half expected to see Stoick or Valka on her travels but she didn’t. She wondered how their time alone has worked out and whether they had managed to talk about everything they needed to.
When she has finished making breakfast she head back to their room to find Hiccup still sleeping. She set to food on the table and made her way over to the bed next to him, running her hand through this hair. “Babe, it’s time to wake up and eat some breakfast.”
Hiccup apparently did not have to be told twice. He didn't want to sleep any longer. He felt like he had slept enough for a hundred years. And yet his eyes betrayed him and became heavy.
He allowed them to close, promising himself that he was just going to allow them to rest. That he wouldn't fall asleep. But the moment he shut them, he breathing became slower and deeper. Astrid's familiar weight gave him comfort. In no time he was drifting off to sleep.
If Valka and Stoick returned after their talk, Hiccup was none the wiser. If they had, they probably left as soon as they saw that the two were asleep. Hiccup's recovery hadn't just been tiring for him, but for everyone that cared about him. So when they saw Astrid asleep they did not dare wake her. She had been back and forth from Berk. And to the other island to inform the others of what was going on. It was a huge mess. And now everything was finally peaceful now that Hiccup was on the mend...
Even after all these years, Hiccup still had the ability to make her heart skip a beat by simply moving hair from her face and gazing into her eyes. She was glad that feeling had never gone away because to her it meant the world and she could only hope that it would continue for many years to come. Astrid returned his smile as he returned her sentiment and before long she had come to rest her head softly against his chest as he held on to her.
“You should get some sleep.” She said in a whisper as she ran a hand down his chest absently. “You’re tired. I’m not going anywhere. I’ll stay right here with you.” Astrid sighed softly and allowed her eyes to close as she breathed in the scent of him.
Even though she had told him to be getting some sleep, she had struggled to keep her eyes open herself and as soon as she was satisfied that Hiccup was asleep she too allowed sleep to claim her and she lay there with him for hours without any interruption.
Hiccup smiled up at Astrid once the date was made and reached up to move some stray hair from her eyes. He could feel her happiness radiating from her. And it was contagious.
"I love you, too," he replied, then added softly, "M'lady," with a small smirk.
As if the planning and talking was more energy than he could muster, he leaned back into his pillows and sighed, blinking slowly a few times. His hands remained on her hips, however. He didn't want her to leave. He didn't want to be without her right now.
Especially while he was so anxious about his parents being alone together. He hoped they weren't just using small talk to get by. He wanted to them to really [i talk]. He knew it was a dream, but imagining his family as whole and functioning again...
Hiccup yawned and looked back up at Astrid, his head sunk into the pillows propping him up.
It was moments like these where they would usually prove their life for each other in actions and she was sure that if he had not been injured they would have fallen into each other easily and made love just to show each other how much they needed each other and how much their words rang true but it wasn’t the time or the place.
“I know you would.” She said with a smile, leaving her forehead resting against his while she waited for her heartbeat to return to normal and she could tell that within the silence, he was suppressing the same feelings that had awakened within her although it didn’t exactly help her cause when he kissed her neck, knowing it was a weakness of hers. Astrid sighed softly and forced herself to put a little more distance between them but remained on his lap, still careful not to put pressure anywhere.
She thought for a moment when he asked the date and they spent some time figuring out a date for their wedding and when they found the best date she couldn’t help but smile. While she had been perfectly content simply being engaged to him, knowing that she would become his wife in a year made her happier than she ever had been and she wished that she could show him. She leaned down to kiss him once more and put her arms around his neck gently so that she could embrace him for a moment.
“I love you.”
Apparently his words were exactly what she needed to hear because the next second she was in his lap, avoiding any bruises as she leaned in to kiss him deeply. He allowed his eyes to close and sigh to escape him before kissing her back eagerly. It felt like forever since they had shared a kiss like this...
After a while she finally pulled her lips away from his and he was sad to let them go. His hands had found her hips at some point and he squeezed them gently as he opened his eyes to meet her gaze.
He smiled at her words. "If we didn't have to convince my mother... I'd marry you right now if you wanted," he told her softly. He felt the stirrings of affection, but he tried to swallow them, knowing that there was no way he was going to be able to make love to her in his condition. But that didn't stop him from wanting to. He leaned in to kiss her neck sweetly for a moment.
"Let's see... what's the date today?" he asked when he pulled back and reached for his journal where he had sketched out a calendar. After thinking it through, they worked out the closest Friday to when they had agreed on a year. Hiccup smiled up at her once they figured it out and wrapped his arms back around her hips after setting the journal aside once more.
She realised at that point that she had spent quite some time simply talking at him, telling him all the things that she wanted without waiting to hear his opinion on the matter. This was just as much his wedding as it was hers and she hadn’t really stopped to ask him what he wanted so she waited for a minute to see what his thoughts were about the matter but he didn’t say anything for a moment. Just when she started to think that she had overwhelmed him he spoke. The words made her heart flutter and she found herself smiling back at him. Then he seemed add to what he was saying and it was just what she needed to hear.
Astrid moved towards him, placing her legs either side of him and gently leaned down to press her lips against his. She was careful not to lean her weight anywhere that might disturb a bruise or cause him any discomfort. She allowed her lips to linger there for a while, letting her kiss tell him how much she loved him. Astrid pulled away from him out only so there was a small distance between them as she leaned her forehead on his.
“I can’t wait to be your wife.”
Hiccup let Astrid move to sit up, knowing how she got when she was exited about something. He listened to her explanation about why Friday was so important to her and he nodded.
"I can do Friday," he said, nonchalantly. "And those colors sound great."
Just as he agreed, she seemed to remember something else and was off again on another idea. Hiccup watched her with nothing but love and adoration in his eyes and a crooked smile on his lips. He could picture the wedding easily enough, but that's not what made him so happy. He just loved seeing Astrid like this... seeing her so lively and excited.
When she was done speaking he simply stared at her fondly for a moment before realizing that she was waiting for a reply. He should have said "yes, dear, that sounds amazing" or "whatever you want, love" but all that came out was, "I love you so much." He backpedaled, realizing that wasn't much of an answer and chuckled at himself. "I want to get married to you on a Friday. I want to get married to you on our hill. I- I would marry you anywhere you wanted." He couldn't look away from her as he spoke. He wanted her to know just how much he meant it.
Hiccup knew her all too well and she giggled when he gave her the floor to speak and she moved herself around so that she was now sitting next to him rather than laying down, almost as though she needed to be facing him properly when she explained the little details that she had thought about.
“Well I don’t exactly have a specific date in mind but...you know how important our heritage is to me and there are a few things that I’ve been reading up on that have really resenated with me. My parents, their parents and probably their parents before that all got married on a Friday. I thought it was just a family tradition but apparently there is more to it.” She went on to explain all the things she had read in the book, that marrying on a Friday was to pay tribute to the Goddess of love and how there were certain ceremonies and colours that were equally important.
“Oh and I thought about this for a long time. I want us to get married on the hill, at our spot. I know it’s not exactly the most amazing venue in the world but I means a lot to me and I think that’s way more important.”
Hiccup nodded along as she spoke her thoughts to show that he knew she was right. One thing at a time. Too much and Valka was likely to explode, just like he almost did.
He turned to her curiously when she mentioned that they had their own matters to talk about. Her blue eyes seemed to light up at the subject. He couldn't help but chuckle softly when he heard what this was really about and he shrugged with his good shoulder.
"I don't have a preference," he told her softly, looking back into her eyes. "Knowing you, you've already got something in mind, though." He could tell just by the look in her eyes, not to mention he was always thinking about these things. He was eager to know what her idea was, mostly because she rarely chose things without a reason. "Tell me," he told her softly with a smile.
Astrid leaned into him happily. There was no place she felt happier than in Hiccup’s arms and she knew that she would always feel that way. “You have nothing to thank me for. You are his son and he knew something was wrong there was nothing stopping him from coming back with me. He didn’t even seem to mind Stormfly too much either.” She said with a smile and looked up at him for a moment.
“One step at a time babe. Let her get her head around the fact that your dad is here and that he knows she if alive and one you are better we can grill her for answers then.” She said with a smile and adjusted herself slightly so that she could look into his eyes. “Anyway, we have matters of our own to discuss. I told Mom and Dad about the wedding and they are demanding to know a date just to prove that we are actually going to get married.” She said with a laugh. “I know you have been pretty occupied...but do you have any thoughts?”
Hiccup sighed softly, hoping that he did the right thing. The last thing he wanted was to hear was the sound of an argument outside, but that would just have to wait and see.
When Astrid climbed up beside him she helped to set his mind at ease. He turned his head, which was becoming easier and easier each passing day, to kiss the top of her head, as he wrapped his good arm around her.
"I hope you're right... I... wanted to thank you. I know he's stubborn and he was going to come anyway, but... I'm glad you brought him. I don't think I could have put up with this for much longer."
And that was the truth. That last argument between he and his mother was the proof of that. It had been bottling up for years and he had become so tired of going home to lie to his dad's face.
"Now... I just have to get my mom to tell me who those people were..." He had become serious, brows furrowed. He stared across the room with a determined look.
Astrid watched as Hiccup yawned and tried to hold back a laugh when she realised what it was that he was doing, especially since Valka caught on to it straight away and being the mother that she was she was instantly trying to get him to go back to sleep and trying to get everyone to leave the room. She held on to a Hiccup’s hand, even as Valka tried to pull her away and she thought for a moment that his plan had failed.
“Really Valka, I won’t keep him awake. I just want to be with him for a while.” She said, trying to add to the pleading look on Hiccup’s face until she gave in, leaving with Stoick. Astrid turned to laugh at Hiccup and shook her head. “Not one bit, you even had me fooled for a minute there.” Astrid climbed up onto the bed now, carefully slipping her arm around him as she lay next to him on the bed.
“They’ll figure this out. They just need time alone and time to talk. It may take a while but they will find their way back to each other like I said.”
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