“I wouldn’t use the world freak but it’s definitely not normal.” Astrid laughed as he leant down to offer her a hand so that she couldn’t get up. It was brighter than she expected when she got outside the tent and she had to squint for a minute to allow her eyes to adjust. Before she even had a chance to react, Hiccup pulled her into him and planted a kiss on her lips. She certainly was not going to be able to stop smiling all day.
It was strange to think that they had reached a place where they could happily act in such a way with each other when only yesterday they were both so unsure about what might happen between them. “Well that’s the best morning greeting I’ve ever had.”
When Hiccup told her his idea she nodded. “Breakfast I can do!” Almost instantly she started moving towards the base they had set up with all the pots and pans and started to busy herself with breakfast. Every now and then she looked up from the food to watch Hiccup tinker with the tail he was making for Toothless and when she had a spare moment she took it to brush her teeth. She would change after they had eaten and she made a mental note not to sleep in her jeans again as it was oddly uncomfortable.
Hiccup chuckled at Astrid's complaints. "You're not lazy! I'm the freak who wakes up way too early," he said with another laugh. He reached out a hand to her to help pull her up and out of the tent when she was ready. Once out of the tent, he pulled her close and planted a soft kiss on her lips. She still looked beautiful, even in the mornings.
"So, I have an idea," he said, pulling away. "I'll get started on this tail," he said, holding the prototype up, "And you can make breakfast. I thought about trying to make you something, but then I remembered that I somehow manage to char every single thing I cook," he chuckled again.
If it were somehow possible, Hiccup was in a better mood than he had been the entire time they'd been on the island. And his euphoria from before was already hard to beat.
The next morning came by quickly but Astrid didn’t awakens straight away. Even with Hiccup’s absence she still slept peacefully, non the wiser to the fact that he had left the tent completely. Stormfly still slept comfortably in the text, wrapped around Astrid now that Hiccup was no longer in the tent. She moved comfortably until she finally woke to the sound of Hiccup mumbled incoherently.
Astrid rolled over to realise that Hicxuo was no longer beside her and she couldn’t help but sigh. She was hoping that she might wake up with him and share another intimate moment but she realised then, that Hiccup didn’t necessarily share the same sleeping pattern as she did. He was often awake earlier than she was abd she was beginning to feel guilty about that fact.
Astrid stretched and giggled quietly to herself as Hiccup told Toothless no to eat something. With the way he was talking she could only assume that he had been brushing his teeth. Stormfly stirred slightly and licked Astrid’s neck when she realised she was awake. “Good morning to you too.’ She whispered as she rolled over to face her and pat her head. She looked into the dragons beautiful eyes and couldn’t help but think how lucky she was to have found her.
Just as the thought passed her mind she found a little more light enter the tent then and noticed that Hiccup was checking to see if she was awake. A smile played upon her lips as she propped herself up onto her elbows. The very sight of him made her heart quicken.
“Good morning. You are making me look really lazy here!” She said with a laugh as she yawned off her fatigue.
That next morning when Hiccup woke, he found himself warm and happy. Astrid's deep breathing beside him and the heat of all four of them was enough to make him want to never move again. He had no idea what time it was. But knowing his internal clock, it was probably early morning. He didn't open his eyes for another hour. And when he finally did, it was only because his bladder was screaming. He cursed it silently and slowly sat up, trying his best not to wake Astrid. He took a moment to look at her sleeping face, a smile on his own, before exiting the tent and wandering into the woods a ways.
When he returned, Toothless sat outside, waiting for him to return. "Hey, bud." Hiccup ran a hand over his head before going to one of his bags. He found his toothbrush and toothpaste and used a bit of water from one of the bottles they had packed to brush his teeth. Toothless watched curiously the entire time and Hiccup nearly choked on the toothbrush trying to keep him from eating the paste. "No! That's bad for you, don't put that in your mouth!" His words were slurred and hardly recognizable while trying not to spit it everywhere. Toothless looked at him. "Wh- I know it's in [i my] mouth but- just- don't [i eat] it, okay?"
He grabbed the tube of toothpaste and packed it away again before spitting under a tree and rinsing his mouth out with more water. He returned his toothbrush to his bag before turning to his friend. "How do your teeth work, anyway, huh? Probably self-hygienic." He thought aloud, pulling Toothless's mouth open to look. If anything said he trusted him, it was this. Toothless pulled away, licking his gums with a funny face and Hiccup turned away to find his journal. He wrote down his theory before going through his bags to find the prototype of Toothless's tail fin. He wondered if Astrid was awake yet and he looked to the tent. She was wanting to help him and... he wanted that too, even if he could do it on his own.
He let Toothless smell the leather again as he waited. A part of him wanted nothing more than to go back inside and lay down with her again. But he knew if he did that, he might not want to get up all day.
There was nothing uncomfortable about their sleeping arrangements after all and even though she had found herself nervous initially, she had found herself settled into him easily. Laying here is his arms felt like home; not like Berk but a real home. It was then that she realised she wouldn’t have been able to leave to go to college if she hadn’t made that deal with her parents in the first place. She belonged her on this island; she belonged her with him.
His arm around her was enough to let her know that he was more than okay with their closeness and she allowed herself to settle into him. Her hand found his and she allowed it to become interwined with his.
Astrid let out a content sigh and allowed her eyes to close. “Goodnight Hiccup.” The comfort of his arm around her was enough to will her into sleep quickly and for the first time in a long time, she experienced the most restful of sleeps.
Astrid's laugh was a beautiful thing. Like music he never wanted to stop listening to. When it finally died down, she rested her hand on his face, blocking Toothless from whacking him anymore. Hiccup let out a small laugh.
"Yeah, me neither," he admitted in return, his heart beat spiking again when she rested her head on his shoulder. He wrapped an arm around her. There wasn't much room left not to, and beside, it felt like the natural thing to do. Eventually, Toothless's tail became still as he fell asleep. Stormfly let out soft, deep breaths when she, too, gave in to slumber.
"Goodnight, Astrid," Hiccup said softly, finding his lips in the hair on her forehead. After a while he had joined the dragons in dreaming.
Astrid smiled as they parted from their kiss and noticed that he was now longer acting slightly embarrassed by her actions. She guessed that this wouldn’t be the last time to two of them would share a kiss and that was enough to keep her smiling until they would fall asleep.
“That’s because everyone on Berk [i is] crazy. If you really look at every single one of them, the boy who was obsessed with the idea of dragons for years was likely the most sane among them.” She laughed as she snaked her hand into his. She could get used to this; the feeling of his hand in her own. As her lips parted to speak again their were interrupted by the entrance of Toothless and she couldn’t help but laugh hysterically at the way he stood all over him just so that he could settle beside him. There was something about their bond that was sweet and heart warming.
When Stormfly came in too, her laughter was uncontrollable. “Guys seriously, this tent is far too small for this.” Between all the movement she had barely noticed that the dragons had forced the too closer together. There was now barely any distance between them. Astrid shook her head as she calmed her laughter placing a hand on Hiccup’s face to protect him for the take that wouldn’t settle.
“I guess so.” She said in a whisper as she settled her head down to rest on his shoulder. “I don’t mind though.”
Hiccup's heart raced again when she reassured him and kissed him gently once more. When they parted, his lips turned into another smile, less bashfully than usual. Now that his head wasn't out of order like the first time, he could taste her lip balm. He could get used to this...
"You're probably the only person on Berk who I [i have] opened up to. Well, without being told I'm crazy afterword," he added. He lowered his head and somehow their hands found each others again. He heaved a happy sigh. His smile wasn't going anywhere any time soon.
After a long moment of silence, Hiccup heard movement outside the tent. He lifted his head, brows furrowed. But it was only Toothless, sniffing at the opening before poking his head inside.
"Uh... Hey, bud," Hiccup said, wondering what was going through that dragon's mind. Slowly, the animal stepped inside and around to Hiccup's side of the tent. He managed to step all over Hiccup himself to get there, too. "H-hey, what are you- Stop, there's not [i nearly] enough room in here for-"
Another cold gust of air told them that Stormfly was now ducking inside as well. She was even bigger than Toothless. "Guys! We can't all fit in here. You- Oof!" There was a paw in his back now as Toothless tried to get comfortable behind him. It shoved Hiccup only closer to Astrid. Meanwhile, Stormfly couldn't figure out how to turn around in the tent, her tail whipping around above their heads. Eventually she managed to settle down behind Astrid.
Hiccup looked at Astrid with both annoyance and amusement, ignoring the fact that they were now squished together due to lack of any room.
"I guess even fire-breathing dragons can get cold sometimes," he said to make things less awkward. Toothless's head was by his feet and his tail kept gently hitting him in the head as it wagged slowly like a lazy cat's.
While she waited for Hiccup to decide whether he was going to freeze outside or at least attempt to stay warm by sleeping in the tent intended for the two of them she lowered herself to the ground. Astrid grabbed some of the blankets and pulled them over her, leaving space so that Hiccup could settle next to her should he decide to do so. When he mentioned her father she laughed. “And how is my father going to find out? We are adults you know Hiccup. Besides we are doing nothing wrong. Just sleeping next to each other.” She said smiling, knowing full well that the idea of sleeping next to him was beginning to blur her mind slightly.
There was a silence for a moment as he made his way to the spot where he would sleep and looked up at the tent. Astrid lay on her side, watching his features as he began to speak, with her head laying down on the hands that she had placed under it. Her cheeks blushed slightly as he spoke. “Yeah... could have been worse.” Her smile was unlikely to disappear for a while now. Hiccup adjusted himself so that he was facing her, talking and fidgeting at the same time like he always did when he felt nervous. She was beginning to learn a lot about him now and that made her happy.
“You are a wonderful person Hiccup, I just want you to see that.” She moved her head so that she was also holding it up with her hand and leant forward so that their lips brushed together lightly once more. “Thank you for opening up to me.”
Slowly, Hiccup did as he was told, ducking inside. "I might freeze out there, but that's better than being dead when your dad finds out," he joked, sitting and pulling the blankets up over his legs. After letting out a long yawn, he finally lowered himself back, hands resting behind his head. He looked up at the roof of the tent, lost in thought.
"You know," he said after a moment, a hint of a smile on his lips. "Today wasn't bad. We got away from berk. Got back to the dragons. And I got to kiss the prettiest girl I know. Things could be worse." His smile turned into a playful smirk and he looked over at Astrid. He turned onto his side, head propped up by a hand. "I wanted to thank you," he said softly, all joked aside. With his free hand he fiddled with the blankets. "For... I don't know. Making me believe in myself more? That-that sounds stupid but... I never realized how much I talk down on myself until you started challenging everything bad I said." He finally met her eyes again. "Thanks..." He lowered himself back down to the ground, sighing.
It appeared that neither of them realised how cold it had grown in their moment of intimacy. She laughed quietly when he pointed that out. With he heat that had risen to her cheeks when they kissed, she barely noticed the slightly breeze against her skin.
Neither one of them wanted to move, that much was clear but they could hardly sleep where they were right now. They had brought a tent for a reason and even though it saddened her when Hiccup broke heir closeness by standing up, she hoped they would share another moment like that soon. She kept her hand in his and stood moments after him before sharing a look. They walked together towards the tent she had put up for them abd she couldn’t help but smile at his chivalry.
“Thank you.” As she stepped in she couldn’t help but notice he hestitated. She knew why and the truth was the idea of sleeping next to him made her nervous, even more so now that they had kissed that made things a lot more intense. She nodded all the same, letting him know that it was alright with her.
“You’re going to freeze if you stay out there. Come on.” She said with a smile and gesturing for him to come inside the tent.
[i Perfect] was not a word Hiccup had ever heard himself associated with. [i Perfect] was meant for people with perfect lives and perfect jobs and perfect childhoods. But right now, Hiccup felt her honesty in the word. With her, he felt like things [i could] be perfect...
They remained like that for a long moment. Foreheads pressed together. Breath mingling. Hands entwined. When her eyes opened again and met his own, nothing would make him look away.
"Yeah..." he admitted. "It is." Her blue eyes almost glowed in the firelight. His hand squeezed hers and he shivered a bit. "And a bit cold." Berkian nights were always a bit cold, so it didn't surprise him. He remembered being a bit chilly the last time they came to the island as well...
Slowly, he stood, helping her to her feet and never letting go of her hand. Together they made their way to the tent and he held the opening for her. After she ducked inside, he peered in at her. One last doubt clouded his mind.
"Are you sure this is okay?" He knew they'd slept in the cabin of the boat together. And he hadn't even slept on that boulder above the lake. But this... this was different. They'd just kissed and now they were going to get into a small tent. Sharing blankets. He didn't want to overstep his bounds. His heart was racing again.
Their closeness did not help Astrid slow her racing heart but it was that closeness that she craved now that she had kissed him. It had felt right and long overdue. As he sighed, a smile tugged at her lips and she allowed her eyes to connect with his as he spoke.
“Are you kidding?” She asked, knowing that there was no chance that a sharing a kiss with him could have possibly been bad. Astrid shook her head and allowed her forehead to rest on his for a moment. “I was perfect.” As Hiccup took her hand she looked down, taking in the sight of their intertwined fingers.
If anyone would have asked her whether she ever thought she would share an intimate moment with anyone from Berk, she could have sworn that her answer would have been no but she knew better than anyone that Hiccup was nothing like any of them. He was far from it. The silence engulfed them, neither one of them wanting to break the connection between them. Instead, she allowed her eyes to close while she played the moment over in her mind again.
“I…it’s getting late,” finally breaking the silence, Astrid opened her eyes so that she could look into his again. She hadn’t noticed how hypnotic his eyes were until this point. She wanted nothing more than to stay this way forever.
Hiccup sighed happily and couldn't help but chuckle at Astrid's whisper. Their faces were still close and he couldn't have pulled away if he wanted to in that moment.
"Well, I hope that wasn't too bad," he said softly, biting his lip. The corners of his mouth refused to straighten themselves out and he wasn't sure he would ever stop smiling.
He felt euphoric. Completely on top of the word. He could do anything! He could [i fly] if he so wanted to. His hand found hers and their fingers intertwined. He would have given anything to kiss her again, but he didn't want to push his luck or overdo it. Besides, a part of him just wanted to take in the moment. Commit it to memory. They had an entire week, surely they'd get another kiss or two in...
And if they did... what did that mean? Were they... dating? What did that even mean? Hiccup pushed the question aside, having no idea what this all meant and just decided to stay in the moment instead...
The moment Hiccup realised that they had been interrupted [I again] he called out. Although she couldn’t see him, she imagined that he was likely flailing his arms around like he normally did and Astrid started to laugh. She was hoping that it wouldn’t happen every time. There had been so many times that they had been close to kissing now, that she was growing impatient about the fact.
When she heard Toothless she smiled but looked towards him apologetically as they had woke him up and even though she knew that dragons were able to produce fire, she still found her eyes widen at the sight of it. They truly were amazing creatures. When Toothless was satisfied that the fire was properly lit he went back to sleep. Stormfly hadn’t even so much as stirred. Much like Stormfly, Astrid found that she could usually sleep through pretty much anything.
Her breath caught in her throat as Hiccup reached out to shift the hair that had taken residence on her lips and when he smiled she could hardly slow her beating heart. Astrid returned his smile before he leaned towards her. Finally, they had their moment without a single interruption. At first the kiss was gentle but when they two of them finally settled into the fact that they were kissing, the kiss deepened and by the time they had finished, they were both smiling. She was sure that she must have looked insane in the moment but she didn’t seem to care.
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