Astrid laughed as Stormfly started to back off so that she could stand up and once she did she brushed the dirt away from her clothes. “You did huh? Because I’m pretty sure you have done nothing [I but] if they were going to be fine without us.” She said with a raised eyebrow towards him. Stormfly knocked her hand with her head as if to ask for the same attention that Toothless was getting from Hiccup. “I’m sorry girl. I didn’t mean to neglect you.” She said with a smile as the dragon started to lay down but when she realised they were about to go on some kind of adventure, she perked up and almost jumped around as she followed behind Hiccup and Astrid.
As they began to unload, they had make a conscious decision to take as much back as they possibly could so that they didn’t have to make the same journey again and it appeared that the dragons were all too willing to help them. Astrid couldn’t help but laugh at the sight of Toothless running back towards the glen and the look Hiccup gave her only did more to humour her.
Once they were back at the glen Hiccup threw toothless some tuna and Stormfly moved towards him so that she could check what it was before exchanging a look with Astrid as though she was disappointed she hadn’t come baring the same gifts. “I’m sorry!” She said aloud before she seemed to grumble towards her. She shook her head and diverted her attention to Hiccup’s attempt at putting up a tent.
After a while it seemed his attempts were in vain and she couldn’t help but giggle to herself as he took the time to take a break. Astrid moved towards the poles and the different bits of material and started to look at the instructions before putting things where they should be. She wasn’t sure what he had been doing but the tent seemed to go up pretty easily and once it was up, she stood back and admired it with pride. “I don’t think you were reading the instructions correctly.”
Hiccup managed to pick himself up off the ground and brushed the dirt from his clothes. "See? I [i told] you they'd be fine," he joked, as if he hadn't been the won worrying away about them for two days straight. He ran a hand over Toothless's head, a smile never leaving his face.
"We brought you guys some stuff," he told them. "I even brought you some of that tuba you loved." Toothless started sniffing him all over. "N-not on me! Its back on the boat." The dragon grumbled. "Alright, fine. We can go get it."
Another walk back to the boat with the dragons and they were loading up with all the things they needed. Hiccup, overloaded as it was, curiously tried to see if Toothless would carry a bag with the strap in his mouth. The dragon didn't seem to mind and started running back to the glen with his spoils. Hiccup exchanged a humorous look with Astrid and shrugged.
When they finally returned to the glen, they set everything down in one big pile. "Probably best to get the necessities set up first," he thought aloud, opening up a can of tuna and tossing it to Toothless. He devoured it in seconds, so Hiccup threw him another one before digging out the tent. "Sooo, I haven't actually set this thing up before. But I'm assuming it can't be too hard," he hoped. He excelled in making things work. Surely a little tent would be no problem... right?
As it turned out, he was very wrong. No matter what he tried, no matter how many stakes he made, the tent kept folding in on itself. He was just starting to wonder if it was sentient because it had slapped him in the face three times already . "Ugh! I can invent things left and right, but I can't make a tent stand up?" He fell onto his back, lying on the dirt, giving himself a break.
Astrid nodded, thinking about that red dragon and wondering how they were going to avoid it. There was no doubt whatsoever that they would come across the beast again and the two of them would have to make sure they were as careful as they could be. As excited as they both were about getting back to their island, there were some dangers that awaited them too.
Hiccup spent most of the journey pacing and stitching, growing impatient by the time hay it had been taking to make it to the island. Astrid spent her time reading for most of the journey. Both of them seemed to perk up when the island came into view but Hiccup particular struggled to contain his excitement. Soon enough they pulled their boat into the cove and as soon as they stopped Hiccup hurled himself off the side of the boat. Astrid laughed and shook her head on humour before following him. It was as though she could finally breathe again when she stepped onto the island. A sigh of relief swept through her.
The two of them decided they couldn’t wait any long so they made their way back towards the glen that had become familiar to them. It was exactly how they left it, only it seemed quieter. At first there was no sight of the dragons and when Hiccup suggested they might have been somewhere else on the island she was inclined to agreed.
“Maybe.” As soon as she spoke she caught sight of Tootless pouncing on Hiccup and she couldn’t help but smile at the sight. It wasn’t long before Stormfly made an appearance for the clearance and the moment she saw her hauling towards her she was overcome with excitement and waited with her arms wide. She was hit with such force that she fell to the ground but she didn’t care. Astrid threw her arms around her and laughed.
“I missed you.”
Hiccup thought about what she said. How they weren't sure how long Toothless had been grounded for. In his gut Hiccup knew. He knew it had happened the night he lost his leg and his mother. When Toothless battled the red dragon to save him.
"Yeah..." he said slowly, nodding, deep in thought. "At least the glen is well covered. But if we're wanting to explore the rest of the island- and you can bet I want to- then you're right."
The rest of the trip went by far too slow for Hiccup's taste. He paced to distract himself. He even spent some time stitching away at a leather version of a tail fin for Toothless. But by the time they arrived he was sure he was about to go crazy.
When the island was in sight, he gave a woop of excitement and when they found their little cove to park the boat, he couldn't get off it fast enough. He vaulted over the side railing, stuck the landing, and nearly started bouncing with excitement like a child.
Supplies forgotten for now, they headed through the tunnel and down the left path that led to the glen, running with eagerness. When the broke through to see the sun shining through the trees, at first that was all he saw. Just trees. No dragons. For a long moment they looked around.
"I wonder if they're somewhere else on the island," Hiccup began. But after walking a few feet, he heard a branch snap. When he turned to look up, he hardly had time to register that Toothless had climbed the tree and was now pouncing on him.
For one split second, Hiccup felt fear. What if the dragon had forgotten who he was? But he remembered how Toothless knew who he was after ten years. He hit the ground, the heavy weight of the dragon holding him down while a rough tongue started to lick his face. Hiccup laughed, trying his best to pry him away, but it was fruitless.
"See, bud? I told you we'd be back!"
Astrid couldn’t stop herself from laughing when he mentioned that he would prefer to fly although the likelihood of that might have increased with their discovery of the dragons. That is as long as they were able to fix Their problems.
“Board games would have been a great idea but I think we’ve already proved that we can pass the time without such distractions.” She smiled towards him, tracing his face with her eyes as he spoke.
“I think they will be fine. As you said, they have lasted without us before. God knows how long Toothless has been unable to fly and we have no idea when Stormfly damaged her wing. I’m sure they will protect each other.” She thought for a moment. “It’s definitely going to be dangerous trying to deal with that dragon though. We need to be careful about being out in the open for so long.”
He couldn't help but watch her soak up the breeze with a smile. He had to force himself to look away.
"Eh," he said with an indifferent shrug. "I think I'd prefer flying to sailing," he told her, finally looking back at her.
After another moment of silence, Hiccup stood to pace the boat. "Should have brought those board games to pass the time," he said with a chuckle. Then, after another moment, added, "I hope nothing happened while we were away. That red dragon seemed really territorial. I know Toothless has made it this long stuck on that island, but..." his mouth became a thin line as he worried and he leaned against the railing next to her. "And Stormfly... whatever happened to her wing, she isn't going to be able to fly away, either if anything were to happen..."
Astrid listened and watched him closely. His smile was enough to intoxicate her and she could barely pull her eyes away from him. “I had never as much as stepped foot off Berk until the day we decided to come to the island.” She said laughing to herself at the thought. She had lived a rather sheltered life because her parents had never liked the idea of visiting the main, not even for a vacation of any sort.
Hiccup moved to check the compass and a silence fell between them again. She leant back against the railing and smiled as the breeze kissed her skin. “There is nothing quite like being out on the water.”
Hiccup leaned against the doorway to the cabin, crossing his arms and lessing out a happy sigh.
"I know. I don't think I've ever been away from Berk for a solid week. Even when I had to go to the mainland for... everything... we usually only stayed a couple nights. Dad never liked to be away for long." Hiccup had a permanent smile on his lips and he finally stepped into the cabin, checking the compass to make sure they were headed the right way.
For a moment there was just silence between them and Hiccup was happy to know that it wasn't awkward in any way. Of course that moment from the night before was still lingering in the back of his mind. And who knows, maybe they'd finally get a chance to finish it. But for now, he was just enjoying the sea breeze and the thought that they were returning to the island... and their dragons.
“I was ready yesterday too. I honestly did not think I was going to get much sleep but I think the day must have taken it out of me yesterday. I was out like a light.” She laughed slightly as she took his hand to help her onto the boat. Even though she did not need the support from him, she craved the opportunity to have contact with him, especially since they had a near miss the day before.
“Gas is full and we have extra in the cabin.” Astrid took one last look around the boat, checking things off her mental list as she did. They were ready to leave and she did not waste another minute before moving to untie the boat. As soon as it was loose enough she moved towards the engine and turned it one and within minutes they were moving away from the harbour.
Astrid could not help but find the humour in the way Hiccup shouting towards the shore and she shook her head, letting out a satisfied sigh. “One whole week. This is going to be amazing.”
When they confirmed that they had everything, he nodded. "Beyond ready. I was ready yesterday," he said with a grin before hopping onto the boat. He lent her hand over the gap. "How are we on gas? We have more in case we run low, right?" When it seemed like they were ready, Hiccup helped untie the boat. He felt Astrid start the engine and they pulled away from the docks. "Good riddance," Hiccup yelled at the shore with a soft laugh.
He couldn't believe it. They were finally headed back. They'd only been back on Berk for two night, but it felt like an eternity. He wanted nothing more than get there already. He hated the idea of having to wait any longer.
He let out a heavy sigh, turning back to the cabin. Now that they were alone again with nothing to preoccupy their minds, Hiccup tried his best not to think about the night before. Luckily, Astrid didn't seem to be acting any different.
Astrid was so busy unpacking that she barely noticed the arrival of Hiccup until he was standing next to her and putting his bag of toil into the floor of the boat. When he spoke and smile came to her face and she found herself feeling those butterflies in her stomach burst to laugh. The very thought of seeing Hiicuo again had kept her giddy most of the morning and now he was here she felt silly for getting herself all worked up about it.
The truth was she hadn’t really stopped thinking about their almost kiss. They had been so close and if it wasn’t for Stoic’s intruptuon There was not doubt that they might have carried it through. Who knows how they might have acted now if it had. Would it have changed their whole relationship dynamic?
Astrid turned to him and smiled. Seeing him caused her heart to flutter but she tried to ignore it. “We have everything that I can think of st least.” She pointed to a few things listing off everything that she could almost as though she were confirming everything with him. “Are you ready to go?”
As usual, Stoic's noisy morning routine woke Hiccup. This time, he was glad for it, though. He was too eager to wait any longer to get the day started anyway. He jumped in the shower and tried his best to enjoy the hot water while he had it. The island wasn't going to do him any favors. But he couldn't relax. All he wanted to do was get to the harbour, even though he knew that Astrid wouldn't be there that early.
Once out of the shower, he threw on some clothes quickly. [i Clothes!] Hiccup bonked himself on the head. How could he have forgotten the most basic of needs? He rushed back into his bedroom, his toothbrush sticking out of his mouth as he ran around throwing clothes into another bag. When he was finished with that, he packed his toothbrush and other necessities up and ran downstairs, the bag thrown over his shoulder.
"Morning, son," Stoic called from over his cup of coffee at the table. Hiccup mumbled a reply and grabbed whatever he could find that was easy to eat from the kitchen.
"Sorry, Dad. Running late. I'll see you in a week. Enjoy your time without me," he joked. To his surprise, Stoic laughed. Since learning that he and Astrid might have a budding romance, he seemed incredibly chill about everything... Maybe he thought that having a girlfriend would distract him from the dragons. Hiccup could almost laugh at that if the thought of Astrid being his girlfriend hadn't made him stop breathing momentarily.
In the next few minutes he was out the back door. He ran to his shed, pulling the other two duffel bags full of tools and supplies from inside. He put one over each shoulder, knowing his back was about to kill him, but at least it was worth it.
When he checked his watch, he still had ten minutes to get to the harbour. Luckily, he knew a shortcut...
Ten minutes later and he spotted her loading up the boat. His heart jumped, but a smile also came to his face. He approached, steadily going slower than he had at the start. All the welding tools really weighed the bags down. He was relieved to step up beside her and drop them onto the boat.
"Do we have everything?"
The next morning she felt almost as though she was a child again. She awoke with such excitement that anyone might have thought she was a child waking on Christmas morning. It wasn’t just the idea of going to island that brought a smile to her face, but knowing that soon enough she would get a whole week to spend some time alone with Hiccup; the man who was beginning to claim her affections.
That morning she showered and packed a bag and went about her normal morning routine before it was time for her to meet Hiccup down at the harbour. It took all of her persuasion to ensure that her parents didn’t come down too. They wanted to see them off but she didn’t want them stood there waving them off as they sailed sway. Instead she said her goodbyes to them back at home and with ten minutes to spare so left the house.
Her pace only echoed her excitement as she almost ran towards the harbour. When she was there she noticed that she had arrived first and much like the last time she used the time to started unloading some of the food they had bought the day before.
They agreed on a time and for Hiccup, it wasn't early enough. He walked with her downstairs to the door, aware of his father's eyes on them. He avoided his gaze, stepping outside with Astrid and closing the door behind him for even a little bit of privacy.
He nodded. "See you in the morning," he repeated back to her. His heart stopped when she leaned in to place a kiss on his cheek. He couldn't even respond to her goodnight before she was walking away. One of his hands found the place on his cheek where her lips had been and he watched her walk away.
When he could finally move again, he turned to go back inside. He wasn't aware of the grin on his face until he looked up and saw his father. His smile left, knowing Stoic probably had a clue for what had just happened.
"Never had a girl in your room before," Stoic said, a hint of smile showing through his beard.
Hiccup groaned. "We-we were just talking about the trip. We're leaving tomorrow and won't be back for about a week, so we needed a game plan." He met his dad's eyes. He obviously didn't believe it. Hiccup gestured wildly. "Ugh, why do I even try?"
With that he was back up the stairs and although it was a bit early, he crawled under his blankets, ready for sleep to take him before he obsessed too much on the day.
Astrid accepted his hand and allowed him to help her to her feet. She nodded in reply to calling it a night. Even though she could have happily spent more time with him, she didn’t want to intrude on his father’s time especially since they would be going away for a week together in the morning. That thought alone was daunting considering they seemed to have so many unfinished moments. Perhaps on the island they would get s little more privacy so that they might eventually finish something they had started whether that be a conversation or even a kiss.
“Shall we say 10am down at the harbour? That way we will have time to get a good breakfast before we leave.” She said with a smile as the two made their way downstairs. As they walked towards the door Stoic seemed to take note of Astrid’s presence and he greeted her happily. Perhaps he hadn’t realised the two had been alone in his bedroom only moments before but then again, it wasn’t as though they were teenagers anymore. He could hardly berate him for having a girl in his room when they were about to spend a week together in a tent.
Astrid said goodnight to Stoic and when he left them alone for their goodbye she felt s bit in tension rise between them. She turned to face him and smiled. “I guess I will see you in the morning.” She said before putting her hands off his shoulder and reaching up the place a kiss on his cheek. “Goodnight Hiccup.”
The entire walk home she had a smile upon her face, unable to shift Hiccup out of her mind and it wasn’t until she got home that she realised that they had managed to spend an entire day together so easily without losing any interest. At least that meant they wouldnt get bored of each other on the island. When she arrived home there was only a short exchange beteen her parents and that was to only let them know of her plans.
“I know a week seems like a long time but we want to just get a few things prepared there so when we got again we have shelter and such.” It seemed they were apprehensive but they knew that this was part of the deal they had made. She wished them a goodnight before taking herself off to bed and it wasn’t long until sleep had claimed her. Clearly her excitement was also the cause of her exhaustian.
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