She laughed to herself when he told her how boring it was and when he jabbed her she grabbed her side and made a noise that suggested that she was in pain. Astrid laughed it off, knowing that she was only joking around with him.
“The Island it is.” Astrid smiled towards him. It was their special place now and there was something about it that made her happy. Three days ago, she was stuck in a place that she hated, waiting for something, anything, to get her away from this place. Her friends were simply there for show because Astrid had been the person to be around growing up. Now she was finally feeling as though she had a real friend in Hiccup.
“Yes, let’s go back to your place. I would [I not] want to go home and sit alone for the rest of the evening. I want it to pass by more quickly not slowly.”
Hiccup gave her a small, sad smile. She didn't seem to notice that she had just confessed to what he had suspected. He knew she had given up on college to convince her parents to let them roam freely. But she seemed so nonchalant about it that Hiccup decided not to draw any attention to it.
Instead, he chuckled, and nodded. "Yeah, that sounds kind of boring," he joked, elbowing her gently. He knew she'd get the irony in it considering he had told her that he stole a chemistry book from the library to read in his own time as a kid.
His smile widened. "The Island," he said, nodding a bit. "Simple. I like it. Well, while we wait to finally go back... we could just... drop by my house. My dad's at the office, anyway, so he can't bother us. There's not much to do, but... I mean, unless you'd rather just-just head home." He rubbed at his neck awkwardly.
When his arm linked through hers she couldn’t help but smile. There were many occasions over the last few days where they been close to each other. There was something about him that made her want to be close to him all the time and that wasn’t something that she wanted to change any time soon. She tightened her grip on his arm and smiled to herself as they started to walk wherever their legs would take them.
“There really isn’t much to do in this town. I have no idea how to pass the time exactly.” She took a moment to think and she managed to draw a blank. “This place really [I does] suck. Usually when I want pass the time I just got to the library to read medical books but I don’t have a purpose behind that anymore…” She said without a single bit of sadness in her voice. The last thing she wanted was to make Hiccup feel guilty over something that she wasn’t feeling disappointed about.
Astrid looked over to him as they walked and smiled. “Man, I really should get a hobby now shouldn’t I? At least something to keep me occupied when I am not on the island. Ohhh…We need to think of a name for it so we don’t just call it [I The Island].”
Hiccup found themselves halted in the street, Astrid's excitement clear on her face and in her voice. He couldn't help but laugh.
"I'd say we could leave tonight, but we'd be getting there by nightfall and that doesn't sound like a great idea," he explained. "Besides, my dad might want to berate me one more night and I wouldn't want to deprive him of that," he added with a grin.
Her next question made him chuckle and this time he wrapped his arm through hers. "Well," he wondered, starting their walking again in no particular direction. "I don't know. Most nights I'm in my workshop. I've never really had to think about what else there is to do around here," he admitted. Sometimes he and Fishlegs would play old video games, but that's not exactly how he wanted to spend his time with Astrid.
It was amusing to him, how he was going to be spending a week with her. If anything, they should have wanted to spend some time apart since they'd be in such close quarters for a while. But all he wanted to do was be with Astrid. He'd hardly been without her by his side for the past few days and he didn't want to start now...
She had tried to pay for her own breakfast but it was apparent that Hiccup was a lot quicker than she was at pulling out his money. She thanked him in the same as they walked out of the diner. “You have to let me buy you breakfast next time.” She wasn’t used to having someone act so chivalrous towards her but it made her smile all the same.
“Are you serious? Is that even a question I need to answer?” She stopped dead and turned to face him. “Hiccup I would go tonight if I could. Tomorrow sounds perfect.” She almost jumped with excitement at the idea of going back to the island and she had to stop herself from throwing her arms around him again. Astrid allowed a sigh to escape lips at the thought of going back. “Okay, so how do we make today go faster so we can go sooner?” She asked with a laugh.
He was thankful for her reassurance and he sincerely hoped she was right. Especially since Hiccup had never done anything like that before. Sure, he wasn't always the most obedient as a child, but he'd never gone as far as stealing from his father. And a firearm to top it all off.
The food was a good distraction from such thoughts and they spent the rest of the time cleaning their plates in happy silence. When they were done, Hiccup paid for their meal and on the way out, he looked over at her. "I know it might seem a bit early, but... Since we have most of what we need I was thinking we could leave again tomorrow...?"
He hoped she liked the idea. He knew her parents just got her back and might have wanted her to stay a while longer, but Hiccup was far too eager. He wasn't nearly as afraid of what his father might think. Their relationship was already strained enough. He just didn't want to put any pressure on Astrid's relationship with her parents.
Astrid loved the idea of being away from Berk for a week. There was so much of the island left to explore that she was almost sure a week wouldn’t be enough but neither one of them wanted to encourage suspicious minds to ask any more questions. She was excited about all the things they could do with a week and even though the idea of being away from Berk for a week made her smile, the prospect of being alone with Hiccup would have been more than enough to further her excitement. There was still so much to learn about him and the time alone would definitely help them get to know each other better.
She took a bite of her food and nodded as he started to talk about the gun. “I wouldn’t worry about it Hiccup. Even if he realises its gone, he has no proof you took it and without it, he can’t ever prove it.” She smiled towards him reassuringly before spending the rest of the time in content silence until they had finished their meal.
"That's good," he said with a laugh. "Maybe you can teach me a thing or two. I'd hate for you to be the only one cooking." In record time, their food was delivered to them just after Astrid asked her next question. Hiccup dug in immediately, trying his best not to talk with this mouth full.
"I was... hoping maybe a week. I wouldn't want to spend so much time out there that it's suspicious, but I don't want to be coming back and forth all the time either..."
For a moment they ate in silence, taking a sip of their orange juice every once in a while to wash it all down. When Astrid leaned closer, Hiccup wasn't expecting the next question. At first, he wasn't sure what she was talking about, but when he finally connected the dots, he shook his head slightly.
"No," he whispered back. "I-I don't even think he's realized it's missing yet. Hopefully it'll stay that way. At least until it's been long enough for me to be in the clear..."
He still couldn't believe how stupid he had been. It was just proof that vengeance could cloud someone's mind that they lost themselves.
"He's misplacing things all the time... Maybe he'll just think he left it at work or something." He took another large bite, hoping against all hope that that would be the case. The last thing he needed was his father forbidding him from leaving...
It was apparent that Hiccup ordered the same thing quite regularly as the server seemed to know what he would be eating already. As the server returned with their orange juice she thank them and watched as Hiccup took a sip and laughed at her admission.
"Well lucky for you I happen to be able to cook perfectly fine. Now I can't promise you a breakfast anything like this place but I can promise you that you will not go hungry because the food is that bad you cannot eat it." She laughed and took a sip of her orange juice before returning her attention to him. "How long are we planning on going out there this time?" She asked, keen to know about their plans. If she could leave right now she would but her stomach growled at her for even thinking of leaving the diner without so much as a bite to eat.
"By the way. Did Stoic find out about the you-know-what?" Her voice was a whisper now and she leaned over the table to he could hear properly. She was of course referring to the gun but to those observing them it probably looked as though she was whispering sweet-nothings into his ear.
Hiccup felt like a child again, running through the streets with excitement. And like, Astrid, he ignored the looks as they entered Gothi's Diner. Gothi herself was a tiny old woman and Hiccup had never heard her utter a single word. Instead, he wrote in short hand, which only a few people on the island could read. Fortunately, the servers she hired could all speak. Meanwhile, she kept the books.
They took a seat and Astrid instantly knew what she wanted. Hiccup smiled at her order. He didn't know what he was expecting.
"And the same for you, Hiccup?" the server asked. Most of them rarely had to ask anymore. After his confirmation, the server went to get their drinks and put in their order. Some orange juice was plopped down in front of him and he took a grateful sip, drumming a hand on the table.
"If there's one thing I [i will] miss, it's the food here. I apologize in advance for any of my cooking. Physics? Chemistry? That's all easy. Cooking?" He shook his head with a chuckle. "When it comes to cooking, I'm lost."
As soon as Hiccup mentioned food the next half hour or so seemed to pass by quickly. Both seemed urgent to satisfy the hunger that was probably a result of living on processed meats and snacks over the past couple of days. She rubbed her hands together the second they had loaded the boat and pointed in the direction of the diner.
“To Gothi’s.” She said, in an almost theatrical voice, making herself laugh before almost running all the way there. Astrid had most certainly under estimated how hungry she was and the labour of carrying, lifting and packing seemed to do more to add to her growing appetite. Prying eyes found them as they walked through the door and it was all too easy for her to ignore now. She felt like shouting towards them. Something silly like [I Yes, I’m with Hiccup. Get over it] but she decided against acting childishly in case it had an impact on them getting a table and being served.
They were seated quickly and a menu was placed in her hands. “Oh, I don’t need this. I already know what I am having. The good of’ regular Berkian Breakfast for me.” She looked up at their server and smiled. “I know it’s nearly lunch time…but it’s an all-day breakfast don’t give me that look.” She said with a laugh as the sever wrote down her order.
"Perfect," Hiccup replied to her plan. He was rather excited to not be forced to eat only bags of chips and mixed nuts. His stomach began to growl even at the thought. "Hey, uh... Once- once we do that, do you want to go to Gothi's Diner?" By now it was almost noon anyway and he realized there was no wonder to why he was hungry. He'd only had a piece of toast for breakfast to avoid his father...
And Gothi's famous Berkian Breakfast sounded like a dream to him. Eggs however you wanted them cooked, double decker pancakes, and a side of biscuits and gravy, and unlimited yak bacon... It had been one of Hiccup's favorite meals since he was a kid. And for as small as he always had been, he held the record for the quickest to devour it all. There was a picture of him at 7 years old somewhere on the bulletin board there. Along with Snotlout as runner up. It was the only thing Hiccup was better at him at.
Astrid must have sensed that the food had taken over his thoughts, or perhaps she was just as hungry, and they picked up their pace, the promise of warm food making them rush.
They dropped off the groceries at Astrid's house. Hiccup had never stepped foot inside before and he had to stop himself from wondering what Astrid's room looked like... After grabbing the mini fridge her dad said they could use, they hauled it to the boat and put it safely inside the cabin for now.
Then it was on to the good part... Food.
Their trip to the grocery store was much like their one to the pharmacy. Some people looked at them and started to whisper as though they knew that to two had disappeared together for a couple of days. Of course, by now, she was sure that most of Berk had heard about their excursion but she didn't really care much for the gossip and the rumours. They could think what they wanted about their motivations for doing so.
They spent time looking around, carefully selecting the right kind of food for the island. They needed better tasting food but they also had to make sure that whatever the chose was easy enough for them to make without needed a million and one different things to do so. By the time they were done they had a couple of bags full and she was satisfied that they had enough to last them a few days.
She smiled as they made their way out of the shop and turned to Hiccup. "We should probably drop this off at my house. We have plenty of room in the fridge and then whilst we are there we can pick up our portable one and take it to the boat. My Dad said we can use it. That way we won't poison ourselves by eating food that hadn't been properly refrigerated." She changed their direction so that they were not heading towards her house, knowing that her parents would be at work by now also meant that they would avoid any awkward questions.
Hiccup's mind was trying to go down the same road as Astrid's, and like her, he tried his best not to think about it. The last time he'd been camping, it was with Fishlegs. Even though they were pre-teens, the other boy's body managed to fill over half the space and Hiccup was left almost hanging out of the tent.
He was pulled out of his thoughts when Astrid's arm snaked through his and he couldn't help but smile at the touch. His stomach started doing flips and he pleaded silently for it to stop.
He nodded as they stepped in sync. "That sounds good. Some nice warm food would be good for once. We might even see what kind of fish are in that lake." They turned at the next street to go by the grocery store. Hiccup was just glad for the excuse to stay with Astrid, even if she did make his heart race since the night before...
She was glad that he had a tent. She had never been camping in her life and her parents were certainly not the kind of people who would willingly spend their time in a tent if they could avoid it. They were most definitely solid bed people. They much preferred a roof over their head that much was for sure.
"Perfect, blankets will work just as well as sleeping bag so that won't be a problem." She tried not to think about their sleeping arrangements passed the decision of a tent. Astrid had no real idea how big the tent would be or how close they would be sleeping but thinking about it would only make her blush so she forced the thought out of her mind and she was glad that Hiccup changed to topic so quickly.
"I bet they are doing just fine. I'm sure they miss us too." She said with a smile and taking his arm in hers reassuringly and kept it there as they walked. "Well you mentioned that we need better food. Perhaps we could look into getting one of those portable hobs so we can cook something? I don't know...maybe pick up some decent food."
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