Hiccup was glad they made it out without raining any eyebrows. The less lies they had to tell, the better. They wouldn't have to worry about tripping over their own story, then. When they left, they each held onto a bag. He nodded at her question. "I do, actually. It's kind of old though, from when I was a kid. But it'll work. "I don't think I have any sleeping bags, though... but I [i do] have a lot of blankets."
He liked the thought of a tent. That way, they could sleep in the glen with the dragons. Not to mention, the space provided in the cabin to sleep was too small for Hiccup. He couldn't remember when he had shot up in hight, but he was starting to hate it.
Halfway down the street, Hiccup let out a sigh and spoke softly. "I hope they're doing okay." He knew that Astrid would know who he was talking about and he knew she probably shared the same feeling. But he still had to voice it. "Alright, what's next?"
They seemed to find a happy rhythm when they walked together and it wasn't long until they had managed to find their way to the pharmacy where they would pick up a few of the supplies she would need to help mend Stormfly's wing. The make-shift cast she had made for her would definitely offer her some support but since they were going back it make sense to take something that might do a better job.
As they walked she glanced over towards him a couple of times, contemplating talking to him about what she had said the night before but simply trying to guess what he might say was stopping her. It was highly likely that he didn't want anything more than friendship with her but she hadn't definitely felt as though there was more there. There seemed to be some kind of connection between them that she couldn't explain.
As they walked into the pharmacy she browsed the shelves looking for bandages, trying to find some that might be a good size. It was likely she would need a lot with how big the surface area of the dragon's wing was but it wouldn't have been too hard to connect some of them together so that it would work in their favour. Astrid started to pull a few things from the shelves and when she was satisfied with what they had she took them to the counter and paid for them with ease. Luckily the owner didn't ask any questions about their purchase. Soon enough they were back out the door walking the streets once more.
"Do you happen to have a tent? I think it would be a lot comfier than sleeping on the boat."
He was glad to hear that her parents weren't being near as much of a pain as his father was. She didn't deserve any of the backlash. He nodded at her proposal.
"Sure!" He said, happily. How was it that just being near her bettered his mood? "I can try to make anything you need that you can't find," he said with a smile.
Together they walked down the street. By now it took everything for Hiccup to not just reach out and take her hand. They had left their conversation unfinished the night before, though, and the last thing he wanted to do was ruin the mood by bringing it back up. Even if he was used to having her beside him, now.
They found themselves at the pharmacy fifteen minutes later. It was less of the bright-lighted, white walled store most associate with drug stores. Here in Berk, their pharmacy was run locally and the building itself was rather cozy. The door chimed as they entered. Hiccup was all too familiar with the place,having come many times in his youth for various reasons, mostly to do with his leg and the antidepressants he'd been put on. He had stopped taking then a long time ago. They put up a mental block of sorts and he wasn't able to focus and tinker like before.
The cashier, who was also the owner, waved at them and they waved back. They exchanged some small talk and Hiccup hoped she wouldn't ask for an explanation about what they were buying. Hiccup had no idea what they were even looking for, so he hung back and let Astrid take the lead.
She hadn't expected to walk into Hiccup on the way but it appeared they shared a common thought and while there was no literal bumping into each other this time, she was glad to see him all the same. As they neared her pace slowed until eventually she stopped right in front of him, giving them a little more distance than usual. There had been some unsaid things left the night before and she was sure that they would remain that way. She wouldn't allow things to grow awkward between them now.
"Morning." She said, returning his with a warm smile before shaking her head. "No trouble at all actually. Weirdly less trouble than usual." Astrid laughed and then listened to his plan for the day.
"Sounds perfect to me. I have a few ideas about what we might use, some of it we may have to go an purchase." She thought for a moment and nodded. "We should probably go to a pharmacy and kit out on bandages and such. I wonder if we could get a split anywhere. Although I am assuming you might have materials somewhere and you could use your skill to magic one up." She said with a smile before starting to walk in the direction they would need to go to get to a shop.
The walk was pleasant. It was rather nice out for a Berkian day and that lifted Hiccup's spirits even more. He took it as a good omen. He got a lot of curious glances from those who knew he had been missing for a couple days, but he ignored them.
Astrid must have had the same idea to meet him, because halfway to her house, he found her walking down the road towards him. It was strange how he couldn't control the smile that came to his face at the sight of her.
"Hey," he said nonchalantly as they closed the distance. "I was just coming to see if you were up. Any more trouble with your parents?"
Hiccup didn't know the Hoffersons well. For all he knew they could be berating Astrid for information just like Stoic was. But he could tell by her demeanor that it hadn't been too terrible.
"I was thinking we could start today with gathering whatever we might need for... Stormfly's wing." He said this last bit quietly, even though there wasn't anyone around to overhear them at the moment. But he figured they couldn't be too careful with covering their tracks.
Astrid had not spent this long with her parents for a while. She usually skipped breakfast just so that she could avoid conversations with them. It was not because she did not get along with her parents but she would often try to avoid the conversation about leaving Berk. That was no longer hanging over them and she actually enjoyed talking with them over their morning routines.
When they finished their breakfast, she helped them clear away so that they would have no reason to keep her in the house much longer.
“I’m going to be meeting up with Hiccup this morning to grab some supplies for our next trip out there. We are going to build some sort of shelter so we don’t have to sleep on the boat again.” She hoped that feeding that information might avoid any questions about some of the items they would be taking.
“Is there something going on between you two?” Her mother asked as she cleaned her last plate. She did not know what else to do other than shrug. She did not know that answer to that question. There was a moment yesterday where she thought that something might have been said between them but Stoic had interrupted.
“He’s a good friend Mom. That’s all there is right now.” Astrid put the plates away and then let out a sigh. “I’m heading out now.” Astrid placed a kiss on her cheek and head out of the door towards Hiccup’s.
Hiccup woke when his father did, as usual. Not because they shared a schedule, but because his father was so loud and the kitchen was right under Hiccup's room. It was as if his father's massive size prevented him from doing anything quietly. The sun had just come up and Hiccup rolled out of bed after a long moment of trying and failing to sleep in a bit.
When he was up, he got ready for the day, throwing on some clean jeans and a plain long sleeved shirt. He threw a new hoodie over that before heading downstairs, yawning.
He didn't want a repeat of last night's interrogation, so he made some toast quickly before heading out the door. There was one thing he knew he needed to do before he met up with Astrid again...
"Where the hell have you been?" came Gobber's voice as soon as he entered the pub. Despite it being morning, there were already a couple of patrons.
"I'm sorry. I-I kind of had a quarter-life crisis," Hiccup fibbed, sitting on one of the bar stools. He hated having to do this, but he knew he had no choice. "I have to quit," he finally said. "I'm sorry. I really am."
Gobber nodded slowly. "Aye, I get it. You're young. You want to run off and have fun while you can." Hiccup wasn't going to correct him and tell him he actually had a lot of work ahead of him. If that's the best way for Gobber to get over him quitting his job, then so be it.
Fortunately, Hiccup had managed to save quite a bit of money. He wouldn't hurt for cash for quite some time and he could focus on the island. And on Toothless.
When he was done dealing with Gobber, Hiccup decided there wouldn't be any harm in heading to Astrid's. By now she was probably awake.
That night she lay in bed, reflecting on the decisions that she had made that day. College had always been something that she wanted but the discovery of the island and the dragons had brought change. Now there was a possibility that she could so happily stay in Berk knowing that she would have that island to escape to whenever it got too much here. She was already finding that to be the case.
He parents had tried talking to her about Hiccup when she had returned but the truth was she had no idea what to say. They had only started to develop their relationship two days ago and while she was confident that they were close friends by this point, she was unsure if they would ever be anything more than that. Perhaps she would have had a solid answer to that question if Stoic hadn’t interpreted them. She laughed to herself as she replayed the moment in her head. Perhaps it was for the best. Hiccup probably had other things on his mind and whatever she might have alluded to may not have been returned anyway. She could only hope that it didn’t become awkward between them when they met the next day.
Eventually, sleep found her and although she hadn’t expected to do so, she managed to get a comfortable night sleep. Knowing that she was finally sanitary again probably helped and the fact that they were not laying on a cold hard ground definitely helped even further.
Her body woke her up nice and early the next morning and as the sun creeped through her window she slowly started to blink, allowing herself time to adjust. She wouldn’t hesitate in getting herself ready for the day, knowing that it was likely the two of them would have a busy day gathering supplies for their next trip. So she quickly showered and changed before heading downstairs where her parents were already sitting and eating breakfast.
They greeted her with a smile and motioned her towards the chair where they already had breakfast waiting for her. It seemed everything had returned to normal with them now and she couldn’t have been more grateful. Astrid was fortunate enough to have a good relationship with her parents and it would have killed her if she had destroyed that when she broke their trust. It seemed they would have done anything to keep their daughter close though.
“Morning dear, are you meeting Hiccup this morning?” Her father asked as she took a seat and ate with them, nodding to his question. “He’s a good man. I don’t know why you two were not closer in school.” He said in return knowing that he was simply trying to find out more about their relationship. She didn’t have the answers.
“Me either.” She replies, her voice almost a whisper.
Hiccup felt his heart sink when Astrid walked away, but the prospect of seeing her in the morning kept his spirits high. At least he wasn't given a change to speak his mind and make an utter fool out of himself...
"My workshop? Very romantic..." Hiccup mumbled to himself sarcastically when she was gone. He followed after her, leaving the packed duffel bags inside to grab later. He turned off the light and closed the door tightly before making his way back to his house.
When he stepped inside he was shocked to see a full meal set on the table. He raised his eyebrows, looking from it to his father. "Uhhh..."
"Sit. I wanted to talk." His father didn't sound angry for once. That was even more worrisome for Hiccup.
As it turned out, his father decided that with the latest news, he wanted to make up for some of the past. He wanted to actually [i talk]. To hear what he was working on. Hiccup made a couple things up, just to keep him off their scent. Then his father ran a hand down his beard. This was it. This was what he had really been wanting to talk to Hiccup about...
"So, you and Astrid?" Stoic asked and Hiccup nearly spat out his drink. He coughed a moment, setting the drink down.
"D-[i Dad]!" He stood up from the table. "We really don't have to talk about this."
"I want to know what is happening in my son's life."
[i It's too late,] he wanted to reply, but knew that would break his father's heart, so he just stood up from the table and shrugged. "I don't know, Dad, okay? It-it's nothing we've talked about." He grabbed his bag and went to head upstairs to his room. He hated that the only reason his father was asking was because he held Astrid in such high esteem. [i Sorry you got me and not her.]
Hiccup swallowed his anger. He knew he had no right to throw it at his dad. But it wasn't a walk in the park to feel like a let down all the time. If he had thought that his father was genuinely interested in his life, he would have loved to talk... But he still felt indifferent.
"I've got... Stuff to do, Dad."
With that he jogged up the steps two at a time and went to hide in the shower for a solid hour.
He took a step close to her now and her heart started to pick up pace. His lips parted to speak but their moment was interrupted my Hiccup’s father shouting for him from the house. She couldn’t help but laugh and she took a step back to where she had been standing before.
Astrid nodded knowing that he needed to go and when she looked down at her clothes she realised she was in desperate need of a shower and a change of clothes. She looked back up towards him and smiled. “Yes. I will meet you tomorrow.” Astrid smiled and waited a moment as though she was about to say something but decided against it before she turned to the door of the shed.
“I will meet you tomorrow morning.” With that she made her way home and finally for that shower that she so desperately needed and spent most of the night wide awake upon her bed. She wasn’t going to be able to get much sleep that night.
Hiccup's heart began to race as she took that step closer. Every affirmation that she wanted this adventure meant more and more to him. He let out a relieved sigh, looking from their hands to her face. She wasn't looking away and he was aware of how close they were in that moment...
"Me too," he finally replied softly. For a moment, he didn't day anything, just took another step closer. He was sure Astrid could hear his heart, but he didn't care. If she was telling him what he thought she was...
"Astrid... I..." he started, locking eyes with her again. Just as he was about to say something he might regret, they heard his father's voice calling him from the back door of the house. He must have seen the light on in the shed. Hiccup's mouth made a thin line and he sighed.
"Coming!" He shouted back, looking back to Astrid. "I... better..." he started, not wanting to finish. "Go..." he finally said. "I'll meet you tomorrow? We can gather more supplies."
Astrid looked down at their hands when he tools hers. A smile played on her lips. She hadn’t noticed when this became such an easy part of their relationship but it wasn’t something she ever wanted to end either. As he spoke she thiugh for.a moment before taking a step closer to him, his hand still encasing her own.
“You don’t need to repay me. I chose to do this for me as well. You have nothing to feel guilty about when it comes to this.” She smiled and looked up into his eyes. “I am completely invested in this adventure, wherever it takes us.” She hoped that he knew her duplicitous meaning from what she said. A smile teased at her lips as she finished speaking.
Astrid was all in, no matter what happened.
Hiccup nodded solemnly at her response. To him, it did matter. He knew that she wanted to stay now since they found the island, but what if she changed her mind and she wasn't able to go down the path she once chose?
Despite how much he wanted to talk about it with her, he could tell she'd rather not. He looked at her from under his lashes when she spoke about not giving up on him. A small smile came to his face and he reached out to take her hands in his. It was more of a reflex now. He figured he would put his worry aside. If she could be there so whole heartedly for him... then he could do the same.
"Thank you," he said to her softly. "However I can repay you... just-just let me know."
She looked around at the shed as he did. It somehow looked less cluttered now and there was slightly more order. It didn’t suit Hiccup – the organisation was not his style but she knew the second they got back to the island he would find a way to clutter up some space there too. Hiccup checked over the checklist and seemed satisfied that they had remembered everything. He was right though, even if they forgot something they could come back and get it.
Something seemed to change about him now and she couldn’t quite put her finger on it. It wasn’t long before he cleared the matter up by asking her what she had done to convince them to stay. It was something she didn’t want to answer, not really knowing how he would react. Only two days ago she had been excitedly telling him about her plans to go off to college and he had seemed genuinely excited about that. Now, she had given it all up and she didn’t want him to blame himself for her decision.
“Look, none of that matters.” She looked into his eyes as she spoke. “I made the decision not to give up on this adventure. I made the decision to not give up on you.”
Hiccup stood from packing away the last of the tools he might need, not knowing Astrid was just behind him. They bumped into each other, both muttering an apology, and then laughing awkwardly. As if to distract from the moment, she asked if that was everything.
"I think so," he replied thoughtfully, taking one more look around. It looked a lot more empty than when they came in. He looked in his journal where he had his checklist just to cross reference once more to make sure he had gotten everything. "And if I forgot something, it's not like we'll be afraid to come back anymore," he told her with a smile and closing his journal. His demeanor changed slightly and he looked at the floor.
"You told your parents you would stay didn't you...?" He asked her, smiling almost sadly. "That's how you got them to agree to let us go again..."
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