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At first she just looked at it. And then suddenly he was in her arms, almost pushed from his seat with the force of her. For the second time she had sprang a hug on him and he was assuming that he might as well get used to it. He smiled and wrapped his arms around her in return once the shock had worn off.

"You're welcome," he said softly back, tightening the hug. They remained like that for a long moment and Hiccup had to force himself to not think about that fact that Astrid was nearly completely on his lap just to make the hug happen. When they pulled apart, he smiled widely at her.

"I-uh... We should... make a list of everything we need," he said, clearing his throat, feeling the now familiar heat of a blush. He found the next blank page of his journal before jotting some things down. "I need leather and stitching and metal... I'll need some things to sodder, too... And then whatever you might need to get Stormfly's wing back in shape..." As he spoke, he wrote them down. "We should... actually bring some changes of clothes. Some toothpaste might be good," he joked, running his tongue along his teeth. Of all the things he had remembered to bring, he missed the most basic stuff. "What else should we add?"
  Hiccup [EotE] / linkthehero / 8d 9h 22m 48s
Astrid nodded when he spoke, believing that he would do whatever it took for them to get back to that island and she was sure that she would too. She laughed when he joked with her about building a boat himself and she believed that he would do something just as crazy as that.

Astrid hadn't noticed that they had kept hold of each other's hand. It felt so natural that she barely noticed until the moment that he finally let go of it. She couldn't help but feel a little disappointed but the map before them was far too important to allow the wind to claim it from them and his reflexes were quick enough to stop that from happening.

She looked forwards at the waters before them before looking towards Hiccup when she heard the sound of paper ripping. She was unsure what it was at first but when he placed the paper in her hands she allowed her eyes to scan the drawing. She hadn't noticed that Hiccup had captured this moment but when she realised that he had, there was nothing she could do to stop herself from throwing her arms around him, almost knocking him from where he sat.

"Thank you." She said with her mouth next to his ear and her head resting on her shoulder.
  Astrid / d1gn17y / 8d 9h 35m 2s
Hiccup thought about it for a long moment, then shook his head hopelessly. "I... don't know. But..." he met her eyes with his. "I know I'll find something. I'll even build a boat with my bare hands if I have to," he joked, trying to lighten the mood. "All I'm saying is... we'll find a way. We- we weren't meant to discover that island and never go back to it."

And Hiccup felt that in his heart. Something told him that they were meant to find that island... to find those dragons. And even if they weren't, there was no way he'd let anything get in his way.

"I promise," he added, finally. "I promise you. Right here. Right now. That we [i will] come back.] His mouth spread in what he hoped was a reassuring smile.

Hiccup only pulled his hand from hers when the wind snaked its way through the windows and threatened to blow the map off of the dashboard. He managed to catch it, then dug out some tape to tape that down as well.

Hiccup couldn't remember how much time it took them to get from Berk to the island, exactly. But he knew it was a few hours. So he hunkered down and did his best to keep their minds off of the future. He pulled out his sketchbook and ripped out a page.

"Here," he said, handing it over to Astrid. "You'll want to keep it hidden in case they think you've gone crazy, too, but..." It was the sketch he had done of Astrid tending to Stormfly's wing. "Just... for when you miss her."
  Hiccup [EotE] / linkthehero / 8d 9h 44m 26s
The feel of his hand on her own was enough to pull her from her thoughts. For a moment she simply looked at his hand until she pulled her eyes up to look into his that showed the sincerity of his words that followed. She loved the fact that he seemed to know exactly what to say to make her feel better and she shook her head when he joked, allowing a smile to appear on her face.

"I don't want to lose you either." She said simply, knowing that there was nothing left to say between them before turning and watching the island disappear completely. A sigh escaped her as she pulled her attention back to the water before them, not a single thing in sight that might distract her from her thoughts.

"Hiccup?" She hesitated for a minute before continuing to speak. "If our parents are not happy about this. What do we do? How are we going to get back to this island if we are restricted from using this boat?"
  Astrid / d1gn17y / 8d 9h 57m 29s
Hiccup nodded at her confession, understanding completely. He looked at her looking at the map before reaching out to touch her hand. He wasn't sure where the impulse came from, but something told him she might need it right now.

"For the record," he said, looking into her eyes so that she knew every word was true. "I'm glad." He let those words sink in before adding, "I really am. I... wouldn't want to lose you. Not after everything we've seen together." He free hand gestured back towards the island. "And don't worry," he smiled widely. "If you think I'm going to pretend we're not friends just to appease the masses of Berk, then you don't know me very well," he joked.

After a while, they both turned to watch the island sink into the distance. Far too soon did it disappear from their view altogether. And then, for a long time, there was nothing to look at. Nothing to distract them from the fact that they were headed home to face their parents. Hopefully they could pull this plan off.
  Hiccup [EotE] / linkthehero / 8d 10h 4m 46s
She watched the island disappear into the distance until she could no longer see the two dragons who had remained at the edge of the island to see them off. Astrid sighed, the sadness evident in her eyes as she turned to face Hiccup. She nodded along with what he said and looked back once more.

She knew that they would be able to convince their parents that they were just trying to blow off some steam. It might have been harder to convince them that somehow Hiccup and Astrid had become friends but there was no other way to describe their relationship now.

"I hope nothing changes when we get back to Berk. I like this friendship that we have created." A moment of silence fell between them before she continued to speak again. "I don't think I am going to be able to leave this behind Hiccup. I really don't." She looked down at the map to distract herself for a moment.
  Astrid / d1gn17y / 8d 10h 18m 18s
Together they went back to the cabin and Hiccup watched as Astrid started the boat up. After making sure that they were good on fuel, they pulled out of the cove. They both seemed to be having trouble saying goodbye and neither of them could look away from the dragons until they were out of sight.

Hiccup sighed, sitting down in the passenger seat. He laid the map out as he had before. One of his compasses was still taped to the dashboard and they pointed the boat west.

"We'll come back as soon as we can," Hiccup told Astrid, seeing the look on her face. "We just need time to convince my dad that there's nothing behind our absence. We could even say I was just mad and wanted to escape for a bit. And then we need to gather supplies. I know where I can get what I need for Toothless... But it's going to be a lot... We'll have to load it all up at night so they don't suspect anything."

Hiccup had a feeling that borrowing a blow torch and welding mask was going to make people ask questions. So the more they didn't know, the better...
  Hiccup [EotE] / linkthehero / 8d 10h 33m 16s
Astrid nodded and she was ready to say goodbye to Stormfly but as she turned to say goodbye she noticed that the two dragons were ready to follow them to the boat and she couldn’t help but smile. “It seems that we have escorts.” She said with a laugh before making her way towards the entrance of the cave. Hiccup had his map in hand and a flashlight to help them see in the darkness that it offered to them.

It all felt familiar to them since they had been there the day before and it didn’t take long before they were nearing the end of their journey through the cave. The ground below then started to look more and more familiar and soon enough she recognised the part of the cave that they had explored on the first night of their arrival. She started to smile at the memory of the noise they had heard and the fact that they had run so quickly.

“Perhaps it was these two that we heard in the caves that night.” She said with a smile and when they arrived at the boat she couldn’t help but feel sad about the fact that they were actually leaving. Stormfly wrapped her good wing around her and pulled her into her body and Astrid closed her eyes, wrapping her arms around that part of her body that encased her. “I’m going to miss you girl. You be careful with the wing alright? When we get back I might have something a little better for you. Maybe you will heal soon and we can get you up in the air hmm?” Astrid pulled back and looked at the boat before running her hand over Stormfly one last time.

Astrid nodded towards Hiccup and climbed onto the boat, watching the two dragons almost pouting about the face they were about to leave. She sighed before starting the engine. “Back to Berk we go.”
  Astrid / d1gn17y / 8d 10h 49m 14s
Hiccup gave Astrid a sad smile. "I wish we could," he told her, knowing exactly what she was feeling. After gathering his things, Hiccup started back towards the entrance to the cave with Astrid and the dragons in tow. They obviously didn't want to leave them.

"If my map is right, then this cave connects to the one with the boat," he said, turning on his flashlight after stepping inside. It took them a minute to get back tot he fork in the road and Hiccup pointed his flashlight the direction they should go. Toothless walked beside him.

Before long, the cavern opened up to dim light. And after a moment the ground became moist and led to the small outcropping in the rock where the boat was parked on the water.

"Ha!" Hiccup said triumphantly. He turned to look at Astrid. "And to think... if we kept following this path when we first got here, we might have met up with them a lot sooner."

The sun was starting to shine through the curtain of vines in the cave entrance. Hiccup tossed his bag aboard before turning back to Toothless. "I'll be back. I promise." Toothless pressed his face against Hiccup's chest and he wrapped his arms around the dragon's head in return. "Don't get into too much trouble. Just stay in that valley and we'll be back before you know it."

They said their goodbyes and it was one of the hardest things he had ever had to do. Something about that dragon stayed with Hiccup. He knew that they would be a part of each other's lives from then on. He wasn't sure how, yet, but he knew it was inevitable.

"Alright," Hiccup sighed, hopping aboard the boat. "We should go before it gets too late in the day."
  Hiccup [EotE] / linkthehero / 8d 11h 5m 46s
She was so content with the fact that she had woken up with the dragon who had stolen her affections that she thought nothing would be able to tamper with her mood that morning. She ran a hand over Stormfly’s head and as she started to wake up. Soon enough she licked affectionately at her face causing her to laugh. Astrid looked over to Hiccup, hoping that she hadn’t woken him but she was glad to see that he was already awake.

When he stood up and stretched she followed suit. She sighed when he told her they need to get moving. “Are you absolutely sure we can’t stay?” She said, knowing that they couldn’t. Stormfly met her face with her head and started to rub hers against it affectionately. “We won’t be gone for long. I promise we will back soon.”

She had nothing left to pack since everything she had was left next to the boulder the day before. “You think we far away from the boat?”
  Astrid / d1gn17y / 8d 11h 22m 53s
For once, Hiccup had a dreamless sleep. He was warm and happy and he woke when the sun began to rise. At first he didn't remember anything from the day before and he almost jumped when he saw that there was a dragon wrapped around him. But a split second later he recalled the friendship he'd made and he ran a hand over Toothess's head. The dragon was already awake, watching him with large eyes. Hiccup couldn't help but smile.

He looked over to where he last saw Astrid and Stormfly. He smiled wider when he saw that Astrid was just waking up as well. A yawn escaped him and he rubbed his eyes before standing and stretching. He let out a great sigh.

"We should go," he told Astrid, a hint of melancholy in his voice. Toothless grumbled at that in protest and Hiccup turned to him. "Yeah, I know, bud. But we have to if we want any of this to work out," he explained, thoroughly convinced that the dragons could understand most of what he was saying. If that made him even more insane than before, then so be it.

He set to gathering his things, including the makeshift tail fin.
  Hiccup [EotE] / linkthehero / 8d 11h 38m 34s
"That we will." She said before lowering herself next to the sleeping Stormfly. Soon enough she woke up to share some food with them and the four merely sat in a comfortable silence enjoying their final evening here. There was nothing she wanted more than to stay here forever but she knew that they would be back soon.

Hiccup had fallen asleep quickly that night. It seemed that the lack of sleep the night before had meant that he needed it and she couldn't help but smile at the sight of him sleeping whilst wrapped up with the dragon that he had bonded with so easily. Stormfly nudged at her, drawing her attention away from Hiccup and she smiled towards the dragon sniffed at her before looking over at Hiccup.

"He's pretty awesome huh?" She asked before leaning into Stormfly, who curled herself around her. Sleep claimed her quickly after that point and the night was uneventful. It wasn't until the sun was up that she woke up.
  Astrid / d1gn17y / 8d 11h 56m 7s
"Yeah..." Hiccup said softly, watching her pet Stormfly. His how hand found Toothless's chin. "But we'll be back. And now we know where to find them."

They all ate something before calling it a night. Since Hiccup had destroyed his hoodie while making the prototype of Toothless's tail fin, he began to shiver as the sun went down. But the dragon wrapped himself around Hiccup and heat almost radiated off of him. Hiccup leaned into him, thinking about how insane it was that he was about to fall asleep using a dragon for a pillow of sorts.

He sighed, content, looking up at the over hanging trees and knowing that they were safe from everything. If he could live here, he was sure he would try.

Having had no sleep the night before when he met Toothless, Hiccup fell asleep easily, lulled into slumber by the soft rise and fall of Toothless's breathing.
  Hiccup [EotE] / linkthehero / 8d 12h 12m 43s
Astird’s hand went straight to her stomach as a cramping laugh escaped her. “Oh wow, his arms are to die for.” She said, still laughing uncontrollably. When she finally managed to calm herself she nodded.

“I’m glad that I am here too. I wouldn’t miss this for the world.” It was starting to get dark again and following true form since they had been here, the day seemed to pass by without a single notice of just how quickly it had passed them by.

“One more night.” She said with a sigh, knowing that they had to leave sooner or later. That didn’t mean that she was going to be be happy about it though. “I’m going to miss these guys when we leave.” She said running her hand along the sleeping head of Stormfly.
  Astrid / d1gn17y / 8d 12h 21m 23s
Hiccup rolled his eyes, a laugh escaping him. His bashfulness subsided at the joke. "Oh, ha ha." Then, as if to play into the joke, he added, "But really, have you [i seen] his arms?" Hiccup made a gesture like he was flexing, screwing his face up in an attempt to mock Snotlout's. He could only hold the post for a couple seconds before he burst out laughing. He shook his head as he chuckled.

"No, but- really. I'm glad you're here," he finally added, giving her a small smile.

The shadows were starting to get longer again. They had spent the entire day in the glen and Hiccup looked up through the trees at the disappearing sunlight.

"Well, what do you, say? One more night here before we head back to Berk?"

Toothless looked up, clearly unhappy with the idea. Hiccup looked back at him. "Don't pout. I'll be back. With everything I need to get you flying again. Don't you want that?" Toothless slowly sat up, coking his head to the side.
  Hiccup [EotE] / linkthehero / 8d 12h 45m 55s
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