Their shouts ranged from genuine "happy birthday" to "how does it feel to he 5?" Hiccup chuckled and shook his head. It was strange. Thought he would hate it more than he did. He wasn't even mad when Fishlegs held out a small wrapped present. Despite its size it was actually rather heavy. Hiccups brows draw together as he opened it and lifted the top off the box. Inside was a chunk of ingot and Hiccup looked even more confused.
"So, you know how meatlug can create a lava-like substance?" Fishlegs started to explain and Hiccup nodded. "Well, I've been experimenting with different rocks in her diet and it actually helps her produce different kinds of things! I found out she can make that. Which seems to be harder than iron but lighter weight! I thought you could use it for something," he finished with a bashful shrug of his massive shoulders.
Hiccup smiles and put a hand on his shoulder. "Thank you, Fishlegs. I'll make good use of it. I already have a couple things in mind." He leaned over to pet a proud looking Meatlug beside them. "Thank you."
Hiccup tucked the box away and the group went on with their morning as usual. After a couple hours, Astrid found his side.
"I thought you'd never ask," he joked in response and followed her lead.
Astrid blushed at his complement, even now she was still not used to someone viewing her in the way that he did. During her time at school she had boys trying to win her affections but it was not until now that anyone ever referred to her as ‘beautiful’ other than her parents and she was always adamant that a biased opinion did not count. She looked up towards him as he agreed with her about the photo and within a matter of minutes the two had decided that they needed to get up and they took it in turns to shower and they kept themselves occupied with conversation in between.
When they were both ready the two of them started to make their way outside where the rest of the gang were hanging out and eating their breakfast. She was glad that they had their breakfast in the cabin because it looked like chaos in the camp but today was not the day for her to reprimand them about their cleanliness. They each took it in turns to wish Hiccup a happy birthday and Fishlegs seemed to have a small gift for Hiccup which he brought up to him sheepishly as though he might be nervous about it.
For the rest of the morning they enjoyed each other’s company and they did well to avoid the subject of Hiccup’s birthday for a while until it was time for Astrid to steal him away for a walk around the island. She looked over towards him with a smile. “What do you say we get out of here for a while?”
Hiccup chuckled and shook his head. "I dont think you see the same thing as I do when I look at you. Even when you make faces like this, you're beautiful." He flashed her a wide grin.
A moment later and she was holding the camera out, turning the lense toward themselves. Hiccup didn't have time to say cheese and he was mid laugh when the picture was taken. After a moment of Astrid waving the picture about to help it develope, they saw themselves looking back.
"I think you're right," he told her with another laugh. After a moment, they both decided it was time to get up and he moved to get himself ready for the day. As they showered and brushed their teeth, Hiccup wondered aloud at the odds of him having a peaceful birthday.
Of course he knew the odds were not in his favor and when they went to step outside, everyone stopped what they were doing around camp and hoped up to shout their good wishes at him.
When she finally managed to take hold of the camera she was not in a rush to move away from him. As always, she enjoyed their closeness and it was nice that they were able to spend some time together laughing and joking before the others would undoubtedly try to ruin their privacy at some point to help Hiccup 'celebrate' his birthday. She allowed her head to rest against his chest and she held the camera in front of her as Hiccup took the photo from it.
"Of course it's the same. It's still a picture. I happen to think that I look much better in your drawings than I do in a photograph. I mean...look at [i that]." She laughed as she took in the sight of the photo and she shook her head at the look on her face. Astrid continued to laugh for a minute before holding up the camera and faced it towards the two of them. "Say cheese!" She said with a smile as she snapped a photo, realising that they didn't really have too many photos of them together.
They were snuggled closely together and the two of them looked more than happy and the photo seemed to capture that perfectly. "I think this one needs to go on the wall!"
Hiccup laughed as he played keep-away, trying harder and harder to hold it out of her reach. Eventually she overcame his attempts and they were sent tumbling back to the mattress, laughing. He gave up then with her familiar weight pressed against his chest. The camera had finished spitting out the image as she took it from him, explaining herself.
He rolled his eyes. "That's not the same," he said, chuckling and looking down at her against his chest. He plucked the developing picture from her hand and turned it around to look at it. He chuckled softly. It was still dark, but he could make out her surprised face. "Besides, I'm not nearly as pretty as you are. You'd look much better in a photo album."
She almost let out a sigh of relief when he proclaimed to love her gift and she giggled as she looked away from him for a moment. Astrid only looked back up again when he started to talk and he seemed to lean in as though he was going to kiss her but it didn’t seem to match up with what he had said. She looked at his lips for a moment, only a matter of seconds away from pressing against her own, only for him to pull back at the last minute with her camera in his hand.
Astrid laughed and tried to put her hands in front of her face a second too late, leaving her shaking her head. “It’s hard to have photos of me in there when I am usually the one behind the camera!” She grabbed for her camera but he held it too far away from her so she climbed up onto her knees and moved closer to him so that she could grab it only for him to hold it further out of her reach. When she did she lost balance and collapsed on top of him, laughing in the process.
“You already have pictures of me anyway! Your drawings count!”
"You always manage to find the loophole," he joked and started to flip back through the book, faster this time. He admired the layouts of the pages. Astrid had a creative streak that was very different to his own. If he were to make something like this, all the pictures would be lined up neatly and in order. But Astrid saw things differently and he loved that about her.
Pip got bored and jumped off the bed to play with Toothless and Stormfly. "I [i love] it," he corrected her, shutting the book once more and laying it aside gently. "Its just..." he slowly leaned across her, as if to kiss her. She didn't see him reaching for her camera on her bedside table. He pulled back just before their lips made contact and snapped a picture of her with the camera now in his hands. "Theres no pictures of you in it!" he finished with a soft laugh, holding the camera out of her reach for a moment.
Astrid laughed at his comment. While she didn't seem to think that her gifts were anything special at all, Hiccup always seemed to have an appreciation for whatever she managed to think up for him and she loved him for that. She simply smiled towards and waited a moment while he finished up his breakfast. Her stomach knotted slightly when he reached for the gift as a familiar nervous feeling overcame her. It was always so much harder for her to gauge if someone would like a gift as much as she hoped when it was something she made rather than something she bought.
Astrid nodded and watched carefully as he tore at the paper, stroking Pip as he did so that she could keep her hands busy. He gave her a look before opening the book and watched as his expression changed with each photo. "I've been taking photos since the moment we got here. Never really stopped. I take most of them while you are busy with Toothless or with a project." She said with a smile as she glanced down at some of the photos.
After a moment he set the book down and thanked her, following it up with a kiss and she kissed him back instantly. "I just wanted to give you something personal and I know you didn't want me to get you anything...and technically I didn't..." She laughed and she let out a sigh as Pip decided it was time for him to play with Toothless and Stormfly. "I'm glad you liked it."
"Details, details!" He said when she defended herself. "Your 'nothing special' always turns out to be something amazing, anyway, so dont give me that," he added with a small chuckle. He watched her snatch some of his bacon and nudged her back playfully.
He continued to eat as they studied the small dragon and he shrugged as he finished his last bite. After putting the plate to the side he said, "I dont know. Maybe they need a lot of sleep when they're young." He leaned over and pressed his lips to Astrid's. "Thank you for breakfast," he said with a wide smile.
After a moment he reached forward to take the present in his hands. "Alright. Let's see what you outdid yourself with this time." He set the gift in his lap and carefully tore away the wrapping paper to expose the album underneath.
Right away he knew that this was not something store bought. And to be honest, he had assumed as much and was not surprised in the least. He sighed, knowing already that Astrid had put time and effort into this, even if she denied how much.
He set the paper aside, gave her a look, and opened the cover. Immediately he was faced with an array of polaroids. Some were of the island. Some were of the dragons. And some... were of himself. He turned the pages carefully only after he had studied the page fully, a smile slowly starting to spread on his face.
"I- I have no idea you were doing this," he said as he turned a page and ran his hand over the page. "When did you even take some of these?"
He chuckled when his eyes landed on a photo of himself, completely oblivious as he was working on his flight suit. He had just poked himself with a needle and was sucking on his finger as she took the picture.
When he reached the end and closed the scrapbook, he looked over at her with a soft expression. "This is perfect, Astrid. Thank you." After a short kiss, he pulled back and bit his lip.
Astrid giggled to herself as Hiccup rolled his eyes as he spoke with food in his mouth. She looked down to Pip and started to stroke the dragon who was now rested his front legs against her chest as if preparing to cling but instead he lay vertically against her as she stroked him and within second he was closing his eyes and falling asleep again. She shook her head and looked back up at Hiccup.
“Technically I didn’t [i get] you anything. It’s just a little something anyway. Nothing special or anything. Don’t worry!” She said towards him she she judged him with her elbow before leaning over to steal a bit of his bacon. She didn’t have much of an appetite that morning so she hadn’t made herself anything but that didn’t mean she couldn’t take a little bit of what she had made for him.
“I [i was] going to grab a shower but I don’t think Pip is going to let me move anytime soon.” Her tone was laced with humour as she held her hands out to the side and looked down at the sleeping dragon. “Do you think this is all he will ever do? Sleep?”
The moment Astrid told him not to move he knew she had something up her sleeve. He shook his head with a smile, knowing he wouldn't be able to talk her out of it if he tried. So he sat up in bed instead, leaning against the headboard as she cooked. As they spoke, Pip asked for more and more attention. Toothless eventually yawned and when he was fully awake and saw all the attention the smaller dragon was getting, he grumbled and went up to rest his head in Hiccup's lap, forcing Pip out of it. Pip batted a claw at Toothless who didn't even seem to notice. Hiccup laughed and gave Toothless some love, too.
When Astrid returned to him, food in hand, he took it gratefully and started to eat. Pip saw that he was no longer the center of attention and moved over to Astrid in hopes that he might get some from her but she leaned over to grab something instead.
When Hiccup saw the wrapped present he rolled his eyes, amused. "Astrid, I-I told you not to get me anything," he complained through a full mouth as he watched her place the present in front of him. Toothless moved to sniff at it, curious. "She's almost as bad at listening as you are," he joked with his dragon.
Astrid smiled as he looked towards her. She knew that he didn't necessarily enjoy the fact that today was his birthday so she wasn't planning on making too much of a fuss but the one thing she [i was] going to do was make sure that he got his present.
"Don't move." She said as she climbed out of bed and made her way towards the kitchen so that she could start on breakfast. It was now her turn to return the breakfast in bed he had made for her on Christmas Eve. As she busied herself in the kitchen she spoke to him about Pip and other dragons that they could train, knowing that he would much rather talk about that over the fact that it was his birthday.
When she had finished in the kitchen she made her way over to him with a tray for his breakfast and handed it to him, whilst also encouraging Pip to move from the place he had claimed as his own. She sat on the bed next to him and Pip climbed into her lap moments after she pulled his present out from under the bed.
"This is for you. You can open it whenever you want." She said as she placed it in front of him.
Hiccup rubbed the sleep from his eyes for a moment and stopped when he felt Pip brush against his arm. Hiccup chuckled softly and reached out to run a hand across his back and the dragon arched and stretched before finally stepping into his crossed legs to curl up happily. Hiccup scratched behind his ears and he felt the dragon purring of all things.
"You're more like a cat than Toothless. And that's saying something," he told Pip with a soft smile. He felt Asteid move beside him, knowing she was awake then and he leaned in towards her as she kissed his cheek and wished him a happy birthday. He smiled and finally looked from Pip to Astrid. "Thanks," he said softly, eyeing her lips for a split second before leaning in to peck them with his own.
It didn’t take long for Astrid to fall asleep that night. By the time the dragon had settled after Hiccup had scratched his chin, she sighed happily and allowed her eyes to close and sleep claimed her quickly. Her dreams were filled with visions of a future she would share with Hiccup. Her sleep was undisturbed by anything, not even the light that shone through the cabin window pulled her out of her sleep.
At some point in the night, Pip has snuggled further into her and she had wrapped her arms around him, pulling him close as the two continued to sleep happily until Hiccup had started to stir. While Astrid remained in a deep sleep at his movements, Pip had yawned and lifted his head to see what had awoken him. He let out a happy chirp as he looked towards Hiccup and seemed to wait for a moment before pushing Astrid’s arm out of the way and making his way over to the human who was awake so that he could get some attention. He climbed up onto his lap and ran his head along his arm.
Astrid has started to stir when Pip had moved but she didn’t open her eyes straight away. Instead she rolled over and moaned as though she didn’t want to be awake just yet but when she remembered that it was Hiccup’s birthday she opened her eyes and started to sit up, looking back over towards Hiccup who was paying attention to Pip. She smiled to herself and leaned over to kiss him on the cheek. “Happy birthday babe.”
Hiccup smiled and sighed, leaning into the pillow and taking in the sight of Pip snuggling up to Astrid. He reached out to scratch the dragon under the chin a bit. Then he leaned over to turn off the lamp by his side of the bed.
That night Hiccup slept well. It must have been all the excitement of the day. The flying had originally given him quite the adrenaline rush, making him act like he'd had several cups of coffee for a few hours. But when it wore off, he had realized that the experience had definitely tired him out, even if he had only done it once.
He hardly dreamed at all, sleeping peacefully until daylight shone through the curtains to the small windows that he had added to the cabin a few weeks prior. When he opened his eyes he saw that Astrid was still asleep with Pip curled up in her arms. A small smile found his face at the sight before he slowly sat up and ran a hand through his hair. A heavy sigh forced its way out of him when he remembered that it was his birthday.
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