Hey, mah babies! Wait a minute... *cleans glasses and put them back on* OH! You're my readers! Hehe, mah bad! But you're all still mah babes, and i hope you're all here for the final part of the epilogue, and the real final part of this fanfic. Read on!
Warning: Lots of fluff ahead.
Gift of the Night Fury: Part 4
I looked up at the sky, putting my hands in the pockets of my human pants. Three full hours had passed since I had finally come home, and the party was just now starting to calm down, but only a little bit. Only a handful of people had gone home, but many of them were still sitting in the Great Hall, and nearly all of them were drunk from consuming that strange drink they called ale. Even Gobber and Hicca's father were both tripping over their feet, mugs in their hands, and their voices booming loudly. It had even gotten to the point where Hicca was tire of it and left just a few minutes before me. I only stayed a little longer because I wanted to congratulate the other dragons with their babies, especially Stormfly. It was very touching to see she and Austen had managed to give the babies wonderful names, and Austen seemed to take so kindly to all three of them. Once that was done with that I started to make my way home. Home… It's funny. A year ago I probably never would've thought that a human's home would also be my home. But now, I couldn't imagine a better place to live.
Within a few minutes I was walking up the hill to Hicca's house. I was about to go through the front door when I paused. Then smirked. As long as I'm out here I might as well have a little fun. I slowly made my way away from the door and began to walk carefully around the house. I walked to the very back of house and looked up at the window that led to Hicca's room. I chuckled, thinking of the best way to scare her. Just to fool around, of course. I crouched down a bit before using my powerful legs to hop up, grabbing onto the windowpane, careful not to make a sound. I pulled myself, noticing that the window was already opened. I lifted my head up and opened my mouth to yell, but the sight before me made me stop. Hicca was standing by her bed, her back facing me, pulling her small nightgown over her shoulders.
I gasped a little and quickly lowered my head back down. I didn't know what to expect, but I didn't expect that. Now, being a dragon I didn't fully understand the purpose of having cloths. I did a little more when I was actually in my human form, but it was still strange. I knew that humans preferred to keep their gender traits hidden, and Hicca was no exception, so I respected that. Right now, I had only been intending on scaring her, not trying to peek in on her changing. Get real, Toothless, I told myself. You didn't see anything and you weren't even trying to. She's probably all dressed up now, anyway. As if on cue I heard small sound of footsteps that seemed to be coming towards the window. I knew that Hicca wouldn't come near an open window if she wasn't fully dressed, so I knew I was good. Scaring mode in 3...2...1! I suddenly pulled myself up so my head was level with the opened window and yelled.
Hicca yelped, jumping back several feet from the window. She had her mouth hanging open in shock and her hands on her chest. My mouth flew open as I burst into laughter, my arm going around my chest.
"Toothless!" Hicca shouted, now looking angry. "That's not funny!"
"Actually, it is," I chuckled, making my way through the window. "Some might even call it hilarious."
Hicca groaned irritably, folding her arms before turning her back towards me. I slowly stopped laughing, rolling my eyes a little.
"I said no."
I chuckled. Then I slowly made my way up to her, taking long strides. She didn't move away, but she didn't look back at me either. Once I was directly behind her I lifted my arms up and wrapped them tightly around her shoulders.
"Sorry, love, but I couldn't resist," I leaned down and kissed her bare shoulder, taking note of the tiny freckles that scattered her smooth skin. "Please, just quit pouting. I was only having some fun."
Hicca made a small 'hm,' noise, but I felt her figure loose its tense as I continued to hug her against my chest. She sighed then turned her head to look at me. It was in that moment that I noticed her face was only an inch away from mine. I was so close that I could count all the freckles around her lightly flushed cheeks and her adorable little nose. I smiled down at her before slowly starting to lean in. Hicca noticed this and slowly closed her eyes, tilting her head up towards me. My lips were centimeters away from hers when I stopped, and I smirked.
"Say you're sorry first."
She opened her eyes. "Huh?"
"I'll keep going, but only if you say you're sorry for being a sour puss."
"Excuse me?" Hicca leaned her head back, raising one of her eyebrows. "A sour puss? You jumped up and scared me! I have every right-"
But I cut her off by grabbing her face and pressing my lips to hers. Of course I was still going to kiss her, even if she didn't say it, but I was curious to see how she would react first. Hicca gave a small noise of surprise that slowly turned into a low sigh as she kissed me back. I smiled into the kiss, keeping my face connected with hers as I slowly let my other arm fall from her shoulder. I slowly moved so I could stand completely in front of her. My free hand slid down to grab her right hand, but even as I grasped it something felt weird. Instead of feeling skin I seemed to have touched something that felt like fabric. I stopped kissing Hicca and looked down. I was definitely holding her hand, but I just happen to notice that it had a dark piece of cloth tied around it. I stared at it as I turned her hand over, and I saw a tiny dark spot stained into the fabric.
"Oh, that's nothing, it's…"
I ignored Hicca and brought her hand up to my face. I gave the cloth a small sniff, and tensed up at the sent of dried blood.
"Darling, you're hurt," I looked up at her. "Why didn't you say anything?"
But Hicca shook her head. "It's just a little cut, nothing more."
"Hicca, what happened?"
"Look, it's no big deal," she told me. "We were looking for rope on that wrecked ship we used to carry the babies, and I slipped on some ice. I tried to grab something, but I cut myself on some metal," she looked down at her hand. "It's okay, though. It looks like the bleeding stopped a while ago."
I sighed. I knew the injury was not serious in any way, but she could've at least told me. I don't even know how I could have missed this earlier. I wish there was something I could do. But there is…
Without saying anything I grabbed the piece of cloth and started to untie it.
"What are you doing?" Hicca asked, but I ignored her.
I finally got the fabric untied and I let it fall to the ground. There was a small dark cut in the center of Hicca's palm. It wasn't bleeding anymore, but it was a little dark and stained with dried blood. I lifted my head and looked around until I saw the small bowl of water Hicca used every night to wash her hands before bed. Still holding her hand I drug her over to the small bowl. Once there I lowered her hand into the bowl until it fell through the water. Slowly and carefully, I rubbed my thumbs along her palm, cleaning the blood off her skin. Surprisingly, Hicca wasn't saying anything. Not that I expected her to, but it was weird, her being quiet. She usually always had something to say. Then again, sometimes she was too shy to say anything, even nowadays.
Once the mess was cleaned I lifted Hicca's hand up, grabbing a nearby cloth and drying it carefully.
"Y-you know, I could do that myself…"
I looked up at Hicca, and was surprised to see her face was nearly completely red. What on earth is she shy about?
"I know, but I want to."
After a moment I sent the cloth down and looked down at her hand. It looked a little better now that it had been cleaned, but it still looked a bit bad. The cut wasn't big, but it was still large enough for it to get infected in some way, and that would only make it worse. But it was okay, I knew what to do next. I had done it on myself many times before. I stared at wound for another moment, then started to lift her hand up.
"Wait, what are you-"
"Just watch," I said gently.
I felt Hicca's hand tense up, but she didn't pull away. I took a small breath, lifted her hand up, and started to gently lick her wound. I tasted the metallic flavor of her blood as my tongue ran over the cut. I heard Hicca gasped a little, but I didn't look up at her. I held her hand a little tighter as I continued to lick over her wound several times, coating nearly all of her palm in my saliva. I could already feel the cut starting feel smaller, as though it were shrinking.
After one final lick I finally lifted my head up and looked at her. She was looking at me with slight confusion, but when she glanced down she gasped, and I knew why. I looked down and saw that the cut on her hand had completely vanished. Her skin was smooth and clear, like nothing was ever even there. I grinned, then looked back up at Hicca, nearly laughing at the dumbfounded look on her face.
"Didn't I tell you?" I held her hand tighter. "Night Fury saliva has amazing healing properties."
"Y-yeah, no kidding."
Hicca stared down at her hand, using her free one to feel the spot where the cut had been. I lifted her hand back up to my face, and kissed the inside of her palm.
"Next time you manage to hurt yourself, tell me next time," keeping her hand close to me, I looked up into her blushing face. "Got it?"
She gulped, then nodded. "Got it," she smiled. "Thank you, by the way."
"No problem at all, love."
Hicca giggled when I called her that, and I smiled. A second later she used her free hand to cover her mouth as she let out a small yawn.
"No," she paused, rubbing her eyes. "…Maybe."
I chuckled. "Go on, get some sleep," I told her. "You're gonna need it."
She nodded. Then she walked up, stood on her toes and pecked my lips. She let out a small giggle, and I smiled down at her. She turned and walked over to her bed, pulling her covers up and sitting on the mattress. I turned around, heading towards the stone rock I used as a bed. It probably wasn't comfortable in this form, but in my other form it was perfect. I could us my fire to heat it up as much as I wanted and I would end up sleeping like a hatchling for the rest of the night. I was about to change my form when I heard Hicca's voice.
I turned around. Hicca was laying down in her bed, curled up in her blankets. She was covered tightly in the cloth so that everything from the neck up was exposed, but nothing else. And with the look she was giving me, with her wide, forest green eyes, she looked even more adorable.
Hicca bit her lip, then one of her hands protruded from the blanket and motioned for me to come forward. I slowly made my way next to her bed, and kneeled down so I was face to face with her.
"Something on you're mind, love?"
"I just wanted to say," she said softly. "I'm really glad you're home, bud."
I smiled at her. "Me too," I said. "But it was worth it. I managed to get you're helmet like I promised."
"Yeah, my helmet…"
As Hicca glanced away I noticed that something seemed just a little off. It was like she was resisting the urge to do something.
"Hicca, are you okay?" I asked.
"…Not really," she sighed, then looked up at me. "The passed three days…they've been weird without you. I don't blame you at all," she added quickly. "Not one bit. It's just… when you flew away without saying anything- without telling me where you were going, I was a little…worried."
She stopped talking and glanced down at the floor. I leaned forward and placed a hand on her shoulder, nodding to let her know to go on.
"At first I thought you didn't come back because you were hurt or something," she continued. "I was scared you were too hurt to even fly home. Then…I thought about how you looked at me when you left, like you were someone else. I thought…I thought you left me forever…"
At that point Hicca let out a small whimper and quickly covered her head with her blanket. I stared at her, frozen. I wasn't sure what to say or think, but I knew how I felt; surprised, sad, and above all, guilty. How could I had just flown off without saying anything? But I knew why; it was the rushing feeling I got from getting that new tail- the tail that made fly like I used to. When I had first gotten Hicca's new tail I had been ecstatic. I felt free, I felt like my old self. The old self I was before I met Hicca. That might've been what the look was that I given her. I told her to wait there because I thought I would be back that day. But I first stopped at the island to see if the others were okay, and then I went to look for her helmet. The search was harder than I thought, and I ended up spending two days looking. I had thought that maybe she might have been a little worried, but I was so focused on finding her helmet that I didn't really think about it. But…she wasn't just worried, she was scared. She thought that I had left her for good. That I had abandoned her. That all I cared about was being free again. That I left her forever…
I reached over and grabbed the blanket, trying to pull it down. But Hicca held it there, clearly not wanting it to move.
I sighed before I stood up. I walked around to the other side of the bed, pausing for a moment before sitting down on it. A second later I laid down so that I was resting on my side, my head level with the small lump under the blanket that I knew was Hicca's head.
"Hicca, I'm not leaving until you look at me."
There was a small moment of silence. Hicca let out a low sigh, then slowly lowered the blanket from her face, keeping it just above her chin. She seemed surprised to see me so close to her like this. Or was it just because I was laying on her bed? I leaned in closer, raising my hand up towards Hicca's face. Her eyes followed it until I lowered it to cup her cheek, then she looked back up at me.
"Hicca, I'm so sorry for doing this to you," I said calmly. "I swear, I didn't mean to. I wasn't thinking when I left. You had given me something so wonderful, and I wanted to do something for you by getting your helmet. I didn't think it was a good enough repayment for your gift, but it was the best I could do, and I wanted to get it for you right away. And that's why I left so suddenly."
Hicca blinked, staring up at me. I scooted a little closer to her, moving my hand to hold the back of her head.
"But that's no excuse for leaving you without saying anything. I didn't even tell you that I would be back, and that was a stupid thing to do. I'll say this now, though; I swear on my life I will never leave you, okay? And I'll never worry you like that again."
I leaned forward and pressed my lips to hers, giving her a small, sweet kiss. I slowly leaned back and opened my eyes. Hicca was gazing at me, her eyes glossy, but she was smiling. We both just sat there, staring at each other for what felt like hours. Then after a bit Hicca rested her head and her eyes slowly drooped down until they were closed.
"Night, Toothless…" she yawn. "I love you…"
I chuckled quietly. "I love you, too."
She must be really tired now, I thought to a second I had the urge to get up and go to my own bed, but then it ceased. I remained where I was, still laying down beside Hicca. After a moment I moved forward and gently wrapped my arms around her, pulling her into my chest. She sighed, smiling a little as she nuzzled her face into my chest. I smiled, staring at her sleeping face. Laying with her like this just felt so right somehow, and I loved it just as much as I loved her. And the last thing I saw before I fell into unconsciousness was her beautiful smiling face.
As I started to regain consciousness I had a strange feeling of a presence nearby. I remember last night falling asleep while Toothless was still laying next to me, but not much else. Feeling disturbed I slowly fluttered my eyes open. I blinked a few times to clear my vision and the first thing I saw was a pair of large, green eyes staring directly at me, very close to my face. I probably would've yelled if I wasn't so tired, so I kind of just sat there, looking confusingly at the eyes. Once my mind started to wake up a little bit I realized that it was human Toothless. He was crouching over me, his face an inch from mine, looking like he had been waiting for me to wake up. I blinked a few times, staring up at him. When he saw I was awake he smiled down at me. A second later I chuckled dryly.
"You didn't leave the bed, did yah?"
"Not even for a second."
"Hmm, you know if my dad caught you he'd probably would've skinned you alive."
Toothless rolled his eyes. "Please, if he did then he was probably too drunk to realize it was real."
I chuckled more, leaning up a little bit without hitting Toothless' face.
"You know, I'm surprised. You didn't have to try break the roof in order to wake me up this time, you just had to be creepy."
"That's because I decided to let you sleep in a bit," he smirked. "But now you're up, and you got five minutes to get dressed and get outside for our flight. If you're even a second late I'll come back and drag you out."
He quickly leaned over and kissed my forehead before hopping off the bed and flying out of the open window. I stared after him before laughing tiredly. Not wanting to get dragged out of my own house, I pushed my blanket off and slowly got out of my bed. I stretched out my back before starting to take off my night gown. It took me a few minutes to get my cloths and put them all on. I was just putting on my only boot when I heard the familiar banging on my roof.
'Time's up!' Toothless called.
I laughed as I stood up. I walked out of my room, down the stairs- again, remaining quiet for my sleeping father, and went through the door. As I walked out on my porch I stopped and looked out at my surroundings. I could tell by the air that today was a little warmer than yesterday. The snow on the ground was slightly melted and shining in the sunlight, looking soft and puffy. I smiled at the beautiful scene. What a way to start the morning.
'Come on, Hicca!' I heard Toothless call out.
I chuckled. "I'm comin', Toothless," I turned and quickly made my way to the other side of the house. "Alright, bud, come on down. I was just…"
But as soon as I reached the other side I stopped talking. I saw Toothless standing there, already in his original form. But that wasn't what surprised me, it was what was sitting in front him that did. It was his old saddle.
'I'm ready to go,' Toothless said cheerfully.
I rolled my eyes. "Toothless, what did yah pull this out for?" I asked, walking up to him. "You don't need this anymore."
I lifted my prosthetic and used it to shove the old saddle to the side. I walked up to Toothless and went to his side.
"Come on, let's get going.
But even as I started to climb up Toothless moved away, walking around me. I stared at him, mouth gaping.
'But, I want my tail,' he said, sounding a little confused.
I shook my head. "Would yah quit fooling around? You have your new tail now."
I walked towards him, but once again he moved out of the way. I blinked at him.
'I want my tail, Hicca,' he said, sounding stubborn.
"But, you don't need it…"
Toothless looked down for a moment, as though thinking about what I had said. He turned his head around and lifted his tail, looking at his new fin. It seemed to fit so nicely, somehow.
'So, just to be clear,' he started. 'As long as I have this tail, then I won't need you in order to fly ever again?'
I grinned a little, and nodded. "That's right, bud."
'That's what I thought. Well, in that case…' Toothless turned around, and lifted his tail up. 'I don't want it!'
Before I could stop him he started to smash his tail into the hard, snowy ground. I heard the sound of metal bending and snapping. He was destroying the tail.
"Toothless, stop! What are you doing?"
But he didn't stop, not until the ruined prosthetic had whipped off his tail. He turned around and grabbed the old saddle with his teeth, dragging it back in front of him. He dropped it and looked up at me, his eyes wide and almost adorable.
'This…this is my tail, Hicca,' he said, his voice low and gentle. 'This is the tail that brought you and I together- the tail that makes us one. Therefore, it is the only tail I will ever use, so long as I live.'
I stared at Toothless, my jaw hanging open. I never would've thought that he would say anything like that. What he had said was so touching that it went straight to my heart, making me feel all warm and fuzzy. I glanced at the saddle, then up at the waiting dragon, and smiled.
"Well, I can't argue with a Night Fury, can I?"
Toothless beamed at me. I walked forward and picked up the saddle. Once I had it strapped on I ran back into the house to get my harness, nearly waking my dad up in the process. I traded my vest for my harness and ran back outside as quick as I could. When I was out Toothless was right on the porch waiting for me. I hopped on him, attached my hooks, and clicked my prosthetic into place.
'Any requests for milady?' he asked, looking up at me.
I giggled. "Hmm, maybe. Remember that diving move I told you about?"
'Hehe, of course…'
Without saying another word he lifted his wings up and brought us into the air. I laughed joyfully, happy to be back in the air after being on the ground for so long. It took us a few minutes to get a spot just off the island, and directly over the ocean. I could look down and see the mountain completely covered in ice and snow.
"Okay, bud, you ready?" I asked Toothless.
'I am if you are, love.'
I looked down and unhooked my harness from the saddle. There was a loud click as I undid my prosthetic from the stirrup. We wobbled ever so slightly, but I wasn't worried. I quickly brought both my feet up in a crouching position, as though about to pounce. Which I did.
As I jumped high of Toothless' back I managed to do an entire back-flip, just like I planned. Once the flip was completed both me and Toothless started to head into a head first dive towards the ocean. The wind pushed on my face and blew through my hair, making the small braid look like a mess. But I wasn't worried or upset or anything. I felt free, I felt alive. I felt that this was what I was born to do. To sum it all up, I loved flying more than anything. Well, almost anything…
Still smiling widely I managed to turn my down and looked over at Toothless, who was exactly parallel with me. He looked at me and gave me a wide, gummy smile, letting out a soft cooing noise. If it was possible I felt myself smile even wider. Toothless reached his arm out and managed to poke me with his paw. This caused me to turn in circles several times, and we both laughed.
'Alright, time to come back,' said Toothless.
At the same time we changed our positions. Toothless turned so his back was facing me and I managed to push myself forward. I grabbed onto the saddle and pulled myself down, quickly clicking my prosthetic into the stirrup. I reared my head up and let out a loud, joyful call of excitement. Toothless roared happily as he snapped his wings open in time for us to glide over the trees. The force of us shooting by cause the snow on their branches to fall into a powdery dust in the air.
'Ready for more?' Toothless called up.
I laughed. "Oh, we're just getting started!"
Winter in Berk lasts for most of the year. A real pain in the ass for newcomers, but everyday weather for residents. The cold weather hangs on with both hands and won't let go, and the only real comforts against the cold are those you keep close to you're heart. But, having a nice holiday to lighten the mood doesn't hurt either. And turns out, that was the best Snoggletog ever. Or, at least, it was for me. That year, I gave my best friend a pretty great gift; I gave him freedom.
But, he gave me a better one; friendship and love.
Oh yeah, I'm officially used to this.
And there yah have it! It's over! That's all i got! Now, i've had some people ask me if i was gonna do something on the TV series. The truth is...I really don't know. It seems like a big hassle, and even if i do it i would probably end up doing only a couple of them. But i am putting it into consideration, so don't start crying yet!
Well, if i don't do something on the TV stuff, then i guess i'll see you in the sequel! I can't wait for the 2nd movie to come out on DVD. I'm already HYPED!
Now, for the first time ever, this is Heart of the Night Fury saying, "Goodnight America!(or anywhere else?), and i'll see you next time!"