Lady-Von-Bielefeld: I've been obsessed with How to Train Your Dragon ever since I've watched the first movie years ago but until then, I was contented to read fanfics about it. It was not until yesterday, when I watched the sequel, did I realize that I want my own story too. (Throws confetti!) Ya-hoo! Maybe just a three-shot.
Disclaimer: I wish I own How to Train Your Dragon but I don't! :( Huhuhuhu (Cries a puddle of tears). I also do not own the song "To Be With You" by David Archuleta.
To Be With You
Chapter 1: The Story Begins
A curse; to wander for all eternity,
A dragon, as your steed.
A journey of unending pain and misery.
An act of selflessness is what you need.
For you have done a tremendous wrong,
To your people and to the throne.
The journey, you will face, will be very long
Before you can get back home.
Hiccup woke up; beads of sweat trickling down his forehead. It was the middle of the night and just like any other night, his nightmares refuses to let him get a decent rest. It's as if he's not tired enough already, from all the rescues and wandering. It's as if he will forget. How could he, when every night he remembers. When every night, he regrets.
One mistake. It was just one mistake, who knew it would cause him his freedom.
Sure, he was free to explore the world for all eternity but it's much of a prison, really, to wander around like a lifeless soul, in search for a purpose you know not of.
All that misery just because he refused to be wed to Princess Heather of the Northern Tribe. How was he supposed to know that the Northerners were equipped with such sorcery? Of such curses? Well, his father never told him, no doubt about that.
Hiccup sighed, not noticing that his trusted night fury dragon was too, now awake.
Toothless tilted his head to the side, as if asking what was wrong with his master and friend. Hiccup gave him a reassuring smile. "Don't worry, Bud. Same as always. Bad dream." Bad dream of the past.
Toothless stood and pounced at him, giving him a lick or two.
"Oh come on, Toothless, you know that doesn't come off!" He laughed as he was being slobbered by the beast. "Now, now, we should really get some rest, big day tomorrow! It could be the day!" Hiccup stated enthusiastically.
Toothless rolled his eyes as if saying, you say that every day.
"So it's been what, a couple of years, no big deal." Hiccup retorted, as if reading the dragon's mind. Toothless snorted at the response. "Okay, okay, so it's been a hundred years since the curse and we still haven't cracked it. But come on, Bud. One of these days for sure!"
Toothless gave, what it seems like an expression of a dragon's laugh, turned his back on Hiccup and pretended to snore. Hiccup sighed. "Alright fine, have it your way. Good night you big baby boo!"
Hiccup crossed his arms behind his back and gazed at the never ending twinkle of stars. One of the great things about this curse is that he got to live, for a long time with his best friend, Toothless. There was no rush, no duties, and no responsibilities. He got to witness and experience as the world evolves from one decade to another.
The sad thing is, he got to live long enough to watch, from afar, his loved ones die… one after the other. His parents, his friends, his people, his kingdom, died, waiting for him to return. Waiting for their lost, cursed prince of Berk.
That's a pain he had to live with, everyday, for the rest of his existence just because of one mistake.
He thought about it, of course. He and Princess Heather had been betrothed ever since he could remember, and with every summer that they spent together she blossoms like a Berkian rose but he just couldn't find it in himself to love her like that. Hiccup believed that he was doing the right thing. It was only fair for Heather to be free and find love, not knowing that Heather has loved him for all her life. Heather's love for him brought out the curse.
Often times he wondered what it would be like if he had married Heather. If he had given her a chance to love him, would he have loved her too? He'll probably be happily dead by now with four children and a bunch of grandchildren and great grand children to succeed his throne. But he didn't because he couldn't.
There are so many mediocre things in this world and love shouldn't be one of them. He thought into the quiet of the night.
I've been alone so many nights now
And I've been waiting for the stars to fall
I keep holding out, for what, I don't know
To be with you, just to be with you
Love… maybe one day, when this treacherous curse is over, I'll come and find you. He thought.
So here I am, staring at the moon tonight
Wondering how you look in this light
Maybe you're somewhere thinking about me too
To be with you, there's nothing I wouldn't do.
I'll come and find you for sure. With that last thought, he drifted into a restless sleep.
Hiccup and Toothless have been flying for hours now, in search for a new land, a new kingdom, a new home. Because of their curse, they have been going around the world, not staying in one place for people to figure out that they don't age. But with every kingdom they leave, they leave a mark on its people.
An act of selflessness is what you need.
For they have been selfless in their endeavors to help each kingdom and its people. From small acts of kindness such as helping with the farms and teaching children to big acts of heroism such as fighting to defend them from enemies and beasts, there is no act too big or too small for these two.
An act of selflessness is what you need.
Hiccup wondered what other acts of selflessness are there. Clearly what he was doing wasn't enough; otherwise the curse would have been lifted by now.
Just then, they came upon a new land, this one further from the other lands they have come across. As they were about to land, Hiccup heard a loud rustling of one of the trees in the forest. Above the highest tree was a net and within that net was a person, struggling to get out.
Hiccup led Toothless to the direction of the tree.
"Hi, there." He greeted to the person who had her back facing him. She was blonde, with her hair in a fishtail braid and was wearing armor with fur to protect her skin from the cold winter breeze. As he spoke, she didn't seem to notice; instead she was mumbling something about "stupid poachers and their traps." He noticed that she was carrying a small axe and was now beginning to cut through the net.
Hiccup cleared his throat. "Let me help you with that", he said now holding the net to his side. Startled with the sudden movement, the young lady turned around and began pointing at him.
"You! Poacher! Is this your trap?" Hiccup was stunned, not only because he was accused of something he was clearly not part of (otherwise, he wouldn't be helping her) but because the lady in front of him, was by far the most beautiful woman he has ever seen.
A heart shaped face, a tantalizing set of azure eyes, he was sure that he has never seen such a color before and a pair of pale pink, small lips. He was astonished.
"Are you deaf or mute? I'm asking you a question." She stated, irritated.
"N-no, I'm neither. And this is not my trap; otherwise I wouldn't be helping you." He said, getting back to cutting his edge of the net.
"Oh. You don't need to do that. I can do it myself." She smashed open her side of the net and jumped to the nearest branch.
Amazing. He was dumb-struck. Before he knew it the lady was already down on the ground walking away. "We-wait!" He got off Toothless, and ran after her. She never stopped though she heard him. He caught up with her. "I'm new here, maybe-"
"I can see that." She answered not bothering to look at him as they walked.
"Right. Maybe you can help me. What's this place called? How many people are here and what problems do you usually encounter?" He asked, a bit persistent.
She raised her eyebrow. "What is it to you?"
"Well, I'll be living here for a while, so I want to know, where exactly, I'm living in."
"This place is called Ingeborg, over 800 in population and no, we don't have problems here." She stated coolly.
"Ingeborg, 800, no problems? Come on! There's bound to be something wrong. Every kingdom has something."
"Well, we're not like any kingdom, so we don't.
"But that couldn't be-" She grabbed her by the collar of his shirt.
"Listen here, stranger. The only problems we have are travelers like you who come here and think they know better. So, I suggest you move on to another land, kingdom or whatever it is you call it and get out of ours. "
Hiccup was more amused than startled. "Well, I'm staying. Nothing you can do about it." He smiled sheepishly.
She let go of her grasp on him. She was taken aback. "Most people would have been scared and do what I told them." She stated.
"Well, I'm not like most people." He smiled, genuinely, returning back the comment.
"No, I guess you're not." Her lips twitched, forming a ghost of a smile that disappeared as quickly as it went.
A man emerged from a nearby bush, huffing and puffing as if he ran marathon. Hiccup quickly noticed that he had a variety of metal prostheses in replace of his left hand and right foot. "Where in Oden's name have you been again, Astrid? Yir father's gonna kill me, I say!" He huffed and puffed.
"You and I both know that he won't, Uncle Gobber." The girl responded.
"Well, come on then! We mustn't keep 'im waitin' if ye want me to live long enough. " He huffed again, walking past Hiccup and grabbing Astrid by the arm.
"Alright, alright, let's go. Keep your metal leg on, jeez." And with that they left a wondering Hiccup in the woods.
"Astrid." He smiled as he said her name. "It suits her." Remembering the name stands for Divine Beauty.
"See you soon, Milady."