Chapter 9: The Visit
I looked down at the letter that was sent in response to the declaration of war that we sent. We received it two days later after sending the declaration. It was the middle of the night when it arrived. It was basically how I thought Zika would phrase it. Lots of threats to my health, my loved ones, saying that it was her kingdom, playing the victim, and so forth
Elsa walked over and looked at it too. She shrugged.
"She's good, really good."
"She seems smart, but a little on edge."
"We need to find out more about her," Elsa said.
I then got an idea. "And I know how to do that."
I started to write down a letter. Just then, Cassandra walked into the Clubhouse.
"Sir, what are your orders?"
I nodded. "Well, first, send this to Dagur at Outcast Island. Then tomorrow, I want to send word to any other ally we have. We need to see what our numbers are."
"As you wish, your majesty." She turned and left.
Merida walked in as Cassandra left. They gave each other a look of distaste as they walked by. She then walked over and hugged me from behind.
"Hiccup, it's late. We can do this in the morning, come to bed."
"Go ahead Hiccup," Elsa said. "Jack is on night patrol. Plus, I've got experience in this."
I rubbed my eyes. "Yeah. I guess I am a little tired."
I yawned and stretched. Merida took my hand and we walked to our hut.
The next morning was a busy one. I met so many people from all over the Kingdoms. All dedicated to the cause of the Resistance.
I walked into the clubhouse to see Dagur and Mala.
"Brother!" Dagur said as he hugged me.
"Dagur!" I said as he hugged me tightly.
Mala smiled and hugged me too.
"It's good to see you again," I said. "Did you bring him?"
"He put up quite the fight, but he's here."
"Good," I said.
Elsa and Jack walked in at that moment.
"Elsa, I need you," I said as I followed Dagur out.
He led us to a tent on the outskirts of the Edge. He opened the tent flap. Elsa and I walked in.
There, sitting at a table, was Drago Bludvist. He looked in worse repair. He still had his black arm, but no red veins were visible.
"Well, well. It's true then. Hiccup and the Big Six survive." He said with a smile.
Elsa and I sat down.
"Tell us about Zika," I said.
He laughed softly. "Now why would I want to do that? Let me guess, your friend here will freeze me. I'm not scared of a little ice."
"You should be," Elsa said.
"I have nothing left to lose. You six already took the closest thing to family I had from me."
"What about freedom?" I asked.
He laughed hard. "We all know that's never going to happen. I'd go out and end up right in a cell again."
"Then your reputation. Think about it. Zika came and broke everyone out. Except you. Why is that? She doesn't care about you. She wants to make herself look good and you look weak. We can take care of her so you can save what reputation you have."
He nodded. "What do you want to know?"
"Where is she from?"
"I don't know. But she has a brother. Grimmel the Grisly."
"We've heard of him," Elsa said coldly.
"Well, Grimmel had four other siblings. Three boys and one girl. the youngest. Zika. You see, when Grimmel was young, he actually killed a night fury. And the people of his village praised him, So Grimmel and his brothers went off to fight dragons. But no one knows why he did it. But I did."
"Really?" I asked.
"Because he told me. You see, when Zika was little, she went outside to play, where she stumbled into a cave, a cave where a night fury slept. The little girl got her hands too close to the mouth of the creature and she lost both of them. That's why Grimmel killed it. And why he killed all the night furies. Except for yours." Drago said as he pointed to me with his black arm.
"What happened to your arm?" I asked.
"Zika took the red out. But I'm glad. All power has a cost." He opened up his shirt. Faint red lines zig-zagged across his chest, starting from his black arm.
"They look like burns."
"They are." He said as he covered his chest back up. "I discovered that complete rage triggers it to heat up and spread. Sometimes it even catches fire. I don't know if Zika knew what she was getting herself into."
"What about the snap? Zika snapped and controlled a whole crowd." Elsa asked.
"Never tried to." Drago looked at his black claw of a hand and snapped. Nothing happened. "But I assume that is one of its traits. The red power is unpredictable. I discovered more every day having it. I assume Zika is discovering more, seeing her hands are filled with it." He nodded.
"Anything else?" I asked.
"Just be aware of her power. She can control any living thing. Don't be surprised if one of your soldiers suddenly turns on you if she's near."
"How do we break the control?" Elsa asked.
"Usually, the one with the power can turn it off, but sometimes, it takes something else. Cold things usually do the trick." Drago said as he smiled at Elsa
Elsa nodded. I looked at her. "We got that in spade. Thank you, Drago."
He nodded. "Give her hell for me."
Elsa and I got up and left the tent. Dagur smiled as we walked out.
"What do you think?"
"I think he was telling the truth. He had nothing left to lose, so what's the point in lying." I said.
I looked at Cassandra as she trained the recruits. It hurt to see her again. The one mistake I felt never could be forgiven.
I looked to see Merida smiling at me.
"Is that Cassandra giving you a hard time?"
"No, but I just want us to be friends again."
She scoffed. "You want to be friends with the woman who tried to kill you as soon as you got back?"
"I know it's crazy, but yeah. Merida, she used to be my best friend, well except you. And it nearly killed me to leave her alone at the Dark Kingdom. But now that Gothel was defeated, I want to make amends."
Merida nodded. "What's stopping you?"
"How do you apologize for something that bad?"
She put a hand on my shoulder. "You just do. Come on, Blondie, I thought you knew that. You've helped me out of jam plenty of times before. Now I'm telling you. Go tell her how you feel. Don't worry, I'll be right behind you."
I took a deep breath and walked over to Cassandra.
"You call that running! You make old ladies slow! Pick it up!" Cassandra yelled at the recruits.
She looked at me, then looked away.
"I'm a bit busy, your majesty. It will have to wait."
"Fine. You don't have to talk. But can you just listen?"
Cassandra was quiet. Then she nodded.
"Cass, I'm so sorry for what happened. If I could take it back, I would. I was just protecting the kingdoms."
She just shook her head. I took a deep breath.
I know we've grown apart, it breaks my heart in two
I miss your company, the closeness we once knew
I won't pretend to know just what you went through
But I'd give anything for you
Yes, I'd give anything to relive everything with you
So if you find that you're in darkness or despair
Though you won't turn to me please know I'll be right there
Name any sacrifice, I'll pay the price that's due
'Cause I'd give anything for you
Yes, I'd give anything to relive everything we knew
Yes, I'd give anything for you
A tear streamed down Cassandra's face. But she still looked out to the troops.
I sighed and looked back at Merida. She shrugged.
"Ok," I whispered as I turned away.
I looked to see Cassandra looking at me. She started to cry.
"I'm the one who should be sorry. I let my pride get in the way of our friendship. I took that moonstone. And I stupidly blamed you for it. I'm sorry."
She extended her hand in a handshake, I just hugged her.
"You will always be my friend."
She hugged me back. "Thank you."
We let go of each other.
"Well, I better get back to it," Cassandra said as she motioned to the troops.
"Oh, of course."
I walked away with a smile on my face. Merida nodded.
"So, it seems it went well?"
"Yes, it did."
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