Freckles

Chpt. 2

The knocking at Hiccup's door continued and he started to worry that Astrid might break the door down. His father wouldn't be too happy about that .. and he knew he'd be the one to have to repair it.

"I'll be right there, Astrid, hang on!" he yelled down the steps. Turning, he grabbed Toothless by the shoulders and sat him down on the bed. Looking directly in his eyes, he tried to get his point across quickly. "Toothless, I need you to stay up here until I come back, okay? I'm still not sure what to tell Astrid .."

The dragon blinked his eyes and nodded so Hiccup thought he had gotten the message. "Okay, I'll be right back, I swear." Ducking out of his room, and then down the stairs, he practically fell all the way down to the last step. He opened the much abused front door right as Astrid had raised her hand for another blow.

"Ah-- I mean uh, hi, Astrid, what brings you here?" he tried to say casually.

His girlfriend crossed her arms and frowned. "Seriously, Hiccup, what are you doing in there that made you decide not to answer the door for so long?"

"Oh, well you know. Inventing things .. sewing .. stuff I always do."

"Uh huh." Astrid came into the house and pulled over a chair. She sat down with a huff. "Anyway, I actually came over to talk about this morning."

"Oh, uh, this morning?" Hiccup shuffled where he stood a little nervously, racking his brain to try to even remember what they were fighting about this morning. Apparently the whole "Toothless is now in a humanoid form and has kissed you" thing pushed it out of his mind. Running a hand over his face at the thought of the whole dilemma, he hung his head. "Uhm, right, yep. I'm sorry about that."

"You don't even remember what it was."

"What? I totally do. And I'm totally to blame. Yep. So sorry."

"You're trying to tell me you're totally to blame for me arguing with you about the time you spend with Toothless? Then again, you sort of ARE to blame, aren't you?" She reasoned to herself. "I mean you're constantly off flying around with him alone. I never get to see you any more."

"Oh." Hiccup was suddenly reminded of the earlier fight. He was arguing with everyone about the amount of time he was spending out of the village again. He was working hard with Toothless to learn some new maneuvers and flying patterns. Hiccup didn't understand the uproar about it. Then again, he wouldn't be flying with Toothless for quite some time if he didn't change back at some point …

"Just 'oh'? That's it?!" Astrid stood up, obvious fury on her face. She wasn't exactly known for having a kind and patient temperament.

"You know, you're right, Astrid. I have been spending way too much time away from the village. And I promise you, I'll be staying here a lot more now." Hiccup heard his bedroom door creak open as he was talking and he could almost feel his stomach drop into his shoes. 'Please, please don't come downstairs, Toothless, please.'

His girlfriend frowned but looked intrigued. "You're not just saying this, I hope. I really do .. miss you, you know."

"I know, I know. And really, I'll spend more time here. It's just, right now, I was in the middle of working on something so --" he paused hearing a creak on the staircase and then rushed his words. "If you don't mind, I'd like to get back to it."

Still puzzled, Astrid finally made her way to the door. "I guess so .. but if you don't come see me tonight, you'll be in huge, huge trouble."

"Okay, I'll definitely be there, for sure. So uh, sorry to rush but see you later!" Hiccup all but pushed Astrid out the door at this point and locked it. It was just in time though because Toothless finally made his way down the stairs. He seemed to sniff the air and then growl. The dragon didn't like when Astrid fought with Hiccup. (And he could tell she had just been there for multiple reasons.) He became very possessive. Toothless didn't want anyone threatening his master. Sighing to himself for what had to be the hundredth time that day, he grabbed Toothless by the arm and began to drag him back upstairs.

"Just what am I going to do with you, Toothless?"

The dragon swished his tail in agitation as a reply.

It was much, much later before Hiccup could finally go to bed that night. He had to keep his promise to spend time with Astrid around dinnertime and unfortunately this also included many escapades of him having to excuse himself to drag Toothless back to the house multiple times. It had to be a miracle that no one had seen the dragon yet. Around the fifth or sixth time he had sent Toothless home, Astrid finally got tired of excuses and when he returned she had gone and he was informed that she was definitely still mad at him.

He collapsed into bed, only happy for the fact that the busy end of the day had not allowed him time to think on what happened earlier in his room. … Except now he WAS thinking about it so nevermind about being happy. He pulled a pillow over his head and hoped intensely that his mind would go blank and he would just sleep. Of course that became impossible because Toothless bounced up onto his bed and turned around a few times before curling up in a ball next to him. How could he not think about the dragon when Toothless was lying right next to him? He removed the pillow and peered down at the sleeping dragon. He looked so content and comfortable, Hiccup couldn't help but smile at him. No matter what form he was in, and no matter what his dragon did to get him in trouble, Toothless was still always going to be his best friend. Hiccup knew that for sure. He rolled on his side and got comfortable, lying closer to the warmth of his dragon. He'd sort out the whole mess tomorrow. Right now he was just going to forget about it and rest.

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