How to Train Your Dragon: New Family, New Friends, and New Enemies
It was peaceful day in Berk; dragons and Vikings working together to get wood and fish to the village before the long and brutal winter came. It has been like that for four years, ever since the village klutz, Hiccup, and his pet dragon, Toothless, destroyed the Red Death and brought an end to the Viking-Dragon War. Astrid, Hiccup's girlfriend, was walking through the village minding her own business, when a Viking yelled two wards that still put the town in fear to this day.
"NIGHT FURY!" As everyone ducked or found cover, Astrid didn't have time to do anything because the black dragon dove towards her, and picked her up in his paws. At first, Astrid started screaming, but she calmed down when Toothless looked at her and gave her a gummy grin, causing Astrid to smile as well. Toothless then threw Astrid up and positioned himself perfectly so Astrid landed in Toothless' saddle. And as Astrid opened her eyes, she saw a familiar scrawny Viking in front of her, and she wrapped her arms around him.
"Good morning Astrid." Hiccup said, looking behind him and smiling.
"Morning Hiccup." Astrid said. Toothless then took the couple to a very familiar cove, and landed near the pond. Once the two got off the dragon, Toothless lay down to take a nap, and Hiccup and Astrid sat down near the edge of the pond. But suddenly, the peaceful moment was ruined when Astrid punched Hiccup's arm.
"That's for scaring the fire out of me…" Astrid said, but quickly followed by giving Hiccup a kiss. "That's for everything else."
"Don't you think you're a little old for this whole 'hitting to show you like a guy' routine?" Hiccup asked.
"Alright then." Hiccup then put his arm around Astrid and Astrid leaned into it.
"So what was the point of kidnapping me again and bringing me back to the cove?" Astrid asked.
"Well, don't you know what today is?"
"Honestly? No, not really."
"Today is the anniversary of the day, three years ago, that we started our relationship."
"Oh yeah….I can't believe I forgot!"
"It's alright. I suppose it is kind of stupid to celebrate something like this."
"No, it's more like….this." Astrid said as she made a hand gesture towards Hiccup.
"You just gestured to all of me." Hiccup said with a smile, and Astrid just smiled and gave Hiccup another kiss. However, they were once again interrupted, but this time, by a purring noise. The couple turned around and saw Toothless sitting right behind them, obviously feeling left out.
"Don't worry Toothless; you're part of this anniversary celebration too." Hiccup said as he started scratching the dragon's neck, and Toothless obviously enjoyed it.
"So…what're our plans for today?" Astrid asked.
"Well, I found a large but private island a few miles away from Berk; it's completely uninhabited, but a nice place to relax and have some fun away from the village." Hiccup said.
"Sounds great, when do we leave?" Astrid asked.
"Now, if you want." Hiccup asked, getting on Toothless' saddle, offering his hand to Astrid. She took it, and Hiccup adjusted his dragon's cloth tailfin to allow Toothless to take off and fly towards the island. When the two reached the island, Astrid saw that Hiccup must've spent weeks preparing for this in secret, because it had a small house at the edge of a nearby forest, and an even smaller building off to the side.
"Hiccup….this is….incredible!" Astrid said as she hugged him. Toothless landed outside the house, and the three walked into the house, and Astrid was even more stunned when she saw it was a two floor, four room house. It had a large living area a medium sized kitchen on the first floor and two bedrooms on the top floor. Astrid started walking around the house, amazed by the house. She walked upstairs and looked at the bedrooms; both had large beds, a nightstand, and other small bedroom necessities. Astrid continued looking in awe, when she smiled evilly as an idea crept into her mind.
"Will there be someone else staying with us?" Astrid asked.
"No, just us." Hiccup said, slightly confused.
"So why two bedrooms?"
"Well….I thought you'd like…"
"Do you not want me to share a bed with you? Do I disturb you?" Hiccup realized that Astrid had cornered him with her questions, and he wasn't able to get out of it. Continuing to stammer, Hiccup prayed to the gods that something would happen to make Astrid forget about her question, or something else that'd get him out of this situation, not seeing Astrid giggle to herself before she pulled him into a kiss.
"Don't worry, I understand your intentions, but maybe we should just share a bed, just to see what it's like, and it's not like we have to do anything. Besides, we could always just give the spare bedroom to our kids once we start building a family." Astrid said with a smug smile, and Hiccup turned dark red at the thought of having children with Astrid. It's not that he didn't want to start a family with her, but they weren't even married yet, and even Hiccup had problems thinking that far ahead. Astrid just smiled and kiss Hiccup on his lips, and moved down to his neck, and Hiccup did the same.
"I love you Astrid."
"I love you too Hiccup." Hiccup and Astrid were still uncomfortable displaying their feelings for each other, even in front of their dragons, but they were perfectly comfortable with it when they were alone. Hiccup's hands started exploring Astrid's body, stopping at her sides, and the two just laid on the nearby bed and continued to kiss each other. Hiccup, who was starting to feel more confident, started to move his hands under Astrid's shirt, but Astrid grabbed his arms and removed.
"Sorry Astrid…" Hiccup said, embarrassed and ashamed of himself, but Astrid kissed him on the lips.
"It's not that Hiccup," Astrid said, knowing what Hiccup was thinking, but she looked over at to the ledge of the top floor and saw a small black lump and green eyes with large pupils. "We're being watched." Toothless then lifted his head and showed his own face, showing that he was confused about how human's showed affection for each other.
"Later?" Hiccup asked, and Astrid just nodded. The two got up and walked outside, and started exploring the island hand in hand. After a few hours, Hiccup and Astrid heard a noise, and when they looked where it came from and saw a caribou eating some grass, and deciding that the animal could be their dinner that night, Hiccup got out his small dagger and gave it to Astrid, and she threw it. With pinpoint accuracy, the knife went right into the elk's heart and it dropped dead. Astrid smirked and she and Hiccup carried the carcass back to the house. After they gutted, skinned, and cleaned it, Hiccup started a large fire and started a rotisserie for it, while leaving some for Toothless.
"There you go bud." Hiccup said as he took a seat next to Astrid and wrapped an arm around her. After the three finished eating, they went into the house and went upstairs, and when Hiccup and Astrid were in their bed, Hiccup got confident and wrapped an arm around Astrid, and she placed her hands on it and faced Hiccup. "Are you alright with this, Astrid?"
"Yes, it's fine Hiccup; it's just you and me." Astrid said, and sat up. "Hiccup? Can I ask you something?"
"What's wrong Astrid?" Hiccup asked.
"Nothing, it's just, have you ever considered marriage?"
"Yeah, you know; that little thing a man and woman does when they want to spend the rest of their lives together." Astrid said, with some sarcasm she picked up from Hiccup.
"I know what you meant, but…you just never seemed like the type to want to get married. I figured you wouldn't want to be tied down like that."
"We're getting off subject; have you ever thought about marriage?"
"Honestly? Not very often; it's kind of hard to hope that you get married when the whole village hates you, and when you're still getting used to a beautiful girl not being able to keep your hands off of you."
"But recently, have you?"
"Why is this so important to you all of a sudden?"
"Because I want to know if you really love me…"
"Astrid, I… I…"
"I see." Astrid said as she laid back down in the bed and turned her back to him
"Astrid, that's not fair; you didn't even give me a chance to answer." Hiccup said, but he got no answer. "Oh come on Astrid, no falls asleep that fast!" Hiccup still didn't get an answer, so he just put his hand on her shoulder, kissed Astrid's ear, and then pulled back a little. "I do love you Astrid. More than you'll ever know. Though I hope you know that I do love you."
The next morning, Hiccup woke up and found that Astrid was still asleep and he decided to just watch her sleep. Hiccup smiled as he noticed that Astrid snored a little in her sleep, and he moved a small strand of hair from her face. However, that movement woke her up, and she turned to face Hiccup and smiled.
"Morning." Hiccup said.
"Morning." Astrid answered. "Listen, Hiccup, I'm sorry about last night; I didn't mean to put you on the spot. It's just….I honestly love you so much, that, I'll admit, before you and I were together, I didn't like the idea of getting married, but then, I fell in love with you, and now, I can't keep my mind off the idea of being married to you."
"Astrid, I love you, and I….do want to marry you! I really do, but….I wasn't sure if we're ready. But...I'm starting to think we are." Hiccup said, and Astrid gave Hiccup a large smile, and an even larger kiss. After a few hours of just spending time together, Hiccup and Astrid decided to go flying on Toothless, which all three enjoyed for a couple of hours.
"So Hiccup, you think we're ready for marriage?" Astrid asked, and Hiccup nodded.
"Yeah, I'm just worried that you're parents won't approve…" Hiccup said sadly, and Astrid just scoffed.
"Don't worry about them, Hiccup. They have great respect for you, ever since you destroyed the Red Death." Astrid said as she rubbed Hiccup's back.
"Well…I already asked them about us getting married…and…they said that they'd never let it happen…" Hiccup said, and he felt Astrid get tense.
"What!" Astrid asked, shocked.
"Yeah…they said they'd rather stick to Viking tradition and give you to some male from another village for a price. The only reason you're on this little getaway with me is because they think you're on a fishing trip with me and my dad." Hiccup explained, and Astrid got even angrier.
"HOW CAN THEY DO THAT! THEY KNOW I LOVE YOU, AND YET THEY WANT TO KEEP US FROM GETTING MARRIED!" Astrid yelled, and Hiccup could fell the back of his shirt getting wet from Astrid's tears as she laid her head on his back. "I thought they were glad I was happy…I thought they cared about my happiness." Astrid sobbed.
"Hey, don't worry about them right now, Astrid. Let's just enjoy the rest of this little vacation, and deal with your parents when the time comes. I'm sure my dad can overrule them." Hiccup said. And as Astrid was crying, she didn't notice that Hiccup was secretly smirking, glad that his girlfriend was unaware of what was going on, and what he was really planning.
A/N: Well, there's Ch. 1. It's probably the worst start of a story I've ever done, but I hope it gets enough your attention to continue reading. I'll have Ch. 2 up tomorrow.