Witness

Prologue

This is the story of how I died.

But don't worry, this is actually a very fun story and the truth is, it isn't even mine – this is the story of three others, named Merida, Rapunzel and Hiccup.

And it starts with the sun.

Now, once upon a time, a single drop of sunlight fell from the heavens and from this small drop of sun grew a magic, golden flower. It had the ability to heal the sick and the injured.

A hop, skip and a boat ride away there grew a kingdom, ruled by a beloved King and Queen, Fergus and Elinor. This was Dun'Broch. In a word, sturdy. It's been here for seven generations, but every single building is new. With fishing, hiking and a charming view of the sunsets.

One sunset, after a woman named Mother Gothel made herself young - creepy, right? – a dragon came and tore the magic flower from the ground. To be more specific, this was a Night Fury dragon, the fastest, most dangerous dragon known to Dun'Broch. As it flew away in order to miss a hit, the flower dropped and a young couple in the village found it. The woman, heavily pregnant,found the flower, dipped it in water and drank from it. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl. In celebration they raised a lantern, as thanks to the mysterious dragon.

For that one moment, everything was perfect. Until that moment ended.

Mother Gothel broke into the child's home stole the child and just like that gone. Deep within a forest, in a hidden tower, she raised the child as her own.

Some say our destiny is tied to the land.

As much a part of us, as we are of it.

Others say fate is woven together like a cloth. So that one's destiny intertwines with many others.


Witness

Chapter One

Brave

"Where are you?" Elinor cooed to her daughter, who was playing hide-and-seek. She crouched her back slightly, looking for the small, hyperactive princess. "Come out! Come out! Come on out!" She called out to her daughter, knowing Merida wouldn't dare reveal her secret hiding place to her mother. "I'm coming to get you," She threatened, jokingly.

Beneath a table, young Merida giggled to herself. Elinor smiled, "Where are you, you little rascal! I'm coming to get you!" She dipped her head beneath the table to reveal an empty space, she caught the eye of a friend of hers, Rebecca. Rebecca smiled sadly at her.

Rebecca had lost her daughter, Rapunzel, around seven years ago after an old woman kidnapped her. Rebecca had had a difficult pregnancy, it looked at one point as though neither she or the baby would survive, but a dragon dropped a glowing flower which healed Rebecca. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl, with beautiful golden hair. Dun'Broch saw it as a miracle and watched as Rebecca raised a lantern with her husband – Robert. Unfortunately, that very night Rapunzel was taken from them. The only thing left behind in her crib was a lock of brown hair.

Elinor got up and offered a warm smile to Rebecca again, she'd since come out to trips like long ones in the forest along with Fergus, Stoick and Elinor, as a hope of finding another flower, her daughter or perhaps even the dragon who saved her life. On her lap sat a bouncing baby boy, Hiccup, whose Mother had been killed a few months ago by a dragon. He was Stoick's son, who as off doing something with Fergus and Robert at the moment.

Behind her, Elinor heard a giggle she turned around to find her daughter, with messy red hair like always, running off somewhere again. Elinor grabbed her sides and placed her on her lap. Merida continued to giggle – her laughter was the sweetest sound Elinor had ever heard from anyone – and Elinor pretended to eat her like she was a bear. "I'm going to eat you!" She kept making munching noises.

Behind her, she heard someone place something on the table. She looked to see a round-faced Fergus with long, ginger hair, behind him Stoick the Vast, one of the Kingdom's best guards, and next to him stood Robert, who was the only one of the three to have brown, wavy hair. "Fergus!" She cried as she saw what he had done. "No weapons on the table!" She scolded, just as her daughter got off her lap.

"Can I shoot an arrow?" She began her long trail of questions, "Can I? Can I? Can I?" She continued, excitedly talking as fast as she could. "Can I please? Can I?" She'd grabbed Fergus's bow off of the table, holding it as best as she could and fell to the floor with a thump and giggled.

"Why not," Fergus crouched down to his daughter's level, "With your very own?" He brought out a hand-crafted bow and gestured it to her daughter, who beamed a smile. "Happy Birthday my wee darlin'!"

"Happy Birthday, Merida." Stoick said over Fergus's shoulder, he scooped up his son, Hiccup, from Rebecca's arms. He watched as Merida missed the bullseye and the arrow went to the woods, Hiccup gurgled, he hadn't learnt to talk properly yet and Stoick let him run after Merida, Hiccup was the only child he knew who could walk, but not talk. His son annoyed him at times, being very strange. When he was hiccup's age, he was already killing dragons, let alone talking.

In the woods, Merida searched for the arrow, aware of Hiccup's presence. She searched frantically, looking at all the trees. Then a noise came from nearby, causing a crow to fly off. Behind her, Hiccup also heard the noise, he saw a woman too, who hadn't noticed them, walking through the forest. Unable to talk, he couldn't tell Merida, then he saw her gazing at something.

Merida recognised it as a wisp, she recognised it from stories her Mother had told her about, it floated in the air and it's arms summoned her to follow it. "Follow me, Hiccup! It's a will o' the wisp!" She whispered the last part to herself. She ran after it, unaware of the growling around her. "They are real!" She whispered to herself again. She and Hiccup followed the long trail of them, to a large rocky wall, with vines draping downwards on it. She could just about see some light peaking through them, when voices came from nearby. "Merida!" "Hiccup!"

The two children exchanged a glance and ran back to their parents. While Hiccup was scooted up by Stoick immediately, Merida excitedly told her parents: "We saw a wisp!" her father exchanged a glance with Stoick, neither of them believed in magic. It was an old witch's tale, no pun intended.

"A wisp!" Elinor excitedly repeated back to her daughter's gleaming eyes. "You know, some say that will o' the wisps lead you to your fate." Merida's jaw became slightly ajar, her fate? What was behind those vines? She'd have to take another look!

Fergus laughed. "Or an arrow!" He joked to Stoick who joined his laughter. "Come on let's be off." He headed towards the horses nearby.

"Before we see a dancing dragon!" Stoick joked too, following him and placing Hiccup in Rebecca's arms to get his horse ready.

Elinor sighed, scooping Merida up and began saying how Fergus didn't believe in magic. "Well he should." Merida had replied. "Because it's true." A loud scream then pierced the air. Stoick and Fergus turned around to see a Monstrous Nightmare stand about two foot away from Merida and Elinor, who ran towards the horses. They headed towards the monster, aiming to kill it while Merida, Elinor, Rebecca, Hiccup and Robert (who didn't try to kill the dragon like the others as he didn't want to hurt the beasts who saved his wife and child's life).

Some say our destiny is tied to the land.

As much a part of us, as we are of it.

Others say fate is woven together like a cloth. So that one's destiny intertwines with many others.


A/N: At the beginning of each chapter will appear a title of one of the films, depending on which it is mostly based around, the first chapter mostly being around the characters from Brave. I hope you like this so far. Next chapter will have the characters as their designated ages. I promise! All three films will feature next chapter, starting with tangled, then brave, then HTTYD.

Please note that this won't stay in the Brave/HTTYD crossover archive for long and may switch from brave/httyd to brave/tangled. As this is a three-way crossover I'll keep changing the archives it's in. It will stay in the Brave fanfiction one though as a main. So it may be useful to subscribe/favourite so you know when it is updated.

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