Quick AN: This chapter is a bit shorter then planned. Because of high demand of an update of this story, the part with the Dragon arena that normally would have been in the chapter, is not included. It will be in the next chapter.
Also, because of new ideas for stories (Rise of the guardians, Hotel transylvania and Ed, Edd n' eddy) it will be a while when this story will be updated. So please, review, but don't ask me when I will update, because I seriously don't know. Don't be mad, I'm sorry, but that's the way it shall be.
So enjoy the story and please review.
Astrid stirred and moved in her sleep, moaning and groaning. Tears ran over her cheeks. With a gasp she jolted up. Ever a few deep breaths, she wiped away her tears, kicked off her sheets and carefully walked to the door. Even the in dark she knew where to go, what to avoid, because she had done it so many times. Gently she opened the door. She walked towards Hiccup's bed.
She gave him a gentle push against the shoulder. No reaction. She gave him another. Still no reaction. She sighed and shook his shoulder.
"H-heh? What?" Hiccup mumbled half-asleep. He noticed Astrid standing next to his bed, her cheeks wet from her tears. He rubbed his eyes. "Had a nightmare?"
Astrid nodded. "Can I ...?"
"No need to ask, you know that." He interrupted. He lifted up his sheets, allowing Astrid to jump in. she snuggled against him, giving a content sigh.
"So …" Hiccup began. "Want to talk about it?"
"Not really." Astrid muttered. "But I know, and you me for that matter, that I won't be able to shake it from my mind if I don't."
"What happened?" Hiccup asked.
"I was here, in my room. Suddenly the entire room was on fire. The smoke smothered my breath, burned my eyes. I couldn't breathe." She whispered, fear in her voice. "I saw you, trying to get to me, but the fire and the rubble were in your way."
"Did I get to you?" He asked.
She took a deep breath and tears ran over her cheeks. "No. You didn't." she whispered. "You just said, 'I'm sorry. There is nothing I can do', and you ran. No matter how much I yelled, how much I cried, you …you."
Hiccup wrapped his arms around her and pulled her onto him. "Now I know it was a nightmare, because there isn't anything in this world that would stop me from saving you." He said to her, staring in her eyes. "You mean too much to me."
"Really?" Astrid asked, her eyes tingling.
"Really." Hiccup said. He noticed how she was just gazing at him. "You alright?"
"I am now." She said.
Hiccup got a funny feeling about how she was looking at him. Her eyes were soft, sparkling. She was looking at him with a complete devotion, a total friendship, eyes filled with …love. Too late Hiccup realized what she going to do.
"Astrid, don't …" he tried to say as she brought her face closer to his.
The moment their lips met, something just turned off in his brains and he just closed his eyes. He pulled her closer and slightly deepened the kiss. She pulled his shirt, ran her fingers through his hair. He caressed her back with one hand, softly squeezing her shoulder with the other.
Astrid gave a soft moan. This brought Hiccup back to reality. He pushed her off him. She gave him a hurt look and jumped out of bed.
"Astrid, wait!" Hiccup yelled, stumbling out of bed, tumbling on the floor.
"Why? You clearly don't want me here." She yelled, tears in her eyes. She wanted to walk to her room, but Hiccup grabbed her arm.
"I do want you here, but …" Hiccup began. He sighed. "We went down this road before. We talked about this."
"That was last month and this is now!" Astrid said.
"And we had the same talk a month before that and the month before and the week before that." Hiccup said. "Astrid, please, just listen to me."
Astrid stopped and gave a sad sigh. "I don't have to listen to you. I know what you're going to say." She said. "And I know you're right."
Hiccup slipped his hand into hers. "I know you love me, and I love you too, but …"
"You don't love me the way I want to, I know." She sighed.
"You know that nothing would make me happier than making you happy, but the truth is …" Hiccup said, placing a hand on her cheek, making her look in his eyes. "The truth is that my feelings for you are those of friendship, not …you know."
"I know." She said softly. "But this time I really thought ….I'm just a stupid girl."
"THAT you aren't, Astrid." Hiccup said. "You're in love."
"I don't know why I love you or why those feelings don't go away." Astrid said, throwing herself into his arms, hiding her face into his chest. "I only know they suddenly came and now …now I can't stop thinking about you. But WHY won't you love me?"
"It's not a matter of 'won't loving you'." Hiccup whispered. "It's a matter of "can't love you YET'. Whatever spark made you fall in love with me …I haven't felt it yet."
Astrid softly pushed herself off hiccup. She smiled softly at him. "But will you feel it?"
"I don't know, Astrid." He said, stroking some hair out of her eyes. "But when I do, you'll be the first to know."
"Even after all this time, after rejecting me so many times …how are you so sure that you'll eventually start falling in love with me?"
"Because I know the only girl who'll manage to win my heart, who I will ever love, will be you." He whispered to her. "Who else is there for me?"
Astrid threw her arms around him and hugged him tightly. Then she suddenly placed her nails in his skin. "If it's Ruffnut, I'll kill you."
"Noted!" Hiccup chuckled. He yawned. "Can we please go back to sleep?"
"Can I still sleep in your bed?" Astrid asked, softly biting her lower lip.
"If you promise to behave yourself." He said, walking her to the bed.
The two teens crawled into bed, snuggling close to each other. Hiccup closed his eyes and tried to go back to sleep. After a few seconds he felt Astrid's lips against his' for a second.
"You promised you'd behave." He said, eyes still closed.
"Promises are made to be broken." Astrid giggled, giving Hiccup a final kiss on the cheek. She snuggled closer against him and closed her eyes. A smile crept on her face as she felt Hiccup's arm wrapping around her.
"Good night, Astrid." He said to her.
"Good night …boyfriend." She giggled.
"Stop it." Hiccup said.
"Can't blame a girl for trying, can't you?"
The next morning the whole thing was left behind them, like the many times before. They just exchanged meaningful looks at each other. But then came the moment Astrid didn't want to happen.
"C'mon, Astrid." Hiccup grunted, trying to push her to the Dragon Arena. "I'm just as happy about this as you are, but we have to."
"Do we have to? Stoick just decided this last night, maybe not everyone knows about it." Astrid rambled, trying to get out of Dragon Training.
"And would you rather face Dad after he returns and finds out we didn't go to dragon training." Hiccup asked.
Astrid stopped for a minute. "I think I'd rather face a dragon then." She groaned. "You win."
Hiccup took her hand and ran in the direction of the Dragon Arena. "C'mon, we're going to be late."
"No turning back now." Astrid muttered as the Arena became larger in the distance.