Chapter 20:

When we left off, Mortem lost control of his new Supernova, and accidentally hit Stormfly and shot her down. Are Astrid and Stormfly okay? Let's find out!

Hiccup steered Toothless in the direction where Stormfly went down. Please, Odin, let Astrid be okay, he said in his thoughts. It didn't take long for them to find the crash site, as the ground was torn up by something skidding against it. Hiccup directed Toothless to land near the torn-up ground.

Mortem was following, his heart heavy with guilt. I didn't mean to hurt anyone, he said in his thoughts, please let them be okay.

When Toothless landed, Hiccup jumped off of his back and began to search for his friend and fiancée. "Astrid! Stormfly! ASTRID!" But there was no sign of his loved one, or her dragon. Hiccup sank to his knees, tears welling up in his eyes. "No...please...please, no." By that time, Mortem had caught up with them and landed next to Toothless. The juvenile Red Death cooed sadly. "It's okay Mortem, it's not your fault," Hiccup said quietly, though the dragon couldn't hear him. Mortem and Toothless looked on sadly as the rest of the dragons joined them.

Hiccup didn't try to hold back his tears. The one person that he had truly loved was gone forever. "I'm sorry, Astrid," he said, "I could've done something to help. I didn't want it to end like this." he trailed off, tears falling down his face and onto the hard ground. Images of his loved one began to appear in his head. He remembered her first flight with him on Toothless, the two of them battling the Red Death together, their first kiss, the winter holiday with dragons that was also the first holiday they had ever truly spent together, the making of the Berk Dragon Academy, meeting Heather, the Thawfest games, and all the rest of the adventures they shared and the battles they fought. He sighed. "Goodbye, my love. I'll never forget you."

It looked bleak for Hiccup. Astrid was gone. They hadn't even gotten the chance to marry yet…


There was a noise. And it was coming from in front of Hiccup. He looked up to see a dark shadow coming toward him. As the shadow got closer and closer, he realized that it was Stormfly. The Deadly Nadder was covered in burns, and was limping badly. But she would be okay, as long as she got plenty of rest.

Hiccup couldn't believe his eyes. "Stormfly?" The Nadder crouched down on the ground, and looked behind herself. Hiccup then noticed that there was something on the Nadder's back. And he nearly had a heart attack when he realized what it was. "Astrid!" He got up and ran to the dragon. Astrid didn't move, her body was covered in scratches and burns, draped over Stormfly's back. Stormfly had managed to survive the blast and the fall, but could the same be said for Astrid?

Hiccup took Astrid's body in his arms, desperately looking for any signs of life from her. "Astrid, can you hear me? Please, wake up!" But Astrid didn't move. With tears in his eyes, Hiccup embraced her wounded body. "Please, Astrid," he whispered in her ear, "I don't know what to do without you."

The dragons all watched as Hiccup continued to embrace Astrid, and Mortem was the most depressed. If she was dead, he and Hiccup would never forgive themselves. Mortem thought that it was all his fault. If he hadn't gone into Supernova...maybe things would have turned out okay.

As for Hiccup, he didn't know what to do now. He kept waiting for any signs of life from his loved one, and he kept hoping that maybe, maybe she was okay. It was then that he suddenly felt Astrid's arms lifting up to hug him back. Was he imagining things? Just then, he heard her voice. "Hiccup?" He pulled out of the embrace and saw Astrid's eyes beginning to open. "Astrid?" He couldn't be imagining things, he just couldn't. Astrid smiled when she saw him. Hiccup was overjoyed. His loved one was alive! "Astrid!" He embraced her once again.

Astrid was stunned, but she hugged him back. Hiccup's eyes filled with tears. Tears of happiness. "Astrid..." He hugged her tighter. "Hiccup..." Astrid tightened her grip as well. "Astrid I...I thought I lost you," Hiccup said, trembling, "I don't know what I would've done without you." He paused, but it was brief. "I love you too." Astrid's eyes then welled up with tears as she heard him say those words. What would he have done without her?

Realizing that Astrid was okay, Mortem roared triumphantly. The other dragons joined the celebration. The Outcasts had turned back, Berk was safe, and they had all survived the battle. Starlight walked up next to Toothless. "I guess this means that everything has finally turned out," she said. "You can definitely say that," Toothless said. Starlight laughed. "Wouldn't expect anything else from you...Toothless." It took Toothless a minute to realize that Starlight had called him by his nickname. "Thank you, Starlight," he said, "You're an amazing dragon." He turned to Mortem. "And so are you." Mortem would've blushed if he could. Starlight shook her head. "Neither of us are as amazing as you," she said to Toothless. She then gave him a dragon kiss, which he gladly returned.

Meanwhile, Astrid and Hiccup were still locked in the embrace. It felt like forever before they finally pulled apart. Hiccup looked up at Stormfly, who was watching them with a mix of tenderness and amusement. "I can't thank you enough," Hiccup said to the dragon, "You saved her." Hearing this, Astrid suddenly sat up and began to look over herself to see if she had lost anything. She sighed with relief when she saw that all of her limbs were intact. Hiccup looked back at her. "Are you okay?" Astrid looked up at him and smiled. "Much better, since you're here," she said. Hiccup smiled back at her. He began to lean in, but Astrid stopped him. "You don't have to, you know," Hiccup just smiled. "I want to," he said. They both leaned in for a gentle, passionate kiss.

It felt like hours before the two of them pulled apart, and they both wanted the kiss to last forever. They gazed into each other's eyes, never wanting to look away. Hiccup suddenly sighed. "We should probably get back," he said. Astrid's eyes widened. "Hiccup, isn't today supposed to be our wedding?" she asked. Hiccup's eyes suddenly widened as well. "We should definitely get back," he said.

Both Hiccup and Stormfly helped Astrid stand up. Knowing that Astrid and Stormfly were in no condition to fly, Hiccup realized that they had to get to the Great Hall on Toothless, with Stormfly riding on Mortem. Stormfly climbed up onto Mortem's back as Hiccup helped Astrid mount Toothless. Once they were all ready, both Toothless and Mortem took off, heading for the Great Hall.

At that time, Stoick was beginning to wonder what was taking them so long. The wedding was to begin in five minutes, and yet the two of them were nowhere to be seen. "What in Thor's name is taking those two so long?" Stoick said impatiently.

Suddenly, the doors to the Great Hall swung open, and there stood Astrid and Hiccup. Stoick ran over to them. "Where have you two been?!" He nearly yelled. He then noticed Astrid's condition. "What happened?" "Alvin and the Outcasts happened," Hiccup said as he brushed himself off. Stoick sighed. "At least you two are okay," he said. Hiccup nodded. "So can we get on with it?" he asked.

Stoick shook his head. "Hiccup, you really want to do this in the condition that you two are in now?" Hiccup shrugged. "Well, we've already gotten ourselves on a head start." He gestured to the rings on his and Astrid's fingers. Stoick sighed. "Alright, go ahead."

It didn't take long for the two of them to get to the altar. Once they were there, they noticed the elder, Gothi, with some sand on the wooden floor. Hiccup nodded, silently telling her to begin. Gothi nodded and began writing in the sand. Suddenly, Astrid spoke up. "Wait." She walked up to Gothi, leaned down, and whispered something in her ear. Gothi thought for a moment, and then nodded. Astrid walked up to Hiccup. "What did you say?" he asked. Astrid smiled. "I asked her if we could skip ahead." "How far ahead?" Hiccup asked. Astrid smiled, and then she leaned in and tenderly kissed him.

At first, all of the Vikings in the hall were stunned, but then they cheered. Their cheers filed outside the Great Hall, where the dragons were waiting. Hearing the cheers, the dragons also began their own celebration, roaring with joy at the top of their lungs. None of the other dragons' roars were louder than Mortem's. His roar spread everywhere, all across the island.

It felt like hours before Hiccup and Astrid broke the kiss. Astrid smiled. "That far," she said. Hiccup smiled back at her. "I promise that I'll always be there for you when you need me," he said, "And that I'll always love you for who you are." "Same here," Astrid said with a smile, "But about you." They kissed again.

The way the wedding turned out was certainly not what many of the Vikings had expected, especially Stoick. But it was what Astrid and Hiccup had wanted. The newlywed couple couldn't have been happier. But their happiness faded when they realized what they had to do. It was the tradition for the newlywed couple to have witnesses, as long as one of them was the offspring of the chief. And with Hiccup being the chief's son, they had to have witnesses.

Mortem was the first to notice the two feeling very uncomfortable, and decided that he could try to do something about it.

Hiccup dreaded each step they took up to the newly built house for him and Astrid. The witnesses were behind them, and he was definitely NOT looking forward to what they had to do with them watching. But it was tradition, and there wasn't anything that he could do about it.

When they all finally made it, Hiccup was the first inside. The house wasn't as big as the chief's but it was certainly large enough for both of the humans and their dragons to fit in there. Except for Mortem, that is. He slept outside. Astrid soon entered and walked up to her new husband. Hiccup turned to face her. He immediately wished that they weren't there, but again, there was nothing he could do about it. Just then, there was a low growl, and Mortem walked out of nowhere, and then he lay down and made himself comfortable right in front of the doorway to the house. The witnesses couldn't see a thing past the giant dragonet.

Hiccup looked at where the doorway was blocked. He smiled, and Astrid noticed him. "What?" she asked. Hiccup looked at her. "The witnesses are here," he said, "And they can't see anything. But that's not our fault, is it?" Astrid then smiled and held Hiccup in her arms.

Outside, the witnesses assumed from what they heard that the newlyweds were doing what they were supposed to, but due to the Red Death lying in front of the doorway, they couldn't see anything. Of course, Mortem had planned to lie down in front of the doorway. It was his way of giving the newlyweds the privacy they needed. He could hear everything going on, and he decided not to look, since they needed their privacy.

It felt like hours, but it was really only twenty minutes, when Hiccup called Mortem off. The dragonet moved from his spot, and the witnesses filed in. The newlyweds were lying on the bed, fully clothed. "Should we make them do it again?" one of the witnesses asked. "I don't think so," said a voice. Everyone turned to see Stoick standing in the middle of the room. "Everything nearly went according to tradition," he said, "Except for the dragon. But, it wasn't necessarily their fault that the dragon got in the way. The witnesses may leave now."

As the witnesses filed out, Stoick muttered to Hiccup, "You're cleaning the sheets. I'm not touching them." Hiccup only smiled as they all left.

As soon as the room was empty, Astrid and Hiccup got off the bed. "Do you think we did the right thing?" Hiccup asked. Astrid shrugged. "You're the one who went with Mortem lying in front of the doorway," she said. "Okay," Hiccup said, "And you think that we should've called him off?" Astrid shook her head. "I'm actually glad that we have him for a son," she said, "He's already proven that he is of some use around here." Hiccup nodded, and then sighed. "I never would've imagined being here like this," he said, "With you as my wife, and a dragon for a son." "Of course you wouldn't," Astrid said. Hiccup shrugged. "But I'll admit that I'm sure that things are going to get better around here. Especially with you guys beside me." Astrid's smile widened, and she hugged Hiccup tightly.

Hiccup didn't hesitate to hug her back. Everything was perfect. He was finally with the girl he loved, and his best friend had found a mate, and he had finally proven to the entire village that Mortem was a good dragon. He heard Astrid sigh in the embrace. "Hiccup, I..." "It's okay," he said, "I love you too." Astrid smiled, realizing that he had known what she was going to say. They pulled out of the embrace, and started to lean in for a kiss, when they were interrupted by Toothless, Stormfly, and Starlight all roaring as they arrived. The three dragons walked inside the house, looking around. Mortem peeked in from the doorway, smiling.

Hiccup and Astrid both laughed. "We're a family now," Hiccup said, "All of us." He looked at Mortem. The dragonet continued to look in through the doorway. Hiccup smiled back at his son before turning back to Astrid. "I love you," he said. Astrid smiled at him. "I love you too," she said. They both shared a long, passionate kiss.

Mortem, who was still looking in, now knew that he was right where he belonged. With his family.

Like I said before, life on Berk is never dull. And to think that I would end up having a dragon for a son. But still, Mortem is a part of this village. And he's a part of this family. Me, I'm finally with the girl I've loved since the day I met her. Toothless has finally found a mate. And I'm sure that Stormfly is happy to be close to her, well, closest friends. And Mortem? He finally has a family. And so do the rest of us.

We're a family. All of us.

To be continued.

Well, that's the end of my first story! And I've really enjoyed writing it! You're last reviews will count for these last chapters. And don't worry, there will be a sequel for this, so stay tuned. Review, follow, and/or favorite!