So I churned out the last of it. This is the official end of The Aftermath. Thanks for sticking with me.
Un-beta'd. (I really got to get me one of those.)
"Dragon-riding? Really? That's where you're taking me?" Elsa gave an unlady-like snort when her eyes drifted over Jack's unamused (and slightly miffed) expression.
"Hey, cut me some slack!" Jack cried, hands flinging wildly as they walked to the edge of the cliff, where Hiccup and Astrid waited for them. "Do you know how hard it is to come up with a good date idea? Take that difficulty and double it!"
Elsa blinked in confusion. "Why would you double the difficulty?"
"Well, I don't know; I think it has something to do with the fact that I'm going on a date with my girlfriend, who happened to disguise herself as a boy and joined the army."
Elsa shoved him. "Let it go already." Jack chuckled and waved as they neared.
"I still don't know how you managed to escape your dad," Jack mused, and Elsa shrugged.
"Defeating one of the world's biggest threats does have its perks."
"Hey, guys!" Hiccup greeted, one hand on the smooth head of a large black creature without…
"Wait, aren't dragons supposed to have sharp teeth?" Elsa asked, and Astrid giggled petting a larger, spiky fellow with a pointed nose.
"His name's Toothless," she supplied. "A Night Fury. His teeth are retractable." Elsa nodded in understanding and jumped back in surprise when Toothless did just that.
"Wow," Elsa marveled, "He's beautiful." The dragon seemed to take a liking to it and held its head a little higher.
"Yeah, lap it up, Toothless," Hiccup mocked, and the dragon seemed to glare at its rider.
Jack laughed and turned to Hiccup. "Thanks for doing this, man."
Hiccup grinned. "Hey, it's no problem. Don't worry about it." He turned to Toothless. "Take it easy, alright, bud? They're first time riders, so we don't want any accidents." The dragon seemed to understand and nodded. Hiccup nuzzled its snout affectionately and turned to the couple. "You'll be riding Toothless over here. Just don't do any sudden movements that could hurt him, and you'll be fine."
Jack grinned. "Got it. Come on, Elsa." She smiled and took the hand extended to her.
They mounted the dragon and Hiccup gave them instructions on how to navigate with the tail, the right posture on how to ride, how high or how low you should go, what places to avoid, and the like. Jack gave a nod and said his thanks.
"Ready?" Jack asked Elsa, who had her arms firmly locked around his waist. She was buzzing with excitement.
"Yes!" she squealed, "Let's go!" The dragon gave a purr of agreement.
Hiccup chuckled. "Okay, now remember: not too—" Before Hiccup could finish, Toothless took off like a speeding bullet, squeals and yelps of excitement dissolving as they went along. "…Well."
Astrid giggled and mounted her own dragon. "Toothless knows what he's doing. They'll be fine."
Hiccup ran a hand through his hair. "Yeah, I know." He climbed up and wrapped his arms around his wife's waist. Astrid instructed Stormfly to take off, and soon they were in the sky.
"You okay?" she asked him after a while, and he nodded.
"Yeah. I'm happy for Jack, is all." He kissed the side of her head. "He deserves her. Elsa will make him very happy."
"I'm sure." Astrid grinned. "Let's go home."
I personally like this chapter more than anything else. Mostly because there are dragons. And flying.
Thank you so much for sticking around!