Ok, so I have encountered three exceptional HTTYD fics this last few weeks on ff.net, and I’m going to give them a boost, because they deserve it! All these fics are ongoing so please go read, support with reviews and reblog to signal boost!
1) Black as Night by Wolfie-Dragon (EDIT: Now with correct link! Please reblog this version!)
This is an alternate retelling of httyd1, where a terrible accident in Dragon Training results in Hiccup being permanently blinded. It is a hiccstrid-centric fic, but it is very well written, and the characters are a true treasure to read. It is at a rather critical point of the narrative, so be ready for the only enjoyable stress available to mankind; anticipation. (thanks @hijihoj!)
Apart from this author adorable nom de plum, I must warn you that this is a modern Highschool AU fic, and that the chapters are short and drabble-like, much like ‘How to Hold a Torch’, for reference. However, quite a few things happen for their brevity, and it updates quite regularly. Also of the Hiccstrid persuation, but this is me so no surprise.
Set during RTTE, this is a very sweet little fic about - who else - hiccstrid finally getting closer to being - what else - hiccstrid. It is adorable and well written, and I can’t wait for another update. I have seen it floating around on tumblr, so the author is also a tumbro.
Not in the numbered list because this fic is on the … hotter side. I’m also pretty sure that everyone has read it; but just in case. A warning needed with this fic; Ecoutez writes amazing sexual tension. You can feel it peeling your screen. So have some ice-water nearby! Some fics in her same headcanon universe are also available on ff.net on her account.
Speaking of crying and transatlanticism, I want to tell this story
When I saw Ben Gibbard live in November it was an all acoustic show, really intimate and really well done (of course). he goes to sit at the piano right and then he starts playing Unobstructed Views which is so fucking powerful so I’m sitting there like oh shit I’m gonna cry but it was so beautiful that I just kind of stayed enraptured
Then he stops after it’s over and then immediately plays the first chord of Passenger Seat. NOPE. The tears are STREAMING down my face like I was holding back sobs I never thought I would ever have the chance to hear my absolute favorite song played live I listen to it every night before I go to sleep and oh my god it was just beautiful. Like, on a spiritual level. It was a mindblowing show.
After I got home I just sat on my bed and cried I was like overcome with emotion it was such a good concert lol