Cardiac distress symptoms in women

In the wake of Carrie Fisher’s death four days after she suffered a massive heart attack, one thing that was reported by some news outlets was that she had been in “significant distress” on the flight. We don’t know the exact details of this, but in my experience as an EMT, it often means “hysterical woman having a panic attack and thinking she’s dying…*woman dies* …oops, guess she really was dying.” 

It is SO IMPORTANT to remember that many women present in what medicine considers an ‘atypical’ manner for heart attack, but it actually IS typical…for women. Women are more than twice as likely to die from cardiac emergencies, not because our physiology is that much different than men and thus gives us a worse chance at survival (it’s actually better if treated promptly and adequately), but because our symptoms are more likely to go unrecognized or to be dismissed entirely.

Thus, please take a moment to review and pass on this list of cardiac distress symptoms as seen in women: 

Shortness of breath - This is the most common one. If a woman, especially one without prior history of respiratory issues or shortness of breath, seems to be having trouble catching her breath and/or complains of such, pay very close attention. If she continues to feel winded after sitting or laying down, it’s probably time to call for help.

Feeling of impending doom - This can range from a sense of general unease to a full-blown panic attack. This one is extremely important, and is the symptom most commonly disregarded by doctors and hospital staff. If a woman tells you that she feels ‘not quite right,’ or like something terrible is about to happen, or that she’s about to die, LISTEN TO HER FFS. 

Nausea and “indigestion” - Also common. Heart attacks frequently present as a feeling of vague nausea or indigestion, but unlike typical heartburn, antacids and other OTC treatments will not alleviate the symptoms.

Hiccups - Unexplained hiccups, especially if seen with any of the other symptoms listed above, can be indicative of heart muscle that is being acutely or chronically starved of oxygen.  The exact mechanism isn’t known, but it’s thought that the enzymes released by the dying muscle irritate the pericardium and adjacent diaphragm, causing spasms in the healthy muscle. 

Fatigue - This is another commonly seen symptom, and is often overlooked or ignored as just transient tiredness. Many women having a heart attack will complain of feeling “flu-like” symptoms of nausea, sweating, fatigue, and shortness of breath, and they’ll lie down for a nap and never wake up. 

Lightheadedness - A feeling of being lightheaded or about to faint isn’t terribly uncommon in many benign conditions, and many women experience it on a monthly basis. However - be aware when it appears unexpectedly or unexplainedly, and/or with one or more of the other symptoms on this list. 

Sweating (diaphoresis) - Heart attack does funny things to the sympathetic nervous system, which is behind reflexes such as sweating and hiccups. If a lady is experiencing unexplained or excessive sweating, pay attention to anything else that might be going on with her. 

Tingling or numb extremities - A feeling of numbness or “pins and needles” tingling in the extremities can be an important sign that cardiac function is being impaired and those body parts aren’t receiving enough oxygen. 

Peripheral and/or central cyanosis - Often accompanies tingling or numbness, and is considered a later-stage symptom of cardiac distress and heart failure. Finger and toe tips will turn pale or blue first, and lips and gums after that. Important to remember that darker-skinned women may present cyanosis as ashen, grey, or darker purple rather than pale or blue. 

Back pain - Pain between the shoulder blades, in the cervical spine, or even further down in the torso or lumbar region can be a symptom of heart attack. Alone, it isn’t that suspicious, but if it’s unrelenting and presents with any of the other symptoms above, keep a watchful eye on things. 

Classic “crushing” or “tight” chest pain or pressure - Women DO experience this classic pain, too, just not as frequently as men do. This may be due to our higher pain threshold, or differences in blood volume, or maybe we’re just not sure because nobody’s bothered to really study it. Whatever the reason, some women do still experience the crushing or tightening pain, and others may experience less painful pressure or tightness that doesn’t seem to be relieved by anything.

Arm and jaw pain - Another “classic” heart attack symptom, and a bit more common than central chest pain. Unexplained pain in the left arm or shoulder, and on the left side of the neck or jaw, should not be ignored by anyone.

Maybe I’ll write a more concrete-with-evidence analytical post later, but I’m in an explosion of SCREAMS right now so I have to SCReAm right now about it… because villain!Johann.

I wouldn’t be surprised if some people feel like the writers pulled that out of nowhere. Except I don’t think they did. I remember watching the first seasons of Race to the Edge feeling suspicious about Johann… especially that scene where Hiccup frustratedly questions Johann for information. 

That scene sparked my wariness of Johann for the first time. I never voiced suspicions because I didn’t want to spark a wild baseless fandom theory, but… it always seemed odd that Johann always had pertinent information that the dragon riders would want to know… and that at the same time they followed this information, they got into trouble. It always seemed odd how often Johann was around people related to Viggo and the dragon hunters. I need to rewatch clips and episodes now, but I swear this was subtly foreshadowed throughout the series. 

Not to mention it all makes complete sense, even starting with the very first episode of Race to the Edge. Think about it! Dragon Eye of the Beholder Part 1 started with Johann coming, terrified, to Hiccup and company. He just happens to have enough information that Hiccup and his friends can track Dagur… to a very specific and important location…

Trader Johann: When Dagur commandeered my precious ship, he also came into possession of a very important map… one that leads to a graveyard of ships hidden in that fog bank.

This is the location where Hiccup and his companions find the Dragon Eye. Johann indicates at the end of S5 that he has a desire to hunt down information about dragons, so he would be interested in the knowledge of the Dragon Eye, did he know of it. And being as Johann seems to hear information from around the world, travel afar, and the like… it’s not all too surprising that Johann would know about this. If anyone would know about it, a well-traveled man who talks to everyone on every island would know about it.

Now, Johann’s reason for how he knew about the ship graveyard always felt like a shaky reason to me. Seriously…

Trader Johann: It’s where I store all my treasures and wares.

There are plenty of distant, unexplored, uninhabited, or sparsely populated islands across the Barbaric Archipelago. It would be stupid to hide your wares in an area covered in giant eels. It would be stupid to hide your wares in a ship graveyard where you could so easily crash yourself. It would be so stupid to hide your wares in ships that could literally collapse and sink to the bottom of the ocean at any given minute. Would Johann really store his extra wares there? Highly doubt it.

And he even demonstrates a little too much knowledge of that graveyard for what a merchant should, honestly. He knows that the name of the flagship is the Reaper. The name of the ship is written in cuneiform. So how would he know that this is the Reaper? Especially since he said he barely made a foot on board that ship because of the booby traps. So how would he know so much about it unless he actually really cared about this ship and the secrets it held (the Dragon Eye)?

Espionage as a merchant… it’s a perfect cover, too. Seriously.

I swear guys, villain!Johann didn’t come out of nowhere.

And honestly…

I just… I love him more given the last few minutes of season 5. Like, I got this excited thrill to see him step out and talk menacingly. It felt genuine. He was really releasing himself, really expressing him. I just got this… AOWING:OEIN I AM SO HAPPY.

Season 6 has so much awesome potential now that we’ve got ourselves a triumvirate of villains. A triumvirate, guys! This isn’t some single villain with a sidekick and a collection of no-name disposable cronies. These are three unique, major, equal, intelligent antagonists working together for a common goal. 

So cool.

So happy.


Quick doodle of Hiccup fixing his own clothes (because he don’t need a woman to fix those for him when he’s quite capable of doing so himself)

Ok, joke aside, I thought I had posted this one ages ago but apparently I didn’t and I’m sorry about that ^^’

Plus, ok, I know that a lot of you that follow me are not here for HTTYD art, but I was wondering if you guys wanted to know more about any AU’s I have?? I have quite a few but if there isn’t much interest its fine with me as well and i’ll keep them warm and safe in the darkest corners of my mind, hehe.

Anyways, hope you guys enjoy~

Stoick Gives Hiccup and Astrid the “Talk” (Rated T)


Toothless landed softly as the sun touched the west. Stormfly landed swiftly a second after. They’d landed just outside of Berk. Hiccup would rather not cause a commotion. He slid from the saddle. Astrid jumped to the ground.

“Okay, might as well get this over with,” Hiccup said, heaving a sigh.

“Hiccup,” Astrid said in her kind, you’re-worrying-too-much voice. “I’m sure whatever your dad wants is fine.”

“Yeah, but, he’s never asked me to come home like this before,” Hiccup said. “Not to mention to bring you, specifically. Something is up.”

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Hiccup has PTSD after Shell Shocked Part 2 (RTTE S5 Theory)

Okay, so this is a really interesting theory I’ve developed with my most recent re-watch of RTTE Season 4. I’m going to go ahead and apologize because I have no idea how to do that “Keep Reading” thing, and this is going to be long.

So the last two episodes of RTTE Season 4 was named Shell Shocked Parts 1 and 2. Shell Shock was actually the word for PTSD before science declared it a disorder. For those of you who don’t know, PTSD is a mental disorder that is “triggered after either witnessing or experiencing a terrifying event.” 

The name for Viggo’s operation was “Operation Shell-Fire” not “Operation Shell-Shock” It would make no sense from a writing perspective to name these episodes “Shell Shocked” unless they were planning to give a character Shell Shock.

But what event would give Hiccup Shell Shock? A lot of very stressful events occurred during both Shell Shocked parts 1 and 2, but I think we can all agree that the most stressful event for Hiccup was when Viggo held Astrid at Axe - point and demanded Hiccup choose between her and his future or the Dragon Eye. Hiccup, not wanting Viggo to have the Dragon Eye back but also not wanting to loose Astrid, threw the Dragon Eye into the volcano nearby. Viggo chased after it and fell into the volcano, screaming Hiccup’s name once he started to fall. Soon after Viggo’s death (Since we now know Viggo survived we can’t deny how traumatic an experience that must have been for Hiccup just seeing it) we see the volcano on the Edge explode, more than likely taking Hiccup’s home away from home and burning it to the ground. And if the Edge survived, several dragons must have gotten hurt. 

I don’t have a link or anything (Sorry about that, and because I don’t have a link I don’t expect anyone to take my word on it) but I remember an interview where Douglas Sloan and Art Brown - the head writers of the show - said that the last 3 episodes would have the most emotional tests for Hiccup. That is something worth noting.

The show has increasingly been getting darker anyway. Remember Enemy of My Enemy? The Snotlout Anxiety Episode? Midnight Scrum? Berk nearly dying of starvation in Dire Straights?

Now, we all know that Viggo had plenty of deep quotes from Maces and Talons Parts 1 and 2 that foreshadowed future events, the most popular being the one where Viggo says “Black and white can become gray so easily.” However, there is one quote from Viggo that never seemed to connect to anything, until now. In Maces and Talons Part 1, Viggo takes Heather to an edge in his camp and he tells her “A man will never know how far he’s willing to go until he steps to the edge and looks down.” There hasn’t been any other moment in the show that I can recall where a character symbolically does this, except in Shell Shocked Part 2, where Hiccup runs - or you could even say “races” - to the edge of the volcano, looks down and says, “It didn’t have to end this way.” That was Hiccup’s moment where he realized how far he really went, and how far he was willing to go.

The Shell Shocked person might have been Viggo since we know he survived. Falling into the volcano must have been traumatic for him too.

But I don’t think so.

It does make sense for it to be Hiccup because it would 100% explain why he is so anti-violence in HTTYD2. From what I have been seeing around the fandom, all theories on how Hiccup became the strong supporter of peace in HTTYD2 revolves around Hiccup realizing that he can change anyone’s mind about dragons by giving them a flight. It worked with Astrid, Stoick, kind of Dagur, Mala, and the other teens in Hiccup’s gang. But what if the real reason he is so anti-violence is for a much darker reason? Part of the definition of PTSD or Shell Shock, is to “avoid situations that bring back the trauma”. If Hiccup never goes into another conflict with violence, then what happened to Viggo won’t ever happen again. No one has to die (or nearly die) from any decision Hiccup made. 

Also: The show is no stranger to giving a character a mental problem, for lack of a better word. In one episode, Snotlout was super paranoid about not being important enough for the gang, thanks to his father’s words. In that episode, Snotlout had some extreme anxiety and was very insecure. And after seeing Midnight Scrum (let’s talk about how violent that episode was), I wouldn’t be shocked if they continued along such a dark path for Hiccup. Especially remembering that Hiccup jumped at Grump’s explosion at the beginning of How to Train Your Dragon 2. Maybe the sound of the explosion took him somewhere in his past.

But that is just my theory and while I’m not sure I like this route that the show has the opportunity to take right now, I can’t deny that it is completely possible and probable.

Also, I am certainly no expert on PTSD and if I mentioned anything in the above that is inaccurate to the diagnosis, please tell me so that I may remove or edit that section.

If you read this far, thank you! I know my thoughts were all over the place, so you might not have understood a word. But thank you for your time! 

Deceit - Chapter 11 (Complicated Hiccstrid)

Another longer hiatus than planned, but so glad to finally get this chapter up.

Angst and awkwardness galore! With Astrid’s secret out in the open, our favorite riders have a lot to talk about.

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Rated T - Minor Language & References to Adult Themes

The passage of time was nearly impossible for Hiccup to gauge. Between a lack of sunlight and his own exhaustion, his senses had dulled, leading him to distrust his own perception.

There were several times where he caught himself forgetting to open his eyes after blinking - almost drifting off to sleep before he would realize and jolt awake. There was never any danger when he shocked himself back to consciousness, but his anxious thoughts refused to accept that rest was an option.

Still, there was nothing to preoccupy himself with in the cramped little space. He was uncomfortably warm, which only compounded his worsening fatigue.

And the familiar, steady rhythm of Astrid’s breath wasn’t helping at all.

Casting a careful glance towards the young woman, he was relieved to see that she had finally fallen asleep after restless bouts of tossing and turning.

It wasn’t the first time that Hiccup found himself looking over at the messy head of blonde hair; the golden color only visible through the occasional lick of firelight. Her usually immaculate braid had largely unraveled, with wide sections hanging loosely to cascade upon the ground. Several strands stuck to her sweaty face and neck, clinging to flushed cheeks and tickling at her wrinkling nose.

Without thinking, Hiccup gingerly reached across to brush the hair off her skin and tuck it behind her ear.

Even before completing the motion, he admonished himself for his own sentimentality. He was, after all, furious. As he was supposed to be.

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I think a lot about that deleted scene animatic from HTTYD2 that shows Stoick and Valka fighting–I’m glad they cut it and opted for a warmer tone, but I do think it’s interesting that the story originally showed a couple that legitimately was better off apart. Or maybe they would’ve resolved it in the end, but only through both of them changing their behaviour? I’m not sure, but I find it really interesting, and I think that storyline resonates quite well for a lot of people my age with parents who are separated. It was a really interesting look at two parents’ versions of the same set of events, and watching how their personalities clashed–especially for Hiccup, just on the verge of adulthood and in a serious relationship himself. Definitely opens up a hefty can of worms for an already emotionally heavy film, but I’m glad they released that scene.

evilwriter37  asked:

Imagine the gang putting each other to bed. Like, Hiccup's really tired and overworking and someone just likes picks him up, puts him in bed, and tucks him in. Just any of them doing that for each other.

Ooh, yes. That definitely happens. 

With Hiccup especially. I can picture like, the other five looking at each other when they realize he’s yawning but he’s still working or refuses to sleep for some reason (or looks tired) and like…. time to put his ass to bed for him. Like Snotlout rolling his eyes, looking at Astrid or Fishlegs and then like picking him up and putting him over his shoulder in a fireman’s carry and Hiccup’s like “Hey!” And Snotlout’s like “Time for bed, dude.” 

Fishlegs and Astrid go for a more gentle approach. Maybe like, hey wanna cuddle with me? And really the cuddling is just to get him into a bed so he sleeps. Though, I’d love to see Astrid pick Hiccup up and carry him either piggyback, fireman’s carry, or bridal style. He probably falls asleep while she does this too. 

Or the twins basically going Thorston Sandwich with him and like, now you can’t go anywhere because you’re stuck between both of us. Time to sleep. (They pull that with everyone else, too. Snotlout acts like he hates it but he actually loves it!)

They probably get Toothless in on it too. Like “Watch him, make sure he sleeps.” Maybe have Toothless tuck him into those lovely wings of his and Hiccup now is cocooned by 2000 pounds of Night Fury.

And plus, they literally did that for Astrid in Night of the Hunters! (She wakes up in Hiccup’s bed after her all day water adventure). Canon evidence! Yay! I could see them doing that immediately after Buffalord Soldier. Like, yes, you’re well now, but you need a good night’s sleep, okay? Stormfly, make sure she sleeps. 

I can see them tucking each other into bed after their various adventures where they were really concerned about one other. Or their friend is likely to be feeling really vulnerable. Like, everybody tucking Ruff (and Tuff) into bed after Twintuition. They probably tucked Hiccup into bed after Dire Straits but stayed in the room with him because they couldn’t fathom leaving him. They definitely all helped tuck Astrid into her bed while she was temporarily blind, and staying with her (or cuddling with her, if they asked or she asked). Same with Snotlout in Not Lout or Bad Moon Rising (though, I’d imagine they never left his side and cuddling happened.) They also did the same for Tuff in Bad Moon Rising.

Things I need in Season 4

- A sword fight between Mala and Hiccup

- Mala thinks she’s winning the sword fight but then Hiccup does a swooshing thing and he wins.

- To get the Dragon Eye back, Hiccup and Viggo play Maces and Talons.

- Viggo going a little crazy with reports from Ryker that, no, Hiccup is not dead yet.

- Johann delivering the bounty news.

- The festival episode, from a screenshot seen in the RTTE/Voltron trailer, is Hiccup’s 20th Birthday.


- Everyone being worried about Hiccup, especially Berk’s general population. Because what happens to them if Hiccup doesn’t make it through this??

- Hiccup realizes that Viggo unlocked the Dragon Eye.

- Heather finally gives up the Dragon Eye lens on her belt.


- Hiccup and Toothless bonding.

- Hiccup and Toothless developing that playful relationship they have in the second movie.

- An episode dedicated to Dagur coming back to life.

- Oswald the Agreeable.

- Hooded Man.

- Hiccup making his helmet to cover his face for the sole purpose of no one seeing his face when he goes to certain places. Because of the well-drawn picture on the bounty.


- We find out what the secret Hiccup and Astrid have been keeping throughout season 3 and into 4.

- Someone builds Snotlout his saddle/chair thing from the second movie.

- The friend that becomes the enemy is not Alvin.


- Rumor has it that Hiccup might get put in jail. I need fan theories on how this happens.

- Battlefield Hiccstrid kiss??? WHERE’S THE FANFICTION

- Gobber’s reaction to the bounty. Will he joke? Or will he give some genuine advice or something??

- Leg jokes.


Feel free to add on.

the-fanaddict  asked:

Also Viggo and Ryker try to get information out of Hiccup and Astrid comes in and saves him

Oh boy, did I have a hell of a lot of fun with this one! It’s a lot longer than the other stories I’ve written for requests, reaching about 9,300 words. That’s because with the other requests, I hurt him once and that’s it, but with torture… I get to keep hurting him. Okay, now time to put the rating and the warnings. This one needs it.

Rated: M

Warnings: graphic depictions of torture, nudity, some language, forced drug use, rape mention

*evil smile*

Requests are closed.

Hiccup sat against the mast of the Hunter ship with his hands tied in front of him. There were two men guarding him, which he thought was ridiculous, seeing as they were on a boat in the middle of the sea. Where was he going to escape to? The water would only present a frigid death.

If Toothless was also onboard, he would understand the need to guard him, but he wasn’t. He was back on that island, probably alone and dying in that cave.

Tears pricked at his eyes and he set his jaw. He felt so stupid for trusting Dagur. Of course he had betrayed him. Of course he had left him. Why had he expected anything else?

Hiccup felt especially stupid for ditching Astrid that morning. He should have let her go with him, should have listened to her about taking a break from searching for Viggo. But he hadn’t, and now he was here, on his way to him to probably be tortured and killed in some horrific manner. That thought, albeit a terrifying one, wasn’t as bad as thinking of Toothless all alone on that island with Dagur. He felt an ache in his chest, crawling up his throat, threatening to be released as a sob, but he choked it down. It only served to make it hurt more, but he couldn’t cry, especially not in front of these Hunters. That would be a sign of weakness.

“You know,” one of the men began, “you can still save yourself if you tell us where your dragon is. Then Viggo might consider killing you quickly.”

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ashleybenlove  asked:

The gang and feelings of family/brotherhood/sisterhood/siblinghood.

The gang IS a family. No doubt about it.

- The twins have got a bro thing going on with everyone, and since they’re all jocks it’s intensified. They’re the kinds of people who do fist bumps with everyone over nothing.

- Hiccup is forever the little brother, even though he’s canonically older than Fishlegs and the twins. He’s still the youngest because the rest of the gang has to look out for him. He’s the one they’re constantly fussing over.

- And that makes Astrid and/or Fishlegs the oldest. Astrid because she’s obviously more mature, but Fishlegs is the most fussy. They could be Mom™ and Dad™ of the Edge.

- Snotlout is the most conflicting on the age scale because he’s wildly immature at times and very mature at others. Definitely a teenager. Plus, them mood swings in The Longest Day confirms that. He’s constantly making Little Brother Hiccup feel smol.

- (Oh my gosh and his hormones are crazy too. Snotlout is definitely a teenager at heart. Frick.)

- Ruffnut and Astrid after, like, a week of staying on the Edge immediately realize that if they don’t spend some time together, they’ll both go crazy after being with the boys 24/7. They have a sis code. It doesn’t have rules, because both girls do what they want and they don’t really care what the other says about it.

- Times like Snoggletog or someone’s birthday is when you’ll see the gang actually sneaking loving glances towards each other, especially Hiccup, because gods, they’ve come so far.

- (I may have been watching RoB yesterday and getting emotional because the gang was not even close to how close they are in RTTE.)

Headcanon requests are closed!

New Drabble...Complicated Hiccstrid

What do you do when you have too much homework and should be studying for exams?  In my case, it’s apparently write saddish Hiccstrid drabbles.

Takes place during RTTE, after their encounter with Viggo.  Obviously not canon in any way, but an idea I had to get out of my head.  Characters may seem a bit OOC but I justify it since they are all under a lot of pressure.

I had fun with this.  Not sure if I’ll continue it, but maybe I’ll be inspired to.

Rated T


Why?!  Why do we need to talk here?!” he cried.

Hiccup sat in the stream, his knees crossed in a futile effort to maintain his dignity.  Ten paces away on land stood Astrid, fully clothed but holding herself as though she too was on display.  She looked uncharacteristically timid, while he was unusually sullen.

She sighed.  “Well…you’ve been avoiding me all day, and this is the only place I could think of where you wouldn’t run away.”

He frowned deeply.  “Because I’m naked?”

She shrugged, suddenly feeling embarrassed.  “Yeah, that, and….”, her eyes motioned towards his prosthetic, which lay on the rocks nearby.

After following her gaze, he looked back at her, glaring.  “That’s a low blow…” he muttered.

Astrid held her hands up in surrender. “I’m sorry!  But we really do need to talk.”

Hiccup scoffed.  “No, Astrid, we don’t.  I tried to talk to you before you left for Berk, remember?  I tried to talk to you when you came back.  And now you want to talk?”

“Yes!”, she insisted as she shifted uncomfortably. “I do.”

“Well, that’s great”, Hiccup drawled sardonically.  “Funny thing though; I don’t.”

He slowly moved towards the edge of the stream, releasing a deep exhale.

“We’re done”, he announced flatly.

He braced himself on a rock and awkwardly stood to lean against the stone.  Grabbing his clothes, he draped his tunic over his lap as his put on the prosthetic.

Astrid paled.  “W-what do you mean “we’re done”?”, her voice beginning to rise in panic. “Done with what?”

Hiccup rolled his eyes incredulously.  “This!” he shouted, gesturing wildly between them.  “What ever this is!”

She shook her head vigorously as she approached him slowly.  “Hiccup…no….”  

Standing up, he took several steps back.  “You say you care about me…that you trust me.”  

“I do!” she asserted.

He ignored her, moving his arms for emphasis. “And then you hide things from me!  Making plans behind my back with Heather, which by the way, could have killed somebody.”

She dropped her gaze to the ground, ashamed.  Her arms tightened around her frame.

“And then”, he continued dourly, “everything changed.  Suddenly I never see you anymore.”  Shaking his head, he turned on his heels and walked into the woods.

Astrid groaned in exasperation, her patience running thin.  “That’s not fair; I was giving you space!” she shouted to him, her breath quickening as she tried to keep up with him.  “You were obviously upset, and I get that…but every time you looked at me l just felt so…guilty.”

“Huh, isn’t that something?”, he scoffed over his shoulder, dripping with sarcasm.  “You put your team in peril, lied to us…lied to me…and my eyes are what made you feel bad?  Not because what you did was stupid and selfish?”

Astrid clinched her jaw, growing weary of the same argument.  “Hiccup, please…I know…I said I was sorry and I am.”  Stepping over weaving ground roots, she was now within arms reach of him.  “I know things have been weird lately, but it seemed like we were getting past it.”

Hiccup stopped abruptly and turned, causing her to nearly bump into his chest.  She quickly withdrew when she saw his stern expression.

He considered her for a moment, eyes scanning her features, breathing heavily from his hurried pace.  “Yeah, Astrid, I was getting over it.”  He shrugged dismissively. “Fine, you lied, you had your reasons…whatever.  I still couldn’t believe that you, of all people, would keep something like that from me.  But I thought “hey everyone makes a bad decision; it wont happen again.””

As Astrid began to open her mouth to interject, he quickly waved his hand to silence her.  “And then you do it again!  Sneaking around the island, hiding out in your hut, refusing to see anyone, and then you get up and leave…no explanation! Just gone.  And then, more than a week later mind you, you finally come back…and don’t think we need to know what you were doing?”.  He looked her up and down, eyes studying her closely.  “You say you went to Berk, but did you? Really?”

Her cheeks reddened in offense.  “Yes, I went to Berk!”, she barked back, matching his volume.  “You can ask your dad, ask my parents, ask anyone!  Where else would I have gone?!”

Hiccup’s face darkened, and his voice lowered.  “I don’t know, Astrid.  And that’s the problem.  For the first time, I have no idea what you are going to do…”.  He added quietly, “…or who you are.”

He turned away and continued walking in long strides.  Within seconds, Astrid was in pursuit and sped up behind him.  Their trail was becoming harder to see at the sun continued to set.

“Wait, Hiccup, please just hear me out”, she begged.  “I’ll tell you what happened, why I had to go to Berk…Gods, would you stop running away from me so that I can tell…”

“Damn it, Astrid, shut up!”  

The shout filled the air, his back still to her as he slowed to a stop.  Narrow shoulders were tense; fists tightly clenched.

The silence was surreal; Astrid couldn’t hear anything beyond her own breath.  Eyes wide and mouth frozen in mid-speech.  She was shocked, and hurt, and enraged.  No one had ever said that to her.  For Hiccup, kind and gentle Hiccup, to be the first and only…that was more than she could process.

Taken aback by his own outburst, Hiccup glanced over his shoulder and took in her pained expression.  Looking away, his brow furrowed and his rage turned to melancholy.  “Just….stop.” he pleaded quietly.  “This is pointless.  It’s getting dark and I’m going back to my hut.  You…you should do the same.”

As he marched towards the Edge, Astrid was unable to move.  Her legs shook, muscles tightly clinched.  Her heart rate increased and she fought the desire to chase after him…to either kiss him until he felt her remorse or slug him for daring to disrespect her.  But knowing that neither was acceptable, she could only remain still as she watched him disappear behind the trees.  She released a trembling breath, and she blinked back hot tears that began to form.

The last few months had been difficult enough.  She feared for her best friend’s safety, and was wracked with guilt for keeping the truth from her team…from Hiccup.  Worried about Dagur, and dragon hunters.  Viggo.  Grieving the loss of her childhood home, coming to terms with her limitations as a protector for Berk.  She had been struggling to be civil with her teammates, and couldn’t contain her resentment for their immaturity.  How could they be so carefree when everything around them was going to Hel?

She had two things in her life that kept her sane: Stormfly and Hiccup.  Since coming to Dragon’s Edge, her relationship with the latter had rapidly progressed.  Three years of flirtation and chaste kisses quickly developed into a mature and comfortable relationship.  She had always enjoyed their emotional bond, and how they challenged each other intellectually…but the physical nature of their union added a whole other layer.  Away from the scrutiny of their parents, it seemed like the next logical step in their journey together.  It was exciting in it’s own right, a secret that they both shared.  There were no labels or expectations forced upon them, and their nights together helped to soothe the uncertainty in their lives.

But now?  It was gone.  She had lost a lover, and worse, a friend.  All because one bad decision led to another, and then another.  The strain that her initial deceit inflicted on their relationship was painful, and the stress of it made Astrid ill.  She couldn’t eat, tossed and turned in her sleep, and her already hair-trigger temper was somehow even worse.  Then she would cry, which only made her more angry.  It was easy to attribute everything to being under excessive pressure…perhaps even depressed.  But when it became apparent that her reliable biology was affected, she panicked.  She didn’t want to burden Hiccup yet, especially over what could be a false alarm.  His ego was shattered over his recent loss to Viggo and he was abnormally agitated because of it.  So she took it upon herself to go to Berk to get answers.  An examination by Gothi confirmed what she already knew.  

For the first time since facing the Flightmare, Astrid was terrified.  She spent the last week obsessing over Hiccup’s reaction, but she hadn’t considered that their journey together could come to an end.  Staring at the path he took, her hand subconsciously traveled over her stomach, resting beneath her naval.  For the first time since she learned what the future had in store, she was not only afraid of the fragile life growing within her, but afraid for it as well.


Dedicated in part to @dragonescence and @writerforthetylwythteg for encouraging me to actually write over whine with these two.

Summary: Taking place weeks after a drunken, explorative night that altered Eret’s welcome in the Haddock’s life, Astrid is away on an expedition, leaving Eret with the instructions to keep an eye on Hiccup. He might be a little more on edge than usual…

Eret knocked only twice before letting himself inside the chief’s home. Darkness greeted him all through the bottom floor. No candles flickered. No smoke rose from the hearth, no clean smell of ash, no evidence to suggest that it had been lit in days. Only the full, bright moon illuminated the silent space, showering through the roof’s skylight and down the stairs.

Uneven footsteps paced the loft. The rustle of papers. The dropping of buckles.

“Hiccup?” Eret called, closing the door behind him.

“Hey,” a voice returned from above and Eret needed no further incentive to ascend the steps. They groaned as he took them, moving out of the dark and into a blue-bathed room.

“Figured you’d be at the Mead Hall…” he trailed as he poked his head into the chief’s sleeping quarters. He immediately understood why Hiccup hadn’t bothered with flames: Toothless’s sloped skylight had been left open for the warm summer and the moon washed the furnishings in pale light.

Hiccup stood out clearly by a parchment strewn desk, opposite of where a wide bed pressed against a wall. The tall man had his back to Eret. He shrugged his leather flying vest over his head, his short shirt beneath rising enough to flash the ivory small of his back.

“I thought about it,” Hiccup admitted, turning. He dropped the vest on the floor, falling short of a small belt pile—something Eret was sure Astrid would have been on him about had she been present.

But it had been four days since she left and at least another four until her return.

“Miss her?” Eret asked, crossing the room.

Hiccup leaned one hand on the desk. He shuffled a leg, metal scraping against the grain. “Yeah.”


This time he turned his head, hair falling across his eyes, and sent Eret a mirthless smile. “It’s Astrid…”

“But you can’t help it,” Eret read.


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I keep thinking about that Buzzfeed Unsolved thing where the guy is like “Hey there, demons. It’s me. Ya boi.” and like… I just want Hiccup and the Gang to do that?????

Honestly, any of them, really. (Even Dagur, lol). But especially Hiccup. But I also want Hiccup to be like “please do not call demons, thanks.”

I should watch some of that Buzzfeed Unsolved stuff, lol.

ashleybenlove  asked:

Snotlout and Hiccup, Snotlout concerned about Hiccup.

Snotcup, Snotcup, OI OI OI.

 - Snotlout gets really angry when Hiccup puts himself in danger. Like, c’mon, Hic, we already get enough trouble headed our way. He expresses this concern by complaining, even when he himself is not in any danger.

 - Bone crushing hugs are normal between the two boys. You’ve already got Hiccup’s Thank-Thor-You’re -Okay hug for everyone, and now Snotlout has his own crushing hug for him. It’s a hug that leaves Hiccup with his ribs cracked and a wide smile on his face.

- All of the gang gets downright murderous when one of their own is in trouble, but that feeling relaxes a little. Snotlout, though, after maturing so much from living away from the constant protection of adults, is always keeping an eye out, for Hiccup especially.

 - After a few incidents - not to mention Drago - it only gets worse, and Snotllut is almost stalking Hiccup before the chief intervenes and sets the general on him.

Headcanon requests are closed!

Well, I think  the Astrids from HTTYD1 and HTTYD2 are different. Are you the exact same person you were five years ago? I’m definitely not. No one is. I think the dynamism that her character shows between the two films  is exactly the kind of growth that we all go through, especially in the years between adolescence and adulthood, which is what Astrid just experienced. Often times, those are our most formative years in terms of personality. 

By the time HTTYD2 rolls around, Berk has been at peace for the past few years. All is well between dragons and vikings, so there’s just no need for anyone really to be aggressive at this time of their lives. Astrid is a shieldmaiden and warrior, yes, but she is many other things, too. She has a soft and caring side. She’s brave and fearless at times, and she’s scared for the safety of her loved ones during other times. She squeals at baby dragons. She’ll go to the ends of the earth to protect what she holds dear, especially Hiccup and Toothless. She knows how much they mean to each other, because she too has a dragon she grew to befriend and love. She changed because Hiccup showed her there was a way other than violence. He showed her compassion and how to feel for things that aren’t human, that knowing the dragons’ true nature deserved to be shared with the rest of the Viking world. She grew to share Hiccup’s vision of peace between dragons and Vikings, and grew to love him as well. 

Love changes people, too. She’s giddy when we see her on Itchy Armpit with Hiccup, smiling and laughing and looking at him like that. You know that look. That look you give to the one who’s undoubtedly your sun and stars.

They both adore each other, and she’s so at ease when he’s around; she shows her compassionate side much more clearly now that she lets her heart rule her head, instead of the other way around, as she once did.

And yet she’s still assertive. She tells Hiccup that what he’s looking for is within himself. She point-blank lists the things she’ll do to help Hiccup once he’s become Chief, before he even wanted to be one himself, like take Toothless out on flights. She’s already taking the role of Lady Chief, hehe.

And as for messing up, she’s not the only character to do so. Hiccup messed up by trusting Drago enough to try and negotiate, even though he was a man incapable of mercy or abandon, and Stoick ended up killed as a result (though the fault is all Drago’s, I’m not blaming Hiccup or anything). Valka messed up. Stoick messed up. Nobody’s perfect, and none of their initial plans worked out. So I don’t think it’s a gender trope here. 

I really do hope she does take more independent roles, in both the future movie and in RTTE. She’s a great character, I think, and she’s proven herself to be a capable heroine on many occasions. She’s wise in her own way, she always seems to know what to say to get Hiccup thinking, and she’s definitely a boss ass bitch. She deserves more recognition and attention as a person without tying Hiccup into the equation. 

I want more Astrid, DreamWorks. Y’all are a progressive company, so I’m sure you can make it happen. Give me more of her dynamism and her perfection and her flaws, too. Give me more of her strength and her softness. She can be all of these things and more, because she’s a person.

I just need moar. 

softbutchhiccup  asked:

Good job!!!! Can we talk abou MOTHER FUCKING HEATHER!!!!!!!


Growing Up

The first thing most viewers notice is how much Heather has grown up in the last few years - and not only that, but how much she has changed in the process. While Heather acts so sweet and shy in “Heather Report,” she is far edgier and more intense by “Race to the Edge.” It shocks all the Hooligan dragon riders to see her act so much more violently, to display skills of fighting and dragon riding she lacked when they met before.

It is very much a realistic picture of re-meeting old acquaintances. A lot can change in the course of three years, and many people change from the events that have befallen them. Heather has been heavily influenced by circumstances and has become a far more intense person. And very realistically as well, all her old acquaintances react with different opinions of these changes: Astrid is gung ho about the young woman’s warrioress skills while Hiccup feels unsettled.

The dialogue between Heather and Hiccup captures this perfectly:

Heather: A lot has happened in the last few years. We’re not kids anymore. Everything’s changed.
Hiccup: This isn’t you. It can’t be.
Heather: It is now.

It makes sense. For Hiccup, not much has changed socially in his life on Berk. He describes the gang, particular Tuffnut, as, “Same story, different year.” There have been changes in his friends’ lives and characters (think about his father!), but he has seen it occur gradually, and none of it has been monumental personality shifts, just slight growths. In a peaceful world where everyone can prosper, not much has to change. He is not accustomed to peoples’ personalities shifting drastically even when they grow from child to adult. He has not been in that environment.

But Heather’s environment has not been Hiccup’s. She has been in a much harsher existence the last three years. While Hiccup describes the world as, “Same story, different year,” what she says is, “Everything’s changed.” Her perspective is completely different. For her, her world has completely changed. She has lost her family and her village. She no longer lives in the same place, no longer has the same friends, no longer has any of the same foundations. So of course she changes. For her, it is true. Everything has changed on her end.

This is the double nature of growing up that Hiccup and Heather perfectly display. For some people, it is a nice simple process that does not involve metamorphosis. For others, in the right circumstances, changes can be great indeed.

Heather’s Values

It is true Heather still retains some of the personality traits she exhibited the first time she visited Berk. She still shows elements of sweetness towards her friends; she has a kind little honeyed smile toward Hiccup and his gang of dragon riders. She also makes many of the same mistakes. Heather is someone who takes her problems onto herself, not trusting others to help her solve her issues. Heather never brings all the cards to the table, even with those to whom she is friendly, and in fact she is very likely to harm those friends of hers in the process of trying to save herself.

Think about it. In “Heather Report,” Heather is very cheerful and seemingly open to the Dragon Academy. She hangs out with all the teenagers one-on-one learning about their dragons. However, she hides within her treachery; she plans to betray them and steal their secrets in order to protect her family. She does not even consider that these youths might be able to help her; she thinks she has to do it all herself. In Race to the Edge, Heather locks up the teens’ dragons and flies off alone to confront Dagur; and in the second time they all go to “capture” Dagur, Heather changes her mind and opts to kill him instead. Though she calls them her friends, she still does not think they will let her do as she desires, and thus consequently acts behind their backs. Heather is willing to go against kind faces to fulfill her mission. 

This is definitely the same Heather. She acts sweet to peoples’ faces and might legitimately care about them, but she will never tell them everything, never trust them with everything, and quickly go behind their backs if it means fulfilling her emotional passions. 

There’s even more here than the fact Heather goes and sneaks off to do her own, self-saving thing. She always does it because of family. It really demonstrates Heather’s values. For Heather, family is critically important. She will do anything to get her foster parents back in “Heather Report.” When she loses them - and oh she must have loved them dearly - it is a tipping point for her, making her willing to go on an extreme revenge campaign to make up for their deaths. Heather goes out and makes these extreme actions, sneaking off, because of how much family means to her.

And because she has been lonely and consequently seems not know how to healthily, positively interact with others.

Destined to Be Alone

Heather’s story is one of loneliness. She tells Hiccup, “Seems like I’m destined for loneliness,” and relays to him that she has lost both her foster parents and her birth family. Since the moment Dagur destroyed her home village and killed her parents, she has been living by herself, friendless.

That loneliness is oh-so-apparent. It is grating on her. She is sick of it and it eats at her. Likely, her only friendly interactions for years have been with Trader Johann. She gets along with him a lot better than any of the Hooligan youths do, and he seems to enjoy her visits as well. But Heather does not seem to consider Johann a friend based on how she talks to Hiccup and Heather. At one point she tells Hiccup, “You’ve always been a great friend to me,” and to Astrid, “It was nice having a friend again.” That remark to Hiccup especially seems out of proportion; it is true that he helped save her and her foster parents’ lives several years ago, but they lost contact with each other after that incident. Hiccup was a friendly acquaintance she knew for several days, not a “great friend.”

Man she’s lonely.

Consequently, Heather has some problems socializing. She and Astrid have some enjoyable times together, and it seems like Heather is fine and socially healthy. But that’s not the truth. She can smile and act confident all she wants… she’s unstable on the inside. And it comes out. Just consider how Heather gets touchy very quickly. When Astrid and the dragon riders try to warn Heather that it is not safe to attack Heather, she becomes defensive. She accuses Astrid of lying about “having her back”. Astrid does have Heather’s back. In fact, she’s having her back more by trying to prevent her from doing something stupid. But Heather, having lived alone for so long, simply sees friends doing that as betrayal. She is so used to betrayal that she almost interprets shut downs as shut outs.

It really is sad. Heather is so intense about family matters because she is lonely and feels like she has no one else, but at the same time, her ability to go behind friends for these familial emotions sometimes makes it challenging for her to make new friends. That perpetuates her own loneliness.

A Little Berserk

Heather’s personality all melds together. The loneliness factors into the lack of trust factors into her personality shift factors into her intensity. Heather is lonely, and consequently does not know how to interact with friends, consequently does not trust them and goes behind their backs. Heather is lonely, consequently does anything she can for the family she has or used to have, consequently perpetuates her own loneliness. Heather has changed in the last few years, a consequence of solitary existence and having radical situations happen to her. It’s beautifully cohesive and makes for a rather understandable and rather pitiable psyche.

But there’s one more, very important factor playing into all of this.

Heather is lonely.

Heather has lost family and gone through extreme hardships.

And has hit her breaking point.

So now she’s incredible unstable.

The last factor to talk about is how Heather is a little unstable in the head now.

I am not saying she is unintelligent. She is just as intelligent as she has ever been. After Heather captures Fishlegs in her camp, she realizes that the dragon riders have found her. She grabs chicken from her camp before heading out so she can trap Stormfly. She remembers everything she has learned from the Hooligans and uses it against them to take them out one by one. And the fact Heather trained Windshear in the first place demonstrates a lot of aptitude as well; she takes everything the Dragon Academy taught her and applies it successfully, something Alvin the Treacherous never does himself.

However, Heather is also a little unhinged, and the more one interacts with her and learns her life’s history, the more that becomes apparent.

Heather’s mission for the last few years has been to attack ships and send the loot to the victims of Dagur’s old attack. It seems like a kind, noble, Robin Hood-esque action to do… until you sit down and think about it. The logic is completely contorted and gappy. In order to assist the victims of one attack, she is in turn attacking others and making more people victims. That is a little wrong in the head; she is unstable from being alone and undergoing hardship this long.

For Heather is not just snatching a few gems from other peoples’ noses. She is sinking ships. She is attacking innocent bystanders. She is… probably killing people.

At the beginning of “Have Dragons Will Travel Part 1,” Heather directs Windshear to shoot spikes at the Hooligan Vikings. Several of those spikes aim directly for the chest of a terrified sailor. Had he not been yanked out of the way by a fellow shipmate, he would have died from the razorwhip’s barbs. And if that isn’t evidence enough, consider how Heather talked about Windshear’s abilities to Snotlout and the other Hooligan dragon riders. “Windshear’s breath can burn the flesh off a human from a hundred feet away,” she brags. Not only does Heather say that enthusiastically, but one has to wonder how she knows Windshear can do that. Heather has no Book of Dragons (and I don’t think that’s in the Book of Dragons anyway). She has to have… learned that from experience. She has to have burned the flesh off a human being from a hundred feet away in one of her attacks. Killed them. And when she says she enjoys close combat so she can stare people eye-to-eye, I have to worry about what she has done to those people she’s fought. After all, she says, “No one can take us down,” when referring to herself and Windshear.

Heather is not just “intense” and “hardcore” and “edgy”. She’s… a little questionable.

Many of her choices in “Have Dragons Will Travel” seem rational until one questions it. The way she captured the teenagers one by one before kindly sending them back to Berk smells of contorted logic, too. I mean, she even tries to attack Dagur in what Hiccup calls a “suicide mission,” and the only reason she backs down is because she does not want Windshear to die. But she would have been fine - and fanatic - enough to let herself get killed in revenging Dagur.

Dagur sort of has a point when he says he can see “Berserker blood flowing through [her] veins.” And he sort of has a point when he calls her “Heather the Unhinged.”

She is a Berserker. She is the sister of Dagur. She, too, shares some of the struggles that Berserkers seem to face about acting, well, a little beserk. A lot of it is circumstance, for she has reached her breaking point. Some of it also may be genetics.

Continuing Journey

Heather still has a long way to go. “Dragons Have Will Call Part 2″ does not give Heather a happy ending. She leaves her new friend Astrid in order to “figure things out”; she departs unsettled with the knowledge Dagur is her brother. Hopefully Heather is on the right track now that the Hooligan dragon riders have intervened… but she still has far to go.

I absolutely love what we see about Heather in Race to the Edge. I love everything from her personality changes to her quality girl time with Astrid to her deep psychological struggles to the way she just stops dead when she finds out she’s related to Dagur. It is true that she manifests hoards of tropes: butt-kicking female fighter, person with vengeance issues, individual with a big dark unknown family secret, etc. etc. etc. But tropes, well-used, are very enjoyable things in narrative. Heather’s story has intrigued me in Race to the Edge, and I cannot get enough of what I’ve seen.

Who knows? Maybe we will get more! I imagine she could be back in future episodes.

It will be really fascinating to see where she goes from here.