Anonymous said: Can you do the promt number 66, please?
“Look, I don’t have
much time, but I wanted to say I love you.”
This is the last one for the night. It’s getting late and I’m tired and I’ve got work in the morning.
Set some point after httyd 2.
I don’t have much time, but I wanted to say I love you.” They clung to one
another, ignoring for the moment the shouts calling Hiccup down to the boats.
The other riders were already at the water’s edge waiting with their dragons.
I love you too!” Astrid pulled her husband close, tangling her fingers in his
hair and pressing her lips to his.
pulled away reluctantly. “I have to go Astrid, I can’t keep them any longer.”
This isn’t right!” Astrid glared down at the ships as if her stare alone could
will them away. “I should be going with you! I don’t want you going on your
skimmed his hands up Astrid’s arms to rest them comfortingly on her shoulders. “I
won’t be on my own. I’ll have Toothless. I’ll have the dragon riders.”
hand dropped to rest, fingers spread, on the swell of Astrid’s belly. Hiccup
could feel the curve of the baby’s head pressed against his palm.
know you can’t come with me.” He let his fingers linger, committing the feeling
to memory for the long flight ahead.
should take Stormfly then.”
met Astrid’s steady gaze. “No,” he told her. “Stormfly won’t leave you. And I
wouldn’t ask her to.” The dragon had become extra protective of her rider
before they’d even known Astrid was with child. The Nadder had refused to let
Astrid out of her sight for the last eight months.
not fair,” Astrid realised she sounded like a petulant child, but she didn’t
care. “Promise me- promise me that you’ll come back safe.”
hesitated on the words.
balled the front of his shirt in her fist. “Don’t you dare leave me without
saying those words.”
a shaky breath, Hiccup promised.
released her grip on his shirt. “Go get them babe.” She stood on the dock and
watched the dragons disappear over the horizon, the boats trailing behind.
stood on that dock every morning, despite the cold and Valka’s protests. Stormfly
would sit with her, preening her beak through Astrid’s hair and fussing over
the young woman. Pregnancy had not been kind to her, the queasiness lasting
much longer than expected. For the first time in her life, Astrid found herself
at odds this this new body of hers.
despite the bone deep lethargy that had kept her in bed for much of the
previous month, Astrid would force herself up to go and wait on the docks and
watch for the speck on the horizon that would herald Hiccup’s return.
days passed and no Hiccup.
Island was a full days flight from Berk. A return trip would take just over two
days. That left Hiccup three days to help Dagur sort out his Dragon Hunter
problem. More than enough time.
something had gone wrong.
Hiccup would have sent a message, one of the Terrible Terrors if he was
something had gone really wrong.
baby kicked, startling Astrid out of that destructive thought process. She
rubbed her belly, feeling the press of tiny feet against her hand.
of Hiccup’s favourite games at night was to place items on Astrid’s bulging
stomach and watch as the baby’s movements sent them flying.
in thought, Astrid did not notice the dark smudge against the distant horizon. It
was Stormfly’s squawk that drew her attention to it.
that them?” She squinted against the light reflected from the ocean. “Stormfly,
go see if it’s them.” When the dragon made no move to get up Astrid tried
again. “Please girl. I’ll be fine here for a few minutes.”
took to the air, glancing at her rider.
Deadly Nadder took off.
seemed to slow as Astrid waited. The smudge on the horizon gradually sharpened
to become distinct figures. Six, including Stormfly! All the dragon riders were
was all Astrid could do to sit and wait as the dragons drew closer.
was first back, having gone just far enough to verify that it was Hiccup and
the others who were approaching the island.
forced herself to remain sitting as Hiccup and Toothless approached.
young Chief was leaping from Toothless before the Night Fury had even touched
the ground. He swept Astrid up into his arms and held her close.
tucked her head under Hiccup’s chin and breathed in the scent of him. “You came
felt, rather than heard, Hiccup’s soft snort of amusement.
course I came back.” His breath ruffled her hair. “I promised you I’d come back