Hiccstrid Short Story: Back In the Saddle
So, like some others in the fandom have mentioned, I’ve been a bit perplexed why in RTTE Astrid has repeatedly fallen off of Stormfly in battle. How is it that the same woman could ride so expertly in HTTYD 2 while doing some pretty intense maneuvers without any trouble?
Then I looked at her saddle in RTTE vs HTTYD 2. Notice a difference?
Major design improvements: different shape, side grips, and a handlebar. This got me thinking… what prompted the additions to her saddle? Here’s my take.
Back In The Saddle
Note: Takes place during RTTE, sometime after the end of S4.
Hiccup stood outside the stable, fingers flexing at his sides anxiously as he stared at the open door. Chewing slightly at his lip, deep in thought, he didn’t notice the curious look he received from the Night Fury beside him. Toothless’ emerald eyes flicked between his rider and the stable, wondering why they didn’t just walk in. It was a beautiful day – perfect weather for flying – and standing there doing nothing was wasting such precious time.
Growing inpatient, Toothless warbled, nudging his snout against Hiccup’s hip.
“Oh, heh, sorry, bud”, he apologized sheepishly, placing his hand on the dragon’s temple. “Just, eh…preparing.”
Lifting one ear in confusion, Toothless chuffed as he blinked owlishly.
Hiccup puffed his cheeks, blowing out a breath in anticipation. “Wish me luck.”