A week later, they emerged. The newly built house having been completed the week before the wedding, was placed strategically next to the waterfall they often frequented. Big enough for a large family.
“So, how was it?” Were the first words out of Snotlout’s mouth, that lascivious grin on his face was enough to make any other man punch him in the face. Not Hiccup though.
He simply rolled his eyes and continued walking.
“Oh come on, Hiccup! You can’t hold out on me! After all those years I tried to get her.”
Snotlout bit his tongue after the dark look Hiccup shot his way, his face going white and freezing on the spot as Hiccup kept walking.
“Um…maybe that was too far…” Snotlout mumbled, slowly walking backwards the opposite way of his cousin.
“Of course it was.” Fishlegs huffed, running to catch up with his best friend.
“I don’t understand why everyone thinks it’s their business, then my mom…” Hiccup groaned, throwing his hands in the air. “It’s never ending.”
“Well you can’t blame everyone for wanting heirs. You are the chief after all.” Fishlegs pointed out, earning himself one of Hiccup’s dirty looks.
Fishlegs just grinned sheepishly.
“But, what do you think about having an heir?”
“I don’t know. We haven’t really talked about it. I haven’t really thought about it actually.” Hiccup frowned, staring off into the distance.
“I don’t think Astrid would really like to stay at home with a babe.” Ruffnut jeered, running past them being chased by a herd of yak with Tuffnut not far behind cackling.
Hiccup rolled his eyes and continued on. “We need to check the stocks today Fishlegs.”
“There have also been reports of a mysterious dragons attacking the ships out at sea…” Their voices faded into the distance as they finally got down to business.
Astrid hid in the woods violently retching the remains of her breakfast into a bush. Stormfly seated next to her, cawing worriedly.
“It’s alright girl, I’m fine.” Astird patted her dragon’s head, laying down in the grass with her eyes closed. “I just ate something that didn’t sit well with my stomach.”
Stormfly nuzzled her mistress’s stomach and purred in the back of her throat eyes closed.
Astrid laughed and playfully shoved her dragon’s head away. “Stop it girl, that’s not helping my stomach any.”
Using her dragon’s horns, she lifted herself up off the ground and dusted off the dirt and grass. “Now come on, we’ve got a lot to do before Hiccup gets home this evening. Let’s go find Toothless and get started fishing.”
Hours later, Astrid returned to the house exhausted, covered in mud and seaweed. A quick dip in the lake, clothes scrubbed and left to dry on the lines, and a new gown on-a gown of all things-and she was set to go. Toothless and Stormfly had already deposited the fish on the table through the open window and had shrunk to their smaller forms and were already resting in front of the fireplace. Astrid huffed at the two lazy reptiles and went about making supper for her husband soon to return home for the first time in her life.
Unfortunately Hiccup walked in to a small kitchen fire with burnt fish awaiting him on a platter, Astrid flinging a blanket over the fire trying to put it out and Toothless and Stormfly laughing in the foyer.
Not knowing exactly what to do, Hiccup started laughing at the chaos that was going to be the rest of his life.