Astrid woke up to a pounding on the door and a missing husband.
“Great.” She groaned rolling out of bed. “Who the hell would be here this early?” She grumbled pulling open the door to a bright and cheery Ruffnut with a little boy on her hip.
“Hey.” Ruffnut pushed past Astrid. setting the little boy on the ground.
“Hey.” Astrid grumbled, shutting the door and turning to glare at her. “Why exactly, are you here?”
“Hiccup invited me. Said you needed a day off. So your sisters are babysitting the kids and we’re going out for some girl time. Not like I couldn’t use a break from little Scottie anyways.”
“So where do you want to go on your day off? Don’t say training cause it’s not happenin’.” Ruffnut turned Astrid around and pushed her out the front door and down the dirt road leading out-of-town.
“Nevermind, we’re goin’ to the hill to spend some time relaxin’ and fishin’ and swimmin’.” Ruffnut cackled. “Maybe we’ll even go have some fun in the woods.”
Astrid ran a few steps forward, her face turning bright red, glaring at Ruffnut.
“Where’s Stormfly and Barf and Belch?”
“Barf is with Tuffnut and his new girlfriend.” Ruffnut said those words with utter disgust. “Who would ever want to date that is beyond me.”
Astrid rolled her eyes, “So where’s my dragon?”
“How should I know? She’s your dragon. You should keep better track of her.”
Astrid gave her a flat look, before shaking her head and heading back the way she came.
“Woo!” Ruffnut ran back and grabbed Astrid’s arm to stop her and ended up flat on her back. “Owww. Why’d you punch me?” She whined after Astrid’s retreating back.
“You stopped me!” Astrid yelled back over her shoulder.
“You’re suppose’ ta be relaxin’.” Ruffnut’s accent got worse.
“Watch it, you’re slipping there.” Astrid teased.
“Come ooon, let’s go and have soome fuun.” Ruffnut whined some more. “Stormfly’s a dragon, she’ll be fine.”
“Fine. Just to get you to shut up.” Astrid agreed, with every intention of sneaking off at her first chance.
“So how’s it been with Hiccup?”
“What do you mean…?” Astrid wasn’t sure how to take that question.
“I mean…ya know, how’s it been?” Ruffnut wiggled her eyebrows, nudging Astrid in the side.
Astrid punched her friend, sending her sprawling in the grass.
“Ugh…let’s just go blow something up okay?”
Astrid laughed, “Sure, let’s go find something to destroy. I could do with letting off some steam.”
Heading towards the woods, they spent the next several hours destroying as many trees as they could.
Walking back towards the village, Astrid felt much better and relaxed, joking with Ruffnut.
She didn’t pay attention, neither did Ruffnut. Otherwise Astrid wouldn’t have run into him and Ruffnut would have seen him.
Something about that man Astrid ran into must have been terrifying, because after she stopped and saw his face, not a sound was uttered as her eyes fluttered shut and she collapsed. All Ruffnut saw was a rather tattered shirt before her full focus went to Astrid and she started screaming for help.
Hiccup was going to kill her.