Arriving at his house, Gothi greeted him at the door. The long look gave him little hope. Shoving past her, he ran towards the bedroom where his wife lay prone on the bed. She was pale as death, her breaths shallow and empty.
“No, no, this can’t be…what happened to her? When is she going to wake up?” Hiccup dropped to his knees beside her bedside, tears gathering in the corners of his eyes.
“Hiccup…” Gobber was the one to approach him. “Gothi says she won’ be wakin’ up no time soon. I’m sorry son.”
“No. She’s going to wake up. Damit.”
“Hiccup.” Valka whispered, standing in the doorway. “I’m so sorry.”
“No, what happened? Why is she like this?”
“No one knows Hiccup.”
“How can no one know?” He abruptly stood up. “Ruffnut..” He whispered to himself.
“What son?” Valka asked.
“Ruffnut! RUFFNUT!” Hiccup pushed past everyone, running through the house in search of the one person that could give him his answers.
“Hiccup!” Fishlegs and Snotlout chased after him.
“WHERE THE HELL IS SHE?” He turned on the pair, furious and ready to hit.
“She’s home, with Scottie. Where she belongs.” Snotlout spoke up.
“She doesn’t know what happened. Astrid ran into someone and fainted. That’s all she said.” Fishlegs explained as calmly as he could, holding his hands up in a comforting manner.
“No,” Hiccup whispered to himself. “No. TOOTHLESS!” He called for his dragon who came bounding into the room. Hiccup ran outside with his dragon right beside him and jumped up on his friend’s back before taking off into the sky leaving behind everyone.
“This can’t be happening to me.” Hiccup groaned, laying back in the saddle. “Why can’t I ever just get a happy ending? Why do the fates have to take everything away from me!” He screamed into the clouds.
Toothless purred softly, flopping one ear to get his rider’s attention.
“I know, Toothless.” Hiccup sighed, scratching behind the dragon’s ears. “I’ve got you and I’ve still got our kids, but Astrid…what am I going to be without her? Gothi says she won’t wake up but no one knows why she’s like this.” Hiccup fell silent, thinking about what the future might hold.
Toothless whined, breaking Hiccup out of his reverie.
“Sorry, buddy.” Hiccup tried to hold the tears back, scratching Toothless head again. “I’m just trying to think of what life will be like if Astrid never wakes up…I don’t want that life Toothless, I don’t want it.” Hiccup cried and the tears fell rapidly and violently, his shoulders shook and his chest heaved. Toothless whined and fretted, trying to comfort Hiccup over his shoulder while keeping them steady in the air until he finally landed in a little grove on Dragon Island.
Hiccup slid off of his dragon’s back and crumpled to the ground while Toothless went up in a black cloud and emerged in his smaller form, he curled up in Hiccup’s lap and softly started purring to comfort his rider.
10 months later
“Hey, Hiccup.” Fishlegs coughed, walking into Camicazi’s bedroom.
“Hey Fishlegs.” Hiccup raised a hand in greeting, focused on little Camicazi who clapped her hands in triumph.
“What’s going on, little flower?” Fishlegs cooed , sitting down beside Hiccup.
“She just said her first word.” Hiccup grinned proudly, laughing as Loki crawled into Fishlegs lap.
“Oh wow! She’s so smart! What did you say?” Fishlegs cooed at Camicazi, letting Loki wrap his little hand around his big finger.
“Dwagon!” Camicazi giggled, clapping her hands again.
“Dragon!” Fishlegs laughed, Hiccup laughing along with him.
“Toofhless!” Lief giggled, stumbling into the room on his own two feet causing another round of laughter.
“They’re growing so fast Hiccup, I can hardly believe they’re walking and talking now. Not very good mind, just like little baby dragon’s while they’re trying to learn to fly, but barely a year old and see what they can do!”
“Yeah.” Hiccup smiled.
“Astrid would be so proud!” Fishlegs let the words slip before he could think about it.
Toothless and Stormfly-in their small forms-perked their heads up, cawing and searching for said woman, until with a disappointed whine, they realized that she still hadn’t come home and laid back down.
“Hiccup…I’m so sorry, I didn’t think…” Fishlegs quietly apologized, gnawing on his fingernails.
“You’re fine, Fishlegs.” Hiccup waived Fishlegs off. “We just all miss her is all. It’s not the same without her here…”
“I can only imagine Hiccup…I’m so sorry. Without Astrid…sometimes, it feels like there’s a big gaping hole in our lives where she belongs and she’s not there to fill it.”
All Hiccup could do was nod in agreement as he watched his children crawl around, giggling and laughing together as they entertained themselves with the smallest things.