The month was closing in, and Stoik’s house was surrounded by cars. Almost everyone was there hanging out, talking, and enjoying each other’s company.
The door opened without a knock, and Tuff strode in with bags in his hands and put them on the counter before hurrying back to the door and pulling something else inside.
Everyone, with the exception of Spitelout, was looking curiously at the blonde man as he tugged something through the thresh hold.
Their eyes grew wide as they saw the dark haired girl slowly enter the house with the blonde.
“Carstella?” Stoik was the first to say something.
Said girl shifted a little before squeaking out, “It’s a long story.”
Ruffnut and Astrid were the first ones to gain their edge back and mobbed her with a hug together.
“I’m sorry.” Carstella muttered out.
“We thought.” Ruffnut choked out, “We thought. . .” She couldn’t finish.
“Why are you. . . ?” Astrid tried to ask.
“Like I said,” The dark haired girl told them, not making eye contact with anyone, “It’s a long story.”
They all sat around the table, as Carstella and Spitelout explain to them what had happened.
Tuff didn’t pay much mind too it as he heard it before and he was busy making borscht.
“And you couldn’t tell us this!?” Snotlout demanded as he slammed his hands down on the table and stood up.
“I didn’t know I was going to change my mind until I was in the chair.” Carstella told them, “And I couldn’t after I made the deal, I was in the hospital for almost nine months recovering and trying to build up my fine motor skills again, and then placed under protective custody for the past little while. It’s only been recently that its been deemed safe enough for me have a little leeway.”
Snotlout shut up and sat down instantly.
“Why did you change your mind all of a sudden?” Hiccup asked after a moment, “You were so determined that you were going to end it there and then.”
Carstella was silent for a moment, her mouth pressed into a thin line.
“I don’t really believe in things happening for a reason, or a greater diety looking out for me.” She told them, “But when that power was cut, it reality dawned on me. I came to the conclusion that, that was not where I was supposed to die. There was something that I needed to do or find, and that’s why the power went out and I survived. So, I decided this was the second chance I was waiting for, to start over again.”
Fishlegs gagged a little next to Hiccup.
“Uh, Tuff.” Fishlegs questioned the blonde, “What is in there, it smells disgusting!”
“It’s three different types of boiled turnips, sweet onion, ginger, potato, and beets.” Carstella told him staring at Tuffnut.
“Four different types of turnips, actually.” Tuff told the brunette with a smile, “It smells better when the seasonings are added.”
“When did you learn to cook borscht?” Carstella asked the blonde.
“After I took you out to the Russian restaurant.” He replied as he started grating the preboiled vegetables.
“He stunk up the apartment for almost three weeks trying to perfect it.” Ruffnut told the red eyed girl, “He wanted to make it for you. But then. . . . everything happened.”
Carstella sunk into herself, feeling the guilt coming over her. She put them through so much, for no reason.
Stoik placed a reassuring hand on her shoulder.
“We’re glad you are alive, Carstella.” He told me, she looked up at him with eyes that held hope and fear at the same time, “And we’re even happier to have you with us again.”
She looked back down to her lap with a ghost of a smile playing on her lips.
“You sure you’re okay to do this Car?” Astrid asked as they stretched out on the beach.
“Better question.” Snotlout cut in, “Can you actually do this, and compete with the snot man!?”
Astrid rolled her eyes and turned her attention to the brunette.
Carstella nodded, “I’m used to cold waters, but I assume you do the same thing.”
“How can you surf in the cold?” Ruff asked as she adjusted the straps on her bikini, “You’d, like, die.”
“No, as long as you’re in a full body suit and don’t say submerged in the water for more than fifteen minutes there won’t be any permanent damage.”
“That why you’re wearing a wet suit?” Tuff joked next to her.
He and Snotlout were in swim trunk, Ruff and Astrid were in bikinis, and Carstella was in a wet suit. Hiccup and Fishlegs were reading further up on the sand, Hiccup couldn’t surf because of his leg, and Fishlegs didn’t like to surf.
Carstella shrugged and picked up her board before heading out into the water, the others followed closely behind.
They paddled out together and waited for the perfect wave.
Snotlout was trying in failed attempts to impress Astrid and Ruff. Tuff was staring at Carstella who had her mind elsewhere.
“What’s the matter, Stell?” Tuff finally asked.
The brunette turned to look at him.
“I was just wondering,” She started and then paused to look back at the others, “If this is what it feels like to be happy?”
Tuff laughed at her and nodded.
Carstella smiled back completely, her heart swelled. It was.
A large wave started to appear on the horizon.
“I think that’s a big one.” Carstella said to the others in the water.
“Race you guys there!” Snotlout yelled before taking off towards the wave.
Everyone raced after him and then hopped up on their boards.
Snotlout took the first cut through the wave, Astrid was close behind him, Ruff and Tuff went in at the same time and almost wiped out. Carstella laughed as she maneuvered her board to go up the wave. The others were out before the wave began to curl into itself.
Carstella rode the wave around in a circle, she then jetted out before the wave collapsed on itself. The after shock waves jostled Snotlout, Astird and Ruff and Tuff who were sitting on their boards so they were well balanced. Carstella was still standing up from coming out of the wave, she lost her balance and fell into the water.
Carstella sunk for a moment to allow the waves to die down a little bit before she started to move upwards. Not before she saw a mess of blonde hair swimming towards her fast. She smiled and grabbed his hand as they both made their way to the surface.
Both Carstella and Tuff swam forward to her board as it was the closest one.
“I could have gotten myself up, you know.” She told him. Tuff took a couple of deep breaths before he turned to look at her.
His eyes were a little sad and his face showed concern.
“I didn’t want to lose you again,” He told her and rubbed her cheek with his thumb, “Besides, you’re slower than you were before.”
Carstella smirked and shoved him lightly.
“You Two love birds done!?” Astrid called to them, “Another big one is coming.”
Tuff and Carstella were looking at one another and smiled. Tuff took off to his board and Carstella hauled herself up and started paddling forward.
Tuff held Carstella’s hand as they made their way towards Gobber’s restaurant. Their boards were on the roof of Astrid’s car which was still on the beach because she was working there at two.
They entered the store to see Gobber behind the counter, Stoik, Spitelout, and a man in a black suit sitting together at the counter.
“Could one of you turn the open sign to closed for me.” Gobber asked.
Fishlegs did it questionably.
“Mr. Reebly.” Carstella said softly.
“I see you’re doing well.” The man in the black suit said to her.
She nodded and hid a little bit behind Tuff.
“I’ll have the translations of those letters for you by tomorrow.”She told him.
“You don’t have to be so meek.” He assured her, “I’ve been speaking with you Uncles and they’ve suggested something to me that I think would be the best idea I’ve heard in regards to you in a while.”
Carstella’s gaze shifted from her uncles as she pressed herself to Tuff’s back.
Tuff squeezed her hand to let her know it was going to be okay.
“Your uncles and friends originally come from a small island in Alaska called Berk.” He told her, she nodded, “Berk is also the home to two of our most able agents. Your uncle Stoik had been thinking of moving back up there, and Spitelout has apparently grown tired of the amount of crime here in L.A. I was considering moving up there with them.”
“Dad, you wanna leave?” Hiccup asked.
“Aye.” Stoik said sadly, “I miss the snow, Hiccup. And these people here aren’t the kind I used to know, the old mayor there isn’t even able to continue on with his duties so he contacted me.”
“What about you dad?” Snotlout asked.
“I like the action, that isn’t a lie.” He told him, “But it’s taken its tole on me to the point it’s affected my health, Snotlout. Besides, this isn’t our home.”
“It’s almost always cold up there too.” Mr. Reebly told Carstella, “It will feel more like home to you also.”
“If I go.” She said softly, “I’ll be leaving all of them here.” She looked over he friends and then Gobber, and finally her boyfriend.
“I was planning on heading back up too.”Gobber told her, “There is a lot of room for you guys there too.”
“What do you mean?” Astrid asked.
“There is no longer an auto repair there because the young guy how came over from the main land quit because there wasn’t enough business for him. The high school there is in need of a couple more teachers, math, history, and art. The secretary in the city hall right under the mayor quit so she can get married and have a family. And we’ll probably need some new fire fighters or police there, wouldn’t you think, Spitelout?”
“What about Tuff?” Carstella questioned.
“It’s hard to say.” Stoik told them, “Alaska isn’t very prominent for fashion.”
“Is the abandoned house on the far side of the island still there or has it been torn down?” Tuff asked.
Stoik shook his head, “It’s still there, we are thinking of tearing it down if nothing is done with it.”
“I think I can turn it into my own store and tailor shop, what do you think? Wanna start it with me, Stell?” He asked.
Carstella gazed up at him in disbelief.
“You would be willing to leave?” She asked.
He nodded, “If I remember right, no one there was well dressed. I think I can fix it. But I can’t do it alone.”
Carstella embraced Tuff tight, encasing his midsection with her arms.
“You aren’t alone.” She told him.
Tuff placed his arms on her back and pulled her towards him.
“I guess we can all move back to Berk then.” Hiccup said looking at his father.
Stoik nodded, “I’ll make arrangements for you guys to start work, and for you two to rent to house.”
“Can we purchase it?” Carstella asked.
Stoik gave her a weird look.
“Tuff told me about that house.” She told him, “It’s three stories, right?”
Tuff nodded when she looked up at him.
“We can fix it up and make it all our own.” She said.
Stoik nodded, “Alright.” He told them, “Put in your two week notices, we’ll move by the end of the month.”
“But wait.” Astrid spoke up, “Berk isn’t that far away from the east coast of Russia.”
“The east coast isn’t that populated.” Carstella told her, “Most of the mafia there are positioned on the south west of the country where most of the population and warmth are.”
“We also have thought about it, Miss Hofferson.” Mr. Reebly told her, “There wont be any problem with the Jorgensons moving back home.”
They all looked at him weird.
“With your permission, Carstella.” Spitelout told her, “We will be taking care of the paperwork to change to say that you are my daughter and the younger sister of Snotlout. Your other information wont change.”
She nodded knowing they wouldn’t find her because she had already changed her information form the original.
“Permission given.” She told him, “You are the only family I have after all.”
“It’s set then.” Snotlout all but shouted, “We’re moving back home.”