Obscuring the Heart(Part 7)

I sang softly to myself an old viking war song as I scrubbed myself clean in a mountain lake. Shadowsplinter was along the edge of the lake keeping watch and enjoying the song I was singing.

I moved to grab my lavender soap again to scrub my hair out, while continuing to sing.

I paused only to dunk my head under the water and scrub my scalp with my fingers before pulling myself back up above the water’s surface and shook my head for the excess water and suds off. I pushed my dark hair back out of my face and turned to look at Shadowsplinter.

“What do you think I should do for Hiccup’s and my birthday, Splint?” I asked the large brown dragon on the edge of the lake.

Shadowsplinter just looked at me and gave me a shrug short of gesture.

I sighed thinking to myself as I clambered out of the water and to the awaiting fire Shadowspinter had prepared. As I dressed myself in summer cloths, consisting of black pants with leather straps along the thighs, a dark blue shirt without sleeves with a leather string holding the neck closed. I still had my leather arm bands going from the backs of my hands to my elbows but with little leather strings on my upper arms. My belt holding my ax and knife and my fur boots with leather straps on the ankles were still the same.

I pulled out my comb and started to pull it through my dark hair, which was far longer than I had thought it was.

“What should I do?” I asked just myself this time as I continued to comb my hair.

Hiccup’s and my birthday was coming up next week, and I wanted to do something extra special for him this year. Every year I would make Hiccup a special dinner and two cakes, one sweet one for him and an apple cake for me. But this year I wanted to do something special, I almost lost him twice this year and I wanted to make sure he knew how much I actually cared for him.

As I was pulling my hair back into a high pony tail to keep it out of my face, it dawned on me what I could do.

I picked up my winter cloths and threw them the sack I brought and swung it over my shoulder before picking up my ax to put it back in my belt.

“Come on, Shadow.” I said dumping a bucket of water on the fire, “We gotta get back to town.”

I hauled myself up onto the saddle. Shadowsplinter spread his wings and took off.

I carefully looked over the wears that were out on the boat for me to see, trying not to make it obvious what I was doing. Hiccup was just purchasing more ink.

After a few more minutes there was only me and Johan left on the ship.

“Why Sigrid! It’s so good to see you! I’m sorry I haven’t gotten to you earlier.” He said sincerely.

I looked him in the eye, “It’s okay.” I told him, “I wanted to wait to get you alone anyway.”

“What is it I can do for you?” He asked bowing to me.

I explained what I needed, Johan thought for a moment before going below deck and getting the exact item I wanted.

I got up early that day and snuck downstairs to prepare Hiccups favorite dinner. I only made it once a year because it actually took three days to prep before I could actually cook it.

After wrapping the main part of the dish up in a cloth and setting it down in the pot with some fresh water and herbs I set out to making oatmeal for breakfast. Shortly before it was done, Hiccup and dad both came grumbling out to the kitchen table and sat down.

“Happy Birthday, Hiccup.” I told the brunette with a soft smile as I set cups of water in front of the two men, “Morning dad.”

“Good morning to you too, Sigrid.” Dad greeted.

“You know, Sigrid, we don’t have to pretend it’s our birthday anymore.” Hiccup said scratching the back of his head.

I just stared at him like he was crazy, “What are you talking about, Hiccup?” I asked as I turned back to the pot that had breakfast in it, “We’ve always had our birthday together.”

“But we aren’t twins.” He argued.

“But we’re family.” I told him pouring oatmeal into bowls for them, “And as far as I’m concerned, as long as you don’t mind sharing your birthday with me, I don’t care.”

“I guess we’re stuck celebrating together then.” He told me as he dug into his breakfast.

“I should have told you sooner.” Dad said staring at his breakfast.

I shook my head, “You did what you could to protect Hiccup, the village and me, dad.” I assured him as I sat down with my own breakfast, “I’m sure if you told me earlier, before I was ready to hear it dad, I would have jeopardized everything for answers.”

There was a thick silence between the tree of us as we all stared into the soggy oats.

“But let’s not focus on this.” I suggested flashing them both a crooked, genuine smile, “It’s our birthday after all.”

“So…” Ruff and Tuff said in usion as the seven of us sat on a hill overlooking the village, our dragons either sleeping or playing around us.

“So..” I mimicked the two of them, encouraging them to move on.

“What are we celebrating today?” Ruff asked not sure how else to ask it.

“Yeah,” Tuff continued, “Under normal circumstances I would cheer for both of you, but, uh, our normal has kinda been turned on its head. Which let me assure you is much harder to do than you would think.”

“It’s my and Sigrid’s birthday today.” Hiccup answered for me, “We grew up as twins, so why not keep that. Besides, we don’t actually know when Sigrid was born, and it seems just a little redundant to change it now of all times.”

I nodded in agreement, “And Hiccup doesn’t mind sharing his birthday with me anyway, so everything works out.” I said shooting a smile at the brunette.

“Alright then,” Tuff said before jumping up with Ruff and dancing around us screaming ‘happy birthday!’ to the both of us.

Hiccup laughed as I smiled and layed back on the hill.

Even when things got turned upside down, inside out, backwards and then faces south, there were still these moments where nothing else mattered but what we had here with us.

I set the yak leg out to roast next to the fire and used the water it was soaking in to make the bread for the night. It was a fast rise bread, what would take the most time would be the baking, which would take about as much time as the yak to roast will.

I left the dough on the counter with a damp cloth over it to rise as I went outside to get Shadowsplinter and grab some more firewood before night came.

On the way back, I saw a black shadow go under Shadowsplinter’s wing.

“Hiccup, you know that’s dangerous.” I called down to the brunette underneath the massive wingspan of my dragon.

But it was true, getting caught directly underneath the wings of the flying timberjack could be lethal. Winds from the ground could carry up and stay underneath the wings allowing the dragon to glide. If a dragon got caught underneath their wings over, say the ocean, the air coming up and getting trapped underneath the timberjack wings and the air coming up from the ocean can cause the dragon’s wings to collapse and the dragon to crash or drown.

“What can I say?” Hiccup laughed as he and Toothless fell back behind us before speeding up and flying in sync with Shadowspinter and I, but a little higher up, “I learned from the master herself.”

I rolled my eyes at his comment, “Just cause I’m stupid and reckless doesn’t mean we both have to be.”

Hiccup laughed openly, “But it’s actually fun to do things you know might kill you.” He grinned at me, “Like constantly anger Dagur.”

I rolled my eyes at him again, “That’s not dangerous.” I told him and we both landed next to the house, “That’s just fun.”

Hiccup laughed again as he dismounted Toothless.

“Help me with this.” I said as I grabbed part of the sack of firewood.

He said nothing but smiled and grabbed the other side as we dragged it into the house.

“Delicious as usual.” Hiccup said with a satisfied sigh while patting his stomach as I cleared the table.

I smiled as I put the dishes in the sink.

“I guess its present time now, isn’t it?” Dad asked as we wiped his mouth with the back of his hand.

I shrugged, “Not unless you two want dessert now.”

“No.” They both said together.

“I’ll explode.” Hiccup moaned before laughing.

“Then I guess its present time.” I said before climbing the stairs to Hiccup’s and my room, with my brother just behind me.

I knelt down and reached under my bed to grab the box I had been hiding.

I stood up and looked at Hiccup who also had a box in his hands. We both smiled at each other before going back down stairs to the table. Dad was already sitting there with his gifts for us. There was a small box in front of Hiccup’s chair and something wrapped in cloth in front of my chair.

“Open mine first.” Dad encouraged.

Keeping our gifts for each other at our sides Hiccup and I simultaneously opened our gifts. As the last of the cloth fell, I saw completely what it was.

Dad had gotten Gobber, and apparently Fishlegs, to work on this. It was a gronkle iron bow with intricate designs along it, much like the one I had as a child. I ran my hands over the craftmanship.

“It’s beautiful.” Was all I could say looking at the light grey metal in my hands.

“I thought it would be a good replacement to the one you lost as a wee one.” Dad told me.

“Thanks dad.” I said with a smile on my face as I remembered the wooden bow I had growing up. I was probably the best shot out of everyone in the village, but I lost it at twelve when Dagur came for another visit. We got in a fight over target practice and he ended up breaking my bow saying I was cheating and there was no way I was better with a bow than he was with throwing knives. I ended up breaking one of his arms and dislocating the other, if his father hadn’t pulled me off and thrown me to my dad I would have killed him.

I looked up to see an unbelievably fine leather in Hiccup’s hands.

“That, I thought would make a nice tail for Toothless.” Dad explained to Hiccup.

“I think it’s perfect for his new tail.” Hiccup said with a smile on his face, “Thanks dad.”

Hiccup and I looked at each other and slid our gifts for each other across the table.

We both opened them together. I was looking down at a steel short hand syth on a long chain with a small weight on the other end. It was amazing.

“Wow.” I looked up to see the look on Hiccup’s face as he stared down at the small crystal figurine of an unknown dragon.

“Where did you get this?” Hiccup asked in awe not looking up.

“Johan.” I told him, “He said it was called a Bewilderbeast. It’s supposed to be the king of all dragons.”

“I love it.” He said in amazement.

” I think I should be saying that.” I said pulling out the chain syth, “The work you must have put into this.”

We both got up and we met in the middle for a hug.

“Can I try, please?” Tuff begged as I spun the chain syth around in the air above my head.

“Hey! I asked first!” Ruff yelled at her twin.

I brought the syth down on my target of wood efficiently slicing it in two.

The power that could be behind this thing at times was amazing.

“How rusty have you gotten?” Astrid challenged coming into the arena with a bow and quiver full of arrows herself as I was pulling in the chain.

“Not rusty enough to lose to you.” I growled.

She smirked looking at the targets on the other side of arena.

We both said nothing as we pulled an arrow out and set it in our bows, pulling the string back and lining them up.

We both let go at the same time. I was less than a half inch off of the dead center. Astrid not too far behind.

I glared at the arrow I had just let fly. I knew I could have gotten that bullseye easy. But I was off for some reason.

“But you are rusty.” Astrid smirked at me.

I turned my glare from the arrow to the bow in my hand, wondering if I was really that out of touch.

“You used to wear your hair down a lot more.” I heard Hiccup say behind me.

It dawned on me. Dagur cut my hair almost every time I saw him growing up, to the point I could never grow it long enough to braid or put in a pony tail. I was forced to wear it down all the time. Because of that whenever the wind blew my hair was always dancing in the wind around me, it let me feel all the wind’s directions and feel how to aim. My hair now reached just below my shoulder blades, because the last couple of visits we got from Dagur he insisted he was far too mature to do anything so childish anymore. But all of it was kept up and back, out of my face. There wasn’t a stray hair that escaped my hair tie, so I couldn’t feel it like I used to.

“How’s the new tail coming?” I asked Hiccup turning my attention from my bow to him.

All he did was smile and hold it up for me to see, “With lighter and more flexible boning.” He said.

“You gonna get to go faster?” I asked.

He nodded, “Gonna give it a test right now, you wanna join us?”

I shook my head, “There’s something I gotta do. But I’ll race you later.”

“I’ll see you later, then.” Hiccup smiled and went to saddle Toothless up.

I left the arena and headed back home.

I sat at my desk with a small mirror that had belonged to my mother sitting on the top of it. My hair was down, out of its tight pony tail, I was running my comb through my hair. Something I rarely did unless I had just had a bath.

I pulled a few small sections of my hair at the front and began to braid them. My hair was far too long now to be left down all the time, but I could leave a couple of braids down in the front.

I had five small braids framing my face, three on the right two on the left. I pulled the rest of my hair back into a pony tail. I was finally satisfied with my work and got up from my desk grabbing my new bow and a quiver of arrows before heading out again.

The braids on either side of my face danced lightly as I pulled the arrow back in my bow. I took this into account and let my body move on its own. I let the string go, and watched the arrow hit the target, smashing the acorn in half and splattering the nut all over the forest floor.

I ran over to the arrow that was now lodged into a tree quite a bit back in the woods.

“Is this what you were up to?”

I turned around to see Hiccup on Toothless landing not too far from me.

“Yeah.” I said pushing one of the braids behind my ear.

“I like it.” He told me, “And it gives you better aim.”

I smiled, “You wanna race now?”

“Yeah.” He said as I mounted Shadowsplinter, “But let’s not get under Shadowsplinter’s wings this time, Bud.”


Teddy Bear(A Hisagi Shuuhei Love Story Part 5)

I stretched out in the early afternoon sun as I made my way to the forest. It had been a couple of days so it took me a few minutes to find the spot I was looking for. When I did I knelt down and started searching the area for what I was looking for.

I turned over stones and looked through bushes, but I couldn’t find it.

“Shiai?” I heard from behind me.

I looked over my shoulder to see Iba and Ikkaku standing there staring at me.

“Hi.” I said as I moved from a crawling position to sit on my knees, “What’s up you guys?”

“I think we should be asking you that.” Ikkaku countered, “We were going to spar and enjoy a drink together.”

I nodded.

“What are you doing out here?” Iba asked.

“I’m looking for something I dropped.” I told them.

“What was it, maybe we can help you find it.” Iba offered.

I shook my head, “I don’t want to take away from your guys’ sparring.”

“Friends help each other out, Shiai.” Ikkaku told me, “You should know that.”

I let out a sigh in defeat.

“It’s a charm bracelet.” I relented, “It only has one charm on it, and it’s a crescent moon.”

“I think I saw Hisagi holding something like that the other day.” Iba said absent mindedly.

I nodded, “He said he lost it around here, and he wanted to know if I could maybe help him look for it if I had time.” I lied, “He seemed to be really adamant about finding it.”

“And you have time?” Ikkaku snorted.

“I finished the paperwork for the day.” I said with a smirk, “Made breakfast for everyone, got in a morning jog and a good training session with Oto-san, and still have time to help look for this before the day’s out.”

“Are you trying to say I’m lazy!” Ikkaku growled.

I opened my mouth to give him a smart ass comment, but Iba interrupted.

“We’ll keep and eye out for you if we come across it, Shiai.” Iba told me, “But I think we will get to our sparring.”

I nodded and waved them off to continue my search.

I sighed to myself for what seemed like the hundredth time that day. I was still searching around on the ground for the stupid chain and it was almost too dark to see my hand in front of my face.

I got up onto my knees and leaned back, cracking my sore back.

“There’s still a little bit of light, Shiai.” I said to myself, “You got a couple more minutes.”

And so I continued my search through the ever deepening darkness.

—no one’s pov.—

Runners were sent to every division to inform about the state of emergency. Over 100 Adjuchas Hollows had invaded the Soul Society.

Upon hearing the news, the grin on Zaraki Kenpachi’s face grew even more.

“Men!” He called to the shinigami around him, “Prepare yourselves, we’re about to have fun!”

The men under him all cheered.

Yumichika approached him and asked, “Shall I inform, Shiai-chan about this?”

“Of course!” Kenpachi laughed, “She’d be upset if we left her out of this.”

Yumichika then left the room and went down the halls to the 11th division barracks to Shiai’s room and knocked.

“Why are we all clustered here!?” Kenpachi demanded seeing all other 12 captains and their subordinates standing in the designated area.

“To assign the designated zones all squads shall cover during this invasion.” Kuchiki Byakuya informed his fellow captain, “As if a fool like you would ever understand strategy.”

“What was that-

Kenpachi was cut off by Yumichika running up to him screaming.

The second the raven haired man was in front of his captain he bent over huffing and puffing.

“What’s wrong, Yumichika?” Kenpachi asked grinning like a mad man, “Cat got your tongue?”

“Shiai?” Yumichika huffed out.

Kenpachi’s ears along with Yachiru and Ikkaku, perked up at the mention of the missing albino.

“I can’t find her.” Yumichika finished.

“What do you mean you can’t find her!” Kenpachi roared, gaining the attention of every other captain and squad members that was present.

“I checked her room, your room, the kitchen, the office, the archives, the training room, the bathroom. I ran all over the barracks, I can not find her any where, captain. I’m sorry.” Yumichika breathed out.

Kenpachi’s smile fell faster than anyone could have imagined, his dark eyes zeroed in on the lieutenant of the 9th division and pushed his way towards him.

Hisagi Shuuhei swallowed hard as the much taller man approached him.

“The last time I saw her, she said she was going to look for something you gave her that she dropped.” Kenpachi growled down to the lieutenant, “Where is she?”

Shuuhei swallowed again. He hadn’t seen the red eyed girl all day, but of course he couldn’t very tell that to her very pissed off father. His reiatsu was basically suffocating him. But what then? She was looking for something?

It finally dawned on the lieutenant where she was, and with the distant roars of the Adjuchas growing ever closer, he knew he had to get her.

“I know where she is.” He said before turning to his captain, “Muguruma-Tiacho!” Shuuhei then bowed, “I request you allow me to go and retrieve 4th seat Zaraki Shiai to bring her into battle.”

“Why should allow this request?” Kensei asked, crossing his arms and glaring down at his second lieutenant.

“Because Zaraki Shiai is out there because of me, and if she were to die because of that I would not be able to live with myself.” Shuuhei said confidently, “The task of a shinigami is to protect the world of the living and the Soul Society, but I also believe it is our duty to protect our comrades.”

Kensei closed his eyes a moment before nodding, allowing his lieutenant to leave.

“She better come back alive and in one piece.” Kenpachi threatened.

Shuuhei just smirked up at the 11th squad captain, “She takes after you.” He said, “I wouldn’t worry about that.”

Before Kenpachi could reply, Shuuhei had shunpoed away in search of his friend.

My hand closed around a small chain. I felt my face light up feeling the small crescent moon shape along the bracelet.

“I found you.” I said to myself, falling back onto my knees from the crawling and hunched over position, “Now all that’s left is to find, Shuuhei.”

I put the bracelet in my pocket and stood up, brushing the dust off and stretching out.

“Man it got really dark.” I said looking at the sky. My eyes then grew wide as a giant shadow formed above me. I managed to shunpo out of the way before the beast landed.

It was an Adjuchas Hollow. I wasted no time in unsheathing both of my Zanpakutōs and placing the tip of the blade of one against the bottom of the handle of the other and saying;

“Soyokaze, sing for Arekuruu Arashi!” (Gentle breeze sing for the raging storm)

The Zanpakutō that was in my right hand was now a chain that was wrapped around my forearm, and the one in my left hand was now a blood red fan with curved blades along the frill.

The Hollow turned my way as I opened the fan. I swung it from above my right shoulder down to my left side as I said, “Cry!”

The force of the wind created by the fan was enough to send the hollow back and stun it as I shunpoed right in front of it. The fan was now in my right hand, and I used it to enhance my punch, completely shattering its mask.

I landed on the ground as the hollow dispersed.


I turned hearing my name. I saw Shuuhei running up to me, a little winded.

“Hey.” I said as he got to me.

“We’re in a state of emergency.” Shuuhei got out between breaths, “Adjuchas Hollows have invaded the Soul Society. Over 100 from what we know. We need to get back to our squads, being out here by ourselves if almost assured suicide.”

“What about the villages around the Society?” I asked, more concerned for everyone out there than myself.

“In the middle of evacuation,” Shuuhei told me, he finally regained his breath, “But Zaraki-Tiacho flipped when he found out you were missing. What were you doing out here?”

I reached into my pocket and picked up the chain I had in there, showing it to him in my palm.

“I had to know.” I told him, staring into his dark eyes.

Shuuhei pressed his lips together, unable to say anything.

“You don’t have to say anything yet.” I told him putting the bracelet back in my pocket, “Let’s get out of here.”

Shuuhei nodded, and we both turned to leave when 4 Adjuchas Hollows fell from the sky, blocking us in.

“Shinigami!” One yelled, “My favorite treat!”

“Easy Prey.”

“I want the girl!”

“The boy looks strong!”

“Let’s hurry this up and move on! I want to eat more than one!”

I couldn’t help but let out a laugh at everything they were saying.

Shuuhei, who was behind me, looked over his shoulder at me like I was crazy.

Once the Hollows surrounded us we stood back to back to eliminate blind spots. My shikai was still activated, and Shuuhei had his Zanpakutō drawn.

“We’re gonna have to fight our way out, Shuuhei.” I laughed before licking my lips.

“You are the embodiment of squad 11, you know that?” Shuuhei told me, turning his attention back to the hollows in front of him.

“Yeah.” I admitted, “But you’re too uptight.”

“Would you please-

I cut Shuuhei off by jumping away from him, sending the chain of Arekuruu Arashi at the leg of the Hollow nearest me. I pulled the chain hard, knocking the Hollow off of its feet and onto the ground. I maneuvered myself with my fan, Soyokaze, readied to break the mask. Bullseye.

I giggled as the Hollow disappeared from the impact. But moved as a second hollow let their claws into the earth where I was standing. It was in shock having realized that I was no longer there. But it let out an ear piercing cry when I wrapped Arekuruu Arashi around their arm and pulled as hard as I could, removing its arm from its body.

I took this opportunity to look out of the corner of my eye at how Shuuhei was making out. His Zanpakutō was still in its sealed form, and he was breathing heavily and was still taking on the 2 Hollows.

I hurried and took out the one Hollow with a point blank wind blast, that caused its mask to shatter.

I channeled my reiatsu to my fan, I took aim and the Hollow on the left.

“Hadō #31. Shakkahō!”

The red fire blast went straight at the Hollow I was aiming for with just a flick of my wrist.

It took its attention away from Shuuhei, who saw what I was doing and turned his full attention to the other Hollow he was fighting.

“Bakudō #62. Hyapporankan!” I said sending the light blue rods at the Hollow. It surprised me by deflecting them easily, but that was what I was hoping for.

I used it as a distraction to get behind it. As I did I sealed my shikai, and got on the top of its head. I drove the Zanpakutō that was in my right hand down into the Hollow’s mask, killing it almost instantly.

I was done, breathing heavily, I looked over at Shuuhei, who was more out of breath than I was, he had just taken down that 1 Hollow.

I smiled as I made my way over to him, “That was fun!”

My smile faltered as I saw his death glare before completely slipping off my face.

“What?” I finally barked after he kept staring at me for a few minutes.

“Nothing.” Shuuhei said before turning to leave, “Let’s go.”

“Don’t give me that shit, Shuuhei!” I snarled as I grabbed on to his arm, pulling him and turning around to look at me.

“Fighting shouldn’t be fun!” He barked not looking at me, “It’s life or death, it’s-

“That’s not it.” I cut him off, “If that were it, it wouldn’t be nothing. Now tell me what’s actually going on.”

Shuuhei just stared down at me for a few minutes, his lips pressed in a thin line. His dark eyes boring into my red ones.

Before I knew what was happening, Shuuhei had grabbed onto one side of my uniform and pulled me up a bit to him smashing his mouth onto mine.

I felt my eyes go wider than anything and my face heat up. But his warm lips felt wonderful against my cool skin.

Shuuhei had pulled away slowly, a thin trail of saliva still connected us until we were standing in our original positions when it broke.

“Don’t put your life on the line for me, Shiai.” Shuuhei told me softly, placing his forehead against mine.

“I don’t want to lose you too.” He told me, not breaking eye contact, “Fighting isn’t a game. It’s to protect those close to you, and defend what you stand for.”

I smiled at him and ran my right hand through his messy black hair, “You need to lighten up.” I told him, “Life’s too short to take it too seriously.”

Before pulling him down into another kiss.

I pulled back after a minute and smiled up at him. He looked just as shocked as I was sure I did the first time.

“I’m not gonna die.” I told him softly, moving my hand from his hair to rub his cheek, “But fighting is fun. That’s how I see it.”

Shuuhei just looked away from me, I pecked his cheek and grabbed his left hand in my right.

“Come on.” I said tugging at his arm, “We have to find our squads. We don’t want to die out here.”

Obscuring The Heart Part 6

The wind was flowing fast through my hair as I plummeted to the sea below. The bright sun rays gave an odd contrast to the cold air I was rushing through. I was a few meters from the surface of the water when I turned over to my stomach and grab onto the wooden handles on either side of the back of the saddle Gobber had made for Shadowsplinter as he flew under me.

I let out a cry of glee as he went straight up towards the clouds again. I loved going straight up in ways like this. Hanging onto the leg guards or standing on them and feel like I’m the one flying.

We leveled out above the cloud line and I sat back in the seat properly.

“I love doing this.” I told Shadowsplinter.

He roared in agreement.

I giggled a little and patted his head in between his horns and said;

“Okay, Splint. I think we’ve had enough of a breather, let’s get back down so I can start making dinner for the boys.”

He roared again in compliance, he wasn’t happy about having to leave so soon, when the sun wasn’t even close to setting, but he complied.

We touched down and I stretched out before heading inside and starting dinner.

“Welcome back.” I said to Hiccup as he entered with Toothless at his heels.

He smiled at me as I threw the rest of the ingredients in the pot.

“Feeling up for an overnight training exercise?” he asked as he took a whiff of what was in the pot.

“What’s the criteria?” I asked as I threw in some spices.

“We have to get from one end of Dragon Island to the other at night, without our dragons.” He replied.

“That it?” I asked as I stirred the pot.

He nodded as he opened and closed his palm repeatedly, silently asking me for an early taste.

I looked at him sideways and tasted it quickly myself before throwing a few more spices in and tasting it again before I was finally satisfied. I then handed him the spoon and he tasted eagerly.

“Delicious.” He said as he moved the spoon away.

I smiled widely at his response.

“I’d be okay with it.” I told him as I took the spoon back and started stirring the pot again, “One weapon deal?”

He shrugged, “A lantern and whatever else you can carry.”

I nodded and grabbed some bowls as I heard the porch creaking under the familiar weight of my father.

We all touched down on the island and dismounted. I patted Shadowsplinter on the side of his head.

All of s had a lantern. I had my ax and a hunting knife on me.

“Who’s going to take the dragons to the cave?” Hiccup asked as he patted Toothless on his head.

“I’ll do it.” Fishlegs offered much too quickly.

“Fishlegs,” Astrid started, “The entire point of this exercise is to not rely on our dragons.”

“I’ll take ’em.” Tuff offered.

“Alright.” I said with a shrug.

Everyone else nodded in agreement.

“Alright.” Tuff exclaimed, “Now, where’s the cave again?”

Tuff laughed as he walked off saying he was joking, or was he.

With him they would never know.

“Alright,” I said waving off Shadowsplinter, “Let’s go.”

A short way into the forest I actually put out the lantern. It inhibited my night vision. I still carried it with me so not to leave a trail that I was there.

Usually I wouldn’t be this paranoid about dragon island, but it was too quiet for my liking. Dragons, whether they were awake or sleeping made noise. They snored, they growled, they yawned, roared. At least I would hear their wings flapping or feel the vibrations of there foot steps on the ground.

But there was nothing.

I proceeded carefully, making sure not to touch a twig or stone, and make sure I didn’t leave a footprint trail.

I saw a small amount of light coming up on my left. I squatted down and started to proceed towards it while remaining close to the ground. It was at this time I cursed myself silently. The chain mail that fell from my belt as armor over my skirt created a small amount of noise.

But it was covered by the familiar voice of my brother.

“Snotlout!” He called.

But he was almost instantly tackled to the ground by something.

Without thinking I flipped over the bushes in front of me shoulder checked the thing off of him as I readied my ax in my hand. It landed on the ground with a heavy thud. I raised my ax above my head ready to bring it down.


“Sigrid, don’t!”

Two voices called to me, causing me to snapped out of my rage.

I finally got a good look the thing that had tackled my brother.

“Dagur!” I shouted in accusation as the hand that held my ax fell from above my head to against my side.

“What in the name of Thor are you doing here?” I demanded as he quickly pulled himself up and backed away a little bit.

“The same thing as you two.” He said with a sinister smile, “Dragon hunting.”

Hiccup and I gave each other a sideways look.

“That is what you two are doing, right?” He asked getting uncomfortably close.

“Yeah.” I said shoving him back to give me some space, “Hiccup insisted, so I’m giving him some field training.”

“That’s so like you two.” Dagur said with a manacle cackle.

“So what about you?” I challenged, “I thought by now you’d be back on Berzerk taking care of your people.”

Dagur stopped laughing instantly and just glared at me.

“Why would I do that when there are so many dragons to hunt?” He asked approaching me slowly again.

“I remember you saying a long time ago, you’d be the best chief the Berzerkers ever had when you get the title,” I recollected, “That always starts with your people.”

“First way to take care of your own,” Dagur enlightened, “To make sure there is no threat for them.”

“All the way out here,” I said with a snarl, “The dragons on this island wouldn’t bother your people.”

“If I didn’t know any better, Sigrid.” Dagur started, “I’d say you didn’t like me.”

All I did was continue my scowl at him.

Dagur just smiled more at me.

“I said I was going to keep my ear out for rumors, did I not?”

“What’s your point?” I asked and crossed my arms

“I’ve heard there was a night fury spotted around here.” Dagur started, “I figured at one point or another I’d come across it if I keep killing its friends. And then I could take it down, and wear its head as a helmet!” He started to cackle.

Hiccup looked at me concerned, I shot him a reassuring look.

“Do you seriously think that you could take that dragon down?” I scoffed at Dagur.

He stopped instantly.

“What makes you think I can’t?”

“The fact you lost to me.” I said matter-o-factly, “And the fact you can’t be honest with yourself.”

He just glared at me for a moment before he opened his mouth in order to retort. Suddenly there was the roar of a very distinct dragon in the distance. Dagur’s mouth flew shut and he grabbed his cross bow.

“I could use you two if you wanted to join me in hunting this dragon.” Dagur offered politely.

“Sure.” I said without a moment of hesitation.

“Sigrid?” Hiccup asked, very concerned about what was going to happen.

“You need the tracking practice.” I told him over my shoulder, “So put out your lantern.”

Hiccup paused for a moment out of hesitation before doing what I asked of him.

“Should probably scout out the south-east first.” I said to the boys.

“Idiot!” Dagur called to me, “That roar was coming from the north.”

“The trees and mountains can make noises carry.” I told him, “We don’t know where it is, but the south seems to be the best place to start to me.”

“Your gut telling you to go there?” Hiccup asked stepping closer to me.

I nodded.

“Fine!” Dagur said in exasperation, “We’ll start in the south.”

“Shh.” I called back to Dagur and Hiccup before motioning for them to crouch down.

I peered through the bushes I was hiding behind. There was a small herd of nadders on the other side. I didn’t want to take any chances with Dagur with us. All I had to do was keep Hiccup and myself alive until dawn, then I could finally kill the idiot and we could leave.

I motioned for them to follow me as I ghosted along the edge of the clearing that the nadders were sleeping in.

“Sigrid!” Dagur whisper-yelled to me as were halfway around.

“What?” I mouthed.

“Why don’t we kill them?” He asked.

“We’re tracking moron.” I hissed in a hush tone, “There are easily ten nadders there, we startle them high chance we’re gonna die. And not only that but it’ll scare off the night fury you’re trying so desperately to find.”

He looked like he wanted to yell at me, but before he could I turned around and continued forward to lead them around.

I continued to sneak until I knew I was good enough distance away from the herd that our normal talking voices wouldn’t disturb them.

“You’re an idiot sometimes.” I growled to Dagur.

“And you’re a coward!” He all but yelled.

I threw my hand over his mouth and hissed, “Keep your damn voice down, we don’t know what’s around right now.”

He moved my hand from his mouth letting me know he’ll be quiet.

“I’m not a coward, stupid.” I told him, “Oden knows I’m one of the bravest. That being said, while I am more than willing to die in battle to get my ass in Valhalla I’m not going at the expense of brother’s life too. Besides that, running into that herd would just have been suicide. There’s a time for action and a time for thought. Now is the time for thought, once we find the night fury it will be action. Until then, you listen to me. These are my woods.”

“I thought you weren’t going to be the chief?” Dagur asked leaning into my face.

“I don’t want to be.” I hissed, “But at the end of the day, it’s our father’s decision, not mine. Now let’s move.”

I trudged on thinking it might be best for Hiccup to run to the other side of the island get help from the dragons and who ever else might be there while I stayed and held Dagur off.

I knew of Hiccup’s unease the second we ran into Dagur. It was now my job to do everything I could to stop this idiot from killing my brother’s dragon and waging war against the Hooligan tribe.

“There!” Dagur whispered pulling my and Hiccup down behind a near by rock.

“Isn’t it beautiful?” He asked pulling me towards him so I could see the dark creature glisten in the moonlight. It’s large wings were up in a half take off position, and it was letting out a throaty cry.

I shook my head looking at Toothless, he wasn’t in the cave with Tuffnut and the other dragons, that means all the others are most likely out and about too.

I had to come up with something and fast. Dagur was about to kill Toothless, and if Shadowsplinter heard the distress of any other dragon, especially Toothless, he would be there in a second, then Dagur would pick off my dragon.

I saw Dagur load an arrow into his cross bow. I did the only thing I could think of.

I opened my mouth and let out a Dragon distress call at the top of my lungs.

That gained Toothless’ attention to the rock we were hiding behind, and knocked Dagur off balance sending him to the ground as I essentially roared in his ear.

Toothless saw Dagur fall to the ground and Hiccup motioned for him to run. He did, one thing taken care of.

“What was that about?” Dagur stood up and screamed at me.

“It would have gone according to plan if you had kept your balance.” I growled back, “I was going to try to call him in by faking a distressed dragon and then, if you weren’t such a stupid, unskilled moron like you are you could have gotten him at a point black range and stared him in the eye as you shot! It’s not my fault you’re suck a wimp you can’t take a roar imitation.”

“I’m not a wimp!” He yelled at me seething in anger, “Maybe you should have said something first!”

“If I did the dragon would have run off!” I yelled back.

“No he wouldn’t have.”

“Yes, actually, Dagur. He would have.” Hiccup chimed in. Dagur and I tore our glares off each other to look at the brunette.

“What Sigrid did was intelligent.” Hiccup started, “The dragons on this island aren’t accustom to human voices, hearing one so close only would have scared it off the island. By faking as a distressed dragon it would have prompted the night fury to check it out. A dragon in distress will make it known by a large margin in order to maybe gain help.”

“Warning would have been nice.” Dagur hissed.

“Like I said, stop being a wimp.” I snarled.

“We’re going to want to get out of here.” Hiccup said, “Other dragons defiantly would have heard it, we don’t want to hang around.”

“Or do we?” Dagur asked himself looking at his cross bow.

“Herd of dragons you’ll take on by yourself, or night fury?” I asked crossing my arms.

“Fine.” He hissed and trudged forward in the direction Toothless took off in.

I grabbed Hiccup and whispered to him, “Go and find the others.” I told him, “Find them, find the dragons. You can ride Shadowsplinter for now. But you need to get somewhere safe. I promise I won’t let Dagur even touch Toothless with a ten foot pole, but I need you out of the way first.”

Hiccup nodded and took off in the direction of the cave, it was a start.

I took my ax out of my belt and strode towards Dagur. He was sneaking along trying to gain some idea of where Toothless went.

“This is long over due.” I said as I raised my ax above my head, both hands on the handle, I brought it down on Dagur’s head on, only to feel resistance. He blocked my attack with his cross bow.

“Are you really going to use this time to kill me?” He asked, the most deranged smile I had ever seen crossed his face.

“I should have a long time ago.” I growled and kicked him.

Dagur rolled and hopped up shooting the arrow at me, I turned my body dodging it easily. I went to charge him, he threw his cross bow to the side and pulled out throwing knives. I did a front flip to avoid the knife that was aimed at my knee.

I had never revealed my flexibility to him before. Needless to say he was stunned for a moment. That gave me enough time to get in close. He did react in time to slash my right hand, causing me to drop my ax. I did a back flip and kicked him in the face sending him back a few feet. I also used the time to pull out my hunting knife from my belt.

Dagur had one knife in his hand he threw it at me and I dodged. He went to throw more and more at me and I kept dodging. I got scraped on my right thigh, my left side, my stomach, my left upper arm, and my right cheek.

But now, he was out of knives. I would say this was good, but I had lost my hunting knife a bit ago too.

Now it was a hand on hand kind of fight, where one wrong move would kill you.

I went to punch him in the nose, he dodged and grabbed my arm turning me around so my back was to his chest.

“Does Stoik detest me this much?” He teased in my ear.

“Dad only doesn’t like you because you’ve tried to kill his kids one too many times.” I told him, “I hate you.”

Before he could say anything, I used him holding onto my arms as my advantage. I swung my body up, bringing myself up and around and crashing my left knee onto the back of his head.

He let go and stumbled forward in pain. I used this too, I charged forward and sent my right knee into his back.

He turned around way to fast for me to react and reached out and grabbed my knee. I was screwed. He had broken my right knee before, there was nothing to stop him from doing it again. I had no plan, no one to back me up, no one to run for help, and very little I could do to get him to let go or do after he broke my knee.

“Stormfly, spine shot!” I head to my right.

Dagur let got of me instantly, jumping back a few feet. I almost fell over as that razor sharp spine went whizzing past me from the sudden release of my knee.

I looked up and saw Hiccup and Toothless, Ruff and Tuff on Barf and Belch, Snotlout on Hookfang, Fishlegs on Meatlug and Shadowsplinter.

“Sigrid, come on!” Astrid yelled at me. She was flying closer to the ground on my right, while everyone else was on my left. Stormfly’s tail spikes were all out, like a ladder.

I ran and jumped up, grabbing hold of the spikes. She and Stormfly then flew over to Shadow and hovered above the saddle for me. I let go and dropped on the saddle perfectly.

“Thanks.” I called to the blonde, “I owe you one.”

“What is this!?” Dagur demanded, “You two choose dragons over me!”

“These dragons actually have our backs.” I yelled down to the red head.

“And have saved our lives.” Hiccup yelled down too.

“What have you done for us?” Ruff yelled down to him.

“You will not live to regret this.” Dagur threatened.

“Dagur, from where I sit you’re just an insane idiot with a cross bow and an armada.” I told me, “We have dragons, we’ll always have dragons.”

“And we aren’t afraid to use them if you want to come play either.” Hiccup taunted.

Dagur let out a yell in frustration as we all turned and started the flight back to Berk as the sun was just coming up.

“You’re getting better at taunting the enemy.” I commented to Hiccup, “Ruff and Tuff must be rubbing off.”

Hiccup laughed.

As the time passed I found myself flying next to Astrid. I couldn’t really find what to say.

“Thanks, Sigird.” Astrid said not looking at me, “Hiccup told us what you were doing. If it wasn’t for you and all of your quick thinking, we may not have our dragons right now.”

I half smiled, “I thought I was supposed to be thanking you.” I said looking at her, the blonde turned and looked at me, “If it wasn’t for your quick thinking with the spin shot, Dagur would have broken my knee. And I wouldn’t have been able to move, let alone mount Shadowsplinter. And There was no room anywhere for Shadow there to land, and we’d have been way too slow on take off there to actually leave. You and Stormfly got me out of a predicament. So, I owe you. Both of you.”

Astrid looked down to the sea and smiled to herself.

“Helhiem just froze over!” Snotlout yelled flaying behind us, “Astrid and Sigrid are actually getting along and smiling at one another! What’s going on?”

I rolled my eyes and looked down at Shadowsplinter. He looked up at me and we both nodded, taking off towards home as fast as his wings could carry us.