Family Feud(Part 20)

Makino placed a bandage on Kidd’s arm where Law had drawn blood moments before as the said raven haired man was drawing from my left arm.

“Well this is a turn around.” Yasopp said breaking the silence.

“How do you figure?” I asked putting the bandage on myself.

“I think we all remember Nessa, but I didn’t think their relationship was at that point.”

“You knew my mom?” Kidd asked, turning his attention to the blonde man.

“We all did.” Benn told him, “She was a good girl, she just came from the wrong side of town. We all thought she and Shanks had a brother sister relationship, rather than a romantic one. But you definitely look like her, Eustass, but you unfortunately got the butt end of your father’s genetics.”

Kidd just rolled his eyes and looked back at the floor.

“The results will be a couple of hours.” Law said as he labeled my tube and grabbed Kidd’s from the table, “We’ll know for sure after that.”

I nodded.

“Wait,” Lucky started as Law was about to leave, “Their only half siblings so how would the DNA test work.”

“All eggs that are fertilized contain the mother’s genes and 1 X chromosome, the sperm that fertilizes the egg either possesses an X or a Y chromosome along with the father’s genes. If I can match Kidd’s Y and one of Ceerie’s X chromosomes as a similar hereditary compound, it means they’re siblings. If I cannot, they aren’t. Simple as that.”

“Oh.” Was all Lucky said as Law left the room.

“Why would you wait all this time to come clean if you were Shank’s son?” Benn then accused.

Kidd didn’t look up and he didn’t say anything either.

“Say something.” Benn growled.

“If he doesn’t want to say his reasoning, he doesn’t have to.” I told Benn, forcing the man to back off, “He already took a huge risk coming here, so if he isn’t and we turn him away, the Sweet Family will more than likely kill him upon his return.”

“And if they don’t?” Killer questioned.

“He was sent here by the head to try to infiltraight our ranks, and if he isn’t killed by them we’ll have to kill him ourselv-”

“Do you not think I already know that!?” Kidd growled at me, his yellow eyes shot from the floor to my blue orbs, glaring harshly into them, “I know what you’re planning to do, Ceerie. I know you were the one who killed Kaido and Urouge, I know it was you who ordered the death of Oflux. I know you have just as much blood on your hands as I do. And I know things aren’t just going to settle down now, especially not now. I never had any loyalties to the Sweet Family, and I’m not about to give my life to those idiots while fighting a losing battle. I’ve witnessed first hand how persuasive and manipulative you can be. I didn’t think a war like this would occur until much later on, maybe not even in our lifetimes. But I know you have every trick you could possibly need to rule this town. Despite my distaste for you Ceerie, I have nothing but respect for you. Let me fight with you.”

I stared into his yellow eyes, he was determined.

Everyone else in the room was staring at him, wondering if I was going to give an order to kill him or not.

“Regardless of what that test says,” I started, “If you deal straight with me, you can stand beside me.”

His eyes went wide as he fully registered what I had just told him, the room was completely silent.

“You try to pull one over on me, however,” I added, “I will have you killed.”

Kidd nodded, “Thank you.” He said and bowed his head. That was the first time I had ever heard Kidd say something like that to anyone.

“Is there anything else you can tell us about the Sweet family?” Benn asked Kidd.

The red head was sitting in front of a microphone and recorder den-den.

“Not that I can recall at the moment.” Kidd said closing his eyes, “If there is I will tell you.”

Benn nodded and turned off the recorder.

We had just spent the past few hours interrogating Kidd. He was answering to the best of his abilities. Being the second in command he knew a lot, yet Big Mama didn’t trust him for shit and, there for, didn’t share a whole lot of the nitty gritty.

A few moments later the door opened and Law strolled in with several papers in his hands. He walked over to me and dropped them on the table before me.

“congratulations, Ceerie.” Law said with a slight smirk, “You have a brother.”

I skimmed through the papers, several chromosomes matched. I nodded as I placed them down again. I knotted my fingers together as I placed my elbows on the table and looked right at Kidd.

“You aren’t going back,” I told him, “You will be killed. You’ll stay here, with me. Lucky will eventually find you a position in the muscle division. That will not occur until after the Sweet and Black Families are taken care of. Until then you will advise me.”

Kidd nodded, “Just promise me one thing.”

I lowered my hands onto the table, encouraging him to continue.

“Don’t hurt Bonney.” He said, “I know you two haven’t had the best history, but she’s been going through hell no one deserves from Blackbeard and Big Mama. And nothing’s gotten better for her since she’s gotten pregnant either. If it can be avoided, I know she wants out too, but we haven’t exactly been able to speak openly about.”

I nodded, “If she’s willing to leave her title peacefully, I will assure you she will be safe. If not, I can’t promise anything.”

Kidd nodded, “I understand.”

“Benn told me I could find you in here.” Law said from behind me as he came into the archives.

“What do you need?” I asked looking through the books again.

“As your second in command I think it’s my duty to tell you that people have begun asking questions as to why you aren’t sending out invitations to your engagement party or at the very least am looking for a partner openly.” He said as he approached me on the ladder.

“You know exactly why, Trafalgar.” I told him not looking down from my search.

“I know why, and you know why.” He told me as he leaned against the bookshelf and stared up at me, “But they don’t.”

“For those who are that curious, tell them to fuck off. My relationship status is non of their concern.” I ordered, “And if that doesn’t satisfy their curiosity, tell them it’s because I don’t want a nosy partner.”

“Will do, boss.” He told me, “Now tell me the truth, who are you going to take as your husband?”

“Why do you wanna know?” I questioned looking down at the raven haired man.

“Call it a hunch.” He smirked.

“Who do you think I’m going to take as my husband?” I countered looking back at the shelf.

“A certain blonde we both know rather well.” He mused.

“Naw,” I said with a shrug, “Hawkins really isn’t my type.”

“I wasn’t talking about Hawkins.” Law mused even more.

“Killer?” I then asked looking back down at him.

“Yeah.” He said, “And don’t try to deny it either.”

“I just wanna know how you know?” I told him climbing down the ladder some to be at eye level with him.

He smirked before replying, “You two haven’t acted the same since the party. It’s easy to see after knowing you two for so long.”

“I know you can keep secret, so you mind keeping that under wraps? We can’t have anyone knowing what strings to pull.”

“You gonna marry him when the time comes?” He asked, nothing but sincerity in his eyes and voice.

I nodded, “Once I’m done with Big Mama and Blackbeard, then this city will be free to do as it pleases. Even you can marry the girl you want, Law.”

Law nodded, “Secret’s safe with me.”

“Thank you.”

“So what are you doing in here anyway?” He asked, pushing off the shelf.

“I’m trying to look into the Riku blood line and history.” I told him.

“Who?” Law asked, looking at me like I was insane.

“The family ruled over Dressrosa before Doflamingo came to power. It said that the king went crazy and slaughtered many of his towns people. Doflamingo appeared and saved the city.”

“So what’s the problem?”

“I remember Daddy saying that The Riku family were kind and fair. It doesn’t make sense that he would do that.” I told him, “And more importantly, Doflamingo isn’t a good person.”

“You don’t have to tell me about that.” He muttered.

“That reminds me.” I said more to myself than to Law, “You knew him before coming here and working under us, didn’t you?”

Law stiffened, but nodded curtly.

“What kind of history do you two have?” I asked.

Law’s grey eyes pierced the floor with hatred.

“That bad, huh?” I commented.

He nodded.

“Okay,” I said before letting out a light sigh, “You don’t gotta tell me. I get it cuts deep for you.” I began climbing up the ladder again.

“It isn’t like you too not push.” Law commented after a moment.

“We all have scars.” I told him looking over books, “The question is how much have they healed, and what additional medicine is needed. Nothing more, nothing less.”

“You were raped by, Oflux.” Law said after a few minutes of silence.

My hands gripped the ladder tightly at his name. My lips pressed into a thin line hearing the additional word.

I swallowed the lump in my throat.

“Raped, beaten, sodomized, tortured, humiliated, violated.” I blinked back tears trying not to remember it, I took a deep breath before glancing down at him, “Yeah.” I blinked again and again as I held back the tears and went back to looking for the records.

“I lost my biological family to an epidemic that erupted in my home town.” Law started softly, “I seemed to be immune. But the government wouldn’t accept it, they sought out to destroy every remaining infected thing. I only escaped by hiding in a cart of dead bodies that were being wheeled out to be burned. I went to Doflamingo’s family in search of vengeance against the government. Met this guy that became a father, or older brother figure. Doflamingo killed him in cold blood after he found out I sold information to the government that could get him killed. My brother held him off as I fled.” Law paused, gathering strength. These memories hurt him as much as mine did, “That’s when Benn found me.”

I nodded, “You’ve been through hell.”

“You’ve been through all nine circles.” He countered.

I shook my head, “Not quite.” I looked down at him, “Your secret’s safe with me.”

Law nodded, “As is yours.”



Family Feud(Part 19)

“What are you doing?” Benn asked me.

“Reading.” I told him, not looking up from my book.

“Clearly.” He stated, unamused, “What are you doing up there?”

“Looking for something.” I said taking the book in my hand and putting it on the step behind me before I opened the book underneath it.

Benn sighed, “What are you looking for, at 7 am., in the Archives, that is so important?”

“That book on Dressrosa’s history.” I said slowly standing up on the step-ladder and turning around to pick up all the books and put them away. Non of them were what I was looking for.

“Why are you looking for that old thing?” Benn asked alarmed.

“Call it a hunch.” I replied, “But there’s always been something off about Doflamingo to me. Maybe his city’s history will explain it.”

“And you choose now to look for it?” Benn growled.

I nodded, “I’m supposed to be taking it easy, remember.”

“Yeah, and there’s been a head meeting called in the center of town tomorrow because of Kaido and Urouge’s sudden deaths.

“Good.” I said pushing the ladder over more to see the new section, “I want them to know I’m alive.”

“Ceerie, we have to think about this-”

“I have been, Benn.” I barked at him, turning around on the ladder to look at him, “And I know this is not at all how Daddy would play this. But he’s also the kind who isn’t going to go around stepping on people’s toes if he doesn’t have to. And I’m not going to just sit around and let the same scum who killed him run the world! Now either shut up and help me find that book or get out.”

I turned back to the shelves in front of me and continued to look.

“3rd shelf down, 6th book to your right.” Benn said calmly behind me.

I took myself down one step on the ladder carefully and ran my right pointer finger along the self until I came to it.

“Thanks.” I said taking it off the shelves.

“Ceerie.” Benn said softly approaching the ladder as I turned and sat down again, “Maybe its time you stop thinking about your father would do.”

I looked at him unsure about what he was meaning. The confusion was clearly written on my face given that he reworded what he had previously said.

“Do what you think is best, without wondering if what you are doing is good enough to live up to your father or not.” He told me with a rare, gentle smile, “He’s proud of you. And we will follow you, not because of our blind loyalty to him, but because we know you’ll do the right thing no matter what.”

I said nothing as I stared down at the cover of the history book in my lap. It hit home, and it hit hard.

Benn said nothing else, he reached out and gave my shoulder a reassuring squeeze before turning and leaving me alone in the Archives.

I fixed my bangs over the bandage above my right eye, I didn’t want the others to know I bled.

“Ceerie.” Law called to me holding my hat, “We’re gonna be late.”

I blew a quick raspberry at my reflection before turning and taking my hat from Law and walking towards the door as he handed me my coat.

Benn, Lucky, Killer and several other large men from the muscle section were there also.

“Isn’t this a little over kill?” I asked, seeing the 8 men who were going to escort me.

“After what just happened?” Lucky scoffed, “You’ll be lucky to leave this house without 2 armed guards.

I huffed, but said nothing as we left.

Law opened the door to the lobby where all the underlings sat waiting for the meeting to adjourn. All eyes were on us as we strolled through the lobby to the big doors leading to the meeting room.

Those doors were opened too, Benn and I stepped forward into the room as the doors closed behind us. Benn took my jacket and I adjusted my hat before sitting down.

“I hope we aren’t late.” I said politely to Dragon as I took my seat and Benn stood behind my chair.

“We were just getting started.” Dragon stated.

Blackbeard and Big Mam, along with Bonney were all staring at me in shock.

“You all seem surprised to see me.” I said looking around the table, even Dragon looked unnerved.

“I was under the impression there were currently 2 Bosses that had untimely perished.” Dragon told me.

“Well I don’t know who your sources are but I can assure you I am very much alive.” I told him, “But it was tragic what happened to the West family.”

I saw Blackbeard visibly swallow at my lack of emotion, Bonney was sweating, and Big Mam, well, she was grinding her teeth.

And so, for the next 40 minutes we sat there, listening to Dragon rant about the West family and have him divide up the territory, that once belonged to Kaido, amoung the three of us as the second in command was nowhere to be seen to claim it for themselves. After all that had occurred, we were allowed to leave.

We all exited at the same time. As Benn gave me my jacket I didn’t fail to notice Kidd and Killer come back into the lobby from the attached bathroom at the same time.

The circle was quickly formed around me as we prepared to leave.

“Killer.” Lucky barked at the blonde calling him over.

He said nothing as he rushed over and assumed position. We left, as I made a mental note to ask him about it later. We were just starting down the stairs when I felt dizzy and lost my footing.

Killer caught me instantly.

“Are you alright?” He asked as he set me carefully back onto my feet but didn’t let go of me.

“Yeah,” I said, shaking my head in an attempt to straighten things out, “Just got a little light headed was all.”

“Let’s get you home then.” Law said snaking an arm around my waist and bringing me close to his side as he helped me walk down the rest of the stairs.

“Excuse me?” I asked with my mouth full, gawking at Killer and what he had just said.

“I know you have every right to say no,” He started as I continued to chew again, “But he said it was really important. Even 5 minutes, Ceerie. Not for him, but me. Please.”

I swallowed before replying, “You know what he wants to talk to me about, but you aren’t saying. Why is that?”

“You would not believe me without evidence.”

“And how do you know what he told you was true?”

“I don’t 100%.” Killer admitted, “But he’s my friend, despite the opposing sides. He’ll have evidence, he’ll tell you and he’ll explain it all. Ceerie, I know Kidd. And he would not come to me, asking for my help about this, especially to talk to you, unless he were dead serious. 5 minutes of your day, that’s all I’m asking.”

I stared at him for a good few minutes, “This is for you, not him. He has to be here by 8:30, or I will send him away with a bullet in his brain.”

“Understood.” Killer replied, I could feel the smile on his face under his mask, “Thank you!”

I stood in front of the window in the office looking out.

“She’s in here.” I heard Killer say as he opened the door.

My peripherals showed that it was Kidd and Killer.The red head entered the room before the blonde, who went to close the door.

“You may wait outside, Killer.” I spoke still facing the window.

“Ceerie?” He asked, unsure if he had heard me correctly or not.

“Eustass wished to speak to me.” I told him, “And to me he will speak.”

Killer paused for a moment before opening the door again.

“Yes, Ma’am.” He said before leaving and closing the door.

I finally turned and looked into the piercing, yellow eyes of Eustass Kidd.

“Sit.” I said motioning to the chair closest to him on the other side of the table.

Kidd awkwardly did as I ordered and sat down. I sat across from him at the round table and crossed my legs.

“What may I do for you?” I all but snarled.

Kidd said nothing as he reached into the pocket of his jeans and pulled out an envelope and tossed it across the table at me.

I open the envelope and read the letter it contained.

I understand it has been a long time. Especially since you just became a very powerful man, I would be surprised if you even remembered me. I’m not writing to you about our past sex life, it’s a little more serious than that and I hope you’ll understand. I left you all those years ago because I was afraid. To tell you the truth, I was pregnant. A couple of years ago I had a son. Believe me when I tell you, he’s yours. You were the only man I was with. I’m not asking you for compensation because of it, what I am asking is you be in his life. I’m unfortunately ill, I don’t think I’ll make it much further in this life. I know this and I understand this, please don’t feel it’s your fault I’m going through this. This was going to happen to me eventually. Just be there for him, don’t cast him aside. I know you have your own life now, but this is my final request.
With love, Nessa

I looked over the page at the red head in front of me. He found something incredibly interesting about the table in front of him.

I then placed the letter on the table and picked up the second piece of paper that was in the envelope. It was a DNA test, confirming that Kidd was indeed my father’s son.

I guess she died before she could send this. But why-

“Why didn’t you come to my father with this before?” I asked, unable to understand.

“I would have.” He said not looking up from the table, “But he was already so happy with you.”

I instantaneously felt horrible at that. I had the ability to enjoy my father and his company, but Kidd had suffered with this secret for this long.

“So what do you wanna do?” I asked.

Kidd’s head shot up and he stared at me like I was crazy.

“You’re my brother.” I told him.

“Half.” He snarled.

“We’re still related.” I snapped, “So what do we wanna do?”

“Why do you even care, Ceerie?” Kidd snarled at me, “Relations don’t mean shit!”

“But you held on to this.” I said motioning to the paper on the table, “Half or not, your my brother. This position should be yours, technically. Dad would have accepted and loved you just the same as he did me. What really made you not?”

Kidd said nothing as he looked away.

“Kidd.” I snapped.

“I got in trouble along the way of trying to find him, okay!” Kidd finally caved, “My options were either join the sweet family as the second in command or. . .”

He trailed off, but I got the idea.

I sighed as I leaned back in my chair and crossed my arms.

“Two options.” I told the red head across from me, he looked up at me in question, “You can go back to the Sweet Family. Or, you can join me.”

All Kidd did was stare at me like I was crazy.

“I’ve essentially started a war with the other three families in this city, Kidd.” I told him, “It’s either going to end in my death, or my rule. If you stand opposed to me, you could be collateral damage. Like it or not, Kidd, you’re family. And while I don’t want to kill you, if I have no other choice I will.”

Kidd still said nothing as he stared at me. I allowed this to occur until he found his voice again.

“After everything I’ve done and said to you?”

I shrugged. Ace, Luffy and Sabo had all fought with me, cursed me out, injured me before. Looking at it like that, Kidd had acted as another brother to me for as long as I’ve known him.

“How can I repay you?” Kidd asked staring at the ground.

“Tell me everything you know about the Sweet Family, their connections, and what you’ve been allowed to know about Black Family.” I told him.

“Is that is?” he questioned straightening up, thinking there was going to be some kind of trick.

“And allow Law to take a blood sample to compare to mine.” I told him, his face dropped a little.

“You don’t trust me.” He said.

“It’s not that.” I told him, “These things are easy to fake. I want to be thorough.”

Kidd just nodded, “Okay.”

Obscuring The Heart(Part 8)

“Hiccup!” I cried to my brother as I grabbed him and pulled him behind a near by wagon full of straw.

“Sigrid, what is it-”

I threw my hand over his mouth and hushed him before peering around the corner to see a large, black reptile with piercing green eyes staring at me. I threw myself back against the cart.

“That’s a night fury.” I whispered to my brother.

He moved my hand from his mouth and said in a normal speaking voice.

“Yeah, you know Toothless.”

I shushed him again.

“The village is in danger, Hiccup.” I whispered again.

“What are you talking a-”

I pulled him close to me and put my hand over his mouth again.

“Shush.” I whispered again, “Do you wanna die? I don’t even have a weapon to defend us. And that night fury is walking around the village like he owns the place. We gotta get to Gobber.”

“What about dad?” He then whispered to me.

“I got up this morning and he wouldn’t let me have my weapons. Saying I wasn’t in my right enough min-”

I cut myself off, looking across the plaza to see Ruffnut and Tuffnut walking casually and talking while a giant green reptile with red spots followed them; stalking them.

“Stay here.” I whispered to Hiccup, who didn’t say anything. I peered around the corner to see the large dragon had lost interest for the moment and was sniffing around at the ground. I used it as an oppertunity to sprint across the plaza silently, and tacked both the twins out of the line of fire from the zipple back.

“Stay down.” I whispered to the two of them.

“Why?” Tuff asked me adjusting his helmet.

“Yeah, why?” Ruff asked with an equally loud voice.

“Shh!” I told them, pulling them under a wagon as I saw the dragon round the corner.

“You two should be careful, there’s dragon’s walking around the village like they own the place right now. And dad’s being stupid again and not letting me have my ax.”

“Uh, Si.” Tuff started.

“You do remember that we ride dragons, right?” Ruff asked.

“Yeah,” Tuff added, “Your own brother, Hiccup, even trained them.”

“You two are being ridiculous.” I snarled as I saw the night fury from before move closer to the wagon where Hiccup still sat. Only instead of being alone, he was looking up at one Astrid Hofferson and one Fishlegs Ingerman talking to them.

“Dragons and vikings living together. Impossible.” I stared in horror as Hiccup stood up as the night fury made its way over to them, “They’re going to get him killed.”

I hurriedly crawled out from under the wagon and grabbed a broom from the side of a house and ran over to save him. Or that was my intention before my face hit the dirt of the plaza floor.

“What are you two doing!?” I screamed at the twins as they pinned me down, “Hiccup’s gonna get killed!”

“Has she finally lost her marbles?” Astrid asked as the three of them and the dragon approached us.

“Shut up Hofferson!” I snarled, trying desperately trying to get the twins off, “I hope that zipple back burns you!”

“Do you want to tell me what’s going on with you, Sigird?” Hiccup asked.

“I’m trying to save your life.” I told him.

“I think she’s got eel pox again.” Ruff said.

“That would explain her lack of realization about the dragons.” Tuff added.

“That’s why dad took your weapons.” Hiccup sighed, “Sigrid you’d be a danger to everyone with them.”

“I would not!” I told him, “Dragons shouldn’t be here!”

“Dragons and vikings now live together in harmony.” Hiccup told me kneeling in front of me, “Why don’t you take all that energy and put it into something useful?”

“Useful?” I asked, “What would that be?”

“I don’t know, what would we do as kids together?” He asked.

“Make a fort!” I yelled and managed to throw the twins off as I threw my arms up in glee.

Hiccup laughed openly at me.

“Yeah, how about you go home and make a fort in our room.” Hiccup told me, “I gotta go do something for dad, but I’ll be back later and we can play in the fort together. Okay?”

I nodded furiously, mind filled ideas to make the best fort in Berk. I then lunged forward ¬†and wrapped my arms around Hiccup’s neck, hugging him tightly. Hiccup sighed and returned the hug. After a moment, he said something.

“Si, I gotta go.”

“You have to promise me, we’ll play together when you get back first.” I giggled.

Hiccup sighed, “I promise.”

“Okay.” I said and instantly released him, “Hurry back.” I then jumped up and skipped my way back home.

I threw open the door and b-lined for the closet where we kept the spare blankets.

“Why are you home?” I looked over to see dad standing there with Gobber.

I smiled, “Hiccup said I should do something productive today because I’m full of energy. So I’m going to make a blanket fort in our room and when he gets back from an errand you sent him on we’re gonna play in it together.”

“You aren’t mad I took away your weapons this morning?” He asked as I inspected a spear leaning against the wall.

“No.” I said as I gathered the spear up with some of the blankets, “I’m going to make a fort!” I then giggled and bounded up stairs, eager to get started, “By the way dad, do you know if we have any rope?”

“Under the stairs.” He yelled up at me, “Sigrid, I’m going out. There’s a village issue I need to attend to. I’ll be at the great hall if you need anything.”

I poked my head downstairs to see the two men starting to leave.

“Is it serious?” I asked, causing them to pause, “Do you need my help?”

Dad and Gobber exchanged looks for a second before he replied, “Oh no, it’s just a little diplomatic dispute. You have no need to worry about it, Sigrid. Why don’t you go work on that fort of yours.”

“Okay.” I giggled and turned to start work.

Moving around our beds, desks and other miscellaneous furniture we had in our room I got the basic idea of the fort layed out. I then ran down stairs and grabbed all the rope, blankets and pillows I could find. Once all of that was up there I began working tirelessly to assemble the best fort I could possibly make.

“Sigrid?” I heard the familiar voice of my brother enter the house.

“Up here!” I yelled down to him. I heard him start up the stairs and stop a couple of steps from the top.

“Wow.” was all he said as he gazed in awe at what I had accomplished.

“Pretty nice, huh?” I said as I crawled half way out of the door way I had made to get in and out.

“You used the entire room!” He exclaimed.

I grinned and nodded, “I even included our furniture. But don’t worry, your desk is still usable. I made sure of that.”

“How, when, uh, what?” Hiccup struggled for words.

“Wanna come inside?” I asked hopeful.

“Uh, sure, why not?” He said and moved towards the entrance. I backed up, all the way in, making sure he had enough room.

“Wow.” He said again once he sat down and looked around a little.

It was a master piece. Rope was the center beam holding up most of the blankets that cascaded down and were neatly tucked behind boxes, our beds, chairs and desks. In the center was a spear, it kept the ceiling up and made it feel roomy. There was one single candle next to the spear that illuminated the entire room.

“Can’t believe you did that in the time I was gone.” Hiccup said.

I grinned, “I’m glad you like it.”

“I’ll like it a lot better once you take this.”

I opened my eyes and looked to see Hiccup holding out a bowl with a greenish coloured liquid in it.

“What is it?” I asked as I took the bowl and inspected it.

“Just drink it,” Hiccup told me, “It’ll help you feel better.”

I shrugged and chugged the thick liquid without a second thought. I put the bowl down on the ground and wiped my mouth.

“Well?” Hiccup asked after a moment.

I turned and pulled a shallow box over and in between us.

“You promised me we would play together in here once you got back.” I told him.

“Sigrid, you aren’t feeling well.”

“Don’t tell me what I feel, Hiccup.” I warned him, “You know how long it takes for that medicine to kick in, we’ve been through it enough.”

“So you aren’t going to try to save me from Toothless, or hunt Shadowsplinter, or something?” He asked.

I shook my head, “I’m in my right mind again. Don’t worry.”

“Great!” Hiccup exclaimed, “Then why don’t we see how the twins are doing? Last I checked they had some crazy invention about frozen yak milk.”

“That actually doesn’t sound too bad.” I told him and grabbed his sleeve and he was about to get up.

“You promised when you got back we would play together, Hiccup.” I repeated.

“What do you want to play then?” He asked with a sigh and sat back down.

I pushed the wooden box a little closer to him.

“Maces and Talons?” He asked looking at the game.

I nodded, “In here, at least, no will have to know what we’re doing. And we wont be judged on who will be the next chief.”

“Alright.” He smiled, “One game.”

I giggled a little to myself as we started, it would never be just 1 game.