Gothi scratched in the dirt what to get, I nodded and retrieved the bottled she requested. The old woman forced the blonde man to drink it. After a second Tuffnut snapped out of whatever trance he was in and cried.
“My teeth are itchy! My teeth are itchy!”
“That means it’s working.” I told him, leaning against the wall of the hut.
“So, what was all that about anyway?” I asked my brother who was still fidgeting with that thing he got on the boat.
“No, idea. We can’t open it.” He said turning it over in his hands.
“Maybe it doesn’t open.” I shrugged.
“It has to.” He said looking at it more closely.
Gothi turned away from the strange object in fear.
“Gothi are you okay?” I asked the old woman.
“What’s wrong?” Hiccup asked looking up.
“No idea.” I told him, “I’ve never seen her like this before.”
Gothi pointed to an indented point on the object in Hiccup’s hands, and then to a scar on her forearm before hurrying back into her hut.
“I think the thing that gave her that scar is the same thing we need to open this.” Hiccup said coming up next to me.
I shook my head, “I’ve tried to ask her about it before.” I told them, “She doesn’t like talking about it.”
“She doesn’t like talking about anything.” Gobber corrected, “That’s why she writes in the dirt.”
“I thought that was just her thing, you know.” Tuff said still scratching his teeth.
“Yeah, like Snotlout being a woman repellant.” Ruff added.
I had to laugh at that, she was right.
“Don’t you worry lad,” Gobber said patting Hiccup on the back, “I know how to make the old bat talk.”
Gothi had just downed a giant pot of Gobber’s homemade yak noodle soup and had begun writing in the dirt to tell her story.
“I was a turkey neck.” Gobber started before being bashed on the head.
“Teenager! Sorry.” They continued, “I had a yearning to climb glacier island in search of pure glacier water. So, I went with two vegetables… Vegetables?”
He got smacked again.
“Ow! Oh, come on. Your drawings aren’t what they used to be old woman. But your swings! strong as ever!”
“I’ll take over Gobber.” I offered.
“Good luck, lass.” He muttered to me and hurried away from the old woman.
“We had just reached the summit,” I started as Gothi started to write again, “Just then a horrible blizzard hit, and when it did we were attacked. We never saw it coming. It took out my party. It grabbed me and tossed aside into a deep snow bank I wasn’t sure I could have gotten out of. It wandered over to me and took a loud sniff before turning and flying off into the storm.”
Gothi had to take a pause before continuing.
“I don’t know why it didn’t finish me off that day, but I do know one thing for certain; I never want to see that dragon again for as long as I live.”
“But we need to go see it!” Hiccup exclaimed, “Whatever that dragon was, however dangerous it is, its tooth is the key to this thing. And I can’t get that without with your help!”
Gothi kicked away some of the characters she had drawn and written something else.
“I’m not going to say that to him!” I all but yelled at the old woman, “He’s my brother!”
She huffed at me before rewording what she’d written.
“She says there is no way I’m going back to that island. Besides that, I’m needed here.”
“Not necessarily there Gothi.” Gobber interjected, “You have been training Sigrid here for a good while in medicine.”
“As you have said, I’m almost ready to do all this myself.” I assured.
She didn’t look amused at all.
“Alright, look Gothi,” Hiccup started, “I know you don’t want to go back there, and I completely understand that. But you also know what it’s like to be my age. To have the need to know about what’s out there, to find questions to answers you haven’t even asked yet! But I need your help to do that.”
Gothi thought for a moment before nodding.
“They’ll be fine, lass.” Gobber assured me as he leaned against the wall of Gothi’s hut.
“I’m not worried about them, Gobber.” I told him as I pulled a thorn out of Magnus’ foot, “And I’m not worried about messing this up either.”
“You aren’t?” He asked in such disbelief that would only be replicated if it was proven that the earth wasn’t flat.
“No.” I told him applying a bandage so it wouldn’t get infected, “That should do it for you, Magnus. Try not to go around everywhere bare foot again.”
“I’ll try.” He said sheepishly and made his way down.
“I think you’re more worried than I am.” I smirked at the blonde man.
“I am not!” He yelled at me.
I nodded, not at all believing him, “Alright, well, it looks like you have a line up at the forge. You might want to take care of that.”
He grumbled before leaving me to my own devises.
“Next!” I called.
Gobber handed Hiccup the tooth they had managed to get from the Snow Wraith.
Hiccup put it in the hole on the Dragon Eye.
“What now?” I asked examining it closely.
“Is that it?!” Snotlout demanded.
“No, that can’t be it!” Hiccup cried, “It doesn’t make sense.”
“Welcome to my world, sister.” Tuff droned, “Nothing in it makes sense, and your teeth are itchy.”
“You’ll figure it out.” I encouraged my brother, “You’re smart.”
He could barely smile at me when I said this as he went about trying to figure out the Dragon Eye.