The wind flowed through my long hair as Shadowsplinter and I approached Berk. I had left a few days earlier to go and see my father on Outcast Island before heading to Healer’s Island to pick up some ingredients for medicines for Gothi.
For the past 3 years, give or take, I had been apprenticed under Gothi to become a healer like her. I figured since I was always getting sick, and there wasn’t much war going on anymore since Dagur got imprisoned, I could look at a different path for myself other than a warrior.
Shadow and I landed on the ledge of Gothi’s house and I dismounted before pulling the bags of things off my saddle I was supposed to get. The short woman came out to greet me.
“Hi, Gothi.” I smiled, as she smiled and waved at me.
She then scratched something into the dirt that was on the boards we stood on.
“Yes, I did bath in the hot water on the island.” I told her and stepped around the woman to carry everything inside, “And I washed with that e-euka oil you told me told me to.”
She scratched the actual name of the oil in the dirt.
“Eucalyptus oil.” I corrected myself, “I don’t know if that’s done anything for my breathing.” I admitted as I put everything down in her hut, “But it does make my skin feel really smooth.”
She pointed at me with a knowing look before tapping her nose.
“It’s clear.” I told her.
“Sigrid! Gothi! We have an issue!” Hiccup called as he and Toothless landed next to Shadowsplinter.
Gothi and I hurried out and I saw Johan layed out on the back of the saddle. I rushed forward to get a look at him to see if he was okay before hurrying him into the hut to lay down.
“What happened?” I asked as I layed him down and grabbed a damp cloth to wipe away sweat as it came, “Johan.” I cooed softly.
He opened his eyes weakly and tried to talk but only coughed.
I quickly grabbed a cup of fresh spring water that Gothi handed me, as I held it to Johan’s lips I could smell the small amount of peppermint in the water.
“Dagur.” He moaned as I took the cup away and layed him back, throwing a blanket over top of him, “He, escaped.”
“How’s that possible?” I asked myself more than anything else, “I was there only the other day. Alvin would never let him out.”
“He took my ship.” Johan gulped, “Threw me over board a half day outside of Outcast Island, heading west.”
He coughed again.
“It’s okay.” I told him reassuringly, “Rest.”
I looked at Gothi, she gave me a knowing look, closed her eyes and nodded before gesturing to the door.
I smiled and hurried out, past Hiccup and Toothless to mount Shadowsplinter.
“Gather everyone up.” I told him, “Ge them to meet up in the arena.”
Hiccup nodded and took off on Toothless. Shadow and I hurried to the great hall and I grabbed a map of the archipelago before hurrying over to the arena. I pinned up the map on the wall and took it in.
Dagur was there, then he was there, and he may be heading there. If I were that insane idiot, where would I go?
I growled lightly as I picked at the stitches on the hem of my skirt and scratched at the braids on the right side of my skull. The braids went from my face back to just behind my right ear, up till my temple, and then were pulled back into my pony tail.
“He needs gold.” I muttered to myself as I started pacing around waiting for the others to arrive, “He’ll need it to build up his armada. That boy would never try to go against us without some serious fire power.”
I continued to pick at the stitches on my skirt as I paced, trying to pinpoint at least a general location.
“He wouldn’t.” I wondered aloud as I stopped pacing and gazed at the map. I approached it and considered his options again.
He was not welcome at Berk.
He just escaped from Outcast Island where a lot of his men were imprisoned.
He might try to get back to Berzerker Island and rally some troops. But we’ve been at a tense peace since Dagur got locked up.
“Maybe.” I reasoned with myself.
It was the only logical place he could go. Inside the archipelago, he had nothing but enemies and would constantly be hunted by us and the Outcasts.
“We’re all here.” Hiccup said as he, along with the others landed in the arena.
“You really shouldn’t be picking at your skirt like that, Si.” Tuffnut warned as he saw me picking at the hem of my skirt, “With those stitches it could fall apart.”
“What’s going on?” Astrid asked, slinging her ax over her shoulder and glaring at me sideways.
We were on some good standing, but then the two of us had a falling out, I think. Basically I told her she was a terrible cook and if she kept serving her yaknog at Snoggletog she was going to wind up killing someone with it. I offered to teach how to cook better, but she wouldn’t hear of it.
“Dagur, somehow, escaped Outcast Island.” I informed the group, “He took over Johan’s ship and threw him overboard about here.” I pointed to about a half day past Outcast Island in the western direction, “Johan said he was still heading west after he was tossed overbored. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to stay that way.”
“So, that basically means he could be, oh, let me see, anywhere in the entire archipelago!” Snotlout shouted.
“Not necessarily.” I told them, “I’ve been thinking about it. Dagur doesn’t have any allies really in the archipelago. He knows this. He’s not so stupid as to think that he could take us on by himself. When I saw him in the prison he had a list on his left arm of names, I’m assuming the people he’s going after now that’s out. He wouldn’t stay here. He needs to build up an armada. He’s going to do it outside the arcapellago.”
“You really think so?” Hiccup asked.
“It’s the only option he has.” I told him, “If he wants any chance at taking us down, he needs power. And you know as well as I do he’s not about to find it here.”
I looked around at everyone to see the looks on their faces.
Astrid was still angry with me, but she looked determined. Fishlegs looked scared. Snotlout looked like he was ready for anything. The twins both looked like they up for it. I looked at hiccup, not only was he concerned but he also looked angry.
Looking past them I saw Johan enter the arena.
“Johan.” I called when he approached, “Are you feeling better?”
“Much, lady Sigrid. Thank you very much for taking care of me in my less than desirable state.”
“Healer’s job.” I told him plainly, “Do you have any idea where Dagur could be heading right about now?”
“Well,” He started.
“Short version if its possible please.” I told him.
“Outside the archipelago to a ship graveyard where I keep the treasure I trade on my excursions. There’s a map on board he would be following.” Johan said.
“Who would have though, Johan could be concise and straight to the point!” Tuffnut said flabbergasted by what has transpired.
“Which reminds me of the first time I was ever called concise!” Johan exclaimed about to go into one of his stories.
“Anything else we need to be made aware of while in the graveyard?” I asked Johan, cutting him off again.
His smile dropped at my lack of interest in his story, “There is one ship you must avoid at all costs.” He told us, “It’s called the reaper. It’s booby trapped from stem to stern. When I went exploring I barely made it out with my life.”
“Leave reaper alone, got it.” I noted, “Shadow.” I called for him to follow me as I made my way out of the arena with the map in my hands. I knew exactly where the graveyard was, there were maps outlining it on Outcast Island that I had studies.
I mounted Shadow and we took off towards home, I ran in and grabbed my bow, quiver of arrows, chain scythe and a few provisions in a bag because I knew it was going to be a bit of a trip.
“Sigrid!” Hiccup called as he and the rest landed next to the house, “What do you think you’re doing.”
“Getting ready to head out.” I told them, “I know exactly where the graveyard is and it’s Dagur we need to take care of. Gothi will understand.”
“Do you honestly think we’ll let you go alone!?” Hiccup demanded.
“No.” I told him, “That’s why I’m feeding and watering Splint now, we just got back from a long flight. You guys get some stuff together. It’s not going to be an easy journey.”
“We’re doing this?” Fishlegs asked nervously.
“If we aren’t I am.” I told him, “Go get ready. Those waters are dangerous, so be prepared.”
I stopped Hiccup as he mounted Toothless, the others heading off to find whatever treasure they could after our dragons flew off.
“You’re going to the reaper, aren’t you?” I accused.
“I have to know what’s on there.” He told me.
“At least take me with you.” I told him, “If it’s really booby trapped like Johan said, you’ll need eyes on the back of your head.”
He half glared at me sideways for a moment before huffing and nodding.
I got on Toothless behind him and we headed over.
“I’ve never seen anything like these before.” I said as I inspected one of the cages that was sitting on deck.
“Neither have I.” Hiccup said coming next to me.
Toothless let out what sounded like a whimper.
“I got an uneasy feeling here too, don’t worry Toothless.” I assured the nightfury and put a hand on his head.
“Let’s see what’s below deck.” Hiccup said and approached the hatch leading down.
“Hiccup, don’t!” I cried, but it was too late. The rope was tangled around his ankle and he was being pulled over the edge.
Without thinking I grabbed and threw my ax at the fast moving rope, severing it and ceasing my brother’s fall.
“Uh, thanks, Si.” He said and awkwardly stood up and dusted himself off.
“And you were concerned about me coming with you.” I teased as I walked forward and grabbed the ax that was embedded in the floor, “I should have taken Toothless and come over here by myself.”
“I get it.” He told me annoyed, “I’ll be more careful. I promise.”
He carefully opened up the hatch and pulled out a lantern for Toothless to light. He motioned forward as if asking me if I wanted to go down first. I grabbed the lantern from him and carefully made my decent, scanning furiously for any traps that I could trigger.
I looked at the floor I was about to step on and jumped away from the ladder on the last step just to make sure.
“Step.” I muttered the last part, looking over my shoulder to see I was right for jumping forward. Hiccup’s prosthetic leg was caught in a toothed trap.
“Really?” I asked.
“Benefits of a metal leg I guess.” He said with a laugh as he pulled his leg out.
“Hic, you suck at these kinds of things.” I told him plainly.
“I-I know.” He admitted.
“You can wait here with Toothless and I’ll search this place myself,” I started.
“You are not searching this place by yourself.” Hiccup snapped.
“Then step where I step.” I told him.
He sighed, but nodded following my footsteps exactly as we shimmied down the corridor.
I held the lantern up high to see what was in the cages.
My jaw fell open as the light fell upon at least a dozen cages full of dragon bones.
“Who would do this?” I asked, Toothless whimpered again agreeing with me.
“I don’t know, but these people definitely weren’t friends of dragons.” Hiccup said.
I nodded and we continued down the hall.
At the end of it we came to a very well decorated door.
“Here’s the plan,” Hiccup said as I motioned Toothless to blast it open, “I like yours better.”
We entered cautiously, Hiccup was drawn to something on the table directly in front of us. The walls were decorated with skulls of several different dragons and various weapons and shields.
“Changewing?” I asked myself as I saw a highly decorated shield next to the door.
“What is this?” Hiccup asked.
“Be careful.” I told Hiccup, “We don’t know what else is booby trapped.”
“This looks important though.” Hiccup told me, “And if it’s on this ship we can’t just leave it here and wait for Dagur to get it.”
I sighed knowing he was right.
“Fine.” I relented, “But let-”
“Oh no!” Hiccup screamed as an ax came flying from the opposite wall and landed right where the thing he was looking at was.
“Really!?” I huffed in annoyance and threw down the lantern.
“Time to go.” I growled and grabbed Hiccup before running down the corridor towards the ladder, arrows flying at us left and right. Toothless was doing his best to shield us from the ones I couldn’t make us dodge.
Before I knew it I had shoved Hiccup up the ladder, Toothless following shortly after, and I jumped up hardly a second later than that. Hiccup then slammed the door down, keeping whatever dangers where down there, down there.
Instantly I stood up and pulled at my chained scythe and readied it in my hands. I found after years that it was best moved in my right hand, with my left holding up all the chain I wasn’t using so I could make the most of it and swing it around at various intervals of length, speed and damage.
“Dagur.” I growled again, this one much more animatistic than before.
“Hiccup! Sigrid!” Dagur exclaimed, the warriors next to him both held cross bows aimed directly at us, “Did you miss me? Because I sure missed you two! Everyday, for 3 years, I thought about you!”
“You should still be rotting in that cell.” I snarled as Dagur stepped away from the cage he was in front of to reveal everyone.
“Hiccup!” Astrid called, holding on to the bars.
“Sigrid!” Tuff called, doing the same. Only to be shoved out of the way by Astrid again.
“Quiet!” Dagur yelled at them, “Can’t you see we’re having a moment!”
“We are not having a moment.” Hiccup growled next to me.
“Well I was.” Dagur shrugged, “Look at you two! All grown up! Hiccup, I bet you’re quite the lady’s man now. And Sigrid, you actually look kinda like a girl now. You shouldn’t have braided your hair like that though, makes you seem meaner than you are. How many offers has old Stoik got because of you now, huh? Or have they all been going to Alvin? It’s hard to say, since you have 2 dads and all.”
“You’re over stepping a boundary here, Dagur.” I warned, “Besides, when I visited you I told you about my lack of suitors.”
“I didn’t think you were being honest.” He smirked and approached us. I then pushed Hiccup down and started swinging the chain above our heads to keep Dagur at bay.
“Oh, Sigrid,” Dagur chuckled, “You seriously want to play when I have you and your friends tied up like this?”
“From where I’m standing Dagur,” I told the red head, “It’s you, 2 goons I can take in a heartbeat, and the only leverage that you have over me at all at the moment is a cage full of people, only 2 of which I like. That’s going against Hiccup, Toothless and myself. Odds aren’t in your favor. You have no room to negotiate.”
“And where are your other dragons?” Dagur teased, “I know you’re close to that timberjack of yours.”
“Getting into position.” I smirked.
He laughed openly, “I’m sure!” before turning deathly serious, “Are you seriously underestimating me, Sigrid? You have no idea of what I’m capable of anymore.”
“And you have no idea what I’ve been doing these 3 years either. At least I could monitor you.” I bit back.
“Please,” Dagur snarled, “I know as well as anyone you’ve been studying under your village’s healer. How’s that been going? You feel any better come sick season?”
“Yes actually, but that doesn’t mean I’ve weakened any of my fighting skills.”
“Enough.” Hiccup cut in, placing a hand on my shoulder telling me to lower my chain, I did as he asked.
“What do you want, Dagur?” He asked.
“Isn’t it obvious?” Dagur asked.
“He’s not getting my family jewels!” Tuffnut cried, “I’ll defend them till the end!”
“I’ll be taking the jewels, his too.” Dagur said as on of the guards smacked Ruff in the stomach causing her to spew out all the jewels she had in her mouth. The guard laughed and she spat another into his mouth causing him to choke.
“Oh, I thought that was the guy. Never can tell with those 2.” He then turned back to Hiccup and I before extending his hand, “And I’ll take whatever you’re hiding behind your back too, Hiccup.”
I growled as he took another step forward and analyzed the situation we were in. I could take Dagur, and I could keep the guards’ arrows at bay while I did it. But if one of them turned their attention to everyone in the cage I didn’t know if they could defend themselves. I didn’t have to worry about Hiccup because I knew Toothless would not let anything happen to him.
“Come on.” Dagur said, “Hand it over, brothers share after all.”
Hiccup begrudgingly handed it over.
“You know you aren’t going to get very far with that, right?” Hiccup told him.
“Oh here we go!” Dagur all but sang, “Must we always do the same dance, you and I, Hiccup? Not that you aren’t a fabulous dancer.”
Toothless growled, Hiccup put a hand on his head to calm him.
“Not yet, Bud.” Hiccup told him.
“That right, Mr. Nightfury!” Dagur exclaimed, “Today is not the day! But it’s coming! Now, if you’ll excuse me I have; people to see, and army to build, revenge to plot. Oh, so much to do and so little time! Isn’t this fun? You guys must have been so board without me!”
“Fair well for now.” Dagur said sternly getting closer to us, but not too close, “Until we meet again, on the field of battle.”
Dagur and his goons then jumped off the ship and onto the boat they had used to ride in on.
I let out a call for Shadowsplinter, hoping he was on his way as Hiccup ran to the edge to see them sail off before b lining for the cage.
“Go after Dagur.” I told him pushing him out of the way of the cage and pulling a pin out from behind my ear to pick the lock with, “I got them.”
“Are you sure?” Hiccup asked.
“Go.” I told him, he and Toothless took off.
“You know you guys could use this time to call for your dragons, right?” I spat at everyone.
“Who asked you?” Astrid snarled but did it anyway.
I was close to getting the lock opened when something hit the deck, making everything shake and the pin drop from my hand onto the deck.
“Damn it.” I cursed and groped for it as the ship began to tip.
“Oh no.” I heard Fishlegs whimper.
I tried again with the pin and finally got it opened. The door flew opened and everyone fell out. I grabbed onto the door and took the hand of the first person I could.
I had Snotlout, who had Fishlegs, who had Astrid, who had Ruff, who had Tuff. We were on a steep incline that was rapidly becoming vertical as we sank.
“There you guys are!” I called as I saw some all too familiar dragons gracing the sky, working their way over here.
Barf and Belch quickly scooped up the twins. Astrid let go of Fishleg’s hand to jump onto the back of Stormfly. Fishlegs then was grabbed by Meatlug as she flew by. Hookfang grabbed Snotlout out of my hand and took to the sky to help get the eels off of me.
We all knew Shadowsplinter could not fly that close to the water, and there was no way he could come that close to the ship to pull me off. I scrambled up the cage and climbed up the ship to get away from the eels and the dark water. When I was near the top, I reached my hand up as far as I could and felt the familiar feel of the leg guard at the back of the saddle pressing against my palm. I closed my hand and let go of the ship.
Shadowsplinter and I flew up high, and when he stopped I pulled myself upright onto the saddle properly.
“Well, that was an adventure.” I said looking over to the others.
“Thanks for getting us out.” Fishlegs said to me with a smile.
I shrugged and looked at Hiccup who was staring off in the direction Dagur had gone.
“Go after him.” I called to the brunette.
“What?” He asked, turning around on toothless to look at me.
“Go after Dagur.” I repeated, “It’s not any good in his hands, no one’s disagreeing there. I know you want that thing back. Go. We’ll head home.”
Hiccup nodded, “I’ll catch up.”
He took off in one direction and we took off in the other.
“What was that thing anyway?” Fishlegs asked as we flew.
“No idea.” I told him, “We found it in the commander’s quarters of the ship. Hiccup took it. I haven’t even seen the thing up close yet.”
“So why is he going back for it?” Astrid asked me, there was surprisingly no heat in her words.
“It looks important.” I told her, “I’m sure Hiccup feels like there’s something about it he needs to figure out.”
We soon got past the fog line back into the archipelago.
“Hey, guys!” I called to everyone, gaining their attention.
“What now!?” Snotlout snapped, “Are we being trailed by Dagur? Are there more eels!?”
“I’m going to Outcast Island, let Alvin know what went on. I know he’ll be curious about Dagur’s position right now.” I told them, “Let Hiccup and Stoik know for me, please.”
Before they could reply I took off in a different direction towards my destination. Perhaps I could gain insight on how he escaped too.