Legacy of the Fire-bearer

Gift of the Night Fury Part 2

"Perfect, just perfect," Ferno said sarcastically.

"That was depressing." Ruffnut moaned.

"I know I was looking forward to spending the holidays with Stormfly." Astrid agreed.

Tuffnut noticed Fishlegs whistling absent-mindedly. "What are you so happy about? Don't you miss Meatlug?"

"What? Oh ... yeah, I miss him so much." Fishlegs mock cried. "Well, see ya?" He left in a hurry.

"Uh, what's with him? I thought that he would be weeping over Meatlug's disappearance since the second he left." Ferno shook his head.

"Hey, I got an idea. Let's come up with a bunch of new holiday traditions. You know, to bury the sadness." Astrid said, joyfully.

The teens groaned. Astrid eyed Hiccup, who suddenly lit up. "Actually, Astrid, might be on to something."

"Easy for you to say, your dragon can't go anywhere without you." Tuffnut gestured to Toothless, who was on a cliff looking out to the distance, wanting to fly somewhere, but because of his prosthetic tail fin he couldn't.

"Must be nice." Ruffnut said, and the teenagers walked off.

Hiccup looked at his dragon with guilt filling his eyes. Ferno put a reassuring hand on his brother's shoulder and left. He had a date with the medicine table.

-000-

For the rest of the night, Hiccup and Ferno were at the Forge. Well, Hiccup pulled Ferno along. Hiccup was making a tailfin for Toothless, which the dragon could be able to operate himself. Ferno was using Hiccup's old notes and any old dragon attack records, which he gathered in the library yester afternoon, to see if there was any correlation with the dragon disappearance.

"Great, I went from being a great and fierce warrior to a studious nerd. My reputation is officially ruined." Ferno said, sitting near the furnace, covered hip deep in papers and notebooks.

"What reputation?" Hiccup laughed. Ferno gave his brother his infamous glare.

"Hiccup! Ferno! You in here!" Astrid's voice came in.

"Yep, over here Astrid, come in," Hiccup yelled taking a tool from a collection.

"Here, happy holidays, from me to you," Astrid said holding out a shield with a jug and two cups on it.

"Thank you, milady," Hiccup said, taking a cup.

"What are you two up to?" Astrid asked before he was able to drink the ... chemical biohazard.

"I'm trying to figure out if there are any links between the dragon disappearance and the past dragon attacks." Ferno said, not taking his eyes off a piece of paper, and rubbing his chin.

"Well, did you find anything?"

"I think so. Viking made the tradition of Snoggletog in this month exactly because of the devastating weather and they needed a party in the harsh times, obviously, and also because the dragon attacks decreased during this month. I looked through all the record and came to the conclusion that dragons didn't attack us for a couple of months, but after those months the raids started again." Ferno informed.

"So, they'll be back?" Astrid asked hopefully.

"I really hope so. I miss Shriek."

"Aw, you really have softened up. You're now a nerd and a soft Viking."

Ferno cocked his head to look at Hiccup. "Do you now see what I mean by an officially ruined fearsome reputation?"

Astrid looked at Hiccup. "What are you up to?"

"Ok, you're gonna think, I'm crazy but, I just could not stop think what Tuffnut said last night. Toothless can't come and go like the other dragon and that's just not fair. I was up all night and I think I found a way to fix that." Hiccup demonstrated the use of the tail fin, and then he drank from the cup that Astrid offered him.

Ferno wanted to laugh really badly at the face Hiccup made after the liquid entered his mouth.

"Wow, you built him a new tail? So he's gonna be able to fly without you … wow, what a great gift." Astrid said looking at the tailfin, and by sod's law taking a really long time, so Hiccup couldn't spit out the concoction. "Well, I'm gonna spread so more holiday cheer." She ran. "You're amazing!" She yelled back to Hiccup.

Ferno looked in disgust as his brother spluttered out the chemical out of his mouth. "You know this is a good warning for you … when you two get married, it'll be your responsibility to cook for the family." Ferno laughed uncontrollably at his own joke, wiping away a tear from his eye.

"Shut up, Ferno." Hiccup wiped away his mouth.

The two brothers parted their separate ways. Hiccup went to give Toothless the tailfin while Ferno went to practise in the woods, weight lifting, sword, bow and arrow, axe practise. Mercilessly, destroying trees in the process of his rage that his beloved Boneknapper was not with him. When he was finished, it was already night. The warrior proceeded to his house. His brother was already in bed. Ferno climbed to his part of the bunk bed and laid his head down on the pillow.

"Toothless flew away." Hiccup said, breaking the warrior's peace of mind. "He used the tailfin and flew away."

"He's probably with the other dragons. He'll be back. Go to sleep." Ferno closed his grey eyes and fell into a peaceful slumber.


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