Legacy of the Fire-bearer

Chapter 8

"Hiccup! Hiccup!" Ferno ran after his brother as he ran out of the Dragon Arena. "How did you do that?"

"What?"

"You know what I mean! How did you do that to the Zippleback?"

"I ... uh ... it's a long story." Hiccup signed.

"I've got time." Ferno towered over Hiccup, glaring daggers. Even being younger by 9 months, he was still just a little taller. "Why are you trying to shut me out? We're brothers, we've been through everything together, and I've always stood by your side."

"I'm just afraid, that you won't understand, in the right way," Hiccup muttered, backing away.

"I promise I'll listen. I'm not dad." Ferno said, softening his expression.

Hiccup looked like he was considering something. "Ok, fine. Meet at the house. I gotta get something first." Hiccup ran off, leaving Ferno behind. The warrior walked to his house, and true to his promise the blacksmith jogged up the steps to the highest house on the island.

"Alright, we can go ... uh, you might wanna leave the sword here." Hiccup said.

"But I don't go anywhere without my sword."

"You want me to let you in on my secret, or what?" Hiccup saw the reluctant face of his brother. "Don't worry, everything is gonna be fine. It's perfectly safe." Ferno signed and tossed his sword on a nearby chair.

The two brothers walked to the woods, Ferno didn't question Hiccup, he promised he would explain everything, and he always kept his promises. They reached ... a cove.

"Ok, whatever happens, I want you to do exactly as I say. Promise?" Hiccup said before they entered the Cove.

"Ok, I promise," Ferno said, confusedly slightly.

"Ok." Hiccup lead into the Cove. "Oh, Toothless, come out bud." He took a fish out of nowhere.

"Exactly what is 'Toothless'." Ferno cocked a black eyebrow.

A roar came out. Ferno looked around. "What was that?"

"Toothless. Come on out." Hiccup looked. Then in a flick of a second Ferno was pinned down by a black shape.

"NIGHT FURY! HICCUP GET OUT OF HERE!" Ferno screamed as he attempted to distract the beast.

"Toothless! No!" Hiccup pushed away the Night Fury with ease. "He's my brother. Calm down. He won't hurt you. He's a friend." Hiccup calmed him down.

Ferno got up and starred at Hiccup as if he had grown a second head. As he calmed the most dangerous and illusive dragon in Viking History.

The warrior was speechless. "Wh-what-how-ow did you do that?"

"Uh, Ferno meet Toothless, Toothless meet Ferno." The dragon growled and pointed to Ferno's sleeve with is snout.

"Uh, what's he doing?" Ferno asked nervously.

"Um ... Do you have some kind of weapon on you?" Holding Toothless back slightly.

Ferno searched his pockets and the bandanas on his arms, he pulled out two daggers. "Ah, was wondering where that went."

Hiccup signed. "Throw it in the river."

"Are you out of your mind?"

"Just do it!" Hiccup yelled. Ferno complied. "Great." He let go off Toothless and grabbed Ferno's hand.

"Wait, what are you doing?!" He said frantically.

"Teaching you a little something about dragons." He connected Ferno's hand to Toothless' snout and slowly let go.

Ferno couldn't believe it. He was touching a dragon, without fighting or wresting it, or trying to lump off its head. His hand was firmly on the most dangerous and illusive dragon of all.

It itself wasn't trying to bite his hand off. It was a gesture of trust. It had the option of swallowing his hand or not, and the same with Ferno, he had the option of continue panicking or just trust him.

Both of them chose the second option.

Hiccup explained how he befriended Toothless, how he barred Toothless from flying and was now working on how to get him in the sky again, how he learned that dragons are afraid of eels, so he could defeat the Zippleback.

By the end of the day, Ferno's view on dragons had changed drastically.


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