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“Stormfly, still,” Astrid commanded.  The Nadder’s fidgeting barely halted but her rider still managed to get one of the three saddle straps undone.

“Hey,” Astrid called out as she worked. “Let’s check out the Ice Gorges next time.  I hear there are some edible wild berries in those parts.  We’ve pretty much exhausted all of Berk’s by now…”

She kept her focus on maneuvering around the next set of buckles, even as Hiccup’s voice rose to respond from the other side of his dragon.

“I thought you said it was too close to Villainy?”

Astrid’s shrugged.  ”Eh, I wasn’t sure you could keep up before.  I think we can give it a go next time we’re in the area.”

There was a pause and then, slow and uncertain, Hiccup repeated her words.

“You weren’t sure I could keep up?”

Astrid bit her lip to keep from smiling.  His voice always dipped in pitch when he was annoyed.

“Yeah,” she went on, her tone light by comparison. “I can’t have you getting tuckered out in enemy territory, after all.  Stoick would kill me.”

Hiccup popped his head around Toothless’s backside and looked at her with narrowed eyes.

“Uh huh.  If I recall, you just spent the entire flight behind me,” he remarked dryly.

“By choice,” she pointed out.

“Was it, though?”

“Of course.  I have to make sure you don’t fall behind.”

Toothless suddenly trotted away, free from his burden, and Hiccup tossed the saddle on a pile of leathers.  He turned to face her.

“Oh, right,” he began in mock thoughtfulness.  ”You just wanted to make sure I didn’t fall behind.  That’s why the last three times we’ve been flying—even the local flights—you decided to stay behind me.”

“Exactly,” Astrid said primly and ignoring the emphasis Hiccup put on certain words. Instead she put her attention on pulling free the final saddle strap.

Hiccup pressed on, the amusement in his voice rising.

“I noticed, you know,” he began and Astrid’s head whipped around to stare at him, “… that you were really intent on making sure I didn’t fall behind.  Every time I looked back. You were very focused on your task.”

He placed his hands on his hips and all Astrid thought was how it accented the pinch of his waist. She didn’t know why she would notice such a thing, especially since Hiccup hadn’t gotten any thinner in past years.  Perhaps it only appeared more narrow because his shoulders seemed to have managed a broader reach sometime in the last few months.

Astrid realized she must have taken pause for too long, because now Hiccup was smiling at her in that annoying, accusing way.  Her cheeks heated beneath the wind-nipped chill of her skin.

“Believe what you want,” she said as stiffly as she could.  She pulled the saddle from Stormfly’s back and dropped it over by Toothless’s.

“You know I will.”

Astrid curled her lip good-naturedly at him and shook out her still-numb fingers.

“It’s getting a little too cold to fly without gloves,” she remarked.  It wasn’t just a topic change either; taking Stormfly’s saddle off took twice as long as it should have.

Her focus elsewhere, Astrid hadn’t noticed Hiccup moved to stand in front of her until he reached out for her hands and gingerly took both into his care.  He didn’t utter a word as he drew them to his mouth.  He held her gaze, cupped her hands before his lips and exhaled on them.  The heat of his breath curled around her fingers, hammering life back into the stiff digits.

Astrid smiled as he worked, feeling thankful for the shade of the barn that kept them from watchful eyes.  There was something unexpectedly intimate about the way he stared at her, with her fingers so near his lips and his breath so moist, and Astrid knew she couldn’t look away even if she wanted to.

Puff after puff of hot air caressed her fingers, until Hiccup finally, slowly, lowered their joined hands from his mouth.  He kept his hold, though; both on her hands and her gaze.

“Better?” he asked.

“Yeah.”

Their voices seemed so loud in the wake of the powerful silence they just shared. Astrid gave her fingers an experimental wiggle.

“…Wanna get my nose too?”
A tiny Hiccstrid drabble inspired by this picture


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firestar541 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
XD Pervstrid was probably checking out Hiccup's butt......
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jadeandhiccup114433 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Haha I love this one. And I love your work iys amazing
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AvannaK Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, thank you!
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QAtheAuthoress Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
XD Cute and adorable. ^-^
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AvannaK Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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QAtheAuthoress Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
You are most welcomed. :)
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Foxi-Loxy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Im sold on this ship all over again because of you jeeese lady! <3
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AvannaK Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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HAHA GOOD! The ship just needs a little proper marketing that's all. Then it'll be all set to sail! :nod:
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Foxi-Loxy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh indeed indeed ;)
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PepperJDarcy Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Avanna! How do you do that? that is the most beautiful little scene ever :heart: and it's so sweet and cute! The words you use and how you form your diologe... it's so perfect! :heart: You are da writing master!! :heart: I can not wait to see where this gift takes you!

Wanna get my nose too? :XD: lol!

P.S. I finished the first season of Game of Thrones ;)
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AvannaK Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
FFffttttt Thank yooou! :love: Who knows if I'll ever really write for real since I'm still in the huge outlining process of my original stuff. Even if it remains nothing more but an unprofitable hobby I'll be happy. It just delights me :)

The "Wanna get my nose too" is right up in here: [link]

It's a shame you left tumblr just as I was warming up to it. :XD:
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PepperJDarcy Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
welcome! :w00t:

Well, huge-outlining for your own work is always great. It took Tolkien something like 14-20-ish years to finish The Lord of the Rings, so a long time just means you're writing something worthwhile :heart: And even if it only ever profits you becasue of the delight it gives you, then it's not a waste! :hug:

haha!! :XD: Astridddddd! :XD: Thank you for sharing that bit too!

I KNOW! :sniff: I feel like I'm missing out soo much now :tears:
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DuranRavenhold Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
So, I actually hadn't read this tell now and, it's kinda awesome.
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AvannaK Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha… there's a second part on tumblr too. :XD:
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DuranRavenhold Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
will have to follow you then
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AvannaK Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, you have a tumblr?
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DuranRavenhold Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
um, duh, doesn't everybody?...now if I can just remember what it is
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AvannaK Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, well I think a lot of people don't since it's kind of a… ridiculous community. And I don't mean the cute sort of ridiculous.
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DuranRavenhold Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
lol
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Cinnamon-Toast Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Sweet and adorable <3
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AvannaK Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Cinnamon-Toast Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
you're welcome
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ssgtsplatter Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
This scene looks like it could actually be used in the movie, given that they're both 17/18 years old now, it would fit perfectly.
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AvannaK Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be awesome if they did :)
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DWStarStruck Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
AHhh! That is so cuute!
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AvannaK Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :meow:
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TasermonsPartner Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Fantastic! Haha!

What a wonderful little story to go with your last comic! And then the story spurs another picture of it's own, so everything comes back full cycle. ;)
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AvannaK Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Yeah, that silly comic led to this drabble, which led to the picture I did for the drabble… I just can't seem to stop. :XD:
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AlexJohnD Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Awwwwwwwwwwwwww, so sweet. And of course Hiccup knows more than Astrid thinks ;) I love this and the picture. And by the way, in the picture your hands look fine!!!
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AvannaK Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, Hiccup knows what's up ;)

The hands in the picture look like hands… but can anyone tell how many are in there? Who's hands are who's? It's a mystery…. :mwahaha:
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Kaywenn Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was giggling the whole time! :giggle:
Wonderful! I immediately saw that picture of Hiccup and Astrid flying inside my head :D
I really love this! :love:
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AvannaK Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:love: Good! I love making some giggles on the weekend. :)
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sjsaberfan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love tender little stories like these~<3
The way you write is so detailed, it's really inspiring! C:
The picture you drew for this scene is beautiful as well. I adore your style! x')
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AvannaK Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you! :hug: Truthfully, I try not to get too detailed since I hate reading through purple prose, but I try wrap up a lot of imagery by using the right words. It means a lot!
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quwira Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist
aww i love it :D
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AvannaK Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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JayaLaw Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Another great Hiccup and Astrid drabble, and a perfect companion to the picture. We would all love to be in Astrid's position before Hiccup catches on, :giggle:
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AvannaK Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ffffft… you mean like magically switching places with Astrid for a hot second? :XD:
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JayaLaw Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ohhh yeahhhh
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