As Daemon and Stoic stood inside the Kill Ring, the sun shown down on them brightly, and undisturbed by any clouds in the sky as these two readied themselves for what would be the fight to decide Berks future. As the crowd of onlookers watched in excitement and worry as to who would walk out of this battle as the victor.
"Are you ready boy?" Stoic said as he was taking of his cape and leather armor.
"Yeah, I'm ready. But are you sure you don't want to keep those as extra protection?" Daemon said with a smile.
"Don't worry....I won't be needing them." Stoic said as he casted aside his unneeded clothing. Just then Gobber came into the ring, and approached the two combatants.
"Now I want a good clean fight from you both."
"Me!? You only should have to worry about the boy, old friend." Stoic said with a curious look.
"I know you Stoic.....and you've had your share of dirty fights too. So I'll be watching you both for any signs of foul play. Understood!?"
"As do I Gobber."
"Good. Now let me exit the ring before you two go bashing each others faces in." Gobber headed towards the exit and returned to up above the ring as he raised his good hand, and paused.....then quickly brought it down while yelling, "FIGHT!!!"
Daemon jumped into action, so as not to give Stoic the chance to get in the first hit. He charged directly at Stoic, and watched for the counter-attack from his opponent......and there it was! Stoic brought his arm up and started to swing it down....hoping to hit the charging Daemon. But Daemon quickly stopped in his tracks, just inches from Stoic's reach. As he watched Stoic's swing miss its mark, knowing now was the time to strike! Daemon crouched lower to the ground and lunged at Stoic, but instead of attacking straight at Stoic's body....Daemon jumped straight upward, bring his fist up with great speed and connecting it with Stoic's bottom jaw!! Sending Stoic flying backwards with his feet actually lifting off the ground! The sound of Stoic hitting the stone floor sent out a loud echo from the ring, as the crowd looked down with their mouths hanging open and unable to believe what they just saw. Daemon just stood there and looked down at Stoic's unmoving body as he cracked his knuckles and said, "Is that it? Hey Gobber! You should probably start counting."
But then Gobber noticed that Stoic was moving as he was about to say '10', when Stoic suddenly sat upward holding his jaw.
"Huh.....not bad boy. I guess your stronger than you look."
"Dang....I was hoping I could end this quickly to." Daemon said with an annoyed look.
"Trust me. It wont be that easy." Stoic said as he stood up slowly and brushed himself off. He then gestured to Daemon to come at him, and Daemon wasn't going to argued with that as he charged at Stoic again, knowing that he could out maneuver Stoic easily. Stoic again lifted his arm and started to swing down at Daemon, but Daemon once again quickly side stepped him and dashed around behind Stoic and readied himself to kick Stoic straight in the back. But suddenly Stoic turned himself around using the momentum from his swing which came in and blindsided Daemon on his right side and sent him rolling across the floor!!
"Hahaha! Did you really think that would work on me twice!?"
"Heh....looks like you do have some moves in you." Daemon said as he got up while clutching his right arm.
"Aaaww....I didn't hurt you to bad did I..hahaha!" Stoic said sarcastically.
"Not even close." Daemon said as he waved his arm; trying to make the pain stop while he thought of a new strategy and began to take in his surroundings, but stopped when he saw the chain roof. 'Hhmm....that could work.' Daemon thought. "Alright old man. Time for round two!!!" Daemon made a mad dash towards Stoic at full speed!
"Oh not that again boy! Don't you ever learn?" Stoic said as he prepared for Daemon "Your fancy moves won't work on me anymore!" Just as Daemon was right in front of him, Stoic swung his leg out to try and kick Daemon. But his leg only hit air as Daemon jumped straight upward with great force towards the chain ceiling and landed hard with his feet against the chains. As the chains pushed outward from the force of Daemon's jump, so was the recoil's force as the chains sprang back towards the floor and sending Daemon speeding back towards Stoic!!! As he came back down he shouted, "EAT THIS!!!" and spun around; planting the heel of his foot against the top of Stoic's head and sending him face first into the ground and cracking it from the force!! The entire crowd let out a huge gasp as they starred down at the once again motionless Stoic. Daemon looked down at Stoic and then turned to leave the arena.
"Hey! Where do you think your going!?" asked Gobber.
Daemon stopped and looked up at Goober, "After a hit like that....If he's alive, then he won't be getting up soon." But just then he heard something move behind him. ".....No way..."
Daemon starred in fear at the now moving body of Stoic! 'There's no way he should be moving after a hit like that!!' Daemon thought to himself. Stoic slowly stood up and looked fiercely at Daemon; with blood flowing from the huge split in his forehead and down the front of his face. Finally he spoke, while breathing heavily in between words, "Your.....going...to pay....for that...DEMON!!!!" Stoic let out a yell that could of rivaled Daemon's own from last night! Just then Stoic charged at Daemon with such speed, that Daemon almost couldn't keep up. But just as Daemon went to roll to his right.....a sharp pain shot up through his right leg. 'Damn! My leg must still be recovering from the blow I gave to Stoic's head!'. Which proved to be a dangerous turn of events for Daemon, as Stoic latched one of his huge hands around Daemon's face and picked him up easily. Daemon tried to break Stoic's grip, but it was no use....he was starting to black out from the immense pressure on his skull. But just before Daemon blacked out, Stoic forcefully flung him to the floor; almost knocking the wind out of Daemon.
"Damn it....I have to get up.....I can't lose!!" Daemon said as he struggled to stand up.
"Oh no you don't" Stoic said as he ran over to Daemon.
Stoic was ruthless! He slugged Daemon with a right hook, and quickly came about with a left upper cut; sending Daemon flying back this time! But Stoic caught him in mid-air and elbowed him solidly in his abdomen and sent him smashing hard to the ground. Stoic looked down at Daemon, and looked for any movement.....just then Daemon gasped for breathe and Stoic immediately kicked him in the stomach and sent him right into the wall!
"Now its over demon." Stoic said as he went to leave the ring and Gobber began to count. "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9....." Gobber stopped as he saw Daemon move his arms and legs.
"Just stay down. I don't feel like killing something today!" Stoic called out to Daemon. But Daemon continued to get up and said,
"Heh heh......I'm not finished yet." He said with a smirk....but his smirk soon disappeared as he started to cough up blood!
"See! Your in no condition to continue."
"I'll be the judge.....of when I can't....continue." Daemon said panting for air.
"Fine.....but if you die....its your own fault!!!" Stoic shouted as he charged at Daemon.
Daemon stumbled to get a good run at Stoic, while still clutching his stomach, and just before they were in arms length of each other.....Daemon dropped to the ground and slide between Stoic's legs! As he slide to the other side, he quickly turned over and with all his might.....kicked the back of Stoic's knees!!! The next sound the crowd heard was two loud 'POPS!' as both of Stoic's knees became dislocated, and the sound of Stoic's yells echoed out of the ring! Daemon slowly stood up and looked down at Stoic clutching his knees and rolling from side to side in pain.
"Give up Stoic......how can you fight me know?" Daemon said as he still held his side. Stoic managed to stop yelling long enough to say, "I'll never surrender to the likes of you!!!"
"Stoic......it's over. Just give up....please. I don't want anything worse to happen to you."
Just then something snapped inside Stoic's head. "Me? Your worried about me! How dare you! I won't let someone like you pity me!!!" All of a sudden Stoic flung himself at Daemon and grabbed him by the arm and pulled him down to the ground. "I will never give up as long as I have breathe in my body demon!!!"
Stoic twisted Daemon's right arm behind Daemon's back, and wrapped one of his huge arms around Daemon's neck and began to squeeze tightly! Daemon frantically tried to pull Stoic's arm away from his neck, but he couldn't budge it at all. The same went for his right arm, which felt like it was about to pop out of its socket. 'This isn't good....I'm starting to lose consciousness....' Daemon thought as he tried to figure a way out from Stoic's grasp.....but he couldn't think of anything past the huge amount of pain that was shooting through his arm. Just before he blacked out he thought, 'I'm sorry Fang.....I guess I wasn't strong enough, to be able to make this place our home.....' as the creeping blackness was surrounding his mind he heard something call out to him....but what was it?
"Don't give up Daemon!!!"
"Yeah!!! Keep fighting!"
'Huh? Who's that?' Daemon struggled to opening his eyes, but as he looked up he saw Fang and Toothless cheering him on from the cliff above.....no...not just those two, but every dragon in the village was calling out to him....to cheer him to victory! He could hear their thoughts, and feel their feelings...feelings of how they felt about what he was fighting for!!! Daemon's eyes suddenly shot open and his mind became clear as he shouted at the top of his lungs, "I can't lose! I want to wiiiinnn!!!"
'What the!? How can he still be conscious???' Stoic thought. "There's no way you can break free from my hold demon."
Daemon tensed every muscle in his body and said, "For the last time Stoic.....I am not Daemon the Demon.....I AM DAEMON........OF BERK!!!!" As Daemon said that he twisted his body violently and quickly dislocated his right shoulder which gave him the necessary room to break free from Stoic's hold as he twisted around and smashed his forehead into Stoic's nose, causing it to break and making Stoic let go of him. As Stoic laid on the ground holding his broken and bleeding nose, Daemon jumped back and held his dislocated right arm.
"Time for the final round Stoic." Daemon said with a serious tone, as he popped his shoulder back into its socket. Stoic finally sat up and with blood gushing from his nose and said.... "Agreed." and then with one feel swoop, popped both his knees back into place and slowly stood up. The crowd soon began to start talking amongst themselves:
"How can these two still be fighting?
"I don't know.....but I like that kids determination."
"He must truly love that dragon, if he is willing to go through all this for her."
"What an idiot! Does he really think he can beat Stoic?" Snotlout said.
"He's tough, but not tough enough to beat Stoic." "Yeah the only thing that can do that is your stench." said Tuffnut and Ruffnut.
"I don't know guys....he's held his own for this long, and he's even made Stoic bleed......a lot!" Fishlegs interjected.
"What do you think dragon lover?" Snotlout said as he smacked Hiccup upside the head.
"What? Nothing to say?"
"......I hope he wins!" Hiccup finally spoke.
"What!!!" said the gang at the same time.
"It's about time someone stood up to my father and his closed mindedness."
"Oh who cares what you think Hiccup?" said Snotlout.
"I do!" said Astrid as they all turned around to see her making her way through the crowd.
"Why are you taking his side? He choose you for a dragon!!" said Snotlout.
"I know.....but when I see Daemon down there fighting for his dragon and every other dragon......I think that maybe....just maybe. This isn't such a bad thing." Everyone looked at Astrid with wide eyes to what she just said, but then Hiccup spoke up and said.
"I'm sorry that you had to find out like this Astrid I...." Hiccup was cut off as he received an extra hard punch in the arm from Astrid.
"Shut up Hiccup. It's to late to say your sorry. So just watch the rest of the fight, since the out come will effect you as well." They all turned and looked back down at the fight raging on and when they did, they saw Daemon and Stoic's fist clash against each other with enough force to send both combatants flying back a bit.
Both Daemon and Stoic were panting from the exhaustion but Daemon spoke out to Stoic. "So do you finally accept me as a human or not Stoic?" he said with a smile.
"Fine.....I guess I'll have to beat some more sense into you!!!" Daemon yelled as he ran towards Stoic, and Stoic mirrored his action causing their fists to clash again with such ferocity that it gave off a loud boom, but both of their second strikes hit their marks as Daemon received another blow to the stomach, and Stoic received one to the side of his face; causing both to stumble backwards.
"Heh...it looks like we're both at the end of our ropes here." Daemon said spitting up blood again.
"Yeah....this next attack will be the last for one of us." Stoic said as he cleaned the blood from his face.
Daemon and Stoic starred each other down, as they prepared themselves for the final attack. Daemon crouched low to the ground, while Stoic widened his stance and just stood there, not moving a muscle as they waited for the moment to strike down their opponent once and for all. They didn't move for minutes, but just then a bird chirped out from up above and in a blink of an eye they were off! Charging straight at each other with fire in their eyes; knowing that the first one to falter would lose the fight.
But as they grew closer and closer, neither showed any signs of changing course, as they got closer and closer still, they could now see each others eyes clearly and knew that this was the end. Just when they were in arms reach of each other, Stoic and Daemon made their moves!
Stoic threw a straight right jab at Daemon's face, hoping he would move out of the way so he could hit him with his left......but Daemon didn't try to dodge out of the way. Instead Daemon let the jab graze his cheek as he broke through Stoic's attack, and at that second Stoic knew he had lost. Daemon swiftly brought his left arm forward and went for a fierce upper cut to Stoic's abdomen; the force from the hit caused Stoic to spit out a mouth full of blood....but Daemon wasn't finished, as he then brought his right fist straight upward and into Stoic's chin! Daemon quickly backed away as Stoic just stood there and then finally fell to his knees and landed face first on to the ground with a 'thud'.
The entire crowd stood silent and they watched for any movement this time...making sure this was the end. As soon as Goober began to count, the crowd started to whisper again.
"....10!!! It's over!!!"
At those words Daemon collapsed to his knees and breathed out a sigh of relief, now that this ordeal was finally over with.....but he soon noticed the crowds whispers.....
"No way....Stoic lost?"
"That boy must of cheated!"
"Yeah....there's no way in Asgard, Stoic could lose to him."
But just then Stoic awakened with a loud groan.
"The fight must go on!!"
Gobber soon entered the ring with Berks doctor and shouted out: "NO! It's over! Daemon won fair and square!!!"
"What...? I lost?"
"Yes old friend....you lost honorably." Stoic said as the doctor was examining him.
"No.....no....NNNNOOO!!!! I refuse to admit defeat to that demon!!!" Stoic yelled out as he got to his feet.
"Yeah!!! That's our Stoic!!!"
"Here Stoic! Finish him off with this!" One of the crowd members threw down a sword at Stoic's feet.
"I'll will protect Berk from all evil." Stoic said as he picked up the sword.
"No, dad stop!!!" Hiccup called out to Stoic, hoping to break through to him.
"Shut up! I'm not your father....and your not my son anymore!!!!" Stoic yelled out to Hiccup as he slowly approached Daemon.
'This isn't good....my body won't move....' Daemon thought as he struggled to move his legs and arms.
"Now....it's time to end this!" Stoic raised the sword above his head and as he swung it down, Daemon closed his eyes and awaited the inevitable.........but he felt nothing. Was he killed in one swing?.....No....his body was still aching. Daemon slowly opening his eyes and saw two black figures standing in front of him.....and they had tails....and wings!!!
"Fang! Toothless! What are you doing!?" Daemon said as he starred up at them holding the swords edge back with their bare hands.
"Were saving you this time. What does it look like?" Toothless said with a smug smile.
"I'm not going to just stand by and watch my mate be killed!!!" Fang said with an angry tone.
"How dare you two devils interfere!!" Stoic said in a rage.
"Interfere? Uuuhhh Daemon beat your butt fair and square Stoic! What your doing is being a sore loser." Toothless said with a little attitude.
"You dare tell me what is fair!? You bewitch-er that stole my sons heart!"
"She didn't do anything to Hiccup, Stoic. They fell in love with each other naturally.....the same way Daemon and I did."
"Gggrrrrr.....I WILL NEVER ALLOW THIS UNGODLY UNION!!!" Stoic roared as he pushed the swords edge harder done onto the dragons hands, which was now breaking the skin.
Daemon saw their blood flow down their arms and hit the ground.
"That's it......no more fair play. The fights over.....so now I can go all out!!!" Daemon slowly stood up and looked Stoic square in the eyes as Stoic looked back and watched as they slowly began to glow.
"No.....no. Stay away from me demon!!" Stoic said as he dropped the sword and slowly backed away.
"If I was a demon Stoic.....then I wouldn't of played by the rules during our fight. But I did....and I won...using MY own strength. That proves that I'm not a demon Stoic. But if you want to see me as a demon I can show you a demon!" Daemon's body began to glow with power, as he was starting to change....but was interrupted by Hiccup.
"Daemon don't! There's no need."
".....Alright Hiccup." Daemon said reluctantly as he quickly undid any changes that he had made and his eyes returned to normal as he collapsed into Fang's arms.
"So since Daemon won, we all get to stay here in Berk. No matter what Stoic has to say correct?" Toothless asked Gobber.
"That's correct....uuhhh..Toothless." Gobber replied with a confused look.
"Hhheeeyyy!!" Astrid called out as she and the other teens entered the ring.
"Amazing fight!" said Ruffnut.
"I knew you would win the entire time." Snotlout said, patting Daemon on the back.
"No you didn't. You said he could never win." Tuffnut butted in.
"That was truly a great fight. Did you us a plus 5 speed?" Fishlegs asked. They all started to laugh and started to try and mend friendships. Just when it seemed everything worked out......the crowd erupted into an uproar!
"No way am I going to accept this!"
"Human dragons! Human's and dragons mating!? There's no way we can accept that." The crowd started to pound on the chains on the ceiling, and began to make their way to the rings entrance.
"Great....this whole fight was for nothing....." Hiccup said with a disappointed look.
It seemed like all was lost, but then multiple voices rang out over the crowds yelling.
"HEY!!! EVERYONE!!!!" The crowd turned around and were shocked to see who had called out to them.
"Are those our....."
"I think so..."
"Those are all our dragons......in human form!!!!"
The crowd was greeted by an equally large crowd made entirely up off all the dragons in Berk! But before the crowd could make sense of what they were seeing, they were attacked by the human dragons with hug and slaps on the back.....as if they were all old long lost friends! Every dragon quickly found their owner and began to talk with them as if this was all natural....even though it was an awkward conversation for many since these dragons still didn't grasp the concept of 'clothing' yet.
"What going on up there?" asked Snotlout.
"Oh just a little intervention of our own, brother!"
"Huh???" Everyone looked over and saw five dragons entering the Kill Ring.
"Woah....Spitfire...is that you?" Snotlout said as his jaw almost dropped to the ground.
"Sure is buddy! What do you think? I think I look pretty handsome in human form." said Spitfire, as the now human Nightmare approached his rider and gave him the same slap on the back Snotlout gives.
"Then these must be our dragons!" said Fishlegs as he ran over to greet his Gronkle.
"No way..." said Tuffnut.
"Yes way Tuffy, You better believe it." said one of the female Zipplebacks, since they appeared to of split into two separate human forms, but only maintained one wing each.
"Hey! Now we can ask them which one of us the like better!" said Ruffnut with a big smile.
"Yeah! So who do you like better? Me! Or my dumb sister."
"Uhhh....well I like you Tuffy."
"Ok and which one are you?" asked Tuffnut.
"I'm Smokestack." she said with a giggle.
"So what about you? Sparktongue?" asked Ruffnut.
"I prefer you over your smelly brother any day Ruffnut." said Sparktongue.
"Hahahaha figures their dragon are as divided on a decision as the twin themselves." Astrid said with a laugh, but stopped as she noticed a blue dragon starring at her.
"......Aaasssttrrriidd~!!!" The human Nadder quickly ran up to Astrid and picked her up as he twirled around.
"Hey......Spikey..stop spinning me!" Astrid said as she began to blush.
"Oh...sorry Astrid." Spike immediately set Astrid down and was greeted with a punch in the arm from her.
"Ow! What was that for?"
"For holding me next to you when your not wearing pants!!!!" Astrid shouted with a blushed face. As she handed Spikey Stoic's cape.
"I'm so glad I can finally talk to you!"
"Uhhh yeah....me to Spikey...I mean Spike."
"Its just that I always thought.....that you were a female." Astrid's face grew even more red.
"Ohhh....well. Nope, I'm male." Spike said with an innocent smile. Just then a thought popped into Astrid's head: 'I have to admit.....he looks pretty cute.' But she immediately shook her head clear once she realized what she was thinking. "Uuuhhh lets go over here and talk." Astrid grabbed Spike and dragged him away from Daemon and the others. While Daemon and the rest looked on with happy smiles at how everyone was getting along so well with their dragons new forms.
"It looks like it all worked out after all, huh Fang." Daemon said with a smile.
"Ok I admit it, you were right. It was crazy, but it worked out after all." Fang said with a content smile. Daemon gave a little chuckle, but immediately buckled over in pain and started to cough up even more blood then before and soon passed out onto the floor.
"Daemon! Daemon can you hear me!!" Fang called to him, as she held him in her arms.
"We have to get him to the doctor now!" Gobber ordered.
"Alright lead the way, while I carry him." Fang said as she gently lifted Daemon's battered body onto her shoulders, and quickly followed Gobber and the doctor to his house. When they arrived at the doctors house, they quickly cleared off a table so Fang could set Daemon down, but as she did she noticed that he had stopped breathing....
"Oh no....No!! Daemon wake up! Speak to me!" Fang held Daemon's head in her hands and smacked him a bit, but he still didn't wake up.
"Move over, I need to get to his torso!" The doctor said as he stepped in next to Fang. The doctor cut right down the middle of Daemon's shirt and pulled the two halves aside to reveal huge bruises a over his body!
"By the gods! How could this boy move or even be conscious after that fight....with theses injuries is beyond what I would expect!"
"You have to save him, please!! What can we do to help?" Fang pleaded with the doctor.
"We need to stop the internal bleeding located around his lungs. That's why he's coughing up blood."
"How do we do that?"
"I'll need a small pipe....and uuhhh some of that sticky ooze over there. Also Fang."
"I'll need you to use one of your claws to cut a small incision right along here." The doctor said as he made a line in between two of Daemon's ribs.
"Here's a pipe!" said Gobber.
"And here's the sticky stuff you wanted." said Hiccup.
"Good. Now this will have to be down quickly and precisely. Understand?"
"Yes!" Said all four of them.
"Now....make the cut Fang."
Fang did as she was instructed and make a small clean cut in between Daemon's ribs and was slightly taken back when the blood started to seep out. "Now the pipe hurry!" Gobber quickly handed the doc the small pipe, which was quickly inserted into the cut and straight into Daemon's lung; "Now give me that ooze." Hiccup handed over the small bowl which was filled with the stickiest tree sap in Berk, which was then spread around the pipe so it would stay in place and seal off the cut. Everyone watched and waited to see what would happen, but all jumped back as blood started to drain out of the pipe and Daemon gasped for breathe and awakened.
"Daemon! Your alive!" Fang cheered with joy as she tried to put her arms around him.
"Oooowww. By Odin and Thor's might! Why do I hurt so bad and where am I???" Daemon asked.
"You just finished your fight with Stoic!" Gobber said.
"Your at the doctors house." Hiccup interjected.
"You almost died!!!" said Toothless with a worried look.
".......Oooohhh yeah. I guess all this passing out....kind of messed with my memory......" Daemon trailed of as he passed out.
"Daemon? What wrong with him doctor?" Fang asked.
"Don't worry. He's just exhausted from the fight. His life isn't in danger anymore. Lets take him back to your home so he can rest."
"Alright....." Fang said, unsure of Daemon's condition.
..........................................................ONE WEEK LATER.......................................................
Fang quietly made her way upstairs to Daemon's room, so she could check up on him, but as she opened the door she saw Daemon was slowly beginning to stir under the covers in his bed and with out thinking ran over to his bed side and started to shake him and said.
"Daemon. Daemon wake up!"
"Huh....woah....whats wrong? Where's the fire Fang?"
"Thank goodness, your finally awake!"
"Huh? How long was I asleep?"
"You were asleep for a whole week!!"
"What!!! A week!" Daemon quickly sat up, but stopped as his stomach began to growl. "Well that explains why I'm starving, hahaha."
"How do you feel?" Fang said with concerned tone.
"I feel fine, a little sore. But considering what I went through, not bad at all. Heh, good thing I had dragon blood in me, or I could of been in serious trouble."
"I'm glad.....I was worried when you didn't wake up after the first couple of days....that you might not wake up at all...." Fang brought her hands to her face, so Daemon wouldn't see her cry. Daemon was sad to see the one he loved, crying. So he moved her hands away so he could see her face and looked into her eyes and said; "I'm sorry that I worried you.....I'll make sure you never have to worry about me again." He then brushed away the tears that were rolling down Fang's cheeks and gave her a small, making her blush a little.
"You better not.....or you'll have me to deal with!" Fang said as she turned her head, so she could hide her now bright red face.
"Hahaha. Ok, I understand. I don't want to invoke your wrath."
"Well lets get you up and dressed. I have to show you the village."
"Why what happened to it?"
"You'll see..." Fang said with a smile and a giggle.
Fang left the room, and waited for Daemon to get dressed. Which didn't take long as he practically tore off his pajamas's and threw on his pants, boots, shirt and jacket and ran downstairs to meet Fang.
"So what did you need to show me Fang?"
Fang slowly opened the front door, and as Daemon's eyes slowly adjusted to the light outside.....he couldn't believe what he saw.....