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It was an early morning on the island Berk, an island inhabited by the feared Vikings.
It had rained horribly during the whole night, and had left everything on the island soaked. A thick mist clouded the island and the endless sea around it, making it hard to guide oneself around.
Despite that, the young Viking girl Ingrid was strolling around the island with her dragon, Arvid. The mist made the dragon shake its head every now and then, annoyed over not having a clear sight. They were heading towards the dock, where all the fisher Vikings had gathered that day. She didn't know why, and she was a bit curious. The dock was crowded with people, carrying all kinds of equipments and nets. She tried to find someone to ask about this peculiar event. The crowd only grew and grew, and suddenly, she bumped into someone.
"Hey, watch where you're going!"
It was a recognizable voice. The person she had bumped into was carrying a large barrel over his right shoulder. He turned around to face her, and blushed as he recognized her as well.
It's you." Anund stuttered, trying to keep the barrel balanced on his shoulder. It looked too heavy for him.
"What are you doing?" Ingrid snickered while helping Anund to keep the barrel up with one hand. "What's going on? What's with everybody?"
"Well, the heavy rain yesterday made fish gather around a north island not too far away. There were a lot of nets set out there a while ago, and now everybody is going there to help pull them in."
"And you're coming with?" Ingrid asked, as she spotted the small bag on Anunds belt, filled with different fishing tools.
"Yeah, this is the first time my parents let me come with." He sighed. "Finally."
Suddenly Arvids tail slightly whipped Anunds left leg and almost made him drop the barrel. The dragon was looking around, and seemed to be searching for something. He snuffled the air and growled confusedly.
"Where's Spineback at?" Ingrid asked, as she also noticed that he wasn't around.
"We're not allowed to bring our dragons this time." Anund answered. "They take too much space in the boats, and we have other things to look after. So he's at home, wrecking my room again, most probably." Ingrid giggled silently and looked around, then looked at Anund.
"Soooo, any room for one more?" she asked, looking straight into his dark eyes.
"W-What do you mean?"
"Duh." She rolled her eyes. "Can I come with you? And bring up the nets?"
Anund looked hesitating.
"Oh come on, it's no big deal, is it?" she said, slightly shoving the barrel with her right hand. Anund balanced it up again and roughly shook his head to get his hair out of his eyes.
"I don't know." he replied. "It's a lot of work. And we already have a lot of people
"Hey, can you do it, so can I." Ingrid snorted and shoved the barrel a bit more. Anund had a really hard time keeping it up, and his arm was getting tired.
"Will you stop that?!" he snarled and brought up the barrel to balance again. "You'll have to ask my dad. And don't be mad at me if he rejects. This takes a lot of skill and a lot of
Before Anund could finish his sentence, his father interrupted the conversation.
"Ah, Ingrid!" he smiled. "Coming with us today, are you?" And with that he left, unknowing what their argument was really about.
"Yeah, your dad is a real strict guy." Ingrid grinned and climbed up on Arvids back. "I'm just going to leave Arvid at the house, I be right back!" Arvid leaped into the foggy sky and disappeared immediately. Anund sighed and continued to carry the barrel over to one of the ships.
An hour later, the ships had set sail. Ingrid had joined Anund and his parents, and also some other Vikings that Anunds parents always fished with. The party had very good track of where they were, despite the thick fog. It was even a bit hard to see what things were on the ship with the mist covering it.
Anund was sitting at the stern of the boat, and had fallen asleep after a while by the motion of the sea. Ingrid was sitting at the other side of the boat, and started to feel a bit chilly. She glanced over to Anund, smiled and walked over. She sat down next to him, but he didn't wake up. She puffed his arm slightly and he woke up with a twitch of his head.
"I'm cold." Ingrid said meaning. Anund barely caught the drift and began to stutter again.
Hold on a second
" Anund stood up and took of the belt that was wrapped around his waist, to be able to take of his long west. He put on the belt again and handed over the west. It was a bit big, but did well.
"Thanks." Ingrid smiled and looked at him again, but he only blushed and looked away with a disturbed groan.
After quite a while of silent sailing, they arrived at the island. It wasn't as big as Berk, and was all in all a huge rock. There was a tiny, tiny forest behind the island which had a small beach in its end, but it was barely worth to notice after taking a look at the islands amazing rock, that burst up through the air and into the clouded sky. It never seemed to end.
Anunds parents and the rest of the crew immediately started working. They pulled up the nets from the water, carefully counting them one by one. There was indeed a lot of fish, and they certainly didn't regret coming there that foggy day.
Then something unexpected happened. As Anunds dad pulled the last net in, he noticed that there was one missing. The crew double checked all the nets and yes, there was definitely one gone. They searched the water again, but couldn't find anything. They sent Anund out to look further away, and Ingrid went after him.
They walked along the island's shallow water, Anund walking with a stick with a hook which he held out in the water to see if it would get caught in the missing net. They kept that up for quite a while, but no luck. As they were about to give up and head back, a small cave appeared in front of them.
It was not a deep cave, just a little bulge into the rocks that created a ceiling and a small pool of water inside. Anund got closer to investigate. As he stepped in to the small cave, he noticed that the ground got deeper.
"Hey, feel this." Anund suddenly said, his voice slightly echoing against the rock walls. "The water is all warm." Ingrid set her hand in the water and felt it as well.
"That is strange." she said and looked around. "You think there's any Scaldrons around?"
"I don't know. It might be." Anund shrugged. "Then we should probably get out of there."
As they turned around to walk out of the cave, Anund noticed something in a dark corner. Some object was laying there. He jumped down in the deeper warm water again and walked across the cave.
"What are you
?" Ingrid begun but then noticed what Anund had found. He held up the missing net, though it was ripped and shredded badly. No fish was left on it and was nowhere to be seen.
"How did it get here?" Anund said confusedly. "Did someone steal it?"
"Someone or something." Ingrid replied. "Seriously, we should get back before this thing gets back.
What's that?" Anund pointed to the center of the deep pool. Something was laying there, its shape disfigured by the moving water. He went out deeper in the water, so it reached to his hips. He tried to reach down to the bottom, his fingertips slightly touching the surface of the object. He then took a deep breath and shoved his head under the water, bending down completely to get a firm grip around the strange object. He shot out to the surface and walked over to Ingrid.
An egg?" Ingrid gasped as she saw what Anund was carrying. With great pain he got the egg out of the pool, and placed it on the cave floor.
"It's very heavy." he said and stroke his hands over his wet hair. "Definitely not a birds egg
Nor a snake
The only possible thing that could have laid this iiiiis
?" He rolled his eyes over to Ingrid, waiting for the answer. Ingrid fake smiled and replied; "A dragon, of course."
"Eeeeexactly." Anund said and picked it up again. "I wonder if it's still alive
" He placed his ear against the sky blue shell and listened. Ingrid gave him a stupid look and took the egg out of his hands.
"You're not thinking of taking this with you, are you?" Ingrid said. Anund tried to grab the egg, but Ingrid was keeping it behind her back, out of Anunds range. They walked around in circles as he tried to snatch it back.
"Why not?" replied Anund and lunged for the egg, but missed. "You don't see its parents around, do you? It's all abandoned in this pool of water! Even if it's alive, it will drown as it hatches!"
"Then let's just place it somewhere safe!" said Ingrid and went out of the cave to the shallow water again. Not so far away they could see the small beach where the tiny forest ended. "Let's place it on that small hill, by the rocks. The parents will find it for sure there." Ingrid started walking towards the shore.
"Or some other predators might find it!" Anund complained. "And then it's dead, for sure!"
"Either you like it you're not; you will NOT bring this egg to Berk. The net that we found was probably taken by its parents, don't you think? That's why it was in the cave together with the egg."
"Then why was the egg in the water?"
"I don't know, okay? Let's just get this egg safe and head back with the net! The fog is getting even thicker
They arrived at the beach and Ingrid climbed the small hill and left the egg at the rocks. She returned to Anund, grinned and walked past him.
"Shall we?" She said. "Come on, they're probably waiting for us." Anund watched her walk away and groaned of annoyance. He glanced up at the sky blue egg again, and saw it disappear in the fog.
Ingrid had grabbed the net in the cave and walked back to the ships in a steady pace. Anund was slowly making his way back, walking a couple of meters behind Ingrid.
"Speed up, will you?" she shouted through the fog. "We're almost there, slowpoke!"
The fishers were waiting for them like Ingrid has said. The indistinct shadows waved at them through the fog, they waved back and got onto the ship where they told the rest of the crew about the net they had discovered. Anunds dad got very thoughtful about it and said that he would try to find out more about it. They soon set sail and went back to their island, Berk.
When they got back, they both helped to bring the barrels full of fish to the dock. Anunds dad soon interrupted and said that Ingrid didn't have to go through that "harsh work", even though she quite honestly did it better than Anund.
When the fish was all ashore, Anund said goodbye to Ingrid and went back home. It was a strange goodbye; he didn't even walk up to her, just kept himself in the distance so the fog slightly clouded his silhouette. Ingrid didn't even manage to reply; he ran off immediately and disappeared into the white clouds.
Anund ran back all the way to his house, pulled up the door and ran into his room. He shut the door tight and sat down on his bed, took the fishing tool bag off his belt and very carefully took out the sky blue egg, gently laying it down on the bed.
He took out some cloths he had in his closet that he usually kept around when the cold winter night were scurrying the island, which kept him from freezing into an ice cube. He wrapped it around the egg, and then placed it in a small, wooden box he had emptied.
"There." he said. "Hope it's warm enough for ya."
He suddenly heard some loud noises outside his room, and he opened the door to see what was causing such a ruckus. As he opened it, a huge creature jumped him. He felt the claws grip against his arms and he fell backwards onto the floor, hitting his head on the hard wood.
"Thank you, Spineback." he groaned and rubbed his head. "I missed you too."
Days passed, and the fog begun to disappear more and more. One day it was suddenly clear, and the sun shined down at Berk. It was quite rare around there; therefore the Vikings enjoyed it very much. Ingrid made her way towards Anunds house; she hadn't met him since the fishing day. Right behind her, Arvid followed, keeping his head up high to try to catch every ray of the sun.
When they got there the door was open, they looked inside but no one was around. She simply marched in and knocked on Anunds door.
"You there, fisher boy?" she said and waited for an answer. Some noises could be heard and then the door opened. The young boy looked newly awake, with messy hair and tired, red eyes.
"Whoa, what happened to you?" Ingrid snickered. "Had a bad dream or something?"
"No, I'm fine." replied Anund and rubbed his eyes. "Come in, I'm just
Doing nothing, really." Anund walked back into his room and Ingrid walked after him.
The room was messy, as usual, in due to Spineback's usual rampages to gain attention. He was now curled up in a corner of the room, sleeping deeply. Anund tiredly walked over to his bed and sat down on it, against the wall. He then picked up the blue egg, which had been covered in warm cloths. He took it and placed it in his lap. Ingrid turned ferocious.
"You took the egg?!" she almost shouted at him, surprising Arvid and making him curl up next to Spineback. "I told you that you couldn't bring it to Berk! And still, you did. Why do you have to be such a jerk?!" Anund was about to say something, but Ingrid stopped him. "No, don't answer that. Just don't. You're so darn stubborn, Anund! Have you any idea what you might have caused? Do you?"
"I think it's dead."
Ingrid paused. Anund stroke the egg with his hands, feeling the surface and the chilling feeling it had.
"It's very cold." he said, looking down. "I don't think it made It." he placed his chin on the egg, wrapping his arms around it in that sort of embrace you give your recently passed away pet. "I did this."
Ingrid noticed Anund's tone and immediately stopped what she was doing. He was clearly upset about the egg. She half smiled and sat down next to him, not gaining any reaction back.
"Don't say that." she almost whispered. "You tried to do something good." she held back an 'even though it was stupid', and wrapped her arm around his. She carefully let her head rest on his shoulder. "It's not your fault."
Anund didn't react like he usually did; he kept still and simply smiled just a bit, but it faded pretty quickly. Ingrid placed a hand on the egg, and also felt the chill coming from it. Anund quivered as she placed her cold hand back around his arm. He then looked at her, and said "Thanks."
Then something happened, right as he said it. Anund got a large thud in his chest which made him tweak back. Ingrid had felt it too and looked down at the egg. It kept still for a moment, and then they felt another thud, making the egg move slightly.
?" Anund gasped.
"It's alive!" Ingrid said and raised herself up to her knees, letting go of Anund. "Anund, it's alive!"
Anund sat up and placed the egg down on the sheets of the bed. The egg moved around and the shell was beginning to break. Soon a clawed, blue foot broke out from its surface, scratching the egg in struggle do get out. A beak cracked through the other side of the shell and managed to break away a big part of it.
Out of the egg came a dragon, with the same sky blue color as the egg had. Its tail was long, and in the end of it were two fins, like a shark's tail. Its arms were the wings, the upper part of it were long while the lower part of it were short. The leather like skin that was wrapped around the wings was decorated with dark blue stripes. The feet had four long claws and a fifth higher up. Its body had thick, big, grey scales at the front of the body, and the back had small, almost fur-like blue scales. Small strands of red hair grew as a mane along its back. The head was hard as rock and had six spikes, with thin leather across them, making it look like fish fins. It had two green eyes on each side of the head, all contoured by pitch black lines. The unique thing about the dragon was though the beak, which had the shape of a sharp single flue harpoon.
"I've never seen a dragon like this." Anund panted, looking down at the creature. It was about the size of a 2 month golden retriever. The dragon supported itself on its yet weak wings and screeched strongly at the two. It then scurried closer towards Anund and snuffled his hands. Anund pet the dragon's hard head and it seemed to enjoy it. It made a cutter like sound and stroke its head harder against him.
"Holy crap, Anund." Ingrid said suddenly. "You're a mom."
Anund blushed and replied "Am not!"
Suddenly the dragon made a strong motion and accidently caught Anunds hand with its hook-like beak.
"OW!" he shouted out in pain. The hook was stuck and the dragon got frightened by Anunds scream, backing away from him, which made the hook go even deeper. Anund struggled to take it off but it was hard when the dragon was pulling the other way. Ingrid swiftly took it off and the dragon fell off the edge of the bed. Anund checked his hand, and saw the blood streaming out from the 2 centimeter deep wound. The hook had caught the thumb part of his palm, and he couldn't move his thumb because of the pain.
"Whoa, are you okay?!" Ingrid said worried. "Maybe we should go to the doctor
"No, it's fine
" groaned Anund, took one of the cloths and pressed it hard against the wound. "It's just a bruise. It'll stop bleeding soon." Ingrid snorted and helped the small dragon up on the bed again. She dried of Anunds blood that was still on its beak.
"I know how we can avoid further injuries from this little guy", said Anund and took a file from the desk next to him. He carefully placed it on the sharp point of the dragon's beak and gently scratched it back and forth. Soon the hook wasn't as sharp anymore, and wouldn't be able to hang onto things as easy. It was still a hook though, just more dull.
"That should do it." he said.
"Why do you have a file on your desk, anyway?" Ingrid asked suspiciously.
"It's because of Spineback." Anund replied. "I file the spikes so I don't get hurt while riding." He took the cloth off his hand, but the blood hadn't stopped flowing. It squirted on his arm before he quickly but the cloth back.
"Come here." said Ingrid and took another piece of the cloths, and wrapped it around Anunds hand several times to make it stay put.
"Thanks." Anund replied, grasping his wounded hand. "Now let's go see if someone knows something about this little reptile."
Even though the dragon was newly hatched, it was very keen and full of energy. It very quickly got used to walking around on its hind legs and using its wings to get around easier. It took small flights in the air, but didn't quite grip how to take the wind under its wings for real.
The two Vikings had left Anunds house together with the three dragons, Spineback, Arvid, and the fish-like dragon that they had named Tuna for the moment. They were heading against the dock, where Anund hoped to find his dad.
"If I remember correctly, this thing with the nets has happened once before." he said while walking next to Ingrid in a fast pace. "And if it has something to do with these dragons, he would know."
Tuna learned more and more how to get forward, he jumped from rock to rock and dashed up in the air, landed on Spineback, climbed all over him and took a jump up to Anunds shoulder. The claws had an unpleasantly hard grip and Anund squint his eyes as he felt them burrow into the shirt. They finally reached the dock and Anund spotted his dad immediately.
"There he is!"
As Anund said those words, Tuna saw a promising barrel a few feet away, and leapt into the air, and dashed over to it. He was gone in a second and Anund couldn't figure out where he had gone. They looked around, but were suddenly approached by Anunds father.
"There you are!" he said with a disturbed tone, scratching his forehead. "It happened again, only ten times worse."
"What are you talking about?" Anund replied. "What happened?"
"The new nets we set out at the island has all been shredded and cut up." he groaned. "Something it definitely destroying them. And we're going to stop it."
Without even listening to what Anund had on his mind, he quickly walked away as if he was in a hurry. Anund looked at Ingrid. Ingrid looked back at Anund.
"We have to return it to the island." said Anund. "And fast."
An hour later, they were both ready to take a flight to the northern island. They had found the mischievous Tuna in the barrel it had gone after, which had been filled with fresh fish. But the only thing left when they found it was the bloated dragon.
They both climbed up on their dragons backs and Anund took a look at the map. It wouldn't take as long to get there with dragons as it did with boats. They secured themselves so they wouldn't fall off, Anund kept Tuna on his shoulder and so the dragons leapt into the clear sky.
The wind was only a pleasant breeze, and didn't bother the dragons flying at all. The sea was pretty still and sparkled in the horizon. It was only the middle of the day, so they had plenty of time before the nightfall. After about one hour of flight, they spotted the island.
"There it is!" Anund proclaimed and steered his dragon down to the small cave. They landed in the shallow water and Anund entered the rocks bulge once again. There were even more nets there this time, violently shredded and ripped. Tuna screeched and jumped down in the warm pool of water, where he swam around like a duckling.
"Seems like the egg was meant to be in the water." said Ingrid while watching Tuna dive to the bottom and bring up some small pebbles to the surface. "The parents don't seem to have been delighted when coming home to nothing
Look at all those nets
Suddenly Tuna stopped playing in the water and raised its head up high. It made quick movements with its head as it were listening to something that Anund nor Ingrid could here, not even their own dragons. They all stared at the little dragon as it jumped out of the pool and looked out at the sea. It snuffled the air and screeched quietly, then quickly jumped up into Anunds arms.
"What's the matter?" Anund asked surprised. "Are you afraid of the water? There's nothing there, it's clear."
But as Anund said that, an unidentifiable sound reached the surface and out of the water burst a large shadow. Only the dark silhouette could be seen as it blocked the sun with its huge body, then spread out its amazingly big wings and hovered in the air in front of them.
Anund and Ingrid stepped out of the dark cave to the shallow water and saw directly that this was the parent of Tuna. It was five times as big, thick, broad wings and the claws were much longer and darker. Its screech was high pitched and made the Vikings ears ring, but their dragons only roared back at it, defending their riders. They took stand before them and spread out their wings in an attempt to seem as terrifying and big as possible. They both violently whipped their tails to show that they were not going to play nice.
"Take it easy, guys." Anund said as he squeezed himself past the dragons, with Tuna in his arms. "It's just angry because we have its kid. We'll simply give it back to her and it'll be fine!"
Anund stretched out his hands in a fast motion to hand over the dragon puppy to the vicious dragon, but unfortunately it only saw this as a threat and attacked. The hook that grew on the beak was as pointy as Tuna's had been before Anund had filed it, but it was much, much larger and much more dangerous. Before any of them had the chance to react, the dragon lunged itself at Anund, hooking onto his arm. The leather gloves that Anund always wore made the hook not go through, saving his arm from getting pierced. But the dragon still had a good grip and threw itself out in the water, diving in and disappearing. Anund screamed of shock as he suddenly saw the sky fly past him, then the surface of the water, then the depths of the sea.
The dragon did not let go of him. It swam violently fast through the water, making the leather glove rip more and more, and soon Anund could feel the point of the hook touching his skin. He knew for sure that if it kept ripping, it would sound pierce through his arm completely. The dragon kept swimming, giving no signs to stop. Anund started to feel dizzy, as he had not taken a proper breath before being dragged down in the water. All he could see was blue, dark water go past his eyes, and the large wings of the dragon that it used as huge fins.
Suddenly, he could hear a blurred crash, as if something broke through the surface of the water. He tried to see through the water, and caught the white figure of his dragon, Spineback, coming towards the fish dragon. He slammed the dragon with its body, making both the dragon and Anund spin around in the water. Anund then felt a horrible pain that chilled his spine, and he knew that the hook had finally ripped the last of his glove and gone through his arm. Spineback managed to knock the other dragon out, and then carefully released Anund from the hook with its clumsy claws.
Anund hold onto Spineback with his healthy arm and let him drag him up to the surface, where Tuna was floating around. It screeched of joy and relief when it saw Anund again, and climbed up on Spineback together with Anund. They reached the shallow waters again where Ingrid and Arvid anxiously were waiting. Ingrid ran out in the water and helped Anund ashore.
"Oh my god, your arm!" she quickly took of the cloth Anund still had wrapped around his hand, and luckily the blood had stopped flowing. She wrapped the still bloody cloth around his arm instead. "Can you move it?"
Anund made a small attempt to move his arm, and he could move it still, but it was extremely painful and made him gasp in pain. Tuna clutched himself tightly onto Anunds shoulder, shaking in fear.
"Come on, you'll have to ride with me on Arvid to get back to Berk." said Ingrid and helped Anund towards her dragon. "We have to get back fast before
Suddenly the fish dragon burst out from the surface and went towards Anund again. But Spineback quickly lunged himself against the dragon, making them fall out in the water, violently slashing and biting each other. The fish dragon dove under the water, disappearing out of sight, then with a huge amount of power it slammed Spineback as he had before, only much more powerful, making Spineback fly up a couple of feet into the air. It then gained its focus back on Anund, lunged itself at him, grabbing him with its large claws and then leapt into the sky above them.
The cold breeze that had felt so gentle on their way to the island was now stinging Anunds eyes, making them fill up with tears. The fish-like dragon had leapt into the sky and brought him up higher and higher, higher than the top of the huge rock the island was made of.
It screeched high and suddenly stopped, throwing Anund up in the air before it. He flew a few meters up, stopped in mid-air, and as he looked down he could see the dragon ready to strike as he came down. He braced himself for the hit and closed his eyes, but instead he heard a large thud. As he fell down he couldn't open his eyes, and wasn't sure what was up and what was down. He suddenly landed on something but it was only Arvid, catching him before he had hit the sharp rocks near the island. Ingrid embraced him as he opened his eyes, lightly squeezing his arm between them.
ARM!" he gasped and Ingrid let him go. She took a firm grip to Arvid and looked over her shoulder as she spoke to Anund.
"Sorry!" she steered Arvid away from the fish dragon, around the huge rock. "I forgot about that. What's with this dragon, really? You only tried to give its pup back
" The shivering Tuna had stayed clutched to Anunds shoulder during the whole time, its eyes wide open and barely blinking. Soon they heard the screech again. The fish dragon had already caught up with them.
"Hold on." panted Anund. "I've got a plan. Go down to the cave, fast!"
Arvid swiftly turned around and swept by their follower, and down to the cave. Anund jumped off the dragon and sorted the nets that were left in the cave. He found one that was not too badly roughed up, and brought it with him.
"You and Arvid have to distract It." he commanded, then looked around to try to spot Spineback. "I'll go with Spineback and finish it. Don't worry, it'll work."
Ingrid hesitated to fly away from the wounded boy, but he pushed Arvid with his shoulder to make him fly away. They took off to the sky while Anund stayed on the ground, looking out over the water to spot his dragon. As he shouted his name, he heard a roar and out of the sky darted Spineback down to his side. He climbed up on the dragon's back, which was quite hard with only one good arm, and then they took off into the skies. Right after they lifted the fish dragon landed with fury on the exact spot where they had been standing. It screeched of anger and took off after them with incredible speed.
Luckily, Spineback was also a very fast dragon. Not quite as fast as the fish dragon, but close enough to keep them safe for a while. Anund spotted Arvid and Ingrid not far away and flew past them, and as the fish dragon flew past as well, Arvid quickly shot a string of fire against it. It hit perfectly and the dragon screeched, turning around in the air to face Arvid. He gave him another fiery attack, hitting him once again but more powerfully, so the dragon actually got lunged back a bit. Arvid started to fly in circles around him, shooting fire constantly, making the fish dragon retreat and fly off for a second.
It then turned back ferociously, opening its big jaws to let out a light blue fire. Arvid quickly avoided the attack, only getting the tail hit. But the fire wasn't burning; it was an unpleasantly chilling fire that made his bones feel like steel.
The dragon leapt after Arvid, breathing the freezing fires after him. It hit Arvids left foot and almost made him tip over. Arvid spun around in a circle, and shot several fire balls back at the fish dragon. Two of them hit him perfectly, making it screech and stop following him.
"You got him!" Anund suddenly shouted. From above he came down on Spineback, and threw the net at the dragon. A perfect hit and the rocks by the end of the net twisted it together, making the dragon fall down to the beach of the island.
Anund landed with Spineback a short distance away from the captured dragon. Arvid and Ingrid landed shortly after, and as Anund was approaching the fish dragon, Ingrid quickly jumped off her dragon and stopped him.
"Hold on!" she said as she grabbed both of his shoulders. "What do you think you're doing?! That thing wants to kill you! It's safer it we just keep the dragon, instead of getting killed, don't you think?"
"You said the exact opposite thing when we found the egg." Anund replied.
"But the situation is different now, Anund!" she shouted back, blushing up. "This is not a game. This is real. Please don't kill yourself." At that last sentence, the grip around his shoulder loosened a bit and made Anund somehow scared in some way. But he took her hand with his good arm and looked into her eyes, so that she would listen to what he said.
"Don't worry." he said steadily. "I won't kill myself."
He brushed by her, approaching the fish dragon. It panted hard after the battle and growled weakly as Anund came closer. He carefully cut up the net a bit to make it able to get out. The dragon quickly hooked its beak onto Anunds shirt, pulling him close to its face. The green eyes intensely stared into his own and Anunds slowly grabbed the dragon puppy from his shoulder, and set it down on the ground. The fish dragons eyes suddenly softened and it unhooked itself from Anunds now slightly ripped shirt.
The two fish dragons united, both seeming pleased to meet each other. The dragon got the net off with a small effort, spread its wings and then supported itself on them, just like the puppy had. They exchanged cutter like sounds while rubbing their faces together affectionately. The big fish dragon then looked over at Anund, who nervously was standing next to them. The dragon came closer to him and made Spineback jump ahead, defending its master if the dragon would attack again.
But it didn't. It simply looked at them, then at its child, made another cutter-like sound and dived into the water. The dragon pup looked a last time at Anund and Ingrid before it followed its mother, down in the dark blue water.
"And that", begun Ingrid as she approached Anund, "
is the end of it."
They got back to Berk about an hour later. The sun had started to set, and made the water around Berk glisten in a beautiful orange color. Anund had to take a lift with Ingrid since he couldn't steer properly with one hand. Spineback flied freely after them.
They met their parents immediately at the dock, who had been worried sick all day. Anunds mother almost passed out as she saw the hole that went through Anunds arm, but after tending it a bit they knew that it would heal up completely.
Their families were very happy to see the two again, and made them split up quite fast. But soon they managed to slip away and meet just around the corner of the dock.
"So your arm is going to all right?" Ingrid smiled and tried to keep out of sight from her parents by sitting down on the ground behind a stone wall. Anund sat down in front of her as well.
" Anund replied. "
Wouldn't want to be crippled like that other gu-"
Anund didn't get to finish his sentence, before Ingrid had thrown herself over him, embracing him around his neck.
"You scared me." she whispered.
Anund doubtfully wrapped his arms around her and hugged her back. They sat still like that for a few seconds, before Ingrid let go of his neck. Impulsively, Anund bent his head over, and gave her a hesitant kiss. Ingrid pulled back, blushing intensely, and stood up. Anund blushed back and stood up as well.
"I-I'm sorry, I didn't mean to
I don't know what I was thinking, I
" he stuttered while waved his hands nervously. Ingrid walked a few quick steps away from him, and then turned around.
"I'll see you tomorrow!" she said, smiled widely with the blush still on her cheeks and ran off to her parents again. Anund was left standing there, looking like a fool with one hand stretched out after her.
To be Continued...