Raided: 1 The RaidRaided - A Mericup Story
~ The Raid
Aibhlinn was gutting fish in the early morning fog with her family. It had been a terrific catch and the entire village had been working hard all night to prepare the fish for preservation. They had run out of salt already, so mum was building up the fire to smoke the rest of the fish.
The smoke smelled heavy in the still air, which covered the stink of the fish guts a little.
Struan and some of his friends had gone out to the forest to get more wood, mainly branches to set the fish on. Aibhlinn liked Struan. He was a strapping lad, he made her feel a little funny inside and she tended to giggle for no reason whenever he looked at her. She was almost of age to start walking out with him. She was hoping so hard he would ask her, she tried to be near him as much as she could. He looked at her sometimes with such a gentle look on his face. Her pretty brown braids were falling apart from all the work, but she would make herself look extra good after a go
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Chapter One; Ready the Ships
Berk was wasting away. Hiccup could see it clearly. Years of stormy weather and ferocious seas, as well as a new group of Thunderdrums settling into the caves near the beach had made the island unstable. The dragons had widened the caves to accumulate their massive bodies and then their nests, and a neat collection of tunnels had been dug out. It meant that the stability of the island was compromised, and it could collapse at any moment. They had already lost one of the older houses when the floor had fallen through, crushing a Thunderdrum nest.
'What're we gonna do?' Hiccup asked himself, instructing Toothless to fly back to the village. Stoick had asked him to check out the island and find out what was going on. Now eighteen, Hiccup was still as scrawny as a fish bone. His voice had deepened, but not by much, and after a very awkward time of squeaking like a Terrible Terror. He also had a house of his own, littered with drawings of
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How to Train Your Dragon
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There was noise everywhere that fateful day. Men and women tumbled all over the docks filling one large ship with weapons and supplies. The tiny island surrounded by cold ocean bustled with activity, everyone excited for the send off.
Stoick, chief of the small village paced the dock, wondering if they'd ever come. This was the first time he'd be taking his son off the island, and it'd be the first time in years that they'd be visiting the homelands in years. Stoick's brother, Spitelout had gone just a few weeks before to
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“So what was your first flight like?” asked Merida casually, as she and Hiccup sat down near the fire, watching Toothless curl up for a nap. The thought of riding a dragon was so very interesting.
Toothless could fully extend his wings now. They were settling down after taking him outside to flap his wings to stretch them out. He had thrown up quite the flurry of snow from the snowstorm the previous day. It was getting a little bit warmer; at least it was warm enough to snow now.
Merida was unprepared for the reaction she got from Hiccup’s face. He smiled, not just a little awkward smile but a real all the way to the eyes smile. She knew she was seeing the real Hiccup, like when she had seen her real mum in her room just before the introduction of the suitors.
“It was amazing. Our first flight didn’t go so well, because I hadn’t figured everything out yet, hardly anything actually. I had created a new t
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“Her hair is like a fully enflamed Monstrous Nightmare. Her eyes are blue like the clear sky after a blizzard. Her hands are strong and callused but her touch is gentle like pussywillows. She smelled of apple. Her skin is like warm cream. Her face is round like a bowl you cup in your hands before drinking in her wonderful goodness.” Hiccup had his hands cupped before him.
“And her lips.” Ruffnut cooed.
“H-her lips....” Hiccup licked his own.
“sNerk.” A slightly muffled laugh came from Tuffnut.
Hiccup snapped out his revere. He looked around at the other teens and dashed away into the darkness beyond the bonfire on the observation deck, blushing bright red.
“Aw, you had to ruin it, didn’t you.” Ruffnut complained hitting her brother.
“Stop it! Won’t you ever stop it?” shouted Astrid, rising and spinning her ax in her hand.
Everyone stared at her.
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Fergus placed a bow on the dinner table by his wife’s plate.
“Fergus, no weapons on the table,” Queen Elinor said out of habit not looking up from the letter she was reading.
“You know lass, I keep wondering why you say that.”
“Oh, my mum always made us do that so we would take the time to talk instead of fiddle with our weapons,” said Elinor.
Fergus thought for a moment. “If it is so important to talk, why do you read so much at the table?”
Elinor blinked. She looked up and looked at her husband, daughter and sons. Then she looked back at the letter and folded it up and put it away. “You’re right, I should spend my time with you and not with some letters.”
“Have there been anymore raids?” asked Merida.
“Not so far this week, there have been three so far this summer but putting extra men to the coastal towns aren’t stopping them. We need to do something different.
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Returning from a ride through the glen, Merida caught her mother's eye as she walked into the room and remembered to hang her bow over the back of her chair rather than placing it on the table. After the whole bear incident, Merida and Elinor had both been trying to make changes, such as Merida trying to remember not to place her bow on the table, and Elinor had stopped complaining that her daughter had a weapon in the first place.
Taking a seat at the table, Merida helped herself to some dinner. Maudie chose that moment to enter the hall, carrying a tray.
“Letter from the Clan MacGuffin.” Maudie announced.
“That'll be for me then.” Merida said, rising from her seat and making her way around the table to pluck the letter from the tray before it reached her mother. The queen smiled at her daughter, sure that when she was ready to marry, Merida would choose Lord MacGuffin's son as her groom. Of her three suitors, it was young MacGuffin who wrote M
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“So how will the Althing help with the woman problem and the raiding of Scotland?” asked Hiccup.
“Well, son. At the very least we would be able to buy slave wives for the men.” said Stoic.
“Dad, that’s not a good solution and doesn’t help with the Scots.”
“No, but it is an option and is a simple answer to the most pressing problem.” Stoic held up a hand to keep Hiccup from butting in. “But there should be unattached women from other tribes available that might consider marrying into the tribe.”
“Okay, but what about protecting the Scots?”
“I am not exactly sure. I don’t really have a good understanding of the law and other nations. That’s why I want to talk to the lawspeaker and introduce you to him as well.”
“Yes, you. I don’t exactly have a plan yet. There are too many things I just don’t kn
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Hiccup woke up to the sound of Toothless’ teeth extending, which made him sit up and look around really quickly. It was really early in the morning, a torch was guttering low on the wall by the kitchen. The windows were covered with wooden shudders and furs to keep out the cold but there were still drafts making the torch waver.
In front of Toothless were four young children. Three were redheads, Merida had introduced them as Harris, Hubert and Hammish, but he had no idea who was whom. Merida seemed to have no problem with it though.
There was another child, a little blonde girl about the same age as the boys. She had a halo of messy blonde hair, that told Hiccup that she must be related to Lord MacGuffin. He knew that Lord MacGuffin had some other children besides Kevin, his firstborn. There was a son about Hiccup’s age that he had seen, but hadn’t been introduced to. As well as a preteen girl, who he had seen rush up
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Hiccup and Astrid glided into Berk. Hiccup was amazed as it looked like the whole village turned out as they came in. Everyone was shouting questions, and crowding around him. Astrid was glaring at everyone as they dismounted. Hiccup was looking for his father, but so many women were so close to him, touching him. Astrid and Ruffnut elbowed their way right next to him as Stoic came barreling through the crowd.
“Hiccup, son!” called Stoic as he caught his son up in a hug. “You’re alright. What happened? When you didn’t come back in time we sent out search parties.”
“Oh, ah, good. Did anyone find the message I left at Nest 5?”
“Yes, but saying you went looking for it didn’t exactly help. I found him in Scotland.” grumbled Astrid.
“Scotland?” Whispers wandered through the crowd.
“I found the dragons feeding off Scotland and I helped them deal with
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Toothless landed by a sheltered outcropping of rock. He used the last of his flame to heat the ground. Together Hiccup and Merida curled up in Toothless’ protective embrace.
“Hiccup, are we going to be okay? We aren’t really prepared for a blizzard,” asked Merida, drawing her cloak close, it was a little charred on the edge but she had ducked behind Hiccup as they flew through the fire. They didn’t have any food or water; they were only supposed to take an hour to look around. Eating the snow was too dangerous, it was so cold it would chill them faster and kill them. She knew they could last a day or two without food and water, but lack of shelter was a serious problem in a blizzard. However, the blizzard felt relatively warm after the terrible cold of this winter.
“We’ll be okay, Toothless can keep us warm. Here, lay on me and cover us with your cloak.”
“Hiccup that leaves you with
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The black dragon stood and began limping its way behind the humans. It could not close one wing completely because of the injury. Fergus had MacGuffin’s son and the Dingwall hunk flank the dragon, ready to take it down if it tried anything as the rest of the warriors surrounded the dragon and the Viking.
As they entered the lit great hall, the thump of Fergus’ peg leg and the squeak of Hiccup’s artificial leg resounded in the empty space. Their eyes met, the question was obvious.
“A demon bear. It attacked my wife and daughter,” said Fergus.
“A dragon. To defend my tribe,” said Hiccup.
Fergus nodded, a slight respect grew between them.
Once inside the Great Hall, Elinor ordered space made for the dragon to lie down, and extra candles and torches brought for light so they could care of the wounded. The servants were giving the dragon a wide berth and many warriors stayed nearby to guard the dragon and th
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Merida came tearing out of the castle. Maudie had told her a dragon had been sighted.
She looked into the sunset. It was Toothless. She ran to wait in the big field as he got closer. Her parents and others came to see. The trees were covered in the bright green of new spring growth now.
She had figured out that Hiccup was trying to get away from her once Astrid had shown up. As her parents had talked to Astrid, Hiccup had cupped her cheek in his hand and looked into her eyes, then he had gathered his things and left without a word. She figured that it was somehow too dangerous for him to say something. It was obvious that Astrid was jealous, and dangerous. But it had left her feeling devastated for him to leave without actually saying good-bye to her and she didn’t know why.
She knew that Astrid was dangerous, but so was she. Hiccup had said Astrid had basically claimed him after he recovered from their adventure
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Merida tottered out of the meeting that she and her mother had had with Astrid. Mum was arranging a room for the girl and a place for her dragon.
Merida had a hand on the stone wall guiding her, because she wasn’t sure how she was feeling. Hiccup had sent Astrid, the girl she thought Hiccup liked, to ask Merida to marry him. It would be a political marriage, the way to stop the raids on Scotland.
Merida stumbled down the stairs, grabbing the handrail. Her eyes didn’t seem to want to focus, her ears couldn’t hear. Part of her was raging, she didn’t want to give up her freedom. The freedom she had fought so hard for and hurt her mum over. Another part of her liked Hiccup, and held out the hope that maybe she could love him like Mum loved Da. The princess part of her knew what had to be done for the sake of her people.
Her feet carried her out of the castle and into the woods. There was a comforting presence next to her, Kevin MacG
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The tribe kept an eye on the Skivvy Scroungers while dragons stayed close to Hiccup as he trained with his father. Everyone could see a few of BigEars’ men loitering near Stoic’s campsite. Stoic had some men keep watch.
The Althing still had quite a bit of business to take care of, and since it was traditional for a holmgang to have a cool down period between the acceptance of the challenge and the fight itself, it would be several days before the fight. That allowed the ship bringing Toothless to arrive.
Fishlegs dumped an armload of bread onto the table. Gobber and the teens dug in, as they sat in Stoic’s tent after another day of watching and training.
“Hiccup, you had to go mess up a good thing.” complained Snotlout as they met around a table in Stoic’s tent.
“What do you mean?” asked Hiccup.
“I had all those girls swarming me.” said Snotlout.
“Hey, it’s not that bad.”
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“We have a new problem. A really big problem,” warned Hiccup, leaning on his fists on the table.
“We already have a problem, are you saying there is a bigger problem out there we have to deal with? We took out a lot of dragons, finally.” asked Fergus. He had one of the boys on his lap. He was feeling pretty good, they had taken out a large number of dragons and the rest had fled. They had lost only a few sheep.
“Yes. Admittedly, you did really well out there today, taking down so many dragons so quickly is impressive, but you lost a lot of people,” explained Hiccup.
After the battle, they began treating the wounded in the Great Hall. Hiccup showed them that the best way to deal with a Nadder quill was to push it through rather then pull since it was barbed. There was the man with the charred stump of a hand--it looked like Gronkle burns--who they were plying with strong ale as two burly guys and a ma
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The door shut behind Hiccup and the room went dark. He heard the bar slide into place, and his heart began to race again.
Elinor had told him that all he had to do was retrieve Merida from the dungeon during a mock raid. The idea seemed a bit odd, but it made a weird kind of sense, most of the interactions between the Viking and the Highlands had been raids and they were acknowledging that.
Hiccup was hoping that there wouldn’t be too many injuries. Elinor had confided in him that she was hoping this would also tire everyone so the new couple could have a quiet night together.
Elinor had just locked him into this dark room. Merida was in here somewhere, but how to find her. He waited as his eyes tried to adjust to the darkness. The slave chain on his belt clanked gently.
He started as he heard some rocks start rolling nearby. There was a thump and a window opened. There in the beam of sunlight was a white cocoon topped with wild red hair.
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Merida was tiptoeing through MacGuffin’s dark castle a hand on her belly and the other on her shoulder.
It was quite late but she wanted to get to the kitchen, it should be nice and warm there. She also needed some Chamomile tea to calm her down, a terrible nightmare had woken her up.
Merida also couldn’t sleep from the soreness in her shoulder. She had never fired that many arrows as she and her mum could do for so long or so quickly. It had drained her and her arm and shoulder seemed so much more tired then the rest of her. She had never really thought about how she fired her arrows or what effects it had on her. She had talked to mum and all they could do was rest and recover as fast as they could.
Hopefully, no more dragons would raid the MacGuffin’s lands for a few days. Da had massaged her and mum, which had helped but her blankets had slipped while sleeping and the cold air had stiffened her up again.
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“Mum, can I talk to you?” Asked Merida to the woman in a glittery green dress sitting at the table reading through some letters.
Queen Elinor glanced up regally and said, “Yes, dear. What is it?” but her eyes returned to the letter she was reading.
Merida glanced up at the crown sitting on her mother’s head and then tried again. “Queen Elinor. I’d like to speak with my mum, please.”
Elinor blinked and glanced at her daughter. Then she nodded, put down the letter, took off her crown and turned to face her daughter. “I’m sorry, what was it you wanted to talk to me about?”
“I was going over the harvest reports like you asked and this year’s crop was very good, but there are a lot of people saying it’s going to be a cold winter, and are looking to stockpile firewood. How can they know that?”
Elinor paused for a moment, frowning slightly, that seemed more
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Ch1 The Boy from Berk
It was a sunny day in the Highlands of Scotland with a cool breeze coming off the ocean which was calm that day. Above it the blue sky was dotted with only a few clouds when suddenly a black streak shot by, the black streak turned out to be a dragon. The dragon was jet black in color, obviously a Night Fury, with greenish-yellow eyes. What was different from most dragons was he had a mechanical fin on his tail that seemed to be attached to a saddle he was wearing on his back and there was a boy sitting on the saddle. The boy had dark auburn hair with green eyes and was wearing dark green pants, a green tunic that went to his mid-thigh, a brown belt where there looked to be a small knife, and a riding vest. The thing that stood out on him was that while he had a typical Viking-style boot on his right foot his left was a spring-loaded prosthetic leg that fit into the stirrup on the dragon's saddle. His name was Hiccup, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III to be precise, an
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"Of course we do!" her father roared back. "But we thought ye'd choose one a the young lords, not some savage from the edge o' civilization!"
"HE IS NOT A SAVAGE!" Merida cried, rage making her voice shrill. "And I don't ever want to hear you call him that again!" Her eyes caught the light of the torches, blazing as brightly as her fiery hair. Her gaze was so intense that even Fergus shied away.
"Darling, we only want what's best for you," Elinor soothed. She stepped forward and smoothed her daughter's wild curls back from her face. "But honestly, this boy just isn't safe! I mean, his best friend is a dragon, for heaven's sake! It's not right!" Elinor wanted to let Merida make her own decisions, she really did, but the prospect of her only daughter marrying some wayward viking and moving away so he could rule his own kingdom frightened her beyond belief.
"I love him, Mum," Merida said quietly. Her e
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The fire haired, Scottish royal was aboard a ship bound for a distant -yet familiar- land. As the craft neared the rocky isle of Berk, crowned with it’s thick fog and thunderstorms that wrapped around the mountains, Merida felt her stomach churn. She had a feeling of weightlessness upon the ship, as if she were in a dream, or were trapped in a memory from when she was a wee lass.
She had been no more than four when her family had last visited this clan so far North. They were here to renew the peace treaty between the people, a sign of respect that vikings would not hold ignorance to.
The young princess sighed, leaning over the side of the boat and allow her hair to wrap around her head like a burning shield. She knew not why she was nervous, Merida bare
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When the rooster in the courtyard crowed at dawn, Merida sat upright. Her hair was its usual tangled mess, and she had little dark rings under her eyes. She knew she hadn't slept for more than a few patchy hours. With a sigh, she got out of bed and rang for one of her personal maids.
And so started the first day of the rest of her miserable life.
~ Merida ~
She had been sitting in her bathtub for about half an hour, singing to herself. Her voice, which wasn't all that bad, echoed off the walls and the song she sung was an old one her mother used to sing. Even now, as a young woman, the lyrics would comfort her. Her pale skin had gone blotchy from the heat, and her fingers were pruney, but she didn't mind. Anything to drag the morning out.
A knock at the door ruined any chance of her bath lasting the next five minutes.
'Merida?' Elinor called, poking her head in the room. 'Are you nearly done?'
'Yes mother. I'm getting out now
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Chase the Wind
Chapter Eleven; Into the Open Air
~ Merida ~
It had been three weeks since Merida had come home. Three weeks of cramming princessy knowledge into her head in preparation for the Lords and their sons. She hadn't ridden Angus in three weeks – not properly. Her bow lay against her bed frame, untouched, unstrung and looking forlorn and lonely. She ached to string it across her back and practice her marksmanship, but she had promised her mother that she would take this seriously. She would be the queen soon, and apparently men did not take kindly to women who go gallivanting around shooting arrows instead of holding social events and bearing children.
The idea of having actual children made Merida shudder. The idea of her wedding night made Merida shudder. A lot of her duties made her shudder, actually. Or rather, they would if she didn't have to wear the stupid corset every day. Her mother had explained to her
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Third Person P.O.V
Imagine this setting: We skim above a dark, wild ocean. Then we turn towards a lone island, its name, Berk. It is a gigantic shard of rock jutting straight out of the water. Our sight gazes over rolling hills to reveal a small village nestled on an outcropping of sea mounts.
This is Berk. Its twelve days North of hopeless and a few Degrees South of freezing to death. It's located solidly on the meridian of misery.
My village. In a word, sturdy. And it's been here for seven generations, but every single building is new.
We have fishing, hunting, and a charming view of the sunsets. The only problems are the pests. You see, most places have mice or mosquitos. We have...
I pull my wooden, splintering door wide open, and then slam it shut almost as quickly as I opened it. I lean against it as fire shoots through the slats of wood; I try my best to ignore how the wood is now going from warm to burning hot. I am certain that the fire is illuminating my gangly