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HTTYD: Choice, Epilogue

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Published: July 22, 2010
Summary: Three years after the events of the movie, Astrid makes a choice.

"We should do this more often," Ruffnut said.

"Agreed."  Astrid's eyes were closed as she enjoyed the secluded hot spring, but they blinked open as Ruff pulled her onto her lap and wrapped her arms around Astrid's waist.

"You know what I think we should do?" Ruffnut murmured, her fingers dancing on Astrid's thigh.

Astrid smiled.  "I think I can guess."

"Are you saying I'm getting predictable?  I need to step up my game."  She slipped her fingers down, and Astrid bit her lip.

"Wait, I think I hear them," Hiccup said from a little ways off.

"Seriously?!" Ruffnut yelled to the heavens, and Astrid let out a deep belly laugh.  "I'm going to kick their asses, I really am."

"Be nice," Astrid said through her giggles.

Hiccup and Tuffnut stepped around the natural rock barrier separating the spring from the forest at large, Hiccup with a sigh and Tuffnut with a smirk.  "Hello ladies," Hiccup said gamely.

"Thor's hammer, can't you two find your own places?" Ruffnut demanded as Astrid sank a few more inches into the water.

"Hey, it's not my fault you two," Hiccup gestured to Ruff and Tuff, "think alike.  I'm just along for the ride."

"And what a ride it is!" Tuff said, thrusting his hips.

"Oh gods."  Astrid covered her face with her hands.  "Don't start that again."

Hiccup smiled, then looked at the other boy.  "Tuff, should we --"

He didn't make it any further before Tuff's pants hit him square in the face.  "Cannonball!" Tuff cried, leaping to the spring and sending a large wave over the shrieking girls.

"What is wrong with you?" Ruffnut cried, spitting out water.

"Anything's more fun if I get to annoy you while doing it," he said with a grin.  Astrid laughed, and Ruffnut kicked at him futilely.

Hiccup, having disrobed, leaned his prosthetic against a rock and slipped in.  Ruffnut was glowering, and he made sure to give her a wide berth as he drifted over near Tuff.  "Well, isn't this homey," he said once he was well clear of the Thorston girl's reach.  Tuffnut snorted.

Ruffnut leaned her chin on Astrid's shoulder.  "You don't like them that much do you?" she asked.  "Like, if they were to suddenly turn up dead or something?  Hypothetically."

"I like them well enough," Astrid said, running the back of her fingers over Ruff's cheek.  "And we're all friends here."

Ruff groaned and tipped her head back.  "I know we're close and everything, but this is ridiculous."

Astrid laughed.  "Ruff, your girlfriend's ex-boyfriend is dating your twin brother."

"Yeah," Hiccup chimed in, "I think we've moved past close and right into incestuous."  Ruff and Tuff both made faces, and he smiled.

"So..." Astrid said, trying to ignore the fact that the twins were trying to kick each other under the water.

"So..." Hiccup replied, ignoring the same thing.

"How's your dad?"

Hiccup rolled his eyes.  "He brought out an axe when Tuff was over last night.  It was actually kind of funny."

"That was terrifying!" Tuffnut suddenly said, and winced when Ruff scored a hit to his shin.

"He was just messing with you."

"No way man, he's going to kill me.  Ruff's gonna come get me for breakfast one day, and all that'll be left is a bloody smear and maybe like, an ear."

"Works for me," Ruffnut said cheerfully.

"So he's..."  Astrid trailed off and gave a half-shrug.

"I don't know," Hiccup said with a sigh.  "He still won't acknowledge anything, but I think he's calming down.  Unspoken death threats aside," he added, patting Tuff's leg.  "I think he realized it could be worse."

"Whatever," Tuff said.  "I'm still giving it a few more days."

"If he hasn't killed you yet, he's probably not going to."

Tuff shot Astrid a doleful look.  "You'll check it out if I get murdered, right?"

"Sure," Astrid said, her lips quirking up in a half-grin.  "We'll have the ear for evidence after all."  Satisfied, Tuff leaned back.

"Well our mom loves you," Ruffnut said, giving Astrid a squeeze.  "She says you're a good influence on me or some crap like that."

"It's not like I could have inspired you to be any worse," Astrid said a laugh.

Ruff shot her a sultry grin and buried her nose in Astrid's neck.  "I dunno, Astrid.  You don't exactly inspire me to be good either."

"Call it even?" Astrid asked, a squeak in her voice.

"Fair enough."

"Control yourself, woman," Tuffnut said, turning up his nose.  Ruffnut scowled at him, and he stuck out his tongue.  Then he looked at the side of the pool where their clothes were piled with a thoughtful expression on his face.

"What?" Ruffnut asked, then her eyes widened.

Astrid was suddenly thrown across the spring as Ruff and Tuff both lunged for the clothes at the same time.  "Hands off!" Ruff snarled as they fought over a pair of leggings.

"We owe you for stealing our pants!"

"Well it's not happening today!"

"Wanna bet?"

Astrid shook her head and drifted over next to Hiccup.  He shot her a grin, and she rolled her eyes skyward, but her expression was affectionate as she watched the twins.  "I guess it all worked out," he said.

"I guess so," was all Astrid said.

He studied her face carefully.  "Was it worth it?"

This time Astrid dropped her head forward before leaning it back to look at Hiccup.  "Yes," she said with a sigh.  "I wouldn't have started it if it wasn't worth it.  But I may jump off the dock if I ever have to do that again."

Hiccup chuckled.  "Then I guess you'll just have to stick with Ruff."

"Damn straight," Astrid muttered.  She smirked as Ruff shoved Tuff under the water.  "At least it'll never get boring."

Hiccup nodded and looked back at the twins.  "Should we separate them?"

"I'm not getting in the middle of that, but feel free."

"...they'll work it out."

Astrid smiled as she watched her girl.  No, it hadn't been easy, any of it.  But there was easy, and there was right.  Sitting there now with her friends and her lover, Astrid knew there had only ever been one choice.  It hadn't been easy, but it had been right, and that made it worth so much more in the end.

Her girl.  Her lover.  Her choice.  She wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
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I couldn't actually remember anything that I meant to write for the epilogue, so I made stuff up. Whatevs.

And it's done. Huzzah. All right peeps, it's been real! I'm outta here!

No, seriously, I'm pretty much done with the HTTYD fic at this point. Mostly at least. I don't want to stop writing, but I need some new fandoms. Too bad I don't have any. Um, let's see, anyone here like Burton's Wonderland movie? Maybe I'll do that next. Or maybe not, I don't know. Oh well.

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Epilogue

Into the Forest - a Ruffstrid prequel
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I finally finished reading this. It's such a worth while read, I loved it! DA really needs more Ruffstrid like this.
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BrooseusStudent General Artist
I wanted Hicstrid. My fave fan couple. HiccupxAstrid FOREVA TO ME THOUGH! Although ur pairing is cyool too!
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If you want Hicstrid, why did you read my one long story about Ruffstrid, and not the other stories I have about Hicstrid? I have quite a few!
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Thank you! It certainly felt like an epic undertaking.
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Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :)
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ThislifesendHobbyist Writer
God. This is so good it makes me want to cry and laugh at the same time :applause:
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So all the comments you've left really mean a lot to me, but I feel like it would be more cohesive for me just to reply to this one. I have read and enjoyed all your comments though. :)

This story was easily the most difficult I've ever written, both because there's just more of it than any other story I've done, and because of the subject matter. I don't personally feel it was an entirely successful attempt, but it was still an important step for me to take, and I'm very glad you enjoyed it so much!
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ThislifesendHobbyist Writer
You inspired me very much by this, and the concept of everyone becoming gay is genius itself XD
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StoryBaby1353Hobbyist General Artist
This fanfic was by far one of my favorites if not the favorite, it had a really great ending and was overall very well written, it made me laugh so hard my sides hurt and I almost even cried (something I don't normally do with fanfics or books) and I do have to say that I absolutely *adored* your twins, they were thoroughly enjoyable in every single way XD I read through them all in less then three hours, and I really enjoyed your paring of Hiccup and Tuffnut, before this I would have never known about the paring :P I fail.

And wonderland.....that sounds amazing white and red queen? Alice and red queen? OOO Alice and the Mad Hatter <3 (my personal favorite paring, always thought Alice should have stayed and just been with the hatter) but anyways can't wait to read it!!!!!
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Omg... I loved this! one of the best i have read in a very long time! (and one that was completed!) I loved the pairings the emotions :) i happy it ended so happily
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Poor, poor fishlegs. Not even a mention of some (extremely disturbing) relationship with Snotlout or anything. And as far as I can tell, they are the only six people of their age on that island...
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I don't have to hook everyone up at once, do I? :XD: Maybe now that they have dragons they can travel to other villages and find some other teens for him and Snotlout.
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No, you don't have to get everyone hooked up at once, but leaving them out in the cold, with nary a blanket and member of the same gender to keep them warm is a little cold (excuse the pun)
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WolvenBane08Student Writer
Just read through this, and loved it! It's refreshing to see well thought out fanfiction with proper grammar and believable scenarios.

Also, as for fandoms, I've found myself addicted to the Mai-HiME and Mai-Otome universe. It's an anime, but the yuri paring is pretty much canon by the end of it all. (It's also taken over my brain)
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Thanks! I'm sure there are still errors, but I do my best with the grammar, and with thinking up interesting scenarios.

Ah, I haven't watched any anime since high school. I'm just kind of writing for various little fandoms that catch my interest these days. My output's definitely slowed down a lot, but whatcha gonna do?
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GAH. So I just finished reading this, and I LOVE IT. Normally I'm not a big Tuffcup shipper, but I really kind of love the way you wrote them here. And of COURSE I loved the Ruffstrid; you write them better than most. You're also really good with character voices; nothing the characters said or did sounded even remotely unbelievable.

Also, lol to Fishlegs finding out that girls don't like multicolored dice. Also that some morning all they are going to find of Tuffnut is his ear.

LOOOVE!
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Aw, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it! The Tuffcup wasn't really anything more than an interesting experiment, but I had fun with it. The Ruffstrid I have carefully cultivated over several stories, and I do enjoy writing them. I'm glad the characters came across; it's interesting trying to write fully fleshed characters when some of them only had about five lines in the movie itself. But that's part of the fun!
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I just want to say that I love your Ruffstrid oneshots on ff.net; you write them so naturally and believably. Which is not easy, yo. And I hear ya about fleshing out characters; it's hard giving them actual dialogue instead of witty one-liners. But you did it splendidly!
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that is great work you did there. but you nearly killed me. during this story i laughed myself nearly to death 3 times.
but i got to say one thing. every one of them was totally out of character XD but thats ok. because this is awsome.
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I adapted the characterizations to the unique situation this fic covered, but I'm glad you found it amusing!
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ThislifesendHobbyist Writer
I watched the movie yesterday and then i read this. the differences are so brutal that i laughed like crazy after the second page XD at page 9 or so ruff thinks about about her feelings. she thaught something like she was jealous when hiccupp and astrid were getting together. i fell of my chair because i laughed so hard. that was dangerous man! if your other stuff is like that too youre going to kill me one day, but there are worse ways to go than dying of laughing. but the story was the greatest love story i`ve read so far. and the first one to be mentioning homosexuals btw. whats with that? :?
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