* I don't own How to Train Your Dragon. Just a fan writing fan fiction. *
"How can you not have applied to any colleges? I literally started looking at colleges when I started middle school." Sage exclaimed.
"Wow. Control freak." Hiccup laughed. Sage looked offended and threw a fry at his head which he caught in his mouth.
"Excuse me, but at least I know where I'm going next year." Sage shot back.
Hiccup and Sage immediately hit it off after that… incident in the garage. Together, they went to Gobber and asked if Sage could work there.
There was obviously a process. A resume, an interview, a conversation on whether she wanted to work in the garage or in the diner and where, etc. There was going to be an actual interview next week, so in the meantime they were going to get to know each other.
"I do know where I'm going next year." Sage looked at Hiccup with a disbelieving look. "I do know. I'm traveling around the world for a year. Then, I'll go to college."
"Okay, what will you study?"
Hiccup opened his mouth only to close it a couple seconds later. He didn't know. Sage grinned, triumphantly from where she was sitting on the top of the truck.
"You don't know." Sage laughed, taking a sip of her milkshake. Hiccup rolled his eyes and fished out his phone to check the time.
8:36 pm. Too early.
Hiccup groaned aloud, when he realized that his dad usually waits up for him.
"What's wrong? Is it that late? Do you have somewhere to be?" Sage asked, concerned.
"No. It's too early. I'm trying to avoid someone." Sage nodded understanding and switched on her phone.
"Well, I have to go and get settled in. Everyone's probably waiting for me."
"Do, uh, do you want a ride? It's kind of late and I don't think your car will be ready until at least Thursday."
Sage looks a little skeptical at first, but eventually nodded.
"Sure. Thanks. Oh, do you need my number? For the car?"
"I-yeah. I do."
"Okay, let me change really quick and then we can go." They exchanged numbers and Hiccup went to change. When he came back they walked to Hiccup's car. Sage's eyebrows rose as she looked from Hiccup's car to Hiccup to the Forge and back to Hiccup, but in the end, she didn't say anything.
Twenty minutes later, Hiccup pulled up to a log cabin styled house. There was a medium sized lake in front of the house with little candles floating in the water. The sun was just starting to set, and the sun's shadow made the water light up and take on a pinkish-orange tint.
"Wow." Hiccup breathed as he put the car in park.
"Yeah. My parents are such dorks. They've always wanted a log cabin with a lake and they said that when they got one they would 'set fire to the lake'."
"That's very poetic."
"Yeah. My dad's an editor and my mom's a writer. That's how they met actually."
"Huh. I didn't even know we had log cabins in Berk and I've basically explored all over Berk." Hiccup said after a moment. Sage smiled at him.
"Well, I guess not this part." Hiccup got out of his car and walked around to open the door Sage.
"Oh, thanks, but I could've gotten out by myself." Sage said, as she slid out of the car.
"I figured, but it's kind of a force of habit." Hiccup shrugged and waited for Sage to start walking before walking behind her.
"Thanks for walking me to my door." Hiccup nodded and stood at the base of the wrap-around porch as Sage walked up the steps.
"No problem." Hiccup replied, turning around just as her door opened.
"Sigrid Sage Onfroi the Second, where the hell were you?" Sage's mother shouted. Hiccup snapped his head around and winced. He hated being yelled at.
"Hi, mama." Sage whispered, avoiding her mom's gaze.
Sage's mother was a plump woman. Short, curly honey blonde hair in a bob, light grey eyes, and tons of freckles splattered across the entirety of her face. She had a warm looking cream-colored sweater on and blue jeans on. Her angry grey eyes were covered with thick black framed glasses that only added to her whole motherly vibe.
Hiccup slowly backed off and started heading off when Mrs. Onfroi called out to him.
"And you! You probably want to corrupt my daughter with your fancy car! I bet you're a spoiled rich boy trying to use my daughter."
Hiccup suddenly found himself looking down at the small angry woman that was the mother of the girl he just met.
"I'm not, um, I wasn't trying- I was just-I didn't mean-," Hiccup stuttered suddenly very, very afraid. Mrs. Onfroi was literally looking at him as if he was the devil incarnate and Sage was looking very shocked and afraid herself.
"Sigrid, dear." A loud masculine voice was heard from inside of the house. Hiccup heard footsteps and a man that was probably only a few inches than his father came out of the house. He had brown hair and a full beard. He was like one of those stereotypical lumberjacks with the amazing hair and beard and plaid shirt.
Mrs. Onfroi took a deep breath and her whole demeanor changed. She went from terrifying-pit-bull-about-to-eat-your-face to sweet, little, dumpling woman in a matter of seconds.
"Hi, son. I'm Beau Onfroi, this is my wife, Sigrid Onfroi. Nice to meet you." The lumberjack man spoke coming up to Hiccup to shake his hand.
"Hiccup Haddock, sir." Hiccup replied, still slightly still worried for his safety.
"Haddock? That sound familiar. Any, relation to Stoick Haddock?" Hiccup grimaced and nodded.
"I'm his son, sir." Beau looked shocked at first before nodding.
"You look a great deal like him. Great man, that Stoick." Hiccup hummed not really agreeing, but not disagreeing either. Beau took no notice of Hiccup's less -than-thrilled demeanor and moved aside to give Hiccup better view of the house.
"Do you want to come inside? It's starting to get cold and I wanted to thank you for bringing my daughter home." Beau continued.
Sage shook her head at her dad and Hiccup, but neither took notice.
"I-I really should-," Hiccup started before Mrs. Onfroi interjected.
"Of course, come in."
Hiccup's eyes widened as he found himself ushered into the house.
The inside was even nicer than the outside and even though there were tons of unopened boxes, there was obviously a lot of character in there.
Mrs. Onfroi immediately went over to the kitchen and started rustling around and opening boxes as Hiccup and Sage stood near the counter with Sage's dad.
"Your dad is like freaking Paul Bunyan." Hiccup suddenly blurted out to Sage in a whisper. Caught off guard at the comparison Sage snorted and started laughing as Hiccup smiled, laughing quietly.
Beau turned around from where he was looking at his wife and raised an eyebrow at the two teens. He shook his head when they tried to quiet their laughing only dissolving into giggles as Beau put his hands on his hips.
After a few moments, their laughs fell away into secret smiles and subtle nudging.
"Mama! He hit me!" Was heard from upstairs suddenly.
Sigrid, or Mrs. Onfroi, turned around suddenly.
"Are you hungry? I could make you stew really quickly. I needed to make food for Sage's siblings." Hiccup smiled and shook his head.
"No, I'm fine. We already ate."
"Yeah, Mama. We ate, and Hiccup really should be getting going. His, uh, parents are waiting for him at home." Sage interjected.
"Parent. And yeah, I should get going."
Sage started pulling Hiccup towards the door when four footsteps started rushing down the stairs.
"Oh gods." Sage whispered under her breath as three boys and a little girl ran down the stairs.
"The one is red is the oldest, Eric. He's ten. The other two boys are twins. They're almost nine. The one in blue is Augustine or August as he likes to be called. The one with the onesie is Addison but call him Addie. The girl is Heidi. She's four." Sage whispered to Hiccup as her siblings stopped short of their parents seeing Hiccup.
Hiccup looked at the five smaller children. Heidi had blonde hair, freckles, and brown eyes. She looked exactly like Sage except for her eyes. She was very small and looked to be only about up to Hiccup's thigh. She wore a long-sleeved black pajama shirt and purplish-blue leggings.
Eric looked like Sage too, just the boy version. He wore red Spiderman pajamas and a frown when he saw Sage with Hiccup. The twins were identical and looked like their father, minus the beard. August was wearing blue pajamas with dinosaurs on it. Addie had on a purple unicorn onesie. Both of the twins were standing near Heidi with crossed arms. She, on the other hand, had raised eyebrows and a curious expression.
"Who is that?" Heidi eventually said after a few moments of awkward silence. Hiccup glanced over to Sage who was motioning for him to talk.
"I, uh," Hiccup started, but his voice cracked causing Heidi to giggle.
"Your voice is funny." Heidi had a lisp. She walked closer to Hiccup, causing Hiccup to internally freak out.
"I'm Heidi. What's your name?" Hiccup crouched down to her level after looking cautiously at Sage's parents who were watching with wide eyes.
"Hiccup." He answered, causing Heidi to laugh more. Hiccup had no idea what to do. He's never been particularly good with kids, especially when babies seemed to cry in his presence.
"That's a funny name. Nice to meets you, Hiccup."
"Uh, likewise?" Hiccup was confused. This child was very bold, but from the way everyone was looking at him and Heidi like they were speaking a different language, something was wrong.
"Those are my, sis-sig-sib-my brothers. Addie, Auggie, and Eric. Those are my Mama and Daddy. That's my sissy, Sagey."
"Well, Heidi honey. Dinner will be ready soon and after is bedtime, so say goodbye to Hiccup and go play with your toys until then." Sigrid stated, starting to make dinner again.
Heidi turned to her mom and nodded, before throwing her arms around Hiccups neck in a tight hug.
"Can you be our babysitter with sissy?" Heidi whispered, quite loudly actually. "Okay, bye!" Heidi turned and grabbed Eric by his hand and ran back up the stairs, her other brothers following.
Hiccup stood back up and ran his hand through his hair, letting out a deep breath he didn't know he was holding.
"She's never talked to a stranger before." Beau whispered.
"What?" Hiccup asked, turning towards him.
"Heidi has never been one to talk to people. That's the most we've ever heard her say willingly and, on top of that, she actually liked you."
Hiccup was shocked and flattered. Mostly flattered though.
"Yeah." Sage agreed. Hiccup rubbed the back of his head, fishing his phone out of his pocket. It was on silent.
9:27 flashed on his screen. Sixteen new messages. Seven missed calls. He quickly unlocked his phone and looked at his messages. Fourteen of them were from Bryn, two from his dad. All of the calls were from Bryn.
Dad- Hiccup, where are you? -9:01
Dad- I need you home now! –9:26
Hiccup groaned quietly and pocketed his phone.
"I have to go. My dad needs me home and my friend has been blowing up my phone for the last hour. It was nice to meet you though."
"Likewise. We would love to see you again. It's nice seeing Sage with friends." Sigrid smiled softly at Hiccup and went back to finishing up dinner. Sage blushed at the comment.
"Okay, well I'll walk Hiccup out."
"Bye, Mrs. And Mr. Onfroi."
"Please, if you're a friend of Sage, it's Beau and Sigrid." Beau stated clapping a hand on Hiccup's shoulder. Hiccup nodded and waved following Sage.
"Bye, Mr.-uh, Beau and Sigrid."
Hiccup put his hands in his pockets and smiled at Sage once they reached his car.
"Well, thank you for today. It was fun and now I might have a job."
"Yeah. Your parents are nice. Your little brothers didn't seem to like me though." Hiccup replied.
"They don't like any guys that come in contact with me. They're really overprotective even though I'm their big sister." Hiccup smiled and unlocked his door, but made no motion to get in.
"Oh, I was wondering. Are you transferring to Berk High? It's a few weeks away from graduation, but it has been done before."
"No, I'm, uh, I'm homeschooled."
"Oh." There was a bit of awkward silence before Hiccup started talking again.
"Well, if you want, I could show you Berk and all of its boringness? And maybe treat you to dinner and introduce you to my friend?" Hiccup asked cautiously. Sage was surprised before she smiled and nodded.
"Yeah, I'd like that. But you should get going." Hiccup was confused before nodding and opening his car door.
"Yeah, I'll-I'll do that."
"Bye, Hiccup. Get home safe."
"Yeah, you too," Hiccup exclaimed. "Wait. Uh, I mean, you-I. Bye."
Sage laughed and waved as she walked back to the house. Hiccup shook his head at himself and sighed getting into his car driving out of their driveway.
Ten minutes later, when Hiccup got to the entrance of his neighborhood he parked and looked at his phone.
Bryn- Hiccup, my parents are fighting come get me -8:45
Bryn- I need you -8:46
Bryn- Hiccup pls -8:50
Bryn- My dad is screaming at my mom -8:51
Bryn- My mom just packed her shit -8:59
Bryn- Hiccup shes LEAVING -8:59
Bryn- My dad is mad at me and drinking -9:01
Bryn- Hiccup I need your help -9:05
Bryn- My dad is scaring me hes sad and mad -9:07
Bryn- Hiccup he hit me -9:10
Bryn- I'm bleeding and he's really mad -9:14
Bryn- Hiccup I'm packing my stuff -9:17
Bryn- Hiccup you better have a damn good reason for not being here -9:20
Bryn- Hiccup I'm heading over -9:25
"Fucking hell!" Hiccup shouted and hit his horn in anger. He quickly drove to his house and hastily parked his car, running to his front door and hastily unlocking it.
"Dad! Bryn?" Hiccup ran into his house and ran into his room. There was a lump underneath his covers and Toothless was sleeping next to it.
"Bryn?" Hiccup asked. "Bryn, I'm sorry. I am so sorry."
There was silence on Bryn's end as Hiccup stood in self-loathing and anger.
A few moments after, Hiccup heard a sniffle, then the covers moved and there was a space next to Bryn on the bed. Toothless mowled and tried to occupy the space, but Hiccup moved quickly and took off his shoes. He sat on the bed and Bryn shuffled over and laid her head in his lap.
"Where were you?" Bryn sniffled, but didn't let Hiccup see her face.
"I'm sorry. I met this girl and I was avoiding my dad, so my phone was on silent. So, I got her a job at the Forge and we were talking, and I drove her home and met her family."
Bryn was silent for a few moments before speaking.
"Was she pretty?"
Hiccup barked out a laugh and nodded.
"Yeah, she really is." Bryn shifted again but hissed suddenly in pain.
"Bryn. Bryn let me see your face." Hiccup insisted. She shook her head. "Bryn, please."
Bryn started to protest but stopped. Slowly, Bryn lifted her head facing Hiccup.
"It's not really a big deal. I don't know why your making that face." Her voice was steady for the most part but cracked in the end and tears stung her eyes.
Hiccup grimaced at the state her face was in. Her left check was swollen along with her left eye which was already taking on a blueish purple tint. There was a gash along her chin that if it was any deeper it would need stiches.
"Jeez. I'm sorry." Hiccup breathed gathering Bryn into a hug.
Bryn huffed and sat up all the way before gently leaning into Hiccup's side. She brushed her hair out of her face and straightened her sweatshirt.
"Okay, I get that you're sorry, but you don't have to apologize every second. I'm pissed at you, sure. I'm probably still gonna be pissed at you tomorrow, but no amount of apologizing will change that."
Hiccup nodded, then he scrunched his eyebrows together.
"Where's my dad?" Bryn frowned and sighed.
"Probably with my dad, beating the shit out of him," Bryn replied, nonchalantly, but shook her head. "He's probably with my dad getting him arrested."
"And your mom?" Hiccup asked, but immediately regretted it from the pained expression on Bryn's face.
"Well, she's gone. She might be back, but she's most likely not coming back. I don't blame her though. I would have left long ago if I was her."
Hiccup nodded, and Bryn patted him on the head.
"I'm fine. I'm not going to school tomorrow, but I'm fine. You have to get my homework for me and survive without me for seven hours. Can you do that?"
Hiccup rolled his eyes and gathered pajamas from his dresser.
"Whatever. Just-just get some sleep, okay? I'll get your stuff for school." He walks towards the door turning off the lights.
"Thanks. Night." Bryn shouted after him.
"G'night." Hiccup smiles and closes the door behind him walking up the stairs to a guest room that used to be his before he broke his leg in the eighth grade. He quickly used the bathroom and took a shower before going to bed.
Both Hiccup and Bryn's sleep were restless. Hiccup kept drifting in and out of an uneasy sleep filled with nightmares. Bryn tried to stay awake until Stoick got home but ended up drifting off into nightmare-plagued sleep.
When Hiccup woke up the next morning, he was already almost late, so he quickly threw on clothes and checked on Bryn who was still asleep. Stoick was already gone, always leaving before the ass-crack of dawn ever since Valka left.
Hiccup decided to skip breakfast and drove to school.