thank you for reading this story yall! it was originally supposed to be only a two-three chapter short story for a plot bunny, and it developed into something a tiny bit more... anyway, thanks for reading!
When Elsa posted a picture of her and Jack for the first time, with him kissing her temple and her beaming at the camera, Instagram broke. Jack later found out that Elsa was, apparently, fairly well-known. Who knew, right? Certainly not him. Elsa only huffed and rolled her eyes at his sugar momma comments.
"Are you.. are you okay with this?" she asked a few days later, nervously fidgeting with her hands.
Jack caught them and squeezed, smiling at her with all the love he could muster. "Snowflake, I'm just joking. I knew what I was going in for, as did you, right?"
Elsa exhaled and nodded, clearly relieved. "Right."
"There's.. there's one more thing I, uh.. I wanna tell you," it was his turn to be anxious, now.
Intrigued, Elsa asked, "Oh?"
Jack smiled and leaned in, his lips brushing against hers as he whispered, "Jeg elsker deg, Elsa."
Elsa gasped in surprise. Her eyes widened and filled with tears nearly immediately, and Jack leaned away in fear he had overstepped boundaries. Before he could say anything, before he could apologize or ask if she was alright, she threw herself at him and kissed him for all she was worth. Jack could feel her tears on his own cheeks, could taste the salt in the kiss. He did not hesitate and returned the kiss in full, just as passionate as she.
"I love you, too, kjære," she whispered once they separated, "though.. your accent could use a little work."
Jack laughed and kissed her again.
Elsa met the rest of his squad on the fourth of July barbeque, as cliché as it sounds. Since Elsa and her family had never celebrated Independence Day, she thought it would be a marvelous new experience, and Jack couldn't agree more. Merida brought Honeymaren, who hit it off with Elsa pretty much immediately, as did Tooth, who was delighted to meet all of them. Astrid got along with the boys more, and was all-too happy to let Hiccup catch up to his former classmate. Aster manned the grill, Jack prepared the buns and the condiments, and the rest of the squad took care of the alcohol and cutlery – plastic, of course. Elsa kissed Jack's cheek in amusement when he pouted after spilling mustard all over his t-shirt.
"Not the first time," Hiccup grinned and threw an extra t-shirt at Jack.
"How many times…?" Elsa asked.
"Too many to count. Your boyfriend's a klutz."
Elsa bit her cheek to stop herself from laughing. Looking around, Elsa could see the obvious camaraderie between the soldiers, their bond forged through their shared experiences. Seeing Jack laugh and throw a piece of cheese at Hiro made her heart beat faster, her insides about to burst from happiness.
"What's making ye so happy?" Merida asked, putting an arm around Honeymaren.
Elsa shrugged. "He loves you all. I just like seeing him happy."
Merida's eyes softened a little as she looked at Jack. "He's the reason half of us is still here todae. And yer one of the reasons he's so happy, too."
Elsa smiled at her, "Thank you, Merida."
Merida just waved her hand, "Call me Mer."
Before Elsa could say anything, a pair of strong arms wrapped themselves around her, and she felt a featherlight kiss on her cheek.
"Shit-talking so soon into a relationship, love?" Jack asked, grinning.
Merida grinned and led Honeymaren away, leaving the two lovebirds to their own devices. Elsa turned around and looked up at him, her heart in her eyes.
Grinning, he leaned down, his lips meeting hers.
Someone whooped. "Get it, Jackie!"
Jack flipped them the bird without breaking the kiss.
She took him to Norway the following year, joined by Kristoff and Anna. Jack joked about feeling out of place, with all of them having Norwegian ancestry.
"What do you know, kjære? Maybe you have some Norwegian blood running through your veins, too."
"Be that as it may, you'll definitely have some American goods pumping into you tonight," he whispered.
"Eww, gross!" yelled Anna. Kristoff was wheezing with laughter beside her.
Elsa buried her face in his chest in embarrassment while Jack lost his shit.
The girls showed them their hometown… or, rather, Elsa showed the three of them their hometown, as she was actually the only person to at least vaguely remember it. Jack, having only left the United States for his tour, was mesmerized by the country.
He proposed to her two days later near her childhood home, and she nearly broke his ribs from the force of her hug.
They married a year later, only a few days after Elsa's twenty-ninth birthday, with Aster as the best man and Anna as the maid of honor.
Jack cried when he saw her walk down the aisle.
They both cried during their vows.
Everyone cried from laughter during Aster's speech.
"How did you and mom meet?"
Jack grinned. "Funny story… so, back when I was barely able to take care of myself, I went to this store…"