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Astrid's StoryHe left.
Astrid Hofferson was in a bad place when she last saw Hiccup, if we can remember. It was bad enough she lost the attention of her peers and village, but she lost her place as the Most Valuable Trainee. By this point in the story, Astrid was driven into such anger and such suspicion that she had knocked down Hiccup, stepped on him, and hit him with the butt of her axe.
She’d be lying if she said that didn’t relieve a little bit of her stress.
So, yes, Astrid was not in a very stable condition when she last saw Hiccup, and that stability took a further turn by the reaction of the village to her revelation of Hiccup's secret. She told them, plainly, that Hiccup was harboring a Night Fury, catering to it like a dear pet. They laughed at her.
Bear in mind, Astrid was proven right. Hiccup was up to no good. Not only did he cheat to defeat all those dragons, but he was also consorting with their generation-old enemy. He was riding on the back of
How a to End a Legend"Why did you keep me alive?"
"Why did the Sisters keep you alive?"
Hiccup might have laughed at Thor batting his question with another question, but Norse still sounded so odd to him; like a familiar, well-worn pair of shoes that had been lost for too many years. His heart took solace in the language as his mind sought the answer.
The god’s hand upon his shoulder was a comfort for once, rather than an annoyance. Everything felt better now that he was dead—easier. And yet… he still had so many questions.
"Think, Hiccup," Thor urged at his pause. "Why did they not kill you upon first stepping foot in their gallery?"
And so Hiccup thought. It certainly wasn’t because he was handsome or charming. He was awkward, fifteen, a mess. The Sisters had always treated Hiccup like the Fool. Like their property.
His hand involuntarily went to his neck. He was their property. Mayhap even in death.<
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