Hiccup's Journey @fantasywriter345
When My Life Begins

Chapter 12: When My Life Begins

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'Dragons' – Dragonese

After Flynn finally agreed to take the others to see the lanterns, he began his way down the tower. He was not happy that he had to take this ridiculous deal. He was stuck being a tour guide for these three youngsters. Flynn grunted as he was going down the tower with the arrows once more.

"You comin', blondie?" Flynn asked, looking up at the window and then continued going down.

Rapunzel was still at the top, looking at the ground that was so far down. Hiccup was on her left side while Carlos was on her right. The two knew that she was nervous.

"Look at the world, so close, and I'm half-way to it," Rapunzel sang under her breath,

"Look at it all, so big, do I even dare?"

Her hands loosened around her hair and she chanced a half-glance back over her shoulder at the painting.

"Look at me, there at last!

I just have to do it…

Should I . . .?"

The boys put their hands on her shoulders as Sharpshot flew off Hiccup's shoulder and hovered in front of them. She glanced at the two boys and the little dragon.

"No," Rapunzel shook her head and looked ahead. "Here I go!"

Pascal came to her shoulder and tied a thick strand of hair around his waist and gave thumbs up. Rapunzel chuckled and threw the rest of her hair down and the three let out a whooping holler of delight when the wind rushed past them and roared in their ears. Then just as suddenly as they were falling, they came to an abrupt stop. Hiccup and Carlos dropped harmlessly to the ground. They looked back up at Rapunzel, waiting for her to stand on her feet. Her green eyes were the size of saucers, holding tight to the end of her hair and dangling in a curled position to keep her feet off the ground. Flynn opened his mouth to say something but Hiccup and Carlos punched his ribs, shutting the thief up. It took a few moments, but Rapunzel began to lower her legs, touching her toes into the grass like a person would do to test the temperature of a lake before diving in. One toe became a foot, then two feet, and then with a loud almost-hysterical giggle, Rapunzel fell to her knees in dirt.

"Just smell the grass, the dirt!

Just like I'd dreamed they'd be . . ."

She lowered herself to lay sprawled out on her back, closing her eyes in delight. Then she rolled onto her stomach and gazed at the dandelions in front of her, which soon broke off into a few dandelion seeds.

"Just feel that summer breeze, the way it's calling me!"

Rapunzel quickly got up and went after the flying dandelion seeds and gasped when she found her feet in the water of a pond.

"For, like, the first time ever,

I'm completely free . . ."

She scooped up some water and threw it into the air with her arms spread out. Then she spotted a bird flying in front of her and then the small cave, the only way in and out of the clearing.

"I could go running, and racing!

And dancing, and chasing,"

She started to make a bee-line for it, determination in the gaze of her eyes and the set of her shoulders.

"And leaping, and bounding,

Hair flying! Heart pounding!"

She broke into a desperate run, trailing all her hair behind her as she went. When she reached the opening of the cave, she shoved aside the leaf-curtain and left the cave.

"And splashing and reeling!

And finally feeling-

Now's when my life begins!"

Rapunzel was beaming with excitement as she watched the birds fly off and gazed at the trees all around her. Suddenly she heard a grunt of some sort nearby, two to be exact. She slowly turned around and saw two creatures that were at least nine times bigger than Sharpshot. She froze at the looks in their eyes.

"Toothless, there ya' are!" Hiccup yelled.

"Cielo!" Carlos yelled.

Rapunzel turned to the two boys who went past her and towards the two creatures and hugged them.

"What took you so long?" Toothless asked.

"Sorry, bud." Hiccup apologized.

"Hey, who's the girl?" Cielo asked.

"Oh, this is Rapunzel." Hiccup answered.

Both boys turned to the girl who looked white as a ghost with wide green eyes.

"Don't worry, Rapunzel, these two won't hurt you." Hiccup assured her.

"A-Are you sure? Be-Because they're just staring at me." Rapunzel stuttered.

"They're curious about you is all, Rapunzel." Carlos reasoned.

"Are you absolutely sure?" Rapunzel asked, uncertain.

"Yes." Hiccup and Carlos replied in unison.

"You promise?" Rapunzel questioned.

"We promise." Hiccup and Carlos confirmed in unison again.

Rapunzel gulped and nodded nervously. Hiccup could easily tell that she really wasn't comfortable with Toothless and Cielo. Then he got an idea which Rapunzel will absolutely not want to do, but it was the only way she would help get over her fear of their dragons. Hiccup walked over to Rapunzel and held out his left hand.

"Rapunzel, could you give me you right hand, please?" Hiccup asked.

"What?" Rapunzel asked.

"I'll show you that Toothless and Cielo won't harm you." Hiccup stated.

"But are you really sure?" Rapunzel asked.

"If you're able to trust Sharpshot, could you give our other two a chance?" Hiccup asked.

Rapunzel looked between the two dragons, took a deep breath, and let it out. She nodded at her choice.

"Okay. I'll give it a shot." Rapunzel replied.

"Thank you, but I know you're not going to like the first thing I'm asking you to do." Hiccup said.

"What's that?" Rapunzel asked.

"Could you hand over the frying pan to Carlos?" Hiccup asked.

"What?! Why?" Rapunzel panicked, clutching her frying pan.

"Trust comes from both ways. If you don't have a weapon on you, he'll also see that you mean no harm towards him as well." Hiccup explained.

She glanced at Hiccup and then Toothless and back at Hiccup. She took a deep breath and let it out. She handed her frying over to Carlos and placed her right hand into Hiccup's left. He gently held it and led her over to Toothless.

"Toothless, this is Rapunzel, she's a friend." Hiccup introduced, "Rapunzel this is Toothless."

Toothless's big green eyes dilated and gave her a gummy smile. Rapunzel couldn't help but give a little chuckle at how adorable he looked. Hiccup held Rapunzel's hand and let it hover over inches away from Toothless's snout. Then he let go of her hand.

"Now, it's his decision." Hiccup said as he stepped back.

Rapunzel looked at Toothless with nervousness. Toothless could easily tell by her shaking hand. He was a little bit weary of her when she had a frying pan on her. But for some strange reason, her eyes kind of reminded her of Hiccup. Taking a chance, he closed the distance between her hand and his snout. She gasped and soon smiled at his choice. She gently strokes his head which made him purr and closed his eyes.

"See? You and Toothless are friends." Hiccup confirmed.

"I guess you're right." Rapunzel said as she continued to stroke Toothless's head who purred at her touch. Cielo slightly bumped her shoulder and she stood back a little. Then she held her hand out, waiting for Cielo to trust her. He closed the distance between her palm and his snout. She smiled once more and scratched under his chin who purred at the attention.

"It looks like you're friends with Cielo as well." Hiccup pointed out.

"So what do you think of the outside?" Carlos asked.

Rapunzel stopped scratching when she absorbed his words. She was outside of the tower and was surrounded by the many greens, stones, and trees.

"I can't believe I did this!" Rapunzel squealed as she jumped up and down, "I-I can't believe I did this . . . I can't believe I did this!"

Suddenly a look of realization appeared on her face, "Mother would be so furious!"

Then she was distracted by a little pond growing lily pads with flowers, which she squealed at the cuteness of and sat down on a rock to admire them. "But that's okay, because," She held up a lily pad flower like she was talking to it. "What she doesn't know won't kill her, right?"

That line of thought didn't continue until she found a small cave and went inside to 'explore' it. However her thought of doubt came back when she got to the back of the cave, she curled up on herself and started rocking back and forth with a small panic attack, "Oh my gosh," She whispered, "This would kill her!"

The two boys managed to calm her down and leave the cave. They walked for a while until Rapunzel spotted the small hill with an odd gleam in her eye when the group turned to walk down it. Once they made it to the bottom, Rapunzel zoomed past them, running with her hair trailing behind her. She laughed and spun and kept kicking piles of fallen dead leaves.

"This is so fun!" She yelled which made Flynn twitch, who was looking like a bored hostage while examining his finger nails, since she ran right by his ear and most likely popped an eardrum.

A few minutes later, she was up in a tree. She leaned her head against the tree trunk with her arms dangling in despair. Hiccup and Carlos easily guessed that she was going to go back to the tower.

"I'm a horrible daughter. I'm going back." Rapunzel decided which perked Flynn up.

But that decision changed when Flynn started leading her back to the tower until Rapunzel spotted another hill covered in two-inch tall grass and dandelions scattered around. Her squeal of delight made Flynn twitch again and she went off, cartwheeling down the hill in spinning circles of gold.

"I am never going back!" She laughed, falling sideways only to roll the rest of the way down, tying herself up in her own hair. She dissolved into a fit of giggles when they caught up to her.

The decision changed once more once the two boys untangled her and went face down in the grass and dandelions. Flynn and the boys sat down next to her. Flynn had his chin in his palm where his elbow rested on his knee along with his other arm.

"I'm a despicable human being." Rapunzel grunted against the grass.

A few minutes later, the decision changed once again. Rapunzel found a tall tree and proceeded to swing from its tall branches with the help of her hair. Then she swung around the tree where Flynn and the boys had their arms crossed while leaning against the tree. Flynn had a grumpy look on his face as Rapunzel swung around. The dragons were a few feet away from the tree as they watched the girl go around the tree.

"Best. Day. Ever!" Rapunzel screamed and giggled.

"So how long is this going to last?" Carlos asked.

"Not sure." Hiccup stated.

"She's a strange girl." Toothless deadpanned.

"Indeed." Cielo added.

"Is she ever going to make up her mind?" Sharpshot asked.

"No idea." Toothless and Cielo said in unison.

When she was done swinging, she then danced and sang over a small group of rocks. Then she sat down against the last one, pulled her knees up to her chest, and cried. The boys didn't know what to do at this point. The girl reacted like she was on a sugar high and went to be down in the dumps a few minutes later. So her mood swings were a little bit unpredictable. Then they noticed Flynn approach Rapunzel and cleared his throat to get her attention. Then he squatted down next to her.

"Listen," Flynn said gently. "I couldn't help but notice that . . . you seem to be a little at war with yourself about this."

Rapunzel rubbed her eye and looked up at him in confusion.

"What?" She asked in a small voice.

"Now, I'm only picking up bits and pieces here," Flynn straightened up again. "Over protective mother, forbidden road trip? This is serious stuff!" He gave her a gentle smile. "But let me ease your conscious. This is all part of growing up."

Rapunzel looked up at him with interest, her eyes rimmed with a reddish tint. Hiccup and Carlos narrowed their eyes at him. They knew something was off. Since when was he trying to actually console her about this, rather than trying to drag her back to the tower. What is he playing at?

"Really?" Rapunzel asked softly.

Flynn nodded understandingly. "Sure! A little rebellion, a little adventure. That's good- healthy even!" He glanced at his right shoulder where Pascal had climbed up onto him, looking optimistic about him trying to cheer her up. He only glanced at the chameleon before brushing him easily off his shoulder.

Rapunzel sniffled and rubbed her nose. "You think?" She asked in a shaky voice. Flynn nodded.

"I know," He said, leaning in. "Listen. Does your mother deserve it? No," Rapunzel's face fell as she shook her head in agreement. "Would this break her heart and crush her soul? Of course! But you just got to do it!"

Rapunzel looked stricken, pulling lightly on a lock of her hair. Hiccup and Carlos shared a warning glance with each other finally understanding what the thief was playing at.

"Break her heart?" Rapunzel whispered.

"In half." Flynn plucked a small berry of the bush next to him.

"Crush her soul?" She whimpered.

"Like a grape." Flynn squeezed the berry between his fingers for emphasis.

"Rapunzel, you don't have to listen to this guy!" Hiccup stated.

"He's just trying to make you feel guilty is all!" Carlos added.

"You're right, she would be heartbroken." Rapunzel confirmed with wide eyes, ignoring the boys' warnings, as Flynn helped her up.

"I am right, aren't I? Oh bother . . . " Flynn put on an apologetic face with his hand over his heart in a fake regret tone. Then he sighed. "Alright, I can't believe I'm saying this, but . . . I'm letting you out of the deal."

"What?" Rapunzel gasped as Flynn walked past her.

"That's right!" Flynn picked up the frying pan and Pascal off a rock, walking back to drop them in Rapunzel's hands. "But don't thank me. Let's all just turn around and get you home. Here's your pan here's your frog." He put an arm around Rapunzel to start leading her in the general direction of her tower just like earlier. "I get back my satchel you get back a mother-daughter relationship based on mutual trust, and voila! All of us part ways as unlikely friends!"

Rapunzel shoved Flynn away and stood in front of him.

"No! I am seeing those lanterns!" Rapunzel protested firmly. Flynn threw his hands in the air in exasperation.

"Oh come on!" He snapped. "What is it going to take to get my satchel back?!"

Rapunzel narrowed her eyes and shoved her frying pan in Flynn's face threateningly.

"I will use this." She warned him.

Flynn put up his hands, deciding that maybe it wasn't a good idea to irritate a girl who has a frying pan in her hands. The boys and their dragons couldn't help but chuckle at the scared look on Flynn's face as Rapunzel threatens him with a frying pan. They had to admit that she wasn't really helpless after all. Suddenly there was a rustle from behind and the sound of a twig snapping. Rapunzel's eyes snapped around and she yelped, and jumped onto Flynn's back, wrapping her arms around his neck and her legs around his hips from behind, holding out her frying pan to protect herself.

"What is it?!" She shrilled. "Is it ruffians?! Thugs?!" Flynn grunted when she shifted and almost knocked him over. "Have they come for me?!"

The boys turned to their dragons and saw that they didn't move, which meant that there was no danger around. A few seconds later a rabbit, barely bigger than her head, jumped out and sat there, looking up at the odd group with its brown doeish eyes. Flynn looked at it and glanced at the girl clinging to his back.

"Stay calm." He deadpanned. "It can probably smell fear."

Seeing their reactions had made it pretty clear to Rapunzel that the little fluffy animal wasn't a threat. Nor was it a ruffian or a thug. Rapunzel laughed nervously and climbed down.

"Sorry," She said and backed away while Flynn tried to straighten himself. "I guess I'm a little bit . . . jumpy."

Flynn straightened his vest. "Probably be best to avoid ruffians and thugs though," He said thoughtfully. Rapunzel laughed.

"Ah ha, yeah . . . that'd probably be best." She agreed.

"Are you guys hungry? Because I know a great place for lunch!" Flynn said as he put his hands on his hips.

"Really?" Rapunzel chirped, "Well . . . where?"

"Oh don't worry!" Flynn said as he grabbed her by the frying pan and started leading her off, "You'll know it when you smell it!"

The boys and dragons had a sneaky suspicion towards Flynn as they followed after him and Rapunzel.

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.

- Roy E. Disney

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