Hiccup's Journey @fantasywriter345
Bring Back What Once Was Mine

Chapter 15: Bring Back What Once Was Mine

A/N:

*I like to thank to username Mariah for giving me this idea about Rapunzel's hair

'Dragons' – Dragonese

After getting all of Rapunzel's hair out of the river, the group was reunited with the dragons. The boys went to get fish for dinner as the rest started the fire (with Sharpshot's help) to get warm along with drying Rapunzel's hair. Once the boys came back with the fish and placed them on sticks around the fire. They soon sat down against their dragons to watch the fishes cook, Rapunzel noticed that Eugene kept cradling and flexing his left hand.

"Eugene, are you okay?" Rapunzel asked as she gently grabbed his hand.

She gasped when she saw the big cut on his palm.

"Just cut it on the rocks," He explained to her, closing his fist. "Don't worry about it."

"Let me see." Rapunzel ordered, firmly and pulled his hand back, opening his fist for her poker-faced inspection. She hummed for a moment thoughtfully, "I can fix that."

"How are you going to do that exactly?" Carlos asked, brow arched.

"Um…" Rapunzel hummed.

"Toothless can help as well." Hiccup interjected, pointing at Toothless.

"How?" Eugene asked, brow arched.

"His saliva. A night fury's saliva is known to have healing properties." Hiccup explained.

"No thanks. I don't want dragon spit on my hand." Eugene rejected the idea.

"Just a suggestion." Hiccup shrugged.

Then Rapunzel pulled Eugene over to the log nearby and sat across from him as she collected a handful of her magic golden glowing hair began to wrap it around his hand. Eugene stared at her awkwardly.

"So you're being strangely cryptic as you wrap your magic hair around my injured hand." Eugene stated before he winced at the pain.

"Sorry, just don't…don't freak out." Rapunzel begged.

Eugene looked at his injured hand and then back at Rapunzel who sighed at his look. Once she had wrapped enough of her hair around Eugene's hand, she laid it down on her lap and took a deep breath as she closed her eyes.

"Flower, gleam and glow,

Let your power shine,

Make the clock reverse,

Bring back what once was mine . . . "

Just like inside the cavern, the glow began at her scalp, and after a moment, traveled through her roots and down through the cascading locks of golden hair. The boys and their dragons stared at her glowing hair with wonder and fascination. Eugene sat up a little straighter, following the glow as it made its way through Rapunzel's hair and into the knot tied around his hand. He flexed his fingers out and looked up at Pascal. He smirked and pointed to one of his feet, indicating the spot where he'd injured himself.

"Heal what has been hurt,

Change the Fates' design,

Save what has been lost,

Bring back what once was mine,

What once . . . was mine."

Her voice echoed through the trees as the song ended along with glow from her hair, and for a long time, the only sound around their little campsite was the sound of the fire crackling. Then, after a few long tense moments, Rapunzel opened her eyes and lifted her gaze, shyly peering up at Eugene from between her lashes. Eugene pulled his hand away and her fingers were limp as they released him. He stared at her as he unwrap her hair from his hand. He looked down at his hand and all the air in his chest rushed out with a pitched whimper of "Oh."

Eugene swallowed thickly and turned his hand around to show them. His palm was free of any shape or form of the gash that had been there moments before. Eugene sucked in a large breath.

"Pleasedon'tfreakout!" Rapunzel flinched forward before he could scream, her hands held out to him pleadingly. Eugene let out a dull squeak and coughed, closing his mouth. He closed his fist and tucked it under his chin, rocking a bit on the log.

"Freaking out I'm not freaking out are you freaking out I'm just very interested in your hair and the magic qualities it possesses how long has it been doing that exactly?" Eugene asked with a sheepish smile.

Rapunzel let out a shaky chuckle and leaned back. "Forever, I guess?" She shrugged, her smile faint. It faded with a small sigh. "Mother says that when I was a baby, people tried to cut it. They wanted to take for themselves. But once it's cut, it turns brown and loses its power." She leaned forward and turned a bit, pulling the hair off the back of her neck to show everyone the one small spot at the nape of her neck that grew brown, instead of blond. "A gift like that, it has to be protected. That's why mother never let me…" Rapunzel sighed, "That's why I never left and . . . "

"You never . . . left that tower." Hiccup finished for her.

She nodded.

"And . . . you're still going to go back?" Eugene asked.

"No." Rapunzel's shoulders drooped. "Yes?" She dropped her head into her hands as Pascal sat by her left foot. "It's complicated."

Silence descended on them again. The crackling fire sent shadows flickering across their faces. The two boys gave the fish to their dragons as Carlos pulled his right leg to his chest while his left was stretched out and wrapped his right arm around his knee with a sigh while leaning on Cielo who nuzzled him when he finished his fish. Hiccup carefully adjusted the rocks inside the fire with a stick. Toothless and Sharpshot finished their fish and nuzzled Hiccup's face. Rapunzel let out a deep breath and pulled her hair back out of her face. She chanced a look at Eugene, cleared her throat, and fought for a smile.

"So," She began, changing the subject and catching their attention. "Eugene Fitzherbert, huh?"

Eugene blinked at her and the two younger teens sitting against their dragons before them, then back. He sighed, dropping his head, but his shoulders shook with a chuckle.

"Heh, no getting out of this one, huh?" He shook his head. "Well, I'll spare you the sob story of poor orphan Eugene Fitzherbert. It's a little bit of…it's a bit of a downer."

Rapunzel grinned and scooted a bit closer to him on the log. Carlos pulled out both his legs and Cielo raised his head, looking up at Eugene. Hiccup just grinned and scratched Toothless behind his ear-fins and Sharpshot's chin. The dragons purred in respond. Eugene stared at all the expectant faces looking up at him. He sighed.

"There was this book," He began finally, and the other three broke into even bigger grins at the start of his story. "A book I used to read to every night to all of the younger kids: The Tales of Flynnigan Rider. Swashbuckling rouge, richest man alive," He leaned over to Rapunzel and stage-whispered "Not bad with the ladies, either. Not that he would ever brag about it, of course."

Rapunzel giggled. "Was he a thief, too?"

Eugene paused. "Well . . . no. Actually, he had enough money to do anything that he wanted to do; he could go anywhere he wanted to go . .and for a kid, with nothing . . . " He lowered his eyes to the grass. "I don't know . . . just seemed like the better option."

There was a look of sorrow in his eyes at that moment. Hiccup could tell that he was going through memories that weren't so great. Then Eugene turned to Rapunzel.

"You can't tell anyone about this, okay? It could ruin my whole reputation." Eugene stated.

"Ah, we wouldn't want that." Rapunzel teased.

"Well a fake reputation is all a man has." Eugene said.

The group chuckled at that. Then Eugene cleared his throat and shook his head, focusing on the younger teenagers before him. "Well, enough about me. I'd like to know about you two, actually. You already know me and blondie's backstories, now it's your turn."

"Well, I'm from the kingdom of Avalor." Carlos began.

"Avalor?" Eugene asked.

"Yes, it's a beautiful city on the continent of Spain. I lived there ever since I was born." Carlos smiled before he frowned, "However I was born during a dark time in Avalor."

"What do you mean?" Rapunzel asked.

"Forty-one years ago, a power hungry witch named Shuriki vanquished the royal family and took over the kingdom. However, Princess Elena, survived when she became trapped in an amulet while her grandparents and little sister were put in a magical painting. Alacazar, the Royal Wizard, who's also my grandfather, found the amulet and went off on a journey to find a way to get Elena out. But it took longer than he thought. So he used the last of his magic to transform himself into a book, hoping that a princess would find him and try to free Elena." Carlos paused, "Hiccup arrived the day before Princess Sofia showed up at my aunt's house. Apparently, she was searching for my grandfather's spirit animal guide, Zuzo. My cousin, Mateo, was able to summon him and he told us how to get her out."

"What did you have to do?" Rapunzel questioned, interested in Carlos's story.

"Well Sofia had to get Shuriki's wand and wrap the amulet around it. Then bring it to a magical statue that can undo any magical mishaps. Once Sofia got the wand, all of us headed towards where the statue was. Sofia was able to do the task and freed Elena from the amulet. Then we snuck into the castle and freed the rest of Elena's family. After that, we and the citizens of Avalor rebelled against Shuriki and were able to stop her reign of control." Carlos finished.

"Wow. That's quite an adventure." Rapunzel amazed.

"Thanks, Rapunzel. I have to admit that my adventure isn't really over yet." Carlos admitted.

"Okay dragon boy, what's your story?" Eugene asked, turning to Hiccup.

"Where do I start?" Hiccup pondered.

"How about you tell us where you're from?" Rapunzel suggested.

Hiccup took a deep breath and let it out. He never liked talking about his former home before finding his mother. But he had to. Toothless nuzzled him as he warbled, encouraging him to speak. He smiled at his friend before he started the story.

"I'm from the island of Berk, which is to the far north. The people of my village killed dragons for necessity. It's a really bad problem because there's just so many and they're always attacking our livestock and setting our houses on fire. But sometime later, people weren't killing them because we had to any more. It became a sport. They started killing them because it got you status; popularity, fame. If you can kill a dragon, it meant that you are one of them. The stronger the dragon you killed, the more popularity you were given. More dragons, longer that attention lasted." He sighed.

"You never killed any …did you?" Rapunzel asked hesitantly.

Hiccup laughed, but the sound was spiteful.

"No, I couldn't even take down a Terrible Terror if my life depended on it. They're the smallest and the least-dangerous dragons we know of, which is what Sharpshot is. So, I was pretty much at the bottom of the social ladder for most of my life. But because of my lacking strength and small stature, all of the other teens would bully and make fun of me. The adults would just ignore me or throw rotten food at me. I knew that I was a disappointment to my dad and a constant reminder of my mother who was taken by a dragon when I was a baby. To be most precise, he mostly ignored me most of my life."

"Okay, so," Eugene interrupted. "Where does the bad-breathed-lizard enter the picture?"

"I dare you to say that again." Toothless growled. Hiccup patted him to calm him down.

"I'm getting to that. Since I didn't have the 'physical' capabilities needed to fight dragons without getting myself killed, my dad put me up to work as an apprentice for his friend, the blacksmith, Gobber." Hiccup explained.

Eugene snorted.

"Shut up. Hideous names are supposed to ward off evil," Hiccup stated, "Anyway. One night there was an attack on the village, my dad and Gobber ordered me to stay inside. Now, I might not be very good with an axe or a shield, but I can probably make you anything you want. I'd be building a machine, which I called it the bola launcher, I could use it to take down a dragon for me. Once its down, I could kill it and then everyone would stop treating me like I was . . . well… a hiccup. Only," He turned to look at Toothless, the dragon's injured tail curling around him, "When I finally manage to take a dragon down . . . nobody believed me. So I had to go out and find him on my own. And I did."

Toothless eyed the smoldering fire and shot a quick blast at it, renewing the flame and making everyone but Hiccup and Carlos jump.

Hiccup sighed, laying his head against Toothless's neck who crooned when he noticed that Hiccup was feeling sad. "But when I got there . . . I couldn't do it. He was helpless, defenseless. I just . . . " His shoulders drooped, "So I set him free."

For a moment, there were no sounds except for the cackling of the fire and the shifting of cloth. Hiccup looked up and found Rapunzel sitting on her knees before him. She stretched out her hand and squeezed his hand. A gentle smile was on her face.

"I think you made the right decision, Hiccup." She admitted.

Hiccup smiled back, "Thanks, Rapunzel."

"So how did you two become friends?" Rapunzel asked.

"The night after I set Toothless free, my dad signed me up for dragon training where the younger kids are taught how to kill dragons. The first lesson didn't go so well and I luckily survived. Afterwards, I went looking for the dragon and found a trail that lead to a cove where I found him. As I studied him, I noticed that his left tail fin was missing. I soon realized that my bola launcher had somehow ripped off his left tail fin. Gobber had said that 'a down dragon is a dead dragon'. Feeling guilty that he had lost his skill of flight, I used my smith skills to make him a prosthetic tail."

"So that's what all of those metals and attachments are for?" Rapunzel asked, gazing at Toothless's prosthetic tail.

"Yeah, but the problem is that he can't use it on his own. I have to fly with him in order to make it work. I helped him learn how to fly again and he became my friend." Hiccup said as he scratched Toothless's neck who purred at Hiccup's fingers.

"But why did you leave?" Eugene asked, curious to why the boy would leave his home.

"I used all of the knowledge I got from Toothless and was able to pacify the dragons that were used in training. To my tribe, they thought I was able to take down dragons." Hiccup stated.

"So in other words, you cheated?" Eugene questioned.

"Yup." Hiccup answered.

"Why?" Eugene asked.

"It was the only way I could prevent the dragons from getting hurt by the other trainees." Hiccup explained, "And because of that knowledge, I was moved up in my class and received the honor of killing the Monstrous Nightmare which is a big dragon that's able to light themselves on fire." He sighed as he closed his eyes and then opened them as he let a sigh of defeat, "I didn't want to do it. So I packed some of my stuff and flew off with Toothless."

"Do you regret it?" Eugene asked.

"No," Hiccup replied, "But then I discovered the truth behind the dragon raids."

"The truth? What was it?" Eugene questioned.

"As it turned out, there was a dragon that was the size of a mountain, living in a volcano, who was forcing dragons to gather food for her or she'll eat them if they don't bring enough." Hiccup paused.

Rapunzel gasped with wide eyes as she put her hands over her mouth.

"So Toothless and I fought against her and won, but," Hiccup placed his hand on his left prosthetic leg, "I lost my leg."

Rapunzel and Eugene gazed at Hiccup with sympathy in their eyes.

"After the battle, I went unconscious and woke up in a cave. A woman had found me on the island and took care of me. I later found out that she was my long lost mother." Hiccup smiled at the memory of when he reunited with his mother.

"Wait, I thought you said that your mother was taken and eaten by a dragon." Eugene stated with an eyebrow arched.

"I did. But the dragon who took her brought her to a dragon sanctuary where she rescues captured dragons from dragon trappers." Hiccup explained.

"So your mother had been rescuing dragons since she arrived at the sanctuary?" Rapunzel asked.

"Yeah," Hiccup answered, "If I hadn't met Toothless, I never would have found my mother."

Rapunzel, Eugene, and Carlos smiled softly at his words. But then Rapunzel gazed at Hiccup's left leg and her smile faded. She felt bad for Hiccup. He went through such terrible ordeals once he was born. She could easily tell that he felt guilty for making Toothless flightless. But he was able to make up for it. Then she glanced at her hair and back at Hiccup's leg and Toothless's tail. An idea came to her mind.

"Hiccup." Rapunzel said.

"Yeah?" Hiccup asked.

"Can I try my hair on Toothless's tail and your leg?" Rapunzel suggested.

Hiccup's eyes widened and Toothless's head shot up at her words. Get their missing limbs back? Could Rapunzel's hair really do that?

"Is that possible?" Hiccup questioned, shocked.

"I don't really know. I've never tried it. It will be my first attempt," Rapunzel admitted, "But could I try anyway?"

Hiccup gazed at Rapunzel and turned to Toothless who was also shocked at Rapunzel's offer to restore their missing limbs. But Hiccup wondered what would happen if Toothless got his left tail fin back.

"Toothless, would you still stay with me if you do get your left tail fin back?" Hiccup asked, uncertain.

"Of course I'll stay. You're the first friend who accepted me as I am and you're the brother I've never had." Toothless answered as he rubbed Hiccup's cheek with his own.

Hiccup smiled at that as he gently scratched under Toothless's chin. He was glad that his friend would stay with him.

"Don't forget me." Sharpshot interjected.

Hiccup and Toothless laughed at that. Hiccup turned to Rapunzel who was waiting for his answer.

"Okay then, let's try." Hiccup confirmed.

Then he and Carlos help remove Toothless's prosthetic tail. Once it was removed, Hiccup easily took off his prosthetic leg to reveal the stump of his left leg. Rapunzel moved over to Hiccup and wrapped her hair around his stump and then around Toothless's tail. She went over to sit next to Hiccup.

"Ready." Hiccup nodded.

Rapunzel nodded. Then took a deep breath as she closed her eyes and let it out before she soon began to sing,

"Flower, gleam and glow,

Let your power shine,

Make the clock reverse,

Bring back what once was mine . . . "

The glow began at her scalp once again, and soon traveled through her roots and down through her cascading locks. The hair around Hiccup's leg began to glow which soon flowed over to the hair that was wrapped around Toothless's tail. A light began to form from his leg which widened his eyes and a warm feeling was enveloping around it.

"Heal what has been hurt,

Change the Fates' design,

Save what has been lost,

Bring back what once was mine,

What once . . . was mine."

Once the glow faded from her hair, Rapunzel gazed at Hiccup and Toothless, waiting for their response. Hiccup looked at his leg with shock as he slowly unwrap Rapunzel's hair from his leg and reached out and touched his left foot. His left foot…was back. He turned over to Toothless and unwrapped Rapunzel's hair around his tail: his left tail fin was back too! Toothless was staring at his left tail fin with wonder. Hiccup carefully got to his feet and started to fall backwards. Luckily Toothless stopped his fall by leaning his head against Hiccup's back and helped him stand up on his two feet. He continued to stare at his restored left leg as he wiggled it around while Toothless kept opening and closing his tail fins. Rapunzel stood up as the pair was still in shock.

"Well, it looks like it worked." Rapunzel confirmed, which broke the two's attention on their restored limbs. Hiccup turned towards Rapunzel and wrapped his arms around her and twirled with her as he cheered which Rapunzel wrapped her arms around him as well. Soon enough, Carlos and Flynn joined in on the hug and cheered at the outcome. Then Toothless joined in the hug, causing them all to fall to the ground with Toothless on top of them. This caused them to all chuckle.

"Okay Toothless, could you get off for a moment?" Hiccup asked.

Toothless got off them and sat down as everyone got to their feet.

"Thank you so much, Rapunzel." Hiccup thanked.

Toothless walked up to her and started nudging her side.

"Rapunzel, you're the best!" Toothless warbled.

"What did Toothless say?" Rapunzel asked, scratching Toothless's chin who purred at her touch.

"He's very grateful towards you for restoring our limbs." Hiccup translated, smiled.

"You're welcome." Rapunzel replied.

"No really, thank you." Hiccup smiled.

Rapunzel smiled back at the two as Toothless nudged her cheek which made her chuckle.

"Not be rude or anything, but how you are going to get another boot for your leg?" Eugene asked, pointing at Hiccup's left leg that had no boot.

Hiccup pondered for a moment and then snapped his fingers before he went over to his basket and began rummaging through it. Then he pulled out a left boot and sock.

"Where did you get those, Hiccup?" Carlos asked.

"My mom got my new boots and socks as pairs and couldn't really get just one. So she gave me the left ones in case of anything." Hiccup explained.

"Well, it's a good thing she did." Carlos stated with a smile.

Hiccup bent down and put his left sock on followed by the left boot. Hiccup moved his leg around and wiggled his foot, trying to get used of using both feet again.

"Yeah, this is going to take some getting used to," Hiccup said and turned over to Toothless, "I should probably fix up your saddle since you won't need the prosthetic anymore."

"Okay," Toothless grunted, "But can we keep it just in case?"

"Sure, why not?" Hiccup shrugged.

Hiccup and Carlos began to take off the cables on that were attached to Toothless's saddle. Once the prosthetic fin was fully off, Hiccup packed it into his basket along with his leg prosthetic. Hiccup couldn't believe that he had his leg back. It was unbelievable that he had his leg back. He didn't know how to thank Rapunzel. There a silence among the campsite as everyone was doing their own thing. Rapunzel kept glancing at Eugene when he wasn't looking and when she wasn't looking, Eugene was looking at her. When they caught each other's glances and quickly looked away from each other. Eugene coughed into his hand and stood up.

"W-well, uh. Hey, look at that. We're almost out of firewood. Come on, you two. Let's go get some more." Eugene said before grabbing the two boys onto their feet.

The two decided to go with him anyway since they finished their own tasks. But Sharpshot decided to come as well to keep the three company and hoped to help them in any way.

"Hey," Rapunzel called out, Eugene and the boys stopped and turned towards her, "For the record, I like Eugene Fitzherbert much better than Flynn Rider."

That shocked Eugene Fitzherbert. He never thought that someone would like his real name instead of his thief identity.

"Well, then you'd be the first." He chuckled as he held his hand and looked over at Rapunzel, "But thank you."

Then the three turned around and headed towards the forest. The boys noticed that Eugene kept flexing his hand as they walked. Rapunzel gave a small chuckle as she watched them leave the campsite. Suddenly Toothless and Cielo let out a growl and tensed up. Rapunzel looked down at them. "Toothless, Cielo, what is it?"

"Well," Commented a new voice that echoed around their campsite. Rapunzel went rigid, terror flashing across her face, "I thought they'd never leave."

Rapunzel whirled around as Toothless and Cielo sprung forward, planting themselves between Rapunzel and the newcomer.

" . . . mother?" Rapunzel questioned.

Don't Judge yourself by your past. You don't live there anymore.

- Unknown

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