"Come on, Hic, she can try a little." Astrid began braiding Lifa’s hair for her. Lifa pouted, giving Hiccup the big green puppy eyes. "Please, Daddy? Pretty pretty please because you love me?"
Hiccup let out a long exasperated sigh before looking at his girls. “One tiny little sip,” he said. “You’re not going to like it.” Even he didn’t like coffee, Astrid was the one who enjoyed it. He preferred the exotic teas that was given to them as a wedding present and that he’d been asking Trader Johan to keep getting for them.
"That was your promise not mine. Besides you decided to get cheeky." Astrid reminded him before letting his hand go and stepping back to let him up. Grabbing Hiccup again she slowly showed the kids all of the moves she’d made, letting them practice the motions before pointing to the old mattresses fire them to practice with each other. "Are you mad or just sore you couldn’t keep me pinned?" Astrid asked him with her eyes on the kids.
Hiccup squatted down beside her as they watched the kids. “Sore,” he said. Green eyes looked up at her and a smirked formed on his face. “Hey kids watch this!” In one quick movement he knocked Astrid’s feet out from under her, caught her, laid her face first into the dirt and pinned both arms behind her back. “Well this brings back memories,” he whispered in her ear as he sat above her.
Lifa sat up, wiping her cheeks and making a face. Astrid picked up her brush from the bedside table and began combing her bed head. “I want lots of bacon. And I wanna try coffee. And I want oatmeal. With lots of sugar and pieces of apple.”
Sugar was rare on Berk, it had to be imported. They had some but it was for special occasions. Coffee was plentiful in trade and kept for a long time. Everyone had plenty.
"Coffee you are not having, you don’t need that much caffeine but every thing else you can have," he said as he got up from the bed. Hiccup stretched his arms over his head and put a shirt on. Being the chief of Berk he was able to get just about anything through trade, even sugar.
She squealed and laughed, but quieted to little giggles once he stopped. “I’m not a baby,” she protested. Her temperature wasn’t even a little too warm.
"You may be turning six today but you’re still our baby," Astrid rolled over and put a big, obnoxiously noisy kiss on her cheek.
Hiccup kissed Lifa’s other cheek at the same thing as Astrid. “That’s right,” he said. “You’ll always be our baby girl and you’ll always be our little princess.” Sitting up he slung his leg over the bed and put on his peg leg. “Alright so what does the birthday girl want for breakfast?”
"Which is perfect to show you this little move." Grinning evilly she stomped down on his foot while driving her free elbow into his side. The moment she was free she kicked his legs out from under him and brought his arm up into a hold that would turn painful if he tried to move. "You honestly thought you’d pub me with a cheap trick like that?"
Hiccup let out a undignified grunt as he hit the ground hard. He coughed to catch his breath as he got the wind knocked out of him. When she grabbed his hand he flinched in pain. “Ow ow ow,” he whined. “You said you wouldn’t make it hurt!”
Lifa shrieked and then dissolved into helpless giggles, trying to squirm away. “Daddy, no! Help! Mommy!”
"Can’t help you, not fully awake right now." Astrid smiled into her pillow.
Hiccup pulled Lifa’s shirt up over her belly and blew a raspberry before he stopped. “Morning baby girl.” Man put his hand on his daughters forehead to check for her fever.
Grinning deviously she nudged the Nadder before tipping to one side and letting herself slide off the saddle. Stormfly pulled herself to a halt mid-flight and hovered to make sure Hiccup caught the girl before touching down.
Hiccup caught her in his arms just like he promised and held her close to him. “Was that a test?” he asked with a smile. He moved her hair out of her face and kissed her forehead. “I’ll never let you fall without me there to catch you.”
The next morning, after Mairi had cured Lifa, Hiccup and Astrid were woken up rudely. Lifa ran into their room, climbed up on their bed and began jumping up and down. “Mommy, Daddy, wake up! WAKE UP, WAKE UP!” She yelled excitedly.
Astrid groaned and shook Hiccup, “The mini troll is awake,” she grumbled.
Hiccup groaned and looked at his daughter. “Someone is energetic,” he said. Sitting up quickly he grabbed Lifa and pulled her down between him and Astrid. “What are you doing you?” The man began tickling her mercilessly.
Astrid nodded as Hiccup joined them on the grass. Briar stood front and centre watching Astrid add she took them through their stretches followed by a few warm ups. Once she thought Hiccup’s lunch had settled long enough she beckoned him over. “And now I’m going to show you a few moves to disarm and incapacitate your opponent.” Motioning for Hiccup to ‘attack’ her she quickly threw him over her body and caught him in a headlock.
Hiccup braced himself for her attack and only grunted slightly when she threw him over her shoulder. Sometimes her strength surprised him. “And this lads,” he said and craned his neck to look at the boys, “this is how you get out of such a hold.” Twisting lightly he grabbed her arm and managed to pry her off him and pin her arm behind her back.
"ASTRID! I n3ed uto come ober to my plse no."
"I’m not the only person who looks delicious," he said and kissed her back. Hiccup gave her butt a small pat before sitting down at the table. He had already given Toothless his breakfast.
"Mmm now you’re hot and tasty. " She joked sitting down on his lap. "I’ll move before I get heavy but right now I want to sit on my hot boyfriends lap and eat breakfast together "
Hiccup wrapped an arm around her stomach and kissed the back of her neck. Reaching around her he grabbed a piece of bacon and took a bite of it. “Enjoy,” he said with a smile.
The snacks weren’t much, just a bit of fruit to keep them awake while they learned to fight. Still, it didn’t take Nana long to make a quick meal of the left overs from lunch. “Alright, fifteen minutes and then we start stretching.” Astrid told the kids as they finished the last of their snacks, walking out to set up their next activity.
Hiccup thanked Nana for the food before eating quickly so he could rejoin Astrid and the kids. He had yet to see Briar and he wanted to know how the lad liked his present he sent him. When he was done he took care of his dishes and went to find Astrid.