When news spreads throughout the Archipeligo that a boy called Hiccup and a village called Berk are taming dragons, Viggo sends Sage to spy on Hiccup, and gather valuable information for an indefinite period of time. Believing this to be her chance to finally prove herself, Sage throws herself into the mission. But years with the Riders will change her differently than she hoped, and things may not turn out as planned. Snotlout x OC. AU.
Post by reneedarkbard on Sept 11, 2018 11:22:56 GMT 10
The Girl with the Dark Hair
It was hot in the small cell.
Sage Beoluvance sat far back. The wall seemed a perfect comfort spot for her sore back, and despite her legs screaming at her, it didn't bug her. In fact, the more they screamed, the wider her grin spread across her face and the more she felt like enjoying the damp, steamy underground.
Nothing mattered. For God knows how long she'd spent a while away from the sunlight and in the cranky, small space the guards called a "prison." Though, compared to what she had seen, it seemed more like a big invitation for escape. Or for the intelligent to burn down. Sure, the cave walls would stand, but the iron doors buckled to the walls cried for an explosion. An explosion to free them from their crazy seal.
For a moment, Sage wondered if it were possible for her to do it. Find some sort of explosion (because, as she had witnessed, the guards often carried gizmos and gadgets back and forth) and rip the door off the wall. In fact, the idea made the grin spread even wider. Entertaining? Probably. She couldn't recall the last time she'd seen something entertaining. Something destructive, that is.
But that moment faded, and she remembered something important. The reason she'd spent weeks in this cramped, musty place. The reason she was here in the first place.
One name. That's all it took.
Bloodthirsty. Maybe. Sage wasn't sure. She'd seen him kill a dragon with nothing but a rock, and seen more tortured Terrible Terrors than she'd bother counting. It didn't matter how much she knew. All that mattered was one thing. One person that Viggo had repeated in every sentence.
His name was Hiccup. Specifically, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the third. It popped up often whenever Viggo dropped in for a visit. Her sole existence rested on that name. For as long as she could remember, her arms ached and her eyes were weary. She threw axes, and charged Gronckles. And, with one thought in mind. With only one mission. Penetrate.
Sage crossed rest an arm against the cold floor. Penetrate may be the wrong word. To summarize Viggo's plans into a sentence was impossible. Because they were never easy. But she was easy. Because she couldn't remember warm beds or good food, or even friends. No. She saw nothing but death and horror. She remembered nothing but blood…and war.
That was the only reason for her existence.
It bugged her at first. She could remember huddling in the corner of a dark prison at first; where the walls were so thick, and impenetrable that no light sneaked through the cracks…and faint memories of promise of a good meal, And the tears. Those were unforgettable. They stained her cheeks for days, and many moons would pass before relief.
And when the sun would rise after the fifth moon, the door would open and there he would be. He would stand tall in his brown tunic and neat, black hair, eyes unwavering, and say, "Lets begin."
Sage knew it normal for people to ball their fists or glare when a urge to punch someone arose. She'd seen it so many times. When desperate times came, and the instructor would watch Sage drop to the floor as a child, crossing her arms over her chest and refusing to go farther, she'd hear a groan. She'd see the fists clench. And then, "Be patient. Don't worry. She'll come around."
And she did. Otherwise, she wouldn't tolerate this. But he was right. As usual. So he must always be right. Which meant, her mission was most important. Because he said so. His calculations would be correct too.
So she wouldn't be in this cell longer. Not that she needed sunlight. The darkness was soothing. But she'd listened to the loud, crazy growling from the various dragons. And the walls didn't hide the surface noise.
Her ears perked. She could hear someone running towards her. The sound of footsteps bounced off the walls. She caught sight of the owner, a young boy her age with brown, messy hair and a iron leg. Behind him was a older gentleman with a grimy look and a staff.
And as Viggo had predicted, he stopped in front of her door. In the darkness, she felt her grin broaden even more.
Sage was going to win this fight. And the ignorant boy would never see it coming.
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