Silver looked up as the door opened. “Time to go.” The guard said.
“Where?” Silver demanded, standing up.
“You’ll see.” The Nonkrel smiled wickedly. Silver’s eyes narrowed but she did as she was told and left the cell.
. . .
The entrance to the castle stood tall in front of them. Beyond the gate was darkness as far as the eye could see, leading down into the depths of the earth.
“Should we split up?” Hiccup asked.
Toothless nodded. “I’ll go with Hiccup, Will and Jack.”
“And you’re making me go with the girls.” Horace said, his voice low.
“Ye got a problem with that?” Merida asked, crossing her arms.
Horace groaned and facepalmed. Will smiled. “Yeah, these groups are fine.” He said.
Horace glared at him, his hand still covering one of his eyes.
“You guys take left.” Hiccup said. “We’ll take right.”
Horace nodded. “Good luck.”
“You too.” Jack said.
Will hugged Horace quickly, then held him at arm’s length. “Safe passage friend.” He said.
Horace nodded once. “Safe passage.” He said.
Will nodded. He turned to face the others. “Let’s go.” He pulled his bow off his shoulder and nocked an arrow to the bowstring in a blur and headed into the shadows. As he went, he flipped up the hood of his cloak and practically disappeared into the shadows.
Jack felt a hand on his shoulder and turned to see Horace. “Relax He said. “That’s normal for him.”
“How did he do that?” Toothless asked.
Horace smiled. “He’s a Ranger.”
. . .
Jack flew slightly above and ahead of Hiccup, Will, and Toothless, scouting the area ahead. Searching for any sign of a brig.
But so far, there was nothing.
“So, Will, what’s your life like back home?” Hiccup asked. “Where DO you live anyway?”
Will smiled. “I live in the kingdom of Araluen – more specifically: Redmont Fief.”
“Have you got any family?” Hiccup asked.
“Um…” Will sighed. “Well, no. But Horace is like a brother to me and Halt is like my father.”
“Halt?” Hiccup asked.
“My master.” Will replied. “He teaches me to be a better ranger.”
“Anyone SPECIAL in you life?” Jack asked mischievously, flying past him.
Will rolled his eyes. “Alyss.” He said. “She’s a courier and she’s very pretty.”
“D’Awww!” Hiccup said. Will smiled and rolled his eyes again.
“Hey guys?” Toothless called from ahead.
“What?” Hiccup asked.
“I think I found the jail cells.”
Hiccup and Will exchanged glances and ran forward.
. . .
“Hey Horace!” Merida hissed.
“What?” Horace asked in a hushed voice.
“Come here!” Merida replied, gesturing for him to come closer. As Horace approached her, she held his shoulder, forcing him closer to the wall. “Look through that gap.” She ordered.
Although Horace didn’t like that the princess had taken command, he did as he was told.
Merida reminded him far too much of a princess he’d met a long time ago.
He looked through the hole to see a large arena, with a huge crowd of the Nonkrels inside it, all cheering. In the center of the arena were two dragons – The first was an average dragon: a Monstrous Nightmare. It’s opponent looked like a Night Fury in his anthro form, only he had stripes on his skin. He had blue eyes similar to Silver’s, and neck length messy black hair.
He held a black sword, facing the beast in from of him. His teeth were bared, and his Night Fury’s tail swished back and forth angrily.
The Monstrous Nightmare roared and spewed fire at the Night Fury. The Night Fury rolled out of the way and ducked out of the way of a blow from the dragon’s paw as he stood back up.
With cat-like agility, he regained his balance, spun around, and stabbed the Monstrous Nightmare through its great red heart. The beast gave a final, mighty roar and fell dead to the ground. The Nonkrels in the crowd screamed and cheered, leaping out of their seat
As soon as the battle was over, the Night Fury tossed his blade onto the ground in from of him, breathing heavily. He put his hands behind his back obediently and let the guards cuff him and force him through a tunnel on the side of the arena.
“We should follow them.” Horace said.
“Why?” Merida asked.
“Because they’ll be taking him to the brig. Which is where we’ll find Silver.”
Merida nodded. “There’s got to be a place where the paths cross up ahead. We’ll wait for them there, then follow and get Silver.”