Captured by the Dragon Rider

Merida the Scottish princess is to be betrothed to the only son of the clan Dingwall. However, before the wedding her cousin, Astrid, comes to visit with her betrothed Hiccup. Hiccup is the famous Dragon Rider of his people the Vikings of Berk. With only three weeks until the wedding Merida is now unsure of her decision, will she marry Wee Dingwall, or will this handsome Rider capture her heart?


11. The Most Dreaded Walk

The morning or her prearranged wedding came and the castle was noisier and busier than usual. Merida was once again forced to rise with the sun and spent most of the morning taming her wild red hair. Thankfully she could wear it pinned back in a tie, but unfortunately as "tradition" she had to wear the head wrap for the ceremony. Maudie and several other maids came to help Merida dress and finish her styling. Her dress was pure white with diamonds all along the bust and train, and tiny pearls at the bottom of the dress. It fit her well in that the it was a scoop neck-line and ball gown of a dress. The dress had sleeves and a long veil and train, so that she was conservative yet elegant. The sleeves of the dress had little bits of embroidery and pearls and diamonds. The silk for her veil was the same white as her dress, but had delicate embroidery and pearls all around the crown of it.

There was a knock at the door, and her mother appeared.

Her mother had adorned her fanciest gown for the celebration, a deep violet color with gold embroidery and long sleeves that went all the way to the floor. In her hands was the clan's cloth, a wedding tradition,  in the colors representative of DunBroch.

"Merida! You look lovely, here I've found this to complete the look. It is the one you will wear during the ceremony, until Lornell presents you with the cloth of his clan."

Did I ever mention Wee Dingwall's birth name was Lornell?

Merida took her clan cloth and gave it to Maudie who helped her pin it across her chest onto her hip. Carefully pinning everything into place Merida stepped towards her mother lifting up her white skirts.

"Oh Merida," Queen Elinor gasped. "You look absolutely beautiful! Go on, give us a turn!"

Merida turned in her dress and faced herself in the mirror. She didn't see herself. Her hair hidden behind white fabric her face powdered and primed to perfection, but it was her eyes that told her she was not well. Her eyes were clouded with anger and remorse, she knew deep inside, her marriage was not real, she could not love her betrothed because he was not hers. Her heart had been captured by another, and he had betrayed her and was long gone.Turning away from the mirror she tried her best to smile and please her mother.

"Are you ready dear?" her mother asked.

'As ready as I'll ever be." Merida said trying her best to smile.

Her mother ushered the chambermaids out and walked Merida down the hall. The ceremony was to take place outside in the fields amongst the last flowers of summer, and the reception in the castle. Merida allowed herself to be lifted into the carriage, while normally she would have preferred to ride Angus, she didn't have the strength or  mind to argue. The Queen sat beside her as her brothers walked on foot and her father on horse(s).

"Merida, you are awfully quiet, are you alright dear?" her mother said suddenly.

"Yes, mum, I'm fine." Merida lied.

Not wanting to push Queen Elinor silenced herself and began shouting at the boys to stop tripping each other; insisting that they would ruin their outfits. Merida looked out the window and was trying to convince herself that this was her choice and she would be happy with Wee Dingwall and live happily ever after. To no avail she felt worse then when she realized she could not love him, because Hiccup was the one she truly loved.

Shaking her head furiously, she forced herself to forget the memory of  the blasted rider and her awful cousin. She glanced towards the fields and saw hundreds of people all seated awaiting her arrival. The wedding was to start once the sun was over head, so it was nearly time. As her carriage approached Merida had a suspicious feeling in the pit of her stomach and wished to leave her be, but it simply would not. Something was wrong and there was no denying it. Out of pure remorse she looked towards the sky and felt her heart sink to her stomach. There was a large shadow on the horizon, and though she knew it had to be a dragon, she also knew it was not the one she so desperately wanted to see.

"I knew this would not be as easy as I believed." Merida muttered under her breath as her eyes locked on the winged beast of the sky.



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