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?


13. I take thee...?

Merida held her bouquet of wild flowers, in her hand and smoothed her dress for what seemed to be the millionth time. Finally it was her turn to walk down the forest aisle, and Merida was walking with her head held high. As she took her first steps she avoided looking at the guest who were awing and gaping at her, and tried to focus mainly on Wee Dingwall. He looked handsome in his ceremonial kilt and jacket. His bight blue eyes were focused and alert, they were no  longer, dull and hazed. She liked the way his hair was swept back and not sticking out on end. Not like Hiccup's that was a wild mane like hers. Ugh! Why was she thinking about him? At this time no less! Merida knew she had at one point felt feelings, but she'd only know him for a few days. And Wee Dingwall was the one who'd been there for her, he'd been her friend and not once had he ever done her harm. So why was she so hesitant with marrying him?

Merida had been so caught up with her thoughts, that she hadn't realized she'd made it to the end of the aisle and hadn't heard most of the officiant's words to her.

"Princess Merida, have you also prepared your words of promise to Lornell?" he said to her.

"Oh yes, but can he go first?" she asked.

The Dingwall's gasped. Usually the bride went first in the exchanging of the vows, but Merida's family knew her best, and weren't at all shocked at her sudden change.

"Of course." Wee Dingwall

They turned to face each other, and Wee Dingwall began to recite his vows,  I Lornell take thee Merida to be my wife. In darkness I shall be your light, your cup will never empty, for I will thy wine, with this ring I make you mine.' He said slipping the wedding band on her third finger. "Merida you are so brave and beautiful I only dream that this adventure we take together will bring us happiness. I care for you will all my heart."

Merida looked down at the ground, she couldn't look him in the eye.

"Merida it is your turn." the officiant said.

Merida took a deep breather and tried to meet Wee Dingwall's eyes.

"I Merida take thee...I take thee Lornell to be be my,"


Merida whipped her head around to see Hiccup standing at the start of the aisle.

There were gasps and shouts from the crowd as Hiccup tried to speak.

"Merida! Don't do this!"

"Feregus stop him!" Queen Elinor she shouted.

"Guards!" her father bellowed.

"No wait! Merida!" Hiccup shouted.

"Hiccup? Hiccup!Oi dat!  Stop!"

There  was immense chaos  and finally Merida had enough.

"Oi! SHUT IT!" she shouted.

Everyone turned to look at her. She turned to Wee Dingwall who nodded his agreement, she loved him for understanding.

"Let him speak!" Wee Dingwall announced.

The guards released Hiccup who hobbled up to her.

"Speak from there." Merida directed, she was not going to get hurt this time, but she was willing to listen.

"Merida, I love you." he said bluntly. "I know its been a short time but I am in love with you, and I have never met anyone so amazing that could make me feel more lively than you. I know you are hurt and probably shocked, but you mean everything to me. I can only hope that you'll forgive me."

Merida looked to Lornell, who again nodded his agreement. She whispered to him quickly.

"Wee Lamb, I love you, but my heart was not yours to take, I know there is a lass waiting for you at home. Go to her, we will always be friends yes?"

Wing Dingwall smiled at her and nodded, "Yes Princess, of course. Honestly I am quite relieved, I am not ready to be married I just want a little more freedom."

Merida smiled, then remembered the clans and guests gathered. She looked at Hiccup who was trying not to be intimidated by all the burly men.

"Hiccup, I forgive you, and also I love you too!" she said as she ran to him.

Hiccup was caught off gaurd that he nearly stumbled back when she embraced him. Looking at each other there was a slight moment of happiness between the Viking and the Princess.

There then was a sarcastic clap from the back, and everyone turned to look.

"Well, well, well. Isn't this the sweetest." Astrid said sarcastically. "My dear cousin and her love reunited at last, but you all forget! He's still engaged to me!" Astrid ran at Merida and Hiccup with her dagger drawn.

In that split second Merida caught sight of a bow and arrow, and before Astrid could chop off their heads, Merida pushed Hiccup to the side and set up her arrow. She baked up and just as Astrid raised her arm, Merida let her arrow fly. 


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