Mar. 9th, 2013

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Title: Fifteen Kennings For "Woman": A Sequence
Fandom: How To Train Your Dragon (filmverse)
Character(s): Astrid, with cameos by most of the main cast, human and otherwise
Pairing(s): Astrid/Hiccup
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1500
Warnings: None
A/N: This started out as one drabble -- one! -- about how Astrid doesn't find "girl" to be a limiting role because it encompasses so much. That led me to look at kennings for "woman" in Norse poetry, which led me to, well, this sequence and all its footnotes. I was an academic before ever I wrote 'fic. Concrit welcomed with a mug of small beer and a hunk of goat cheese.



1. The Young Pine of Ribbons

      Phlegma puts Astrid's hair in pigtails for the Midsummer Thing, tying them off with pretty red ribbons. Astrid preens until Snotlout rings her head like a bell and the twins make it the rope for tug of war. By the time she chases down skinny Hiccup to recover the ribbon he snitched, she's had it. She hides behind the sheep shed to unravel the braids and pull her hair into a ponytail, then spends the rest of the Thing biting any hand that touches her.

      Which is why Berk's Midsummer peace thereafter names teeth among the weapons under its ban.


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