When Merida finally did awake, the first person she saw was Hiccup sitting next to her. He was hunched over and fast asleep. But his hand stayed gripping hers tightly. Suddenly she felt terrible for running out into the snow, in her pajamas. He must have been worried sick. Merida began to sit up but that woke Hiccup right away.
“Mer?” He whispered rubbing his eye with his other hand and sitting up. He still did not let go of her hand. Hiccup’s eyes settled on Merida and his features went from completely exhausted to complete relief. “Are you okay?” He asked reaching a hand out and cupping her cheek.
Merida sat up a little more and laid her hand over his, “Yeh…Ahm alrigh. Are you?” She asked, her voice laced with concern. Her eyebrows narrowed and she leaned in a little closer to him.
Hiccup gave her a small, weak smile, “Don’t worry about me, Mer. If you’re okay, I’m okay.” His thumb gently massaged her cheek and began to trace her features, finally stopping over her lips. Merida gave it a small kiss and Hiccup smiled a little more.
“Hic? You said sometin back there. When yeh were carryin meh out o tha snow. Sumtin about..how yeh knew Jack was real.” Merida said, looking at Hiccup seriously. He made a heavy sigh, but his eyes never left hers.
“Yes.” He said, “I know he is real.” He went on to explain what had happened that night when Jack came to him at the asylum and about how he was supposed to make her forget about Jack. “I’m so sorry, Mer.” He finished, “But I think I understand now. You were in love with him, weren’t you? That’s why you couldn’t let go?”
Merida’s eyes fell, “Yeh..I was…” She bit her bottom lip slightly, “I..uh..I guess tha souns stupid…doesn it? I mean…the mos people he’s nah even real.”
Hiccup squeezed Merida’s hand, “It’s not stupid, Mer.” He said, “He’s real. Other people are stupid. They’re too old for fairy tales. But you and me Mer, we’ll never be too old. I’ll keep believing as long as you do.” He smiled and kissed her cheek.
The whole room was silent for a long time. “You…don’t still love him, do you? I mean like you used to?” Hiccup asked hopefully, his eyes gleaming.
“No.” Merida answered instantly, “Before I met you…I needed Jack, the idea of him. But now…I know I only need to believe in him. But you….I need you for than anyone.” Hiccup couldn’t help himself, he leaned and gave Merida a long deep kiss.
“What would I do if I never met you?” He asked when the kiss broke.
Merida though about her answer, “Keep lookin fur meh.” She said.