'GO!' yelled Hiccup.
Hiccup flung his arm up. Toothless hung on.
'I said GO!' Hiccup repeated in frustration.
'W-w-why g-g-go?' shuddered Toothless, gripping even tighter.
'Just go GO GO GO GO!!!!' screamed Hiccup, flapping his arm up and down frantically, with Toothless hanging on to it for dear life.
'Toothless,' said Hiccup, as reasonably as he could, 'please go. If you don't start going when I tell you to, we are both going to be thrown into exile.'
'But I don't w-w-want to go,'
It was a moment which changed the whole worldview of the Hooligan Tribe. For centuries we had believed it was impossible for dragons to consider a selfless though or a generous action. But what Toothless did next, is impossible to explain as being in his own best interests at the time.
'What's black and white and red all over?' asked Hiccup.
Toothless didn't know.
'A sunburnt penguin,' replied Hiccup.
'The thing about us d-d-dragons,' said Toothless, helpfully, 'is we're s-s-survivors. We're not like s-s-soppy cats or d-d-dumb dogs, falling in l-l-love with their Masters and yucky things like that. Only reason we ever do what a m-m-man wants is because he's b-b-bigger than us and gives us food.'
'What's he saying?' asked Fishlegs.
'Pretty much what you're saying, said Hiccup.
'N-n-never trust a dragon,' said Toothless.
'STOP!' yelled Hiccup, as feathers flew in all directions.
Toothless replied by sicking up the remains of a recently deceased mouse right in the middle of Stoick"s pillow.
'Aaaargh!' said Hiccup.
'AAAAAAARGH!' said Stoick the Vast, who entered the room at the very moment.
Toothless launched himself at Stoick the Vast's beard, which he mistook with a chicken.
'Get him off!' said Stoick.
The dragon struggled wildly, shouting 'WANT F-F-FISH NOW! WANT F-F-FOOD NOW! CATS ARE YUMMY WANT FOOD NOW!'
'We don't HAVE any fish,' repeated Hiccup, from between gritted teeth, feeling all his calmness deserting him, 'and you can't eat the cat – I like him.'
'TOOTHLESS!' cried Snotlout. 'Hiccup has found himself the only TOOTHLESS dragon in the uncivilised world! This is too good. Hiccup the USELESS and his dragon, TOOTHLESS!'
“You've got m-m-me!” squeaked Toothless, landing on Hiccup's arm. “I'm one of the Lost Things, and I'm the best one!”
“Manners,” reminded the Windwalker gently. “Don't forget, Toothless, no boasting…”
“Okay,” said Toothless, his brow furrowing. “Toothless is the best one… p-p-please?”
“YOU B-B-BIG HUMAN BULLY!”
Hiccup tried to wave him out the way, and Toothless thought he was reminding him about manners.
“SORRY, YOU GREAT METAL M-M-MOLLUSK! PARDON ME, YOU LUMPING L-L-LARDBOTTOM LEADBELLY! EXCUSE US, YOU TERRIFYING TIN OF T-T-TESTOSTERONE!”
“Manners,” said Toothless smugly to the Wodensfang.
“Yes, well done, Toothles,” congratulated the Wondensfang brightly. “Lovely apologizing.”