March 24, 2020 at 9:56 pm #5665
Soft rays snuck through cracks in the warriors den, birds had already woke up and begun their high pitched songs. Urrggg Crisp air rippled throughout her fur, as if it was trying to make her too uncomfortable to stay within the comfort of her nest. A warrior’s duty is never done, her jowls opening, fangs showing as she let out a large yawn. Raising to her paws, lower half dropping in a stretch, claws extending grazing the ground, muscle flexing. Her hind legs kicked out one by one, flexing her neck to both sides to finish up her morning routine. Still asleep, lazy crowfood, mentally smirking as her gaze landed on her older brothers. The youngest of three brothers Hyenaflower had to find one way to stand out and get a leg up against them, taking the early mornings to focus on just that, even now she couldn’t help but still wake up early out of habit. Her tail flicking the Dognose before ducking out of the den, he might technically be older but she still couldn’t help but tease her softest brother.
Her apple green eyes blinked as they adjusted to the new light, giving her multi-colored pelt a quick shake, her gaze dancing around the clearing before landing on the den of the warriors to-bes. Hyenaflower had recently given an apprentice, which she was grateful for truly, but it wasn’t exactly the one she wanted. In truth she wanted Firepaw, a spicy little she cat who she felt like had a lot of untapped potential; instead she was given Dustypaw, her littlemate. There was nothing wrong with Dustypaw; she just knew that he wasn’t as confident as Firepaw, and would take alot more paw holding than the fiery red molly would. Alas the choice wasn’t hers, Dustypaw was who she was given and Hyenaflower would do her best to train the young apprentice to be the best warrior he could be.
Upon reaching the apprentices den, dipping her nose into the den, her gaze being pulled to the firey she cat instantly stopping herself from waking up the molly and inviting her on a training session instead. Stepping over the other apprentices to the white and brown splashed tom, prodding him gently with her paws, “Wake up. It’s training time.” Hyenaflower was going to train him the way she was trained, waking up early and training until late at night. Seeing the young apprentice open his eyes, Hyenaflower gave him a few moments to adjust to being woken up so early, “Be ready and by the entrance in 5.” Nodding to the tom before slipping out of the den, waiting for him by the camp entrance.March 25, 2020 at 4:47 am #5676RoachParticipant
Dustypaw ~Shadowclan Apprentice
The small bicolored tom was curled into a ball within his comfortable nest. His fluffed tail wrapped around his paws as his face snuggles closer for warmth. His dreams filled with ongoing adventures of traveling outside of Shadowclan. Huffing softly as he feels a prod against his side. Figuring it was just his imagination; he promptly ignores it until it happens again with more force. Frowning in confusion as he tiredly lifts his cranium. Jade green eyes fluttering open, turning his head groggily in Hyenaflower’s direction. Furrowing his brows as he blinks his eyes rapidly, letting them regain focus in the dim lighting. Freezing once taking in the taller form of his mentor. Biting his lip as he listens attentively to her as she gives him 5 minutes to collect himself before training.
Dustypaw didn’t even have a chance to properly respond to her before she was already out of the den. Not that he would have been able to spit out a coherent sentence in the first place. Silently muttering a bitter goodbye to his nest, the cream and dusty brown tom rises to his paws. Shivering at the shockingly cold contrast of the ground against the pads of his feet. Glaring at the forms of his sleeping siblings; oh how much he wished to be sleeping right about now. Silently and carefully maneuvering himself around the other sleeping felines within the den. Hobbling clumsily at one point as he almost stepped on a tail. That would have been a disaster.
Releasing a long tired yawn, smacking his lips as he glances around the clearing. Thankful for his thick pelt to keep him warm during the early mornings as the sun’s light would not kiss the earth for another hour or so. Looking away from the dark navy blue sky, trying not to get distracted from the twinkle of starlight dusting the dark canvas above. Deciding that he couldn’t waste anymore time, five minutes were bound to be coming up shortly. Frantically rushing through the clearing, thankful for it being mostly vacant with the exceptions of a few senior warriors out and about. Sliding to a stop a few lengths away from Hyenaflower, a bashful smile making its way to his lips. Silently hoping he wasn’t late, but luck hardly ever seemed to be on his side. “What are we doing today?” Dustypaw asked, tilting his wedged cranium in a curious manner, though his heart pounded as his anxiety grew with every passing moment.April 12, 2020 at 10:09 pm #5909
Hyenaflower was pleasantly surprised when her apprentice arrived on time, she had been a tad worried that the soft tom would take his sweet time waking up and getting to her. Good job little one, first test passed. With a firm nod the molly beckoned the young one to follow her as she slipped into the territory of Shadowclan, leaving the silent camp behind them. The scent of pine infiltrated the felines senses, breathing in the peacefulness of the wilderness. Whipping around the face young Dustypaw, “Firstly we train daily, we do two days of learning the territory and landmarks. The next two days will be hunting, followed by a one day of mandatory rest then the next two days of fight training.” Hyenaflower was determined to make the best warrior out of Dustypaw, if she couldn’t have the naturally best apprentice out of the bunch, she would create the best apprentice. “We wake up early and start the day off with a small meal. We practice for the next few hours then we will follow it up with a dip to relax and cool off the muscles and dinner. Before we call it a day you will show and tell me everything you learned before I dismiss you for the day. No late nights either. I need you at your peak for training. Tired cats are dead cats.” This was the way she trained and it was the way she was determined to train young Dustypaw.
With her scheduling out of the way Hyenaflower gave him a few moments to absorb and ask any questions he might have about their drinking before switching subjects to today’s lesson. “Today I want you to be able to identify important landmarks within the territory. If for some reason anything happens to you and you become lost I want you to be able to use landmarks to find your way home. Our sense of smell might be amazing but you can’t just rely on your nose all the time, we need to be able to find our way around the territory in many different ways.” The deeper into the land she led him the more gradual the footing changed. Hyenaflower took quick notice of this, the soil beneath her paw pads becoming more damp, her whiskers twitching as the scent of pine became much stronger around them. The Tall Pines. “Now tell me Dustypaw, what do you notice?” Glancing over her shoulder to look at the young tom.April 16, 2020 at 9:25 pm #6066RoachParticipant
Dustypaw ~Shadowclan Apprentice
Obediently following quietly behind Hyenaflower. Biting the inner part of his cheek; a nervous tick of his, anxiety courses through him as his mentor had yet to say anything. It worries him; the silence as it makes him think that he has done something wrong. That he was not living up to her expectations; not knowing just how right he was. Smiling softly as the scent of pines filled the air around them, calming his jittery form significantly until Hyenaflower’s assertive voice fills in the gaps of silence. Pausing in his movements, being careful not to stumble awkwardly into her taller form. Giving her a sweet smile as he listens attentively to her instructions.
However; his smile slowly slips away as it dawns on him just how much work it would take to become a warrior. A crease forming between his brows in worry at the strict schedule she created for him. ‘Will I ever get time to myself?’ He wondered, as it seemed the only time he would have for himself would be when he was sleeping. Not being one to outwardly complain, he flashes her a small indecisive smile and a nod of understanding. “Okay” Dustypaw timidly meows, deciding to not question her training techniques, she after all is the warrior not himself.
‘Learn my surroundings’ his thoughts whispered as his jade green eyes glance around. Pupils narrowing as he carefully studies every little detail of the pine trees around him. The main thing that stood out to the young apprentice had to be the gashes cut deeply into the bark of several trees around him. Furrowing his brows as he pass away from his mentor, his gaze locked into a pine tree closet to him. Pressing his small paw against the rough grooves of the bark, claws peeking from their sheaths as he lightly glides them over the previous claw marks. “Interesting” he mutters before following after Hyena once more.
Nose wrinkling in mild distaste as the ground below softens, feeling the damp moss cling to his pads with each step. “I don’t know how you would be able to smell your way home. All I smell are pine trees” he huffs as the smell overwhelms his senses. Glancing down at his dusty brown paws, smiling as he childishly hops from one patch of moss to the next. Soft squishy noises could be heard with each hop. “It’s like lily pads, but moss” he giggles as he completely forgets that he was suppose to be taking training seriously. The young tom couldn’t help but find the outside world fascinating, much better than the dull nursery.May 13, 2020 at 8:20 am #6363
Feeling the softened ground beneath her pads, the smell of pine curling around her muscular body, deep green eyes studying the surrounding area. Momentarily forgetting there was a smaller brown splotched tom cat following her, though she was pleased when his tiny voice in agreement reached her ears, Well at least he’s compliant.
Large ears flopping as she whipped her head around to the see Dustypaw hopping in the moss, the sound echoing through her, “Play on your own time.” Her tone sharpening as she scolded the apprentice. Hyenaflower wouldn’t raise her voice to such a young tom, his actions weren’t something to be punished just his choice in timing. She could feel her muscles tensing, biting her inner cheek. Calm Hyena he’s young. The molly didn’t have much of a fun apprenticeship as she spent most of her free time training to make sure she would never be surpassed by her three brothers. She wanted to teach the tom her way, even if it was the favored method.
Unclenching her jaw Hyenaflower traveled further along to find a nice dry stump to settle her rump on, not saying a word to the tom, expecting him to follow either way. Only addressing him once he was closer in her presence, “Well how do you pick out your siblings in a crowd of cats? With you nose. It’s the same out here, eventually the scent of pine will become more natural to you and you’ll be able to pick out the feline scent.” Giving the tom cat a moment to absorb her words she continued on. “Ill show you. Close your eyes count to 10 and I will go hind somewhere within the area, find me. It’s simple.” Hyenaflower wouldn’t admit out loud but sometimes simple kit games are the most affective teaching methods. “Oh and dont make me wait too long or you will be left here to find your way back on your own.”
With her instructions laid out Hyenaflower wasted no time leaving Dustypaw to hide. Her muscular frame stalking around the small clearing leaving a trail for her apprentice. Silently settling herself behind a cluster of pine trees, an easy hiding place but with the overwhelming pine scent and his lack of training it would do just fine for his first assessment. She’d never truly leave her apprentice behind but she did have high expectations and expected him to meet them.
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