November 19, 2019 at 12:18 am #3956LuxParticipant
Smokepaw – Former Shadowclan Apprentice
The gentle sound of dripping water echoed within the walls of Shadowclan’s camp. The howling winds had brought an ice storm the previous night, slicking the whole forest in ice. But as dawn broke the clouds parted, lighting the crystalline icicles with golden rays. The clan bustled about, fascinated by the shimmering sight just beyond their stone-like tunnels. The short time between leaf-bare and new-leaf was always magical.
Smokepaw huddled before the apprentice’s den, trying to ward off the cold. The cold walls of camp were brutally chilly during the winter. Her father, Nightstrike, would return soon for training. Of course, it was technically against the rules for anyone but her mentor, Adderfang, to train her. But, the two seemed to have come to an agreement of some sort.
She sighed, knowing he’d likely lead her through the tunnels once again. He preferred the dark, earthy world below the forest. They could safely train in private there, without the judgement or reprimand of their clanmates. The extra training, despite Nightstrike’s yelling and anger, was effective. She was already leaps and bounds before the other apprentices which had just started their training. But, today she just wanted to explore the icy pines. ‘A world of crystal,’ she thought dreamily. ‘I’d love to see it all.’
She glanced over her shoulder and into the apprentice’s den. Her denmates seemed to have a much easier time with their training. She’d only been an apprentice for half a moon but her schedule typically involved her being gone from dawn until dusk. She had little, if any, time for bonding with her fellow apprentices. It was terribly lonely. She’d brought it up to her father once, but he merely laughed at her. ‘Foolishness, they’re merely wasting their time. Don’t bother with them, we have better things to do,’ he’d told her.
She sighed, wishing dearly that the day’s end would come.November 20, 2019 at 12:24 am #3966HornetstarParticipantHORNETPAW.
Naturally, the young golden tom had gotten tired of waiting for his useless mentor to show up and actually take him out to do training. Ratspark was a crazy old coot, incapable of telling his left paw from his tail. The old tom wasn’t anything like Hornetpaw’s father. He wasn’t smart, he wasn’t strong, and he most certainly wasn’t one of the best warriors of the Clan. Pineblaze was a real tom, the apprentice’s role model and everything he strove to be. Being given Ratspark as a mentor still rubbed him wrong, and perhaps he was being a little brat about the whole situation, especially ignoring the rules as often as he did just to get under the warrior’s pelt. He really shouldn’t take as much vicious satisfaction about the whole situation as he did.
That’s how he found himself looking for someone to cause trouble with though, spotting a fellow apprentice looking lonesome and wistful. It was a pitiful sight, honestly. With a haughty air he marched right over to her, head held high and green eyes gleaming. “Smokepaw, yeah? Well why don’t ya come outside with me, huh? It’ll be fun, and good practice. We’re not always gonna have old geezers around to hold our paw,” he stated, clearly expecting her answer to automatically be a yes. Though he was a little brat when it came to dealing with his mentor, it was no secret he was one of the better apprentices at the moment. He could fight and hunt with the best young warrior, and his climbing skills actually weren’t turning out to be very bad.November 23, 2019 at 12:32 am #4005LuxParticipant
Smokepaw – Former Shadowclan Apprentice
‘Outside alone? What a feather brain!’ Smokepaw’s paws shuffled anxiously. Her father would be furious if she left camp without permission. Her amber eyes gazed up at Hornetpaw with trepidation. She’d seldom spoken to the golden tom. He was a loud, happy soul with fire in his veins. He was notorious for getting himself and others in trouble.
“Hornetpaw, wait!” she hissed. The golden apprentice had already begun trotting merrily towards the camp’s entrance. “W-Wait up! We can’t do this!” she yelped, following after him. Despite the anxiety and fear prickling her paws she couldn’t let him venture out alone.
The air warmed and the gentle sound of dripping water grew as they left the camp behind. She blinked, the sunlight causing her unadjusted eyes to water. “Whoa,” she whispered breathlessly. The pines were bathed in glittering icicles which glowed warming in the dawn’s embrace. She stood for a moment, awestruck, before catching up to her companion. “W-What are you thinking?! We’ll be in trouble!” she exclaimed. “My dad is going to be angrier than a beehive if he finds out!” Her gaze hesitantly returned to their surroundings, committing the sights and sounds to memory. “It’s so pretty though …” she murmured.April 28, 2020 at 3:38 pm #6233HornetstarParticipant
He peaked over his shoulder at her as he continued marching his way out of camp, honestly a bit surprised to see her scurrying after him. However he did wince at her loud tone, aggressively shushing her as he led the way out of the darkened camp and into the glistening winter wonderland that laid beyond. Even he, who had clearly been outside more than Smokepaw these past few days, had to pause to let his eyes adjust, furiously blinking as he trudged through a rather high pile of snow. “We can do this, we just better not get caught,” he hummed lightly, head and tail held high in his obvious certainty that this would all end okay.
“I’m thinking camp was boring, it’s pretty out here, and obviously you need to get out more often. So who better than I, the best apprentice in all of ShadowClan, to escort you? Now stop being a kit and come on, I know a place!” With a smirk he batted some snow at her with a paw, green eyes twinkling with barely contained mischief as he whirled about and darted off through the snow. His golden pelt would make it very hard for Smokepaw to lose him, even if he probably had gotten a good head start on her.
The cold air burned his lungs as he pushed his legs to move as fast as they could, enjoying the feel of the wind his movement caused brushing through his fur. Though the tunnels that connected to their camp were expansive, he truly enjoyed the forest more. The possibilities out here were endless, and even if he did get lost, his life certainly wouldn’t be put in peril. “Not much farther,” he hooted back to his companion, crashing into a chest high pile of snow so a fine powder was sent flying into the air.
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