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  • #6944
    SoliloquySilver
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    Saplingskies was plodding along, tail dragging along behind him. Perhaps it had been a bad idea for him to attend this meeting so soon after the incident, but with tensions still so high, even after the battle, it was best to mask any weakness within the clan. No need to let anyone know what happened to him. He traveled silently alongside Hareflight and Rainysky, who the two ShadowClan cats had met up with near the border. Like everyone else, he had eaten the travelling herbs before he left camp, but it was like his body just didn’t care. He hated feeling so completely drained. Looked like he would be spending another day sleeping and lazing about tomorrow. 

    After what seemed like ages, the three medicine cats arrived at the cliffs, and Saplingskies had never been so relieved to see the natural stairway leading down to the Mooncave in his life. By the looks of it, they were the first to arrive. “Well,” He began, starting to take a step forward “I…” He hesitated, whiskers twitching as if a sudden thought overcame him. Ever since he had become ShadowClan’s full medicine cat, he had always been the one who volunteered to go down and make sure the Mooncave was safe, as the cavern often flooded, but now he wasn’t sure if he had the strength to make multiple trips down and back up the slippery rocks. He wasn’t sure if he could make the round trip even once. Anxiety began to claw at his belly at the thought of slipping and plummeting into the dark abyss of the sea. 

    “…I suppose we’ll wait here for the others…” he said quietly, slowly sinking to the ground and making himself comfortable. Perhaps if he rested for a little bit he would be okay. He began grooming to sooth his racing thoughts. StarClan told him that it would still be a long time before he would join their ranks. Nothing bad would happen to him tonight or any night soon, he just needed to relax. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath, releasing it slowly to ease his mind. Everything was going to be okay. They were going to discuss the rule change, share tongues with StarClan, and go home without any issues. 

    ‘Hopefully peace would be better maintained here than it had been at the last few gatherings…’ He thought to himself, opening his eyes to study the clear night sky above.  It was such a lovely night.

     

    #6960
    Hareflight [Mel]
    Participant

    It was a silent trip. It wasn’t really that Hareflight had meant it to be – she found it easy to talk to both Saplingskies and Rainysky, but no one really seemed to be in the right mood, herself included. Hareflight was lost in her thoughts – as she suspected the others were as well – and any leftover focus was devoted to Saplingskies as she moved patiently beside him, ready to take action if there was any sign of falter. 

    The brown tabby had always been good at keeping his emotions in check, but Hareflight could see the worry flash across his face. Guilt settled inside her. Maybe she should have insisted he stayed back – what if something happened? It would be her fault. Her thoughts made her uneasy, and as her mentor settled down to the ground, she took a couple steps closer to him, cautiously. Her bi-coloured gaze flickered to Rainysky, trying to read the other tom’s emotions as well, but finding her gaze trailing worriedly back to Saplingskies before long. 

    W-well, it’s a nice night. Won’t do us any harm to- to wait out here for them.” Hareflight said cheerily, though a note of anxiety trilled through her voice. Clearing her throat, she glanced back the way they’d come, trying to keep her eyes busy on something. “I doubt they’ll b-be a long time anyways.” For a moment, Hareflight wondered what would happen if one of their ranks was missing. Would they be waiting here in vain? Would someone bring the news? Her thoughts settled uncomfortably on Smokewisp, and her ears flattened back slightly. So much had happened in such a short amount of time. How could anyone possibly be expected to process all of this at once? Hareflight distracted herself with grazing a claw against the rock beneath them, ears ready to pick up any sound of approaching cats.

    Please come soon. And for StarClan’s sake, please let everyone be alright.

    #6966
    Nettlenose
    Participant

    Their traveling herbs eaten and as rested as they could manage, WindClan’s medicine cats were on their way towards the cliffs where they would meet in communion to share tongues and discuss changes to come. The eldest healer Nettlenose trotted along with her head slightly down, her round emerald eyes glancing every now and then to the sleek, dark colored pelt of her fellow healer, Startledcrow. The fluffy, cream colored she-cat felt like her legs were worn, as she had been gone from her own camp for two days on account of a mishap with a kit she had discovered, and being away had weathered her rest a bit. Not to mention, Wolfstar and Startledcrow hadn’t been very thrilled with her disappearance during the battle that had left many of their clanmates injured.

    A sigh left the molly’s maw, but she kept going, careful of her step as they neared the cliffs. It was often slick around these parts, especially at the moon cave itself. “Look there, its ShadowClan.” Nettlenose said to Startledcrow in reference to Saplingskies and Hareflight.And Rainysky as well.” From the looks of it, they hadn’t yet gone down to investigate the status of the cave, and she wondered if they were feeling as worn as she was from the journey. 

    As they climbed upwards towards them, the Windclan medicine cat dipped her head politely upon joining them, offering a soft smile. She was always gentle in her demeanor, calm and pleasant…unless of course there was a reason not to be. “Saplingskies, Hareflight, Rainysky.” Nettlenose greeted, her tone warm. “I hope you all made it here without trouble. It looks rather slippery right now, doesn’t it?” She noted, at the way drops of moisture shown upon the rocks of the cliffs. The sea drummed softly nearby in her papery ears.

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    #6968
    Feared
    Participant

    Startledcrow ~ WindClan Medicine Cat

    He was unusually quiet during this walk to the cliffs, chin tilted in its usual fashion as he needed to see from his left eye, his tongue clicking against the roof his mouth for a moment. Nettlenose was recovering rather well from her travels but he still felt so tired from tending to Falconpaw constantly to make sure that the infection did not fester within those deep wounds. Dark grey nostrils flared as his nimble paws were carefully placed along the slick ground, having to be careful with his impaired sight every-time they ventured to the Moon Stone. “This walk is always bothersome.” He muttered softly, although he really wasn’t talking to anyone. He wasn’t on the greatest terms with Nettlenose and she wasn’t too happy with him either, but he was keeping that to himself for the time being, no one needed to know that the two medicine cats were out of sorts. Ears twitched as he heard his mentor speak that at least two of the other clans were already there, his chin lifting for a brief moment to catch sight of Saplingskies and Hareflight with the ever so nervous Rainysky in tow. “Yes, seems like they beat us here.” Startledcrow sighed, as he looked down at the slick grass and the rocks that were underfoot in order to keep himself from slipping.

    Slowly he lifted his chin once they were close enough to the other medicine cats, that’s when he noticed that something seemed off. Saplingskies was laying down and his facial expression wasn’t the greatest, he appeared to be extremely exhausted and Hareflight attached to his side with a certain fire in her eyes. Rainysky seemed fine, just worried as usual from what Startledcrow gathered. “Greetings.” Startledcrow muttered finally, he wouldn’t dare question why Saplingskies looked so awful, but perhaps it was written on his facial expression. Nettlenose brought him out of his thoughts, but he didn’t really care to listen to her, his attention landing upon Hareflight. Usually he would take up at her side but she seemed focused and… would she even appreciate him acting as her friend after that horrendous gathering? “Hareflight.” He greeted in a soft tone before he lowered himself into a sitting position, his tail flicking in an unnerved fashion. “Are any of the others here, yet?” He finally questioned as he glanced towards the mouth of the be that led down to their precious moon stone.

    #6983
    Chris
    Participant

    Rainysky padded quietly across the silver path illuminated by the brilliantly shining half moon overhead. The traveling herbs in his stomach turned over themselves in excitement, like butterflies. He embarked on his first encounter tonight with his Warrior ancestors. They had chosen him yes, but what would they make of their choice tonight?

    After some time the sight of his companions clustered at the border drew near and so he picked up the pace. Skidding to a halt slightly out of breath, the silver tabby tom offered a weak smile to his colleagues. Remembering his promise he resisted the urge to plaster himself to Saplingskies as he was so often wont to do. Though he did approach his friend and give him a friendly lick over the ears, whispering as his muzzle passed over them.

     

    “You look tired. Let me know if it’s too much at any point.” In a very doting tone. To onlookers it might have seemed something illicit was going on between the two toms, but a glance at his teal eyes revealed only platonic love, though a great deal of it at that.

     

    “Hey Hareflight. It’s great to see you again.” A purr now rose in his throat as he recalled the sweet little cat he’d met on his visit to ShadowClan. He could only hope when he got an apprentice of his own they were as kind and dedicated.

     

    “Nettlenose, Startledcrow.” Startledcrow. What an odd name, at least it was easy to remember, he surmised as he nodded to the two WindClan healers. He’d not spoken directly to them before, so his voice shook a bit nervously. But other than that the young RiverClan healer seemed to be holding his own quite well in the midst of such an overtly social event. Something had changed.

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    #7055
    Saffie
    Participant

    Saffrongaze wasn’t the type to judge others based on their actions. But the events that unfolded before her was uncanny. But, nonetheless, she wasn’t as down as the others. The peach Scottie padded forward with a small leap in her steps. She seemed more uplifted than the others; she was happy. Of course, with the past battles leaving scars, Skyclan’s evolvement was little to none, even after their battle with Shadowclan. She scented the cats from afar as she and Speckledpaw trotted forward. She tried to contain herself, reading the room and feeling that intense drop of aura. It made her fur crawl for a few seconds before dipping her head to everyone. “Forgive me for being late. But, since we are all here, let’s commence, yes?” She said, her tail slightly lifted. “Saplingskies, is it safe to travel inside?” Saffron asked since he’s usually the one to check but she double-took on him, physically and even emotionally. She blinked; she figured she didn’t… she could sense he was drained. Her folded ears flicked as she stepped forward toward the cavern entrance. Last time she went inside, she lost her footing and fell down a foot or two. It didn’t hurt, thank Starclan, but she still felt shock. “I-I guess I’ll check then.” She said, with a ping of nervousness clenching her throat.

    #7239

    “Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all been well.”

    Speckledpaw could feel the burning aura of unease in the air, it shrouded over them all like a grim omen. Given the current events, the she-apprentice couldn’t help but wonder if more misfortune would befall them. The clans all appeared to be at odds with one another, and tragedy after tragedy happened within quick succession of each other. Sometimes she harbored thoughts of leaving the clans, to escape it all, to try and forge out her own peaceful life.

    However those thoughts were quickly snuffed out whenever she thought of her promise to her clan. She was to be a Medicine cat one day, and to break such a sacred promise…? Why that would be against her morality. She had a duty to her clan, and she would just have to overcome her own reservations. She couldn’t back away now, not when she’s been training so diligently. As her mentor spoke up, informing that she’d check within the cavern and assure it was safe to traverse, the little apprentice could feel sparks of anxiety flicker around them all.

    “Ah… Saffrongaze?” She fell into place at her mentor’s side, “Are you alright to go first? If not, then maybe…” She trailed off for a moment, her gaze falling upon the cavern entrance, “Maybe I could go first?” She knew very well it was unlikely that they’d let an apprentice such as herself go first, however she just wanted to alleviate her mentor’s worries. She knew when her mentor was nervous, she had seen the signs multiple times before.

    ~Speckled~

    #7240
    Peach
    Participant

    It was that time again, time to go and put on faces to meet with the stars. Peachblossom used to look forward to these meetings, but as time went on her love for social gatherings slowly depleted. She was beyond dreading this gathering, not only was Saplingskies going to be there but so would Hareflight, and with the tension still between the two Peach was silently a nervous wreck, but this time Peachblossom had a traveling companion, Morningpaw. 

     If its Starclans will then I will train her, that was the agreement she had made with herself. Peachblossom had encouraged the young apprentice to remove her collar for the meeting, but short of ripping it off Morningpaw herself the medicine cat had no choice but to endure it. 

    Upon setting sights on the huddle of healers Peachblossoms tail halted in front of Morningpaw, “Listen well Kittypet. You can be friendly with these cats, but Do Not tell them anything going on within our walls. If they ask, Thunderclan is recovering swiftly.” With all the tension between the clans lately it became harder to pick out who one could trust and she wasnt about to risk it.  “Also make sure you introduce yourself properly, wear your new title with pride. Try making talk with Speckledpaw, she should be around your age, itd be nice to make friends with her.” Even with the tension between her healer friends she still appreciated their group of next gen healers. 

    Sometime during her speech the molly had continued traveling, her head held high as she approached the healers with Morningpaw in tow. “Greetings, Ive brought the news addition to Thunderclans ranks.” Her paw gesturing the molly forward, letting Morningpaw take over her own introduction while she stood beside Startledcrow, offering him a friendly headbutt. Her eyes drifting towards Hareflight, pain slamming into her chest, finally croaking out a small hello to her friend.

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    #7249
    Pheebs
    Participant

    M O R N I N G P A W

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    Morningpaw didn’t want to go. She didn’t want to be put into some mystical sleep, and she especially didn’t want to dream. Her dreams, up until recently, had always been overwhelming and strange. Morningpaw had decided from a young age that she would only sleep when exhaustion left no option to dream.

    Tonight the Thunderclanner wouldn’t have the liberty to choose, as the newest addition to the Thunderclan’s highranks and Peachblossom’s apprentice, she would have to meet with her warrior ancestors… again. Fear of dreaming set aside, Morningpaw wasn’t sure what to feel beyond crushing guilt and a healthy dose of fear, already unsure about her “new mentor”. Within a few minutes of stating that she’d be going to the gathering with her, Peachblossom had insisted she remove her collar and that wasn’t about to happen.

    ‘Mama, I can’t do this.’ Morning paused to stare at the gathered medicine cats, panic crawling up from where she’d been carefully ignoring it. ‘Great Starclan, I can’t do this.’

    “…Do Not tell them anything going on within our walls. If they ask, Thunderclan is recovering swiftly.” Peachblossom’s voice brought the young apprentice back to reality and already she’d committed to memory what Peach said. 

    “Y-yes, ma-.. m’-am.” The golden molly swallowed hard and walked after Peachblossom, raising her head and mimicking Peach’s proud stance. Honestly, she felt foolish, like a kit pretending to be a clan leader. Morningpaw blinked rapidly as Peachblossom stepped back towards a suspiciously familiar grey tom, but was given little time to mull over the tom’s face before she started speaking.

    “I- h-hi.. I am,” a deep, fortifying breath as she corrected her posture. “My name is Morningpaw, I’ve been apprenticed to Peachblossom. It-it’s an honor to-to be here and, and I w-will do all I c-can to be what my clan ne-needs.” She was unable to hide the stutter towards the end which was unfavorable, nevertheless, it could’ve been worse. ‘You did okay, you did okay.’ The new medicine cat apprentice chose a random spot near Peachblossom and next to, oh wow, more strangers. 

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    #7436
    Chris
    Participant

    Once inside the moonpool’s cavern, Rainysky patiently observed the slow trickle of his colleagues with bated eyes. He was fidgeting nervously, though less so than he might normally have done were he not making a conscious effort to curb those tendencies. As it were, his tail scabs were healing and older than usual. Absent were the fresher bites one might normally find in place of the long silky gray fur.

     

    He tried to send poor little Morningpaw a friendly smile. He knew exactly how the young cat felt. His eyes lingered for a moment on her collar with curiosity, but no judgement. He felt we would have much to face, and he hoped he could offer a friend in himself. She was hard to reach however, with Peachblossom looming nearby. He felt a shudder and avoided the little cream colored she-cat’s gaze.

     

    To his left he noticed the shimmering waters gave a bright pulse, followed by others rhythmically like the beat of a heart. Turning back to the others he realized no one but he had noticed it, as they were all tensely regarding one another- some chatting mildly.

     

    “Erm.” He piped up, clearing his throat. “I think they want us to get started.” He jabbed a tail-tip at the glowing waters. And proceeded to lead by example, bending down to lap at the gently waving pool, He gave a shudder as the liquid passed his lips. It was like cold liquid fire, pouring down into his chest cavity and filling it with an aching love. He did not have long however to remark on this strange sensation, for his lids closed of their own accord as he curled up on the silver shore.

     

    #7462
    Feared
    Participant

    Startledcrow ~ WindClan Medicine Cat

    Everyone appeared tense with uncertainty towards everyone, causing his good aqua blue eye to slowly roam over the other medicine cats as they were beginning to appear. Saplingskies looked like death, but it was a bit humbling to see that the know it all tomcat was forced to relax and be calmer than before. Hareflight was wearing a constantly worried expression, causing a slight frown to take over his brows as he took a hesitant step towards his friend. “Hareflight… is everything okay?” He questioned but before his friend could even manage an answer, others were beginning to make their grand entrance as Saffrongaze and her apprentice, Speckledpaw soon causing Startledcrow to grumble on slight irritation as he turned his chin and gazed slightly at the SkyClan medicine cats. His ear twitched slightly as Rainysky greeted him and his mentor, too many voices that he was breathing in slowly. “Its nice to see you, Rainysky. You look more confident this meeting.” He commented with a small smile before he turned away from Hareflight with a slight sigh. She didn’t appear in the mood to have a conversation anyways. “Evening, Saffrongaze and Speckledpaw.” He greeted the other medicine cats before he caught the scent of Peachblossom and something that seemed familiar but he couldn’t quite place it.

    Peachblossom suddenly appeared beside him, his shoulder knocking slightly as she gave him an affectionate bump. Blinking slightly as she appeared on his blind side but he would know his friend anywhere, causing a slight smile to rise along his lips. “Finally, what took you so long Peachblossom?” He questioned, and even though he couldn’t see his friends new apprentice, her scent kept tingling at his glands. However, as she spoke, he felt his muscle become rigid and his chin instantly snapped in her direction while his body moved faintly in order for his seeing eye to spot the molly. Morningpaw. The she-cat from his dreams that StarClan had connected, pupil narrowing as he instantly recognized her golden pelt. However, Morningpaw didn’t seem to recognize him, as he would expect. In the dreams his right eye had been clear and now it was foggy and unclear, he had lost weight from not eating correctly since he was constantly hovering over Falconpaw. Saffrongaze and Speckledpaw were checking to see the availability of the tunnel into the cave, while he just continued to stare at Morningpaw as if he was stuck in a trance. Finally, Rainysky’s voice caught his attention as it was mentioned that everyone was beginning to file into the tunnel, causing him to nod his head thankfully towards the other tomcat. “Well, Morningpaw. It is very nice to meet you.” Startledcrow smiled in the young she-cats direction, for now he couldn’t see the spirits hanging around her but he could feel the pull in his chest.

    Clearing his throat he lightly bumped his shoulder blade against Peachblossom’s. “Treat her right, Peachy.” He muttered softly as he walked towards Nettlenose, he noticed that his mentor appeared a bit off. Ever since her return, she had appeared slightly sick and although he was unsure what was going on with his mentor and despite his anger… he still cared greatly for her. “Come, Nettlenose. The ancestors are waiting for us.” He muttered softly to his mentor, tenderly pressing against her side in an affectionate manner as he helped lead her in the direction of the dark hole in the ground. Within he could hear the crashing waves of the ocean below, while a gentle voice was alluring Startledcrow. The spirits were already anticipating him and he was getting antsy to get down there and answer their call. Slowly and carefully he walked down the tunnel, because of his sight, he had to walk slowly than the others with his side pressed against the side of the tavern. “Watch your step.” He meowed over his shoulder, following the others.

    #7543
    Saffie
    Participant

    Saffrongaze began to walk to see the safety of the caverns but Speckledpaw intruded. Her ears flicked; she didn’t think Speckled cared about her safe being… but it filled her heart with happiness to know otherwise. She gave a smile and a pat to her head with her cotton tail. “Oh, do not fret, my Speckled Light. I will be fine; my paws may not be of Skyclan but they are toughened up to be over my years.” She said before climbing down the rocks to knock on each perch to ensure it than moved on. It was slippery, nonetheless and she lept the rest of the way, her paws taking in the vibration and being released through her tail. “It is safe! Take precautions however!” She called above. Seeing Rainsky on the entrance’s edge, he was the next to take the path than Startledcrow. She could understand why he felt so bitter toward the Skyclanners but she had hoped that she could take in all his anger and spare Speckledpaw. “Startledcrow, may I share a word with you before we enter the Plains of the Stars?” She asked, concern clouding her pupils as she looked at the dark medicine cat.

     

    #7645
    Peach
    Participant

    “Wait Hold Up!” Her small body rushing in front of the bundle of cars before they entered the cave. They couldn’t just act like nothing happened, something of meaning was brought up at the gathering that the molly thought needed to be talked about. “Are we seriously not going to talk about the gathering? I mean come on I think we should discuss it.” Her baby blue eyes scanning, stopping on each of the full medicine cats. “As Lead Medicine Cats of our clan I think it is important for us and our healing partners to be the ones making the decision about whether our apprentices, when given their full names, should be allowed mates and kits as the rest of us.” It felt odd to talk about herself as part of the lead medicine cat group, but it was true she earned her name and gotten herself an apprentice she deserved her spot. She wanted Startledcrow and Hareflight to have the same rights she had, they started their training together and earned their names together so why should they have to wait for their mentors to pass on or retire before starting a family. “I know the leaders didn’t agree on such matters, but it’s not the leaders affected by this rule its us medicine cats therefore I think we should be the ones to decide.” Peachblossom knew she wasnt exactly the most well liked cat around, her inability to just sit and pretend to be a leaders puppet didn’t sit well with her causing her to be more out spoken than she should be. “No matter your thoughts on me think about your partners and apprentices.” Peachblossom wanted to get in their faces and tell, scream about how stupid it was that the leaders would even dare to try and vote on healer matters, but that wasnt how this group worked, yelling would get her point no where. Rather the young molly inhaled slowly, allowing her ragefull body to fell the cool dirt beneath her pads helping her remain calm. “Its messed up that they didn’t think to ask us our thoughts on the matter. I think that needs to change.” Her voice was quite opposite from the gathering, her words were slow and calm, trying her hardest to hid the shakiness of it.

    #7653
    Feared
    Participant

    Startledcrow ~ WindClan Medicine Cat

    He hesitated slightly when he heard Saffrongaze call his name, turning slightly as his one good eye narrowed upon the peachy cream colored feline for a moment. She had never really gone out of her way to really speak to him before, but she had attracted his attention. “Yes?” He questioned, the long legged and dark grey striped tabby tomcat stalked out from the dark shadows casted by the mouth of the tunnel that lead down to the moonstone. Pupil narrowing slightly as his left eye was as sightless as usual, it’s milky blue appearance never shifting as he walked towards the Scottie. “Something you want to discu-“ He was suddenly interrupted when Peachblossom burst out, his eyes immediately shifting to gaze as his incredibly short and fluffy friend. Her facial expression was scrunched slightly with annoyance and discomfort as she was suddenly the source of attention as everyone gazed upon her. A deep sigh was forced out of his lungs as he considered what she was saying, he knew this would be brought up, since Wolfstar had mentioned it at the gathering, everyone had been rather tense with how the leaders had reacted.

    Slowly he moved towards his friend, giving Peachblossom a slow and careful nod as he sat down beside of her. His pelt brushing against her own before he slowly released yet another pent up sigh. “I agree with Peachblossom, it’s a topic that needs to be discussed in further detail amongst us, medicine cats.” Startledcrow agreed, since Wolfstar had been the one to propose this change, he figured he would go into further detail. “Wolfstar was proposing that medicine cat apprentices with their full name and knowledge of healings be allowed to have a mate and kits of their own. Whether they be male or female.” He explained, his eyes flickering over each one of his comrades. “I can see where this might sound contradicting, but males shouldn’t be held at the same height as females when it comes to having kits. Toms don’t do anything but help create the kits, having kits will not hold us back from our medicine cat duties.” He said slowly and calmly, it did sound unfair but he wasn’t finished. “Although I think the same for female apprentices. There is a lot that a she-cat can do while she’s pregnant, and when she’s kitting, then the mentor medicine cat would take over for the duration until the kittens become apprentices and the medicine cat apprentice is able to return to her duties.” Startledcrow explained, his chin tilted oddly in order for his right eye to be able to gaze at Saplingskies, Hareflight, Saffrongaze, Speckledpaw, and Rainysky. “If you all have any ideas for this rule, please speak up, perhaps it’s not perfect and could use the foresight of the other medicine cats to perfect it.” He suggested, his long tail curling over his forepaws. “I for one am in favor of changing this rule, to our agreement.” Startledcrow finally nodded, waiting anxiously for the comments of his fellow medicine cats.

    #7657
    Pheebs
    Participant

    Morningpaw was impressed, definitely, moved by Peachblossom’s words. Of course, she had no real power of decision here amongst those older with more experience, but it was understood by the golden tabby that this law would affect her. She thought briefly of Minkpaw, how he would become a warrior (a great one, of course) and one day claim a mate, have kits, grow old and see those kits have kits. Morning had never given it thought before, here and now she took time to mull it over.

    Startledcrow began to speak and it was enough to pull her out of he thoughts, a sense of wariness and curiosity overtaking her. The tom seemed… familiar. The memory seems to blur at the edges, though.

    “Wh-what happens if a medicine cat puts th-their, their kits and m-mate before the clan? What, I mean there would be… there would be rep-reper-repercussions, right?” The Thunderclanner’s voice gradually faded into a softer volume, one that the others had to strain to hear. In all honesty, Morningpaw was anxious and found her pelt prickling when unfamiliar eyes landed on her. Along with it was a swirl of nausea, a bubble of panic and joy that felt like it’d been shoved into her chest, right beside the fear that Morningpaw knew was hers. ‘It’s just the ancestors, they’re just here. They’re here with me this is fine, this is fine, I’m fine I’m fine.’

    The apprentice hurried back, bumping into Peachblossom’s side and remaining there. Morningpaw didn’t regret ducking to hide by Peach, though she was sure the embarrassment had all night to kick in. At that moment she would’ve preferred to hide behind Adderface or even Crow, who may or may not be real, but as it was the mentor that possibly hated her was what she had.

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