January 1, 2020 at 2:31 am #4459
It was a day like any other. Fresh snow lightly dusted the ground and birds chirped from above. Everything was calm and quiet.
Saplingskies was walking alongside his sister, humming quietly to fill the silence between them. He normally would not have allowed such a heavily pregnant she-cat to stray this far from camp, but Cloudedmoon had insisted that she accompany him on his stroll. She had wanted to go on a walk anyway. He figured that she would be safer with him than she would with a warrior who wouldn’t know what to do in the event of a sudden kitting. He even brought along a little basket with the herbs he would need if that were the case. Better to be safe than sorry.
“How are you holding up, Cloudedmoon?” He asked, stopping to let her rest for a bit. “Think you’ll be ready to head home soon?” He gave the she-cat a playful flick with his tail. “In all honesty, you really shouldn’t have been out this long anyway. Don’t want you catching a cold.” He gave her a concerned look-over, being his usual worry-wart self.January 1, 2020 at 2:57 am #4461
Cloudedmoon ~ ShadowClan Queen
Everyone was literally making a fuss over every little move she made now that she was getting closer and closer to her kitting. But she guessed she couldn’t really blame them, her stomach was so round and heavy that it was even weighing her down, getting annoyed completely with the handicap feeling she had that came with a heavy pregnancy. Getting away from her mother and father was what she needed right now in order to keep herself sane, Snappingfox wasn’t much help either. He was either here fussing over her or he was gone hours at a time to see Ash.
Small huffs were leaving her flared nostrils, SaplingSkies May have been a short feline but he was certainly walking faster than she would have liked. Glancing towards her brown tabby sibling, she snorted slightly when he asked how she was holding up to his pace, pupils narrowing as she leaned her shoulder blade against a small boulder, silently enjoying the cool touch that seeped through her short fur. “I’m holding up just fine, no thanks to you.” Cloudedmoon huffed, glaring at her brother for a moment before she smiled. Slowly she rolled her eyes as SaplingSkies began to immediately fuss of her, looking over her pelt to check her for any signs of illness. “I am a pregnant cat not a fragile butterfly. Quit.” She protested, pushing her brother away from her with a smirk as she looked around.January 1, 2020 at 4:01 am #4462
Saplingskies snorted as his little sister pushed him away. “It’s not just you that I have to worry about, you know,” He mewed, gesturing to her swollen stomach. “We have to think of the little ones as well. You may not be fragile, but they are,” he reminded her gently, placing his tail on her shoulder. “I fret because I care.” He purred, bumping her gently. “Wait here, let me see I can find something for you to snack on. It’ll be nice to take a little break.” He trotted off a little further into the woods, looking out for any prey that may be scampering around.
After a few minutes the little tom returned, two small mice dangling from his jaws. “One for both of us!” He announced proudly, grinning around the prey. He brushed away some of the snow on the ground and set the prey down, purring happily. “Dig in!” He bit into one of the mice, humming in satisfaction at the flavor. He didn’t mind the taste of fish, but there was nothing better than a fresh mouse. He ate quietly for a while, but suddenly his whiskers twitched.
“Cloudedmoon… do you smell that?” He asked slowly, surveying the area. A strange scent had suddenly assaulted him, and he was automatically on edge.January 1, 2020 at 7:34 pm #4475
Cloudedmoon ~ ShadowClan Queen
Saplingskies certainly was an expert with diffusing the situation, getting her to calm down while her emotions seemed to be more wild that usual because of her raging hormones. Grunting faintly as she felt her eyes narrow towards SaplingSkies nonetheless when he mentioned that her kittens would be more fragile that she was, and that was true. “Honestly… I’ll be a nervous wreck when they are out in this world.” She admitted, within the tough walls of her stomach she felt as though her kits were perfectly safe, and hopefully she would only keep her kittens just as safe when they are out of her stomach and have to face the hardships of the real world. Clearing her throat, she looked away from SaplingSkies for a brief moment, taking in their surroundings before she felt the light weight of SaplingSkies tail on her shoulder, causing her to look back at her brother with a gentle smile reaching her face. Sometimes it felt good to have family that cared, however with her previous state, it was just plainly annoying.
Shoulder bumping seemed to be a thing with these siblings, grunting faintly before she hummed gently, giving a small nod in her brother direction. “Food would be nice.” She agreed with SaplingSkies, watching after him as he walked away, slowly lowering herself into a laying position while looking around. Due to her pregnancy she never really got to explore the RiverClan territory. Everything was very green and very… open. There was very little trees that grew on this side of the border, but mostly there were great boulders that protruded from the ground, covered in moss. The ground was also very soft, moist in fact near the many branches of rivers and creeks that made its way through the land. Inside of her stomach, small bodies squirmed and twisted with restlessness, eagerly awaiting their uncles return of promise for food. Sighing, she leaned back against a small and semi-flat boulder that stuck out of the ground, the back of her crown resting against the smooth surface before a slight crunch of the snow alerted her to someone approaching.
Spotting SaplingSkies, she smiled instantly as she felt relief flood throughout her system, pale green eyes taking a moment before they landed on the two mice that were dangling under his chin. “Oh, those look delicious.” Cloudedmoon purred in response, smiling faintly at her brother as she waited patiently as he brushed snow away near her paws and finally laid the mouse down upon the harden earth. Whiskers twitched for a moment before she lowered her chin and snipped the skin of the mouses rib cage, taking her time with stripping the skin back and taking small bites of the tender meat that covered its ribs. Juices and blood quickly over took her taste buds, causing a small groan of pleasure to leave her rubbery lips. “Hmm?” She questioned SaplingSkies when he suddenly spoke, his eyes suddenly becoming more alert and his facial expression becoming hard and questionable. Eyebrows pulled together before she lifted her nose into the air, breathing in feeling through her nostrils, the fur along her spine instantly rising as she recognized that scent that only got thicker with each passing second. “SaplingSkies… that’s a dog.” She instantly warned, her small paws pushing against the ground as she began to push herself up into a standing position. It only took moments, medium sized paws hitting against the ground at a quick pace as the felines had been spotted, long claws dully smacking against the flat stones that surrounded the edge of the river. This dog wasn’t a very large dog, perhaps standing a little more than a tail length than Cloudedmoon, but was twice as thick. It’s beady eyes were glued onto her pale brown-grey spotted pelt, leaping forwards as it’s large and rather flat face knocked into her side, barreling her over with a twisted snarl. “Run! Go!” Cloudedmoon called to SaplingSkies, paws rising as her white talons slipped from their sheathes, prepared to dig into the flesh of the dog as it leaned forwards once more.January 2, 2020 at 9:29 am #4542
Saplingskies bristled, letting out a startled hiss as the dog exploded into the little clearing. Before he knew it, the dog was on his sister, slobbering all over the place as it snapped at her. It wasn’t very big, so the medicine cat wasn’t sure if it was young or just a small breed, but he knew he had to do something. It wasn’t just Cloudedmoon’s life at stake, but his unborn nieces and nephews’ lives as well. He wasn’t going to lose any more family to rampaging beasts. Not if he was there to stop it.
The queen’s plea for him to run fell on deaf ears. “Get away from her!” He yowled, ramming into the dog with his full weight. The shocked caused the dog to tumble away from Cloudedmoon, and it seemed stunned for a bit. The calm was short-lived, however, because within seconds it’s sights were set on Saplingskies, who had placed himself firmly between it and Cloudedmoon. “I’ll hold it off, you go! Find dad or Snapping-“ His order was cut off by the dog suddenly lunging and pinning him to the ground. He battered the beast’s belly with his hind paws and clawed at it’s face with his front, hissing and spitting as he fought to protect his family. Without warning the dog grabbed Saplingskies by the neck and shook him like a toy, flinging him a couple feet away.
The brown tabby landed with a thud. He was dazed, but very much alive. He silently thanked StarClan for the thick mane that graced his neck, because without it, he would have lost his life. He didn’t have much time to recover before the dog was on him again. Saplingskies prayed that he could hold out long enough for the brute to lose interest. He didn’t want to die, not yet, but he was completely willing to lay down his life to protect Cloudedmoon and her kits. He let out a yowl of pain as the dog suddenly bit down hard into his shoulder. Terror shook Saplingskies to the core, because now it had a taste for his blood. ‘It probably won’t give up until I’m dead now,’ He thought, eyes narrowing into slits as he prayed for a miracle.January 2, 2020 at 1:40 pm #4543
Cloudedmoon ~ ShadowClan Queen
She was silently grateful that SaplingSkies rammed into the dog, getting the snarling and slobbering brute away from her swollen stomach. While SaplingSkies distracted the dog, she found the strength to push herself upright, pale green eyes watching as SaplingSkies hissed and spat at the dog. Could she leave another sibling behind with a beast? CloudedMoon felt torn between leaving to get help and being the help for SaplingSkies. However, she had to think of her unborn kits, one wrong move and everything could be lost. “But…” She tried to feebly argue, her fur bristled when the dog lunges and pinned SaplingSkies. Hollowflame! She knew her father would never allow for another child to perish before he.
Although the thought of leaving her brother pinned under the dog was terrifying, he was doing so in order for her to live. Quickly she turned and fled, rounding a bush in order for the dog to loose sight of her while she chewed on the inside of her cheek from worry. Saplingskies will be alright… dad will save him. Dad will save him. She pleaded silently within her head, trying to calm herself. CloudedMoon was hurrying as fast as her swollen stomach would allow, hesitating as her fathers scent suddenly became stronger near the tall pines. Adjusting her course, she rushed towards the towering pines, pale green eyes scanning the tree line until she spotted the dark red and black spotted pelt, the tomcat was finishing with burying a fresh-kill. “D-dad!” Cloudedmoon yelped, instantly catching the tomcats attention as his ears stood up and his big head swiveled around to catch sight of his pregnant daughter, eyebrows furrowing. “CloudedMoon? What are you… what’s wrong?” He immediately changed his tone once he noticed the distress that was coming off his daughter in waves, quickly padding towards her. “SaplingSkies! Dog at the large boulder!” Cloudedmoon panted, clearly out of breath. Hollowflame’s deep green eyes narrowed as he took in Cloudedmoon words, the fur along his spine standing upright as he nudged his daughter in the direction of the new camp. “Get to camp and stay there. Alert the clan and have them send out a patrol to the large boulder.” He instructed, nudging her one more time before the fall and muscular tomcat took off in the direction of where his son was being attacked.
There was no time to ask for back up, not if he wanted his child to live. He had already lost a daughter to raging monster because he wasn’t there, he wouldn’t make that mistake again. Briarfeather would never forgive him. Growling, he pushed himself harder, paws thundering against the ground as he willed himself to go faster. He would make it in time. He had to.January 3, 2020 at 2:23 am #4560
Saplingskies had taken quite the beating. Puncture wounds dotted his body from the dog’s teeth, and the flesh on his scruff was torn from being grabbed and shaken. The little tom got flung a second time, landing with a dull thud on his back. He was getting too weak to fight back. He may have been taught to defend himself, but he had nowhere near as much fighting stamina as a warrior. If he wanted to escape being a dog’s morning meal, he needed to end this fast.
The dog was charging fast. The little medicine cat watched as it got closer… and closer… and suddenly the tom kicked out his back legs with as much force as he could muster, getting the dog in the eyes with his paws. The dog yelped and stumbled back, giving Saplingskies an opportunity to scramble to his paws. The dog was shaking its head, trying to clear its vision. His claws had caught the skin right above the dog’s eyes, and the blood was clouding its vision. Saplingskies took the opportunity to swipe at the dog’s muzzle and hindquarters, hissing and spitting and snarling all the while. He hadn’t even noticed Hollowflame bursting through the foliage.
Unable to see and unsure if it was being swarmed, the dog turned tail and retreated, yelping and whining all the while. Saplingskies watched it go, trying to catch his breath. He’d never had to fight so hard in his life. He turned and spotted his father not too far away, relief flooding over him. “Dad…” he mewed, taking a small step forward. However, pain and exhaustion suddenly overtook him, and he collapsed without warning. He let out a weak groan of agony, looking up at Hollowflame with big, tired eyes.January 3, 2020 at 3:32 am #4571
Hollowflame ~ ShadowClan Warrior
Broken branches and flying leaves were what was left in his wake as he hurried through the forest, barreling into everything as he made his way to the large boulder within the territory. CloudedMoon had expressed the boulder as a landmark but he prayed silently to StarClan that it was the right landmark to base his eldest sons location. Snarls, hisses, growls, and barks were becoming more noticeable, causing his ears to stand upright as he ran. A small growing bush was in his way, the sounds of a fight growing louder and louder with each step, causing his upper lip to curl over his teeth as he prepared himself for battle. Growling he leapt over the small bush with ease, the momentum he had gained with his run had proven useful with clearing most of the bush, small leaves falling to the ground. Upon landing his deep green eyes took in the last of the battle scene between SaplingSkies and the medium sized dog. Saplingskies had scratched at the dogs eyes and battered the creatures muzzle and flank to the point where the dog retreated.
HollowFlame glared after the dog for a moment, his dark red and black spotted fur was bristled with fury before his gaze landed on SaplingSkies. His son was just as battered as the dog, small puncture wounds dotted his pelt and blood was oozing freely from the torn skin upon his pelt. “I’m here.” He instantly replied when his sons tired voice reached his ears, snapping him out of his thought as he rushed forwards just as SaplingSkies collapsed. Reaching SaplingSkies, the large Tom lowered his head to sniff at SaplingSkies pelt for a moment, making sure there were no critical injuries while he allowed SaplingSkies to catch his breath. “You fought quite well, I’m very pleased.” HollowFlame praised his son, but silently he was very worried about the torn skin along his flank, lowering his head to sniff the wound. “Are you hurt anywhere else?” He finally questioned, knowing he would have to get him back to camp in order for Hareflight to take care of his wounds, and she better do a good job or else she would hear it from him personally. Grunting, he lowered his head to gently run his tongue over SaplingSkies forehead in reassurance, his son had never really had to endure battle but he had done marvelous… StarClan be damned if he were to loose another child.January 5, 2020 at 3:47 am #4617
Saplingskies blinked slowly in appreciation for his father, a weak purr escaping him as the other tom praised him. “I don’t think so, but you can never tell with internal injuries,” he mumbled, squeezing his eyes shut. “If that’s what it comes to and I don’t make it… Thank you for stepping up to be my father. My mother was lucky to have someone like you.” He sighed softly, tail swishing gently along the ground. He opened his eyes slowly and looked around, as if he expected to see something. However, there was nothing around. “I think I’ll be okay, though. I do not feel the presence of StarClan. At least not right now.”
“Cloudedmoon needs to be checked over, the dog knocked into her… the kits… could be hurt…” He mewed, looking off in the direction his little sister had gone. He was more worried about the unborn kits than he was about himself. The lives of four kits were so much more important and precious in his eyes.
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