August 20, 2020 at 12:55 am #7832PeachParticipant
“Keep up kittypet” Her words came across as more of a snarl. Peachblossoms leg might be short but she was in a hurry to get this over with and was morning with a surprisingly speedy trot. There was no choice but to train her, whether she liked it or not Morningpaw was her apprentice, the most she could do to help her clan was to make sure the apprentice became at least half the healer she was. Peachblossom had to work hard in her training, losing both her mentors before even receiving her name meant she had to pick up the slack. She would be there for her apprentice, she wouldn’t leave her without a mentor like Softbelly and Cherrycloud did to her, but that didn’t mean she wouldn’t be a bit petty about it. Morningpaw had learned most of the basics and Snarlingbadger encouraged the young healer to take her apprentice out and show her the location of some of the more hidden herbs. With great hesitation she agreed it was about time she learned, Peachblossom was stuck with her, she might as well make use of having the extra paws to take some of the workload of gathering herbs.
Her little legs hopped over the large tree roots peeking from the dirt with ease, having traveled this route many times. “Remember this path, you will travel it alone from now on.” She called over her shoulder. She could feel her muscle tense up as the irradiation from the nose from her collar trinket reached her ears, She could never sneak around with that thing, no wonder she won’t be a warrior. Waiting for a moment for the apprentice to catch up, once she was sure the molly could see her she pressed forward, her body disappearing through a hole in a fallen log, reappearing in a field of what looked to be white flowers, yet even flowers could be deceiving. The mollys nose twitched conformable as the smell hit her nose, there was a reason she only kept the bare minimum in her den. Her eyes piercing back at the ginger and white apprentice, allowing her to catch her breath.August 20, 2020 at 7:30 am #7837PheebsParticipant
Morningpaw felt uncomfortably bare without her tail, feeling its loss in the way she occasionally had to adjust her walking as she still walked as though her tail might be swaying behind her. On top of that, Morning had to break her neck hurrying after Peachblossom, which was its own unpleasant experience without needing a missing tail thrown in the mix. ‘She’s your mentor, be kind.’ Those words sounded suspiciously like something her mother would say. ‘Fine.’
“Remember this path, you will travel it alone from now on.” The golden apprentice blinked in surprise, but did as told and took note of anything memorable on the path. Her sense of smell was far sharper than anything else-something inherited from either her father or mother, she wasn’t sure which-and it helped in situations like this. Morningpaw’s nose crinkled as they got closer to their location, the scents in the air shifting to something far…. stronger. There was the cloying fragrance of herbs, then there was… Whatever that smell was.
Morning watched as Peachblossom slide into a discreet hole in a fallen log, following a half a second later and stepping into a field of flowers. At least, that’s what her eyes were telling her, her nose on the other hand…
“What are these?” She gently prodded a flower, studying it with an inquisitive gaze. “They don’t smell like any flowers or herbs I know.” ‘I don’t know many but I know enough.’August 23, 2020 at 9:19 pm #7914PeachParticipant
Peachblossom slowly padded over to a bundle of what seemed to be white flowers, her small mouth wrapping around one of the petals, pulling the “petal” from the rest of its family. Her nose scrunching as the smell wafted strongly into her nostrils, tossing it in front of Morningpaw, “That’s because they aren’t flowers. They’re called Wild Garlic, it stinks, don’t ever put more than a few in the den at a time.” She wouldn’t admit it but Peachblossom made that mistake when she was younger during her time between mentors, it caused the whole camp to smell like garlic, it was embarrassing to say the least. Giving the molly time to process what she said, Peachblossom grabbed a few more, setting one in front of herself and the others in a small pile between them. “This is only found in Thunderclan and Shadowclan territory, expect Windclan to come for them if they need any. The others usually go to Shadowclan but don’t be alarmed if they come here as well. It’s not used often, it helps prevent infection from rat bites.” During her time in explaining what she had put in front of Morningpaw, Peachblossom had grabbed two large leaves, setting one by Morningpaw and one by herself. “Now to use it take your paw, place it on this part of the bulb. Using your weight press down and forward and…” As she demonstrated along with what she was telling the apprentice, the garlic smashed under her paw, creating a stinky paste. “I’m not a fan of wasting herbs, put the paste on the leaf, we will tie it up and store it in the den” Luckily they were already out of garlic so it wouldnt cause any harm storing it. “We don’t normally do this until its needed, but it’s okay this time. When using it, it’s simple, take the paste and rub it over the wound. Any questions?”August 26, 2020 at 9:37 am #7937PheebsParticipant
Morningpaw still wasn’t sure how to feel about Peachblossom. However, the lessons Peach taught her were appreciated. At least Morning knew that any misgivings her mentor had towards her wouldn’t stop the medicine cat from passing on her knowledge to her apprentice. All this the golden tabby thought as she stepped forward to examine the “petal” given to her.
“This is only found in Thunderclan and Shadowclan territory, expect Windclan to come for them if they need any. The others usually go to Shadowclan but don’t be alarmed if they come here as well. It’s not used often, it helps prevent infection from rat bites.” ‘Windclan?’ Morning resisted the urge to smile, thinking of the tom who’d guided her in dreams on her spiritual connection to the stars. When her mentor began exemplifying how she could store the new medicine, the apprentice gave her careful attention, though she cringed away from the smell.
“H-how did we discover this herb?” Morningpaw asked with hesitant curiosity, tying the leaf up and storing the paste away to take back to camp.
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