March 23, 2020 at 3:10 pm #5620
Ripplekit risked another peek outside of the den, Heronflight had called it the Nursery, to stare at waterfall as it rushed past. Pulling her eyes away the kitten examined every divet and surface in the camp before padding away from the warmth of the Nursery. Pausing in her steps, the color point molly took another second to assess the area, not wanting to be taken by surprise or walked on which had happened in the past with two legs.
Ripplekit squeaked aloud when a deep rumbling sound erupted from her, quickly relaxing when she deduced it was her stomach. ‘Where do I get food?’ The silver pointed kit scanned the area but was unable to see any bowls laid out with pellets. What she did notice, however, was a towering pile of fish, rodents, and birds. Trotting over the molly froze, the smell of fish hitting her right in the face.
“Ew,” she mumbled, face scrunching up in distaste. “That’s not tuna,” Ripplekit mumbled to herself, eyeing some of the scaled fishies on the heap.
March 23, 2020 at 3:24 pm #5622
- This topic was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by Pheebs.
After a full day of hunting and after a walk around the camp, the tom was content finding a nice sunny spot to lay in, his black fur soaking in the warmth like a sponge. The only downfall of the spot he’d found, was the fact it was near the fresh-kill pile, which didn’t smell the best at times.
All the same, he could deal with it to warm up some, but his ears twitched when he heard small paws approach. Before he even opened his eyes, he could pick up on the sweet scent of the nursery, and when he looked, he spotted the kitten standing not too far from him.
The tom’s ears twitched as he heard just what the kit said, trying to hide his amusement before he spoke up. “You’re right, it’s better,” he replied simply, despite the fact that he’d never tasted tuna, nor did he really want to. The fish there just tasted more.. fresh.
March 23, 2020 at 4:38 pm #5624
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Ripplekit would’ve liked to say she didn’t jump when the taller feline spoke, but then she’d be lying. Shaking her head quickly, the tiny kitten cranes her neck to look at the much taller tom.
‘Sweet sardines, he’s a giant,’ not true, of course, or maybe for Ripple it was. After all, everyone seemed giant to her. For a kit of three moons Ripple was considerably smaller than most her age. She should at least be up to a grown cat’s upper leg- but no, she fell just short of that.
“Who are you?” Ripplekit inquired, calmer now that her nerves had settled.March 23, 2020 at 4:45 pm #5626
Spiderleap had tried not to startle the small kit, noticing that she hadn’t seemed to know he was there, but he apparently did it anyway. This was one of the reasons he tried to stay far from the nursery, but he’d felt brave that day.
“My name is Spiderleap,” he replied simply, moving back to his sun spot to lay down, just a little bit away from where the kitten was. He felt it might be better to not tower over the tiny kitten, one that looked only a couple moons old, but spoke better than a young kit.
“What is your name?”March 23, 2020 at 5:40 pm #5629
“Phoe-“ Ripplekit swallowed the rest of her words, biting her tongue and glancing away. “Ripplekit,” she mumbled, uncertainty clinging to her like a second coat. Less than a sunrise she’d been Phoebe, a kittypet living a cozy life with her family and her friends. Now she was Ripplekit, abandoned by her mother and taken to a strange new home with strange, new two legs. Naturally, she didn’t take well to that, but now Ripplekit was here. Another new environment. At least she had a dad, even if that dad wasn’t related to her by blood.
“Why are you called Spiderleap?” Was Ripple’s query as she strode forward with renewed confidence. The short she-cat stopped at Spiderleap’s paws, neck still bent back to look at the warrior. “I’m called Ripplekit because Heronflight said I was small, like a ripple. It was either that or Minnowkit, and I don’t want to be named after a fish.”March 23, 2020 at 5:47 pm #5630
As much as he noticed the slip up, he’d already heard of her arrival, since accepting a kittypet was something that didn’t happen often. That and many tended to stray away from them, but Spiderleap didn’t quite understand why, especially when she was just a kitten. He shifted to sit up a little more when she walked over to him, tail twitching slightly as she stopped right before his paws.
“Ripplekit is a good name,” he replied. “I’m called Spiderleap because my legs are long, and that means I can jump further.” Well, he was pretty sure that was the cause, otherwise it’d be for the black color of his pelt.March 23, 2020 at 6:12 pm #5632
“Can you?” Ripplekit studied the tom’s long legs. All older cats looked like they had legs that went on for days as far as she was concerned, but then again, Ripple had only known her mother, her mother’s friends, her brother, and the other kittens that’d lived with them and the elderly twoleg. Oh, and Heronflight and Wisteriastar. All of them were tall.
“Have you ever had tuna?” She blurted out, switching course and motioning with her tail to the wreaking pile of food. “Tuna is great, the elderly two leg I lived with fed me tuna sometimes,” the color point shifted around to eye the fish suspiciosly. ‘That one eye is following me…’ Ripplekit observed, though she was aware somewhere in her subconscious that this was unlikely, as the fish was dead.March 23, 2020 at 8:06 pm #5639
The comment definitely amused the tom, but he could see why she’d be confused as tiny as she was. Probably as she’d get bigger she’d notice more, but who knew, maybe she’d always stay pretty small. At the same time, it really didn’t matter that much, so he also didn’t really care.
“I haven’t,” he replied easily, but couldn’t help but be a little interested, albeit a little disgusted. The two legs didn’t smell great, and he couldn’t help but imagine the food would taste like how they smelled. “I’d say the food here tastes just fine as well, just doesn’t smell the best,” he joked lightly, amused further by the way Ripplekit seemed to look at the fish as if it’d start flopping around again.March 24, 2020 at 12:01 pm #5645
Ripplekit paused, “Is it like sardines?” Her question was directed at the older cat, even as her eyes remained glued to that horrible eye. Some of the fish certainly looked like a sardine. Would it be the same?
“You hunt these, right?” She asked carefully, crouching and slowly approaching the flopping, silver-scaled creature. Ripple sniffed it, face twisting and a scowl forming. “Bleck, how could anyone eat this?!” The color point cried, clearly dismayed as she tried to work out how the fish would taste ‘fine’ when it smelled like… Well, Ripplekit couldn’t word it out but she knew the smell was bad.
March 24, 2020 at 5:13 pm #5653
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Spiderleap wasn’t quite sure how to answer that, not entirely sure what a sardine was, but he assumed it was fish. He had to also assume that the tuna she’d been talking about earlier was also a form a fish, but he wasn’t certain.
“Yeah, we hunt them,” he murmured, watching her reaction to just how the fish smelled. Even the tom had to admit it didn’t smell the greatest, but it definitely tasted a lot better. “It tastes a lot better than it smells,” he reassured. Even if she didn’t like it, she would have to eat it sometime, seeing as there was no other option if she got hungry.March 24, 2020 at 8:07 pm #5661
“How do you catch a fish?” Ripplekit asked, leaning over to paw at one of the fish, a quick, darting motion. When the result of this action was the fish flopping down from the pile, Ripplekit jumped back, silver tail sweeping side to side. Huffing, the kitten scowled at the piece of prey that stared back accusingly with its clouded eye.
“Wanna share?” She meowed, patting the fish’s side with one tiny paw. “You try first?” The color point carefully walked around the fish, plopping down on the other side of the fish.
March 24, 2020 at 10:19 pm #5666
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The tom watched the kitten bat at the fish, ears flicking in amusement when the fish fell from the pile, causing her to jump away. “You’ll learn when you’re an apprentice,” he replied easily, taking the easier route for that particular conversation.
At the offer, he wasn’t particularly hungry, but he definitely could eat. So, he settled on the opposite side of the fish, not hesitating to sniff then take the first bite. He licked his lips once he swallowed it. “It’s good.”March 29, 2020 at 10:36 pm #5733FinchParticipant
Heronflight had taken to sleeping in the nursery since Ripplekit’s arrival, leaving him disoriented each time he woke up and feeling more than a little awkward to be sharing a den exclusively with queens and their kits. They had been fairly understanding, which was a small blessing, as it wasn’t as though he had a mate who could stay with Ripplekit here in his place. And if she stayed in the warrior’s den with him? Well, if the amount of questions he’d already been asked about the clan had robbed the others of as much sleep as it had him last night they would have sent him packing anyway.
Having woken when he sensed Ripplekit uncurling from her own nap and leaving the den, Heronflight had quickly followed after her and watched from the entrance as she made her way to the fresh-kill pile. Ready to step in if it seemed as though she was getting under Spiderleap’s paws, he stood debating if he should start making immediate corrections on her behaviour or simply wait and encourage her to acclimate to life in the clans. He’d never lived with twolegs, but it was likely incredibly uncomfortable for her here right now if she was used to an easy life.
A low purr escaped him as Ripplekit settled on trying one of the fish, only growing louder when she asked a fellow clanmate to share it with her. Of course it was too soon to tell, but he couldn’t be blamed for taking comfort in the small signs that his adopted daughter might fit in easily in her new home.March 29, 2020 at 10:45 pm #5734
“I’ll try it… but if I die Heronflight will blame you.” Ripplekit’ swords and movements were cautious as she approached the fish. Daring to take a bite and finding that the taste wasn’t nearly as repulsive as the smell. Pale eyes wide as saucers and a smile that split her face, the molly began to bounce slightly. “This is awesome!”
Movement from the corner of her eye caught Ripplekit’s attention and soon her grin softened into a sweet smile she’d come to reserve for her mother and now adoptive father alone. From the frantic waving of her tail it was clear that she wanted the large grey tom to come over and join them.March 29, 2020 at 10:57 pm #5738
Spiderleap was absolutely amused at how dire her words seemed, and he supposed it didn’t smell the best, but he knew how it tasted. Not to mention the fish on the fresh-kill pile were pretty fresh, despite how it seemed. His ears twitched a little, trying not to show just how amused he was at the sight of how excited she got at the taste. “Told you,” he replied.
He then saw her gaze flick over to the nursery and he turned a little, catching sight of Heronflight standing at the entrance. It explained the other tom’s absence in the warrior’s den, but now that he’d met Ripplekit he understood why he’d taken up sleeping in the nursery.
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