Waspwhisker - er Waspstar - not yet used to her new name, walked into camp her thick tortoiseshell pelt bristled against the cold. She had until sundown to choose her deputy. She was pretty sure of who it would be - however - she wasn't ready for that. She still needed to mourn for Nightstar, they had only been mates a short while. Yet he was gone. Forever. The tortoiseshell molly slunk to her den, still reeking of his scent. What the Clan didn't know was that the new leader was expecting. She was pregnant with Nightstar's kittens and now they had no father. The tortoiseshell leader sighed as she settled in her mate's nest. The queen wiry and exhausted quickly fell asleep.
Ravenflight was sleeping in the warriors den, whimpering at a nightmare that haunted his dreams. He started twitching his paws until he was kicking whichever cat slept in the nest next to him. Meanwhile, Whitetoe was out and about, returning from hunting with a hawk clamped in her jaws. She took it to the elders, horribly proud of herself, but she didn't let it show, and instead kept a stony look on her face. ~Patchfeather~ 15:18, December 22, 2016 (UTC)
Waspstar managed to only get in a thirty minute nap, the horror of still seeing her mate's body lifeless in her mind. The tortoiseshell molly sat just on the inside of her den facing out towards her camo. The Clan had grown quiet since she'd come back. Who would she choose as deputy?
Littleclaw rested just inside the warriors den. He had grown annoyed with that Kit's whimpers' Ravenflight. Reedfeather - however - stepped towards him shaking him awake. "You okay?" she asked. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 16:16, December 22, 2016 (UTC)
Shadowstorm had attempted to go hunting, returning with a thrush and a vole. He couldn've caughten more, but the easily-distracted tom had caughten a sight of a bumble bee, and had become "busy". Meanwhile, Rainingflame rest in the warrior's den, the silver tabby's head resting on her paws as she ignored the chatter within the den.Silverstar 16:26, December 22, 2016 (UTC)
Ravenflight blinked his eyes open, looking grim and worried. Was he still dreaming? He blinked a few times, then pinched himself with a claw, and felt the pain, and then knew he was awake. "Oh, yes. I'm fine. Just a nightmare," he said. He got up, shaking out his pelt. He remembered a new deputy would be chosen soon. He was sure he had zero chance in being picked, but he was still excited to watch, he didn't want to miss it! He wasn't sure if Waspstar had even made up her mind yet, so he'd just do some work around the camp, to be sure he'd be there. Maybe cleaning out old bedding? It was an apprentices task, but he didn't mind.~Patchfeather~ 16:44, December 22, 2016 (UTC)
The tortoiseshell queen, mind finally made up, made her way slowly and quietly to the Highrock. Waspstar's blue eyes watching, very closely. She had finally decided who she would pick and knew it was the right choice. She crouched, her pregnancy still yet to show, leapt onto the rock. She watched her Clan quietly before opening her mouth and calling. "May all cats old enough to gather prey please gather,"
Chervilclaw stood back from all the other cats beside her brother, Littleclaw, and near Reedfeather. The siblings had an idea of who she'd choose. She trusted her three half-siblings with her life and the whole Clan knew it'd be one of them. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 21:18, December 22, 2016 (UTC)
Rainingflame pricked her ears and settled down, her cousin, Shadowstorm, sitting beside her. What'd he miss?Silverstar 21:36, December 22, 2016 (UTC)
Anttail awoke slowly by opening one eye at a time. A nest away from his slept his brother, Barleyclaw and his partner, Lizardcloud. A hint of jealousy ran through the groggy cat but it soon faded away. He got up and stretched as he recalled the reason why he had been woken up. Whispers of who Waspstar would name as the deputy had started in the hours of dawn, and as a young warrior the tom couldn't help but be a little bit curious about who the leader would name. Anttail walked over to his brother and nudged him earning a 'what the hell man, it's too early to get up'. With a sigh, the black tom answered, "Waspstar's going to name her deputy sooner or later so get your butt into gear would you?" After a few minutes of sleepy grumbles and whatnot, the three young warriors emerged from the den. They took their place alongside some other cats only a few moons or so older than themselves. ╾erdich Sigh No More21:49 Thu Dec 22 2016
Waspstar watched as the center of camp quickly filled up. Here goes, the tortoiseshell cast her icy eyes on her Clan. "In the recent passing of.." she stumbled over his name. "Nightstar. It is time I name my deputy." she told them. The queen swallowed nervously. "I say this in front of StarClan in hopes that they approved of this choice. The new deputy of SummerClan will be Skinkfang." she said.
The tom himself - however - greatly surpised dipped his head. He'd have fun being his sister's deputy, well half-sister. The fluffy black and white deputy grinned. "I'd be honored." he said. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 21:57, December 22, 2016 (UTC)
Ravenflight watched silently, but excitedly as Waspstar announced the new deputy. He approved her choice, but didn't cheer with his Clanmates. He prefered to stay quiet. Whitetoe who sat by his side also kept her stone-cold mask on, letting no emotion seep though. ~Patchfeather~ 00:59, December 23, 2016 (UTC)
Once naming her deputy, the tortoiseshell queen immediately went back to her den, thoughts not yet over Nightstar. The mottled leader curled up in a sort of sitting position. None of the Clan knew of her pregnancy nor would they. Not til it was too late. The queen glanced towards the entrance of her den to see Morningbreeze, her best friend. "Hey there, hotness." The cream warrior said sitting beside her.
Chervilclaw quickly made her way out of camp - however - her clumsy self managed to bump and knock over a fellow warrior. Anttail. The quiet and solitaire cat she had seen around camp at least once or twice. "Oh sorry about that. My clumsy paws." She scoffed. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 05:58, December 23, 2016 (UTC)
The group of young cats all cheered for the newly named deputy. Anttail bid his brother and sister-in-law farewell and left them. In doing so he crashed straight into the white pelt of Chervilclaw. He shook his head to clear away the confusion as he heard her apologise but, with a hearty smile he replied. "It's all good, it happens every now and then." With a bit of hesitation following his reply to her words, the black tom added, "as my form of an apology how would you like to follow me on a short border patrol? I was thinking towards SpringClan if that's all right with you of course," he chuckled. ╾erdich Sigh No More06:19 Fri Dec 23 2016
"That would be nice." The pale molly said. Her green eyes going to her annoying sister, despite her recent pesky behavior Chervilclaw loved her dearly. "I need to get out anyway." She told him. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 07:26, December 23, 2016 (UTC)
"All good then, shall we?" he asked, his blue eyes shining. Anttail had to admit he loved getting out of camp despite normally having a job to do. The feel of the tall grass against his pelt brought out his happiest smiles normally. ╾erdich Sigh No More07:28 Fri Dec 23 2016
Chervilclaw smiled and followed the dark warrior. Most of the Clan seemed to worry for their new leader. It seemed she had sunken into a deep depression. Sure she knew it must be hard losing a loved one but you didn't have to slowly kill yourself right? "Lets." After a while of silence she spoke her worries of their leader.
"Is it just me or is Waspstar a little to down? She's got a Clan to care for and it seems she's been on the super downside lately." I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 08:04, December 23, 2016 (UTC)
Anttail walked beside the white warrior and nodded as she spoke. "The ceremony today has been one of her few appearances since receiving her lives, so I'd say that Nightstar's death has really taken a toll on her," the tom replied. He was going to say something about family but, he stopped himself. "Hopefully something might pop up and it'll take her mind off of it and make her realise she has a Clan to lead," Anttail added. ╾erdich Sigh No More08:10 Fri Dec 23 2016
Anttail's ears pricked at that bit of information. "I didn't know they were mates, was that known to the rest of the Clan?" the tom asked. Having heard that, well he thought that his last comment was a bit harsh despite the truth behind it. But what did Anttail know? He didn't want to get romantically involved with anyone - thanks to his parents. ╾erdich Sigh No More19:49 Mon Dec 26 2016
"They didn't really show their relationship in public. I don't blame them, she was his deputy. He was leader it was kind of frowned upon." Chervilclaw commented. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 02:23, January 5, 2017 (UTC)
Ravenflight meanwhile hovered around Whitetoe, enjoying the company of his one and only friend. Whitetoe loved him, but it was a little annoying for her to have him constantly around her. "Hey, Ravenflight... Why not go and talk to some of the other warriors? They may like some company, maybe you could even go on a hunt with them?" she asked, hopefully. She never got angry at him for hovering, in fact she couldn't blame him. He didn't have anyone in the Clan; no kin; no friends; just Clanmates he was too scared to look at. He only had her. But she knew he needed more cats in his life, for his own good.
"T-talk?" he asked, looking mortified. "Yes, talk." ~Patchfeather~ 16:08, January 5, 2017 (UTC)