The cream warrior lifted a tabby paw. Her points faint but still there. Her blue eyes searching camp. Searching for a mottled warrior, the one she had promised to go out to the far west side of WinterClan's territory. For fun, of course, but also to tell Antstar what was there.
Of all parts of the Clan's territory, the west side was most dangerous. The cliffs, canals, and others unstable. The waters raged and the animals were more vicious. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 22:49, January 3, 2017 (UTC)
Orchidbloom wasn't selected to attend the Gathering, so she thought she might as well give Stoneblaze's kittens some company. Particularly Fennelkit, who had a tendency to be awfully shy, especially around the "big cats". The classic tabby lay on her back with Fennelkit clinging to her soft belly-fur, wide-eyed as she listened to the warrior's story about an intense border skirmish with a nosey rogue.Silverstar 04:17, January 6, 2017 (UTC)
Patchkit nustled silently beside his sister, listening to the story, while Nightkit pretended Orchidbloom's tail was a snake and he was stalking it. A couple days had passed since Stoneblaze had first gotten ill, and she had gotten worse. Creekfrost had brought her catmint; it was revealed she had greencough. But the catmint didn't seem to be working... he lie outside the nursery, in a light doze with a trouble expression. ~Patchfeather~ 04:27, January 6, 2017 (UTC)
"-...But I wasn't fast enough, unfortunately. Before I knew it, he had me pinned against this massive, snowy pine tree, and-" she momentarily paused, catching Nightkit out of the corner of her eye. To tempt the tomkit, she twitched her tail slightly before continuing with her story, "-...and I didn't know what to do! I thought I was a goner for sure."Silverstar 04:31, January 6, 2017 (UTC)
Patchkit listened closely, trying to hide how eager he was too find out what happened. I wonder if she die - oh, no she didn't. Nightkit wiggled tro and fro then pounced, giving the 'vicious beast' a light nip. ~Patchfeather~ 04:38, January 6, 2017 (UTC)
(I so planned on having Fennel saying that) Now multi-tasking, Orchidbloom continued to flick her tail about to amuse Nightkit, continuing with her story all the meanwhile. "So he came closer and closer, ready to end me." She went on, Fennelkit starting to quiver nervously. "Did you die?!" She gasped with her jaw dropping, only for Orchidbloom to chuckle and wrap her paw around the kitten. "No, young one, I'm right here."Silverstar 04:42, January 6, 2017 (UTC)
Patchkit suddenly perked, jaws gapping. She read my mind! Can I read her mind? Can we talk to each other like this? He wondered with a super thoughtful look on his face then he stopped when he realized how dumb he must look, then he cowered down in embarrassment and continued to listen to the story. Meanwhile, Nightkit did a beautiful dance full of twists, flips, leaps... ~Patchfeather~ 04:49, January 6, 2017 (UTC)
"Then what happened?" Fennelkit let out tiny squeak, wiggling slightly. "A miracle, really...my best friend, Thunderpaw..." Orchidbloom's eyes darkened in sadness at once as she recalled the ginger tom, who had risked his life for her on multiple occasions...until it was at last, taken. "...He came to my rescue, did a real clever thing. He climbed into that tree without the rogue detecting him. Then, he jumped on a branch, and down it came with him and all the heavy snow. Buried that rogue like a worm!"Silverstar 04:53, January 6, 2017 (UTC)
Patchkit remained slient when Orchidbloom continued. He had heard about Thunderpaw. He had heard bad things about his father, concerning Thunderpaw. What happened exactly? "Did the rogue die?" Nightkit asked, suddenly skipping away from his dance with Orchidbloom's tail to plop down beside his siblings. ~Patchfeather~ 05:00, January 6, 2017 (UTC)
The gray tabby shook her head. "No, he didn't die, he was just...very shocked." She couldn't help but to purr, recalling her ginger tabby friend, and how they valently drove off the intruder. "Me 'n Thunderpaw drove him off."Silverstar 05:03, January 6, 2017 (UTC)
"What was Thunderpaw like?" Nightkit asked, after a thoughtful moment. And what happened to him? Patchkit silently added. ~Patchfeather~ 05:07, January 6, 2017 (UTC)
"A great tom, really...he was polite, honest, sweet..." Orchidbloom trailed off, pain tensing up her throat before she quickly shook her pale head. "I-I'd rather not talk about him." Fennelkit pressed into the warrior's bellyfur, as if attempting to comfort her.Silverstar 02:02, January 7, 2017 (UTC)
Patchkit flattened his ears and felt disappointed. Maybe he could ask some of his Clanmates? He was dying to know what happened to the apprentice. He knew Creekfrost was involved. "He sounds like a cool cat," Nightkit said, then fluffed out his tail to protect it from the cold. "Do you have anymore stories?"
Wispheart returned to camp with wet moss. She had pushed her fear of germs aside to stay with Stoneblaze. She padded across the clearing to the nursery, she stopped when she saw Creekfrost lying outside the den and frowned. She set her moss down and prodded him awake. "Creekfrost, go out and be useful. You can't help Stoneblaze or the Clan by lying here all day. Go hunting. It'll provide and get your mind off her," Wispheart said in a stern but gentle voice. Creekfrost opened his mouth to argue, a bit of anger and outrage on his face, but it vanished almost as soon as it came. Wispheart was right. With a defeated sigh, he stood up. "Okay. I'll do my best," he murmured, quietly. His eyes fell on his kits with Orchidbloom.
He wasn't a huge fan of her, but she was kind to his kits, and was distracting them from worrying about their mother, and he silently thanked her for that, the hurried out of camp. ~Patchfeather~ 03:27, January 7, 2017 (UTC)
Orchidbloom took in a deep breath, attempting to think of a good story for the kittens. "Well, I'm no elder, mind you." She chuckled lightly, Fennelkit rolling off the warrior's soft belly before glancing up at her eagerly. "Perhaps a story about one of my first patrols as an apprentice?"Silverstar 16:17, January 8, 2017 (UTC)
"Yeah!" Nightkit exclaimed, bouncing up and down. "Was it fun? Did you get into a border clash?" Meanwhile, Wispheart padded into the nursery to find Stoneblaze sleeping, hardly breathing, and weezing. The whole den was filled with the stink and heat of fever and illness.~Patchfeather~ 16:53, January 9, 2017 (UTC)
The gray tabby warrior twitched her whiskers in amusement, gently tapping her tail against the kitten's ear. "No! Being a warrior isn't about bloody battles...that's only when absolutely needed." Fennelkit stretched her neck once Orchidbloom began, as if trying to hear better. "No...it was no border clash, it was a much different experience. I had to return a couple of very young foxcubs to its mother."Silverstar 21:45, January 10, 2017 (UTC)
"Foxcubs?" Nightkit gasped, wrinkling his nose. I would have killed them! ---- Wispheart decided not to disturb Stoneblaze and left the den. ~Patchfeather~ 01:02, January 11, 2017 (UTC)
Wispheart awoke from a doze outside the warriors den with a start. She glanced around, confused. How long had she been out? Her heart leaped when she saw the sun setting. She hadn't tended to Stoneblaze since morning! She hurried into the nursery and found Stoneblaze sleeping in her nest still, looking exactly the same as that morning. But the feel of the den was eerie, and the smell all the Clans dreaded was faintly rising off of Stoneblaze's cold fur. Death.
"No, no, oh no," Wispheart whimpered, nudging the mottled queen with her muzzle. "Stoneblaze!?" she cried, but Stoneblaze didn't reply, just lie limp in her nest. Wispheart looked around, in a daze.
She poked her head out of the den, looking around for someone to help, although it was far too late for help, and she knew it, but she wouldn't accept it. Guilt clawed at her, making her skin burn and heart ache. It was her fault! She should have stayed with Stoneblaze! ~Patchfeather~ 19:55, February 15, 2017 (UTC)