"Let's head out while it's still a little warm. Might be able to sit on the stone while we are out," Valiantstride spoke to the gathered cats, flicking his tail as signal to head out. While not the biggest fan of patrolling the border with LightingClan, it was it dear friends Hawkfall's insistence. The large brown tabby preferred to stay as far from the RainClan border as he could be. There was no place further then the LightingClan border.
Valiantstride knew the reason Hawkfall dreaded venturing too close to the river. It still puzzled him. The golden tabby never quite understood how a cat could have so much disdain for their birth clan. Despite his curiosity, Valianstride never approached the topic. Deciding his relationship with Hawkfall mattered more.
"Are we going to hunt near the stones?" It was Waspwing that broke the silence that had been comfortably kept by the traveling patrol. "No, I think it's best we avoid hunting during a patrol. We might over lap and I don't want to explain to Smokestar why you are missing an ear." Valianstride's tone while teasing had an air of seriousness. Not one to jump head first into a battle, he had stayed back to guard the camp several times. The almost countless battles had between StoneClan and LightingClan was enough to age him. Turn his black tabby markings grey with worry of another coming attack. He trusted that Smokestar would keep them safe and lead them in a peaceful direction. Valiantstride had no intention of joining StarClan early. He had a role to play, a service to provide to his clan.
As the troop neared the border, Valianstride flicked his tail for the warriors to head off to scent markers. Sunpaw tasked with following her mentor. Early on it was decided that the golden tabby would take the more riskier scent markers. Those placed nearer to LightingClan markers. If there was any cross-words or threats to be had, Valianstride preferred they happened to him.
Post by Ghost the Undead Goddess on Jan 9, 2020 3:12:23 GMT -5
LightningClan || 69 Moons || Deputy
The gray she-cat was not enjoying the chill from the weather, the cold had never sat well with her and her fairly short fur. Not to mention she was a lanky feline in general, always somewhat envious of her brother's lengthy coat that kept him warm during the harshest colds of Leafbare.
With hunting parties already chosen for the day, the senior warrioress decided to add herself to a patrol that was heading out towards Stoneclan. She tried to make sure she checked both neighboring territories to keep tabs on what was happening with her own wide, amber gaze. She was constantly running strategies and problems within her head, figuring out the best group for patrols depending on tensions and issues happening around them as clanmates within Lightningclan but also as a clan among others in the valley.
Flickering her tail as the group thin cats made their way towards the border, Owlmind sent Mudpelt and Lakefur off in a direction while she trailed after Icefeather once she sent her off ahead. The deputy slowly made her way down the line, shoulder aching from the weather and recent injury to the already formerly damaged limb. Though, the gray feline ignored it as she did every other time it started to bother her.
Cresting a small hill within the land, wide pools landed on the familiar shape of a cat, though the wind's movement informed her that it belonged to Stoneclan rather than those of the moorlands. Padding closer Owlmind recognized the tabby form as Valliantstride, the new deputy of Stoneclan with Smokestar's succession. She didn't know much about the tom, and she couldn't recall if she'd ever seen him partake in battles she had been involved with.
"Valliantstride." Owlmind called out in that sharp rasp of hers, dipping her head politely towards the tom. There was no point in mindless aggression or rustling fur, they were both mature enough to enjoy the simple peace for the time being. Perhaps in the future things might be different, especially with the future the gray Oriental saw for Lightningclan, but for now there was no need for strife. "You look like Leafbare is treating you well." She said in a prompt tone, finishing the few tail-lengths between the two of them as she flicked an ear slightly. Her intense, unreadable gaze watched him like that of an owl watching it's prey as she spoke to the tabby warrior. "How fairs Stoneclan with the recent changes?"
He saw her only moments before she spoke. Owlmind, if his memory served him she was sibling to Redstar. He often pondered how it worked for the pair of them to lead a Clan together. His own siblings long perished in the nursery. He still often wondered what they would have been like. If they would have remained friends into their warriorhood.
Returning her polite gesture, Valiantstride replied with his own greeting. Speaking the fellow deputy's name with earned respect. The she-cat before him had walked the path of deputyship for several more moons, weathered longer storms alongside her leader. Likely even more loyal due to their kinship.
As she mentioned leafbare, Valiantstride nodded along. Agreeing with her statement. While he had some faith she wasn't ruthless as many in NightClan seemed to be, he didn't trust her not to use his words against him. No matter the truth he'd boldly state his Clan was doing well.
Taking her second question in stride, Valianstride picked his words carefully. "We are well. The loss of any leader is hard on any Clan, especially one that kept us going despite all that has happened," While not a direct comment on their clans' shared bloody history, he kept his words.
"I heard of Firesky, may she rest in StarClan now," He had to admit when saw Redstar ontop StarClan's claws he expected to hear of Firesky's death then, not from a border patrol several moons later. Nevertheless, he wanted Owlmind to hear his condolence.
"Any news about TreeClan and NightClan?" While not the usual type to gossip, he knew LightingClan shared a border with TreeClan and in the moons after the fire they worked together. Perhaps Owlmind could offer some insight. Something to tell his Clan and help prepare them for what's to come.