Two More 'Paws [APPRENTICE CEREMONY] Nov 19, 2012 21:11:16 GMT -5
Post by Fate of Five Admin on Nov 19, 2012 21:11:16 GMT -5
Ravenstar was sitting outside her den in the main part of camp, grooming and muttering curses to herself over her long fur and how much time it took to care for it properly when a few kits tumbled by in their play. She paused in her grooming to watch them with some amusement before a thought occurred to her. If she remembered correctly Heatherflower’s kits were about old enough to be apprentices… past due maybe. Her ear twitched and she licked her paw, swiping it over her face a few times before standing and shaking out her fur. She padded leisurely toward the camp entrance and out to the boulder that overhung the entrance. Crouching slightly, she leapt up to land belly deep in the snow that had piled up atop the boulder, and was quite thankful it wasn’t deeper. It seemed her warriors had been clearing snow off the boulder as well as away from the camp entrance… but they hadn’t gotten to it today.
Muttering to herself some more she started digging the snow away and pushing it off her ledge. When she was finally satisfied she sat with a huff, curling her tail around her paws and thinking about Heatherflower’s two kits. She always made sure to check up on the kits as they were growing, to talk to their mothers about them to better get a feel for their personalities so that when they came of age she could pair them up with a mentor that best suited them, that could best mold them into the best warriors for NightClan. She thought of her warriors, the ones currently without apprentices, thought about how they might get along with Harekit and Shadekit. A mentor could forever influence their apprentice and how they led their life as a warrior… it was not a decision Ravenstar ever took lightly.
With a deep relaxed breath, she stood to better project her voice and let out her call, “Let all cats able to walk on their own paws gather beneath the Boulder Ledge for a Clan meeting!” It was her call; she had made it her own. It left out those too sick or injured, and those too young to comprehend, but Ravenstar welcomed the older kits at her Clan meetings, invited them to begin taking part in their Clan beyond the nursery. Stripestar had always said ‘all those who can catch their own prey’ but Ravenstar had never quite agreed with that. For instance many of the elders could no longer catch their own prey, and that call seemed to exclude them even though they came anyway. And the kits… they were not allowed to catch their own prey and were excluded by that call as well. So she had changed it when she became leader. She stood atop the boulder, looking down as the first few cats trickled out to gather below and watching for those cats in particular who she had chosen and who this meeting was being called for.