The Floods [OPEN! Evacuation!] Oct 19, 2012 21:58:26 GMT -5
Post by Fawntastic on Oct 19, 2012 21:58:26 GMT -5
The downpour hadn't stopped for two days. The rain was coming down now in sideways torrents that soaked right through to the bone, one long-legged kitten bracing himself against the driving rains, his voice hoarse from all the shouting.
"This way! Come on! Henfeather!"
"I've got her! Grab Bramblekit!"
Blinking rain water out of his bright green eyes, Russetpaw surged forward through the throng of soaked, shivering bodies stumbling their way to high ground, the voice his cousin drawing him to her side next to Henfeather, a RainClan queen, and her three kits - Lichenkit, Mallowkit and Bramblekit. Scooping up the tom, who wailed pitifully as his lower body bounced against the hard, soggy ground as Russetpaw almost slipped in the mud. Righting himself with a grunt, the red-furred apprentice hurried forward, already so wet that crossing the Camp Stream barely affected him.
Well, until the banks further up the stream burst.
Russetpaw yowled in surprise through Bramblekit's scruff as a wave of water splashed over both their heads, the flooded stream carrying them back towards the already partially submerged RainClan camp. StarClan help me! Russetpaw floundered against the heavy current, all four legs churning through the waters as only a RainClan cat could, but a morning spent fishing and hunting to feed the Clan before the flooding had overtaken them had drained much of the apprentice's strength.
With their leader dead, their deputy's body probably washed down the river, the situation was about as bleak as it could possibly get, but Russetpaw wouldn't be Russetpaw without his hope and optimism - his spirit keeping his legs churn, if nothing else. However, a strong spirit wasn't going to get him to shore, and Bramblekit's water-choked cries made the adrenaline surge through the new apprentice's body, his heart pounding like a war drum as he struggled, searching for the stream bank.
Oh StarClan no - I've lost sight of it!
The part of him that was still a kit wanted to wail for his parents, just as Bramblekit was wailing for Henfeather - whom Roselight was keeping on the banks with the other two kits - but he knew crying out for them would mean dropping Bramblekit, and that just wasn't gonna happen.