Turn The Page [Eagletalon] Mar 1, 2013 0:38:22 GMT -5
Post by Bloodrose on Mar 1, 2013 0:38:22 GMT -5
The sand hued leader padded through the tunnels that lead back to the surface, almost as though he'd walked this same path a thousand times. In truth, he'd done it only once. He was glad Blackeagle was padding behind him, just in case he made a wrong turn somewhere, somehow. He'd thanked the medicine cat earlier, almost as soon as he'd opened his eyes after receiving his nine lives. Neither had said much after that, silently agreeing to return to the surface. Hawkstar almost felt uneasy speaking down below, as though he were disturbing some sort of eternal peace in doing so. Communication could wait until they reached the rest of the escort party.
Slowly, the darkness that was present within the tunnel began to dissipate, and the StoneClan leader knew that they were approaching the surface. His large paw steps quickened slightly, as though he was subconsciously eager to get above ground. He forced himself to pause for a moment, shaking out his pelt, and making sure it lay flat. He took a deep breath, shutting his amber eyes for an instant. He let a sense of calm wash over him, remembering each life he'd been given. Remembering what each of the nine cats had said to him. Even remembering what each of them smelled like. It was a comfort to the tom, to be able to renew that. It kept their memories stronger within his mind.
Now, however, it was time for him to return to his world, the world where StoneClan needed him as their leader. Or... They needed a leader. It just so happened to be him at the time. His mind was already churning, shuffling through various cats, wondering who he should pick as deputy. He knew a Clan needed one. The Clan depended on their deputy just as much as their leader. And StarClan knew he would need a deputy's help.
As he crested the top of the small rise, all thoughts of a deputy were temporarily banished from his mind. He first saw his best friend, Eagletalon, not far away, and he remembered Fallingstar, the tom's sister. He knew that her death had affected him more than anyone else. He'd not only lost a Clan leader, but a sibling. Hawkstar understood the pain of losing a siblings. He'd lost both of his moons ago. He'd seen them what seemed like a few moments ago, that was true, but it was almost as though he were losing them all over again, having to leave them like he did. Still, he padded towards his friend. He would see Frozenrain and Umberpaw, the other two cats on his escort patrol, later. He just wanted to remember to tell Eagletalon what was currently on his mind.
"Eagletalon." With a nod, the newly named leader indicated an area a little ways off. "If I may, I'd like the chance to speak with you quickly." With a sweep of his tail, the sandy tabby tom moved off to the spot he had indicated, glancing over his shoulder, hoping to see Eagletalon following him. He pulled to a stop as he reached his destination, and took a seat, waiting for his friend to sit with him.