A Mentor's Pride [Crimsonpaw vs Featherpaw!] May 24, 2013 10:48:49 GMT -5
Post by Fawntastic on May 24, 2013 10:48:49 GMT -5
39 Moons || TreeClan || Leader
"Well done, Featherpaw. Take a few moments to catch your breath - I think your opponent's just arrived."
With flecks of dirt, grass and other leafy debris from their latest scuffle, Lionstar looked on with an expression of pride and contentment, eyes glowing from the progress his apprentice had been showing as of late. As a final test before her warrior ceremony - which had been delayed a bit due to her little escapade into the mountains that had nearly turned him prematurely gray - Lionstar had arranged for the silver she-cat's last spar as an apprentice be with someone who could pose a real challenge for her. Besides the aggressive, hotheaded Wildpaw, first thoughts had gone to Crimsonpaw - who apparently had two members, what with Crimsonpaw's almost leech-like behavior towards Grayowl - Lionstar immediately appealing to Sunstride to arrange this mock battle. The mentors themselves would not actually be participating, but would perhaps offer encouragement from the sidelines as both apprentices put their pride on the line for this little test.
Of course, he was fully aware of the age gap between the two young cats, and he would not mark it against Crimsonpaw if he lost even with his extra training from Grayowl, but if his own stubborn, energetic she-cat he had been taking care of for the past 6 moons lost to a cat 3 moons younger than herself, he'd have probable cause to go back over their lessons again. Feeling that elated pride from earlier settle right over his heart, Lionstar was quite confident in Featherpaw's fighting abilities - they weren't perfect, but that would come with time and age and experience. For a 12 moon old apprentice who had never participated in an actual battle, her skills were more than above average.
And they'd better be! All of that time spent training in the hidden thicket had hardly been for naught!
Actually... Sunstride was not that far out of his own apprentice ceremony... If Featherpaw does well against Crimsonpaw, then I'll have her go up against Sunstride for the REAL final test. What better way to test a potential-warrior's mettle than against another young warrior? Sunstride was smart as well, so even if Featherpaw lost, he expected her to do so with dignity, and to walk away from that defeat with a lesson or two in that head of hers.
Greeting the arriving cats with a curt dip of his head, his expression was friendly, long golden mane pressing against his chest due to the breeze that passed them by.
"Sunstride, Crimsonpaw. Welcome. Have you warmed up before the match, Crimsonpaw? If not, feel free to do so now." The last thing he wanted was for one of TreeClan's promising young apprentices to pull a muscle or hyper-extend a limb during a fight that isn't even supposed to be serious.