A Long Time Coming [WARRIOR CEREMONY!] Jun 13, 2013 20:01:05 GMT -5
Post by Fawntastic on Jun 13, 2013 20:01:05 GMT -5
"Featherpaw hold still!"
Finally smoothing down a cowlick on her friend's shoulder, Silverpaw stood back to admire her work, having spent a considerable chunk of their morning making Featherpaw presentable. Ever since she'd overheard Lionstar discussing with Stormchaser about Featherpaw's impending ceremony, the she-cat had become dead sure that today was the day her golden-furred mentor would finally bestow the honor of Featherpaw's warrior name. What will I be calling her afterward? Featherblaze? Featherfire? Featherwhisker? Feather...cloud? That one's pretty.
Silverpaw's leaf-green eyes glittered with a selfless kind of happiness, purring low in her throat as a festive mood overtook the compassionate silver feline's heart. She was being extra giddy about the approaching ceremony to hide a little of her sadness, of the fact that she would have to wait 3 more moons before she could curl up again beside her best friend. Catching a dark blue shape return with a squirrel out of the corners of her eyes, Silverpaw felt a small stab of jealousy. Even if the older tom had come from a different Clan, he wasn't required to sleep in the apprentices' den because he wasn't a warrior. He wasn't required to do anything besides hunt and help with the repairs. If he wanted to sleep next to the Ancient Stump, he could.
Not to mention Featherpaw seemed to be talking to him a lot... Of course that made sense, they'd spent three days together on their way back to the forest, of course they would wanna talk. She was probably just helping him get used to TreeClan. There couldn't have been anything between them; Featherpaw's not as crazy as I am. She would know better than to develop feelings for a StoneClan cat...you know...especially one that has every reason in the world to hate Lionstar. A quick shake of the head cleared up these thoughts, and just in time too, for the golden tom both herself and her best friend looked up to so much had just ascended the Ancient Stump.
"May all cats strong enough to attend gather beneath Ancient Stump for a Clan meeting!"~*~
There she is.
Lionstar gave nothing away as his gaze settled upon the silvery hued apprentice briefly, noticing his sister looking about a hundred times for excited than she usually was. Oh...Fox dung, she found out, didn't she? Resisting the urge to smirk at his own sibling's uncanny ability to eavesdrop, Lionstar glanced around at the assembled cats, speaking in a loud, clear tone that rose above his peers and the small clouds of ash their paws had stirred up.
"Roughly three moons ago, a TreeClan apprentice disappeared for three days, going on what she thought was an important quest for the sake of her Clan and to protect her mentor. Though her intentions were noble, I had considered her actions rash and would rather chop off all of my whiskers than watch it happen again."
A couple of cats in the crowd chuckled, remembering how frazzled their leader had been after Featherpaw had disappeared, able to laugh at the situation now that the apprentice in question had returned to them safe, sound and successful. Lionstar's gaze softened, losing it's sharpness as he looked upon Featherpaw once again, allowing a small smile. "However, I think she's been punished enough, don't you? Featherpaw, come forward."
I've waited a long time to say these words. We both have. Feeling an overwhelming sense of pride, Lionstar allowed a small, brief silence pass over him and the gathered cats, finding he had to concentrate his efforts on dislodging the small lump trying to form in his throat. Chin lifted, the golden tom let his voice sweep across the crowd, though it was obvious he was addressing only one cat in particular.
"I, Lionstar, leader of TreeClan, call upon our warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. She has trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend her to you as a warrior in her turn. Featherpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your life?"