Monkey See, Monkey Do [OSPREYPAW] Aug 27, 2013 19:23:38 GMT -5
Post by Fate of Five Admin on Aug 27, 2013 19:23:38 GMT -5
Blacksmoke had been eager to observe the MountainClan cats as they hunted. She remembered hearing stories as a kit, lurking just out of sight near the elder’s den, of how a Tribe of cats that lived in the mountains many days travel away had a special way of hunting, for prey was scarce in the mountains and you had to make the most of it. Any new skill which could help one better serve the Clan was worth learning. The dark she-cat had spent much of her time, when she wasn’t hunting herself, shadowing MountainClan patrols when they went out to hunt and quietly making note of everything she witnessed. She had been invited on a few patrols herself and had not declined the opportunity to try out this new way of hunting.
All patrols in the mountains served a double purpose. Their main job was to hunt, but they also served as border patrol… only there was no border to mark. Instead they kept an eye out for any sign of Demon, or in StoneClan’s case, any sign of LightningClan or RainClan. Blacksmoke seethed silently for what those two foxhearted Clans had plotted. One day, StoneClan would return the favor, and she wanted to be there to see it. In the mean time, however… hunting was a priority. Keeping her Clan well fed and healthy so they would be able to meet any further threat they might face. Also, she had been given a new apprentice since they had fled their territory in the valley.
Hawkstar had named her as Ospreypaw’s mentor. The excitable Cricketleap’s younger brother. Her family in particular had met with tragedy during the battle that sent them fleeing from their home. Blacksmoke did not comment on any of it, but she observed, she watched, she saw, and she knew just how hard the now small family unit had been hit. Perhaps part of the reason she had been chosen as Ospreypaw’s mentor was because she wouldn’t coddle the young tom because of his past tragedies. Nor would she focus on them at all, really. It was past, dwelling upon it would not change it. She would see Ospreypaw become a strong warrior who could rise above his past and grasp his future securely in his own claws. Everyone went though hardship, some worse than others, everyone had to learn to deal with it and keep living.
So it was with thoughts only of practicing new hunting techniques that Blacksmoke awaited the arrival of her apprentice just outside the protected little nook MountainClan called ‘the oasis’. Mostly she had been teaching him traditional StoneClan techniques so far as she herself had not been confident enough in her own abilities with these new skills to pass them on to another. Today would be her first attempt at teaching the skills of mountain hunting. Her tail curled neatly around her paws as she sat under a very slight overhang of rock, enough to cast her into shadow but not enough to make her any less visible to any cat who was half paying attention to their surroundings.