Bringing Down An Empire [Skunkpaw] Jan 14, 2015 17:49:42 GMT -5
Post by Bloodrose on Jan 14, 2015 17:49:42 GMT -5
The older she-cat sat calmly in the Sandy Plateau, pale eyes partially lidded as she took a moment to bask in the warmth of the sun. She could feel it dancing over her coat, easing into her stiff shoulder. It truly was a pleasant feel, and she wouldn't trade it for the world. She would have loved to spend all day just lounging in the warmth, but she knew she had work to do. Skunkpaw was growing up fast, and it wouldn't be long now before the black and white apprentice was granted her warrior name.
Because of her accident, Fallenleaf had been confined to the medicine cat den for a while. Though Skunkpaw's training had been dealt out to various others during that time, it was difficult to get good, constant training that way. Sure, it wasn't uncommon for mentors to collaborate, to ensure the apprentices were exposed to a wide range of ideas and techniques, but their true mentor tended to be present. It could be difficult on the apprentices when someone familiar wasn't before them to walk them through their training. ...Or perhaps that was just an old fashion way of thinking.
Smiling softly to herself, the senior warrior stood and stretched carefully, expecting Skunkpaw's approach at any moment now. Regardless of whether Fallenleaf's absence had caused Skunkpaw any troubles or not, there was still one thing the mentor wanted to teach her apprentice. Pale ears pivoted at the sound of approaching pawsteps. Her weight shifted slightly as she relieved the pressure on her damaged shoulder so that she could turn to glance over her other shoulder. When she spotted the familiar shape of the younger she-cat, she offered a warm smile. Though still a little unsure as to what Skunkpaw thought of her (the younger she-cat didn't seem to voice what she was thinking often), Fallenleaf had really enjoyed being her mentor.
Padding forward a few steps, with the fractionally shorter step that was now common for her to make, Fallenleaf met with Skunkpaw a little ways into the Plateau. "Ah good, you made it! Not that I had any doubt at all you'd find your way. I just figured you would rather get here at your own pace, rather than being stuck at mine." An easy grin crossed her face as she laughed at her own joke.
"Now then, as you probably assumed by the location, today will be another battle training day. After some thought, I had an idea pop into this old head of mine -" She paused briefly, grinning almost mischievously. "Dangerous, I know - and I came to the conclusion that I had one more important lesson to teach you. Much like me, you aren't huge. But, as I'm sure you've noticed, cats come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You've trained against some of the other apprentices, and competed in the Apprentice Games. In both cases, you were paired with cats who were close to your size."
Her tail curled behind her as she caught another sound. Right on time. "But such will not always be the case in a real battle. Today will focus on what to do when your strength is no longer all that useful. Today you'll learn to fight an opponent who is slightly... Larger than you." Just as she finished, a broad shouldered shape pushed onto the plateau. Powerful muscles bunched and extended as a tom made his way towards the pair of she-cats. Sand colored fur shifted with ease over his body as pale amber eyes met with Fallenleaf's briefly, before slipping over to Skunkpaw.
"Greetings, Fallenleaf and Skunkpaw. My apologies on being a little late. I hope I didn't miss anything important." With a slight inclination of his massive head, the leader of StoneClan came to a stop before the mentor and apprentice pair, awaiting a reply.Featuring