Firestar was pleased that Mudpelt got to the point. She wasn't the type to pander around a topic, short and sweet. To her time was a gift and she preferred not to waste it. Imagining Sunnypaw in her head, Firestar could pinpoint the reasons for his inability to hunt rabbit. Sunnypaw wasn't like most LightingClan cats, he had shoulder large enough to tackle down a hawk. A clear draw back of not being from LightingClan stock, however, it was one that Firestar would over look. Sunnypaw had no choice in who his parents an Firestar would not fault him on that.
Learning that he did find a hunting niche put Firestar even more at ease. Sunnypaw would still be able to provide for his new home, something she hoped would bring more meaning to his life. As Mudpelt explained that he made efforts in explaining the code to him gave Firestar reason to smile. She knew Mudpelt would be a great mentor and his actions proved it.
"I'm sure he will continue to be a great apprentice. I appreciate you take the time to ensure he understand the Code. His history might make it harder for other to accept him, but if he models our ways then no one can deny him," Firestar explained to the darker coated warrior, her smile still present.
Sensing that Mudpelt had finished all that he wanted to say, Firestar fixed a stern more regal gaze on the tom-cat.
"I would like to pick a time for him to tested. Likely Redscar will do the testing and report back to me, but I must ask you an important question," Firestar paused trying to piece together the best way to give Mudpelt such a task.
"I want you to test his loyalty. Do not outright question him Sunnypaw about it be creative in your approach. I want to know that Sunnypaw is loyal to the Clan. We can not risk him becoming a vital warrior of our Clan to have him scurry off when the going gets tough." Firestar paused to give Mudpelt a moment to take in the information.
"This is not a reflection of my opinion of you Mudpelt, but I will not give Sunnypaw his warrior name until Newleaf at the earliest. I hope you are okay with mentoring him for that long," Firestar asked him, keeping her gaze as before, stern and regal.
Post by Fawntastic on Nov 16, 2016 13:54:14 GMT -5
Mudpelt paused, taken by surprise. She wanted him to test his apprentice's loyalty? He at once felt protective of the ginger tom, knowing at once that he was as dedicated to the Clan as any other Clan-born apprentice should be. But Mudpelt withdrew from his emotional reaction, trying to understand it from Firestar's point of view; Sunnypaw was... an investment. Though the Code stated they were to help any kits in need regardless of Clan (or lackthereof) affiliation, it was clear to him now that Firestar wasn't going to want to feed and train a young tom that was going to 'scurry off when the going gets tough'.
"I will... think of something." He spoke with resolve, the hesitation disappearing. There was now a clear objective to complete, and better yet, he understood why Firestar wished to have him tested. A part of Mudpelt, however, could not simply turn to leave without saying one final thing, uncertain if it would truly matter in the end - but his conscience not allowing it to go unsaid. "I believe Sunnypaw to be loyal. If not to the whole Clan, then to his fathers, and especially to his siblings. Family is a very very strong motivator."
Mudpelt thought of Blazefang, of Gustclaw, of Pigeonpaw and Galekit. His heart ached with both pride and longing, unable to imagine his life without the two noisy, aggressive brothers who remained of his kin. Of course, Firestar would want more than just familial ties.
When she spoke of making Sunnypaw a warrior in newleaf at the earliest, Mudpelt again felt his whiskers twitch with surprise. "Newleaf? I understand. I will train him however long it takes. If Sunnypaw does well, however, may we discuss him earning his warrior name sooner?" He wasn't asking her to make any promises, merely keep a line of dialog open between them. It went without saying that Mudpelt respected the Clan matriarch immensely - however, he respected her enough not to be a tom who always said yes to every little thing. Firestar seemed like a reasonable she-cat, and he was diplomatic in nature. He felt, in his heart of hearts, that Sunnypaw deserved to be given a chance.
The small calico leader was pleased that Mudpelt accepted her request. She had her fair share of tough times as a mentor. Thought of Weaselpaw came to mind as she reminded herself of that failure. It wasn't easy to train a cat that had some many short comings, but Sunnypaw had none. The tom-cat they discussed was well suited for the Clan life, even more so than his siblings. However, as Sunnypaw's brother Niko continued to refuse accepting a Clan name Firestar was worried that Sunnypaw would take by his loyalty. She trusted Mudpelt to guide his apprentice and protect LightingClan in the long run rather than his own emotions.
Hearing Mudpelt's statement about family had Firestar reflecting on her own for a brief moment. While she knew in good faith to believe that Sunnypaw would stick around for his siblings, it was hard to say if that would remain the case if Niko was asked to leave. Yet on that same note Firestar was apprehensive of cats who stayed only for their family. She valued loyalty to the Clan before loyalty to family. LightingClan was so much more than the name but a way of life. They were cats the lived on the moorland and hunted rabbits. Their pawsteps were quick and their minds even quicker. The essence of LightingClan needed to be protect and cared for by those that believe that Clan came first. Despite her beliefs Firestar knew not everyone held them and as their leader she respected that. Loyalty wasn't easily definable when there was so much to be loyal to.
"I agree with you, Sunnypaw will stay with his family. However, what happens if his brother decided to leave the Clan. Will Sunnypaw follow? I want to know because I like being prepared. As for him earning his warrior name ahead of time. You are always welcome to talk with me about it. I have faith in you. I believe you are a level-headed warrior that can tell me when you think he is ready, but I want you to be sure." Firestar told him, siginally with her voice that the discussion of Sunnypaw's was done. She paused for a moment wondering if she should dismiss him formally or let the tom see himself out. Leaning toward formality Firestar rose up to her paws before pressing her nose to Mudpelt's shoulder as sign of respect.
"Get some rest Mudpelt, I'm going to visit the Queens and think about mentors. Have a good evening," Firestar told him as she waited for the tom to leave.