Rise Above [Cricketpaw Ceremony] Aug 3, 2019 3:09:15 GMT -5
Post by Zeneka on Aug 3, 2019 3:09:15 GMT -5
Darkstar was beginning to despise the pineneedle clearing. It was a terrible place for NightClan’s camp. The sun shone so brightly overhead during the day she found it nearly impossible to sleep, used to the cool darkness of the caverns as she was. And many of her Clanmates seemed to be feeling it as well. Added on to the stress of having to evacuate their home, the difficult sleeping conditions were making even some of the calmer tempered warriors snappish. Unfortunately, unless they wanted to find a cave a bit higher up in the mountains to shelter in, it was their best option for a temporary camp until the flood waters went down. At least the rain had finally stopped.
Most of the previous couple days had been spent trying to fortify the clearing as best as they could in the terrible weather, making it more of a camp, more defensible, more comfortable. As loathe as Darkstar was to allow it, fortifying the clearing and hunting had meant fewer border patrols, but at least the RainClan border hardly needed patrolling. One patrol was enough to know their water loving neighbor’s entire territory was under water. They couldn’t even get near the border.
But now that the clearing was set up as a slightly more defensible position, a sense of normalcy could begin to return. As normal as it could get with their home under water, at least. And Rainfur pointed out to her how Ravenflight’s kits were old enough to be apprentices, and that the ceremony would be a good distraction and a ray of hope. Darkstar also thought it just as well to get the three out of ‘camp’ and helping out in a time when NightClan needed all capable members to be productive. So she had told Rainfur to let the queen know her kits would be apprentices tonight.
With an annoyed flick of her tail that there was no great vantage point like the boulder ledge to address the Clan from, Darkstar padded to the center of the clearing as the last light of day was fading from the sky overhead, tail lifting behind as she raised her voice to be heard, “Let all cats who wear the shadows as their own pelts gather for a Clan meeting!” She waited as some cats emerged from the makeshift ‘dens’ about the clearing at her call, and others wandered over, already awake and preparing for their assigned patrols.
When the Clan had gathered and settled to hear what she would say, she spoke again, “The flood has taken our camp for now, but not our strength. Tonight, NightClan gains three new apprentices. Badgerkit, Hawk-kit, Cricketkit, step forward.” Her fiery gaze came to rest on the three young cats, “You will begin your journey to warriorhood in the face of adversity, and you will become stronger warriors for it.”
Her gaze flicked around the clearing briefly, pausing momentarily on the cats she had chosen as mentors for the three before her, before returning to the soon to be apprentices, “You three have reached the age of six moons, and it is time for you to be apprenticed. From this day on, until you receive your warrior names, you will be known as Badgerpaw, Hawkpaw, and Cricketpaw.” She named Badgerpaw’s mentor first, and then Hawkpaw’s, the two toms touching noses with their new mentors in turn and taking their seats beside their new teachers, and then it was only Cricketpaw left mentorless.
Darkstar’s ember gaze found Nettleheart in the crowd, her tail flicking once, as though to flick away what remained of her reservations. Nettleheart had not been born in NightClan, but she had done nothing but prove herself a loyal warrior to the Clan that had taken her and her brother in when their own mother had abandoned them. Her devotion to Briarthroat after the former deputy’s disappearance had been admirable. “Nettleheart, you are ready to take on an apprentice. You were fortunate to receive excellent training from Briarthroat, and you have shown yourself to be passionate and loyal. You will mentor Cricketpaw, and I expect you to pass on all you know to her."
Greenleaf 20 - At last the rains ease and the storm clouds dissipate. The sun shines a little brighter in its wake.