It is now Leaf-fall, Valley Year 8
The weather is now crisp and cool, with hints of frost forming overnight in the later moons. Prey is becoming scarce, leaves are changing colors. The valley feels busier somehow.
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It was early morning in the Treeclan camp. So early in fact that only the dawn patrol had awoken for the day. In the warriors den, a spotted she-cat began to stir towards the back of the den. Yellow-green eyes opened wide as the she-cat stood up and stretched out her legs. It was time to start her day and what better way to do it then to get up and go for a stroll. But to be totally honest, she had no desire to do it alone this morning. Her eyes scanned across the sleeping bodies of her Treeclan pals. Who should she ask? Her brother? Nah. That's when her eyes settled on the striped body of her brother's close friend Cinderstream. The she-cat grinned, carefully moving around the sleeping masses to get to her. Even though the she-cat had taken to Leopardheart more than anyone else, Acornfall still considered her a friend. So why not invite her along? The she-cat would probably enjoy getting away with someone to talk to.
Yellow-green eyes stared down the sleeping warrior before the she-cat lightly prodded her with a paw. "Cinder." She whispered, prodding her again. "Cinderstream, wanna come for a run? Please, please, please!" Without waiting on an answer, the she-cat bound out of the warrior's den into the clearing. Things were a little too quiet for her liking here. She peered behind her before walking to the entrance of camp and stepping outside. Even if Cinderstream didn't follow, she was heading out for a morning run. She needed the rush of the cool wind in her fur, even if for a few passing moments.
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What? Who;s there? Yellow-green eyes fluttered open sleepily as someone prodded the tabby she-cat. Cinderstream tiredly lifted her head to look at the cat who had poked at her. Another pair of yellow-green eyes stared back at her. She immediately recognized the spotted fur of Leopardheart's sister, Acornfall. "What?" Cinder yawned, watching the other female. What could she want so early in the morning?
"Cinderstream, wanna come for a run? Please, please, please!"
Cinderstream blinked, staring blankly at the other cat. She wanted to go for a run? Without even stepping out of the den Cinderstream knew it was chilly outside. So she wasn't so sure this would be the best idea. But Acornfall didn't even wait for her reply and bound out of the den around her. The gray tabby shook her head before getting to her feet and giving herself a good stretch. She then reluctantly followed the warrior out of the den. The camp was about as silent as the grave at this time of the morning. Afterall, only crazy cats like Acornfall would be found awake at this hour. Yellow-green eyes scanned the clearing for the spotted tabby. Sure enough Acornfall was already heading for the camp entrance. "Wait Acornfall!" She called, running to catch up with her. "I'm coming along. Even though I think you're crazy for wanting to go for a run in the cold." She mumbled, keeping up beside the other she-cat.
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Acornfall wasn't sure if the fellow she-cat had chosen to follow her just yet. She just knew where she had planned on going from here. The Wildflower Clearing was one of the best places to take her little runs, with very little to trip over or run into. That and it was nice to breath in the cool air that the open space provided. Overall, it was just the best location to choose this particular morning.
Her thoughts were then cut short as a cry from behind her caught her immediate attention. Her ears swiveled in the direction of the voice but she didn't turn her head. She recognized that voice and a smile formed on her face. Cinderstream had chosen to join her this morning, providing her with someone to chat with while out and about.
"Hey, at least you'll be wide awake after the cold air hits you." The spotted she-cat chuckled. "That and the fresh air would do us both some good. With everyone worked up over the coming war and all." The she-cat was one of those cats who found very little to get upset about. But this war made her stomach do flips and gave her an uneasy feeling. So she needed something....anything to get her mind off of it for the time being. So one of her favorite hobbies was her choice of distraction. Having the other warrior with her just made this all the better.
"There it is." The she-cat meowed as the trees began to thin out and reveal a wide open clearing. Most typically this grassy area was full of flowers but seeing how the snow would soon be flying, the flowers had retreated back into the ground for the time being. It was a boring sight to behold, quite honestly, but this still was the best place to run.
"Are you ready? Let's go!" The spotted she-cat cried out before bolting out into the field. A cold rush of air hit her in the face as she sprinted full speed out into the field. That's when the adrenaline rush began to build and build, sending a rush through her whole body. Yes! This was what she needed! With that she sped up before whipping around and trying to run a circle around her friend.
The gray tabby she-cat kept pace with the other feline to the best of her ability. Acornfall was known for her agility so mixed with the fact that she was excited for this run made her walking pace a quicker than normal. To make this situation worse, Acornfall had longer legs than Cinderstream did. So what would take Acornfall just one bound to reach, would take Cinderstream double. So she found herself slightly winded trying to jog and keep up. "Goodness, you're too quick! I have to jog to even keep up with you! You're going to wear me out before we even reach where we're going!" The she-cat whined playfully. Cinderstream understood being excited for something but Acornfall could at least take her shorter companion into consideration.
"Hey, at least you'll be wide awake after the cold air hits you."
"-if the cold air doesn't take me out on the way there...." She commented with a snort. But the she-cat had to agree about needing the fresh air. The camp was starting to feel almost stuffy from the tensions among their fellow clanmates. With the war on the rise, it was hard to avoid talk of the coming fighting or things that could happen. It was a very dark time descending on their clan. And all they could do was hope that Starclan would favor them during this time. Cinderstream always tried to look at the positive but right now she wasn't sure that she could. She was nervous for her clan, for her friends, but mainly for herself. She wasn't sure if she'd be able to handle taking on another cat if the situation arose. She had been trained to fight, sure, but training and actually facing an enemy were two different things. Would she be able to fight them off? Or would she be the one to fall? It made her stomach twist into a knot even thinking about it.
"There it is."
Acornfall's voice stirred her from her thoughts. Yellow-green eyes looked up and were met by the wide open field of the Wildflower Clearing. She should have figured Acorn would pick this place to run. It was the best spot to just take off and not have to worry about making a fool of yourself by running into a tree. But before Cinder could think much more about it, Acorn cried out and bolted out into the clearing. Cinderstream stared for a moment before it hit her that she should probably run. She took off after the spotted she-cat, moving as fast as her legs would carry her.
She huffed and panted as she tried to catch up to the larger she-cat. Her paws hitting the sod hard with each bound. But to her dismay, Acorn was getting further and further ahead. That is until the other warrior suddenly whipped around and ran circles around her, making her slow down out of fear of running straight into the other she-cat. "This isn't fair! You have longer legs than me!"
Acornfall grinned from ear to ear as she managed to circle her companion two or three times with ease. Her able footing helped to avoid sliding on the ground and falling when making the tight circle. At that point Cinderstream had slowed down, coming to a stop to avoid a head-on collision. Acorn giggled happily, now just prancing around the other she-cat like a goof. The adrenaline coursing though her veins making her excited and restless.
"I forgot you were a shorty." Acornfall teased sarcastically as she bumped her shoulder against the other warrior. "Gotta admit it though, you kept up pretty well with those wee legs." She leaned her head down to stare at the other she-cats legs, trying to pick on her a little. They had to have some fun somewhere so some playful teasing was harmless. That and the two were close enough to know when one another was kidding around. Which was another reason she invited Cinderstream along versus any other cat. Cinder had been super close to her whole family, in general, since they were just kits in the nursery. Mind you, she had taken to Leopardheart more so than the rest of them but the two she-cats still held a bond with one another as well. So this presented another opportunity for the two to connect and become closer.
Acornfall was one of the more pleasant cats to be around in Treeclan. With her bubbly personality, she kept on most of the clan's good side. However, there weren't many cats that she could really call "her friends." It was starting to get to the young she-cat. She did not like that lonely feeling she was starting to feel, even when surrounded by cats. So talking to Cinder and hanging out with her, while getting out of camp, had jumped to the top of her list of things to do. So here they were. Playing like immature apprentices, out in the cold.