"Get up!" It was early morning, the sun wasn't even up yet, but he could scent rain on the air and wanted to get this done before it came in. He couldn't predict if it would be just a drizzle or a complete downpour and didn't want to bet wet. While he didn't mind it too much during greenleaf his pelt was long and thick and he'd smell like prey left too long uneaten on a hot day. Not what he wanted. Plus, he could really see the dedication of his new 'apprentice' and he called her that sarcastically. She was a hairball. Clueless, helpless, and at the moment completely useless. He'd have to make sure she understood what was going on and what she did and did not need to be touching before they got too far towards their destination.
"Sagepaw we're going to gather some herbs from the shallow marshes today. If you aren't outside in two minutes grabbing yourself some prey to eat I will leave you behind."
Post by KARA ( ˙▿˙ ) on Aug 7, 2020 0:19:41 GMT -5
"Uh...?" She jolted awake, feeling as if she'd been dunked in cold water. Her stomach turned and twisted, and Sagepaw grimaced at the underlying anxiety seeping through her system in response to being awoken by Falconstorm. She gave a mighty yawn and licked her forepaw, running it across her eyes to rid the sleepiness from them. Sagepaw came to her paws, stretching her hindlegs first and then bowing to get out the remaining kinks.
"I hear you, I hear you," she grumbled. It doesn't hurt to be nicer..."I know you've never had an apprentice so we're both learning from each other. I'm trying my best." As she passed him on her way to the fresh-kill pile, she frowned and quickened her pace. She wasn't picky about what she had to eat; her stomach hurt anyway, and there was no time to do her usual morning groom.
She scarfed down a mouse that went down salty and dry. Her tongue flashed across her chops, and she looked up expectantly at Falconstorm. "What kind of stuff grows in the marshes?" She gasped. "Ooh, that's over by NightClan, isn't it?"
"My having had an apprentice or not has no standing on you being incompetent. If you want me to be nicer to you, try not having that attitude." He swished his tail and watched as the young she-cat got her breakfast. The clan was only just stirring, the first patrols getting ready to head out to either hunt or check the borders. Things normal cats did.
Falconstorm led her to the edge of the camp, taking a deep breath as he had to force himself to take shorter strides to accommodate for Sagepaw's little legs. At her question he just shook his head and ignored her for a moment before answering the first question. "Many things, but in this case we're going looking for chickweed and tansy since my stores are low. Chickweed is for greencough, and its going to be hard to find in our territory. It grows in leafy bunches around a small white flower. Basically looks like a flower made from leaves with an actual small flower at its center. Tansy is for coughs. It has a strong scent so it'll be much easier to find. You'll be looking for small round yellow flowers. Now, before we get out to our destination."
He let them get a little bit out of camp before stopping them and turning to face Sagepaw. "You do not know your herbs yet, so I'm giving you this warning. I don't care what you think of it, but you will obey it. If you don't know what it is, if you even think you know but aren't certain, do NOT touch, ingest, sniff, paw at, or sit on anything. If I tell you not to mess with something there is a good reason. Don't question it, we'll get along better. Now lets go."
Post by KARA ( ˙▿˙ ) on Aug 11, 2020 23:36:37 GMT -5
Ah yes. I'm the one with the attitude. Of course. With her back turned to him as she headed to the fresh-kill pile, Sagepaw mouthed a mocking blah-blah-blah and she took out her frustration in her rips and rends of fur from her fresh-kill. She swallowed it quickly despite its dryness. Exhaling loudly through her nose, she reminded herself to make the best of this and not to take his bad nature to heart. It was just so hard sometimes.
She felt rather small padding after him, but she enjoyed a walk through the territories as much as any cat so she kept her ears perked and her eyes on all their surroundings. Sagepaw held her tail high, her medium-length hair causing the end to fold over in a spiky puff. Falconstorm told her they were on the lookout for some plants named chickweed and tansy. He gave a description of what they both looked like, and she was glad they weren't looking for a full list of items. Leafy flower around a white flower, and a stinky yellow flower. Seems easy enough.
All of a sudden Falconstorm put on the brakes, and Sagepaw arched, immediately on alert. She looked around quickly for some sort of enemy he had perceived before her, but instead his eyes were on her. She was expecting a monologue about needing to be on her best behavior because they were on the NightClan border, and of course everyone knew about TreeClan's poor diplomatic relations with those cats. However, it was all about herbs, and Sagepaw couldn't hide her incredulous "wow, you really think I'm mousebrained?" expression from slacking her jaw. "....obviously," she said under her breath. What made him think she would want to just taste some random bitter leaf? Yuck!
"You made me take those travel herbs before the medicine cat gathering, remember? There's no way I'm suddenly going to crave a taste of that again," she said. She made a sort of submissive shrug with her whole body and suddenly noticed he had jumped ahead again, so she scrambled after him to keep up. "But yep, you're the boss. Lead the way."
"Does this mean we're going off-trail? Some paths only medicine cats know where to go?" she asked excitedly, feeling like this was a secret she was getting in on. When she'd gone on patrol with her sister and some other warriors, they'd stuck to the borders, making sure every mark was intact. Although Falconstorm wasn't exactly her preferred adventuring partner, Sagepaw loved the idea of hacking it out in the wilderness, learning about all sorts of plants and flowers.