Long-distance Runaround ((AshCloud)) Sept 12, 2020 23:16:58 GMT -5
Post by Jos on Sept 12, 2020 23:16:58 GMT -5
Cloudtail was pleased that Birdstar had listened to his request for an apprentice. Even though Birdstar would always be Cloudtail’s brother, Cloudtail understood and even respected that his brother had become the leader of Stoneclan—his leader. And being validated by your leader, brother or no, was always satisfying.
What he was not sure of was the apprentice he had gotten. Ashpaw came from a long line of fine Stoneclan warriors, which Cloudtail was thankful for. A clan-born cat would be more receptive to learning the ways of the clans and less likely to question their traditions. Cloudtail worried that if Birdstar really did consider taking in outsiders, that the outsiders would never adapt to warrior life, and waste their time and efforts in training.
But this apprentice? Cloudtail had seen him around. He was often being bullied, never really standing up for himself. No confidence, this Ashpaw. How in Starclan’s name was he going to make an apprentice out of a cat like Ashpaw? Not only that, but Cloudtail knew he himself was not known as the nicest cat in the clan. The poor kit must be absolutely terrified of me, he thought. Most of them were, and Cloudtail had seen the unmistakable look of relief in the other apprentices’ faces when they weren’t paired with him. Ashpaw got the short end of the stick, it seemed. Already grouchy at the these thoughts, Cloudtail padded towards the apprentice den to collect his new apprentice. Whatever Ashapw was or was not, he was Cloudtail’s apprentice, and Cloudtail would see him become a warrior.
“Ashpaw.” Cloudtail called, gruffly, into the familiar den, “Ashpaw, wake up! I’ll meet you at the camp entrance. Quickly, please.”
The white warrior then turned and padded to the entrance, where he sat and waited.