Freezepaw seemed reluctant over the entire thing, and Sunstripe couldn't blame her. Scatterstar was far too reckless, and leading NorthClan against EastClan could only lead to disaster. He wasn't sure what was going to become of himself. At first he'd thought that he wouldn't be harmed, but it could be the perfect thing to initiate battle between the two Clans.
He stood with his claws out and scraping against the stone. He had to say something. "Scatterstar, you can't go to battle against EastClan," he warned. "You would be leading your warriors to death." He hoped that what he said didn't come across as more of a challenge than a warning. The last thing he wanted to do was make things worse.
Scatterstar purred to the apprentice. "Of course you can go to sleep, but I may have use for you later," he meowed. "Stick around the camp just in case. You've done a very heroic thing today, and NorthClan will remember your name forever." He smiled sweetly at her, and then turned to Sunstripe. The EastClan warrior actually had the audacity to attempt to speak to him.
Though it was not intended, all Scatterstar could hear were words of challenge. "NorthClan could beat EastClan with half our warriors," he spat. His tail was lashing back and forth. He narrowed his eyes. He was going to have to do something about this insolence. He looked around, scanning the camp for other warriors. He let out a gathering yowl.
Freezepaw stopped when she heard Scatterstar's gathering yowl. Perhaps now was not the time to take a nap. She turned, stumbling over her paws, and headed back to where Scatterstar was standing. With some thought, she stood between him and Sunstripe. She accepted full responsibility for what would happen. She sat down, anxiously anticipating what her leader had to say. This is one of those times when I'm not proud of my leader, Freezepaw mused, embarrassed for what Scatterstar would say in front of the EastClan prisoner. She sighed. Whatever happened, this day would not end well.
Poisonpaw heard the call and rushed towards the center of the camp. He wondered what was going on. He hadn't been to a Clan meeting in a long time. He wondered if perhaps it was time for him to get his warrior name. He saw other cats going along to the meeting as well. Tigerslash was nearby, emerging from the nursery.
He spied Freezepaw and padded up to her. "Hey Freezepaw, do you know what's going on?" he asked. He noticed that she looked a little anxious.
Owlflight had just awaken from her brief slumber when she heard Scatterstar's yowl. She rose up and hurried from the warrior's den to the clearing where the rest of her clan mates were gathering. As she took her place, she scented something that was not NorthClan. EastClan! She stiffened and and wondered if they were being attacked.
Judging by the calm demeanor of Scatterctar, she thought not. So what was the scent of EastClan doing in camp? Owlflight's gaze grazed her classmates. They obviously had no idea either. Then she rested her eyes on Freezepaw. The apprentice looked agitated as if she was waiting for something horrible to happen.
Freezepaw tipped her head so that she could glance at Poisonpaw. She didn't want to say exactly-Scatterstar would take care of that. Besides, she didn't want Poisonpaw to hear one stroy from her and another from his leader; he wouldn't know who to believe. "It's about EastClan," she told him, whispering so the cats around them wouldn't hear. "Scatterstar has something planned." Freezepaw sighed inwardly. She wasn't one to lie, and lying to her friend was even worse. There's another thing I regret, she thought. If only I could do one thing today without making a mistake.
Freezepaw looked around. The Clan was gathering in front of Scatterstar, leaving their dens and their prey behind to hear what their leader had to say. Scatterstar was looking at his Clan with bright eyes. no doubt he was going to speak soon. Without turning her head, Freezepaw rolled her eyes to the side to look at Sunstripe. He looked as nervous as she did.
This day would have been much better if I hadn't been so bent on getting out of camp, Freezepaw thought.
Post by h a r e . xxx on Nov 7, 2011 21:18:16 GMT -5
HAREPAW . XY
The young tom stuck his head out of the medicine cat's den when he heard Scatterstar call together a Clan meeting, looking slightly agitated but still curious as to the situation. His heavy tail twitched once and he began to step outside, blinking in the sunlight that greeted his eyes and stretched. He had just dozed off and now, not quite fully awake yet, he began to walk over to where the rest of the Clan was gathered and took a spot that was far enough back to be respectful but still close enough for him to be able to see what was happening. His jaws opened in a yawn and he shook his head a couple of times to wake himself the rest of the way.
His almost solid blue-gray fur was still ruffled, but at this point of time he did not particularly care to fix it. I wonder what this meeting is about. I could have sworn I heard Freezepaw say it had something to do with EastClan. Harepaw thought about the idea that was going through his head and then dismissed it. "There is no way that Scatterstar is planning an attack with an EastClan warrior in the camp," the medicine cat apprentice muttered quietly under his breath, glancing over to the unfamiliar tomcat that must have been from EastClan. Then again, it would show that NorthClan is strong. Or that our leader is just incredibly stubborn. That was the last thing he thought of on the subject and then quieted his mind for a moment.
Unless...no, it wouldn't happen in a hundred moons. He did not even know what he was thinking about with that mental statement, because it faded away too quickly. Shaking his head again, he stared up at his Clan leader, no emotion showing in his eyes for one of the first times in his life. This was because he was hiding the suspicion he held, shoving it down too far to be noticed without voicing it. His wide teal-copper eyes simply stared unblinkingly up.
Sunstripe looked up at Scatterstar as he called a meeting of the Clan. He didn't like the sound of this at all. He knew that something big was coming, something that could rip the Clans apart. Scatterstar was planning war with EastClan. He didn't know how he was going to fair in all this, being the only EastClan warrior in a camp full of NorthClan cats.
What if I'm the first causality of the NorthClan-EastClan war? he thought grimly. He knew that he could never take on all these cats at once. He could always try to run away and escape, but they'd chase him down fairly easily. It didn't help that he didn't know the territory either.
"A time of war is coming," Scatterstar began as the cats of NorthClan gathered around. He stared intently at Sunstripe, doing his best to strike fear in the heart of the EastClan warrior. "EastClan has disrespected our borders, and NorthClan needs more territory. The time to strike is now, before the winter comes." He flicked his tail towards Freezepaw.
"This young she-cat deserves merit. She has served her Clan well and will be remembered as a hero in this war!" he announced. "But for a war, we need more warriors." He looked over to Poisonpaw as well. He knew it was time that the both of them had their ceremony. "Before I deal with this EastClan trespasser, I want to call Freezepaw and Poisonpaw to me." It had been a while since NorthClan had last had a warrior ceremony. Having two new warriors would serve to strengthen the Clan abundantly.
Freezepaw barely heard Scatterstar over the thoughts spinning through her head. Surprised, she lifted her chin and padded slowly beside Poisonpaw to where Scatterstar addressed the Clan. She exchanged a glance with the black tom. They were both old enough to be warriors, and Scatterstar had just mentioned he needed more in the Clan...
That must be it--Scatterstar was going to appoint them warriors. She lowered her head. After such a busy day, now she had to sit vigil all night. Still, being a warrior was something she had worked for her entire life. This was a special day, not just for her but for Poisonpaw as well. She nodded to him, and picked her head back up. Regardless of the injustices she had committed, this was one thing she could celebrate and be proud of.
I'm going to be a warrior, she thought. She couldn't help but smile.
Owlflight stared intently at the scene unfurling before her. A war with EastClan! At least she knew why Freezepaw was acting so jumpy and why an EastClan warrior was in their camp. But a war? Not only a war, but Scatterstar was suggesting that EastClan be driven out!
This is completely mousebrained! Owllfight thought furiously. What is Scatterstar thinking?! It's almost leafbare and we can't risk losing cats. And there has always been four clans.
Owlflight scraped the cold earth with her claws. Of course, she was overjoyed that two NorthClan apprentices were receiving their warrior names. New warriors were always a blessing to a clan. But Scatterstar's reason made Owlflight's blood turn to ice.
Poisonpaw was surprised. War? he thought with confusion. But EastClan's got no quarrel with us! He looked around at all the rest of the Clan members. They seemed to be having mixed reactions to what Scatterstar had said. Poisonpaw himself was unsure of what to think.
But then he heard the part about him getting his warrior name, and he was practically shaking with excitement. I'm going to be a warrior! he thought with pride. He waited for Scatterstar to call him up. He knew that this was a very great day for him, but would the news of war dampen the good spirits of the ceremony?
He flicked his tail towards the apprentices. "Come up here so that I can begin the ceremony," he meowed to them. He looked up at the sky, but it seemed strangely empty. He knew that StarClan had to approve of the ritual, but they didn't seem to be there. He knew that they hadn't communicated in a while, but the fact that they wouldn't even come for a warrior ceremony upset him. He remained calm, however, and didn't show any weakness in front of his Clan.
"I, Scatterstar, leader of NorthClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on these two apprentices. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as warriors in their turn." He still couldn't feel their presence. He turned away with his blue eyes narrowed. He looked directly at Freezepaw and Poisonpaw.
"Freezepaw and Poisonpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your life?" he asked. He'd never heard the answer as no, so he stood there waiting for them to pledge their allegiance.
"Freezepaw and Poisonpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your life?" Scatterstar asked.
Freezepaw nodded solemnly. "I do," she replied, her voice unwavering. EVer since she had become an apprentice she had been looking forward to the day when she would make this promise of ultimate loyalty. Her hear fluttered. Her life would never be the same, regardless of whether or not this EastClan battle took place. Poisonpaw would reply next, and then they would receive their new names. She wondered what hers would be, or what Scatterstar would honor her for.
Poisonpaw swallowed. He had been anticipating this moment for such a long time. He let Freezepaw go first in saying that she would follow the warrior code. A million thoughts were running through his mind at once. He wondered what his warrior name would be. He looked around to see his mentor, and hoped that he was proud.
He knew that this meant that he would have to fight for his Clan in the long and terrible battle that was going to come, but he opened his mouth and said the words anyway, "I do."