Watching over her kits in the nursery, Sparkstorm began to think about her life. In all her moons of romping around with toms, she never considered the prospect of getting pregnant and having a litter. Worse yet, it was with a cat who didn't even love her. She found herself often lonely, except for when her cousin Tigerslash came to visit.
She stared at the suckling young cats. "Wouldn't you like to have a father who actually cares about you?" she asked quietly. She knew that they were too young to understand quite what she was talking about, but she let the sentiment out anyway.
Tigerslash had decided to visit his cousin, Sparkstorm. He wandered into the nursery, hoping that he wouldn't startle her. He saw her there with the kits, his second cousins. He smiled warmly at them. He heard what she'd said, however, and it almost broke his heart. He would like to tear that Eclipsesun's tail off for being so cruel to his beloved cousin. "Good morning, Sparkstorm," he meowed to her.
The tabby tom sat down next to the queen. He watched the kits being fed. They were small now, but they would grow up to be powerful warriors. Maybe one day he could even mentor one of them. He sighed and hoped that his cousin wasn't taking the rejection of her kits' father very hard. The next time I see that piece of foxdung, I'll pluck his whiskers out, he thought.
It took Sparkstorm a moment to notice Tigerslash come in, as she was lost in her thoughts. When he greeted her, she looked up at him. He was a sight for her weary eyes. "Good morning to you, too, Tigerslash," she purred. Her cousin's visits were the things she looked most forward to. She noticed that he seemed to be thinking about something important, or serious.
"Is something wrong?" she asked. She didn't want her beloved cousin to be troubled. Her eyes were bright as she watched him with concern.
Tigerslash was more concerned with what was wrong with his cousin than she should have been with him. He shook his head. "I was just thinking about Eclipsesun," he meowed. He hoped that mentioning his name wouldn't cause any distress in Sparkstorm. HE knew just how upset she was to be abandoned by a cat who had fathered her kits.
He curled up next to her and watched his little second cousins fondly. If Sparkstorm were his mate, he would always watch over her and make sure that nothing bad were to ever happen to her. He wanted her to have some cat who wouldn't treat her poorly. "They're adorable," he commented, looking at the kits.
She looked down and sighed. It was as if he knew that she was thinking about Eclipsesun too. She hadn't realized the emotion had been so obvious on her face. "So was I," she meowed quietly. "I just can't believe he'd shirk all his duties like this. I know, I know, some cats agree that the father won't be involved, but I had no say in this."
She sighed with happiness when Tigerslash curled up next to her. She appreciated everything that he did for her. She looked at the kits, too. "They are kind of cute," she meowed.
He nodded in agreement, though his pelt was prickling with irritation. I am going to show Eclipsesun what-for, he thought angrily. It'll be the last time he breaks the heart of a pretty young she-cat. With a slight sneer he added, I'll make sure he can never even produce any more kits. He looked back at Sparkstorm, sighing. "Is there anything I can do for you?" he asked.
Tigerslash knew that the one thing he was going to do when he had the chance was tear Eclipsesun apart. He just had to find the other cat, that was all. The warrior was probably out, being aloof as usual. Tigerslash could barely wait to sink his claws into the fur of that lowly cat.
She thought for a moment. "I could use something to eat," she said. She had been feeling a little hungry, and a lot of what she ate had to go into making milk to feed her kits. She could hear her own stomach growling. "It would be great if you could bring me a mouse or something."
She knew that her cousin was thinking about something, but she couldn't read his mind or his expression. "Are you sure you're alright? You seem to be preoccupied today."
Tigerslash smiled and nodded to her. "Coming right up," he meowed. He got up and padded over to the fresh kill pile. Even though the Clan lived in the foothills, they always seemed to have a decent amount to eat... though they did usually have to stock up before the winter. He picked the most perfect mouse that he could find and took it back to his cousin.
He dropped it in front of her and nudged it towards her with his nose. "Here you are," he purred. "The best mouse from the fresh kill pile. You deserve it." He sat down, curling his tabby tail around his paws.
Sparkstorm purred in thanks to her cousin. She bent down and took a bite of the mouse. She had to stretch her neck a lot since she couldn't get up due to her nursing kits. The mouse tasted delicious, and she relished every bite she took from it. "Thank you, Tigerslash, this is delicious," she purred. She pushed it towards him. "Would you like a bite? You deserve it for all that you've helped me out." She wanted the warrior to taste the delicious piece of prey as well. He was always there for her, and he deserved to be rewarded for that.
Tigerslash was in fact very hungry. He nodded to his cousin, and he bent down to take a bite. He purred with thanks. "Thank you for being generous," he meowed to her. He knew that she didn't have to share the meal, and that she probably needed most of it. He only took a small bite, so that he wouldn't waste the nutrition that she could be getting.
"So, if I were to beat up Eclipsesun, what would you say?" he asked. He wanted to know if she would think it was a good idea or not. His gut told him that she'd be alright with it. She hated him even more than he did, after all.
She stared at him for a moment. He'd beat up someone for me? How sweet, she thought. She didn't know if it was a good idea, though. Eclipsesun was a strong warrior. Tigerslash was too, but she didn't want her cousin to get hurt in a fight. Not to mention that the leader probably wouldn't approve of such activities.
"I don't know about that, Tigerslash," she meowed. "I mean, I do want to see him get what he deserves for leaving me, but at the same time I don't want you to get hurt just over petty revenge."