Smoke that Fills Night Sky, was grooming herself when she heard of the ceremony. She headed over, and purred when two to-bes was made fill prey-hunter members. Followed by a kit becoming a to-be. She figured it was over now. However, she heard there was more.
She wasn't expecting Tolen to speak, she grew alert and concerned. She wanted to speak but most of it was spoken for her already. She turned to where Tolen pointed and grew alarmed when she saw the First speaker and the First speaker's to-be was no more. She wanted to cry out but no sound came out.
That was when she heard Ruby speak and turned to hear what he said. She thought Ruby was making sense. He was right, in that when the tribe first came here, they had to figure things on their own. Maybe he was right, they wanted him to discover some things for themselves. She got up and went beside Ruby as to show she agreed with his thoughts. "We wouldn't know unless we tried," she meowed calmly to Brittle. She couldn't ever think what it is like to lose a father.
This was a day that was supposed to mean a lot in a young cat's life; the day that he truly left the nursery; sure, he would still be in training, but all throughout those few waking moments, while he waited for his mother to patiently groom his fur in place, he couldn't help but imagine the proud moment when Firstspeaker would come to the cave and say his name. He would finally be joining the Tribe, and no one - no one, would need to be looking out for him being underpaw anymore.
Only when the call for a Telling came, and Hawk skidded from the nursery, chest puffed up and skidding paws losing all bearing and ruining his mother's careful grooming, Firstspeaker wasn't there.
No, it was a different cat; one that was still recognizable, but the change in persons made him worry, just a little bit. "Where's Firstspeaker?" He cried out, somewhat in indignation, before another cat shushed him. But his heart dropped to his paws. If there was no Firstspeaker there, did that mean he wouldn't be made a To-Be?
No...that wasn't the case. Because this cat was calling out other names, making them full Prey Hunters. Did that mean he was Firstspeaker-but-not-Firstspeaker? The young tom was puzzled, and only barely registered his own name being called, stepping forward as if stuck in clouds, to receive his mentor.
And then, in quick succession, things went wrong. The Ancestors were leaving, and Firstspeaker with them. Firstspeaker, dead, and his to-be, gone as well. They were alone, so...so alone. Hawk's ears flattened against his head as he looked towards his new mentor; what was supposed to be a happy time in his young life fully wrecked.
"Did...Did we do something wrong?" He asked. Despite his newfound age and status, sounding for all the world like a hurt kit.
Like the other cats, Shadow had taken up his place when the call was given; ready to see what new cats were about to join their ranks. But there was change in the air; something that made what short fur he had stand on end. Talon was a good cat - that wasn't the problem, really. But it was not his place to be up there, speaking for the Ancients. He shifted uneasily, suppressing the urge to cuff the young upstart, but knowing that something had to be dire and wrong if Firstspeaker was not up there speaking to them.
And it was.
He could not, would not believe that the Ancients had abandoned them as the young tom said; but he held his tongue, looking towards a few of his fellow clanmates who voiced their distaste, such as Lightning, and wishing they would hush. Now was not the time, nor the place. It was a place for mourning.
But even he couldn't shake the feeling.
Something was not right. The world was colder without Stream and Firstspeaker in it. And something needed to be done.
Carried Home is a Warriors roleplay forum. We feature four clans - all four of which have futures that heavily depend on what your characters do - as well as a 50 word count minimum on RP posts, and a functioning currency and shop.
While most of the action does center around our four clans, members are also permitted to make loners, rogues, and kittypets. You can also make both StarClan and Dark Forest characters.