A small, grey and white shape poked out of the apprentice's den, two bright blue eyes flicking around camp. No toms. Featherpaw hung her head in disappointment, then trotted into the camp. She glanced around again, but saw no one. Well, this was boring. She returned to the den and looked inside, gazing over the sleeping bodies. "Hey, any of you bee brains want to come on a border patrol?"
Stonepaw lifted his head, his fur was the same pattern as his older sister. Black and grey, and the same green eyes. "Well, at least some cats know to let their kin get some sleep." He retorted, his jaws agape in a yawn, "But sure, I wouldn't mind going with you. Should we ask Lilystar if she wants to come? You know we can't leave without a warrior." He looked at his sister, a non-existing eyebrow was raised.
Featherpaw's eyes landed on her brother as he began to get up. She perked her ears, but gave him a questioning look. "An escort? Seriously?" the grey and white feline snorted. "Come on, Stonepaw. Stop being such a worry-wart. We'll be fine! Anyone else coming?"
A large, white warrior made his way out of the warriors den. He had been lucky to overhear two mischievous RiverClan apprentices. He almost silently approached Stonepaw and Featherpaw. He was to be assigned to mentor Stonepaw soon, as Lilystar had told him. He would not let this cat get into trouble or ruin his own reputation. Raccoonmask strode up steadily behind the two, and meowed coolly "Going somewhere?" he narrowed his eyes at the two apprentices, but also struck a small smile. He remembered his days as an apprentice. He relived the memories in his head as he spoke. He understood. He flicked his tail, as if to dismiss the two from even responding. He nodded his head and continued, "Not without me, you're not. Let's move" he growled. He wasn't trying to be rude, he was just trying to warn the two that they would not be allowed to roam freely throughout the forest. He trotted up behind Featherpaw, and moved his head into her ear, and whispered "Do not try to pressure your brother into things like that. He's going to be my apprentice. I will not have him breaking the warrior code. You wouldn't want to upset Lilystar, now would you?" he whispered, but also letting out a snarl. He did not mean to scare them, but rather get his point across. He did not want them to mistake his anger for just being a bitter warrior. It was more of a protective thing. It was his duty to look after Stonepaw. He wouldn't fail him. He was a bit nervous at first, but then he remembered his conversation with Lilystar. His heart filled with a hint of happiness, and his ears pricked up. He flicked his tail towards the exit of camp "Lets go," he meowed simply, giving them a smile.
. nettleheart . riverclan . medicine cat . female .
nettleheart cleared her throat, and padded up gracefully beside raccoonmask. "now, now." she purred, tapping the warrior's shoulder with her tail. "let's not rush them. and i'd like to point out that there is no rule against apprentices leaving camp alone." she gave raccoonmask a pointed look, then glanced down at the two youngsters. "i won't be coming with you, but i'd like to set the record straight."
Raccoonmask opened his mouth as if to protest, but quickly stopped himself. He wasn't going to say no to his medicine cat. He watched Nettleheart and nodded slowly, "Of course, Nettleheart" he meowed politely "I just worry about these two" he admitted in a whisper so that only Nettleheart could hear. His green eyes drifted off to Lilystars den. His first lesson as a mentor - not so well. He didn't want Stonepaw thinking he was a joke. He wasn't even sure if Stonepaw knew yet, because the ceremony had not occurred. He felt pride surge through him as he thought about it. He gave a light smile to Nettleheart, and then looked to the two apprentices, "Alright." he mewed, "Would you rather have me stay here? Or would you like me to come with?" he added, shaking his head. He was a bit disappointed to allow the apprentices to have a choice. But rules were rules. He watched the two apprentices with careful eyes as he turned around to face them. He was mostly worried about Stonepaw. But, they were siblings of Lilystar so he had to be watchful over them both. Besides, he made Lilystar a promise that he did not plan on breaking.
"I don't care." Stonepaw mewed, wondering why Racconmask was so protective, "It's up to Featherpaw weither she wants you to come or not." He shrugged, looking at the warrior with a defiant look. Actually, he did care if the warrior came, but he knew how to play his cards right. Hopefully, his sister thought like him and spoke out. Stoneoaw would get annoyed if Racconmask tagged along...