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Posted February 20, 2013
The Rise of EclipseClan- Chapter 2 Part 1
Morning light glimmered into the den. Eclipsekit opened her eyes and blinked them several times. She hadn't slept well last night, knowing she would be punished by the Clan leader. The memory of her claws ripping through her sister's ear gnawed at her thoughts, and she turned to Whitekit. Cobwebs swathed at her wounds, and her eyes were clenched shut.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
//I didn't mean to do it… I just got so angry!// A pang of sadness and regret washed through her, and she looked down at the dusty, nursery floor. //And now, my sister's hurt. Well, maybe she won't try to bully me anymore!// Eclipsekit forced herself up from her nest, and padded to the opening of the nursery. //Mistyflower should be back soon…//
As if on cue, the branchy barricade that guarded the nursery opening shook, the slowly-replenishing leaves rustling at the movement. Mistyflower padded in, her emerald eyes ablazed with worry.
Shardkit's eyes shot open at the rustling, and he stretched and yawned. Groggily, he padded over to his mother, his tan tail dragging on the ground. His white sister soon followed, looking less weak than yesterday.
Eclipsekit looked toward her brother, who was mewling at Mistyflower. "What happened? Did you go hunting? Did you catch anything?"
Mistyflower rested a gray, white-tipped tail on his shoulder, quieting him. "Sit down, little ones. We'll talk about it." Eclipsekit could tell by the grim note of her voice, this chat wouldn't be about tasting new prey.
The kits and the mother settled down on a patch of moss. A tense, thick feeling had formed in the air, making Eclipsekit's breath shallow. A lump formed in her throat as her mother began to speak.
"As you know, I was on the dawn patrol."
"Is that all you want to tell us?" Shardkit interuppted, obviously annoyed. Mistyflower gave him a hard glare, silencing him almost immediately.
"We were on the dawn patrol." The queen took a breath, as if it would take some effort to push the rest of the story out. "We- we scented a badger- a badger /family/- close to our camp. The scent was extremely fresh- probably marked during the night."
"What's a badger?" Whitekit asked, sitting as far away from her sister as possible.
"A badger is a large, white and black creature, with glittering, brown eyes." Mistyflower shut her eyes momentarily and shivered at the memory. "They are vicious, and will kill simply out of savagrey, not out of hunger, like foxes do."
Eclipsekit trembled, and felt herself instinctively nudge over to Shardkit.
"Wel- well, you can fight them off, right?" Whitekit continued, even her own voice starting to break.
"The cubs, we may," Mistyflower went on. "But we bet that they are growing stronger each day, feeding off of our prey." The gray she-cat hissed, pausing to lick a clump of moss out her claws. "Their parents will also feel obliged to fight harder, in order to protect their cubs."
"What did Clawstar say to do about it?"
"As long as the badger's scent doesn't get closer to the camp border, we will hunt and train the apprentices more. Kits aren't allowed out into the forest without at least two warriors accompanying them-" a groan of disappointment from Shardkit- "and us warriors have to report any findings to him immediately."
"W-will we still get to eat prey?" Eclipsekit inquired, remembering the luscious taste of the rabbit she had eaten the day before.
Mistyflower purred, her green eyes sparking with amusement the first time since the conversation had started.