The silence between them felt like a vacuum, an instantaneous void created in the long-distance phone space that separated them. The shock of her words threatened to implode Terry's mind; his brain seemed to shrink to a crushing, single point upon the word malignant. When he finally spoke, his usual articulate speech came out as fumbled mush that even he couldn't understand.
Thus begins the life-numbing three-year journey shared by Marti, an energized, independent mid-twenties daughter, and Terry, her fumbling, beleaguered father. Through a parent's eyes, we experience Marti's intense struggles throughout the tortured scourge of her chemotherapies, radiation, and two bone marrow transplant therapies. As his precious daughter fights to survive, Terry's anguished, helpless depression finds him recalling his sometimes-traumatic youthful experiences during his upbringing on a post-war Minnesota family subsistence farm.
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Name Ripplestar. Gender shecat. Description light dappled (in a tiger stripe-like pattern) silver grey body and tail with black tail tip and ears, darkergrey stripes on head and white paws, has bright green eyes. Status Leader. Mother Moonshadow. Father Silverriver. Mate none. Littermates Streamfur, Whistlecloud, and Mintclaw. Kits none. History have had two apprentices, Featherpaw and Nettlepaw. Mother is the daughter of Treestar and Novastar (fathered kits while still Novaclaw the Deputy). Personality thoughtful and welcoming but fierce in battle and protective of all clanmates and inoccent cats, can be short tempered but very rarely. Specialties sneaking and battle. Clan Goals wishes to have kits and retire to the elders den for a peaceful last death. Comments/Questions My warrior name was Ripplestripe. Featherpaw became Feathernose and Nettlepaw became Nettlefur. I welcome you all to Larkclan! I also will need a mate eventually. But please dont ask to be my mate. I will ask whomever I wish to be my mate. I also need a deputy. Again, dont ask, I will ask who I think will be a good deputy. If you dont think this clan is right for you, I wish you good hunting and may Starclan light your path!