A kit n danger? i must either chose; fight or flight?
Stormstar led a border patrol made out of Skyheart, Owlwing, Dreampaw, Bluepaw, Parchpaw, and Foxpaw, around the MidnightClan border. They were about to cross over in the dry lands of StormClan territory, for at the moment they were over the soggy lands of the small swamp at the MidnightClan border. Then Owlwing lifted his nose and scented the air, his eyes widened with fear as my mates brother turned to me, and whispered, "I can badgers and by the strong scent, theres alot of them!" His voice cracked with fear.
"Should we check it out?" Bluepaw asked, her voice was steady, yet i noticed her limbs shaking in fear. I noddded slolwy, "we must see what were up against, but stay close and dont takes risks!" I ordered.
As my cats nodded so i led them farther along the border, the scent got stronger and stronger the farther we walked then finally, i spotted a huge black animal with a white stripe running along its muzzel.
"Can we go now?" Parchpaw asked, shaking in fear, her fear scent was coming off strong.
I nodded, "yes, well head back to camp and war-" I was interupted as Parchpaw exclaimed, "a kit!"
We all glanced over and saw the shaking kit, it was cowering in a small hole of a boulder, three badgers loomed over it, pounding there claws in the crack of the boulder, trying to reach the kit.
"What do we do?!" Owlwing exclaimed, "theres to many badgers to take on! We'll lose if we try to save this kit! Or we'll lose cats! Its not worth it Stormstar, its just a rouge kit!"
I knew Owlwing was trying to talk me out of it, i was a caring leader that would race into battle anyday to save one of StormClans kit, but a ROUGE kit?
"Its still a kit!" Skyheart half-wailed, half-hissed, she was torn between rescuing this kit and not.
Then before I could reply, Dreampaw raced past me, making a "swoosh" of wind as she dashed past. My memory flashed back to when Dreampaw played with Sandkit and Lichenkit in the nursery, then she defended Sandkit against Duskbreaks brutal treatment of Sandkit to scare the kit into staying in borders, and how she had play-fought with Foxpaw and Bluepaw when they were still in the nursery, my eyes opened again and what had seemed for ages only lasted a heartbeat, I felt gust buffet me from above as Bluepaw leaped over everyones head and dashed after Dreampaw. It was clear that instict clouded both apprentaces judgement for they werre racing to save the kit!
The patrol followed there lead, it was clear the time for flight, was over.
The smallest badger, a she-badger turned to face us. Dreampaw leaped on the she-badgers back while Bluepaw dug her teeth into its tail. Meanwhile I lead Skyheart, and Owlwing to take on the biggest basger, a large male badger with a missing eye! Skyheart leaped on its head while Owlwing clawed at one of its hind legs, and i grabbed the other.
Then after a few heartbeats of wrestling with the badger, I heared a shreik, I quickly glanced up, dislodging my teeth from its leg, then it saw the oppertuity and tossed me in the air, like a leaf.
Once i landed back on the ground with a thud, I looked up to see my elderest daughter, Parchpaw, beaten and bloody, cowering under a lage male badger, it stood on its 2 front legs and had its head high in the air as it let out a triumphant roar, then started crashing down, ready to kill Parchpaw.
Parchpaw was paralized with fear, my eyes flashed with dispare as a saw a red blurry shape in the backround. Is that a fox, wondered? Then once I saw it better i realized it wasnt a fox, it was Foxpaw! He raced down the hill just as the bagder came crashing down and pushed Parchpaw out of the way, I closed my eyes, and heard a cry that i will never forget! I opened my eyes and knew it was Foxpaw who had half wailed, half shrieked, and half yowled, it was the sound of likfe leaving him. The badger had planned to crack Parchpaws spine, killing her fast and easy, but thnxs to Foxpaw, who had bravely pushed his sister out of the way, she would live on, but he was already gone.
I yowled the retreat, my son was dead, and we were already injured and still losing, the kit would have to die without us.
"Retreat!" i yowled, "Cats of StormClan retreat!"
I bagan to race away then noticed that one of the bagders was biting into Owlings stomach, he was trapped! I raced back and swipped my claws across its face. The badger roared in pain and me and Owlwing bolted away.
As we reached the undergrowth i glanced around, no one was fighting the badgers anymore, everyone had fled, yet, they were no where to be seen.
"Ok, Owlwing-" I stopped as i turned to where he was previously standing but Owlwing was nowhere to be seen.
i sighed. Alone and in pain, i slowly walked back to camp, on my own.
* * *
As i reached the camp, Everyone was on edge.
I noticed that Dreampaw and her little follower, Bluepaw had safley returned home, they were both laying down near the apprentaces den, most apprentaces had gathered and were sharing tounges with them, while others pressed cobwebs to there scars, I was thankful that even though there wounds were bad, they werent bad enough to kill them. I guessed the two apprentaces must had been the first to arrive back at camp.
Then I glanced around again, and noticed Skyheart resting under the highlegde, most warriors were sitting over her or near her, as if they feared the badgers would follow her blood scent and kill her. Pinegrowth was treating her with herbs and cobwebs.
I scanned then clearing and dens, but the rest of the patrol, Owlwing and Parchpaw, were nowhere to be seen.
As he spotted me, Tanglescar ran over, "wheres everyone else?" he asked. It was clear that the patrol hadnt yet told the fate of Foxpaw.
"Foxpaws dead, he pushed Parchpaw out of the way and a badger crushed him, we left his body behind, and I dont know where Parchpaw and Owlwing are, I thought they would hav been back by now."
* * *
I stayed up till sunset, hoping, wishing, that they would return.
* * *
The next morning, I was first to wake at sunrise, I saw a blur in the distance moving towards us. My eyes widened in relief as I realized it was Parchpaw! My eldest daughter had returned! And in her mouth, she held a gray boundle. I couldnt believe my eyes, it was the rouge kit! How did she rescue it? It didnt matter, she was home and thats all that mattered! Later I discovered that Owlwing had died, he wass found near the border, it turns out his massive blood loss had killed him, Parchpaw did not return cause she had spent his last final breaths with her and the kit. Parchpaw had been there for Owlwing and the kit, just as Foxpaw had been there for her. The kit, later came to be known as Rainkit, and was adopted by one of our queens.
* * *
Days later, i sat alone at sunset, thinking of my lost kit, Foxpaw. He had always been beaten by Parchpaw when they play-fought but never held it against her, he had been independent and strong, he would have made a great warrior for StormClan.
Then I felt a pelt brush against mine, and thought i could scent and half-see the image of Foxpaw.
"Good-bye, my kit, Let ur half brother Stone, guide your paws." I whispered.
Then i felt Foxpaws berry-pink nose touch mine, stars glimered around his paws as he ran up the milky-yellow sky. I noticed an outlined cat meet him above me, I reconized the scent of Owlwing and together they ran up the sky, and dissapeared, fully blending into the backround. All traces of them vanished, as i whispered, "Good-bye Owlwing, take good care of my kit.........."
(by the way, I talked to these pple bout the events that happened n they told me wat to say so this is from there mouths!)
even though Foxpaw is the size of a kit........his loyaty shows as he risked his life for his sister!