It had been a few nights following the ceremony to honour Cinderfang's life and service to ShadeClan and there was still a sombre mood hanging around the clearing. Spiderstar was angry that one of the Clan's eldest soldiers had died cleaning up one of her messes, and she could see the hate in Sootfur's face when the details of his mother's death were made clear. The black leader knew he would be smart enough to stay away from her, but, by her ancestors, she hoped he was smart enough to stay away from Pheasanttail. She had a suspicion something would arise between the two toms over Cinderfang's death, but, all she could do was wait to see if her gut was right.
Spiderstar had other things to worry about instead of a petty squabble waiting to happen. She knew that Waspwhisker's litter was due to be made trainee's but, she felt as though they weren't ready. Save for a couple of the kittens, but, she knew it had to be done. It was just a matter of picking the right mentors for them. The black leader let out a sigh of annoyance as she tried thinking of who to pick for which kitten. She felt Loachpelt stir next to her in the den, and the leader hoped she hadn't woken her up. Spiderstar also had to make Shellpaw a full soldier too and she would make that happen before these kitten's were made trainees With a huff to end her train of thought, the leader turned over in hopes of having some sleep. She had been having nightmares for nights on end since her encounter with the MoonClan cats, but, she wasn't sure why it had had this effect on her.— #dannysexbang <3 22:04 Fri Apr 13 2018
Swallowstep had just lied down with her kittens, Aspenkit and Quailkit. Despite their desputes, Swallowstep always seemed to manage to resolve it at the end of the day, although it seemed like Aspenkit was jealous over how Quailkit got more attention. The tabby queen let sleep take her under. Nightkit, however, sat outside the nursery. He knew eventually if he couldn't prove to Spiderstar that he was good enough to be a soldier, they'd make him leave ShadeClan forever. Maybe.. maybe that was what he needed to do? He could leave the night after his trainee ceremony? Join MoonClan or NightClan, they all had to be better than SHadeClan's tough rules. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 08:13, May 22, 2018 (UTC)
Shellpaw couldn't sleep, much like her 'aunt', but, she dealt with it by wandering around camp. Upon her wander, she saw the small frame of, who she thought was Nightkit. I could never be a leader, not in a hundred lives - too many names to remember! The pale tabby wandered up to the young tom to see what was the matter, "Hey little man, what's wrong? Can't sleep?" If she had to be honest, Shellpaw had no idea what to say - she'd never really was in a place to talk with anyone because she's the only trainee. She also felt that because of her mentor, nobody would talk to her. — #dannysexbang <3 08:17 Tue May 22 2018
Nightkit looked up with his deep amber eyes, when he looked up he was staring at a beautiful grey-brown tabby. "Oh uh hi, Shellpaw. I mean its nothing. I think Spiderstar thinks I'm too small or weak to be a soldier but... what if she's right?" He asked in a small voice. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 08:31, May 22, 2018 (UTC)
"Honestly? Don't believe a word she says, Nightkit," Shellpaw answered him. She took a seat next to the younger tom. "Would you believe me if I told you that she said the same stuff about me? To my own mother?" The grey-brown tabby looked at the black cat. "I think it has something to do with how she was raised, if I think about it. She lived in a different world than us, so maybe its just her generation's teachings?" — #dannysexbang <3 08:55 Tue May 22 2018
"She thinks I'm too small." He paused for a minute, looking up at the stars. "I can barely beat my littermates when we play. They crush me." He said sadly. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 09:08, May 22, 2018 (UTC)
"Don't worry about them, buddy," Shellpaw nudged him softly. "If it helps, I might be a soldier by the time you become a trainee, and maybe Spiderstar will let me train you? Would that make it easier? We can show the world! It doesn't matter if you're small!" — #dannysexbang <3 09:14 Tue May 22 2018
"What if... what if I'm not meant for ShadeClan?" He asked. "What if I have to leave?" He seemed scared about it but that seemed his best option. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 09:19, May 22, 2018 (UTC)
Shellpaw turned to look at the young tom as he spoke. Well, she didn't know how to respond. It showed as she hesitated with her words, "Well, if that's what you have to do, then that's what you have to do. If it feels right, then its probably meant to be." The grey tabby got to her paws as she saw her mother and 'aunt' emerge from their den. Spiderstar might be doing those ceremonies soon, the young cat thought. "Nightkit, if you have to leave, leave now. It'll only get worse if you hesitate." — #dannysexbang <3 08:48 Wed May 23 2018
"N-Now?" He asked, fear entering his voice. "B-But I don't know the territory. What if I get lost or..." He trailed and looked up at her with wide amber eyes. "H-How will the other Clans know to make me a trainee?" I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 08:56, May 23, 2018 (UTC)
Shellpaw gently nudged the tom. "I'll show you, just please keep up." The grey-tabby, trying to avoid her family seeing her, waited for the tom to follow along. "If you stay, Spiderstar was planning on taking you on as her new trainee. I heard her talk to my mum about it, so I think its best if you leave before she becomes your mentor, Nightkit. The other Clans are different, so you will need to learn their customs, but, for now, worry about getting out of ShadeClan territory." The apprentice continued for a bit. "I can't come with you the whole way, but, you'll need to hide your scent when you leave ShadeClan." — #dannysexbang <3 09:00 Wed May 23 2018
"Are you going to tell everyone I left?" He asked softly. The solid black tom came to his tiny paws moving to follow the pale tabby apprentice. His ears flicking to the nursery and the warriors den where his mother, father, and siblings slept unaware of him leaving. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 09:07, May 23, 2018 (UTC)
"I wouldn't dare," Shellpaw turned to face him, her blue-green eyes meeting his amber ones. "Now, I know this sounds gross, but, you're gonna have to roll around in the permafrost. The earth scent should hide the ShadeClan smell." She turned to look behind her quickly before looking back. "I have to go back now, Nightkit. But by our ancestors, I hope we meet again." — #dannysexbang <3 09:13 Wed May 23 2018
"Thank you, Shellpaw. I hope we meet again soon." He said with a small smile. When the tabby disappeared once more he rolled around in the permafrost and hurried forward. By the change in scent he figured he had just crossed into the territory of MoonClan, by the look of it. The moorlands ahead told him the same. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 09:22, May 23, 2018 (UTC)
By the time she had reached camp, Chellpaw felt a sense of regret. What happens if Spiderstar finds out? Did I just send Nightkit to his death? She hadn't looked back once until she got safely to camp. Upon entering she was greeted by her mother, who promptly started washing her face. "Shellpaw! I swear you are getting more and more like Spiderstar by the day! Look at you! You're all muddy, and right before you become a soldier!" Loachpelt fussed over her daughter. If it wasn't obvious, the deputy was over the moon that her only child was about to become a soldier, it made her heart swell. After a little more fussing, she sent Shellpaw on her way as she returned to her post next to Spiderstar.
The black leader stood high above the Clan as she called out that she was about to start the ceremonies. She waited as cats gathered below. She had seen her friend absolutely smother Shellpaw and she tried hard to not show her amusement. I remember Nightstar doing that to me and Pheasanttail all those moons ago, she recalled. — #dannysexbang <3 09:29 Wed May 23 2018
Waspwhisker had woken shortly after Nightkit had left, at first she thought he had been outside the nursery. He normally was, he spent more time thinking than anything else. She had squeezed from the nursery to find Nightkit gone and his scent was faint, leading from camp. Had he been taken? A hawk? Something else? "Nightkit's gone!" She wailed, Nightpelt was quick to join the queen.
"Perhaps he left," the brown tabby queen spoke softly to her denmate. Waspwhisker met Swallowstep's gaze sharply. "He would never do that! He belongs here, with his family." I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 09:39, May 23, 2018 (UTC)
Loachpelt sat at the same level as the Clan, and while her attention was on her daughter, she had heard the voices from the nursery. She decided to go investigate and at least let the queens know that a meeting had been called. The torbie deputy caught word that a kitten had gone missing; Nightkit. Oh by our ancestors, she thought. "Waspwhisker, before we go any further, I need you to take deep breaths." The deputy told the queen; the meeting and Spiderstar could wait for now. — #dannysexbang <3 09:42 Wed May 23 2018
Waspwhisker paced restlessly, panic radiating from the tortoiseshell's pelt. "He would never leave, he loves his family." Had he been exiled because he was a runt? Spiderstar would never. Nightpelt spoke this time, his tail resting on Waspwhisker's shoulder to calm her. "We should immediately send a patrol after this meeting Spiderstar wants. I can lead one." He said, glancing at the remainder of his kittens. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 09:57, May 23, 2018 (UTC)
Loachpelt watched the two cats as they talked amongst themselves. She didn't want to but in, but she was glad that they made a move to attend Spiderstar's meeting. I'll ask Spiderstar to send out a patrol once she finishes her ceremonies... That's if she wants to send out a search party. Loachpelt had heard first hand her friend's lack of confidence in Nightkit, and while the deputy couldn't blame her, she herself couldn't find it in herself to agree that the kitten was 'useless or weak'. As she made her way back to her spot, she watched diligently as Spiderstar began the meeting.
"Today, we come together to celebrate the coming of age of some of our youngest Clanmates. It is with great honour, that I ask Shellpaw to stand before me," the black she-cat watched as the younger cat passed through the gathered cats. "Shellpaw has trained hard these past few moons, and it is today that I name her a full-fledged soldier of ShadeClan. Shellpaw, do you so promise to uphold the Warrior Code, and the traditions of ShadeClan, even at the cost of your own life?" The grey and white tabby below nodded her head, her eyes gleaming with pride.
"Then, I shall gift you your new name to signify you've completed your training. Shellpaw, you are from this point onwards, known as Shellheart; in honour of your loyalty and courage shown in the name of ShadeClan," Spiderstar finished speaking to watch as cats cheered on the new soldier. She honestly couldn't of been more proud herself and as she cast a glance towards Loachpelt, she could see that her friend was over the moon.
"Now, I ask that both Waspwhisker and Swallowstep's litters step forward," the leader waited while the cats sorted themselves out. "You have all reached six moons, and are ready to begin your training to become future ShadeClan warriors. Today you earn your new names, Darkpaw, Horsepaw, Ashpaw, Aspenpaw, and Quailpaw. You are now trainees of ShadeClan and your mentors will be Loachpelt, Skinkfang, Thistlefur, Pheasanttail, and Cardinalflight." With that, the ceremonies were done. Spiderstar began trekking back down to main clearing to congratulate Shellheart properly and more personally. — #dannysexbang <3 09:03 Sat May 26 2018
Darkpaw beamed proudly, his tail held high. He'd gotten the deputy as his mentor! While Darkpaw held excitement, the rest of his littermates were bunched up together before their mentors with worry, for Nightkit of course. Aspenpaw and Quailpaw, however, couldn't be more excited. Finally apprentices!
Waspwhisker lashed her tail, almost impatiently. Nightkit should have been made an apprentice! Now he couldn't, he wasn't here and that upset the queen greatly. Nightpelt brushed his shoulder against his mate, in a comforting gesture but even he knew that wouldn't help. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 10:16, May 26, 2018 (UTC)
Spiderstar made her way over to Waspwhisker and Nightpelt, Loachpelt was by her side. "Sorry about making your litter trainees, I wasn't aware that Nightkit was missing. Loachpelt only had the chance just then," the leader looked at the two soldiers. "You two, me, and we'll take Shellheart too, that's the search party you're getting ." Spiderstar lashed her tail as she went and grabbed the new soldier, then she was ready to go. If it wasn't obvious by how blunt she'd been, it was clear that the leader thought it was a waste of time looking for this kitten. — #dannysexbang <3 02:33 Sun May 27 2018
Nightpelt lay his tail on Waspwhisker's shoulder. "Come on, let's go." The black tom said, the tortoiseshell queen nodded and stood to follow her mate. The two were set to follow Spiderstar. I solemnly swearthat I am up to no good 11:00, May 27, 2018 (UTC)