Pumapelt was sharing a piece of leaf-bare fresh-kill with Flamepaw. Last gathering, Spiritclan had been quieter and anxious looking. She had asked Blizzardtail if something was going on, but he wouldn't tell her. Brokenwind was fitting in great, and Brokenice was really glad to have her back. Pumapelt's paws tingled with excitement. Today, Wildkit, Creekkit, and Acornkit were being apprenticed, and Risingstar had asked her to mentor Wildkit! Pumapelt was very found of the curious energetic kit, and couldn't wait to mentor her. Fernpool and Owltalon were mentoring the others. Pumapelt was surprised that the youngest warriors were getting apprentices. Pumapelt shivered, as a leaf-bare breeze ruffled her fur. Flamepaw moved closer to her. Despite how happy she was to get an apprentice, she was happy for Flamepaw to. Next moon, Flamepaw and his littermates would be having their warrior assessments. She was overjoyed for her friend. Sparkpaw and Cinderpaw still sent her death glares, and she wasn't sure why. They almost never replied if she said something unless they had to. Pumapelt tried not to let it bother her, for arguments inside the clan were never a good thing. There was one thing that discouraged her. Yesterday, Pumapelt heard Bearpaw talking about wanting to be leader. She thought it wasn't harmful, then she heard him talking about wanting to rule both clans. He had been talking to Snakepaw, Badgerpaw, and Racconpaw. They hadn't liked the idea, so Pumapelt hoped Bearpaw forgot it, but she wasn't sure. A shiver passed through her as she remembered.
"All cats old enough to catch their own prey, gather beneath high ledge for a clan meeting!" Yowled Risingstar. Pumapelt and Flamepaw stood up, and padded over to high ledge. "We have three apprentices to make," he said, eyes shining. With a squeal, Wildkit, Creekkit, and Acornkit scrambled away from their mother's tongue. Risingstar beckoned to Wildkit, as Lunarfrost padded over to Stormrunner and watched her kits proudly. Wildkit scrambled forward, trembling with excitement. "From this moment forward, Wildkit will be known as Wildpaw. Pumapelt, you are ready for your first apprentice," he said. Pumapelt didn't even have to take one paw step- Wildkit came racing over to her. Pumapelt bent her head as the kit stretched up to touch noses with her. Next, Risingstar beckoned for Creekkit. The little tom strutted forward. "From this moment forward, Creekkit will be known as Creekpaw. Owltalon, you are ready for your first apprentice." Owltalon's pelt shined from all the grooming, and he held his head high as he strutted up to Creekpaw. He was acting as if it was his ceremony, not Creekpaw's. Pumapelt snorted. Arrogant furball. Lastly, Risingstar beckoned for Acornkit. "From this moment forward, Acornkit shall be known as Acornpaw. Fernpool, you are ready for your first apprentice," Risingstar finished. Acornpaw and Fernpool touched noses, and Pumapelt watched her friend's eyes gleam. Pumapelt expected the clan to start cheering, but instead they began to mutter. "Why did Risingstar pick the youngest warriors?" They muttered. Risingstar glared at them. The apprentice's ears and tails started to droop. Pumapelt glanced at Wildpaw, who was staring defiantly at the crowd, eyes narrowed. "Wildpaw! Creekpaw! Acornpaw!" The clan turned at the voice. It was Flamepaw. "Wildpaw! Creekpaw! Acornpaw!" Pumapelt added her voice, along with Fernpool and Owltalon. They were followed by Ashpaw, Wolffrost, Rosepetal, Silvershine, Blossomheart, Mistpaw, and Mountainpaw. Soon the entire clan was cheering. Risingstar nodded his approval, then leaped off of high ledge. Cats purred and pressed around the new apprentices. Pumapelt stepped back to give them some space.
Mistpaw bounced over to Creekpaw. "Hey! Congratulations! Maybe our mentors will let us train tomorrow," she said. Creekpaw just stared at her. Mountainpaw padded over to Acornpaw. "Here, I'll help you find a nest," she said, leading her away. Pumapelt turned to Wildpaw, but the apprentice was already speaking. "Can we go training now? Or explore the territory?" She asked. Pumapelt shook her head. "No, it's getting late. You go find a nest." Wildpaw lashed her tail. "What? Do I have to?" She asked. "Yes, you have to," Pumapelt said with a hint of a growl. Wildpaw rolled her eyes dramatically. "Fine, but we better do something tomorrow," she said, before stalking away. Pumapelt stared after her apprentice, appalled by her attitude. If this keeps up, the only thing she will be doing is checking the elders for ticks! Pumapelt just realized she had the power to do that. Hissing, she turned, and came face-to-face with Flamepaw. "You good?" He asked, raising an eyebrow. Pumapelt sighed. "Yeah, I'm just going to go get some rest," she turned and padded towards the warriors den.