Chapter 5 - Dry Pine Needles
Rockpaw glared at his sister from his nest. Why does it HAVE to be morning already!?
“Get up, or else Nettlesting and Darkpelt will be mad if we’re late,” Nightpaw whined.
Rockpaw turned over in his nest.
“Get UP!” Nightpaw kicked her brother.
“Fine! Fine! I’m up!” Rockpaw jumped up and raced out of the den, right into Darkpelt.
“Oof,” The tom said. “Nettlesting’s in the clearing. Watch where you’re going!”
Rockpaw grabbed a lizard and ate it on the run. Nettlesting looked bored when Rockpaw arrived.
“Good. You’re finally here.” Nettlesting yawned.
Nightpaw reached the clearing a few seconds later with Darkpelt following.
“Great. Now Nightpaw, attack Rockpaw.” Nettlesting commanded as Darkpelt sat down.
Rockpaw dodged his sister as she leaped at him. He spun around to find Nightpaw tackling him. Rockpaw kicked up on Nightpaw belly and sent her flying. He rose to his feet and saw Nightpaw crouching by him. Before Rockpaw could react, Nightpaw had barreled under him and flung him in the air. He landed on his feet and was about to attack Nightpaw when Nettlesting barged in.
“Nice job both of you, but why are you using the basic moves?” She said. “The only special CliffClan move I saw was Nightpaw’s charge.”
“Attack again, but use those CliffClan moves.” Darkpelt said.
Rockpaw charged at Nightpaw. He veered to one side and then to the otherside. Then he veered to the original side and knocked Nightpaw over. Nightpaw, who was under Rockpaw, grabbed onto his back and attempted to flip him over. It didn’t quite work, but Rockpaw lost his balance. He curled into a ball and slammed his head into Nightpaw stomach. Nightpaw jumped back gasping, and Rockpaw tried to get to his feet. But before he could, Nightpaw sat on top of him and wouldn’t get up.
“Come on! You don’t sit on your opponent in battle!” Rockpaw protested.
“You don’t burst one’s stomach while training either!” Nightpaw responded.
“Very good, but don’t be that rough in training. That would be perfect on the battlefield.” Darkpelt instructed.
“Both of you may get a drink from the stream, then come back,” Nettlesting suggested.
Rockpaw headed over to the stream with Nightpaw following.
“Isn’t this where the stream should be?” Rockpaw asked.
“Yeah, I only see pine needles.” Nightpaw commented.
They both hurried back to their mentors.
“Good. Now lets-” Nettlesting was cut off by Nightpaw.
“We couldn’t find the stream,” Nightpaw said.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Nettlesting muttered under her breath. “Fine, I’ll show you where it is.”
When they reached the site, Nettlesting looked confused. She started pawing at the pine needles and stepped in mud.
“StarClan, the stream’s clogged up! I wonder where...” Nettlesting said in disbelief. “Ok, change of plans, we’re going to the stream by AspenClan.”
They reached the stream by AspenClan, and it was flowing the same, just as ever.
“I don’t think the stream was clogged up,” Nightpaw said to her brother. “I think it dried up. We’ve been having some awfully funny weather lately.”
Rockpaw thought about the idea as they headed off to hunting. Didn’t I have a weird dream about this?
Sorry that I took so long to post this, I was watching RTTE and doing other things instead RTTE S6 just came out that's why I was watching it