Bluekit stood and shook her fur. She shivered as she sat again. But rather than it caused by the cold weather, she was excited- she was becoming an apprentice today!
Bluekit ducked her head out of the nursery, colliding with Snowkit's.
"Gah!" Snowkit purred. "Watch where you’re going!"
"Sorry." Bluekit's ear twitched. "Why were you out?"
Snowkit sat and began licking her paw. "How can you stay in there? I just wanted to get a feel of how it felt, sleeping as an apprentice. But then the apprentices kicked me out."
Bluekit nuzzled Snowkit. "Let’s go meet the elders. We’ve only gone there once, you know."
"Great! Race you there!" Snowkit dashed off into the clearing.
"Hey! Not fair!" Bluekit raced after her at full speed, only to run into Fishpaw.
Bluepaw backed up as Fishpaw let out a growl. She watched as the apprentice picked up his moss with a grunt and stalked away.
Snowkit bounded over to bluekit. "Are you okay?"
Bluekit realized she was trembling. "Fishpaw's scary..."
Snowkit gave her sister a small cuff around the ear. "We're becoming apprentices today! We can’t be afraid of anything!"
Bluekit stopped shaking. That was right!
Suddenly, her attention was pulled to the elders. "That Bluekit, there, reminds me of those stories of the leader of thunderclan many seasons ago.
"I know wha she say." The old tom stood and started towards the fresh kill pile. "I mean, why you say that?"
"Well, she’s got the same speed and flexibility as the tales go. Besides, she’s a direct descendent of her, isn’t she?" A direct descendant?
Suddenly, she felt uncomfortable. "Snowkit, lets go get something to ea-"
"Let all cats old enough to swim the rapids gather around the Wet Rock for a clan meeting!"
"That must be for us!" Snowkit dashed off again.
As Bluekit followed her sister, she suddenly realized her mother Moonwhisker was above her. Bluekit tried to avoid her mother's tounge as Moonwhisker furiously licked her fur clean. "Honestly, you two should have let me groom you before you two went out!
"Hey!" Snowkit called. "Bluekit, get over here!"
Bluekit escaped her mother’s grasp and joined her litter mate below the wet rock. For the first time, she noticed that the rock was actually wet, even a small stream of water was running off the edge.
"Flowerpelt! Can we go sit there? We can’t swim yet!" Bluekit turned to see the 2nd oldest litter of kits mewing after their mother. In a few moments, they would be THE oldest.
Bluekit heard no more as the meeting began.
"Cats of Riverclan, in the past moon, we have lost many clan mates." Waterstar bowed his head I’m grief for a moment, then stood straight again. "We have lost Milktail, Redsky, Wrenheart..." Waterstar listed off the cats who had died either from sickness or battle recently. With every name called, Bluekit felt a surge of new energy, as if the spirits were boosting her and making her a better fighter, hunter, swimmer, climber, lea...
"2 kits have reached the age of 6 moons old and are ready to receive their apprentice names. Snowkit, Bluekit." Waterstar flicked his tail, and Bluekit stumbled alongside her sister. Her littermate was striding proudly as she walked over to the wet rock, Bluekit shot her a look as if saying, "include me too!" And stepped after her.
"Snowkit, you have reached the age of six moons, and it is time for you to be apprenticed. From this day on, until you receive your warrior name, you will be known as Snowpaw. Your mentor will be Frostfang. I hope Frostfang will pass down all she knows to you. "
Snowpaw bounded to her new mentor. "Not yet!" Hissed Frostfang
"Frostfang, you are ready to take on an apprentice. Your former mentor, redsky, has died, but before he did, he gave you excellent training, and you have shown yourself to be strong and trustworthy. You will be the mentor of Snowpaw, and I expect you to pass on all you know to her."
Snowpaw turned and touched noses with her mentor. I’m next!
Waterstar flicked his tail again. Bluekit launched forward, then immediately stoped and began walking normally. She heard a snicker from one of the apprentices. I don’t care! I’m going to be the best warrior this clan has ever seen! No one will pin me, hurt me, and in my presence, my clan will never lose-
The medicine cat, Furfire, jumped up onto the wet rock. Bluekit blinked in confusion as he cleared his throat.
"Cats of Riverclan, as you know, there have been many casualties, including the former medicine cat herself. So it's time I took an apprentice. I have chosen a cat who has shown interest in caring for others." I have?
"Your next medicine cat will be Bluepaw."
Bluepaw's belly clenched.
Waterstar stood. "Bluepaw, do you accept the post of apprentice to Furfire? "
Bluepaw choked. She felt frozen to the spot, as if the thin layer of snow had engulfed her completely. She had dreamed of becoming a great warrior, to fight for her clan rather than healing it. "I-" she gulped. Is it even possible to say no?
"I do." She rasped.
"Then at the half-moon, you must travel to the Moonpool to be accepted by StarClan before the other medicine cats. " What did I get myself into?
"The good wishes of all riverclan will go with you." Waterstar jumped from the wet rock, followed by Furfire. Chanting began.
"Snowpaw! Bluepaw! Snowpaw! Bluepaw!"
Snowpaw dashed over to Bluepaw. "We’re apprentices now!"
Bluepaw snapped out of her trance. For the first time, the knot in her belly eased a bit, and she felt proud of her new name.
Surely, being a medicine cat couldn’t be too bad?