He wasn't sure how long he'd been here, waiting on Hailstar to show up, but it felt like forever. Actually he was surprised that he'd beaten his new mentor. After all, he was the leader. Weren't they supposed to be on time? One thing Turtlepaw hadn't considered was how early he might be. In his excitement this morning, the young tom skipped breakfast and raced out of camp. A fact he was now regretting and the rumbling of his stomach proved it.
The tabby tom shifted impatiently. Where was he? Should he go back to camp and wait there? Or maybe wait here just a little longer? A noise off to his left caught his attention. Ears pricked up, the apprentice glanced around feverishly. Was that him? Turtlepaw stood straight, trying to look ready.
Minutes passed and no one emerged. False alarm. Turtlepaw sighed and returned to his normal slouch. He made his way over to the stream, staring at the constantly moving water. He glanced around once more before settling himself down. He wanted to fight, hunt, or just something. Normally he wasn't in such a hurry, but it was the newness of his apprenticeship that had the all hyped up. He itched to get started and if Hailstar wasn't going to show soon, well, he wouldn't push it. He could always go off exploring on his own or see if one of his older brothers wanted to teach him. There were loads of other options than just sitting around waiting.
Post by Nighthunter on Jun 20, 2013 1:36:20 GMT -5
Hailstar - Command or Conquer...~
It had been a long night for Hailstar, restless and tiring. These late nights were starting to get to him, and since he had appointed himself an apprentice that wasn't about to get any easier. Before he had been able to sneak a quick twenty minute nap before day break, now he was surely going to be missing out on that small gift. The disgruntled leader made his way into the camp before dawn, walking over to lay in the shadows of the camp. His apprentice was a young tom named Turtlepaw, a troublemaker with the rest of his littermates thus far, and a boon that he had chosen to teach. It wasn't that he was afraid another might not be a fitting mentor for him, but he knew Turtlepaw would pose a challenge, and he hoped to instill a sense of duty in him. That way if he maintained his demeanor now, he might put it to good use as a full grown warrior.
Laying his head down, he almost hoped to catch that wink of sleep, but it was dashed aside as the first rays of dawn cast off his pupils, and landed on the spiky stout brown tabby hurrying out of the camp. Hailstar was certain he hadn't been noticed by the young one, and fought to contain an intrigued smile. At least he wouldn't have to pry him from his nest on his first day of training, and that alone lead him to believe that Turtlepaw had promise. Yawning, and dashing aside any hope that he might catch up on sleep, he too sprinted from the camp. Above all else he needed to watch over his apprentice, and letting him go to far on his own, was not the best way to accomplish that. The immediate area around the camp he was well aware that Turtlepaw and his siblings were familiar with, having had escaped to there numerous times in the past six moons. It really was a relief that they were all apprentices now, and hopefully there training would occupy there attention spans adequately enough.
Scenting the air was hardly necessary as broken twigs and disturbed ground was plain to see. Turtlepaw was very heavey footed in his movement, and that would have to change. Though he liked his enthusiasm, and wanted to keep it high, he needed to correct this if he was to have any chance at being a decent hunter. Scenting him, he slowed his pace and kept downwind of him. When he was about to reveal himself, he heard the rumbling of his stomach, and rolled his eyes. It seemed he was a little too eager, passing up breakfast would cost him. It was hard enough finding food, let alone skipping what they did find, though he was sure another would make good use of Turtlepaw's portion. Seeing the impatience in his features, the grey striped shadowy tom, waited for him to sit down near the stream before slinking out and gently making his way over behind Turtlepaw. Grinning before speaking, he made sure his voice held its usual command to it, with a little added umph. "Look lively, its a fine day for what I have planned for you today."
Normally he would have waited and done this sort of thing after he had shown him the borders, however he figured that Turtlepaw wasn't foolish enough to go wandering past where he was familiar with, and so decided to try and work with movement techniques with him instead. " Show me how you would stalk." His eyes did not betray his emotions, but he was glad to be teaching an apprentice again, it gave him something else to occupy his troubled mind.