|Mountain of Heros Series|
|Too Small||Succeded by: |
A cat flashed on the rocks, jumping to a spot and sitting there.
Soon a small white wolf joined him and asked, "Yes? Star?"
The starry tom mewed, "Well, Hello, Gaurdian," The tom bowed his head in deep respect, "Where is Kanalu?" The tom looked at the white wolf with worried eyes.
The wolf barked, "I saw Kanalu fly past the cave on my way here, She should be here in a few minutes, You know how bald eagles are...."
Star nodded, "Yes, Aurora, I knew I chose well for you to be the Gaurdian."
Aurora nodded, "It's an honour, Star," She looked at the necklace with a Sun and a Moon on it. She looked up, "By the way, What's this meeting about?"
Star sighed, "A dark era is coming, Only that necklace you are wearing holds the key," Star put his paw out and Aurora gave him the necklace, "I dare say if Kanalu does not get here soon, We have to start without her."
Aurora was about to say something when a Young but Built bald eagle flew and landed on Auroras back. She asked, "Am I late?"
Star mewed, "Welcome, Kanalu." Star bowed and Aurora bowed also. Kanalu squirmed uncomfortably
Aurora asked, "Can we get started, Star? Tell us what this is about."
Star put his paw on the necklace mewing mythically, "Times are changing," He looked at Aurora and Kanalu, "Through the Shadowy Darkness," He tensed, "And over the mountain, The Sun rises with her sister Moon."
Kanalu gasped as she put her talon on the necklace, "They Have been born?" Star nodded.
Aurora put her paw on the necklace, "Then let's swear to guide them," Aurora looked at Star determined, "Being a gaurdian means swearing my life on the chosen one."
Star nodded approvingly and looked at Kanalu.
Kanalu sang, "I promise to teach her our ways, To guide her, To help her, Through the darkness."
Star mewed, "I promise to watch over her, As an ancester, As a tribe mate."
They all took their paws and talon off and looked at each-other watching the sun rise. Kanalu remarked, "The Dawn is coming."
"Greet the new day." Aurora howled
Star loved Auroras howl. It sounded like music. many of his tribe mates hated Wolves, But what was there to hate?
Star saw Kanalu leave toward the sun while Aurora ran toward the valley. Her packs home. He looked toward the disappearing stars and mewed, "I'm coming." he disappeared in a breath of wind. All that was left was the coming dawn
That's all Sun could see.
She opened one eye and took in the view around her, It was in a rock den, High rock thingys that hung down of the roof of the cave, And.... Her nest was semi-soft.
She heard a voice, "I'm sorry Feather, that you have a runt."
Runt? Sun thought, What's a runt?
The other cat, Her mother mewed, "I know, poor little thing, it will be a long time before she grows."
A gruff voice mewed, "Silly runts won't help the tribe, I say we cast her out!"
A calm voice growled, "You know that the Tribe Of Endless Hunting would never allow that!" there was a hiss and scruffling, but Sun could not hear more.
A snappy yet old voice hissed, "Come on now Rock, I was a runt once, I say leave the poor kit alone."
The gruff voice growled, "I don't dare call you a runt Moss, because I know better and you don't look like a runt!"
Moss grumbled, "I used too!"
A soft voice mewed, "I know she's a runt Rock, but, please give her a chance," the cat hesitated, "Maybe she will be a good prey-hunter one day."
Rock laughed, "Hah! I would like to see that happen, all she will be ever good for is doing stuff for us."
Sun heard Moss mumble something then there was a whine as Moss growled, "Watch it Rock, I find that offensive!"
"I'm sorry! I'm sorry!" Rock whined
Moss spat, "Good!" there was a pause then he mewed, "Feather, go back to your kits"
She saw her mother come in the den and look around before looking at her and whispering, "Why?"
Sun asked herself, Yes, Why? They were talking about me, I just know it
She heard Feather cooing to Cloud, her brother. She cast a glance over to the white tom, who was no runt of the litter.
Lucky Cloud. Sun thought to herself.
Sun closed her eyes and dreamed.
She was in a mountainus place and she saw another cat, a handsome sandy coloured kitten was looking at her with curious eyes. Sun thought quietly, Wow.... she looked at him in awe.
The tom yowled, "Sun! Wake up!" in a familiar voice that could only be Cloud's voice.
Sun opened one eye and hissed, "Cloud... I was having a good dream"
Cloud laughed, "About catching an eagle on your first try?"
Sun looked down, "No...." she murmured.
Cloud sat down curiously, "Then what?"
Sun spat playfully, "None of your business."
Cloud rolled his eyes, he was bigger then Sun, naturally, because she was a runt. Why must I be a runt? Sun thought.
Sun mewed, "Don't roll your eyes at me, Feather says it's rude to eye-roll." Sun swatted at Cloud
Cloud sniffed, "Feather's not here to tell me off," When Sun glowered at him he whimpered, "Okay, Okay I won't eye-roll."
Sun put her paw on Clouds head. "Whatever, like you're gonna be the best cave-gaurd the tribe has ever seen in their life-time."
Cloud stopped and frowned, "Well, you say that you're gonna be the best Prey-hunter around...."
Sun mewed, "Which I will be"
Cloud shook his head. "Sun! You're too small to be a good anything, even now I have to almost look down at you," Cloud took a breath and continued, "You would be lucky if at least one older cat thinks that you can do that!"
Sun froze when she heard another voice, "Cloud, that's not very nice, I should swat you one for that!" Sun turned around.
Her friend Moon was standing, swishing her tail back and forth with a angry look on her face, "How would you feel if you were small?"
Cloud murmured something.
Moon twitched her tail. "Thought not, don't worry Sun, a girl can dream."
Sun thought, A girl can dream..... That reminded her, Who was that tom in her dream? Was he real? Or just a part of her over-active imagination?
Moon mewed, "Hello?! Mountain to Sun! What are you thinking about?" Moon was looking at her curiously, and Cloud was not listening anymore.
Sun whispered, "Can I talk to you alone, Moon?"
Moon nodded, "Sure, why?" Moon looked worried, "It's not about cats calling you small is it?" Her gaze still a worried look.
Sun shook her head and led her to a smaller cave behind the nursery, "Do you believe that dreams are the future?" she asked carefully.
Moon looked at her with a confused expression, "Hmm, I'm not sure, what was the dream?"
Sun sighed, "I saw a tom, he was smiling and laughing and calling my name, then Cloud intruded." Sun spat out, She absolutely hated her brother. He was the special one.
Moon thought for a moment, "Well, If you look at it that way then..." She thought about it, "Yes, I guess it could."
Sun asked, "Do you think I should go find this tom?"
Moon shrugged "If that's what you heart tells you to do, I guess you should, just be careful of eagles and wp;ves, There's been alot of them lately." she mewed.
Sun nodded and went out of the nursery, but was stopped.
"Where do you think you're going?"
"Wake up before I drag you to training, Twister"
Twist opened his eyes to see two round amber ones in his face. He jumped up and mewed, "Don't do that!" He was bristling.
The other kit mewed, "Calm down, Twister, It's only me," She looked at him sharply, "By the way, We are going to be late."
Twist looked at her confused, "Late....?" he mused.
She scoffed, "You know..." She put her paw on his head in smugness, "Late."
Twist shook her off. "Okay, Okay/" He shook himself and licked his sandy coloured fur.
The she-cat growled impatiently, "Hurry. Up"
Twist looked at her and continued.
He stopped when a gruff cats voice growled, "Hurry up you two, or do you want me to come in there and hurt you both?" The she-cat looked at Twist "Well? You heard Bone."
Twist sighed, "You heard him too, Snips."
Snips snapped, "Whatever Twist, but don't blame me if Bone seriously injures you."
Twist shrugged, "Let him, it's not really gonna change anything," When he saw the angry look on her face he sighed, "Okay, I'm going." Snips flicked her tail and padded out.
Twist watched after her in disgust and she looked back, "Well?" she did an eye-roll and walked out.
Twist growled, "Oh an eye-roll, the world's gonna end!" he then felt a heavy weight on him and he squeaked, "Eh!?" the shape got of him and he realised it was only Lily.
"Lily! What are you doing?! You're supposed to be in the little paws den!" Twist exclaimed shoving her away, but being careful not breaking her brittle bones.
Lily whined, "But Twist! It's so boring in the little paws den, I want to be in this den with you! I want to be a Big paw like you!" she jumped onto Twist, "I'm going to be the best Big paw ever!"
Twist mewed softly, "Problem is Lily, Your way to brittle to fight, you can break a bone so easily, Mother said so."
Lily was now looking at him and sadness, "But I'll grow? I'll become strong! I'll survive!"
Twist felt like crying out. His little brittle sister would never make it, the leader said so.
She would never grow properly, her bones would always be brittle.
Twist growled, It's all the leaders fault, if he didn't make her fight so little, she might have had a chance
He looked at Lily who was looking at him expenctently.
Twist mewed, "You'll be the most bravest Quick claw they have ever seen." he put his paw on her head, knowing she'd never make it there.
Lily giggled and ran out, her frail paws barely holding her up.
Twist watched her leave with sadness in his eyes. Snips, who came back in, growled, "Was that Lily?"
Twist nodded and growled, "What's it too you?"
Snip shrugged, "Nothing, she's such a little weakling, the leader should kill her, so we dont have her as a burden."
Twist growled as Snips continued to watch him. Anger and hate ran through him and he bunched up his muscles and leaped, claws unsheathed.
Snips was taken off gaurd as the both wrestled out of the den and into the clearing, the older cats gathered around and started chanting, "Fight, Fight, Fight!"
Twist slashed Snips muzzle while Snips bit his leg.
It got real bad real fast, Twist felt her teeth lock onto his and he was about to drive his claws into her belly, but a voice interrupted.
"Enough!" Yans yowled. Twist and Snips got off each-other, and looked at their leader angrily.
Yans looked at them feircely, "You two should know how to behave, we cannot have fights like this in this dark time, where the tribe threatens us." he finished firmly
Snips spoke up, "But Sir! Lily's too weak for our own good! We need to either cast her out or finish her." Twist closed his eyes.
Yans growled, "That time will come, but right now, we need to have the cooperation of all cats if we are to take over the tribe."
Yans stood up and yowled, "Because when this group meets another group what do we do?!" he looked at his clan.
Twist looked up and repeated, "Control."
Yans nodded, "That's right, control is the key, the more we can control, the more of chances we will survive!"
Twist stayed silent.
Yans nodded and the cats dispersed talking in hushed groups while Snips pushed past Twist, who looked at her.
Snips ignored him and went back to the den.
Twist sighed and just wished that for once, he had someone he could talk too.
Someone he could hunt with, who wouldn't try to steal the hunt.
Someone to love.
Twist sighed, "I can't keep dreaming all the time, no matter how much I want someone to understand me, not try to kill me."
He watched the sun rise and went into his den. Keeping far away from Snips as the den would allow. The den was small and prickly, because of the brambles
Twist layed down and sighed. closing his eyes and wishing
That he would be anywhere but where he was now.
Sun stammered, "I-I..." she looked at the huge gray Cave-guard, "Who are you?"
The tom snarled, "You know very well who I am, but if your just that fox brained, then my name is Rock, a Cave-gaurd," he then snarled again, "And I asked where do you think your going?"
Sun mewed, "Just to look around, maybe go to the elders for a story!" she mewed happily.
Rock growled, "Oh no, you're not going anywhere. You need to stay in the nursery, runt, you're too small, the only thing that you will ever be able to do is stay in the nursery!" he snapped his jaws and walked off.
Sun was a bit taken aback by Rocks cruel behaviour. It's not my fault I'm small! Sun thought as she looked for Moon and saw her licking her paw.
Sun asked, "Is Rock mean to you?"
Moon looked at her, "Um, no I don't think so, why?" she flicked her tail back and forth, waiting for Sun to answer.
"Because he just told me I'm useless, and that I should stay in the nursery." Sun answered quietly, unsure how Moonkit would react.
"What?! That's so rude! We should tell Stoneteller!" She exclaimed.
"No! It's nothing, he's just another cave-guard who thinks he's above everybody, no... There's no need to cause infighting." Sun mewed quickly.
Moon looked doubtful, "Okay, but if he goes too far, do you promise that we will go tell Stoneteller?"
Sun nodded, "Yes, but only if he goes to far." she mewed.
Moon flicked her tail, "All right, so, what do you want to do?" she asked, staring at Sun with excited eyes. "Should we go sneak up on Cloud and scare him?"
Sun laughed, "That sounds like fun, but Cloud has been hanging around the cave-guards lately, with his chest puffed out like he owns the cave."
"Huh, I knew he was going to become rude," Moon spat, "But anyways... How about we go out of the cave? Just to go on a walk of course." she added hastily.
Sun raised an eye-brow, then mewed, "Sure." Maybe I'll see the tom from my dream... But then again, it was just a dream... she thought, then followed Moon outside.
"We have to make sure no one sees us," she whispered, "Especially a kit hater like Rock."
Sun nodded, and continued to follow her, and they padded out of the cave quietly, checking back to make sure they weren't seen, and then set off away from the cave.
As they walked, it became very clear that they were not alone, because there was the scent of cat on the breeze.
They froze when a tom jumped out of nowhere, claws unsheathed and blue eyes blazing, "Who are you?!"
Sun was taken aback, and Moon squeaked.
Sun looked at the tom with narrowed eyes, he was built, and a bit older then her, his yellowish orange fur bristling.
Sun spoke up bravely, "We could ask you the same thing!"
The tom seemed hurt in some way as his eyes blazed, actually, he was quite familiar.
"You first!" he growled, fur bristling.
Moon shivered in fear, but Sun stood high, and she growled back, "I'm Sun that Shines at Dawn, I'm a tribe cat, and you are?"
The tom just narrowed his eyes, "A tribe cat eh? Huh, you seem a bit small to be a tribe cat." he growled.
Sun narrowed her eyes, there goes the small comment again, and she growled, "I'm not small!"
He ignored her. "I'm Twist, don't bother remembering it though." he growled, looking around at the mountains.