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Welcome to The Eleventh Hour. We are a post-Firestar roleplay set in the new lake territories, and are AU after the end of the main series. Peace has reigned through the Clans for many moons, but now that peace has fractured and split among the mysteries surrounding their home. Cats are dying with only one thing in common: They are all found floating in, or laying wet and muddy around the lake. The Clans have begun to lash out at one another in fear and confusion, and only RiverClan seems to hold the key to preventing an all-out war. With an entirely member-driven (you decide the outcome!) plot, a mere two hundred minimum word count, and a friendly, active user base, we hope that you like what you see and will consider joining us.
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WEATHER
green-leaf: temperatures between 70° and 95°f. rain currently threatens the sky. prey is difficult to find, and skinny.

STAFF TEAM
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HIGH RANKS
THUNDERCLAN • 25♂ • 18♀ • 02○ • TOTAL: 43
RIVERCLAN • 19♂ • 15♀ • 00○ • TOTAL: 34
SHADOWCLAN • 23♂ • 23♀ • 02○ • TOTAL: 48
WINDCLAN • 20♂ • 20♀ • 00○ • TOTAL: 40
CLANLESS • 05♂ • 06♀ • 00○ • TOTAL: 11
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SPOTLIGHT
July 2015
member — SHARPIE
male — OSPREYWING
female — ROSIE
couple — HARESTAR & JADE
friendship — FENNELPAW & CHERRYPAW
hateship — DARKSTORM & HORNETSTORM
youngster — LEAFPAW
quote — BY VULTUREHEART (BRIGGS), A NEW PATH TO TREAD
"I don't give a mouse's tail what anybody else might think of us or whatever difference in rank they might see. There is none to me. You are a dear, dear friend to me, Oakwhisker, and I'm honored you feel the way you do. To tell the truth, there is no one else, there never has been. As long as I was serving ShadowClan, I thought that would be okay. But I was wrong. I do love you, Oakwhisker, and I would be just as honored to walk with you, if that's what you want."
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Site concept and skin (When I See You Again) created by Rowan for use on The Eleventh Hour only. We give thanks to Becky at Candyland Couture for the mini-profiles. CFS codes by ree. Images, characters and side plots are copyrighted to their respective owners. The Warriors series belongs to the lovely ladies known as Erin Hunter, and is published by HarperCollins. Thank you for visiting!

 
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NEWSLETTER.
AUGUST 25, 2015 Hey, guys! Sorry for the lack of events; between preparing for the new year of uni and trying to get SkyClan in order, there hasn't been much time for brainstorming. The month of September will, however, be chuck-full of stuff for you guys to enjoy to make up for it. That said, the August Activity Check and OTM Nominations have been posted. Please post there as soon as possible if you plan on sticking around.

AUGUST 05, 2015 Hey, guys; don't forget to give this a look-see. We've been seeing quite an unrealistic amount of forbidden relationships (especially regarding the site's medicine cats), so this thread contains some important new information regarding that.

AUGUST 04, 2015 OTM badges are running a little late, because I (Rowan) have to reinstall Photoshop before I can make them. They should start appearing on your mini-profiles within a day or two.

JULY 30, 2015 We have added a board for retroactive threads, titled the Hall of Dreams! This board is for anything that happened in a character's past - including things pre-site or things that never got a chance to be threaded out. All of the usual site rules apply!

JULY 25, 2015 The monthly Activity Check and OTM Nominations have been posted! Please reply to the thread as soon as possible. Also, we're working diligently on SkyClan's site lore, so expect them to make an appearance before Summer's end!

JULY 05, 2015 Ohoho, so soon? Yes! Another FLASH EVENT is taking place over in ShadowClan! Go protect your territory from a desperate fox!

JULY 04, 2015 Happy 4th of July, everyone! In celebration, an adder is attacking the ThunderClan nursery! Hurry and take part in this very fun FLASH EVENT. If you don't have any TC cats, don't worry; we will have stuff for everyone at some point. Stay tuned!

JUNE 25, 2015 We ask that you all please take a look at this post within the activity check thread, as it contains some important information regarding the OTMs.

JUNE 25, 2015 The monthly activity check and otm nominations have been posted! Please reply to the thread by July 1st, or you will risk deletion.

JUNE 21, 2015 Green-leaf has officially started on EH, and with it comes another event! This event will last for about two weeks, so have at it! The deadline has also been chosen for our SkyClan high positions, and it will be on June 28, 2015. However, they will likely not be announced until a few days after that, as we have implemented a new staff voting system for these sorts of decisions.

JUNE 20, 2015 Alright, congrats to our newest moderator, Aspen! All of the applications were beyond fantastic. This has literally been the hardest decision we've ever had to make, and I truly wish we could just wrap you all up in a tiny modlet blanket and keep everyone, but there will be more opportunities in the future, I'm sure.

JUNE 19, 2015 Friendly reminder for everyone to please post in this thread once you've finished your character. Sometimes it's hard for us to be able to tell which apps are done and which are not, which then leads to us taking forever to review and accept them. We don't like to keep people waiting for too long before they're able to play their characters, so this just makes it easier for us. Thanks!

JUNE 16, 2015 Seeing as how we've been seeing a lot of this lately, the rules have been updated.

JUNE 09, 2015 We now have a weather box! It can be found right beneath our welcome message, so please look to it when starting up new threads. This will be updated daily or weekly to keep things fresh, depending on how long the weather pattern holds.

JUNE 05, 2015 Today marks one year since EH's grand opening, and we are celebrating with a brand new skin! Not only that, but be sure to keep your eye out for several goodies throughout this month, including (but not limited to) contests and events. Here's to the future!

JUNE 04, 2015 In light of Tinsel's departure for the time being, Batnose has become the new ShadowClan medicine cat. Now, the reason we didn't hold auditions is simple; because Orchidsong didn't hold the position for long, we felt it to be reasonable that we fall back on someone else who had auditioned at the same time, and therefore we reviewed the old auditions one more time. Congratulations!

MAY 30, 2015 Training Threads and Pregnant Leaders / Deputies will no longer show up as a merit, just to keep things a little bit cleaner, as we're sure a lot of people will purchase training threads. This will prevent merit repeats for items. If your Training Thread or Pregnant Leader / Deputy item is still showing up as a merit, please PM Rowan and she will fix it. In similar news, we've limited the number of a single item permitted to be in your inventory at a time to one. This will hopefully prevent people from hoarding, and allow others to have a chance at snagging the item they need. Only one more day remains in the activity check, so please post if you plan on sticking around!

MAY 29, 2015 Please welcome Brandad to the EH Crew!! He is our newest moderator, so please don't hesitate to ask him questions and offer your congratulations!

MAY 28, 2015 Sadly, Tinsel has decided to step down from her position of staff. We will miss her, however she will definitely be welcomed back to the team if she ever decides she wants to help out again! She is not leaving the site, and will remain a beloved member of our community.

MAY 25, 2015 The monthly activity check and otm nominations have been posted.

MAY 19, 2015 Congratulations to Tyl and her character, Darkstorm, on becoming the new WindClan deputy! Thank you to everyone else who auditioned, too. You made the decision incredibly difficult for all of us (and Bran). We look forward to seeing how WC develops from here.

MAY 18, 2015 Don't forget to drop by our mentor and apprentice pairings thread to let us know when you've got enough posts in a thread. We try to stay on top of it, but some threads still manage to slip past us.

MAY 16, 2015 This is a reminder for everyone to please log into all your accounts daily, even if you don't post. It really helps us out when we recycle things. Also, remember that there is still a prey shortage! I've noticed a lot of threads where the hunting parties have been quite successful, however they should not be. Some prey is fine, of course, but you should not be finding large quantities of prey, and it shouldn't be large and/or plump when it is found. Yes, this applies to RiverClan, too; the fish are at an all-time low, as well, more likely to be found dead.

MAY 13, 2015 Congratulations to Tinsel and her character, Orchidsong, for becoming the new medicine cat of ShadowClan! If you didn't get it, we're sorry; there were a lot of great auditions, and there will surely be more opportunities to audition for another spot in the future. For instance, did you know that WindClan currently needs a deputy? The deadline for that has been set for May 19th, so go audition while you can!

MAY 10, 2015 Syn has chosen to step down from her role as WindClan leader. She is fine, so don't worry; she just doesn't feel like she can be active enough to hold that position. However, she will be keeping Reedwhisker, one of the RiverClan medicine cats, and Acornstar is still alive (now known as Acornbelly); we are still determining his reasons for stepping down. This means that Harenose has been promoted, and that WindClan Deputy auditions are now open!!

MAY 06, 2015 Congratulations to Nocturne and her character, Rooktail, for becoming the new deputy of RiverClan! We will be naming the new ShadowClan Medicine Cat on May 13th, so get your auditions in by then if you're interested!

MAY 01, 2015 The activity check has ended, and any inactive accounts have now been purged from the site. If you have returned, or you were somehow deleted by mistake, we ask that you simply remake your accounts and PM Rowan, so that she can restore your things.

APRIL 30, 2015 The activity check and otm voting will end tomorrow, so please post if you're still active, and haven't yet. If you don't have an active absence thread, you will be deleted if you don't post! There are also meetings going on in ThunderClan, ShadowClan, and WindClan that you guys can feel free to post in if you're looking for something quick to do. c:

APRIL 30, 2015 It's recently been called to my (Rowan's) attention that I may have handled Mericet's leaving quite poorly, and I would like to make it right. This should have been made on the day that she left us (which would have officially been April 27th, 2015), but here it goes, and I hope it's not too late for it to mean anything. Mer has decided that EH is not in her best interests anymore, and has decided to leave. However, I would like to say that she put a lot of time and effort into EH, helping me to make it the fantastic success it has been all this time, and I will forever be grateful to her for that. She drove me to make updates when I was being a bit slow, and when activity was low, she logged in and encouraged others to do so as well. She's the reason we have an automated marketplace now, and that awards system? Thank her for that. She loved the site as much as I do, so please understand that her leaving was through no fault of her own. As for her characters, she has said that they are all dead (except for adopted ones, which may be put back up for adoption), but she has requested that no details about their deaths be given, and I'd like you all to respect that wish. Thank you.

APRIL 29, 2015 Our new RiverClan Deputy will be announced on May 6th, so get those auditions in while you can!

APRIL 25, 2015 As per the usual, our Activity Check and OTM Nominations have been posted for the month of April. Please post, and vote as soon as you are able! From now on, those who don't vote in the OTMs will not be allowed to win in the category that they did not vote in. Any empty spaces will be chosen by our staff.

APRIL 21, 2015 The raid has ended with Stonestar's reveal that it is not the Clans killing off the cats... something is wrong with the lake.

APRIL 18, 2015 We now have a StarClan sub-board available for you all to roleplay the dead kitties that you've kept around! We don't want to see a bunch of freshly made dead cats, however; this is mainly for characters who have died on site. One or two cats from one of your living characters' pasts is alright, just don't go overboard please. Thank you!

APRIL 12, 2015 Due to the amount of people starting up a forbidden romance, which we feel to be quite unrealistic to the way that the warriors world works, it is now required that you purchase this from the marketplace. You will need to do this even if you've already begun your relationship, otherwise it will not be permitted to continue. If you've already given birth to forbidden kits, please PM Rowan or Mericet and they will gift you the forbidden romance, but only if you've already gotten that far. Thank you, and we hope you understand.

APRIL 09, 2015 Congratulations to Tinsel for being selected for biography moderator and to Zebra for becoming our new advertisement moderator! Be sure to give these two warm hugs when you see them. Good job everyone who auditioned, it was hard to choose between all of you!

APRIL 03, 2015 Currently, the staff team is accepting moderator auditions! They're open to members new and old, and we wish all you hopefuls good luck! We would also like to congratulate Bran, with his character Harenose for achieving deputy in WindClan!

MARCH 24, 2015 Congratulations to Golden, and Maplecloud for becoming the newest ThunderClan Deputy! Thank you to everyone who tried out; it was a truly difficult decision to make.

MARCH 22, 2015 The March activity check and OTMs have been posted! Please reply by April first. Thank you!

MARCH 17, 2015 The deadline for the ThunderClan Deputy Auditions has been decided: March 24, 2015. If you are interested in the position, please have your audition in by then. Thank you, and happy St. Patrick's Day!

MARCH 12, 2015 New skin! As always, please let us know if you find anything out of place or awkward, or if any of the colours sear out your eyeballs. Remember to please log into all your accounts daily, even if you don't post; it really helps us out when we recycle things.

MARCH 09, 2015 Due to Fallow's current situation, she has decided to downsize. As a result, sadly, Whitestep will be resigning, and ThunderClan Deputy Auditions are now open! Be sure to get your auditions in asap. WindClan MCA will remain closed until Zebra feels like Owlberry is ready to take on a new apprentice.
EDIT Fallow is alright, she just isn't able to be around much and felt that it was unfair for her to have high positions while she's on hiatus. She appreciates your concern and will be doing her best to keep us updated on how she is. <3

FEBRUARY 28, 2015 Friendly reminder for everyone to please log into all your accounts daily! It makes it easier on us when we recycle things. Thank you!

FEBRUARY 24, 2015 The February activity check and OTMs have been posted and end March third. Please post! <3

FEBRUARY 23, 2015 Due to our growing member base (and because of a recent incident on my part), you are now able to reserve names for up to one week at a time to make sure that your prefix does not get snatched up before you are able to finish your bio. Please visit the name claim to do so. On a brighter note, I am pleased by the rate at which the raid is moving! Keep it up!

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 Congratulations, Mothpaw, on becoming the newest member of ThunderClan's medicine team! A big thank you to all who applied for the position — you all definitely succeeded in making this difficult for me with your stunning applications!

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 It's about to get real over in ThunderClan, as the RAID has been started! The character excerpt contest has been closed, too, and the results of that will be posted momentarily. The ThunderClan MCA auditions are closed! Results will be posted by Moonaloo later today.
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 Posted: Dec 27 2015, 06:42 PM
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Her heartbeat was his breath, every beat another exhale and every pause an inhale. He lay against her, another sleepless night. Cold. Quiet. Nothing. There was a soft warmth from her body, that kept him sane. That kept him alive. Muffled snores, long sighs, the rustle of leaves against a hard ground as someone rustled. He blinked. Once, peace. Twice, poetry. The noises pounded in his ears, disrupting every thought with a loud clap. Blinking away a tear he found himself steadying his breath back to her heart beat. Another breath, another second alive, another star that would not light the sky tonight.

He missed those nights.

Three new stars flickered against the black abyss above him. From where he was laying, the outskirts of the den where young warriors might lay, he could see the large expanse of his ancestors. He snarled. It was not just his ancestors that lay above in the shadows of the sky. His children, his grandchildren that would never be, they twinkled ever so bright. It was silly. They would never be, oh how sane was that? How could they never live? Who had done this to him?

He had done it to himself.

The warrior’s life was laid out by those above him, predetermined. Something had gone wrong, he was overlooked. He should’ve died. When the one he called his father had died it was a mistake, it should’ve been him. Wolfclaw would’ve become deputy with his wit and cunning smile. Horsewhisker was to become nothing, another star to fill the sky. Another sight to be called pretty by kits. Pathetic.

“You have a daughter.”

The medicine’s cats words repeated without stop, a constant battle of syllables in his mind. It was a morning to surreal to remember. Evening or afternoon was it? His memory failed him when it had only been but a moon ago. Whatever the time of day he paced outside the nursery, cries of agony taking over him. Wolfclaw. Pain. Death. It’s all he could think of. She was dying, she was going to die. He was going to be a father to kits without a mother. How could you not have a mother? What world would that be?

They told him she lived, he could come in.

He burst inside, the scene taking his breath away. No one told him the sacrifice he had prayed for. Three lives for her. They told him he had a daughter, he should be grateful. What did he care? He shouldn’t of been there, he was bad luck. A curse followed him, an omen of darkness and distraction. No one believed him, not even her. One day they would, one day they would know. First Wolfclaw and then his children, how had he messed up?

Too many questions.

The night air cut against his throat, a sharp inhale as he bounded across the camp. Twice he looked across camp, sneaking out through a hole in the brambles. Before he escaped into the freedom of the woods his eyes averted to the nursery. He could feel a warmth that surrounded that place. She lay asleep there with his daughter. He couldn’t smile as much as he wanted to. Sage, what a pretty name. Sagepaw, was a sweet apprentice. Her warrior name would be one he prayed she would make it to be named, every breath was a chance at renewal. He was growing awfully poetic these days. She would laugh at him, he was no poet, his proposal was even no work of art.

The brambles scraped his fur and he kept going, disappearing into the forest with an exhale. He thought about disappearing but no, he couldn’t do that to them. How could a child not have a father? Wolfclaw had taken the role of his. His mind was destroying him, no freedom, no warmth. He hadn’t spoken to her yet, only words that everyone expected. “I love you, I’m sorry.” He said it only because he wanted to believe they were true. They weren’t.

This was all his fault, he was much more than sorry.

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Birchbelly curled tightly around the sleeping form of her tiny daughter, a soft purr rumbling in her throat as she lingered in the hazy world between sleep and consciousness. Horsewhisker slept next to her--unusual for a tom to sleep in the nursery, but Birchbelly had never been one for rules and she staunchly refused to sleep without him beside her.

She shifted, gently brushing her muzzle against Sagekit's body. A warm wave of love welled up inside her. She loved Sagekit more than anything, loved watching her grow. But she also felt a little guilty. She never had the chance to have this bond with her firstborn, Sedgeleaf-- she handed him off to his father right after his birth and now he treated her like he would any other Clanmate. She shook her head, trying to chase the guilt away. No time to focus on that.

The nest rustled as Horsewhisker shifted his weight and got to his paws before padding out of the nursery. Birchbelly finally opened her eyes, blinking slowly in the gloom. Must have needed to use the dirtplace, she thought, quickly rasping her tongue over Sagekit's forehead, smoothing down the fluffy brown tabby fur.

The hair along her spine prickled and rose suddenly, and she glanced up, her golden eyes narrowed in worry. No... He hadn't gone to sneak off to the dirtplace... Something was wrong, she could feel it. Her heart dropped as anxiety pricked and pulled at her fur. Horsewhisker definitely didn't sneak off to meet with another she-cat, no, he would never do that...

So what's he hiding?

Checking one last time that Sagekit was asleep and safe, Birchbelly staggered to her paws. Her birth had been difficult-- delivering one stillborn kit was hard enough for a queen, but three had been a monumental effort, and even a moon later she still was not one hundred percent. Still, she'd rather exert herself and go after her mate than sit in the nursery playing around with what-ifs.

"Mama's gonna be back soon," she cooed to her daughter before stepping out of the nursery.

Silverpelt blazed brightly overhead, and Birchbelly tried to push the thought of her three deceased kits out of her mind. Maybe that's what's wrong?

Pushing her way past the brambles that surrounded the camp, Birchbelly caught sight of her mate's ginger pelt. "Horsewhisker!" she called, trotting after him to catch up. "What's wrong?"

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 Posted: Dec 29 2015, 11:44 PM
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He inhaled as much of the air as he could. It was refreshing and washed over him with a chilling sensation. He lost track of how long he had stared at the Silverpelt, seconds or hours? Days or moons? He did not know, time had passed him by without the blink of an eye. He could see yesterday, pawing around the nursery with his siblings. They played kit games and snuck into the warriors den, pretending to act much older than they were. Horsewhisker had now lost track of how many moons it had been since those days, now counting his life in his daughter’s breaths, so much more meaningful than the cycle of the white moon above.

“Why couldn’t you of been normal…” He whispered under his breath, talking to a shadow that only to him was there. “I shouldn’t of lived, why did you do this to me?” He called again, talking to his mother who was sleeping quietly back in camp. The tom kept his words to himself, never daring to speak to his mother. Had it really been her fault, all she had done was fall in love? Would it be any different if he had been from WindClan, choosing Birchbelly despite the fact she was not of his clan? He couldn’t answer these questions for one day he would be angry at his mother for going against the warrior code and another he would look at his mate and understand what she sacrificed.

While he was still young Horsewhisker knew he was an admired warrior, and to those who had known Wolfclaw he was a “spitting image”. The tom took pride in himself and had looked forward to raising a family, daughters and sons who would be strong warriors. He had told himself to put his blood behind him, what mattered was the present. Staring off at the stars he knew that hope had vanished. To the clan he was a strong and solemn warrior, to himself he was broken in a way that couldn’t be repaired. Loosing a child had once meant nothing to him, it was a sad event followed with grief, nothing more. He had taken his happiness for granted once, everything had once been perfect. Or so, he thought.

“Horsewhisker! What’s wrong?” A voice that was immediately recognizable made him turn. The grey pelt of his mate blurred into the night, yet he knew it was her by the tone of her voice and the motherly yet strong look in her eyes.

“Why are you here?” Was his immediate reply, his emotions playing with him over the last few nights had left little room for empathy. “No, no…” He mumbled, facing her with a softer glance but kept his distance instead of approaching her with a purr. “Nothing is wrong. You need to get back to sleep, you are tired. I do not want to loose you too.

His words struck him, for one night of cold air could cause illness in his mind. What would he do if he lost her too? Would she ever understand what it would be like to loose both children and true love?

“You need to stop worrying about me.” He said with a half-hearted smile, partially wanting her to seek him out and talk.

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Horsewhisker didn't seem right. He was always a little bit sad, it seemed, but tonight he seemed... different, worse even, with his shoulders tense and hunched forward as though he carried the weight of the whole world upon them. Frowning, Birchbelly stopped beside her mate, pressing her side against his, a soft, comforting purr welling up in her chest. She tried to chase away all the bad thoughts-- he doesn't love you anymore, he regrets ever having kits with you, he found out about Sedgeleaf...

“Why are you here?”

Birchbelly pulled away slightly to look at him, her head tilted, her brow raised. What in StarClan? He sounded a little accusatory and she wondered where that came from. "I woke up just as you were sneaking out," she replied, trying to keep her voice soft. She paused, leaning over to rub her cheek against his. Why couldn't she read minds? Maybe then she could actually help him. There were a hundred things that could have plagued his mind tonight and she could not possibly figure out which--

“Nothing is wrong. You need to get back to sleep, you are tired. I do not want to loose you too.”

Birchbelly's breath hitched, and she understood right then. He can't possibly think it's his fault? "I'm fine, Horsewhisker. Sagekit and I napped a lot today." She paused, kneading the ground and tearing up pine needles with her claws as her mind whirled. How could he think it was his fault? She thought it was hers, at first--punishment for her dalliance with Crowfrost, for the aching longing she felt when she looked upon her firstborn and wished, desperately, she could be a part of his life. She thought they took her kits with Horsewhisker because she wanted too much.

And then one of her kits lived and she wondered why that happened, too. She still didn't understand. Did StarClan forgive her?

Maybe they can't control it at all....

"It's about the kits, isn't it?" she asked quietly.

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She drew closer to him, her grey fur a different shade against the black and white image of the forest. He found her head beside his, her soft breath in his ear. It would’ve once comforted him, calmed him, and kept him same. This time his veins were filled with a burning sensation. He drew away immediately, backing further and further away at her attempts to stand beside him. He acted as if they were combatants, not lovers. He slashed his tail in the air with such anger that no one would ever guess they were companions. There was nothing in his eyes that spoke of a father or a friend.

His eyes had turned a different shade, cold and dark. One glancing upon him would say his name was one ending in -claw, -fang, or some other fierce notation of his brute strength. But Horsewhisker? No, none would predict that. He was named for his heart, his determination. While he was strong, cunning, rather a pain at times, his love always prevailed. His leader was wrong. There was no more left in his broken heart, not enough for him to be deserving of his name.

Her voice, so soft and caring, sounded in his head with rage. She was always so calm, so perfect. Horse whisker growled at the thought of her, was she not hurting too? Did she not want to tear the stars from the star and cry for an eternity? How could she smile, laugh, purr?

His questions only made him feel more distant. While he didn’t move a paw-step his eyes drew further away from reality. An evil laugh arose deep in his throat. He could easily run. The tom’s eyes darted around the surroundings. There was a gap in the bramble and moss, he could escape from the woods and head north beyond the clans. All of his problems could vanish, he wouldn’t leave trace. One day stories would be told about the one who ran way. The rouge. The monster.

Insane? Isn’t that what they called it? He could make a nice life for himself, leave this all behind. His blood wouldn’t matter, he’d be free of StarClan. He’d make up a god, call it Bluepelt instead. It was nonsense talk that went on in his head as he realized what he could do, though she kept coming back to his mind. He couldn’t have her loose him. While he couldn’t bear the pain of seeing her gone he knew it would hurt so much more for him to ever leave. It wasn’t running that was being insane, it was leaving her behind that made his ideas so senseless.

“"I'm fine, Horsewhisker. Sagekit and I napped a lot today.” Her voice—damn her voice. He wanted to be more like her, so filled with hurt and yet she managed to keep fighting. She never broke down, and it was her who nursed only one poor kit.

"It's about the kits, isn't it?” A thought reader she was too, he guessed. They had spent so much time together he knew it was easy to feel what the other was thinking even if Horsewhisker was rarely an open book.

“What else would it be?” He cried with a call that shook the trees and rattled the stars. There were no tears in his dark eyes, he above all that. He shook, truly like he was mad, from the effort it took to speak. “It’s always them, not one second are my thoughts not you and them. Oh why why why my dear?” He could feel himself quivering in his own skin, his vision of Birchbelly blurring.

“Where are my children?” He called with a whisper full of rage and regret. “Where are my children...”

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