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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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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: May 29 2015, 12:46 PM
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The sun had slipped down into the pine forest, lighting up the trees' dark bark with edges of firey light. Vultureheart welcomed the growing cool on her black pelt - the lengthening days meant her dark fur was usually too warm by midafternoon. But while the sunset was a relieving loss of heat, it heralded a more insidious type of loss as well. Another day had passed over the dregs of the fresh-kill pile, another span of daylight had traveled over ShadowClan and laughed down at their showing ribs and desperate rangings.

Vultureheart had gotten a mouse, just one, early in the morning. It had burst out of the brush so suddenly she had barely registered its presence before she had leaped upon its tiny back, and once she had killed it she had found that she had hardly even been hungry for it. She had grown too used to feeling empty. She had darted back to camp and practically thrown the tiny creature at Blackfang, the first cat she'd spied who by rank deserved the first catch. Something about her expression must have cowed him, and he'd eaten it in one gulp and hadn't even grumped about it as he usually did. After that she'd gone back out on the hunt, and had not a hair to show for it.

It was only because she knew it'd be bad for Clan morale that she didn't just drop her head and slink back out of camp to curl up somewhere. Maybe yell at StarClan off where no one could hear her, though maybe it was the lake that truly deserved her ire. But Vultureheart knew she couldn't turn tail and run, not when the eyes of her Clanmates were looking to her to step up and believe in them. And, looking deliberatley away from what amounted to the fresh-kill pile, the she-cat met the eyes of the one cat whose gaze she had come to privilege over all others save her superiors.

"Oakwhisker," she called softly, paws switching track to bring her closer to him with nary a conscious decision. "Will you come on a walk? I can't - I can't stay in camp, not when everyone looks like this. I can't sit here and watch it. Will you come with me?" She tried her hardest to keep the sadness out of her voice, but just hearing herself she knew she had failed.here were few cats she felt safe appearing like this in front of, but somehow, she knew Oakwhisker had become one of them.



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He had finally come to terms with how he felt. All of his life, he'd wanted to just do what he could for his clan and concentrate only on doing that, not getting himself... involved with anyone. Gorsestorm had gotten himself a mate and they'd had kits. Whenever he saw his littermate, he seemed tired and barely able to even hold his head up. But if this was going to be a burden then he might as well come out with it. Then it would be over and done with. She would probably turn him away; he'd be able to live normally once more. In the sense he'd be able to feed his starving clanmates without being so thoughtful.

It was the elders that Oakwhisker worried about the most. They were already weaker from age (except for Blackfang, though on the same hand, he'd also had greencough not long ago) and if they were hit by greencough, they wouldn't be able to shake it off as well as a younger cat. Quailpool and Mousetail, his mother and uncle, were the oldest. At 100 moons old, the last thing they needed was to be starving and sick. Hopefully it wouldn't happen. It was warm at least. They wouldn't be shivering violently because they had barely any weight on them.

A younger warrior approached him, eyes fearful. "D'you think this will be it for us all? Are we going to die? I haven't ate at all today... I'm so hungry! I have a mate! I want kits! But do I really want to have them when they'd only suffer? This isn't fair. We need StarClan's help! Why won't they send it?"

He listened to his little rant and his gaze filled with sympathy. He felt exactly the same. Fed up of this gap in his stomach. Scared for what the future held. Yet how could he confirm the tom-cat's worries? It might make his desperation worse, to the point where he left the clan and sought out the life of a kittypet. The chances of it happening were very unlikely. It wasn't impossible though. And they couldn't lose any warriors. They were needed to search every last spot of their territory for any traces of food.

"That's not going to happen. We're not going to be killed. I'm sure the next patrol will bring something back. Your mate will be fine... the lack of prey should be fixed by the time you did have kits... and I'm sure they are sending it... very slowly... oh wait! Maybe that's someone back with something!" he said, getting his own hopes up now, turning around, which was when he met the gaze of Vultureheart. Finally! "I'll come back to see if you're okay later on."

He nodded politely. "You feel this guilt as well? Well, I guess it'll do us good to get out for a bit. And I want to tell you something anyway. It's probably the wrong time but I just need to. Okay? Come on, let's go, I've got to get out of here. Especially after that conversation I had with that tom." He really hoped he didn't seem rude. But he needed to get out. So without looking back, and hoping Vultureheart was behind him, he hurried out of the camp, eventually coming to a stop by a tree.

The warrior turned his head, hoping the female was behind him, an apologetic look in his eye. "Sorry for being so abrupt. As soon as you suggested we go out, I felt the urge to escape more greatly. Can we just pretend that everything is okay? For these next few moments? I know we need to face reality but I just can't. I don't want to lose anyone. I'm terrified to lose anyone - you, my littermates, my parents, everyone. You'll laugh at me, I know, but I've gotten to, no, actually, I've passed that point!"

His mouth hanging open, he sat down, shocked with himself. For coming so outright about his fears. If Adderstar had heard him, she'd probably mistake him for a kit. Because they cried and shook, not warriors! He had thought in battles, watched clanmates be killed, and a brief hunger had him yowling? Brief - no, it wasn't brief. It was more than just a few shrews and mice missing from the freshkill pile. There was only two or three things at the bottom of it getting. If they were lucky, five things. Five pieces of prey didn't fill the entire clan. Five pieces of prey didn't fix their problem. He'd never dare say something like this usually, but five measly pieces of prey wouldn't allow for ShadowClan to survive. They were barely scraping by. Maybe they would have to start looking for other solutions soon after all.

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Oakwhisker murmured something to a younger warrior he had apparently been speaking with, then padded forward, closing the distance between them. He seemed to bear a darker look to match her own, though perhaps he was simply mirroring her expression. He greeted her cursorily, and Vultureheart could tell he was itching to escape as much as she was. She nodded assent and whipped right back around the way she had come, letting Oakwhisker set the pace. It was comforting, in a strange little way, to know he was as upset as she about the prey's disappearance. Of course, it would have been odd for any cat not to have been disturbed, but the fact that he was dealing with it the same way, by working harder and harder, never letting his paws stop moving - it made the black she-cat feel, somehow, less alone.

"That young warrior you were talking to, what was he saying? His tail was so puffed up I could see it across camp." Times like these made everyone nervous, but young cats, having never experienced such privations in their short lives, were more susceptible to extreme reactions. It wasn't unheard of for cats to strike out on their own for a time, to alleviate the burden of providing for others, or even to try the disgusting kittypet food, just for something to fill their bellies. Even worse, they might be tempted to steal prey from the other Clans, despite the rigidity of the current border situation. It was Vultureheart's duty as deputy to find out if anything of this manner was going on, and stamp it out or report it to Adderstar as necessary. It was very, very important that she do so. But right now, alone in the forest with Oakwhisker by her side, she was mostly concerned that he might take her inquiries the wrong way, thinking she was more interested in his friend than in him.

Interested in him? Her own mental phrasing caught her by surprise. Of course I'm interested in him. He's my friend, we've known each other since we were apprentices. He's a smart, sharp cat. If there's one cat who can find prey out here, it's Oakwhisker. I'd trust him to save all of ShadowClan.

Vultureheart got a little lost in this line of thought and didn't notice right away that Oakwhisker had stopped. She pulled up, but not quite quickly enough, and stumbled into him, immediately flustered. But her stammered attempt at an apology came to a halt at the look in the patched tom's eyes. here was such a sadness in them, but a ferocity too, a stubbornness, an oath.

"Can we just pretend that everything is okay? For these next few moments? I know we need to face reality but I just can't. I don't want to lose anyone. I'm terrified to lose anyone - you, my littermates, my parents, everyone. You'll laugh at me, I know, but I've gotten to, no, actually, I've passed that point!"

Lose anyone. The phrase made her want to sink to the ground, it was a weight as heavy as any attacking warrior on her back. She had tried so hard nott o admit it to herself, but it was true - if there truly was no prey left by the lake, whether due to Twolegs, or some monster, StarClan's anger, then cats were going to die. Perhaps they would even be forced to leave the lake, another Great Journey, and no doubt cats would die along the way then as well. And if even one cat came down with a sniffle, they were all so weak, anything could go wrong...

And the way he'd said her name first, in the list of those whose deaths he feared. That sparked something inside Vultureheart, the part of her that dug in her claws and refused to back down when she sensed that things were wrong, the force that lived in the heart she had been named for. It burned her so she had to speak, despite knowing full well that she was an awkward wreck when it came to expressing any sort of personal feeling or opinion.

"I would never laugh at you, Oakwhisker! Never, not about this, not even if you were stuck up a tree and scared to jump down. Warriors need fear, we need it to be able to recognize real danger. And this, this prey thing, the lake deaths, all of it - this is real danger. Something is wrong, and there's nothing, nothing I can do about it. One cat, one Clan even, can't fix the whole world, but we have to keep trying. We will try with everything we have, we will fight until the world is right again. And I swear to you, if it kills me to try, then I'm going to give StarClan a thrashing the likes of which they have never dreamed of!"

She moved before she could think twice about it, stepping forward to nuzzle Oakwhisker's shoulder comfortingly, adding softly, "But us, out here, yeah, we can pretend. And when we've got our courage back, then we can go home and keep fighting."



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Did she really need to ask that question? He looked at her with what seemed like a 'Seriously?' stare, his mouth open. He was about to answer her with a sarcastic retort until he realized who it was that he was talking to. It wasn't her fault. And besides, she was his friend and he didn't want to lose that bond they seemed to have made up as of recently. "I'm... really sorry Vultureheart. I kind of... I don't know... this... all of this... it's changing us. I don't want to be this miserable creature that I've turned into this past moon."

He hadn't said anything but Vultureheart wasn't stupid. She'd have seen him open his mouth and then quickly close it again. Most likely, anyway. Oakwhisker lowered his head.

"I would never laugh at you, Oakwhisker! Never, not about this, not even if you were stuck up a tree and scared to jump down. Warriors need fear, we need it to be able to recognize real danger. And this, this prey thing, the lake deaths, all of it - this is real danger. Something is wrong, and there's nothing, nothing I can do about it. One cat, one Clan even, can't fix the whole world, but we have to keep trying. We will try with everything we have, we will fight until the world is right again. And I swear to you, if it kills me to try, then I'm going to give StarClan a thrashing the likes of which they have never dreamed of!"

Again, he raised his head once more as she spoke, tilting it slightly to the right, his eyes turning foggy. At first he listened, but after a few words, he found himself unable to concentrate anymore. She could make the most agitated cat turn calm again. No wonder Adderstar had selected her as her deputy. She was so wise, level-headed. When she nuzzled his shoulder, he barely felt it. He wished he could be like her. No, actually, he didn't. He was his own person. But to gain his sanity again, he needed her.

"Vultureheart. Can I tell you something? It's been something I've thought about for a while and I don't know if this is the right time but, um, there's no time like the present, correct?"

StarClan, this was more difficult than he had imagined. He didn't know when he had fallen for her. It had just happened. Every morning he awoke and scanned around the camp in hope that he'd find her. That had to mean something. Were friends meant to be so hopeful to find one another? Was it right for her to be the first thing he thought of in the morning? Somehow, he didn't think it was. Not if they were only on these terms.

He thought of his brother, Gorsestorm. He had a mate called Emberface. They had four kittens. If his headstrong brother could admit to his feelings, surely he could as well? It shouldn't be as difficult as it was proving itself to be. You can't go back now. That would look strange. Really, he should have let her answer his question first, but never mind.

The tom closed his eyes. Took a deep breath. And then he began. "This is the wrong time for it, I know. We decided we were going to pretend things were okay though. I don't want it to plague your mind. It just feels bad for me to keep it from you. I'm not even sure if there already is a certain someone in your life. And I'm rambling, aren't I?"

The words didn't want to come out. This was too difficult. Maybe it would have to wait until another day after all. He looked away. Cloudstrike's words echoed around in his head. "Spit it out, you mousebrain! You're giving me a headache!"

"I know I'm not exactly dashing or of much importance around here. There are many warriors who are better at hunting. I'm not exactly the best fighter either. I'm only Oakwhisker. The tom who has many times proven himself weak in front of you. That doesn't stop how I feel for you however. We're friends, you're the one who I can tell pretty much anything to. But I don't want to be friends with you. Vultureheart, I am in love with you. Everyone would probably say that I shouldn't be. Let's face it, you're so much better than I am. I'm not what you need."

That sudden confidence was fading again. His legs were trembling. He would fight with very little fear. Yet admitting love? Oh, that was so difficult for him to do. He'd never loved anyone before. Not like this. "Look, I shouldn't have told you that. It's not like you're going to feel the same. To you I'm only someone who always feels sorry for themselves. So pretend I said nothing, please. We're friends, n-nothing more. I know that deep down. It wasn't my intention to ruin our friendship."

Oakwhisker stayed where he was for a few moments, until he was feeling calm again. And then he got up and walked away without a word. A simple chat had turned into much more than both of them had expected. Now he was regretting it. Everything that he had done today. It was a huge mistake. It had been far too early for such confessions. When he thought he was quite well hidden, he curled up, not wanting her to find him. He'd embarrassed himself enough for one day. He decided that once he was sure that she'd gone, he'd made his way back to camp and hope she wouldn't notice him. Go into the elders den and tell his parents everything. Hope they'd tell him how to make things up to her. It was probably the last thing that Vultureheart had been expecting. The proclamation of love wasn't frequently done. Let her judge me how she wants. At least she knows now.

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She watched as the tenseness dissolved out of his muscles at her words, so, so glad that she seemed to have said the right thing, something that would bolster Oakwhisker's spirits and give him strength. But when he spoke, there was still a tight quality to his tone, like he was trying to keep himself together, or hold himself back. "Vultureheart. Can I tell you something? It's been something I've thought about for a while and I don't know if this is the right time but, um, there's no time like the present, correct?"

She stepped back to give the tom his space, broadcasting openness with her ears and whiskers titled forward and her eyes riveted to his, "Of course, Oakwhisker. You can tell me anything. Most everyone's back in camp now, no one will overhear you if that's what you're worried about." She had frankly no idea what her companion was going to say. Since he seemed worried about secrecy, maybe he had concerns about one of their Clanmates? Was someone sick, or sneaking off at odd times? Had he seen suspicious activity near a border? Vultureheart's brain revved up trying to picture every eventuality before he could reveal the truth, drawing up tentative plans for each case.

Oakwhisker glanced away for a heartbeat, gritted his teeth, returned her gaze, and... confessed? "I know I'm not exactly dashing or of much importance around here. There are many warriors who are better at hunting. I'm not exactly the best fighter either. I'm only Oakwhisker. The tom who has many times proven himself weak in front of you. That doesn't stop how I feel for you however. We're friends, you're the one who I can tell pretty much anything to. But I don't want to be friends with you. Vultureheart, I am in love with you. Everyone would probably say that I shouldn't be. Let's face it, you're so much better than I am. I'm not what you need." Immediately, the fight seemed to go out of the tabby and white tom. He was shaking on his paws, and his fur began to bristle up. "Look, I shouldn't have told you that. It's not like you're going to feel the same. To you I'm only someone who always feels sorry for themselves. So pretend I said nothing, please. We're friends, n-nothing more. I know that deep down. It wasn't my intention to ruin our friendship," he choked out, then turned right around and dashed off into the growing shadows, leaving Vultureheart to stand aghast as he disappeared without even waiting for her reply.

"Excuse me?" she yowled at his retreating form, unsure what she even meant to accomplish with those words. Mostly the black-furred she-cat was wholly surprised at having been unable to predict what Oakwhisker had been planning to say. Her thoughts were nearly always focused outward, on her Clan and the cats within it, yet she forced herself to sit down and take stock of her own emotions. This was no time for rash decisions, no matter how skilled she was at making the right choices in the heat of battle.

Oakwhisker thought he was the most ordinary cat in existence, even weak, when Vultureheart firmly believed he was one of the most valuable warriors in ShadowClan. Did this stem solely from his concern about his own feelings? StarClan knew she frequently regarded her emotions as drags on her efficiency. Perhaps together they could bolster one another up in hard times. What really hit her hard was the fact that Oakwhisker thought she was so above him as to consider him, his entire being, worthless. They had grown up together, only a few moons' difference between them! They had both seen the other, and their other peers, grow and change and come into themselves. The fact that she was deputy and he a warrior did not suddenly negate all those moons - years - of friendship! And it certainly did not negate the rush of happiness that ran through her pelt every time she met his eyes, every time they were able to go out on patrol together with no one else to interrupt their conversations.

Where he had been bold, had gone out on a limb and taken his chances showing her his deeper feelings, Vultureheart had been too shy, had failed to show how highly she valued Oakwhisker, so that he feared she did not return his affections. His love. Well there was no way to make up for that miscommunication except to hunt the tom down and set everything straight. The deputy threw herself forward, mouth open to help her track Oakwhisker's scent. He hadn't gone right back to camp, instead taking a circuitous path that terminated in front of an old oak with a hollow among its roots. Vultureheart wasted no time and stuck as much of her torso as would fit down into the gap and called Oakwhisker's name.

"Great StarClan, Oakwhisker, didn't anyone ever teach you that it's rude to leave a she-cat hanging? You come outta there right now and we're going to talk this out. And if you try to run off again, I'm going to tackle you, and don't you forget it." She withdrew so that the tabby tom could reemerge if he so wished, but she was determined to speak even if he remained stubbornly curled up under the ground. Tomcats could be so hardheaded at times like these!

"First of all, you have absolutely not harmed our friendship in any way, despite that silly stunt you just pulled. You're completely within your rights to tell me whatever you like, and even to think whatever you like no matter I might say to the contrary. All right?" The words were far from pretty, and a far shot from romantic, but Vultureheart had never pretended to be good at this sort of thing. She just needed Oakwhisker to know, to know everything, so he wouldn't be scared and he wouldn't, would never, run away from her like that again.

"You are not weak, you are not useless, and you were never, ever below me. We've grown up side by side, as close now as we were as kits. That will never change, no matter where our paths lead us. 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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 Posted: Jun 20 2015, 02:44 PM
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She had gone after him. He'd prayed for her to give him enough time to think what he'd tell her next but she hadn't. Now he was going to have to think of a quick way to make an escape. But that would make the deputy consider him to be even ruder. That was his problem. He was always getting himself into difficult situations. Back when he was an apprentice, he had confronted Gorsestorm over always taking voles for himself and look what had happened then! They hadn't spoken for days. Or had it been a moon? Oakwhisker couldn't remember now, considering how long ago it had been. He was fifty-two moons old now. And they had been what, eight, when it had happened. That time of loneliness had seemed to last an age. Luckily, they'd moved on because of a certain elder. Oh. He was thinking about him again. Cloudstrike had always been good at boosting everyone's courage. It was such a shame that he had passed when he did. He would have helped otherwise. But he was old. Old and despite what he said, he was growing weaker. It would have been unfair to make him suffer longer than he did.

When he had known Cloudstrike, he had known almost everything about him. How he'd had a mate named Fawnbreeze and two daughters, Willowpaw and Morningear. All of them had died before he had. Then he got very sick, which resulted in his retirement. There were more things as well but these were just examples. He wanted to know everything about Vultureheart as well. More, actually. He wanted to know what she had done before she became deputy. Because though they'd grown up together and always been friends, he hadn't paid much attention at all on her personal life. Oakwhisker hadn't deemed it to be his business. He did now.

"Great StarClan, Oakwhisker, didn't anyone ever teach you that it's rude to leave a she-cat hanging? You come outta there right now and we're going to talk this out. And if you try to run off again, I'm going to tackle you, and don't you forget it."

He didn't reply and got to his paws, pushing his way out. All he could do was look at her. He was completely stuck on what to say, what to do, how to act. Yet he didn't need to be; she was talking.

"First of all, you have absolutely not harmed our friendship in any way, despite that silly stunt you just pulled. You're completely within your rights to tell me whatever you like, and even to think whatever you like no matter I might say to the contrary. All right?" He couldn't help but love how she sounded so in control. Her words were full of wisdom. No wonder apprentices stood in awe when she spoke to them. He knew how they felt now. It was a privilege to have Adderstar speak to you, Oakwhisker had known that since day one, even when she was an apprentice. He'd been Oakpaw and she had been Vulturekit. So he hadn't really been too impressed by her company back then. How things changed when you fell in love.

She didn't stop there. Unlike a few moments ago, he was completely concentrated on what she was saying to him. "You are not weak, you are not useless, and you were never, ever below me." The words made him feel guilty for having felt like that, for admitting it to her. "You are a dear, dear friend to me, Oakwhisker, and I'm honored you feel the way you do." His heart swelled. Then came the next part, the part that would baffle him and have him most interested. The part he had craved for the last few moons when he had noticed the deputy more than he had done before.

"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."

It took moments to sink in. He thought about the words and tried to work out what she meant. Was she leading him on? Did she mean that she wanted to become better friends only? Had she thought he meant 'I loved you' is in he loved her like a best friend? His eyes narrowed as he tried to work it out. No, Vultureheart wasn't stupid. She had known full well what he meant. It genuinely surprised him that she didn't already have a mate. Who wouldn't want to have the well-mannered deputy as their love? There were probably a lot of others chasing after her. And she had chosen him. Him.

"Vultureheart... I don't know what to say! Do you really mean it? That you want to be my mate? I can't believe I was so scared before. I just couldn't help but be! I've never been in love with someone before. I've always been on my own, whilst Gorsestorm was having kits with Emberface and my friends were also having kits. I don't want to be on my own anymore. It's lonely. I envied Gorsestorm for having someone who felt so strongly about him. But I don't see why anymore. I promise I'll protect you. I always will."

He tried to sit close to her and wrap his tail around her, place his head on her's. He had to admit, he was feeling a tiny bit overwhelmed. Oakwhisker had expected her to say 'sorry, I'm already with someone' or 'I'm not interested in taking a mate'. The tom had completely changed in a matter of moments. A bit earlier on, he'd been a nervous wreck. Worried about what was to come, if he and her really did have a future. If it was worthless feeling this way for someone so highly respected.

Oakwhisker looked up, noticing how the sky was now dark and how only the shape of her stood out against the night. She was like a shadow. Beautiful but dangerous. Only, not dangerous to him. It was as though she was his protector and he was her's. They were bonded and together, they made an unstoppable force. No one would get past them. He needed her. Did she need him?

That was the question he was thinking of. "Are you sure you want this? I don't mind if you want to wait, or you want to remain friends for a bit longer before we get this close."

Ha, that was a massive lie. Since they'd confessed to their feelings he now felt that he would go insane without yet. He couldn't force her into a relationship though, for he was not the sort to do that. Some cats made threats when their crush didn't like them back. They said they might kill them or never leave them alone. Like... like Ashfur, all them moons ago. He'd been close to killing Squirrelflight and her adopted kits. I'd never, ever do that to her.

One last time, he was going to breath the words. Maybe that would make everything seem like reality instead of some cruel dream. It might help her make her decision. Or decide if he was sure about it. Of course he was; Oakwhisker was positive.

"I love you."

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 Posted: Jun 23 2015, 03:37 PM
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Oakwhisker gave no response either positive or negative, but halfway through the opening of her little speech he poked his head out and climbed up. He was sheepish and scared at first - who wouldn't be in this situation - but she put more force into her words and watched him calm back down. His eyes widened, his ears perked back up - he stopped looking like a bedraggled raccoon and more like the tom she knew, and loved. He was brave to have said anything at all, much less to speak so well and be so open toward her. Vultureheart didn't hate him or think poorly of him running afterward. It was called picking your battles, and she had been reticent, he could very well have been expectng a paw to the face.

Never again, though. She offered a silent prayer to StarClan that Oakwhisker would understand her words, so this sort of miscommunication would never come between them again. There was the slightesy touch of silence, and then, "Vultureheart... I don't know what to say! Do you really mean it? That you want to be my mate?"

She smiled at that, twitching up her whiskers. "I'm not the sort of cat who goes around camp declaring my love to all and sundry, Oakwhisker. Of course I mean it." But the black-furred cat faltered over the word he had used. Mate. Love was one thing, but mates? Mates meant kittens - even if many moons passed between the Clan recognizing a couple as mates and them bearing a litter. And Vultureheart had seen firsthand what had happened to Aspentongue when she fell pregnant. Her ferocity had drained out of her, she had become too nervous to lift a claw in her own defense. She couldn't become like that, she'd never be able to look anyone in the eye again.

" I can't believe I was so scared before. I just couldn't help but be! I've never been in love with someone before. I've always been on my own, whilst Gorsestorm was having kits with Emberface and my friends were also having kits. I don't want to be on my own anymore. It's lonely," Oakwhisker went on as Vultureheart tried to swallow her own sudden rush of fear. He didn't want them to start having kits as soon as possible, did he? When the prey wasn't running and the lake was still stealing lives from them? When the threatmof war, though lessened lately, was still a very possible thing? Was he facing pressure from his family to settle down like his brother?

"I envied Gorsestorm for having someone who felt so strongly about him. But I don't see why anymore. I promise I'll protect you. I always will." The tabby tom's words cut through her anxiety. She realized that Oakwhisker was still very keyed-up himself, and probably just trying to get everything out at once. He wanted her to understand him as badly as she wanted him to understand her, that was all. And, as if he had picked up on the precise source of her fears, he added, "Are you sure you want this? I don't mind if you want to wait, or you want to remain friends for a bit longer before we get this close."

Vultureheart tucked her head under his and let out a rumbling purr. "Oh Oakwhisker, don't worry about anyone else. Love comes to anyone who looks for it, at different times, in different ways. Now you will protect me, and I will protect you, and no creature in the forest will stand for long against us when we fight together. I love you and I want to be with you. But Oakwhisker..." She turned her muzzle into his soft fur, trying to muffle and thereby soften her next words. "But let's not talkof kits right now, all right? Not till Greenleaf really comes, at least. This is no world to bring them into, not now. And you must understand that queenship is hard, harder than a tom might suppose. Sometimes it changes you, forever, and I can't - I won't let that happen to me."

Her own mother, she must have fought those changes too, clung tooth and claw to how she was in order to maintain her sense of pride as a warrior when she could no longer patrol. Perhaps that was why she had been so distant while her kits were growing up. Vultureheart had never held it against her, could hardly imagine a Hazelwhisker who acted differently from the mother she knew. But were these the only two ways for a queen to be - distant like Hazelwhisker or quivering like Aspentongue? She had to know, had to prepare.

But Oakwhisker returned a soft purr of an I love you, and Vultureheart blinked slowly at him, gald to finally be able to rest her head against his shoulder.



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