nycreek and nuzzled them laying back down. Tinycreek blushed a little. ”Heheh, something wrong? ” he asked them. ”Oh-oh…no. Heh heh. Nothings wrong, ” Tinycreek said awkwardly. Hearthfang smiled than pressed against Tinycreek smiling and licked his cheek ”cutie ” he whispered to Tinycreek. Tinycreek sat up. Perfect timing too. Gingerpaw was walking back into the medicine den with water for Hearthfang. She looked at Tinycreek. ”Thank you for the water. Also just curious, are you any good at gender changes, ” Hearthfang asked before drinking. Gingerpaw swished her tail nervously. ”Well, apparently that was Crookedeyes talent that he never passed on to Flowerpedal. And so far, there has never been one cat in our clan to ask us that kind of question…Im sorry Hearthfang. ” ”Meh its cool I was just wondering but anywho Tinycreek here they
e really nice I think they deserve to have some more free time here soon. ” Hearthfang said smiling at Tinycreek. ”Sure, ” said Gingerpaw with a sassy tone. Tinycreek looked at Hearthfang with rounded eyes, then whispered, ”Look out for Gingerpaw, shes mean. ” Gingerpaw jerked her head in their direction, shooting them a cold stare. ”Oh relax Im being honest here don punish them for being nice, ” Hearthfang said getting protective over Tinycreek. ”Uh-huh. ” Just then, Flowerpedal walked in. ”Oh good, you
e awake. I hope my apprentice didn cause you too much trouble. ” ”Its all good I was actually wanting to ask if your fine with Tinycreek giving me a quick look around of the camp, ” Hearthfang requested. ”Well that depends, ” she meowed, ”how are you feeling Tinycreek? ” ”Im feeling just fine. In fact I don even know what Im doing here. ” Tinycreek motioned for Hearthfang to follow him, giving Flowerpedal a thankful nuzzle on the cheek on his way out. Hearthfang shakily followed him and about half way through the camp Hearthfang smiled before trying to pull him over to a small patch of somewhat concealing grass just on the edge of the camp. ”Is something wrong, ” asked Tinycreek, ”Its okay if you feel nervous, I mean– ” ”So whats goin on here? ” Tinycreek quickly turned his head to see Grumbleeyes. He was doomed. Doomed for life. Then she sighed. ”Ah the days, ” she purred, ”I still remember when I first fell in love. I was a young warrior just like you two. ” ”Uh what, ” Hearthfang asked as he sat down. Grumbleeyes twitched her ears in confusion. ”So you
e not? Huh. My bad. Well anyway, if any cat asks, I will be going on a walk. ” ”You
e not supposed to, ” Tinycreek shouted in a worried tone. ”Tinycreek calm down they
e letting us go without a fuss lets not stir up any issues here, ” Hearthfang said suddenly sounding more feminine than he really was. ”She can go off, ” he murmured, tears rolling down his face. ”Well just let her if anything happens than we won be to blame as it was her choice, ” Hearthfang said before pulling Tinycreek deeper into the grass patch making sure nobody saw them. ”No, ” he hissed quietly, ”You don understand! Grumbleeyes is suicidal! And shes mine and Flowerpedals mom! ” Hearing that got him to immediately turn back and find her, and he nuzzled her. ”Hey whats up? Tinycreek here said yer having some, bad thoughts here? Whys that, ” he asked concerned. Instead, he found Grumbleeyes, with a small smile, tickling Midnight, who had been playing with her tail. ”I warned you not to play with my tail you little furball, ” she laughed. Tinycreek stared at Grumbleeyes, confused. ”Mom? ” Grumbleeyes paused, her smile fading, and she looked at Tinycreek, giving Midnight a chance to escape. ”What is it? ” ”Hey um… Grumbleeyes, right? Is everything ok, ” Hearthfang asked. Grumbleeyes looked to the sky. ”Ive lost…everything. ” ”But you still have me and Flowerpedal, ” said Tinycreek, his voice nearly breaking up, ”if you die, it will be just me and Flowerpedal! And then if I die in war, it will be just Flowerpedal. And then Flowerpedal will be depressed and lonely! AND THAT COULD BE THE CAUSE OF HER DEATH! ” Hearthfangs eyes were wide as he was crying, slightly looking traumatized by something, then nuzzled Grumbleeyes in a way of hugging as he began sobbing. ”Flowerpedal is independent, ” Grumbleeyes murmured. ”IM NOT, ” Tinycreek hissed. ”N-no… I can not again… someones trying to kill themself and im just gonna fail at stopping it again… ” Hearthfang sobbed outloud than darted off. Grumbleeyes muttered a few words, then slowly walked back to camp. Tinycreek watched her, to be sure she went back, before running after Hearthfang. He found Hearthfang just outside the borders by the river sobbing. ”I wouldn be there if I were you, ” said Tinycreek, ”RiverClan and Thunder Clan have been in a quarrel for moons, helping Shadow Clan. ” ”Its fine, Im fine. Be in mind Im from the Wind Clan who are known for speed I can easily escape if attacked, ” Hearthfang said with a sigh just staring into the water. ”No you can . You
e injured. You won be able to run that fast. ” he just looked at him with a sad expression making him realize he didn want to be there or anywhere, ”Is there a way to visit Star Clan without dying? ” he asked with no emotion. Tinycreek motioned with his tail for Hearthfang to come close. He did nervously. ”There is this one kit, ” he whispered, ”she was supposed to become an apprentice today. Others won believe her, but I have seen what she can do! ” ”Can you take me to them I need to see my friend again, ” Hearthfang said now seeming desperate. ”Yes, but we will have to meet in a secret place. Follow me. ” Tinycreek padded back to camp. Midnight was peeking into the warriors den. So many cats were cramped in there. Well, at least thats what she saw. ”Do you see the little kit over there peeking into the warriors den, ” he asked. ”Yeah ” Hearthfang said looking at them waving a paw at them. ”Shes blind in one eye. She can see you. Ahem. Midnight! ” ”Hearthfang was now visibly embarrassed that he didn know that. Midnight perked her ears and then looked around trying to see who was calling. ”Midnight over here! ” Tinycreek waved his paw in the air. Midnight padded in Tinycreeks direction. ”Hi Tinycreek, ” she mewed. ”Hi Midnight. I want you to meet my new friend here ” he said looking at Hearthfang, ”His name is Hearthfang. ” ”Are you two dating, ” she asked. Hearthfang hearing this blushed coughing slightly ”M-maybe… ” he said embarrassed. ”Interesting, ” she murmured then sighed as she looked next to them, ”Can you see Im already talking to another cat? Let me–no. Quiet. Let me stop you right there. Listen, I don care who you are, I don care who any of you are! ” Tinycreek looked at Hearthfang with an embarrassed, but slightly confused look. Hearthfang closed his eyes, breathing slowly as if he was hearing something faint. ”Someone else is here but too distant to fully hear, ” Hearthfang said mostly to himself. Midnights gaze slowly turned to Hearthfang. He opened his eyes to find midnight staring at him ”W-what, did I do something, ” he asked, concerned. ”As a matter of fact, yes. So many voices were quiet until you came in to Thunder Clan. ” ”Oh, um sorry I guess I didn know I caused so much trouble… ” Hearthfang said lowering his head ashamed. ”Follow me, ” she grumbled. Midnight led them back out of camp. ”Why are we here, ” Hearthfang asked getting nervous. ”I don need every cat judging me for my quote unquote gift that I have, ” she growled. ”No need to seem so mad about it I mean its neat having a talent or ability specialized to you it makes you unique and anyone who pesters or makes fun of you for it are just jealous they don have that gift, ” Hearthfang said giving a warm smile. ”You don understand, they hardly believe anything I say. ” ”than ignore them ” Hearthfang said showing hed had some kind of struggle with a similar issue. ”Anyway–okay I get it. Ahem, young warrior, you say that you know this cat Hearthfang. What is your name? Ignafur? Nice to meet you. You are very annoying. ” hearing the name Hearthfangs eyes widened showing it was true they knew each other. ”She is here for you. Is there something you would like to say, ” she asked. ”All Id like to say is I miss her, I wish I could have helped her when she needed me most but I failed and that if I could repeat that day over again I would if it meant shed still be alive… ” Hearthfang said starting to tear up. ”She says that she would have died anyway. And she misses you too… ” A few tears started to form in Midnights eyes. ”You don have room to talk, ” she suddenly hissed, ”just remember this was all your fault in the first place! ” ”enough I don need to hear the fighting… just still I get life is hard I get she lost her family but I tried to stop her because I cared for her and it hurts me more than anything I can think of knowing that I could have done better to save her… ” Hearthfang said dropping to the ground crying. The spirit of Ignafur nuzzled Hearthfang, comforting him. After a while he calmed down but just layed there. ”Midnight, ” Pepper called, ”Blackstar wants us at highrock. ” ”Ill be there in a moment, ” Midnight shouted back. ”Mind if I tag along with you all? ” Hearthfang asked. Midnight shrugged. ”Whatever. Well Ignafur, this conversation has come to an end. It was…a pleasure to meet you. ” Tinycreek put his tail on Midnights back guiding her back to camp, as they had gone quite far. ”Come on Hearthfang. ” Hearthfang nodded and got up walking behind them.

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