A Lonely Litter
Born to a dark tom named Mudcoat and a golden and black striped she-cat named Yellowpelt was a tiny brown and caramel pointed she-kit. She had been the only one in the womb, which was a long-standing curse of the family, as far back as Longtail. The little dark kit took a long time to open her eyes and with this simple action started a harsh pain that would follow everything she did. Her father started the barrage by telling her she needed to open her eyes immediately, they couldn't be seen as being weak. Earthkit tried with all her might but was too afraid in the end, receiving even more criticism. Though once she opened her eyes there was one good surprise, she carried her mother's blue eyes. For the first time she received praise and in that moment she determined that she would do everything in her power to make those around her happy and proud of her. Many instances would prove her to be a failure, not being fast enough or strong enough.
Always a Disappointment
Walking through the nursery Earthpaw knew in a month she would become an apprentice, and be able to get away from her crazy and controlling parents, but she was wrong. Mudcoat snatched the kit by the tail, causing a small shriek, and whispered in a harsh voice, "It's time to make some use of you." Earthkit was used to this kind of treatment but to her surprise he picked her up by her neck and carried her out into the forest, "I don't think we're allowed to be out here daddy." The tom dropped her and hissed, "Shhh I need you to prove to be worthy of the family." Sighing Earthkit rubbed her flank and nodded, "I'll try.." Without warning he attacked her sent her flying, "Gotta be on your toes!" Tears formed in her eyes and she sat bawling, "Daddy please!" Mudcoat became angry and attacked her again, "Don't make your mother and I look to be a family of fools!" Unfortunately this continued on for moons..
Becoming an apprentice didn't seem to fix things, if anything they were made worse by it. In the hopes of getting someone good as a mentor the she-cat should've known that luck like that wasn't reserved for her. Stepping forward the pretty she-cat watched as a tall white tom stepped forward and smiled at her with a snaggle tooth presenting itself before anything else. With a hopeful heart the brown cat greeted him with a sincere smile. To her surprise he leaned down and whispered in her ear, "Once we start my training you won't be smilin' no more."
One Apprentice Against Them All
Something was wrong...something had to be wrong. Out in the darkness stood a lone apprentice and a blood curdling shriek shattered the silence that seemed to be clinging onto her. Fear was so strong that it created a heart stopping aroma, all this fear coming from a five pound female. Turning around there was Tangleclaw, the white mentor, his eyes were dark and his face didn't appear anything like it usually did. "Please! What's going on?!" her voice was a mere scratch upon the bark of the trees surrounding her. He smiled and said in a demonic sounding voice, "If you can survive then you can come home." Like a shadow the tom seemed to dissolve into thin air. Turning to run away the apprentice saw a red eyed apparition, "Where do you think you're going runt?" A shrill cry came from Earthpaw, her big blue eyes had tears hanging at the corners. "Please..don't hurt me." She begged with the small cat, despite him being only a bit bigger than her he was an image that would bring tears to any young cat's eyes. He was dripping with blood, most of it looked to belong to other cat's, but some of it was pouring out of gaping holes in his chest. A still heart could be seen beneath the ripped flesh, "What are you!?!." A demented smile crossed the black shrouded cat's face as he reappeared behind Earthpaw, "Your worst nightmare..." With a harsh slash he cut the apprentice and laughed in a loud and defiant tone. Crying in fear the brown she-cat tried to hide but got cut everytime, his claws were so sharp that the apprentice imagined him sharping them for all of eternity in this dark forest.
Finally after imagining her grandparents back in Thunderclan the she-cat got the courage and strength to fight back. With much force she turned and went for his throat, though to her surprise he let her and black blood splashed onto her pelt. In disgust and misunderstanding of what was happening the feline continued to slice his throat to no avail. After getting a little amusement of her fear he pinned her down and bit on her neck sharply. Pain stabbed through her and even worse, fear. In the rush a last resort popped into Earthpaw's mind, his heart! Pulling her arm back she shot it through the hole in his chest and gripped her claws into his heart. She felt the cold and sticky liquid congealing to her fur but after a moment his grip seemed to loosen, pushing harder into the muscly vessel made the tom let go. With her paw on his heart the tom went through a change, his eyes changed to a light green color and his voice was soft and weak, "Pl..please forgive me...I wasn't strong..enough." With that the cat dissolved around her paw, the whole while Earthpaw watched in amazement. After laying there for a moment she turned and raced back to camp, Tangleclaw talking with some other warriors. The white tom turned and looked at her with his mouth wide open, she wasn't supposed to survive! Though a promise was a promise...
The Death of a Legend
Earthpaw should've known...the day had come. Longtail was dead, the only living cat that cared for her was now gone and there was nothing the she-cat could do. He had been crushed under a tree and there was no saving him, she had actually been close to him when it happened. Images flashed through her head, all the moments she spent with the amazing tom and how there would be no more. The tom was old and it was bound to happen but she hoped that it would be prolonged for as long as possible. That and Earthpaw had hoped that he would live to see her become a warrior, he could've helped pick her name. Sadness seemed to be the blooming she-cat's life now, her parents were even more angry and hateful than before. If only she could be with her late grandfather then at least she could spend her days hunting with one of the two cats that loved her. The other was taking the loss just as hard, Mousefur. Earthpaw sought comfort in her grandmother, the cat she looked most like, being around her was like being around her grandpa again. These moments were where the apprentice got her sweet nature, no one else in her life wanted to do anything with her unless it was to criticize and belittle her. Despite being around her grandmother, always trying to cheer her up, the she-cat passed away exactly a moon after Longtail died.
Filled with desperation and a painful heart the she-cat fled, this couldn't be real! The only two cats that even cared if she lived or died were both gone. The tears she cried could've refilled Riverclan's stream after a drought, after so long she couldn't shed tears anymore. For moons to come the two blue orbs never let a drop out, there was none to be spared. No matter how much pain stabbed her there was nothing to be done other than to express her feelings through fighting and training. Though the fear of those strange shadowy figures kept her from going out as often as she would like.
With Teeth Bared
Finally the day of liberation had come, "Earthpaw. From today on you shall be known as Earthfang!" Instead of a feeling of excitement a look of disappointment traveled onto her young face, 'Earthfang? That's such an ugly name...so mean sounding.' There truly was no understanding within the she-cat as to why she hadn't been named something softer and less strange. Her thoughts were interrupted though by a few cries for her, "Earthfang...Earthfang.." Tears would've formed in her eyes had she not dried them up long ago. She tried to fight the pain, they couldn't even muster up the manners to pretend like they were excited for her new position. Like a flash of lightning the brown cat darted out of camp and didn't stop until she was far away. Sitting down Earthfang sighed and felt the feeling of crying, but as usual nothing could be shed. Laying down the warrior decided that if she was going to have a tough name she might as well act that way. With much effort she trained on her own and learned how to fight off enemies, skills that Tangleclaw never taught in a formal fashion.
Returning back from her day of solitude the cat came into camp to see the disapproving glares of her parents, with a snarl she showed them that they had no control over her anymore. The initial reaction of her parents was shock. They couldn't believe their little weakling of a daughter could be so rash and bold. Then rage sunk in and without a warning Mudcoat attacked her in the middle of the clan, causing a shriek from Earthfang. Pissed she attacked him back for the first time, hisses and screeches rang through Thunderclan for all the cats to hear. Though no one dared to stop the two, it was a highly revered family and them fighting in public was a sight. Even the leader tried to hide, trying not to deal with the wrath of the rude tom.
This was no normal fight though, blood was splashed and claws were rapidly aimed at throats. Out of fear Earthfang tried to push him off her but he had a tight hold on her tail, which was very similar to Longtail's. The she-cat lashed it and grabbed his legs with it, the family was able to control their tails and use them in fights, which was a good trait to have. Leaping at her the tom outstretched his legs but was stopped by Tangleclaw. A thud rang through the clan and blood splattered Earthfang's pretty face. To her surprise tears smudged the blood that was warm and tingling her face.
There on the ground lay her father...dead. Tangleclaw didn't look at Earthfang but glared into the clan cats. Blood was splattered on his white dingy pelt. Dropping to the ground Earthfang couldn't speak, move, think or breath. This wasn't supposed to happen...he was just supposed to see how strong she really was...not die! Yellowpelt could be seen sobbing and touching her cold mate, she had never been seen crying and the clan seemed to be more shocked by her reaction than the fact that Mudcoat was dead. The clan figured that someone would get sick of the cocky tom and would plan something to get rid of him so this was not as surprising as one would think. Her eyes became heavy and trying to stay conscious was near impossible. 'I..i'm sorry..daddy'
Waking up there was a sharp pain in her shoulder and forehead, "Ow..what a weird dream." A voice made her jump in her nest and turning she saw a cat she did not expect. Tangleclaw. He was covered in blood and his eyes were dark, he had death berries in front of him, "Kid..I just..I'm sorry ok." A shadow was hanging over his face and he seemed to be thinking deeply. Dropping her head the she-cat sighed and tried to keep herself from crying, it hit her that it wasn't a dream, her father's blood was clumped in his snow colored fur. It was ironic that a tom with a pure coat would have such a dark soul. He turned his face and the dark eyes seemed dull and lifeless, though he really wasn't a very soulful cat. "I..I shouldn't have sent you out in the Dark Forest. And I shouldn't have killed your father but...I just..lately I've been feeling awful for what I did and seeing him hurting you like that was too much." He turned his head and the words seemed to throw Earthfang for a loop, "Wha..what do you mean? I..I thought you didn't like me?" Her blue eyes were painful and red from the tears, which were her first ones since Longtail died. Tangleclaw looked over and stared at her, "I wish I could've been better..then maybe I could've gotten a cat like you.." And on that note he bent his head down and swallowed the deathberries. Earthfang was shocked and a gasp from her mouth, he was seriously committing suicide! She stood and tried to get him to spit them up, "Why are you doing this?!" He smiled and meowed, "Don't let anyone tell you who to be...goodbye Earth."
With a heavy heart she sat and sobbed more. Why was all this happening?! Also what made her sadistic mentor have a change of heart and confess feelings for her right before killing himself. The tears stung and even worse rang through her...shame. She sat vigil for her father and her mentor but decided that Tangleclaw was right...no one had the right to control her. No words were spoken between Earthfang and her grieving mother, the golden she-cat never relieved her daughter's pain so why should she get any sympathy. Soon Yellowpelt faded away to nothing, dying in her sleep. And again Earthfang sat vigil for the last cat that had any ties to her in any way, this was it..she was alone.
A Setup for Disarray
After a while the she-cat found that being alone wasn't as bad as she expected, maybe it was because she was used to it or just purely because of the fact that she had grown up in it. She was beginning to look like an adult and was curvy and feminine, the feline was feeling uncomfortable with her new self. One day the brown and caramel she-cat went hunting as usual, this time though her life would be altered.
A scurry across the forest floor caught her attention, her ears swiveled and finally pinpointed the rodent, turning she darted after the prey and made a swift kill. A voice from above made her jump in fear, "Who's there?" Her blue eyes looked up to the canopy, spotting a dark blue-gray tom, he was laying in a dangerous looking position on the branch above her. Fear settled in her stomach and she expected the tom to attack her. Despite what she expected there was no blood and no anger in his words, "My name is Crowley. Didn't mean to startle you." His voice was calm and ringing with happiness, though there seemed to be no real reason to be happy. Her blue eyes watched him as he jumped down from the tree, he was lanky and tall. Earthfang couldn't help but admire his handsome body and face, "You're..a rogue?" The tom turned his head in confusion and chuckled, "I don't know what that is dear." This caused a bit of her worry to dissipate, he didn't seem to be dangerous from the way he acted and what he said. Looking up she said, "That means you come and go on the clan's territory and take our food...though I wouldn't really care if you did do that." Her words probably came across as rude but in actuality she just was speaking the truth. The dark tom sat and meowed, "Why is that?" Crowley could tell that there was something wrong. Sighing Earthfang meowed, "I am a Thunderclan cat but they hate me and I feel no loyalty to them." Her words were blunt and sad, which caused a sad look from Crowley. He continued to learn more and more about this brown she-cat, the two spent hours together just talking and learning of each other's lives. The tom was a loner who lived in a two-leg den with his mother, he would hunt and bring her food. He really didn't see the owners all that much, "Wanna see my home?" Earthfang felt as though she shouldn't but her curiosity and desire to learn more about this intriguing tom got the better of her.
Walking to the dwelling Earthfang began to feel a heavy beating of her heart, she really didn't know what it was but couldn't help but feel like her chest would explode. Suddenly they came upon a strange, tall wooden wall, "It's a fence Earthy." He was so laidback and calm that the uptight clan cat felt as though nothing wrong could ever happen. Jumping over the fence she saw a quaint little yard, there were bushes and pretty flowers that had to have been planted because they wouldn't grow naturally. Earthfang was intrigued by all this and spent a lot of time inspecting the tiny area. Chuckling Crowley called for her, "This way. This is my house." With much apprehension she stumbled through the tiny entrance on the wall. Falling in she saw things that frightened her, huge strange shaped trees that Crowley called tables. Colorful soft grasses covered the ground of each room except the one that had little shiny circles of circles, the ground was slippery and hard, unnatural feeling on the pawpads. Earthfang puffed up to twice her size and had to be calmed by the tom, "Don't worry, all these things are amenities to humans." The she-cat was unfamiliar with this word humans, Crowley explained it to be the two-legs as she knew them by. Walking back and forth it seemed as though even if she stayed there a moons she still couldn't absorb all the new and wild things around her. "Wanna try some of my food? Crowley's voice was excited and hopeful, "I know you only eat fresh forest animals but this is interesting." His eyes were bright yellow and so handsome, she felt as though she could stare into them for days. Agreeing she tried the little pellets and quickly spit them back up, it was disgusting! Crowley laughed and then pointed her to the water bowl, "Take a drink it's cold and fresh." Earthfang eyed him cautiously and then laughed, "You're trying to kill me! She laughed and took a drink, it was superb! So cold and delicious, "Wow you weren't kidding!" She went back for more and caused a huge smile to come across the loner's face, "You are so cute Earthy." This caused a huge blush to cover her face and for the she-cat to walk to the other room nervously, she didn't know how to confess her feelings. Suddenly her attention was pulled to a large stone that had two-legs trapped inside, "Whoa what is that?" The tom laughed and smiled, "That is a television. People are inside it and perform for the humans." Earthfang was thoroughly intrigued and jumped closer, the humans were touching each other softly and suddenly kissed passionately. Without thinking she put her paw around Crowley's neck and kissed him as the humans did. She wasn't really sure how to do it but hoped that it was ok.
Moons passed and Earthfang thought that life was finally perfect, she could spend all day with Crowley since there was no one in the clan to even notice she was gone. Each day was paradise and the young she-cat had made a friend other than her mate, the beautiful she-cat was from Shadowclan, her name was Ferretwhisker. Despite initially scaring her they soon became best friends, Earthfang would go visit her as often as she could. Everything seemed perfect and the young cat was foolish enough to think that it would always be like this. But as the universe would have it she was given a reality check, she was pregnant. This was fantastic news until she couldn't find her mate. Searching the whole forest wouldn't have brought her mate to her, he was gone. Whether he was dead or not was unknown to the brown queen, and would never be found out. A deep onset of depression set over her and threw her into the arms of Ferretwhisker. "I don't know what to do Ferret...he's gone. I know he isn't here anymore. I can feel it." The marbled she-cat turned her head to her shrunken friend, "You have to go on Earthfang! You are a wonderful she-cat and he would want you to be happy." The gray cat nuzzled Earthfang and a purr came from the brown she-cat and tears rolled down her cheeks, "I will always have a bit of him with me...in these kits. They will be his legacy." She sniffled and the two she-cats layed together for the night. No more words were said but the love between them was stronger than that between siblings. This night would be a bit of warmth that Earthfang could cling on to in her time of need.
A Delightfully Sad Encounter
After coming to terms with the death of her beloved Crowley the she-cat tried to move on with her life. Everyday memories of the laidback tom reoccurred to her but after a while they seemed to be less painful and more fond. Though on one quiet day she couldn't stop seeing her mate, she didn't even get to say goodbye. The cats in the clan were giving her nasty looks and seemed to be talking about how she was pregnant without having a mate. All the things running through her head made staying far to hard, so with quick paws and a heavy mind she raced through the woods, she didn't care where she went, anywhere was better than here. Tears streamed down her cheeks and obstructed her view. In a rush she bumped into a dark figure, at first the dazed cat thought it was Crowley, but to her surprise it was a tall tom on the border of Thunderclan and Windclan. She apologized heavily and told of her situation with her clan. The tom was quiet but was very kind and didn't turn away the she-cat in her time of need, he didn't judge her despite how pitiful she was.
For moons the two continued to meet and bonded deeply, she told him of all the crazy things she saw in the twoleg den. Coalgaze was utterly shocked once he heard all the things that humans had in their houses. Earthfang smiled and led him to a secret place, "My grandpa showed me this when he was still alive. He was blind but somehow managed to show me it." Making him close his eyes she tugged him along to the secret place, "You can open you eyes." It was a huge hollowed out tree with a nest on the inside, if you looked up the sky was visible. The tree was long dead but had such strong roots that there was no falling or being uprooted. For hours they would lay in this tree and tell each other stories and things about them. The brown queen told him about her grandfather and about his death, she told him everything except everything about her parents. She didn't want him to pity her or to treat her different because of her upbringing.
The Lonely Tradition Carries On
Soon Earthfang was stuck in the medicine cat den, the cat was cordial but not overly friendly, this cat managed to help the brown she-cat give birth to her one son. "Come on Earthfang just push! It's almost out!" There was so much pain and an even deeper pain struck her when it was all over and she realized that the kit's father was not there and would never see his son. Holding back all her bad feelings she looked down and saw that the kit was identical to Crowley. Sobs erupted from her and the whole while a smile covered her face as she held the child close and meowed, "His name will be Crowkit." He had a strong meow and Earthfang swore to always keep up his strength, "I will do everything in my power to make you happy." Though that promise would cause some tough decisions to be made, the queens and other kits in the nursery were mean to little Crowkit. They made fun of him for having no father and called him a bastard, mostly because everyone knew that his father was not a clan cat, no clan cat looked like this little kitten. The brown queen tried to shelter him from these things but soon pain was reflected in those little blue eyes. The instant she saw it a decision was made, Earthfang was strong and she could provide for herself and the kit. So when the dark of night fell she grabbed her kit by the scruff and went to the normal meeting place of her and Coalgaze. Starclan had been merciful on the she-cat for once in her life, there along the border stood Coalgaze. Running up she placed Crowkit on the ground and cried to him, "They hate us! I was fine with them being mean to me but not Crowkit! I can't have him being hurt by them." The tears that had been built up were finally released, it was like a pressure was taken off of her shoulders. Coalgaze and the family of two layed in the hollowed out tree and discussed what could be done, Earthfang was fearful that Coalgaze wouldn't be able to help them. Though the brown queen recommended that they move to Windclan to be with the dark warrior.
Don't Let Those Tears Come
Carried by the Wind
For Once A Happy Surprise
A Breaking of the Lonely Tradition
A Stain on the Family Tree