The sun was just beginning to rise as Cloversnap made her way to the apprentices' den. She hoped Crowpaw wasn't nervous. 'I hope he'll like me.' She had a slight fear that the tom would wish he had a different mentor. She tried her best to shove it away, but the thought still lingered in the back of her mind.
"Crowpaw," she called into the den, "training today. I''ll be out here when you're ready." Taking a few paces back, she sat down and fixed her eyes on the den in wait.
Crowpaw was a light sleeper. He was thankful for it, for many reasons. Nevertheless, he felt it was useful that he was easily roused and it did not take long for him to regain alertness. So when his mentor's voice flowed into the den, with a twitch of his ears, Crowpaw was opening his eyes and rising to his paws slowly. He lightly yawned, and he took a quick moment to stretch his muscles in his nest. Then he quietly and carefully made his way out of the den, a polite smile adorning his lips as he emerged. He turned his head to see Cloversnap, his mentor. "What do you have planned for today, Cloversnap?" He asked, his voice pleasant and soft.
Cloversnap stood up when the tom emerged and swiftly began leading the way out. "We'll visit the borders and cover the basics. Maybe some hunting if we have time." She called back, exiting the camp and slowing down as the terrain steepened. "Watch where you put your paws- it's easy to slip while you're climbing downhill." If Crowpaw was like most RockClan cats, she knew it wouldn't take long for his paws to adjust to the terrain.
She moved to walk beside Crowpaw once the path had widened. "Did you know that some frogs like to climb trees?"
Crowpaw kept his ears straight, his eyes clearly alert, with a pleasant smile adorning his face. He nodded in all the right places, displaying rapt attention. He didn't need to act much, as he was truly interested in learning what Cloversnap had to teach him. He was very much interested in learning background information alongside the skills he would require to be a worthwhile addition to Rockclan's numbers. He was not fond of the idea of not giving back to the clan that kept him.
He followed after Cloversnap, carefully heeding her words, adjusting his gait and how careful he was with his paws, while still paying careful attention to Cloversnap's words. His eyes widened ever so slightly at the odd fun fact. "No, I did not. That sounds like an interesting quirk." He said, weaving his words carefully to voice both his opinion and not offend Cloversnap, should she rather like frogs. Just in case. "How large is our territory?" Crowpaw asked, both being interested in the actual answer, and being conscious that asking questions showed he was truly engaged in Cloversnap's lessons.
Cloversnap frowned for a moment, though covered it up as soon as she was she was aware she was frowning. Even if she was displeased, she didn't want him to know. "No Crowpaw, frogs don't climb trees." She stopped, letting it sink in that she had told him a false fact. "First lesson- never believe every word you hear. Even if it's from a medicine cat, an older warrior... whatever. They can and will lie to you. Never let your mental guard down."
She shrugged at the question. "It's large. We'll cover most of it today, so you'll get to see for yourself." She upped her pace just a bit. She wanted to reach all the borders by sundown.
It wasn't long before they reached the first border- FireClan. "This is our first border. Take a sniff and look ahead. What clan do you think this is?"
A spark of panic came to life inside of Crowpaw's chest, though while his smile had fallen, he still kept up a pleasant passive expression. Cloversnap would never know the distress that she had caused him. The frown told Crowpaw that he had failed. He would have to make up for this, though at the very least.... She appeared to be much more patient than his own mother. Though, he did not wish to test this patience.
She gave a correction, and admittedly.... Crowpaw felt silly. Though, he had never seen a live frog before. He supposed he should've guessed from the way their legs seemed to bend, and.... The feeling that Cloversnap instilled within him was unpleasant. However, Crowpaw would never let Cloversnap know. He had a little too much experience in always smiling, in always keeping up a soft expression no matter how he felt. "Thank you for the lesson, Cloversnap." He said instead, his voice warm and appreciative.
Then Cloversnap began to walk faster, and Crowpaw pushed himself to meet her pace. He imagined that Cloversnap wanted to make faster progress for whatever reason. They kept walking, and Cloversnap lead him to an area that steadily shed the usual Rockclan terrain slowly in favor of..... Grass. Lots and lots of grass. When Cloversnap stopped, introducing the first border, she asked him to identify it. He gently leaned forward and breathed in the scents. Hm.... He considered it. It could not be Treeclan, as well.... He could not see any trees. He'd heard some scary stories of Iceclan cats and their freezing home that towered above the other clans.... However, the territory in front of him seemed decidedly flat. Through process of elimination, Crowpaw was able to give Cloversnap an answer after several moments of thought. "I think it is Fireclan."
The energy surrounding Crowpaw felt almost... stressful. Cloversnap glanced at him, surprised to find him smiling. Maybe she had misinterpreted his energy. Or maybe he was masking a negative emotion. She shrugged these thoughts away, deciding to focus on the lesson instead.
Now they were at FireClan. She sat and waited patiently for an answer, using this time to catch her breath. If only she had the stamina of a FireClanner. 'That's probably the only good thing to come out of living in that vile clan.' She thought, giving a nod of approval when Crowpaw answered correctly. "Right! Good job."
She gave him a moment to take in the smells and sights of the other clan. "FireClanners have earned the stereotype of being quite vicious. They're the fastest cats in all the clans, and they use their speed to catch prey such as rabbit." She informed, standing up. "Any questions?"
Cloversnap didn't appear to hold Crowpaw's former mistake against him, which was good. It meant that Crowpaw hadn't ruined things. Hopefully he would never. Cloversnap praised him for the right answer, so Crowpaw already seemed to be on the right track again. That was promising, and he could only hope it'd stay this way.... He didn't want to slip up and trip again.
"Stereotype?" Crowpaw inquired, instead of stating an opinion. He had no way to judge if Cloversnap truly believed the vicious stereotype or if she was testing to see what his viewpoint was. So, here he was trying to prod and make sure he could say just the right things.
Cloversnap wasn't sure if he was inquiring about the definition, or if he wanted her to elaborate. She decided to answer both ways, hoping Crowpaw would be satisfied. "A stereotype is a belief about a group that may or may not be true. An example is that a lot of clanners believe that FireClanners are cruel and heartless. There was even a myth once that stated that they ate their own kits." She shrugged. "It's up to you whether you want to believe that or not." Flicking her tail to indicate for Crowpaw to follow, she set off again. 'Crowpaw's a really good apprentice.' She thought, glancing at him with a warm smile. 'I surely got lucky.'
The sandy-colored feline led the way up a small hill, getting to a point where they could see far off into the distance. She beckoned Crowpaw closer, then pointed ahead with her paw. "See those mountains? A clan lives there. Can you guess which one?"
Crowpaw did know what a stereotype was. But he paid rapt attention anyways, because he didn't want to display any potentially damaging behaviors, such as rolling his eyes at repetition of information he already knew. Besides, it eventually got to the things he really want to know. Apparently, the stereotype was that Fireclan was evil and allegedly practiced cannibalism once. He widened his eyes appropriately, he figured. He wasn't sure what to think of the myth personally, he truly wondered if it had any basis in reality.... Or if it was born of extreme fear of the clan that made the plains their home. Though, glancing over.... No matter his thoughts, Crowpaw thought that the plains seemed.... Especially bleak and unwelcoming.
He followed after Cloversnap, and this time his answer came a little quicker. He'd already collected his thoughts earlier on what he'd heard of the clans. "Iceclan, right?" He looked to Cloversnap to verify his answer. He truly hoped he did not fail again.... He would greatly appreciate a lack of a repeat performance.
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