Even though it had been a warm morning, the birds had vanished all at once.
At first, I didn’t notice it, jabbing a triumphant punch into my tuffet target. I managed to leave a dimple in the grass clump, and I beamed proudly when I shook my stubbed foot’s pain away. It was like I was still a new warrior!
Aside from the spare nick here or there, I was always grateful for my healthy body, often thanking the stars. At the rate I was going, I’d be beating the tails off of any enemy! Rumbling, I ripped some of the defeated grass from the dried ground, loving life.
But it was while I was playing with the bits between my teeth that I came back to my surroundings. I spat out my springs once I spied the bruised blue color of everything.
Spitting out a hiss, my paws were itching to bolt back to TempestClan’s camp. In my head, I told myself I needed to be there to protect. In my heart, however… that shameful part yearned for comfort.
I needed to find my partner in cr