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    Post by ghost Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:48 pm



    Sumac
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    The sun, a bright beacon in the sky. It’s tresses beam down and set the world to light. It feels unnatural to travel at such a time of day; instinct demands the safety of shadows. Fate demands the opposite. The snow here is packed down, frozen where the trees provide shade and thawing where it is washed in gold. Patches of soppy mud poke through, staining the paws of all who walk upon it.

    Sumac cares little for the supposed borders that bisect this land. She does not heed the one she passes over, white paws dancing over the snow to avoid stepping in the mud. No, hers are thoughts far beyond the trivialities of who hunts and makes dirt where; hers are thoughts of fate and its many circumstances. It’s a profound and burdensome thing that she carries with pride.

    May it never weigh her down.

    As fate has ordained, as it was always and will have always happened, Sumac finds her namesake, barren of leaves but still proudly wearing its dangerous berries. She circles it twice, her long plume of a tail trailing behind her like smoke to a fire. The slope of her back only works to exaggerate her tail’s length.  Sumac sits, tail folding politely over her white paws.

    Sharp ears stand at attention and knowing eyes, one blue and the other both blue and yellow, flicker over the landscape, committing it to memory. This will be remembered as a holy place, given time. Stories will be crafted about the moments to follow. Sumac will do her best to remember it accurately.



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    Post by kiwi Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:35 pm

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    daisypaw was always particularly bad at not paying complete attention; she often found herself sort of spacing out, not exactly in the right mindset as she wandered to look for herbs. she wouldn't notice until it was too late if she crossed a border, and she didn't know why this was. perhaps she just got so into the art of herb hunting that nothing else seemed to matter? she was awfully into it, after all.

    a similar situation happened today, she had a bundle of coltsfoot in her mouth from the little herb gathering trip she had went on. she had her nose near the ground to try to smell out any other herbs nearby, and she smelled something that she at first mistook for a herb; so she followed it. but as she stepped out of the bracken, she realized she was looking at a red molly instead - a pretty one, too. she nearly dropped the coltsfoot, her back fur spiking a bit in surprise. she definitely wasn't one to attack or one to harm, but she still worried others would come after her. she didn't know this molly or what she was capable of; she could be killed right here and nobody would know who did it.

    "oh! um..h-hi!" she stumbled, taking a half step back in a bit of hesitance and nervousness. "i..what are you doing here? i don't want you to get...get um, hurt..by my clan.." she figured if she at least attempted to warn this molly, she would have done her best and tried to do what she could. her ears dropped, the chubby calico looking concerned at best. she was oddly confused, why this cat was so relaxed on their territory.

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    Post by ghost Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:07 pm



    Sumac
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    Sumac is approached by someone insignificant if not for their role in her life. The one to discover her, sitting here and looking like a dream.

    I wonder why it is— ” Her voice is smooth, the sound of water over stone, and without inflection, “ that no one mourns for Leafbare’s death. ” Of course Sumac knows why: it is that they, an ambiguous they, prefer Newleaf. They feel wronged by Leafbare, by the cold and the prey that scurries too far underground. Sumac is asking merely for the benefit of her audience. It would do them good to think about something.

    They, that ambiguous they, do not understand that Leafbare is without malice. It simply is, existing as it always has, and the world is forced to fall into tandem with it. This is something Sumac understands.

    Here, she must play-act humility and she must celebrate the coming Newleaf.

    Sumac looks at the visitor upon her, truly looks at them for the first time. A young molly, young enough that Sumac dismisses her as the possibility of someone who holds any real political sway. “This is your land, and yet it is you who cowers. ” The young molly carries herbs, the scent of which are familiar but without name. Sumac narrows her eyes, the only movement upon her otherwise placid face.

    But then Sumac considers the young molly’s words, worried for Sumac’s sake and not her own. Foolish and, despite herself, Sumac is charmed. “Healer,” She says as title and name, “I am not at risk from your clanmates, and neither am I a risk to them. I come here to offer myself, loyaly and truly, to this clan.

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    Post by kiwi Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:10 pm

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    this molly immediately just began talking something about leafbare and how it was a shame it had passed. daisypaw's immediate thought was that perhaps this cat was unwell; wandering onto clan territory and just talking about how winter was a good season? it made no sense. the cat didn't even seem surprised to see her, nowhere near as surprised as daisypaw had been - and still was. she was utterly confused now, gripping the coltsfoot tightly in her maw as she watched the bicolor molly who just seemed to look back at her, right into her soul. daisypaw was slightly uncomfortable as well. was she supposed to answer that question? a few moments went by of silence before she started stumbling on her words again, trying quickly to come up with an answer in a slight bout of fear that perhaps her answer may depend on her life. "i mean..i- i don't know, leaf bare is..its pretty, isn't it?.." that probably wasn't the right answer, but she certainly had tried her best.

    and then the molly continues on, to point out she was afraid of someone on her own land. well..she had a point. but daisypaw was never one to enjoy fighting, and she certainly didn't want to be caught in the middle of one so she would rather play victim and play scared - well, she was a little scared - than have to put up a fight. her ears dropped back, and then plastered to her head as soon as the molly narrowed her eyes. this was it. she was going to kill her. "i.." nothing. she was bad at being put in situations where she knew not how to act or what to do. she was a nervous molly, things like this were hard for her.

    but then this red molly seemed to drop the act and called her by a name - healer - and then said she wished to join the clan. daisypaw felt her body relax as she realized she was in no danger, as this cat wouldn't hurt her if she truly wanted to join the clan. "well, um - thats great!" she chirped to her as she set the coltsfoot down, "i can take you to darkstar, i'm sure she would be more than happy to have you, umm...whats your name?" she felt a little bit anxious having to ask for the molly's name, because what if she didn't want to share? "i'm..daisypaw. my name is daisypaw, and i'm the clans...yes, the healer. well, no..healer in training." she figured agreeing with her was more polite than trying to tell her it wasn't called a healer, but a medicine cat. they did mostly the same thing anyways, helped heal other cats.

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    Post by ghost Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:25 pm



    Sumac
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    Despite relaxing after Sumac assures her that she is no harm, Daisypaw fumbles over her own introduction. Young and unused to the ways of the world.

    Sumac is delighted.

    She lets the silence after Daisypaw is done speaking stretch, and considers not answering at all. Curiosity over whether or not Daisypaw will push for an answer or let it lie. But no, Sumac is here for a purpose. She must limit her fun. Instead, she steps partially out from under the shrub she had been under and stands on her hindlegs. Balanced like a snake scenting the air, Sumac pushes herself upwards until she is standing on nothing but the toes of her hindlegs.

    Here, so upright, she wavers, and Sumac has just enough time to pluck a bushel of berries— poison enough to harm, but not to kill, from one of the lower branches. Her balance finally shakes to the point where she drops, landing harshly on all fours, but not stumbling or faltering. The red of these berries will never be something her own pelt will compare to, but Sumac likes to think there are other ways herself and her namesake are the same.

    She drops the bushel at Daisypaw's feet. Some of the berries shake loose, bouncing or rolling away. “If you recognize this, you'll have my name, Healer-in-training.

    Sumac doesn't wait for Daisypaw to act as guide, if the younger feline wishes to lead, she can walk out in front of Sumac if she pleases. Sumac sets out, uncertain of her destination but knowing that if she follows Daisypaw's pawprints for long enough she is certain to run into this Darkstar eventually. Without a doubt she is someone of importance, in charge of who is turned away and who is allowed to stay.


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    Post by rainwhisper Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:47 pm

    "Daisypaw, who is this? I don't remember meeting this friend of yours." Dark blue eyes eyed the molly up and down as she took her in and smirked. This molly kept her mouth shut so she would keep herself from saying something stupid. Pretty... 



    Just a few moments ago she had been in her own little world again on an aimless walk while collecting herbs, so maybe it wasn't so aimless after all. On her back she carried wintergreen and rosemary, and her paws were covered in muddy slush from the snow. Rainwhisper had been really off lately but the hallucinations and voices had died down a lot more. Maybe all she really needed was to get away from the Medicine Cat life all together, but it didn't seem to affect Daisypaw or Icepaw at all. "Well darling, I don't know what saying the name of the herb has to do with anything... but I'm sure Darkstar will welcome this pretty face in no problem. Unless she's trouble?" 

    The Russian blue purred and winked to the red bicolor molly, as she sat beside the calico apprentice. Flexing the muscles under her coat, she was hoping to catch the mollies eye. The a voice echoed in her head, What are you doing Rain?
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    Post by ghost Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:18 am

    //mobile post cause I couldn’t WAIT to reply
    Slowly, like the step taken before a pounce, a smile spreads over Sumac’s face. It is deliberate and ends somewhere sharp. Her eyes flick over the newest stranger, to the herbs upon her back, to the blue of her eyes. Fate is a kind and glorious thing. It rewards Sumac greatly.

    Distractions will do her no good in the long run, as tempting as they are. The wise choice would be to leave this molly to her longing, let her infatuation die, let her eyes wander elsewhere. Or string her along, feed her scraps of affection, of hope, let her attraction spill into something closer to love, unrequited but useful.

    Or Sumac could stop overthinking things; take what is being offered.

    “No trouble from me,” Sumac promises, and her voice is no longer monotone, but saccharine. Airy. “Unless it is trouble you ask of me...” She trails off with a meaningful look, mindful of the small audience. There is more Sumac could say, and it is both a kindness and a curse that Sumac is forced to let the stranger fill in the blanks. Sumac hopes she is imaginative.

    Her face goes impassive once more, expressionless as the dead. A shield and, as she continues speaking, her voice is intoned, each syllable in an even rhythm, “Darkstar you say— my second time hearing this name.”


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    Post by kiwi Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:22 am

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    although daisypaw waited for an answer, she never actually got one. discomfort rose in her chest as she wasn't sure whether to continue to pry for a name, or whether she should just let it go and ignore it and follow the cat who so desperately wanted to go back to their camp. this cat, a loner, was more confident about the clan than even daisypaw was. this cat even went so far as to ask her to name these red berries she had plucked from a tree - and the worst part was, daisypaw obliged. even though she was in the clan and this stranger should be proving herself, it was the opposite; and daisypaw wouldn't even question it or say no, she would go along with it; as thats who she was.

    as sumac walked on, daisypaw looked over her shoulder at her before putting her head down to sniff. she was about half and half confident, but she was probably going to second guess herself. she had only ever seen red berries once, so she figured it was yew, but perhaps this was a trick? "umm.." she looked over her shoulder as sumac kept walking, and daisypaw turned to bound after her, but she went lightly and looked as if she wasn't sure if she should be following her."are they..deathberries? ....miss?"

    however, her question didn't get answered immediately because her former mentor, rainwhisper, was stepping out of the bushes. daisypaw felt a slight weight lifted off her chest, but also..she worried, for she knew rainwhisper was going through some hallucinations a lot and she didn't want anything bad to happen to this newcomer that she felt the need to escort and protect. but lets be honest - this newcomer could defend for herself, more than daisypaw ever could help.

    daisypaw stopped in her tracks as rainwhisper mentioned the berries weren't neccesary to the plot line. who was this, she asked? "umm..i don't know. she won't tell me her name." daisypaw answered honestly, even though she was ninety percent sure that rainwhisper wanted some snarky response.

    and then as she listened to them further talk, as the two began talking to eachother - there was a change in pace, a change of tone. and daisypaw did not like it at all. she noted what was happening here and she did not like it and did not want to be here any longer. "why don't we just..go back to camp?" she suggested quickly, the molly not really wanting to be in-between these two having a little flirtatious competition but also not wanting to leave them alone in fear that her ex-mentor may tear this cat apart - or vise versa. "we - i mean, you two - can talk in camp, right?"

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    Post by rainwhisper Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:25 pm

    Oh she really knows how to send shivers down my spine. Rain took note of what the fiery beauty said, and would take her risk of this so called trouble if given the chance. Daisypaw's mew brought her back to reality and she couldn't help but huff in mock annoyance. Which, in her defense, the Russian blue should've been able to bite her tongue but her mind had other plans. 

    And this one knows how to kill the mood.

     "Yes, back to camp it should be. And we'll get her name out of her somehow... one way or another. Lead the way young one, I'll followed behind you two in case she has friends watching us." Eyes watched as birds, squirrels and such rustled the leaves, stirred up the snow and watched as the flakes landed on her blue fur. For a moment... everything was peaceful and felt normal, but only Starclan knew it wouldn't last for long. 

    Maybe this new cat was what she needed in order to keep her out of her head. Not really saying she was like the cure or anything, but maybe... just maybe. Rainwhisper found her other half to keep her sane. Eyes like the depths of the ocean, and the calm cold mountain waters they met the red molly and the calico apprentice as they already were leaving her behind. The voices whispered once more, and her flirtatious yet aggressive demeanor returned as she followed the way back to camp. 
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    Post by ghost Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:30 pm



    Sumac
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    Death berries, little miss healer-in-training guesses. Sumac considers, perhaps unkindly, that she may have overestimated the intelligence of Daisypaw. “I am not so bold as to hold something so deadly in my teeth. I will not pretend to be versed in the way of these herbs, but...” Sumac does not finish that thought. As fun as it will be to leave them guessing for her name, it will be wiser to build some kind of trust. They talk amongst themselves, the clan cats do, with the blue one openly sharing suspicion. A friend, she suggests, and Sumac tries not to recoil in disgust at the thought.

    I was hoping you would be able to guess my name, but it is no secret. I am a... lets call it a believer in fate, and that shrub, those berries, are my namesake. Sumac. Poison sumac.” Pride does not show in her voice, but in her stance. The slight squaring of her shoulders, a widening of her step. Her attention moves back to the blue one, “Fair would be you sharing your name now.


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    Post by rainwhisper Sun Mar 14, 2021 6:29 pm

    Sumac.

    Mouthing her name as it echoed in her ears, the blue woman tried to become familiar with her name. It wasn't like any other cat in her clan, well.. really any of them to begin with. Rain's eyes moved back to the red molly as she asked for her to share her name as well. A reminder of the introduction she failed to properly make. 

    "Rainwhisper, but do feel free to call me Rain. I prefer simpler names." Because whispers are the last thing I need right now. "How did you come to find us? What interested you?" Her blackish blue nose twitched with curiosity as her meow only reflected her cold personality switch. Hopefulyl it wasn't as obvious to the newcomer as it probably was for Daisypaw. 
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    Sumac
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    Rainwhisper. Rain.

    Sumac allows for her tail to raise and hook at the end, signaling her quiet curiosity. The question as to why here, out of every other place, is expected. Sumac still needs to think of an answer. Her eyes close and, behind them she sees a great fire, can taste its smoke so clearly that her tongue and the delicate skin on the back of her throat both feel dry. There is a phantom warmth on her face, and she imagines herself illuminated by it.

    Eyes open once more, the spell is broken, and Sumac is once more in the present. The dissonance of it almost makes Sumac falter. She catches herself instead, finds her stride as if it had never left her.

    I was always meant to find this place,” Sumac replies, “I don’t believe in the randomness of chance. No, it was no interest that brought me here, that is a force that has never held sway over me. I followed signs and knew my path would lead me to something bigger than myself.” There isn’t a need to lie about this, and so Sumac doesn’t. Her voice plucks out the careful truth, and despite the lack of need to hide this part of herself, Sumac must fight to get every word out. An instinct that lives in her bones, the fear of being known more deeply than she knows in turn.

    And what of you? Born to this land, were you, or is it that you’ve happened upon it as I have?” Sumac remembers Daisypaw in that moment, “Your companion as well— miss Healer-in-training, were you born here?


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    oh. it wasn't deathberries. and she could tell that no matter how nicely this cat put it, she was obviously disappointed in daisypaw's abilities. she twitched her whiskers, feeling like she let down not only rainwhisper but her clan - how was she unable to tell the difference? and the cat revealed the berries: sumac. daisypaw had never even heard of them before! wow. she was a lousy medicine cat in training, thats for sure. she lowered her head as she followed behind the two, trying to keep up with not only their pace but their bantering as well.

    unfortunately, just as rainwhisper was complaining to herself about, she was right; daisypaw was unable to pick up on the mood changes. she could tell that there was some weird tension, but she didn't think it was flirting; she thought it was just normal new-cat tension.

    the molly glanced over at rainwhisper when she asked to be called rain. that was...weird. wasn't that like, not allowed? was she disrespecting clan life? she looked back over at sumac as she began discussing something about how she was meant to find this place, a lot of big words. daisypaw tried her best to listen, as she knew all about destiny - she thought destiny lead her to becoming a medicine cat apprentice - but this cat just spoke so...oddly. it was just so hard to follow.

    she definitely was not expecting sumac to include her again, and the chubby calico's ears perked when she heard her name - well, her healer-in-training, nickname - mentioned. "oh - me?" she asked out loud, then realized how dumb that was - of course she meant her, why else would she say healer in training? rainwhisper had been ejected from her job as the healer, it certainly didn't mean her. "um, yes. i was born here - my mom was brindlestar," she told her, as if sumac would know who that was, "and when she died, i..i wanted to help heal others." sumac hadn't asked for her life story, she just asked if she was born here..why had she gone off on a tangent? her ears burned red with embarrassment.

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    Post by rainwhisper Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:19 pm

    A destiny. Some sign set her to clan life and oddly enough it was this one. Well, new faces were always welcomed to Shadowclan as long as they proved their loyalty. The Russian blue kept quiet as Daisypaw spoke of her mother, spilling just a bit much for a newcomer in the clan. Sumac had yet to be accepted into the clan or properly introduced to Darkstar. 

    "You can learn more about me in time. I'm not so quick to give up all my secrets to beautiful strangers." Rainwhisper winked before secretly signaling to Daisypaw with a itch of her nose to be careful with what she said. As much as the blue molly wanted to trust Sumac that she wouldn't caused any harm to anyone, one could never be too careful. 

    It was frustrating that her mind was going in a different direction than her heart. Rain's heart said that it was okay to be open because this ginger molly was beautiful and was very good with words. But her head told her to be sensible and still see her as another potential threat to her clan. Darkstar would have better judgement than her. It was the leader's job anyway! 

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