Scorch~ Black tom with blue eyes and a green collar studded with animal teeth.
Tork~ black tom with blue eyes.
Psycho~ Handsome black tom with white chest.
Blackblood~ Black she-cat with red eyes and a smokey gray back stripe.
Kawaii~ Dark ginger she-cat with hazel eyes and brown paws, tail, and nose.
Fezziwing~ Long-legged brown tom with ginger and black blotches.
Alua~ Heavily scarred white she-cat with gray paws and green eyes. Mother of Ajax (gray tom with black tabby stripes), Sound (pale tabby she-cat with white chest and green eyes), Screech (long-limbed pale tabby tom), and Tiger (dark tabby tom).
A little black kit sat and licked his paws, they were cracked, bleeding, and infected from harsh training. He was barely three moons.
"Hello, little one, what are you doing so deep in the forest?"
The black kit jumped, then winced as he landed harshly on his paws. "Who's there?" He called.
"I am here, I am there." it replied. The voice was rough, like a moon old sore throat.
The kit looked around, "what's your name? How come you sound funny? Are you sick?"
"A little, I cannot go into the sun, I must stay in the shadows. Um... I don't remember my name."
"Can I see you? It's hard talking into the forest." The kit sat down again and took in a sharp breath as his forepaw scraped a small stone.
"Are you hurt little one? Come here, into the shadows where I can have a look."
The kit stepped under the shade of the elm trees, he was shocked to feel a sudden wave of heaviness under the golden branches. "where are you?"
"Here, come closer to the tree, yes over here."
He blinked, "you're a shadow." He pawed delicately at the trunk, the shade was darker here, it almost made his paw seem like it wasn't there. "Are you dead?"
"No, I am alive, but my body is gone. Look at your paw."
He did as the shadow asked, his paw was black and soft. Like he wasn't hurt at all, he checked his other ones. no pain, no scars. "Thank you mister. What happened to your body?"
"I don't know, but I long to search for it. Alas I am bound to the shadows."
"But there are lots of shadows at night, how come you don't just travel by night?"
"Because there are foxes about here at night. You know that."
"Foxes are scary, do you want me to protect you?" He asked, he tapped on the trunk. "I can go in the sun, I'm not afraid of foxes! I'm being trained to fight them you know."
The shadow shifted a bit, "would you do that for me? No, it's too much to ask."
"I'm asking." He meowed.
"Okay, um.. close your eyes, this may hurt a bit."
The kit closed his eyes, he felt hot and sticky, as if he was on thunderpath in the middle of greenleaf. "You're warm." He said.
"Hush." replied the shadow.
The kit felt cold suddenly, and alone, then a sudden sting in his heart caused him to crumple to the ground. what's happening? He called silently.
I'm trying to make room little one, you have a lot of heart, there's not much room for mine. I am sorry this hurts young one, it'll be over soon.
What are you doing to me? The kit screamed in his head. Why are you inside me?
It is the only way, I am sorry kit. it'll be over very soon I swear!
The kit opened his eyes and felt dizzy, the pain suddenly eased and he collapsed to the forest floor.
Now your body is mine little kit, forever. Don't worry I'll take good care of it I promise.