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 wildest dreams [brumblebird], say you'll remember me
Brackenheart
 Posted: Nov 30 2014, 02:09 AM
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Brackenheart was still buzzing with the high of receiving his name, of Wolfstar's praise ("you'll make a good leader someday" would ring in his ears for moons), of Hummingbird shouting his name along with his Clan. He now understood why it was safe to trust a new warrior with guarding the Clan on their own -- there was no way a cat who'd just received their name would be able to fall asleep, not if they felt anything like he did. His eyes were almost comically wide, trying to see everything around him and every so often glancing back to see the camp's quiet fade as his beloved Clanmates drifted in their various directions to go to sleep. He saw Goldentail and Wolfstar talking quietly before splitting up, Wolfstar to go to his own den and Goldentail to join the warriors. Mintpaw's light pelt flashed as the young tom disappeared among the apprentices. Reedpelt's laugh echoed around the cliff walls.

Brackenheart sighed happily, feeling the comfort of being at home with his Clan very deeply tonight as the stars began to appear, winking into existence in the darkening sky above him. Silverpelt seemed to wrap the whole world up, and surely Maplestar and Marshclaw and all his family were looking down at him, proud of everything he'd accomplished. Brackenheart, passionate and determined. That was him. Just as he'd suspected, perfect. He turned his attention back to the flat desert surrounding him, scanned for motion and found none, heard only normal night sounds, and -- steps behind him. He craned his neck around to see who was approaching, feeling his chest expand with light and air as he saw it was Hummingbird. He opened his mouth, about to greet her, and then remembered he wasn't allowed to talk. Brackenheart smiled warmly instead, gesturing with his tail for her to sit down by him as night fell.
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Hummingbird
 Posted: Dec 6 2014, 02:43 AM
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A large amount of new names had been pressed upon Hummingbird in a relatively short period of time. Rather than feeling overwhelmed though, Hummingbird instead felt blessed with this information; blessed that she had been able to meet these cats, blessed that she had been able to visit, and blessed that she had made so many new friends and acquaintances. She’d spent time with many of them after the ceremony, celebrating with them and the newly named Brackenheart, before cats began branching off and turning in for the night. Hummingbird watched them go before Greywind approached and signaled to Brackenheart that it was time to take up his post. He wished his former apprentice a fond congrats and a good luck before he turned to guide Hummingbird to the warriors den – where she had decided to spend the night. She pressed her nose into Brackenheart’s cheek before she turned and followed the silver warrior to the hole-in-the-wall-cave the warriors spent the night in.

The cave was spacious enough to fit the whole of ThunderClan’s warriors yet snug enough to retain their body heat, despite not being underground like Hummingbird was accustomed to. It was still weird though; the walls and the ceiling much higher than the tunnels she lived in and with so many resting bodies around her she couldn’t sleep. Hummingbird, though she enjoyed sleeping in a bunch from time to time, was more known for sleeping in her favorite spots alone. The different sounds of sleep – snoring, breathing, talking – drove Hummingbird from her nest, expertly stepping around cats until she was free of the cave.

Her eyes only sought one thing when she emerged: Brackenheart. The tom was who she felt most comfortable with, and who she had come to spend her time with. She knew he couldn’t talk, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t have company; and if anyone were to argue it would be her ignorance for clan tradition that would save her. She pressed forward and approached the tom, not caring to be too quiet. Unsurprisingly, he heard her (after all he was guarding camp, she would have had to scold him if he didn’t hear her). He smiled at her, a smile that sent a small flutter in her stomach. She saw him motion for her to join him, but she instead took a moment to take in the sight; Brackenheart against the great wide expanse of desert, with the inky sky taking up an overwhelming majority of his backdrop. The stars, unpolluted by city lights and two-leg influence, were bright, clear and startlingly breath-taking. With a small smile of her own the she-cat finally moved. Without hesitation or a second though she stepped in close before she laid down, her body curling against his – for warmth of course – but maybe something more.

She didn’t look at him but kept her eyes on the sky as she spoke, her voice sweet and a touch husky from her sorry try at sleeping. ”I don’t get to see the sky like this that often.” She started, a whimsical smile animating her face. ”Assistants aren’t allowed to leave the tunnels after dark, not alone anyways, and until recently I was training for short hunting trips. Jade Snake is teaching me to be a long distance endurance hunter, now though, it’s rather exciting. But before that I didn’t get to see the stars very much, and they are beautiful – magical even.” She went on, comfortable sharing her life’s events with her friend and companion, and to do the talking for both of them. Hummingbird was not shy and had little trouble with conversation. ”I think it’s even more magical to see them here with you. The stars are a special thing in my home and more for you. I think your ancestors are smiling tonight, Brackenheart.” She finally turned to look at him, that small smile still in place as she flicked her tail lightly at his flank, pressing closer into his side as she relaxed into him.

”I’m glad I came today, and stayed tonight.” She gave a small airy breath as she let a small amused sigh escape her lips. ”Your clan mates are loud sleepers, though. I don’t suppose it’s alright if I stay here with you for now? I often sleep alone in the tunnels back home…it’s an odd adjustment to make.” Her golden eyes widened a smidge, catching light in the moon, illuminating the unmistakeable look of hope.
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 Posted: Dec 21 2014, 11:09 PM
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Brackenheart's fur was fluffed up against the chill of the desert night, but his skin flushed as Hummingbird curled up against him, apparently comfortable enough with him to do so. He didn't mind the company, in fact quite glad to have another cat out here with him. He'd always assumed Meadowpaw and Ashpaw would earn their names with him, and they likely wouldn't be far behind, and he wasn't worried or anything, but. It was still nice.

He looked down at her as she started to talk, never having noticed before how nice her voice was, but she wasn't looking at him, and he couldn't say anything to bring her eyes over his way. That was fine, since he was supposed to be watching for danger, but his green eyes kept straying back to her as she spoke. Without the responsibility of keeping up his end of the conversation, he could focus on her voice, how rapt and awed she sounded looking up at the spread of Silverpelt. He wanted to tell her how glad he was that she liked them, how important they were to him and to his Clan. He wanted to tell her about how each star was one of his warrior ancestors, and how some of them were actually his family, watching over him. He even (and this shocked him) wanted to tell her his deep, secret suspicions that his great-grandfather Oakfire, the cat he'd admired the absolute most out of anyone as a kit and as a young apprentice, had joined StarClan since they'd left him behind in the forest, and that he'd never see him again even when they did go home.

Brackenheart was taken aback at Hummingbird's next words, then, and his belly filled with liquid warmth as he realized that he didn't have to say any of that. She already knew. She knew how much he valued Silverpelt, how important the approval of his warrior ancestors was to him, without having to be told or shown. He couldn't keep his gaze on the horizon, eyes wide and a little startled and a little grateful as they were drawn to Hummingbird, finding her eyes this time instead of just her brightly-colored fur. He returned the pressure she gave, unable to thank her verbally.

When she accused the other warriors of being loud, Brackenheart almost forgot himself and laughed, catching the sound before it could leave his throat and instead resigning himself to a light purr. Her eyes flashed bright with moonlight and he nodded carefully, offering her a small smile and flicking his tail over her flank before returning his attention to the horizon. Silence reigned for a few moments before Brackenheart glanced back down at his companion, giving her a look that clearly said "Go on."
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Hummingbird
 Posted: Jan 18 2015, 11:20 PM
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Brackenheart, however foreign he was to the desert, felt like home to the calico she-cat. It was more natural to her to rest against his side than to sit or lie down some distance apart, though it was surprising to even her. She hadn’t noticed anything in particular about him the day she had rescued him and his party from the sandstorm, but quickly became curious about the tom when they had arrived back at camp. On a hunch (mostly curiosity), and a desire to make him feel welcome, Hummingbird had invited him to explore the tunnels and the Ancients camp with her. The bond that formed that day seemed to develop quickly, so much so that Hummingbird hadn’t even noticed it happening, but it was natural and it was comfortable so she never once questioned it.

The subtleness of Brackenheart’s touch against her, too, felt natural; a gentle coax for her to continue as well as a source of comfort. He seemed different though, as Brackenheart and not Brackenpaw, but it was not a bad different. It was as though any uncertainties or reservations he had were suddenly gone; he was confident, proud and truly coming to recognize who he was – or so it seemed to Hummingbird. It was nice to witness and play a part to, she decided, smiling a small smile with a contented gleam in her eyes.

”You seem different, you know?” She said slowly, face turned so she could watch the expressions on Brackenheart’s face. ”Not that there was anything wrong before, but you just see more…you. It’s like you’ve lit up from the inside out, it’s wonderful to see.” She purred a little, ears flicking as she turned her head away, glancing wordlessly towards the expanse of desert before them. It was all so still, not necessarily quiet, but still. She listened for some time to the noises: cicadas chirruping, coyotes howling, owls hooting…the noises were familiar, soothing in a way, and had an would always persist in the desert. The noises behind her – the faint noises that still lingered in camp – those were new to her, but just as comforting.

With a sort of sad smile the Ancient turned back to her ThunderClan companion, eyes soft but lingering with a sort of worry. ”It’s silly, ThunderClan is still so new to the desert, but it’s been real nice having another large grouping of cats for us to interact with. There’s plenty of cats at home, but not so diverse or with news or knowledge so different than ours.” She began, tucking her paws beneath her. The Ancients got loners and wanders, but not as often as the clans did in the valley, nor nearly as frequent. ”It will be lonely, I think, when ThunderClan goes back.” She continued on, her voice softer and much more quiet. She turned back to the brown tabby tom and pressed her cold nose into his cheek for a brief moment. ”I’ll miss you most of all, Brumblehoof.”
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Brackenheart
 Posted: Jan 27 2015, 11:00 PM
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If his Clanmates were watching him now, they probably wouldn't even recognize him.

Brackenheart was often sober, dry, focused. When he wasn't in the middle of some responsibility, he was grooming his pelt until it shone. He was goal-oriented and often uptight. Hummingbird changed all that, though. He couldn't explain it, didn't understand it himself, but she took a weight off of him and let him act freely, whether that manifested in silliness, wrestling, jokes, genuine smiles -- it was a Brackenheart quite different from normal. He retained his focus, but the focus shifted to include Hummingbird. He retained his dryness, but it was funnelled far more into humor than when she was away. The sobriety, well, that was out the window.

The Brackenheart that met Hummingbird's eyes as she told him he seemed different now was still straight-backed, but he felt loose where normally he was tight, light where normally he was heavy. His mouth quirked with good humor as she continued, trying to explain, and his pelt burned under her scrutiny. Praise was like air to Brackenheart, and this was certainly new and unusual praise, but perhaps one of the best compliments he'd ever received. He purred softly, turning his head away to survey the land around them -- he was still keeping vigil, after all.

That was how he remained through a comfortable pause, and he thought for a bit she'd fallen asleep until she started talking again. Even then, it wasn't until he could hear the sad note in her voice that Brackenheart took his eyes off the horizon and looked down at Hummingbird, a hint of concern in his expression that wasn't only reserved for her. He'd not thought about going back to the valley like that before. It had always been his dream, his goal, to help his Clan regain their rightful place in the home he was born in, and even with the Ancients' help surviving here, he'd never really thought they'd stay. And that was just it. They wouldn't. Her nose in his cheek shocked him enough to make Brackenheart squeeze his eyes shut, lean into the touch, and then she pulled back and said it, said those words. If he hadn't been so aware of his vow of silence for tonight, he might've given in to the instinct that had his jaw cracked open, eyes wide in surprise and alarm, the instinct that told him not to dispute that stupid name again but to echo her. He was afraid of what he found himself thinking, what he found himself wanting, but his sense of duty, as instinctual as breathing, made things very easy.

That vow of silent vigil, of complete surrender to the safety of the Clan, calmed his posture, shut his jaws with a click, made him take a deep breath and mentally step back. He brushed his nose over one of her delicate ears, the movement unhurried, before straightening to resume his vigil. Brackenheart's tail, the traitor, still managed to find its way to Hummingbird's, loosely overlapping in comfort, reassurance, and apology.
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Hummingbird
 Posted: Feb 20 2015, 04:32 PM
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Hummingbird felt a soft sign escape past her lips and her body give a small shudder as Brackenheart traced his nose past one of her ears. Beyond that, the she-cat remained perfectly still, fighting contrasting feelings to give into her desires and lean into the tom’s gentle touch. Contrasting because she knew Brackenheart would be leaving, and what good would allowing herself to feel all these feelings for him do, but she already felt them and no amount of fighting or hiding her feelings would change that. As much as she thought about the what ifs – what if she went with them – more than the fact Brackenheart and never asked held her back. Hummingbird was born into and belonged with the Society; it was all she knew, and while she wasn’t keen on tight places like the tunnels, she loved her duty and she loved serving the Society. ThunderClan and their own traditions were all very interesting, but it wasn’t home.

She lifted her eyes and smiled at her friend as he drew back, giving the quietest of purrs as his tail found hers. She nestled in a step closer and slowly let her head rest on the tom’s broader shoulder. ”I’ll come visit you though.” She promised quietly, knowing she would. She was interested to see where Brackenheart came from and what he longed so much to return to. ”I’m going to close my eyes now, promise to wake me when the sun comes up? I should really head home-“ She had training to return to, after all. ”but I’ll come see you again before you do go home, we’ve plenty left to do together.” She did her best to sound bright and hopeful, but the sleep mixed with the mingling feelings she was feeling took the spark from her voice.

Wriggling her nose into his fur one last time, Hummingbird slowly let her body drop to the ground, curling up snuggly against the ThunderClan warrior as her eyes slid shut.
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