Palilaflame stood in the clearing, waiting for her apprentice. She wanted to see where Dunepaw was at as far as tracking. If the apprentice was able to reach the warrior in good time, that was a good sign. A cat's smell was very essential and was helpful in hunting, tracking, etc. That was a skill that she would ingrain in any apprentice. The session could go in two ways. If Dunepaw came on time, she would get started on battle training and perhaps teach climbing, if the young cat had enough energy. If he came late, she may or may not punish him, teach him how to track others, and then do a sparring session.
The she cat wasn't exactly sure about what to expect. She hadn't ever trained anyone before and was just learning clan stuff. It seemed as if each clan (before uniting) had its own separate hunting and battle tactics in addition to the regular ones. Palilaflame joined the clans less than a moon ago, so she didn't have a connection with any clans before separation. Well, since they are united, it probably doesn't matter that much... I mean either one can hunt or not. Same with fighting and other skills. I'll try my best, though. For a moment, the warrior wondered why she was assigned an apprentice in the first place. One, she was very impatient. If one took too long to comprehend a concept, she would get tired quite fast. The she cat also wasn't a fan of getting close with others. While being a mentor wasn't really about being close, it did help make sessions better. Lastly, she came into the clan less than a moon ago. Mmm... Not sure if I should take it as a compliment or not... Meh. They probably need as many warriors as they could get.
The large cat decided to sit and rest her legs. Her claws dug into the ground as she waited for Dunepaw. He should be here any minute now...
[attr="class","roxietext"]the sun would rise on one of his first days training. the young six moon old apprentice was shocked that he had even been given a mentor at all, considering his hyperactive nature and childish nature. however, the rustic looking tom was not one to allow such pitiful thoughts to cloud his judgement. with a huff, he rose from his den and emerged into the camp. he had half expected to see his mentor, palilaflame however the she-cat was no where to be found. he huffed in annoyance, not really understanding the concept of having his own mentor, if they would leave him wondering.
as he headed for the entrance to the camp, he spotted a young white warrior named blizzardberry meow his way that his mentor was waiting for him in the territory. he almost had half a mind to ask her where the she-cat was hiding, but he figured that he would just have to rely on his own mind to locate her. swallowing, he tried to recall the she-cat's scent. a foreign smell, something he was not sure of, but yet still very much part of the clan here. he mulled over the idea that the clan had given him a new warrior, however he figured the shortage of warriors at the time could justify it.
it took him longer then he wanted to admit to fine the she-cat's scent. however, once he caught it, he held true, his paws carrying his body towards where she was. his eyes wide as he tried to catch the she-cat's appearance in the distance, and at last, at least 5 or so minutes later than he should have been, he arrived. his breath came in huffs, his eyes wide with wonder and his smile growing quickly as he approached her. "hi palilaflame! sorry i'm late, i still don't know the territory very well!" he meowed with a little less confidence then he wanted to process.
looking over his mentor as he caught his breath, he smiled brightly. "what are we doing today?"
Palilaflame kept turning her head, looking around for her apprentice. When she couldn't find him, she lashed her tail in irritation. Her patience was wearing thin pretty fast. He is going to have some explaining to do! For whatever reason he's late, he better have an excusable explanation. The warrior wasn't going to waste her brain power to list out possible reasons. To occupy herself, she walked to the nearest tree and sharpened her claws. She knew that if she sat there in annoyance, it would reflect on the way she treated Dunepaw. The she cat didn't want the first day to be difficult.
When she caught a whiff of his scent, she lowered her body and walked to the center of the clearing. Her body language was rather relaxed with little tension. She regarded him coolly as he approached her. The older cat noticed his happy expressions and also lacking confidence. Palilaflame wasn't exactly sure if she bought his explanation. Surely following the scent would give him enough direction? She didn't expect him to know the territory well given that kits weren't allowed to venture outside of the territory. At least he apologized. After a moment of watching him with intensity, she decided to give him a pass. Just once.
"We are going to work on tracking and do some sparring," she finally said. Without waiting for a response, she swiftly turned around and walked ahead. Her tail slowly moved in a semicircle. "Come with me, Dunepaw." The flame-colored she cat wasn't going to give much time for small talk; that was what the time outside of training was for. The fewer distractions, the more time they could use up for training. When she reached a good spot, she stopped and gestured for the apprentice to stand by her. "Stay here and close your eyes." The warrior wanted to gauge his senses. "Tell me what you smell, hear, and the direction of the wind." The nose wasn't the only helpful way to get to know the location and where someone or something was. Utilizing other senses were also helpful and could widen the potential of fully engaging with the environment. Just using the nose kept options narrow.
At the moment, there were faint rodent scents along with strong vegetation smells. There were also semi-weak cat odors. Birds were calling from the sky. There were pecking sounds, which seemed to come from the trees. Palilaflame and Dunepaw were downwind of any object (or someone) in front of them. Noting such an atmosphere, the mentor waited for her apprentice to describe his observations. Her bright yellow-green watched him intently, while also keeping tabs on their surroundings.