Beebuzz coughed, his body wracked with pain as he opened his eyes. To his horror he spotted another cat in the medicine den - Eaglecry.
Not her too! He tried to call her name, but a wave of pain slammed down on him. He winced, his body contorting. Gasping from breath, hen managed to whisper, "Eaglecry?"
Blinking open her eyes at the sound of her name, Eaglecry battled through a wave of nausea and twisted to the side, catching sight of another tom who lay in a nest near her. Letting out a groan, she forced a smile, her breath heavy in her throat. "Beebuzz? Hey, you got sick too?"
Painfully, the tom nodded. "Yeah," he croaked. "I hoped you wouldn't..." He trailed off trying to catch his breath. He had an idea. Dragging himself slowly across the den, he managed to grab a wet ball of moss in his teeth, and staggered over to her nest. "Here, drink," he panted, settling down beside her, trying to keep her warm.
Glancing around as the tom settled beside her, Eaglecry ducked her head awkwardly and motioned towards the wet moss. "Y-You didn't have to move, you know..." Not wanting to seem ungrateful, however, she ducked down and lapped at the moss, the taste of fresh water against her tongue sparking a little life back into her. "Here." she nudged the moss over to Beebuzz. "Share."
Beebuzz bent his head and gratefully lapped up a few drops of the water. Really, he wanted to save most of it for her.
"So," he mewed, his voice rasping. "You ate one of those birds?"
Nodding, Eaglecry laughed slightly. "Yeah, I just couldn't help myself..." blinking slowly to force down the nausea that flooded her, she rolled her eyes slightly. "Me and my stupid appetite."
Beebuzz chuckled,the simple movement sending pain juddering through him. "It's a shame, birds are usually my favourite food!"he attempted to joke. His cheerfulness died quickly though.
"We've lost so many," he murmured, looking around at the subdued medicine den. "2 kits, within days of eachother! Is StarClan punishing us?" The normally happy tom sounded miserable and wretched.
"I'm sure that this has all happened for a reason..." Despite her optimistic words, Eaglecry found herself doubting what she was saying. So many cats... What if Starclan wants us to die...? A shudder passing through her at the though, she flinched in pain at the movement. "Starclan wouldn't punish us meaninglessly. There's always a reason, and if we give up so soon, we'll never find it..." the she-cat smiled weakly at Beebuzz, hating to see the tom loose hope so quickly.
Beebuzz managed a weak smile."I guess," he mewed, touching his nose to her ear gratefully. "You're a smart cat." There was a pause, and the tom drew back, slightly embarrassed. To give himself something to do he lapped up some drops of water.
Stiffening up slightly as the tom touched her ear, Eaglecry felt heat rise to her face and she ducked down, lapping at her paw awkwardly. "T-thanks." She managed to speak, her voice shaking slightly, hoping that she could disguise her embarrassment with the fact that she was ill.
To be continued~