Gingerkit > Gingerpaw > Gingerleaf
Kit > Apprentice > Warrior
Tom - RiverClan
Parents: Longfoot, Ivyfall
Children: Stronglight, Leafwish, Starlingpelt
Apprentices: Kinkflower, Kestrelfrost
!!Sensitive content including grooming and acknowledged incest!!
As a young apprentice, he and his sister, Tumblepaw were always competitive with each other, and did everything together. Consequently, their mentors Mistyleap and Sagefrost decided to train them together often. Sagefrost would take both Tumblepaw and Gingerpaw out and vice-versa. Gingerpaw lived a wonderful, typical apprentice life, despite the death of his mother when he was younger. Sagefrost, as their mother's sister, filled the void of a maternal relationship.
Until Sagefrost discovered a secret about her family that she didn't like, becoming twitchy, aggressive, and paranoid, and even turning to the Dark Forest, a fact she would later confide in Gingerpaw. This secret- one she never told anyone- manifested itself into a darkness inside her, and, while she maintained the appearance of one of the clan's most well-respected warriors on the outside, her inside deteriorated, as anyone close to her would soon notice.
Gingerpaw was one of the first to notice, questioning his aunt and pseudo-mentor. Sagefrost quickly latched onto his comfort and support, and Gingerpaw began to distance himself from his mentor, Mistyleap, his sister, Tumblepaw, and his father, Ivyfall, as he spent all his time comforting and hanging out with Sagefrost. They often had training secessions together... Training secessions that turned into something much darker. Gingerpaw wasn't sure if he enjoyed those 'secessions' as much as Sagefrost, but to see her happy made him happy, so he continued with them.
When he got his warrior name, Sagefrost asked him to be her mate. In the Clans, incest was inevitable, and as long as the pair weren't parent-and-kit or siblings, then the couple would generally be accepted, although aunts and uncles getting with their nephews and nieces was frowned upon, depending on the clan's current status and how close the family was. Gingerleaf couldn't say no to her, even though he didn't really want to be her mate. The two soon had kits, and Gingerleaf found himself detached from the kits, never truly loving them. Sagefrost seemed to notice this and often pressured him to watch them or comment on how much he loved them or her, growing more and more desperate.
As their relationship went on, the clan began to take notice of their unharmonious and unequal relationship. Tumblefoot in particular was vocal about her disapproval, noting that her brother and Sagefrost had been too 'close' when he was an apprentice. Eventually, through coaxing from Tumblefoot and Ivyfall, Gingerleaf broke up with Sagefrost. It utterly broke Sagefrost, which made Gingerleaf feel immensely guilty and try to make her happy again, but his sister made him stay away from her and not succumb to her toxicity.
When Sagefrost was discovered drowned in the river, Gingerleaf couldn't help but blame himself, feeling truly as though he was responsible. But with support from his family and clanmates, he found himself flourishing, able to live a happier life without Sagefrost. He grew close with his apprentices, Kinkflower and Kestrelfrost, but always kept them at a tail's length away, afraid he'd become like Sagefrost.
“Lithe golden-ginger tabby tom.”
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