How long had it been since he had made a new friend? Cloudypaw couldn't remember. Since moving into the Flights only a couple of months ago, the quiet, noticeably distant feline hadn't really made an effort to socialize outside of his siblings. Yeah, he held (minimal) conversation with the other members of Volary Flights now and then, but they rarely went anywhere. He didn't blame anyone other than himself. He knew he was awkward to talk to. He had a hard time carrying conversations, and often preferred to tag along with his siblings and listen to their conversations, but alas that rarely made any connections for him personally. He disliked being in any sort of spotlight, and that definitely provided some problems for him that others didn't have.
While he did feel lonely, he always concluded that it was better than feeling uncomfortable. He at least had his siblings to talk to, and he found that was enough to get through the day. Talking to anyone else made him jumpy, on-edge. His mind never went to good places when he was like that. Avoiding that place was the best, and the best way to do that was to just not talk to anyone.
Even now, as he was on the hunt for Dovepaw and Sugarpaw, he was avoiding others, dodging gazes and turning away from friendly (and the occasional more apathetic) greetings. Occasionally he would stop, look around in an attempt to find their familiar figures, only to have to move on again. This is what he had spent the morning doing. Now, with the time approaching noon, the lacking presence of his sisters was beginning to get to the small-bodied cat. His paw, being the only true window into seeing exactly how Cloud felt, began to tap in a small, quick and anxious motion. Should he call out for them? Would that draw too much attention? He fought back the urge to bite his lip, withholding his (other than his tapping foot) composed look. He guessed he should just keep looking around and hope that no one would notice him doing his fourth lap around the Phoenix Ruins today.
//not my greatest start but im just not having in rn oof;;