for a fleeting moment, kestrelswoop had thought that this could work. they worked as a unit, batting and swatting away rats from them with relative ease. his head swung back and forth, taking as many of the rats into his limited field of vision, his left eye darting to one rat, then another. at this point, he'd lost count of how many he'd flung back into the sea of rodents. but, the rats just kept coming. it seemed as though there was no end to them. how long could they carry on like this? they'd all tire out eventually.
his ears swiveled towards the sound of juniperstar's warning, whipping his head around on instinct to stare incredulously at the rats that had seemingly appeared out of thin air behind them, the momentum of this sudden movement causing him to drop back down onto all four paws before he tumbled over. the rats in front took advantage of this mistake, latching on to his ankles. searing pain shot up his legs, a hiss following shortly afterwards. he felt more bite onto his tail, thanking his genes for once that he had thick fur to guard his appendage from their teeth. claws swiped at the rodents in order to dislodge them, his tail lashing in an attempt to free it. he was barely even aware of mothshine's departure, nor of the few cats who chose to follow her, too focused on the vermin that surrounded him.