Except for her sister, Mothwing, and Sorreltail, Leafpool had no friends. I blame that on how she acted as an apprentice, being all goody-girl and the like. Do you think Leafpool would have been a bit more well rounded if she had more friends who were close to her age?
Y’know, I admit I’ve always been a little puzzled over this; because considering how easily Leafpaw became friends with Moth and Sorrel, and Cody later, and how she kept an easy rapport with most cats she came across (and was respectful and undemanding in most social settings) I can’t make sense of how little friends Leafpool ended up having because the Erins firstly made her out to be one of those who made friends wherever she went - yet as an adult medcat there’s only Mothwing remaining (and that wasn’t too well executed in the long run) with Sorrel stuffed back into the background noise again, and little to no mention of any other friendly relationships for Leafpool outside of her immediate family circle. Idk that just didn’t make sense to me, no matter what sort of drama she’d been through at the end of NP.
But yes, when you mention it, one of the things I really missed for Leafpaw was for her to associate a little more with her own generation. The Erins imo made a hit and miss on Sorreltail cuz even tho she was still -paw there at the start, she was still about a year older than Leafpaw. It’s okay that Leaf gets on easier with cats who are older than her (Squirrel and Bramble don’t count Bramble usually got really childish around her lol) but at the same time you’d think there were some differences between them, a little bit of an age gap that would be hard to bridge. But then again Sorreltail was only chosen to be Leafpool’s close friend so Leaf had someone to be envious of when she got pregnant…
And seriously, the NP apprentices’ generation was so underestimated?? Here you had sweet and diligent Whitepaw (whose temperament was really similar to Leaf herself) sourpuss Spiderpaw and his bro Shrewpaw, and then crazy lil’ Squirrelpaw, and this all sounds like a merry little clusterfuck - yet Leafpaw’s pov is almost excluded from this group just because she’s the speciul lil’ medicine cat apprentice… as if someone who’ll be in a very socially important position in the clan in the future would be better off isolated from her peers, when one of the medicine cat’s most important skills is namely people skills… yay… and now I have yet another reason to dislike how the Erins treat the medcat position. u3u