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Ch.17: Darkness
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Ch.17: Darknesscopyright protection4PENANAjwJ2mXHxJ5

 It was a beautiful day. Lionblaze and his mate Cedarheart, were sitting together sun bathing. Firestar was getting old. He was fourteen years old with three lives left. Sandstorm was old, too. She was eleven years old. Graystripe was twelve years old. Mousefur and Goldenflower were now the oldest elders. Longtail was younger. He had retired early due to failing sight, after a rabbit had scratched his eyes when he was hunting it. Mousefur had retired after starting to get cramped muscles and unable to do much, because of that when she was a senior warrior. Goldenflower had retired because of old age. The clan had lost track of how old these three elders were. They did know this, though. Goldenflower is the oldest cat in Thunderclan.copyright protection4PENANAPoTMaFN5vs

            Rosepaw and Moonpaw were wrestling around by the Elder’s den. Moonpaw, a gray tom, bowled Rosepaw, a light tabby she-cat over, and they rolled in a playful ball into the elder’s den.copyright protection4PENANA5nlF3R1w9u

            “Scat! Get out of here little rascals!” scolded Mousefur.copyright protection4PENANAjt12vo0dVJ

            “Mousefur, they’re only apprentices. They’re still young,” Goldenflower said.copyright protection4PENANAiL8cxiRlom

            “You shouldn’t scold them,” Longtail said. “I remember a certain apprentice that was always in trouble. You were always rolling around in other cats’ dens with the others.”copyright protection4PENANANuK99N0aka

            The apprentices looked at the elders.copyright protection4PENANAFDDGG94Gm0

            “We’re sorry,” Rosepaw apologized.copyright protection4PENANAqELyQiRIEf

            “Yes. We’re very sorry,” Moonpaw mewed.copyright protection4PENANA5rJPATDB4X

            They each shuffled a front paw in the dirt.copyright protection4PENANAMJBpqizvYV

            “It’s okay young’uns,” Longtail soothed. “You better go play somewhere else.”copyright protection4PENANAvpAgXrzP9d

            They scampered off.copyright protection4PENANA4fFO5fIIRM

            Jayfeather was sorting herbs when he suddenly started having a vision.copyright protection4PENANAGDwh3XzCty

            “Jayfeather,” a young, gray she-cat greeted.copyright protection4PENANAxYY8fWzPLJ

            “Who are you? I’ve never seen you before.”copyright protection4PENANA3PYIE3YnMP

            “I’m Moonflower. I was Bluestar’s mother in the old forest.”copyright protection4PENANA9stGKwEk87

            “How did you die, Moonflower?”copyright protection4PENANATG5ROlNoay

            “Thunderclan raided an attack on the Windclan camp. Bluestar and her sister Snowfur were barely apprentices. Pinestar was the leader back then. He ordered me to destroy the Medicine cat’s supplies. It was Hawkheart back then. I started to destroy the supplies. Sunfall the deputy was helping. One of the Windclan cats alerted Hawkheart and he attacked us. He killed me before Sunfall could get to his paws. Hawkheart knew how because he had been a warrior before he was a Medicine cat. So that’s how I died. But I didn’t come to tell you that. I have a message, Jayfeather.”copyright protection4PENANA7eo6W3aUqW

            “What’s the message?”copyright protection4PENANAKzodg9JUtS

            “Darkness will risecopyright protection4PENANA2ny8ent2LE

            Battle will comecopyright protection4PENANAATSZ0P2aKs

            Allies will be lostcopyright protection4PENANA6u2vHiFrd8

            The cry of the Crowcopyright protection4PENANAjgwSoKfRM1

            Will be lostcopyright protection4PENANAwnVpmVeo6Y

            The Leaf will go downcopyright protection4PENANAQdtTIacoCq

            The Fire that once blazed through the forestcopyright protection4PENANAxWG3O4N4WA

            Will no more blazecopyright protection4PENANA6sX1SkX7I3

            The Lion will roar and risecopyright protection4PENANA6zgzsZKEom

            And the Claw of the Bramble will be defeatedcopyright protection4PENANA4ViKY7PMbL

            By the Claw of the ancient Scourge,” she recited from memory and then faded away.copyright protection4PENANAmhekj6Ehem

            He was blind again.copyright protection4PENANAkkWBUoBE3Z

            When he was done sorting herbs, he went outside and sat.copyright protection4PENANA18UkTTrIFD

            “Darkness will risecopyright protection4PENANAt1VImfP0w3

            Battle will comecopyright protection4PENANAnRojsiI4WM

            Allies will be lost,” he recited first, thinking of what it means.copyright protection4PENANA4YUYiNRKwx

            “What kind of Darkness?” he asked himself.copyright protection4PENANAnZzjIVyxV4

            He suddenly remembered Lionblaze's dreams. Just one surfaced now. Tigerstar fighting him. Then he remembered what had happened after Poppyfrost's kits had been born. He and Lionblaze had both seen Tigerstar, Hawkfrost, and Brokentail in a corner looking at the kits.copyright protection4PENANABjVZCohlse

            “The Darkness is the cats from the Dark Forest,” he answered himself. “Our allies won’t be our allies anymore. So there’s going to be a big battle, the cats from the Dark Forest will rise, and we’ll lose our allies.” He then recited the last part. copyright protection4PENANA7wd2vvPnfl

            “The cry of the Crow will be lostcopyright protection4PENANAUDltW3ouBk

            The Leaf will go downcopyright protection4PENANAycDucgSuCk

            The Fire that once blazed through the forestcopyright protection4PENANAIKRWMmrCJH

            Will no more blazecopyright protection4PENANAYEkj7hnwLZ

            The Lion will roar and risecopyright protection4PENANARkbvOnMGRo

            And the Claw of the Bramble will be defeatedcopyright protection4PENANA1A9TwVfYxZ

            By the Claw of the ancient Scourge.”copyright protection4PENANAFwD0QLhdi2

            The first line he realized instantly.copyright protection4PENANAd9noFcMrTE

            “Crowfeather. It’s Crowfeather. Crowfeather's cry or yowl will be lost. Maybe lost in battle. The Leaf is Leafpool. She’ll either get hurt or go to Starclan. The Fire is Firestar. He’ll either die or get hurt and unable to do what he has always done. The Lion must be Lionblaze. He’ll rise and do something to roar. The Claw of the Bramble is Brambleclaw. The claw of the ancient Scourge must be Scourge’s spirit. It could also be some cat from the remaining Bloodclan. Oh Starclan! What do you want me to do?”copyright protection4PENANAQUfZNMV3Kt

            He looked up at the sky, even though he was blind and couldn’t see it.copyright protection4PENANA3qZGqPsI3K

            Just then, yowling pierced the air.copyright protection4PENANALgU8Fzks1d

            Jayfeather ran towards the yowls, Lionblaze and Dovepaw at his flanks.copyright protection4PENANA7R8mRW9NZU

            They looked into the roaring river, Crowfeather splashing around in it.copyright protection4PENANAg3kfKL5ct8

            Lionblaze jumped into the river.copyright protection4PENANAXepSm5sHxt

            “Be careful,” Jayfeather mewed.copyright protection4PENANAUEl31dZb0Z

            “I will,” he answered his younger brother. Then he mewed to their father. “Hang on, Crowfeather. I’m coming.”copyright protection4PENANA5g2pwMaBZE

            As his son started trying to reach him, the Wind clan warrior went under.copyright protection4PENANAKWSaPffhWM

            “Crowfeather!” Lionblaze yowled, and plunged as fast as he could to where he had gone under.copyright protection4PENANALRr7UtkTEl

            He dove under and blindly grasped him by the scruff.copyright protection4PENANATJCV98IjKH

            He resurfaced and swam to the bank.copyright protection4PENANAYvEQFt5UL1

            “Dovepaw, take him,” he told her, talking around his father’s scruff.copyright protection4PENANAHwT8ENCYHg

            She grabbed his scruff and pulled him up, laying him on the ground.copyright protection4PENANAkA0Ww95etP

            Jayfeather padded over to his father and sniffed.copyright protection4PENANAWrkAh04nUP

            Lionblaze tensed to jump, but was suddenly taken off course by a huge wave.copyright protection4PENANApBmiK05mZN

            “Lionblaze!” Dovepaw yowled and plunged into the river after him.copyright protection4PENANACjnCgULl8e

             A few minutes later, she had gotten him back on the banks, as well as herself.copyright protection4PENANAa4GvFXvJlp

            They shook themselves free of the ice-cold water.copyright protection4PENANAzK1V2LW87V

            “Thanks, Dovepaw,” Lionblaze said.copyright protection4PENANAWKfjmvd8Qm

            “Are you okay?”copyright protection4PENANAn1r3w712Qm

            “Yes. I am. Thanks.”copyright protection4PENANAsq7tmaeiim

            Crowfeather got to his paws.copyright protection4PENANAee6tytZMBP

            “Thanks, Lionblaze. Jayfeather.”copyright protection4PENANA9ZRA2nH4qy

            He dipped his head and then ran back to his territory.copyright protection4PENANArSZyllIAD1

            The three Thunderclan cats headed back home.copyright protection4PENANAXSg3mPwlB8

            Lionblaze woke up with a paw nudging him in the side.copyright protection4PENANAbK72lap3eQ

            “Jayfeather, what is it?” he whispered.copyright protection4PENANACGIBe3WXEA

            “Follow me.”copyright protection4PENANAYBsfFO4b9G

            He got to his paws and followed him to the Medicine den. Dovepaw was waiting for them.copyright protection4PENANAkkrrnMCNQR

            “We have to talk,” Jayfeather said, sitting down. “I had a vision today when I was sorting herbs.”copyright protection4PENANADsxl3LpZJ4

            “Jayfeather, it’s the middle of the night,” his brother protested.copyright protection4PENANAzHF2XlQ1w0

            “Lionblaze, this is about the ones we love and care about,” he said.copyright protection4PENANAHRl9iIVVvM

            “Fine. Carry on.”copyright protection4PENANAM8ejuh5ThP

            He told them his vision and what it all meant.copyright protection4PENANAXRwDTtYJvv

            “That’s what I saw. I have a feeling that I’m right about what it all means.”copyright protection4PENANAJdm5mFNiAj

            “But if Firestar and Brambleclaw die, who will be the leader? The clan can’t survive without either one,” Lionblaze said.copyright protection4PENANA4nsjHWBNPS

            “I know. I pray that we can’t or don’t stop either from going to Starclan, our ancestors will show me who’ll be next. Maybe you’ll be chosen, Lionblaze. Maybe that’s what it means by you rising and roaring. Maybe you’ll be the next leader. I think you would be great. You’re undefeatable in battle, you’re loyal, you make wise decisions, and you listen to what other have to say. If you ask me, you’re pretty close to being Firestar’s reflection of himself.”copyright protection4PENANACNJ9rCDpm8

            Lionblaze looked at the black Medicine cat, suddenly seeing wisdom in his sightless eyes.copyright protection4PENANAU6mhbIXZ1x

            “Maybe you’re right,” he agreed, and then turned to the gray apprentice. “What about you? What do you think, Dovepaw?”copyright protection4PENANAi5VKoCGZqw

            “I agree, Lionblaze. So how are we going to stop all of this?”copyright protection4PENANAS2kBcLePaB

            “Tell Graystripe and Sandstorm. They can protect Firestar. Tell Squirrelflight and she can protect Brambleclaw and Leafpool. Tell Ash foot and she can protect Crowfeather. We have to go on a journey,” Jayfeather announced.copyright protection4PENANAY5HlnT3kS4

            “What journey?” Dovepaw mewed excitingly.copyright protection4PENANASaaNVzqCzQ

            “We have to go find Barley. I know he’s a kittypet, but he used to be one of Scourge’s cats. He’ll know how to defeat any of the surviving Blood clan cats. I’ll leave Brightheart in my place. While we go on the journey, you can be Dove paw's mentor,” Jayfeather said.copyright protection4PENANA9rTt36ehWp

            “You’re right,” Lionblaze agreed.copyright protection4PENANATUvAfStjdm

            “Let’s go to Windclan. It’s almost dawn. We could catch a patrol,” he told the apprentice and warrior.copyright protection4PENANAo5xyTs7j5G

            The young apprentice silently prayed that the deputy would be leading the patrol, and that no cat on their own territory would catch them.copyright protection4PENANAae84HbaWt6

            Lionblaze led Dovepaw and Jayfeather out of the den and silently out of the camp from the dirt place. The place where cats went to go make dirt.copyright protection4PENANAmm1RXhKrBX

            “Jayfeather! Lionblaze! Dovepaw! Greetings,” Ashfoot greeted, approaching the young cats. “What is it? Is something wrong? You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t need something,” said with concern, standing in front of them.copyright protection4PENANANZ2kyVNGfS

            Jayfeather spoke.copyright protection4PENANAmq7vvPGGM9

            “I had a vision yesterday at noon high. Moon flower came to me and gave me a warning. A few of our cats and your son are in danger.”copyright protection4PENANAN8wO0t6KUH

            “Tell me what she said.”copyright protection4PENANAIHHL2fHQVW

            “We should be alone,” he implied.copyright protection4PENANAJinQNSGuys

            She flicked her tail for the patrol to leave them and they obeyed.copyright protection4PENANADlA9aBDhmx

            “Now then. What did she say?”copyright protection4PENANAZ4fGPhVw7R

            “I’ll tell you only about your son. At least for right now,” he said, and then recited it. “The cry of the Crow will be lost. That’s all she said about him.”copyright protection4PENANAtRaQHXJnri

            “But how will his cry be lost?”copyright protection4PENANAQ5EqfO2S6o

            “Maybe I should tell you the whole thing.”copyright protection4PENANAq5sFLiXHO5

            He then recited it.copyright protection4PENANAziWJ8EGS18

            “Darkness will risecopyright protection4PENANAaSeOjtDlmJ

            Battle will comecopyright protection4PENANAJMObrzuphi

            Allies will be lostcopyright protection4PENANAuQAqzJ5gB7

            The cry of the Crow will be lostcopyright protection4PENANApMZDAi7eDt

            The Leaf will go downcopyright protection4PENANAXmgLyHl27D

            The Fire that once blazed through the forestcopyright protection4PENANAlBtW23F7kh

            Will no more blazecopyright protection4PENANAeJ3dnEvvS9

            The Lion will roar and risecopyright protection4PENANAYPveB4WX73

            And the Claw of the Bramble will be defeatedcopyright protection4PENANAAsF3oH74Pr

            By the Claw of the ancient Scourge.”copyright protection4PENANAl3bphz4N4W

            “Oh Starclan! That sounds horrible!” she exclaimed. “What does it mean?”copyright protection4PENANAW2MshowelE

            “It means something will happen and the cats from the Dark Forest will rise, there’ll be a battle, we’ll lose our allies, and Crowfeather, Leafpool, Firestar, and Brambleclaw will die or be killed. Lionblaze will somehow rise. We came to tell you about your son, so you can watch out for him and keep him safe. Don’t tell any cat. If Crowfeather asks, you can tell him. No other cat. We better go now,” he told her, and they turned to head back home.copyright protection4PENANAhV7XYwF6Au

            Ash foot headed back to the camp with her Clan mates, as soon as the three cats had left.copyright protection4PENANAxWyJmPiqCm

            As they raced through the undergrowth together, Jayfeather wondered if they’d succeed in stopping the deaths of their Clan mates and Ashfoot's son, even though they held ‘the powers of the stars in their paws.’copyright protection4PENANAnzp91GxyUS

            The next day, they told the cats they said they’d tell, Jayfeather left Brightheart in his place, they ate traveling herbs, and then set off to go find Barley.copyright protection4PENANAccNjaMPPSq

            They ran until the territories of the clans were behind them and then slowed to a walk.copyright protection4PENANAjqnR9JHr9j

            “So who’s Barley exactly?” Dovepaw asked them.copyright protection4PENANAOwSdGUUdsP

            “Barley is an old friend to Firestar and most other clan cats. In stories that we were told, we heard that he’s very friendly,” Lionblaze told her.copyright protection4PENANA6E2UYcGO1z

            “Lionblaze! Jayfeather! Dovepaw! Wait up!” the old warrior said.copyright protection4PENANAfl0Cc9lTBu

            They stopped and let him catch up.copyright protection4PENANAdq16DH0yVs

            “What are you doing, Graystripe?” Lionblaze asked.copyright protection4PENANAn17pV6CCUE

            “Seeing where you’re heading first. It looks like you’re on a journey. Where to?”copyright protection4PENANAb9ZbLbl75X

            “We need to find Barley. He’ll know how to stop any of Scourge’s cats.”copyright protection4PENANACjnDp0kpyf

            “I’m coming with you. I know where he is.”copyright protection4PENANASWh0mc6YO1

            They let him lead them onward, following him.copyright protection4PENANAC0bCcXNx4T

            They stopped to rest several miles afterward, and then Lionblaze started mentoring Dovepaw.copyright protection4PENANAuGcRkCSF2r

            “Try to knock me off my paws. Use your size to your advantage,” he suggested.copyright protection4PENANAUUncVKo2Id

            “Okay.”copyright protection4PENANA3ldfXpcLXh

            She quickly processed how and then ran under his paws and he lost his balance. He fell and she pinned him down.copyright protection4PENANAFrYSjiubXw

            “How was that?” she asked.copyright protection4PENANACSr04mKtot

            “That was great. You’ll be a warrior in no time at this rate.”copyright protection4PENANAGsPUHNkUyh

            “It’s fun having you as my mentor.”copyright protection4PENANAbeJa62sAeq

            “Thanks. Now let me up.”copyright protection4PENANA6RjySoUDRj

            She did as she was told.copyright protection4PENANA6yLWssJNni

            “In battle, there’s one rule you have to remember, Dovepaw. Always be on the lookout. Don’t assume that your enemy is done until he or she flees,” he pointed out, sitting on his haunches.copyright protection4PENANA4ywOJCQbd5

            She nodded, telling herself that she mustn’t forget anything that he taught and told her.copyright protection4PENANACkWWSOkNrc

            “We’ve had enough rest. Let’s move on,” Graystripe said, stretching.copyright protection4PENANA6yKSudle0I

            They followed him even farther, trusting in the warrior, trusting in Starclan, and knowing that Graystripe knew where they were headed and wouldn’t get lost.copyright protection4PENANAw5h3T0GKcT

            “Be careful,” Graystripe warned. “This is the two leg place. There’s several things that could happen here. There’s twolegs that could try and grab you, dogs that are sometimes loose, kitty pets that protect their territory and there’s rogues that come out and attack without a reason to.”copyright protection4PENANAPPeML7B5U3

            They ran quickly through the two leg place and then stopped when they got to the horseplace.copyright protection4PENANAh1B2T6fflg

            They found their way back to the old forest and went to the horse place where Barley and Ravenpaw lived.copyright protection4PENANAXSmfVffC0s

            “Graystripe!” greeted a tabby tom and dark, old tabby tom.copyright protection4PENANAwPhKC2Rd8M

            They bounded over to him.copyright protection4PENANAgpNSsHYHWk

            “It’s so good to see you,” the younger cat greeted. “I haven’t seen you since the last time you journeyed here with Windclan and Firestar. So who are these three?”copyright protection4PENANAYUck97ApKA

            “Ravenpaw. Barley. Meet Dovepaw, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather.”copyright protection4PENANASgq902cSfk

            He pointed with his tail to each one as he introduced them.copyright protection4PENANAEvKsoc9nU6

            “Lionblaze is a warrior, Jayfeather is a Medicine cat, and Dovepaw is training to be a warrior. You remember Sand paw, don’t you?”copyright protection4PENANAHS1Tdb1OBL

            “Yes, Graystripe. I do. Well, she has been a warrior since after you left. Her name is Sandstorm. She and Firestar are mates now. Their kits are Squirrelflight and Leafpool. They’re warriors now. But just like me, Leafpool mated with Crowfeather, a Windclan cat. She had three kits. Lionblaze and Jayfeather are two of them. Their sister Hollyleaf died. It’s been many moons since that happened. And do you remember Princess?”copyright protection4PENANAot1OC2ROU6

            “Yes. I do.”copyright protection4PENANA9zCT105bn0

            “And do you remember Firestar saying she had kits?”copyright protection4PENANAh5TiY6u0U5

            “Yes.”copyright protection4PENANALjyN8aPZZK

            “One of them is of Thunderclan. His name is Cloudtail. He’s a senior warrior now. He and Brightheart are mates. Dovepaw and Icepaw are their kits. These three young cats here are part of a prophecy. They have come for your help. It’s concerning a warning that Moonflower told Jayfeather.”copyright protection4PENANA69jJ2lJ8w7

            “Before we start, I’d like to tell them what our gifts are,” he told the deputy and then spoke to the farm cats. “I was born blind, but I can see when I dream and have visions. And every now and then, I can see memories and thoughts. Dovepaw can hear and see things happening farther than any cat can. Lionblaze is untouchable in battle. The prophecy that we’re apart of says we ‘hold the power of the stars’ in our ‘paws. There’s one more thing I can do. I can walk in other cat’s dreams and see what’s going on.”copyright protection4PENANA8Oc17b8Bb3

            “Wait. Did you say his name is Ravenpaw?” the apprentice asked.copyright protection4PENANAGXmeKvpAvp

            “Yes. That’s my name. I never died. It was a plan to make every cat think that. You see, Tigerclaw, now known as Tigerstar, wanted to kill me because I knew too much. I told Firestar and Graystripe and they brought me here. Even though I’m a kittypet, I still keep the ways of the warrior code and haven’t forgotten Starclan. You must keep it a secret that I’m alive. No cat must know except you three, Firestar, and Graystripe. Maybe someday they should know, but not yet. It’s a secret you must keep.”copyright protection4PENANAlByEkB04Jw

            “Come. Let’s go to the barn where we can talk,” Barley said.copyright protection4PENANAcSlpUsB33M

            They followed the tabbies inside and then sat in the middle of the barn floor.copyright protection4PENANA6JJtYuYo4t

            “What do you need me for?” Barley asked.copyright protection4PENANAOp5m4qY5vI

            “There’s a warning of things that’ll happen,” Lionblaze answered.copyright protection4PENANABHAW7vpIys

            He had heard it so many times that the tabby tom of Thunderclan was able to recite it without help. He then told them what Jayfeather thought it all meant and what they had done so far.copyright protection4PENANAvEce8bJ6zO

            “That’s why we need you to come home with us and help,” Dovepaw said.copyright protection4PENANAAneGKj7IoC

            “Then I will. Where have you moved to?”copyright protection4PENANAq0k1Xrwma5

            “The sun-drown place,” Jayfeather answered.copyright protection4PENANAOFK1UScDZM

            “I want to come, too,” Ravenpaw said.copyright protection4PENANArAaGgUZnDn

            “Me, too,” a white she-cat added, emerging from behind the hay.copyright protection4PENANA04nk5kMCGW

            “Greetings, Princess. It’s been a long time,” Graystripe said. “We can all go home. “Let’s rest here for the night and then we can journey back home. It has been a very long trip.”copyright protection4PENANAHvBrwvjJ9j

            They jumped onto the hay in the hay loft and fell asleep.copyright protection4PENANAvBTFhaAgxd

            Before falling asleep, Jayfeather caught a memory or more.copyright protection4PENANADxh1SnlEZ2

            A younger Sandstorm being mean to a younger Firestar. They appeared to all be apprentices. Graystripe as an apprentice and Ravenpaw sticking up for him.copyright protection4PENANAAHxc84HsNR

            Then another memory.copyright protection4PENANALjsFZJPz0m

            Tigerclaw tormenting Firepaw and being mean, cruel, and scaring Ravenpaw out of his fur.copyright protection4PENANANEU5FMs1rs

            Ravenpaw being led by Graypaw and Firepaw to Barley’s farm.copyright protection4PENANA419CdiGVLu

            They started their journey back home at dawn.copyright protection4PENANAMxNecMY1mY

            At noon high, they were half way across the territories.copyright protection4PENANAoaDjfi6Ikx

            “Let me warn you, Ravenpaw. Some cats aren’t what they used to be. One-paw is now One-star. He’s not very welcoming. Most cats in Shadowclan aren’t, either,” Graystripe warned.copyright protection4PENANAaoyk0MCGHo

            They ran through Windclan and then crossed the river to Thunderclan territory.copyright protection4PENANAbuVYJ7LH98

            “Ravenpaw?” a familiar cat mewed.copyright protection4PENANAGxijQxCWfW

            A light tabby she-cat approached.copyright protection4PENANAtqk2KkOn1w

            “Sandstorm. Greetings.”copyright protection4PENANALc0HbJOXqX

            He dipped his head to her.copyright protection4PENANA57vnqlU2ia

            “I thought you died several moons ago,” she said, looking puzzled.copyright protection4PENANAYMBjOmECKF

            “I never died. Graystripe and Firestar brought me to the Barley farm to escape from Tigerclaw. Thunderclan can know, but no other Clan should unless they’re good at keeping secrets. I’m only here because we’re needed. There’s a warning from Moonflower to Jayfeather. Could you take us to camp?”copyright protection4PENANA8wS8d4S11i

            “Yes.”copyright protection4PENANAZ6putQQoT8

            They took the tabbies back to the camp to the Medicine den.copyright protection4PENANAzSUabJwPlg

            “Ravenpaw? Barley?” Brightheart questioned.copyright protection4PENANAvuMoDZtv1u

            Ravenpaw told her everything  and then Jayfeather relieved her from Medicine cat duties.copyright protection4PENANAO1Bev44mtY

            “Oh, Starclan!” Dovepaw exclaimed, eyes widened as if in terror.copyright protection4PENANAu2Qpd28KSu

            “What is it? What can you see?” the young warrior asked.copyright protection4PENANA1nZNMCNf8P

            “Leafpool and Squirrelflight! They’re being ambushed by some of Shadowclan!” she exclaimed.copyright protection4PENANAKWQlamqfIT

            “Come on,” Lionblaze said and then they ran through the Gorse tunnel.copyright protection4PENANAddW3Da5MUX

            “Do you remember your training?” Graystripe asked his longtime friend.copyright protection4PENANAgVlfJ8Sxo0

            He nodded.copyright protection4PENANAm8Wdu7AUmj

            “Good.”copyright protection4PENANAOAxLEaVKWQ

            They yowled and then plunged in to help the sisters.copyright protection4PENANAIdM4svcl3B

            Ravenpaw slashed Rowanclaw on the side and clawed his face, barely missing his eyes. The senior warrior fled, yowling.copyright protection4PENANAlpKiDeqe8M

            Barley bit Oakfur's tail and he fled, too.copyright protection4PENANAxWn4I1fDMb

            Olivenose bit down on Leafpool's neck and Ravenpaw bit his hind leg. He yowled, dropping her, and turned on Ravenpaw, but Ravenpaw clawed the warrior’s underbelly. Olivenose then fled, yowling.copyright protection4PENANAuupgyRLLdP

            Ravenpaw went after Crowfrost who was pinning Squirrelflight down, ready to kill her. Ravenpaw, at that moment, was attacked from behind by Ratscar. He took him in his jaws. Ravenpaw was defenseless, unable to get loose from his jaws.copyright protection4PENANAnzf7RSlh7t

            “Ravenpaw! No!” yowled a familiar cat who had joined the fight.copyright protection4PENANA4EqsJ9uZMg

            He saw a flash of flame-colored tabby and knew it was the leader.copyright protection4PENANAbhKAxjsj5F

            Firestar bit Ratscar's tail, making him drop his old friend, and then scratched and tore at Ratscar, stopping only when he fled.copyright protection4PENANA8senA6gVnn

            Ravenpaw got to his paws, blocked out the pain, and made Crowfrost flee.copyright protection4PENANAps2QUMZoLM

            Lionblaze slashed, clawed, bit, and tore at every Shadowclan cat that was by them, making them flee.copyright protection4PENANAFW3qwAJZUP

            “And don’t come back!” he yowled.copyright protection4PENANAE2iSpSYGOm

            When it was over, Barley had a gash in both shoulders and a bite to an ear, as well as a few claw marks. Firestar had a few bites and claw marks. Leafpool had a gash in her neck. Squirrelflight had a gash in her side and on a shoulder. Ravenpaw had a gash in his neck, claw marks, and a wounded forepaws.copyright protection4PENANA3dP64JS38D

            Every cat went back to camp and Jayfeather healed them with herbs. He then made moss nests for them and settled down in his own nest. It had been exhausting from him, even though he hadn’t been able to fight because of his blindness.copyright protection4PENANAQNATd7uX6o

            Every cat was fully healed the very next day.copyright protection4PENANANKr5DRYCxM

            It was a beautiful day, as Firestar and Ravenpaw sat on the High ledge. Graystripe sat by it. The Clan looked up at them. Firestar had called a meeting.copyright protection4PENANAZA0OG4yz8H

            He explained everything from moons ago and apologized for lying to them so many moons ago.copyright protection4PENANAdYuNSIVnF1

            “Ravenpaw, you’ve worked hard to obey and learn the ways of the warrior code. I pray that Starclan looks down on this apprentice. I pray that Starclan approves as I make Ravenpaw a warrior. Ravenpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and protect the Clan even at the cast of your life?”copyright protection4PENANALsMcyq3w2A

            “I do.”copyright protection4PENANAj2bjRSopsw

            “Then by the powers of Starclan, I give you your new name. From this day forward, you will be known as Ravenclaw.”copyright protection4PENANA6FvBtokoL0

            They touched noses.copyright protection4PENANApxtcJ1CNyF

            “Ravenclaw! Ravenclaw! The clan greeted his new name in unison.copyright protection4PENANAoRHAaytyYV

            They jumped off and the clan congratulated Ravenclaw.copyright protection4PENANA55ABH3Z1rL

            That night, Ravenclaw got to sleep in the warrior’s den for the very first time.copyright protection4PENANA1Riu32wGQ4

            Ravenclaw felt like he actually and truly belonged to his Clan again. He was glad the Clan had forgiven them for lying and had trusted him again without any problems.copyright protection4PENANAleV3P6CiFB

            A moon later, they ran straight into Bone. Barley was with the patrol and together killed him. He didn’t like killing him, but he was part of Scourge’s cats, and would stop at nothing to protect his friends and Thunderclan.copyright protection4PENANAdLHNmoRmpj

            They stopped in the middle of the forest.copyright protection4PENANA7raqWessVi

            “What was that?” Thornclaw asked.copyright protection4PENANAwhxslmzXEe

            They scanned the trees for movement and there he was.copyright protection4PENANAzSZgGmExI4

            “It’s happening,” Rosepetal said, as they looked at Brokentail and Darkstripe.copyright protection4PENANAQQv1gsgJUb

            Just as suddenly as they appeared, they disappeared into thin air.copyright protection4PENANA2rsATNWsLB

            The patrol ran back to camp and told Firestar. Firestar then called a meeting and told them everything.copyright protection4PENANAHktHAa3fHM

“How can they even rise? They’re dead,” Sorreltail said.copyright protection4PENANAkxCQzTiPDc

            “I don’t know,” Rosepetal said. “but they were hardly transparent. I got a good look at them. They were almost solid like living cats.”copyright protection4PENANA0FDtfxgc02

            Ravenclaw shivered in fright, knowing all Dark Forest cats were evil. He knew that if they all came back to life, then Firestar would be in grave danger from Tigerstar.copyright protection4PENANAOImipXstd9

            “We can’t let that happen. We have to stop them from coming back to life. We’ll all be in danger if they come back,” Ravenclaw said.copyright protection4PENANAfxHSngMF6p

            “I agree,” the sightless elder said.copyright protection4PENANAS65wzl3Qx4

            “I agree with you all, but we have to wait for Starclan to tell us how to stop this from happening,” Firestar announced. “Until then we have to live our daily lives and keep our eyes and ears open. Our lives depend on it,” he finished and then jumped down and let his Clan talk amongst themselves.copyright protection4PENANASmMfEbd7Fq

            Firestar sat down by a tree in a shade from the scorching sun. His mate sat beside him.copyright protection4PENANAhUXYMlfz0l

            “I’m worried for your safety, Firestar. I haven’t forgotten how Hawkfrost almost killed you with a fox trap. Or when Brokentail fought against us or Darkstripe going along and following Tigerstar. They were all evil.”copyright protection4PENANAYSs3o2psTX

            “I know, Sandstorm. But we can’t do much.”copyright protection4PENANAwMjj2Yvf5a

            “Firestar, I’m scared. What if Scourge comes back? What then?”copyright protection4PENANAFm4DlRYAqZ

            “Sandstorm, you worry too much.”copyright protection4PENANAWpSpthsSJl

            “I have the right to. You have only three lives left to spare. And what about the prophecy? What if Scourge comes back, and he’s the one that kills Brambleclaw?”copyright protection4PENANAPg88za75pc

            “Sandstorm, do you think you could stop talking about that?”copyright protection4PENANAf5ykIUbHuC

            “Okay,” she replied.copyright protection4PENANAGr2yRvPjnz

            It was a beautiful day, but when Dustpelt, Ferncloud, and Briarlight looked up at the sky, dark angry clouds covered the sky. It didn’t rain though, which meant Starclan was angry with something.copyright protection4PENANAFdQNmqXtvn

            “It’s happening,” Jayfeather announced.copyright protection4PENANAFKse4a8gRD

            “I know. I can feel it,” implied Lionblaze.copyright protection4PENANATx5V6WrWgP

            Familiar yowling was heard and the clan left the camp in a stampede to fight them. All except for the queens, kits, and Jayfeather.copyright protection4PENANAvV2lIoLGSg

            They meant in the heart of the forest. It was all four Clans against the Dark Forest cats.copyright protection4PENANA3y1vM6GVmy

            Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw stood side by side, facing Scourge.copyright protection4PENANAzg6EbcBD8R

            Scourge raised his paw of five claws to slash. The two tabbies were quick, though. They moved out of range. Brambleclaw jumped on him, digging his claws deep into his fur and flesh on his back. Squirrelflight bit Scourge’s tail and hind leg, and then slashed his side and clawed his face. He yowled in pain and range, knocked Brambleclaw onto his side and swiped at Squirrelflight. She fell on her side, bleeding from a gash in her exposed side.copyright protection4PENANAsENu0wTLcM

            “NOO!” Brambleclaw yowled.copyright protection4PENANA2gk3M79s3w

            He got to his paws and ran towards her, but Scourge slashed him in the neck.copyright protection4PENANA1CM7hYkSBt

            He fell to the ground dead.copyright protection4PENANAK47yz74tTh

            Tawnypelt, seeing that, was filled with terror and rage. She fought and killed Scourge.copyright protection4PENANAfVyzZkG9NJ

            The tortoiseshell she-cat ran to Squirrelflight, knowing her brother was in Starclan now.copyright protection4PENANAFOmsWDrgw3

            “Squirrelflight?” she called.copyright protection4PENANAJh7RPGYT9R

            “Tawnypelt,” she said weakly.copyright protection4PENANAbpNJYM4FWR

            Just then, a gray she-cat with herbs came up to them.copyright protection4PENANApBGL4CpvTV

            Tawnypelt looked up and instantly brightened.copyright protection4PENANAzCdGt2nsWx

            “Yellowfang!” she mewed happily.copyright protection4PENANAk7W7RVUVAQ

            “Let me take it from here, Tawnypelt,” the Starclan Medicine cat told her.copyright protection4PENANAN0stMx5b3Y

            “Yes, Yellowfang.”copyright protection4PENANA7CBkj5nHyj

            She dipped her head and then dashed off to fight the evil cats.copyright protection4PENANAeSrb0j6VeH

            Firestar, Graystripe, and Sandstorm stood side by side facing that most feared of all the Dark Forest cats. Tigerstar.copyright protection4PENANAM1HfvtMBFP

            “We meet again, kittypet,” the dark, massive, tabby tom mocked.copyright protection4PENANAANsb8LhwtP

            Firestar growled and swished his tail.copyright protection4PENANAPIIhTIAZEP

            “I’m not a kittypet anymore. You know that as well as any cat.”copyright protection4PENANAHqRoFmSrXy

            “We’ll see about that,” he said, and launched himself at the former kittypet.copyright protection4PENANAhymKJuv01Z

            All three cats moved out of the way and the tabby hit the ground, getting dirt in his mouth. He spat it out and then stood.copyright protection4PENANAQQHy8AhJAV

            Sandstorm slashed the side of his neck and both leader and former deputy pinned him down.copyright protection4PENANAzhlqG0NzsL

            A gray she-cat with sadness in her eyes appeared.copyright protection4PENANA8Kjuu3Z040

            “You disappointed me the moment your heart became hard and cold. You attacked my sister. I wish you had turned out like Lion heart. Your brother. You didn’t have to become evil to get power. If only you had stayed good, you would’ve became leader over time. I’m ashamed. Very ashamed to call or even know you as my son.”copyright protection4PENANAZURGt0hKJR

            “Snowfur, you saw why I’ve become who I am. I’ll try to please you if I can. I never thought of how displeased you would be, seeing what I did. I always thought of power because of what my father taught me. From the time I was a kit, he taught me that power and trust is everything. That I should overcome my pain and do hard things.”copyright protection4PENANAFi91JQ2wqu

            She spoke to the three cats.copyright protection4PENANAiyfB3JE3KI

            “Let him up.”copyright protection4PENANA4KDWq6WIQG

            They did as the Starclan cat told them to do.copyright protection4PENANAzwZJxIzzf0

            “Tigerstar, if you want to be good, than you’ll please me.”copyright protection4PENANA4xyj9C3OFO

            “I’ll do anything to please you. You’re my mother. I still love you. You were taken away from me too soon.”copyright protection4PENANAxJyaGZgCH7

            “I know I was. There’s one thing I want you to do. Turn your back on all evil and help all four Clans fight against them. And stop insulting cats like Firestar.”copyright protection4PENANAigEi0b0ALg

            In that moment his heart, mind, and soul softened into love for his mother, and sadness for missing her for so many moons. He had been barely an apprentice when she had died. Snowfur had died from being run over by a monster on the Thunderpath. It had come out of nowhere without warning. She hadn’t been able to get away in time and had been crushed under the weight of the monster.copyright protection4PENANAAPO99YLdMr

            “Come son. I’ll be with you.”copyright protection4PENANA1jbzuRyLug

            The two cats walked away side by side, reunited as family.copyright protection4PENANASMwx4xI57t

            Leafpool and Cloudtail stood side by side, facing Ashfur.copyright protection4PENANAmHjaRs8DGV

            The gray tom lunged at them, but Leafpool pinned him down and killed him instantly.copyright protection4PENANA4HeghJ7QuB

            Ashfoot and Crowfeather stood side by side, facing Halftail.copyright protection4PENANA6noDUtbCzi

            The ginger-colored tom lunged at them, but Crowfeather got out of the way. Ashfoot wasn’t quick enough. Halftail grabbed her and pinned her down. Crowfeather, protecting his mother and deputy, through him off her and killed him.copyright protection4PENANA6V0p6RSfuz

            He helped her get slowly to her paws.copyright protection4PENANAazhpPy8XpD

            Tigerstar and Brackentail fought viciously. Tigerstar won, killing him.copyright protection4PENANAzw0YaUrlx1

            He looked around and saw Tawnypelt defenseless against Hawkfrost. That made him angry.copyright protection4PENANAEDWE33wWi1

            He leapt over cats and bowled his son over.copyright protection4PENANAvtAMTql1oL

            “Don’t even,” he growled. “Don’t touch her. You don’t lay a claw on my kin; my daughter.”copyright protection4PENANAEXiFVsznO7

            They fought viciously, too.copyright protection4PENANAosLl7PoDLH

            “Tawnypelt, go! Go help some other cat!” he ordered, as they fought.copyright protection4PENANAFhbf34Gp54

            Lionblaze had heard that Tigerstar had gone good now, so when he saw him practically being torn to shreds by his son, the tabby flung himself on Sasha’s son, fought him, and killed him.copyright protection4PENANAbK2tqXWZkK

            Tigerheart fought Darkstripe and won.copyright protection4PENANA7JdS4kHtYs

            In the end, all evil cats were dead, Tigerstar was fixed up with herbs by Jayfeather, and every cat was healed that had been wounded in battle. But sadly, some had died. Brambleclaw, Honeyfern, and Millie were now dead.copyright protection4PENANAbDKmTOqzdw

            Firestar had made Tigerstar a senior warrior, but with a new name. Tigerheart. Graystripe was the deputy again.copyright protection4PENANAEohGSHDOHY

            It was a beautiful day. Not a cloud in the sky.copyright protection4PENANAyOILGN6ng4

            “Come quick! It’s Firestar! Hurry, Jayfeather! Something is wrong!” yowled Sandstorm.copyright protection4PENANAQsHAOApe9C

            Jayfeather ran to the leader’s den as quick as he could and made it without slipping down the rock wall.copyright protection4PENANALO12uTJ8Iq

            He went to the nest that was being occupied by the leader.copyright protection4PENANA7geP2VC8jT

            He checked him and then turned his sightless eyes on the ginger she-cat.copyright protection4PENANAcalTL9uaoE

            “I’m sorry, Sandstorm. There’s nothing any cat can do. Did he lose any lives in the fight?”copyright protection4PENANAN9sObWIV5q

            “Yes. Two. Why?”copyright protection4PENANAlcHA1KwESP

            “It’s his time. He’s on his way to Starclan now.”copyright protection4PENANAx50SZL2tVq

            “No!” she wailed in sadness.copyright protection4PENANA7IAzxMwgHB

            He came back down to the clearing and told Graystripe.copyright protection4PENANAH3NoEP8at1

            Graystripe jumped onto the High ledge and called a meeting.copyright protection4PENANA0060T6MVzH

            “Firestar has sadly lost his last life. Let us grieve for him and give him a ceremony.”copyright protection4PENANAmHqWgXINeq

            Graystripe jumped off.copyright protection4PENANAoVtcj81sju

            After the ceremony, the elders took him away for burial.copyright protection4PENANAtjvAkpG6kg

            A moon later, Graystripe was Gray star and Lionblaze was the deputy.  Also, Cedarheart was a queen carrying kits. So every cat lived peacefully in the forest.copyright protection4PENANAOHXeEecn2r

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