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Ch.17: Darkness
Jan 13, 2018
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No Plagiarism!hjHDTLD2QkVutdTwqartposted on PENANA

Ch.17: Darknesscopyright protection17PENANAh8XqzKHkqb

 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 protection17PENANAvHvdloZYqQ

            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 protection17PENANAjllMzfiZpK

            “Scat! Get out of here little rascals!” scolded Mousefur.copyright protection17PENANAtHSq7sbONB

            “Mousefur, they’re only apprentices. They’re still young,” Goldenflower said.copyright protection17PENANA0ijvwEUvDk

            “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 protection17PENANAlWGHJfW2fm

            The apprentices looked at the elders.copyright protection17PENANAMJ3Eaa6lZU

            “We’re sorry,” Rosepaw apologized.copyright protection17PENANAX0cgwJVqfy

            “Yes. We’re very sorry,” Moonpaw mewed.copyright protection17PENANALBvsieIegX

            They each shuffled a front paw in the dirt.copyright protection17PENANAA3HDIROPdO

            “It’s okay young’uns,” Longtail soothed. “You better go play somewhere else.”copyright protection17PENANAJaPWrlFmMU

            They scampered off.copyright protection17PENANAVywr0OGI2X

            Jayfeather was sorting herbs when he suddenly started having a vision.copyright protection17PENANAGD0ngJe5ys

            “Jayfeather,” a young, gray she-cat greeted.copyright protection17PENANAUhCJe45TrR

            “Who are you? I’ve never seen you before.”copyright protection17PENANAOmpkOq9u9c

            “I’m Moonflower. I was Bluestar’s mother in the old forest.”copyright protection17PENANArPPsd6bsbJ

            “How did you die, Moonflower?”copyright protection17PENANAU61xPfBU92

            “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 protection17PENANAMYpcjdCsIM

            “What’s the message?”copyright protection17PENANAEaCuCPAOhM

            “Darkness will risecopyright protection17PENANAycSzJHPkCZ

            Battle will comecopyright protection17PENANAmoXLAgZdJH

            Allies will be lostcopyright protection17PENANAZoRCSursiJ

            The cry of the Crowcopyright protection17PENANAeQV7qEOgYr

            Will be lostcopyright protection17PENANAflPd6qu6Ed

            The Leaf will go downcopyright protection17PENANAOECFguaHXs

            The Fire that once blazed through the forestcopyright protection17PENANAqcjljKZ71Y

            Will no more blazecopyright protection17PENANAyhjouqPYxt

            The Lion will roar and risecopyright protection17PENANAcl7O1njb5g

            And the Claw of the Bramble will be defeatedcopyright protection17PENANAEwsYRLIRTJ

            By the Claw of the ancient Scourge,” she recited from memory and then faded away.copyright protection17PENANAQs09RvAGu7

            He was blind again.copyright protection17PENANA9HshwtFPFK

            When he was done sorting herbs, he went outside and sat.copyright protection17PENANA6jgzi8k0Ze

            “Darkness will risecopyright protection17PENANAKPHLZyhzfL

            Battle will comecopyright protection17PENANAGpt9GZClPh

            Allies will be lost,” he recited first, thinking of what it means.copyright protection17PENANA5VBmuTuPUu

            “What kind of Darkness?” he asked himself.copyright protection17PENANA4FkLrjkITz

            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 protection17PENANAuzYXIFXl0M

            “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 protection17PENANAD6Iftd9X23

            “The cry of the Crow will be lostcopyright protection17PENANAs7JMSa5dTZ

            The Leaf will go downcopyright protection17PENANAMoyLmhqjDr

            The Fire that once blazed through the forestcopyright protection17PENANA6hxPw02FY5

            Will no more blazecopyright protection17PENANAJqcsd5Djiw

            The Lion will roar and risecopyright protection17PENANAi4VRQh9gAM

            And the Claw of the Bramble will be defeatedcopyright protection17PENANAHH3fwzgyff

            By the Claw of the ancient Scourge.”copyright protection17PENANAEYGQqTV3ce

            The first line he realized instantly.copyright protection17PENANAAujvl9Nuqo

            “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 protection17PENANAh85knBUEa9

            He looked up at the sky, even though he was blind and couldn’t see it.copyright protection17PENANATP8zFytBCF

            Just then, yowling pierced the air.copyright protection17PENANAQd99Jviw0I

            Jayfeather ran towards the yowls, Lionblaze and Dovepaw at his flanks.copyright protection17PENANAUhRZCeBwTM

            They looked into the roaring river, Crowfeather splashing around in it.copyright protection17PENANAGNBOnhnQT0

            Lionblaze jumped into the river.copyright protection17PENANAvJdFTWacsa

            “Be careful,” Jayfeather mewed.copyright protection17PENANAVnsMn41YBU

            “I will,” he answered his younger brother. Then he mewed to their father. “Hang on, Crowfeather. I’m coming.”copyright protection17PENANALiHn74FuVy

            As his son started trying to reach him, the Wind clan warrior went under.copyright protection17PENANAuqiI6cEho7

            “Crowfeather!” Lionblaze yowled, and plunged as fast as he could to where he had gone under.copyright protection17PENANAsjvU5SZ6RA

            He dove under and blindly grasped him by the scruff.copyright protection17PENANA1CTIZ0NFuJ

            He resurfaced and swam to the bank.copyright protection17PENANAeZ9xHgJmx7

            “Dovepaw, take him,” he told her, talking around his father’s scruff.copyright protection17PENANAuZr0UwSTDJ

            She grabbed his scruff and pulled him up, laying him on the ground.copyright protection17PENANAuEmnnmna1S

            Jayfeather padded over to his father and sniffed.copyright protection17PENANATfR3MzkvWR

            Lionblaze tensed to jump, but was suddenly taken off course by a huge wave.copyright protection17PENANADrR4rLBjEe

            “Lionblaze!” Dovepaw yowled and plunged into the river after him.copyright protection17PENANA38TpvgMTrN

             A few minutes later, she had gotten him back on the banks, as well as herself.copyright protection17PENANALl3DpPdJl9

            They shook themselves free of the ice-cold water.copyright protection17PENANAAZBr42dGmR

            “Thanks, Dovepaw,” Lionblaze said.copyright protection17PENANAVq0OQw4Cqw

            “Are you okay?”copyright protection17PENANApbRsPgi2ZE

            “Yes. I am. Thanks.”copyright protection17PENANAcADN2IPfoc

            Crowfeather got to his paws.copyright protection17PENANA7jC87sFc55

            “Thanks, Lionblaze. Jayfeather.”copyright protection17PENANAIugAX5Qg8P

            He dipped his head and then ran back to his territory.copyright protection17PENANAUkqy7shXIF

            The three Thunderclan cats headed back home.copyright protection17PENANAaPZMY7fDkk

            Lionblaze woke up with a paw nudging him in the side.copyright protection17PENANAI2PZCN5t3d

            “Jayfeather, what is it?” he whispered.copyright protection17PENANAjYxJxEcOCU

            “Follow me.”copyright protection17PENANAuMJtzHBPlV

            He got to his paws and followed him to the Medicine den. Dovepaw was waiting for them.copyright protection17PENANAa3YZ2BN74Q

            “We have to talk,” Jayfeather said, sitting down. “I had a vision today when I was sorting herbs.”copyright protection17PENANAknPS7mxjb9

            “Jayfeather, it’s the middle of the night,” his brother protested.copyright protection17PENANAdFWX9vFLl0

            “Lionblaze, this is about the ones we love and care about,” he said.copyright protection17PENANAGv4Ev6fiek

            “Fine. Carry on.”copyright protection17PENANA9zIYrQlY9w

            He told them his vision and what it all meant.copyright protection17PENANA8nc4lmA17W

            “That’s what I saw. I have a feeling that I’m right about what it all means.”copyright protection17PENANA1Or6sXcIfq

            “But if Firestar and Brambleclaw die, who will be the leader? The clan can’t survive without either one,” Lionblaze said.copyright protection17PENANA3oZLnrBIqL

            “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 protection17PENANAfy8sDuOevW

            Lionblaze looked at the black Medicine cat, suddenly seeing wisdom in his sightless eyes.copyright protection17PENANAaxKCDdzQVO

            “Maybe you’re right,” he agreed, and then turned to the gray apprentice. “What about you? What do you think, Dovepaw?”copyright protection17PENANAgZdgKAImi8

            “I agree, Lionblaze. So how are we going to stop all of this?”copyright protection17PENANA7yGg0kKPyg

            “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 protection17PENANALJNwlrJVhF

            “What journey?” Dovepaw mewed excitingly.copyright protection17PENANAJyEXOoxxLQ

            “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 protection17PENANAFTol9oGUde

            “You’re right,” Lionblaze agreed.copyright protection17PENANAbZXYvjqeeH

            “Let’s go to Windclan. It’s almost dawn. We could catch a patrol,” he told the apprentice and warrior.copyright protection17PENANATYfyV4XtBI

            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 protection17PENANAjgBHCL6iGj

            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 protection17PENANAxRjuQOOg32

            “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 protection17PENANAXW0cvWhspS

            Jayfeather spoke.copyright protection17PENANAaI9MqMxw4d

            “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 protection17PENANAQB5a6VYUb1

            “Tell me what she said.”copyright protection17PENANAX9YYltVDVk

            “We should be alone,” he implied.copyright protection17PENANAw63FSurq1w

            She flicked her tail for the patrol to leave them and they obeyed.copyright protection17PENANADS8I2fE0aP

            “Now then. What did she say?”copyright protection17PENANA27Y16ku1Xq

            “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 protection17PENANAmuwp9pUBPV

            “But how will his cry be lost?”copyright protection17PENANA8sNgbPvPQF

            “Maybe I should tell you the whole thing.”copyright protection17PENANAFTNEUTYoVW

            He then recited it.copyright protection17PENANAPhqlHAKBcz

            “Darkness will risecopyright protection17PENANAxk2lBea741

            Battle will comecopyright protection17PENANAMJUAnOumdp

            Allies will be lostcopyright protection17PENANAj2HKopl91x

            The cry of the Crow will be lostcopyright protection17PENANAJySMTt04A5

            The Leaf will go downcopyright protection17PENANA6nO0YcPsz3

            The Fire that once blazed through the forestcopyright protection17PENANAST6AEvZZE0

            Will no more blazecopyright protection17PENANAxozqatTbxu

            The Lion will roar and risecopyright protection17PENANAgDS5EQiujS

            And the Claw of the Bramble will be defeatedcopyright protection17PENANAxcLEMp9MpO

            By the Claw of the ancient Scourge.”copyright protection17PENANANWcmmnQgzn

            “Oh Starclan! That sounds horrible!” she exclaimed. “What does it mean?”copyright protection17PENANALP1DVGuebO

            “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 protection17PENANA6J0SnMiwzI

            Ash foot headed back to the camp with her Clan mates, as soon as the three cats had left.copyright protection17PENANAkmFxJ2Uzit

            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 protection17PENANAX4jZIfGdtR

            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 protection17PENANA1AA1tYOMvn

            They ran until the territories of the clans were behind them and then slowed to a walk.copyright protection17PENANAuQKantci2v

            “So who’s Barley exactly?” Dovepaw asked them.copyright protection17PENANAM0z6ZhlFvP

            “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 protection17PENANAxwq8xT6mGB

            “Lionblaze! Jayfeather! Dovepaw! Wait up!” the old warrior said.copyright protection17PENANAKbrulPXx70

            They stopped and let him catch up.copyright protection17PENANA2U0C00UmGp

            “What are you doing, Graystripe?” Lionblaze asked.copyright protection17PENANAbdVBltvsQc

            “Seeing where you’re heading first. It looks like you’re on a journey. Where to?”copyright protection17PENANA3Anv5Ik2gs

            “We need to find Barley. He’ll know how to stop any of Scourge’s cats.”copyright protection17PENANA3jm4Vn5QJL

            “I’m coming with you. I know where he is.”copyright protection17PENANAfVZbxlF2Nv

            They let him lead them onward, following him.copyright protection17PENANAfR6CmblHdC

            They stopped to rest several miles afterward, and then Lionblaze started mentoring Dovepaw.copyright protection17PENANA9hVwmRTrHD

            “Try to knock me off my paws. Use your size to your advantage,” he suggested.copyright protection17PENANAcXyb85wN8j

            “Okay.”copyright protection17PENANAinbo0xzmeN

            She quickly processed how and then ran under his paws and he lost his balance. He fell and she pinned him down.copyright protection17PENANAYo5UUrLOSt

            “How was that?” she asked.copyright protection17PENANAr4q0gy5Nme

            “That was great. You’ll be a warrior in no time at this rate.”copyright protection17PENANA7FBi4CPEY4

            “It’s fun having you as my mentor.”copyright protection17PENANArWtxQoYCcR

            “Thanks. Now let me up.”copyright protection17PENANA5EWvFd4K0q

            She did as she was told.copyright protection17PENANAZ75Ap9cfNb

            “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 protection17PENANAkf8NNYbLBo

            She nodded, telling herself that she mustn’t forget anything that he taught and told her.copyright protection17PENANADG3zcIMhtN

            “We’ve had enough rest. Let’s move on,” Graystripe said, stretching.copyright protection17PENANAHsUN3kXgAK

            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 protection17PENANArV0zINyUz9

            “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 protection17PENANAjcQmM35zky

            They ran quickly through the two leg place and then stopped when they got to the horseplace.copyright protection17PENANAm20hP4CNkc

            They found their way back to the old forest and went to the horse place where Barley and Ravenpaw lived.copyright protection17PENANAxL7ylQlTLV

            “Graystripe!” greeted a tabby tom and dark, old tabby tom.copyright protection17PENANA347TrUXwuh

            They bounded over to him.copyright protection17PENANA4Rk58a9LXu

            “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 protection17PENANAXvf53AWpuH

            “Ravenpaw. Barley. Meet Dovepaw, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather.”copyright protection17PENANAkxLsrcmoJR

            He pointed with his tail to each one as he introduced them.copyright protection17PENANAGNI0TQa3B7

            “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 protection17PENANAxzCNFGoB5S

            “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 protection17PENANAjpq4RRheg0

            “Yes. I do.”copyright protection17PENANA5WONWIE7Lg

            “And do you remember Firestar saying she had kits?”copyright protection17PENANAfjPS6vyv6D

            “Yes.”copyright protection17PENANAop3OuUGM8W

            “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 protection17PENANANeSC1PkGX5

            “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 protection17PENANAWcoL4vhD0n

            “Wait. Did you say his name is Ravenpaw?” the apprentice asked.copyright protection17PENANAhpNkdieU4n

            “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 protection17PENANAQSCJuDzOkw

            “Come. Let’s go to the barn where we can talk,” Barley said.copyright protection17PENANAUgJj2OPjrQ

            They followed the tabbies inside and then sat in the middle of the barn floor.copyright protection17PENANAHIfu3tNinS

            “What do you need me for?” Barley asked.copyright protection17PENANAGeKiXfWx3g

            “There’s a warning of things that’ll happen,” Lionblaze answered.copyright protection17PENANA4YwNhyB6R3

            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 protection17PENANAWyMc3PFR72

            “That’s why we need you to come home with us and help,” Dovepaw said.copyright protection17PENANAJNhu5fJ1MM

            “Then I will. Where have you moved to?”copyright protection17PENANAhQLOD2mf9e

            “The sun-drown place,” Jayfeather answered.copyright protection17PENANAi6N4iRUXI1

            “I want to come, too,” Ravenpaw said.copyright protection17PENANA0rPhVVwFXi

            “Me, too,” a white she-cat added, emerging from behind the hay.copyright protection17PENANAsf9d3Ngq2p

            “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 protection17PENANAElvsqNjkL2

            They jumped onto the hay in the hay loft and fell asleep.copyright protection17PENANAmLub2q7z54

            Before falling asleep, Jayfeather caught a memory or more.copyright protection17PENANARxj1LmO1MQ

            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 protection17PENANAqrbVUCJeWu

            Then another memory.copyright protection17PENANAgigLuibBRh

            Tigerclaw tormenting Firepaw and being mean, cruel, and scaring Ravenpaw out of his fur.copyright protection17PENANAFJPZKAlzB8

            Ravenpaw being led by Graypaw and Firepaw to Barley’s farm.copyright protection17PENANAp1ABXudHIa

            They started their journey back home at dawn.copyright protection17PENANAbZtsKXKWzC

            At noon high, they were half way across the territories.copyright protection17PENANAdfm2e7CzGd

            “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 protection17PENANAI6fiIcNWTv

            They ran through Windclan and then crossed the river to Thunderclan territory.copyright protection17PENANA65vzxfxib6

            “Ravenpaw?” a familiar cat mewed.copyright protection17PENANAVplirAp4a6

            A light tabby she-cat approached.copyright protection17PENANAiScxbVKYRE

            “Sandstorm. Greetings.”copyright protection17PENANAtYJZyhe5Aq

            He dipped his head to her.copyright protection17PENANAcwPyOh8emi

            “I thought you died several moons ago,” she said, looking puzzled.copyright protection17PENANAkEbxcmsWkk

            “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 protection17PENANAAOjkNRC1Xd

            “Yes.”copyright protection17PENANAs9JiIyAQMW

            They took the tabbies back to the camp to the Medicine den.copyright protection17PENANA96BkENG6K0

            “Ravenpaw? Barley?” Brightheart questioned.copyright protection17PENANArkPKFCBhEy

            Ravenpaw told her everything  and then Jayfeather relieved her from Medicine cat duties.copyright protection17PENANAv7IepqMZhy

            “Oh, Starclan!” Dovepaw exclaimed, eyes widened as if in terror.copyright protection17PENANAWqFyKjmrq7

            “What is it? What can you see?” the young warrior asked.copyright protection17PENANAsRshC7Tepy

            “Leafpool and Squirrelflight! They’re being ambushed by some of Shadowclan!” she exclaimed.copyright protection17PENANAMUFv95WV5d

            “Come on,” Lionblaze said and then they ran through the Gorse tunnel.copyright protection17PENANAu1DaAouXQU

            “Do you remember your training?” Graystripe asked his longtime friend.copyright protection17PENANA4iMwzoEtC3

            He nodded.copyright protection17PENANA1pYHV7MR3R

            “Good.”copyright protection17PENANA4yTIIu7crX

            They yowled and then plunged in to help the sisters.copyright protection17PENANA7vfT2PiGiU

            Ravenpaw slashed Rowanclaw on the side and clawed his face, barely missing his eyes. The senior warrior fled, yowling.copyright protection17PENANAKkkI2fPO6T

            Barley bit Oakfur's tail and he fled, too.copyright protection17PENANAGbrzTa30nv

            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 protection17PENANAXu1do32GKk

            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 protection17PENANABuFVcHa2wh

            “Ravenpaw! No!” yowled a familiar cat who had joined the fight.copyright protection17PENANAWcsnLlyPmV

            He saw a flash of flame-colored tabby and knew it was the leader.copyright protection17PENANAkkplxNoAu9

            Firestar bit Ratscar's tail, making him drop his old friend, and then scratched and tore at Ratscar, stopping only when he fled.copyright protection17PENANAU5DA0QibTO

            Ravenpaw got to his paws, blocked out the pain, and made Crowfrost flee.copyright protection17PENANAsP0UdMgLBD

            Lionblaze slashed, clawed, bit, and tore at every Shadowclan cat that was by them, making them flee.copyright protection17PENANAGVX6hvUG5o

            “And don’t come back!” he yowled.copyright protection17PENANAP0tsAujSFc

            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 protection17PENANAG81H3etjZ5

            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 protection17PENANAWG0UMipGYu

            Every cat was fully healed the very next day.copyright protection17PENANA5Nuyg53zYJ

            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 protection17PENANAMFRNmU2Qe2

            He explained everything from moons ago and apologized for lying to them so many moons ago.copyright protection17PENANAVaIW5veubc

            “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 protection17PENANAZg0tPgzSQx

            “I do.”copyright protection17PENANABCctpynsoB

            “Then by the powers of Starclan, I give you your new name. From this day forward, you will be known as Ravenclaw.”copyright protection17PENANAvjMdfRIumU

            They touched noses.copyright protection17PENANAGlbGP0WoTN

            “Ravenclaw! Ravenclaw! The clan greeted his new name in unison.copyright protection17PENANAWvp8YPHmh5

            They jumped off and the clan congratulated Ravenclaw.copyright protection17PENANAXMpK0FCJ9Y

            That night, Ravenclaw got to sleep in the warrior’s den for the very first time.copyright protection17PENANAEQkPwaQtzK

            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 protection17PENANAhvfGDevkAN

            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 protection17PENANAqxzQiAwUjG

            They stopped in the middle of the forest.copyright protection17PENANATYwdN3oExX

            “What was that?” Thornclaw asked.copyright protection17PENANAoOsEu6S0rs

            They scanned the trees for movement and there he was.copyright protection17PENANANRZnIiXech

            “It’s happening,” Rosepetal said, as they looked at Brokentail and Darkstripe.copyright protection17PENANAU5frj3uHH2

            Just as suddenly as they appeared, they disappeared into thin air.copyright protection17PENANAF5Q7JleBlF

            The patrol ran back to camp and told Firestar. Firestar then called a meeting and told them everything.copyright protection17PENANA49x4wfmtuy

“How can they even rise? They’re dead,” Sorreltail said.copyright protection17PENANALpE0QY3lGL

            “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 protection17PENANAnlRetBAHdW

            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 protection17PENANAnh5VlBbH5F

            “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 protection17PENANAgQ4UQVTUgz

            “I agree,” the sightless elder said.copyright protection17PENANAFEVwTo7u6k

            “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 protection17PENANAquCwpX7AEd

            Firestar sat down by a tree in a shade from the scorching sun. His mate sat beside him.copyright protection17PENANAgV3lQUgJOx

            “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 protection17PENANAjuce16C9AJ

            “I know, Sandstorm. But we can’t do much.”copyright protection17PENANAu0d6wC3EdI

            “Firestar, I’m scared. What if Scourge comes back? What then?”copyright protection17PENANARtDVOuP4dE

            “Sandstorm, you worry too much.”copyright protection17PENANACw9OLaUnjv

            “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 protection17PENANA7OvkU2WYH9

            “Sandstorm, do you think you could stop talking about that?”copyright protection17PENANAHzDkvrPkw3

            “Okay,” she replied.copyright protection17PENANAZ8z8XliSIC

            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 protection17PENANAnQqTalW7jE

            “It’s happening,” Jayfeather announced.copyright protection17PENANAg0eTlJla4R

            “I know. I can feel it,” implied Lionblaze.copyright protection17PENANAd30NbX8uQR

            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 protection17PENANA6eHx8RS5Zb

            They meant in the heart of the forest. It was all four Clans against the Dark Forest cats.copyright protection17PENANAJgbYaxHvHL

            Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw stood side by side, facing Scourge.copyright protection17PENANAmVOnI0lRub

            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 protection17PENANAIBqq8yi0Dh

            “NOO!” Brambleclaw yowled.copyright protection17PENANAbnxnlHU3cC

            He got to his paws and ran towards her, but Scourge slashed him in the neck.copyright protection17PENANAPzxEWfEh79

            He fell to the ground dead.copyright protection17PENANAtQKTgSsyS6

            Tawnypelt, seeing that, was filled with terror and rage. She fought and killed Scourge.copyright protection17PENANAQ4unrQ5mTh

            The tortoiseshell she-cat ran to Squirrelflight, knowing her brother was in Starclan now.copyright protection17PENANAYIRvmOL15T

            “Squirrelflight?” she called.copyright protection17PENANAazJUsZMVyF

            “Tawnypelt,” she said weakly.copyright protection17PENANA1pKvMclRye

            Just then, a gray she-cat with herbs came up to them.copyright protection17PENANA9xX13kPPlU

            Tawnypelt looked up and instantly brightened.copyright protection17PENANAIvtrqWrdR0

            “Yellowfang!” she mewed happily.copyright protection17PENANASTpCobOJ3n

            “Let me take it from here, Tawnypelt,” the Starclan Medicine cat told her.copyright protection17PENANAYdUWeXg3NB

            “Yes, Yellowfang.”copyright protection17PENANAYv7sXxpoKh

            She dipped her head and then dashed off to fight the evil cats.copyright protection17PENANAoDaNgyZ5i3

            Firestar, Graystripe, and Sandstorm stood side by side facing that most feared of all the Dark Forest cats. Tigerstar.copyright protection17PENANAsggncvlsz8

            “We meet again, kittypet,” the dark, massive, tabby tom mocked.copyright protection17PENANA4xDc0AJqZu

            Firestar growled and swished his tail.copyright protection17PENANAHo7RbnpbsI

            “I’m not a kittypet anymore. You know that as well as any cat.”copyright protection17PENANAfVYwib1DEA

            “We’ll see about that,” he said, and launched himself at the former kittypet.copyright protection17PENANALJ8pV90Ez0

            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 protection17PENANA9gog8AExL6

            Sandstorm slashed the side of his neck and both leader and former deputy pinned him down.copyright protection17PENANAf12exkqyY5

            A gray she-cat with sadness in her eyes appeared.copyright protection17PENANA9KOi9Jrao1

            “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 protection17PENANAaxhzNp9sXV

            “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 protection17PENANAzdWBstVT2U

            She spoke to the three cats.copyright protection17PENANAYcEMuOvVYU

            “Let him up.”copyright protection17PENANAX9rfIfESHC

            They did as the Starclan cat told them to do.copyright protection17PENANANhQKSjeOch

            “Tigerstar, if you want to be good, than you’ll please me.”copyright protection17PENANAIatmWXasT9

            “I’ll do anything to please you. You’re my mother. I still love you. You were taken away from me too soon.”copyright protection17PENANAnQjO514KUM

            “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 protection17PENANAnI3dtWwHKJ

            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 protection17PENANAYtTrQQo0ji

            “Come son. I’ll be with you.”copyright protection17PENANAaG8tuevzYp

            The two cats walked away side by side, reunited as family.copyright protection17PENANAll8pzBl6i6

            Leafpool and Cloudtail stood side by side, facing Ashfur.copyright protection17PENANAPhAIIqy7rR

            The gray tom lunged at them, but Leafpool pinned him down and killed him instantly.copyright protection17PENANAqByy42MACL

            Ashfoot and Crowfeather stood side by side, facing Halftail.copyright protection17PENANA0Y68oGJKM2

            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 protection17PENANAQBjrk2RTai

            He helped her get slowly to her paws.copyright protection17PENANALATj9YmWyY

            Tigerstar and Brackentail fought viciously. Tigerstar won, killing him.copyright protection17PENANAHyXOHluq5h

            He looked around and saw Tawnypelt defenseless against Hawkfrost. That made him angry.copyright protection17PENANAsWTMndPe70

            He leapt over cats and bowled his son over.copyright protection17PENANAwSAqbJpyFX

            “Don’t even,” he growled. “Don’t touch her. You don’t lay a claw on my kin; my daughter.”copyright protection17PENANAwnwubdPGEU

            They fought viciously, too.copyright protection17PENANAX7RQTe4Jtb

            “Tawnypelt, go! Go help some other cat!” he ordered, as they fought.copyright protection17PENANAJ03jqf3PNJ

            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 protection17PENANANk7kOixDZc

            Tigerheart fought Darkstripe and won.copyright protection17PENANAyWjqNdERW8

            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 protection17PENANA2F86Zzl3p9

            Firestar had made Tigerstar a senior warrior, but with a new name. Tigerheart. Graystripe was the deputy again.copyright protection17PENANANctUxid5Wc

            It was a beautiful day. Not a cloud in the sky.copyright protection17PENANAhu8AUVNzNJ

            “Come quick! It’s Firestar! Hurry, Jayfeather! Something is wrong!” yowled Sandstorm.copyright protection17PENANAHPpQWopirO

            Jayfeather ran to the leader’s den as quick as he could and made it without slipping down the rock wall.copyright protection17PENANAre1V9ydmD9

            He went to the nest that was being occupied by the leader.copyright protection17PENANAyUEGvzCi9p

            He checked him and then turned his sightless eyes on the ginger she-cat.copyright protection17PENANA2RfrHbP6uh

            “I’m sorry, Sandstorm. There’s nothing any cat can do. Did he lose any lives in the fight?”copyright protection17PENANAVWwWRFv518

            “Yes. Two. Why?”copyright protection17PENANAez3TfytSRC

            “It’s his time. He’s on his way to Starclan now.”copyright protection17PENANAhTtxlaIbhd

            “No!” she wailed in sadness.copyright protection17PENANAsc9Z90EE6F

            He came back down to the clearing and told Graystripe.copyright protection17PENANANlfQevpHng

            Graystripe jumped onto the High ledge and called a meeting.copyright protection17PENANAkFaNcwYVHg

            “Firestar has sadly lost his last life. Let us grieve for him and give him a ceremony.”copyright protection17PENANA8athaCiOho

            Graystripe jumped off.copyright protection17PENANAu4JJUXejFC

            After the ceremony, the elders took him away for burial.copyright protection17PENANAAZhLNtiMp0

            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 protection17PENANA2xawOl869p

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