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#9
Ch.9: Firestar’s Quest (Omen of the Stars)
Lizzy100
Jan 12, 2018
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Ch.9: Firestar’s Quest (Omen of the Stars)copyright protection4PENANAFFXChwhUcU

 Firestar sat on the edge of the river, not far from Shadowclan. He listened to the gurgling of the river. He had been the leader for three seasons and was proud of it.copyright protection4PENANAH1PHuGB70S

            Suddenly, he padded over away from the river, senses alert. He had heard something. He heard a rustle of a bush just then.copyright protection4PENANATVCUwffYsl

            A cat sprang up and plowed him over on his back.copyright protection4PENANAZ70WJht1cF

            He tried to push his attacker off with his hind leg, as a paw came down on his stomach, claws sheathed. As the paw did so, the image of the murderous Tigerstar vanished.copyright protection4PENANAVUHKBcqdjr

            The cat jumped off him, letting him up.copyright protection4PENANA5dmH7TWnSp

            He got to his paws and saw his apprentice.copyright protection4PENANAIRwIOg0ihc

            "You didn't even know I was there, did you? Go on Firestar, admit it. You had no idea."copyright protection4PENANAYd7GXJSoWc

             "Bramblepaw, you great lump! You've squashed me as flat as a leaf."copyright protection4PENANAQ2pcKx6HUY

            "I know," his apprentice said, as his amber eyes gleamed. "If you'd really been a Shadowclan invader, you'd be crow-food by now."copyright protection4PENANA6CQCkFTlXa

            "So I would," the leader agreed. He touched his tail to Bramblepaw's shoulder. "You disguised your scent very well, and you did very well on your fighting."copyright protection4PENANAyVnFBlpuJl

            "I rolled in a clump of damp ferns as soon as I left camp. Was my assessment okay?" He asked his leader. "Of course Bramblepaw. No cat could've done better." he replied. "Thanks, Firestar! Do you think Tawnypaw will be a warrior soon?" asked the apprentice, looking back at the border as they walked back to camp. "I'm sure she will."copyright protection4PENANAGzn6M8DTPx

            "I hope she will. She'll be a great warrior," Bramblepaw told his mentor.copyright protection4PENANASVaIyvorQl

            "And so will you; both of you."copyright protection4PENANACoh04Tltn5

            "Was my assessment really okay? Will it be good enough to be a warrior?"copyright protection4PENANAP4FdaslOla

            "Yes. We'll hold your naming ceremony tomorrow."copyright protection4PENANAle5wXD1l4R

            "Thanks. I won't let you down," he meowed, and then ran down the ravine to wait by the tunnel for his leader.copyright protection4PENANAHHgYHkS2Ng

            Firestar remembered how it felt like when he had been an apprentice. When he felt like he could run forever in the forest. But he also renumbered how it felt when the clan hadn't trusted him yet. Bluestar had taken him in because she knew he was the Fire who could save the clan. No cat had trusted him back then because of his origins. He had been born a kittypet. Tigerstar had taunted and tormented him with the words, "Once a kittypet always a kittypet." Because the clan hadn't trusted him yet, he had to work harder than any apprentice. Some still didn't trust him, he knew. Dustpelt was one. But then again, he had never been his friend. He had always hated him. Sandstorm was the same way until the night he saved her from falling in the river. She had started liking him after that. Now they were mates.copyright protection4PENANA8DkNQvgbjC

            He wondered if Bramblepaw was having a hard time being trusted enough to be a warrior. He was popular in the clan because of his father. Bramblepaw was Tigerstar's son. To Firestar, he was trusted, loyal, and a hard worker and learner. He was the total opposite of Tigerstar. The trouble was it being so easy to see his tormentor; the ambitious, bloodthirsty, murderous, traitor of Thunderclan; Tigerstar.copyright protection4PENANAmFQrbO5d9a

            When he caught up to with the soon-to-be warrior, he told his apprentice, "Go get some sleep. You'll have to sit vigil tomorrow night."copyright protection4PENANA4QRkPyFIBt

             "Okay. If you're sure," he told his mentor, and then headed for the apprentice den.copyright protection4PENANAYJ6jxWPO89

            Firestar turned around to see a gray cat in the ravine. Its fur was patched with white.copyright protection4PENANAquOhW052de

            As soon as he started toward the cat, it disappeared. He couldn't stop thinking about the cat. It had looked at him, its eyes glowing helplessly, as if he needed him; needed his help.copyright protection4PENANAci54DVDiDe

            The rain outside his den put him in the land of dreams.copyright protection4PENANALCYRVwOLkX

            He was on moorland with mist swirling around him. He could hear cats wailing from a distance. It sent chills through him. He saw blurred shapes of cats, but they vanished before he could see them better. Their scent was unfamiliar.copyright protection4PENANAUKrI1oJ6qX

            "Who are you? What do you want? Hello?" He said, but there was no answer.copyright protection4PENANAlDfrHSmka0

            He awoke at sun high from Sandstorm prodding at him with a paw.copyright protection4PENANAzWCxNy3Cko

            “Are you okay? You were twitching in your sleep.”copyright protection4PENANAze81XaqGgQ

            “It was just a dream. I’ll be fine.”copyright protection4PENANADCuT3cLqwW

            “I brought you fresh-kill.” She pushed a vole towards him. “I just got back from hunting patrol.”copyright protection4PENANAq6T3DHCHjW

            “Thanks.”copyright protection4PENANA5TaeU8olOF

            “Better now?” she asked after he had finished eating. “That’ll teach you not to let young cats jump all over you.”copyright protection4PENANAbshGlkS7Lp

            “Hey, I’m not an elder yet you know. Have all the patrols come back yet?”copyright protection4PENANA4bvXf9ESQY

            “The last one just came back,” Graystripe announced as he sat outside the entrance. “The hunting patrol caught a lot of prey, so Thornclaw has taken the apprentices out to collect it. “Why? Did you want them?”copyright protection4PENANAPWR0aM8y7W

            “Not right away, but I need to know what they reported. Did any cat see any sign of rogues in our territory?”copyright protection4PENANAdjpuZKPSSA

            “Not a trace. Everything is peaceful out there. Firestar, is something bothering you?” He padded inside. His eyes were full of worry.copyright protection4PENANAhWMMU2VyUM

            “No, I’m fine,” he lied. He didn’t like lying to his old friend. “Bramblepaw did an amazing assessment last night. He jumped on me by the Shadowclan border. Come on. I want to hold his ceremony as soon as the apprentices get back.”copyright protection4PENANAxKIoKTbTrj

            When they came back, he held his warrior ceremony. Bramblepaw was now Brambleclaw. He knew how important it was to him to be a warrior; especially when he talked about his loyalty to the clan.copyright protection4PENANAPFCfaC0ZvS

            He jumped off the High Rock and touched his muzzle to the warrior’s shoulder. Brambleclaw licked his leader’s shoulder.copyright protection4PENANAAMOnzJpvhk

             He looked in a puddle and saw the face of the gray cat. He blinked and then it was gone.copyright protection4PENANAhP50ePTpIl

            Shrewkit landed in the puddle squealing.copyright protection4PENANAIy0lObYObt

            The tabby leader looked at the sky, only to see a cloudless sky.copyright protection4PENANAGLfv9Pezkw

            He led the evening patrol to tall pines, then two leg place, being cautious about possible remaining cats of Bloodclan.copyright protection4PENANATClZDzOxZx

            He dreamed of the cries of the cats before he woke up.copyright protection4PENANASI6T3U41If

            He didn’t want to dream of those poor cats again.copyright protection4PENANAvp1KUbA8KV

            He and Sandstorm walked together in the forest, and then sat down by Snake Rocks. They sat there in silence for a very long time. No cat spoke.copyright protection4PENANAEEx0DbzsIz

            As he looked at the river, he saw images of cats swimming in the water, churning water desperately. Then the cats were gone. The river was still and quiet.copyright protection4PENANAZAh6uk0zmJ

            Firestar relieved the warrior of his vigil the next day. It was over.copyright protection4PENANAPR8RC22cbM

            He slipped into the Medicine Den to talk to Cinderpelt. He told her about the dreams he had been having. She said she couldn’t help, but she would tell him if Starclan gave her a sign or something.copyright protection4PENANA7QqFQ4Qqwy

            He had the same dream the next two nights.copyright protection4PENANAZw9gCEBDdX

            The leader awoke at sun high. He came out of the den, hearing caterwauling. He swiftly padded over to Cloudtail, Brackenfur, Rainpaw, and Longtail.copyright protection4PENANAn2PwTryWEK

             Longtail was put in a moss nest so Cinderpelt could examine him. A rabbit had scratched his eyes when he tried chasing it. His eyes were closed.copyright protection4PENANAIMA9srdiRK

            The other cats left the warrior and Medicine cat alone, when Cinderpelt had told them to. Rainpaw had been told to help her with Longtail by getting her the herbs she needed.copyright protection4PENANARQg17TGIxT

            Once again, he didn’t sleep, dreading what he might dream.copyright protection4PENANAGUWwqQYZMC

            The next night, they went to the Gathering. All was well in every clan. Tawnypaw was a warrior by the name of Tawnypelt.copyright protection4PENANAJupkERLSaD

            As the cats left, Firestar saw a lot of starry cats. None said a word. He was the only one that saw them. Then they vanished.copyright protection4PENANAC2uT3BMJkk

            He put Graystripe in charge of the clan when he left to go to the Moonstone.copyright protection4PENANAD1ezxFpvEc

            Bluestar came to him. They were at Fourtrees. She reluctantly told him what cats he had been seeing; that they were in different skies. The cats were Skyclan. They had been driven out long ago because of monsters, and that the clans didn’t believe they belonged in the forest anymore. That once upon a time, there had been five clans.copyright protection4PENANA8oHxJlpvdz

            When he got back, he went to Cinderpelt’s den. Longtail’s vision was still blurred. His eyes were still affected.copyright protection4PENANA8QBCKFexoz

            He let himself dream that night. He dreamed that clan was following the river. They couldn’t or wouldn’t hear him. “Skyclan, wait for me! Wait!” But he soon couldn’t keep up. He collapsed on the ground, unable to follow anymore. Then his dream changed. He was in his own den. Spottedleaf came to him. After that dream, he knew he must go.copyright protection4PENANAR2A5B7L1Dp

            That day, he stopped a couple of his warriors from fighting Smudge. After they left, Smudge told him of his dreams. Fire Star said he knew of them already.copyright protection4PENANAeLOVjxgI3u

            The leader told Thornclaw he would be gone for a night and that Graystripe was in charge.copyright protection4PENANAhblTO5y3CX

            He spent that night in Smudge’s backyard.copyright protection4PENANACuZdABllDY

            The Skyclan leader came and spoke to him, then was gone.copyright protection4PENANALRKzM373Ma

            He came back the next day. Not to the camp. He met up with a patrol. He told Brackenfur about giving Sootpaw a new mentor until Longtail’s eyesight got better. Thornclaw became the new mentor.copyright protection4PENANAy4mTXbZweC

            The next day, the patrol and Firestar scented a badger.copyright protection4PENANAtR6t4G5p2I

            When they followed it, Willowpelt gave her life to save Sootpaw.copyright protection4PENANAoNA8mncuqZ

            After morning for her, Cinderpelt took Sootpaw, Rainpaw, and Sorrelpaw to her den, and cared for them like a mother would for her kits.copyright protection4PENANAFY31S1cRxr

            Firestar dreamed of Silverstream. She gave him a fish to eat as a gift. After that dream, he was even surer he had to leave.copyright protection4PENANAt1izvngANi

            He told Cinderpelt, Graystripe, and Sandstorm first. He said he was taking his mate, and then told his deputy he was in charge. “We’ll take care of the clan the best we can,” Graystripe told his friend.copyright protection4PENANAjb5UkshwXI

            The next day, he announced he was leaving, made it sound like it was Starclan’s will, the Clan said good-bye, and he and Sandstorm left.copyright protection4PENANAvCGzEyARq8

            It took them four sunrises to get close to their destination.copyright protection4PENANAiTaBtGYKgL

            When they were almost there, a storm broke out. In the storm, Sandstorm and Firestar had a fight; an argument.copyright protection4PENANA3AX9uhBMOz

            “You wish you were on this journey with Spottedleaf, don’t you?”copyright protection4PENANAujbbTQKuHa

            “The only cat I want to be on this journey with right now is you,” he assured her.copyright protection4PENANAD04NBxtAiK

            “You miss her though.”copyright protection4PENANAllljuQA6Co

            “Yes. I do.”copyright protection4PENANAF7IRiBH25p

            “You still would rather have Spottedleaf here than me.”copyright protection4PENANAdIphw0P0A7

            “Sandstorm, that’s not it. I miss her, but I love you the most.”copyright protection4PENANALWt6fXXQ3z

            “You know what Firestar? Maybe I should go back home and let you journey on your own.”copyright protection4PENANAeJGXAZyi2E

            “Sandstorm…”copyright protection4PENANAIgn7xU8nVJ

            “No Firestar. Don’t even try. Don’t start it.”copyright protection4PENANAvGFYNVWKMZ

            As they walked through the storm in silence, looking for shelter, a tree was hit by lightning, making it become like a bridge to cross the river.copyright protection4PENANAk1J1Yk1wC3

            He crossed first. But just as he called out to her, “Sandstorm, it’s safe! Your turn! Come on!” A wave came splashing down right where his mate was.copyright protection4PENANAbljysRtAfo

            When it had gone, he couldn’t see her. The love of his life was gone.copyright protection4PENANAjK4ZJSVFCI

            For three days he searched diligently for her, thinking about the quarrel they had and what he would do if she had died.copyright protection4PENANAFXJoYHIZdl

            Shorty brought him on the third day, when he met him, to a two leg place where he had seen a ginger she-cat.copyright protection4PENANA3pGmY8erJt

            Shorty warned the flame-colored tabby about a fierce kittypet before he jumped into its territory. He didn’t have his full strength yet, since he hadn’t eaten since Sandstorm had disappeared.copyright protection4PENANAP3dU3XMZCp

As soon as he landed in the garden and started calling for Sandstorm, he was attacked by a fierce black and white kittypet. He thought he could fight the kittypet off, but he was losing. He felt claws scrape his pelt and shoulder. Then once he was pinned to the ground, it clawed his left side, and he suddenly felt teeth in his neck.copyright protection4PENANAHhmqFl7nll

            As soon as the teeth sank in, he heard a yowl and felt wind, as a blur of a pelt brushed by. Then the teeth came out of his neck fur.copyright protection4PENANAIoKpLIxZah

            He stood up to see Sandstorm bite down on its tail and it fled into its two leg nest.copyright protection4PENANAtZkHUnEGmg

            He padded over to her and she turned to him, gazing at him without a word.copyright protection4PENANA63ytudOBBa

            “Thanks,” he said.copyright protection4PENANAWkyHJkqhkA

            “You know, I met what I said when I said I wanted to go back to the forest. I’m surprised you even looked for me,” she said when she finally spoke.copyright protection4PENANAyNATvuh9bD

            “Sandstorm, I would search for you until I found you. Even at the end of the world.”copyright protection4PENANAqhHYLbcANO

            “But you would rather have Spottedleaf instead.”copyright protection4PENANAKK9jrTDSbX

            “Sandstorm, that was the past. It’s you I love.”copyright protection4PENANAsJL2DgxUqI

            He put his tail on her shoulder and gave her assuring licks between the ears.copyright protection4PENANAyR0fPLr2lf

            Shorty’s head popped up from the other side of the fence.copyright protection4PENANAR5Z0orU2j5

            “Is everything alright?” he asked. Then he saw the two cats. “You found her.”copyright protection4PENANA0MPMPs3mmt

            “No. I found him,” Sandstorm corrected.copyright protection4PENANA4Vk5aaQCdc

            Shorty disappeared from sight and the clan cats continued their journey.copyright protection4PENANAR4iR5Gj0JC

            Five moons later, they had Skyclan cats as a clan once again. From former kittypets and rogues to Skywatcher who remembered his ancestors. His mother when he was young, would tell him all about them and Skyclan.copyright protection4PENANA5JpUvenzAK

            Soon after they finally had a queen, kits, warriors, apprentices, and a medicine cat, rats attacked. So many that they couldn’t see the ground. No cat died though. Thank Starclan.copyright protection4PENANA2FFnKQxBsL

            Two days later, Skyclan attacked the small abandoned barn where the rats lived. Rainfur died and Firestar lost a life, leaving Firestar with five lives left.copyright protection4PENANANkQ5cVMvWv

            The warriors of Skyclan, Sandstorm, and Firestar sat on a nearby tree.copyright protection4PENANA81fxWLMjkm

            The leader soon had an idea. He knew who the rats’ leader was. All he had to do was kill the leader.copyright protection4PENANA3n1JKMzin2

            All cats jumped to the ground facing their enemies. With a yowl, Firestar leaped in the middle and killed the leader.copyright protection4PENANA4bmUhzQ35M

            Firestar stayed there, watching confusion ring out through the horde of rats. That’s when the warriors struck, killing rats who were in their path.copyright protection4PENANAzdNPLKBx3W

            Sharpclaw started running after them toward the barn, but Firestar stopped him.copyright protection4PENANAU7jWQ4Ipn6

            “No! Leave them be!”copyright protection4PENANArriOlzobDt

            He reluctantly obeyed and they came back to camp with Sharpclaw dragging the dead warrior Rainfur.copyright protection4PENANAYdHM2swE0z

            Echosong told the dead cats’ mate, Petalnose.copyright protection4PENANAAVHURxYAXm

            Cats gathered around him that night.copyright protection4PENANAHpNZd9zClc

            Two days later, Leafdapple was made leader.copyright protection4PENANA5jpM5sfB6g

            Next, Leafstar made Sharpclaw her deputy, Bouncekit and Rockkit apprentices, Cherrypaw was made a warrior, Cherrytail, and Sparrowpaw was made a warrior, Sparrowpelt.copyright protection4PENANAbHbSB3qzDn

            After the naming ceremony, all of Skyclan said their farewells as Firestar and Sandstorm left the camp.copyright protection4PENANAVkMJk0STCd

            Just as they started to disappear among the bushes, Leafstar called to the Thunderclan cats, “May Starclan go with you and light your path!”copyright protection4PENANA6IxwuCYKe5

            After several moons of being gone, they came back to their own camp.copyright protection4PENANA1pMcinfIXT

            A few days later, it would be time that night for the Gathering. At the same time, Sandstorm had kitted. She had two daughters. One was a tabby like Firestar named Leafkit after Leafstar, and the other one was a dark ginger she-cat like Sandstorm named Squirrelkit, because of the fluffy tail.copyright protection4PENANA6TeSCyTvsw

            Brightheart’s kit Whitekit, would soon be an apprentice. Whitekit sat by the new born kits. Her mother raised her head. “Whitekit, come away from them. They won’t be ready to play for some time yet. You’ll have to wait moons.” She went over to her mother, obeying her.copyright protection4PENANAIyef4JS3u6

            Firestar was happy as he watched his mate and sleeping daughters. They didn’t have their eyes open yet. It would be at least two moons before their eyes opened.copyright protection4PENANA9vwVHOjXwh

            The dead cat’s prophecy, Skywatcher who had died of old age, rang out in his head.copyright protection4PENANARCa5vNDpi5

            “There will be threecopyright protection4PENANAV1EahJT9Mn

            Kin of your kincopyright protection4PENANAgVSMRAAby6

            Who hold the powers of the starscopyright protection4PENANAspJDuer8DJ

            In their paws.copyright protection4PENANAezKSJ2BCbn

            He wondered if it would be fulfilled by his daughter’s kin. He just had to be patient. Patiently wait. Then horror flashed through him, as he wondered if the prophecy was meant for good or evil.copyright protection4PENANA0sjTebuOn2

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