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Ch.9: Firestar’s Quest (Omen of the Stars)
Jan 12, 2018
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No Plagiarism!HzVZufco2t7iay6FxZKZposted on PENANA

Ch.9: Firestar’s Quest (Omen of the Stars)copyright protection15PENANAxZaYcdfZHH

 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 protection15PENANAcoh8oLoAaq

            Suddenly, he padded over away from the river, senses alert. He had heard something. He heard a rustle of a bush just then.copyright protection15PENANA3hJeQPToOD

            A cat sprang up and plowed him over on his back.copyright protection15PENANAnmDxlPKAPs

            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 protection15PENANAi2QzaelzPw

            The cat jumped off him, letting him up.copyright protection15PENANA0TNJ8Ez12n

            He got to his paws and saw his apprentice.copyright protection15PENANAFpKiX58IFX

            "You didn't even know I was there, did you? Go on Firestar, admit it. You had no idea."copyright protection15PENANAaX01xbgTK6

             "Bramblepaw, you great lump! You've squashed me as flat as a leaf."copyright protection15PENANApKZdt8R29T

            "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 protection15PENANAqPja7gggYV

            "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 protection15PENANAe9Tearpqk9

            "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 protection15PENANAwJUwWoENrO

            "I hope she will. She'll be a great warrior," Bramblepaw told his mentor.copyright protection15PENANAHRD02Lgj1f

            "And so will you; both of you."copyright protection15PENANAfgp8uzAT0U

            "Was my assessment really okay? Will it be good enough to be a warrior?"copyright protection15PENANA3wEY3AmIoN

            "Yes. We'll hold your naming ceremony tomorrow."copyright protection15PENANAw6Fa6IVn1X

            "Thanks. I won't let you down," he meowed, and then ran down the ravine to wait by the tunnel for his leader.copyright protection15PENANADgd2pIC0CC

            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 protection15PENANAUF9zEca0Vz

            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 protection15PENANAOrFtBMcxad

            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 protection15PENANAvNuJQUrsU3

             "Okay. If you're sure," he told his mentor, and then headed for the apprentice den.copyright protection15PENANA5PJeonrynm

            Firestar turned around to see a gray cat in the ravine. Its fur was patched with white.copyright protection15PENANA8cONFqzRXK

            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 protection15PENANA5tyAcouDRp

            The rain outside his den put him in the land of dreams.copyright protection15PENANAGWfqbENDdb

            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 protection15PENANA0lnO83eIUc

            "Who are you? What do you want? Hello?" He said, but there was no answer.copyright protection15PENANAs0F0ASp5vh

            He awoke at sun high from Sandstorm prodding at him with a paw.copyright protection15PENANAvcdKCpop3C

            “Are you okay? You were twitching in your sleep.”copyright protection15PENANAA3XYR616OW

            “It was just a dream. I’ll be fine.”copyright protection15PENANAjhWZixRHCm

            “I brought you fresh-kill.” She pushed a vole towards him. “I just got back from hunting patrol.”copyright protection15PENANAY7zcSbChAF

            “Thanks.”copyright protection15PENANATbIRaAXbHL

            “Better now?” she asked after he had finished eating. “That’ll teach you not to let young cats jump all over you.”copyright protection15PENANA70340lBR3e

            “Hey, I’m not an elder yet you know. Have all the patrols come back yet?”copyright protection15PENANAe2mNefYRwz

            “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 protection15PENANAwqLfhVQe7x

            “Not right away, but I need to know what they reported. Did any cat see any sign of rogues in our territory?”copyright protection15PENANA0fy4jypVqt

            “Not a trace. Everything is peaceful out there. Firestar, is something bothering you?” He padded inside. His eyes were full of worry.copyright protection15PENANA9FvwsKLrBh

            “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 protection15PENANA18IMn0IdfP

            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 protection15PENANALg4jkoSKjj

            He jumped off the High Rock and touched his muzzle to the warrior’s shoulder. Brambleclaw licked his leader’s shoulder.copyright protection15PENANAdtYIZrtKT4

             He looked in a puddle and saw the face of the gray cat. He blinked and then it was gone.copyright protection15PENANA2UcLHALqO0

            Shrewkit landed in the puddle squealing.copyright protection15PENANAgzglTAJMk3

            The tabby leader looked at the sky, only to see a cloudless sky.copyright protection15PENANA5yx3hwvKho

            He led the evening patrol to tall pines, then two leg place, being cautious about possible remaining cats of Bloodclan.copyright protection15PENANAPkj151CQrq

            He dreamed of the cries of the cats before he woke up.copyright protection15PENANAQIZ73THMF2

            He didn’t want to dream of those poor cats again.copyright protection15PENANAQKBnOSUkDc

            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 protection15PENANAJsw2uC46sw

            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 protection15PENANAwjewqhp844

            Firestar relieved the warrior of his vigil the next day. It was over.copyright protection15PENANAbUPMiEFdYi

            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 protection15PENANApHLWKfyOl1

            He had the same dream the next two nights.copyright protection15PENANAkRlznLQNUU

            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 protection15PENANAS5PHS8lxmk

             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 protection15PENANAPM2AIMQhBb

            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 protection15PENANAjV3Eurqlek

            Once again, he didn’t sleep, dreading what he might dream.copyright protection15PENANAg6q6OieaPA

            The next night, they went to the Gathering. All was well in every clan. Tawnypaw was a warrior by the name of Tawnypelt.copyright protection15PENANAuFmwg5j6nU

            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 protection15PENANAiHQlllMLG1

            He put Graystripe in charge of the clan when he left to go to the Moonstone.copyright protection15PENANA6W8w2WPh7E

            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 protection15PENANASBkf8AlrHI

            When he got back, he went to Cinderpelt’s den. Longtail’s vision was still blurred. His eyes were still affected.copyright protection15PENANAmZpclLx7xe

            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 protection15PENANA9DaiadeZum

            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 protection15PENANAEnYZC6zXyh

            The leader told Thornclaw he would be gone for a night and that Graystripe was in charge.copyright protection15PENANAFUg57BRFJo

            He spent that night in Smudge’s backyard.copyright protection15PENANATT23bdhqdM

            The Skyclan leader came and spoke to him, then was gone.copyright protection15PENANAMR9KQLQqJp

            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 protection15PENANAHpkYurzl6j

            The next day, the patrol and Firestar scented a badger.copyright protection15PENANAK0cM4nZlNc

            When they followed it, Willowpelt gave her life to save Sootpaw.copyright protection15PENANA8z4hjU3alM

            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 protection15PENANAA3bU1GmA2t

            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 protection15PENANATMt6yxtyTg

            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 protection15PENANAK1QOi9Jmk5

            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 protection15PENANA9U8kO91bK3

            It took them four sunrises to get close to their destination.copyright protection15PENANAEDQ8KpFdXy

            When they were almost there, a storm broke out. In the storm, Sandstorm and Firestar had a fight; an argument.copyright protection15PENANAuHzkwSugeO

            “You wish you were on this journey with Spottedleaf, don’t you?”copyright protection15PENANAloItIxCKIm

            “The only cat I want to be on this journey with right now is you,” he assured her.copyright protection15PENANAOn0EvK3aX0

            “You miss her though.”copyright protection15PENANAJsIjMebguq

            “Yes. I do.”copyright protection15PENANA4PONjxkVi3

            “You still would rather have Spottedleaf here than me.”copyright protection15PENANAi6riLW2O70

            “Sandstorm, that’s not it. I miss her, but I love you the most.”copyright protection15PENANAPRtyafMmvh

            “You know what Firestar? Maybe I should go back home and let you journey on your own.”copyright protection15PENANAMA7Boq9Imr

            “Sandstorm…”copyright protection15PENANAMEydWjaZ8i

            “No Firestar. Don’t even try. Don’t start it.”copyright protection15PENANA0X9tvkJiGe

            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 protection15PENANAAtPH5d8eWv

            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 protection15PENANAGJ9eX6y76G

            When it had gone, he couldn’t see her. The love of his life was gone.copyright protection15PENANAq6EzAaTjsA

            For three days he searched diligently for her, thinking about the quarrel they had and what he would do if she had died.copyright protection15PENANAy33oL8BTny

            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 protection15PENANAo3hyieEQmK

            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 protection15PENANAwMRblrlfLO

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 protection15PENANAPjRTHC1jwo

            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 protection15PENANARVr8tKn7AJ

            He stood up to see Sandstorm bite down on its tail and it fled into its two leg nest.copyright protection15PENANAS7vJiRaD6V

            He padded over to her and she turned to him, gazing at him without a word.copyright protection15PENANArWfjPWVQgr

            “Thanks,” he said.copyright protection15PENANAf7mHgQrEX1

            “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 protection15PENANAnP8SzrKJ4R

            “Sandstorm, I would search for you until I found you. Even at the end of the world.”copyright protection15PENANAFwNUPDRLt8

            “But you would rather have Spottedleaf instead.”copyright protection15PENANAcJgzqwpRbn

            “Sandstorm, that was the past. It’s you I love.”copyright protection15PENANATyd2rMtbwy

            He put his tail on her shoulder and gave her assuring licks between the ears.copyright protection15PENANA2c5Q7VtZGX

            Shorty’s head popped up from the other side of the fence.copyright protection15PENANA7TGnt7UTZ5

            “Is everything alright?” he asked. Then he saw the two cats. “You found her.”copyright protection15PENANAgSEuV5gphN

            “No. I found him,” Sandstorm corrected.copyright protection15PENANAYkZ4a6ZD5G

            Shorty disappeared from sight and the clan cats continued their journey.copyright protection15PENANABdzhA3pvWo

            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 protection15PENANAAdheHckYCB

            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 protection15PENANALAVLE6SDKX

            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 protection15PENANAklaTDLX2gT

            The warriors of Skyclan, Sandstorm, and Firestar sat on a nearby tree.copyright protection15PENANAqR7I5OUpNw

            The leader soon had an idea. He knew who the rats’ leader was. All he had to do was kill the leader.copyright protection15PENANA1z7WkL3cpN

            All cats jumped to the ground facing their enemies. With a yowl, Firestar leaped in the middle and killed the leader.copyright protection15PENANAaJ8lDM7AOn

            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 protection15PENANAufeBXkqSKd

            Sharpclaw started running after them toward the barn, but Firestar stopped him.copyright protection15PENANApMNwJ8iMlH

            “No! Leave them be!”copyright protection15PENANAzvqIR4uYFi

            He reluctantly obeyed and they came back to camp with Sharpclaw dragging the dead warrior Rainfur.copyright protection15PENANAm9yBLwWbpG

            Echosong told the dead cats’ mate, Petalnose.copyright protection15PENANApOsdlblDYG

            Cats gathered around him that night.copyright protection15PENANAkxcLf4QJ2v

            Two days later, Leafdapple was made leader.copyright protection15PENANA2oEB0q7WBx

            Next, Leafstar made Sharpclaw her deputy, Bouncekit and Rockkit apprentices, Cherrypaw was made a warrior, Cherrytail, and Sparrowpaw was made a warrior, Sparrowpelt.copyright protection15PENANAD1l5eGhAkg

            After the naming ceremony, all of Skyclan said their farewells as Firestar and Sandstorm left the camp.copyright protection15PENANAgENtq3xgMz

            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 protection15PENANAMPYqrZRyVt

            After several moons of being gone, they came back to their own camp.copyright protection15PENANA6yurEJ8Wjs

            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 protection15PENANAcA7Z3x3BOQ

            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 protection15PENANAaAF9168SF4

            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 protection15PENANAlLCQdgzlcT

            The dead cat’s prophecy, Skywatcher who had died of old age, rang out in his head.copyright protection15PENANAOouVoxsr8h

            “There will be threecopyright protection15PENANAhjRXtT4CLK

            Kin of your kincopyright protection15PENANAG6viXJzx4L

            Who hold the powers of the starscopyright protection15PENANAqTaVOzth1B

            In their paws.copyright protection15PENANAyjVqgpjk14

            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 protection15PENANA4IbA09jzGo

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