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It’s hard to describe the terror I felt. I was terrified of so many things; The dogs, the teeth, death…but there was one thing that terrified me above all else: the thought of those beasts taking Brightpaw away. That day is still so very clear in my mind. I revisit it frequently, and yet I still can’t believe what an idiot I was!
I darted through the undergrowth, Brightpaw hard on my heels. My paws tingled with excitement. There’s no way Bluestar could ignore this! We’ll be warriors by Sunhigh tomorrow! I thought, letting the satisfaction of the thought seep into me.
“Swiftpaw,” Brightpaw panted, running alongside me, “Are you sure about this?”
I saw the doubt in her eyes, the fear. My heart skipped a beat as I gazed into those deep blue eyes.
“We’ll be fine, Brightpaw. Don’t worry about it! There’
SR: Short Story #1The brown tabby she-cat sighed, green eyes scanning the cliff-side. Her heart was thumping with anticipation as she waited for the cat to arrive. She had long since made up her mind about what she needed to do, but there was a part of her that doubted and feared her decision. She glanced down at her paws. Beside them lay two identical calico kits. They looked up at her with wide emerald eyes, and Song smiled at them.SR: Short Story #1 in General Fiction More Like This
“Mommy,” one of the kits mewed. Her voice was so small, so fragile, and she still was unable to say much more than that word.
She’s still so young. Song thought, and a prick of doubt tainted her determination. She fought the feeling back. But she’s old enough for this, and he’ll take good care of her I know!
Bending down, Song murmured,
“Don’t worry, kits. Your father will be here soon.”
A rock clacked down the side of the mountain, and Song looked up. Albatross was standing a few tail lengths away, a nervous gr
Scarlet River P5 Early morning sunlight seeped through the lichen, striping her coat. River opened her eyes and stretched, pushing herself into a sitting position. She was still weak from her journey, and as she padded across the den, her muscles ached in protest. River looked around, surprised to find the cave empty. Deeplake must be talking to Lightstar…or preparing to visit this ‘moonpool’. With a pang of fear and anxiety, River remembered the ominous discussion she had heard last night. “she might be a threat…” Could Deeplake hold some mystical power? Could she have gazed into River’s past and seen the blood there? River shook her head to clear it. Reaching the cave entrance, she poked her head through the curtain of lichen.Scarlet River P5 in General Fiction More Like This
There were a few cats in the clearing, however River did not recognize Silverpaw, Volepaw, Robinfire, Lightstar or Deeplake among them. Still uncertain, she pushed out of the den and crept warily
Scarlet River P2 “Is it dead? It’s body is cold!”Scarlet River P2 in General Fiction More Like This
“Where did it come from?”
“Shh! Quiet, both of you! It’s obviously a lost kit, we must bring it back to camp. Lightstar will know what to do about it.”
The kit slowly opened her eyes, blinking against the sudden bright sunlight. As her pupils narrowed, adjusting, she made out the outline of three silhouettes. Her vision cleared. The largest silhouette was a ginger tom, his fur flecked with white. The two smaller shapes were a young dark grey she-cat and a brown tabby tom.
“Hello kit, where did you come from?” The ginger asked gently.
The kit's first instinct was to get away from these cats as fast as possible. She had been trained to distrust, to attack...but in her current state, there was little she could do. She observed the three cats for a moment, eyes na
Scarlet River P6 Deeplake left for the “Moonpool”, and River was taken to the nursery, her head still spinning with possibilities. Would she join Thunderclan? Then she could build a life, a real life, and never have to remember those terrible things again. Or would she leave this place and search for others who might help her? It was certainly less appealing, but how could she live with herself if she left those she loved behind?Scarlet River P6 in General Fiction More Like This
There were three queens in the nursery, two nursing kits, and the other awaiting hers. River was welcomed instantly by Stonekit and Echokit, who bounced excitedly when they heard she’d be staying with them, for the time being that is. Echokit bombarded her with questions, but Stonekit was able to divert his sister’s attention long enough to give River some breathing room. Their mother, Leafheart, was kind and soft spoken, and simply purred happily when her kits brought River over to meet her. Leafheart was a tabby ginger she
Scarlet River P136 A gasp escaped the crowd, and Riverpaw heard a shriek. Looking around, she saw Pinekit and Rainkit had pushed their way to the front, and were now watching in horror. Icepelt came up behind them and used a paw to roughly push them away, shielding her kits from the scene.Scarlet River P136 in General Fiction More Like This
It was over in an instant. The white tom’s body convulsed on the ground, blood pouring from his throat. Ava stood over him, teeth glinting and wild green eyes shining almost yellow in the darkening camp. Blood dripped from her mouth onto the sandy floor. She had never appeared more wolf-like.
The white tom smiled shakily, looking up at her with wide eyes.
“Oh yes…” He spluttered faintly, “I c-could..n’t have asked…for a better killer…”
He became still, eyes staring.
Riverpaw watched Ava, who didn’t move as she continued to stand over his body. Sile
Scarlet River P3 Lightstar nodded. “Where do you come from?”Scarlet River P3 in General Fiction More Like This
River faltered. On her journey, she had been so intent on warning someone about her origins, but now, under the watchful green gaze, it was difficult to say. More cats had gathered round, all staring intently at River. Lightstar sensed her discomfort and turned to the small, dark grey she-cat who had taken part in discovering her.
“Silverpaw, will you please fetch this kit some freshkill, and moss soaked in water?”
Silverpaw dipped her head, “Yes, Lightstar.”
River watched. She felt the need to protest, to assert that she could look after herself, but her rumbling stomach disagreed.
River turned to Lightstar once more.
“When you are ready to talk, you can tell Deeplake, she is our medicine cat. You will be staying with her until you have recovered strength.”
Scarlet River P47 Riverpaw pushed through the undergrowth, heading toward the center of the island. Lightstar’s white pelt flashed in the dappled sunlight, shining like a beacon and guiding her. The tree-bridge had still proved a challenge, but it was certainly easier crossing in the daylight. The moment she had landed on the pebbled shore, her heart began to race. The full realization that she was leaving the clans had settled in her mind. It wasn’t completely terrifying, seeing as she had lived the first half of her life away from the clans, but Riverpaw had marked Thunderclan as her home, her territory. It was hard to leave something she held so dear, even if she had only known it for a little while.Scarlet River P47 in General Fiction More Like This
Ahead, Lightstar stopped. She looked around at Riverpaw, green eyes steady.
“Are you ready?” the Thunderclan leader asked.
Riverpaw nodded, setting her shoulders and trying to look confident.
Scarlet River P8 River’s mind spun with what she had just heard. She crept down the tumbled rocks and slipped around the clearing until she reached the dirt-place tunnel. Was she the ‘river’ they spoke of? But how could that be?Scarlet River P8 in General Fiction More Like This
Stonekit was waiting for her at the entrance to the dirt place. River’s heart sank. Oh no, he knows!
“You went and listen to the leader’s conversation, didn’t you!” He accused.
River tried desperately to think of a good accuse, an explanation, anything besides the truth. Nothing came. Defeated, River nodded.
“River, you can’t do that! It’s against the warrior code!”
I don’t live by your code, do I? she thought to herself, but did not voice the thought. It would only insult Stonekit, and she did not want to lose a friend.
“I had to hear what they said!” River insi
SR: Short Story #2“Emi…Emi, wake up.” A fearful whisper echoed to Emerald’s ears.SR: Short Story #2 in General Fiction More Like This
The grey she-kit slowly opened her eyes, squinting at the one who had woken her. It was her sister, River.
River smiled weakly, as if trying to reassure her. The brown she-kit’s fur was disheveled, and her blue-green eyes shone with nervousness and anxiety. “Today’s the day…” River whispered.
Emerald’s heart pounded, and she sat up. The two sat inside a brown box, it’s edges frayed and it’s floor cold and wet. A layer of moss was pushed to the back, making up the kit’s beds. Emerald yawned, and winced. Her throat felt dry. She looked at her paws, which trembled slightly on the light brown floor. Her fur was as unkempt as River’s, and she knew it was because she had tossed and turned during the night. I guess I should have known I’d barely be able to sleep. Emerald thought.
“Hey,” Emerald looked up to find Cloud, her