This is a songfic of the Imagine Dragons song "Natural". 

Blurb

Iceheart was just an apprentice when he turned to the Dark Forest for help. This songfic describes all the reasons why.

Chapter 1

Will you hold the line

When every one of them is giving up or giving in tell me

In this house of mine

Nothing ever comes without a consequence or cost

Icepaw dragged the squirrel through the thorn tunnel. Dropping it on the fresh-kill pile, he noticed Brackenpaw staring at him. "What are you looking at?" Icepaw asked. "Nice catch." Brackenpaw mumbled. "Well, I didn't catch it for you," Icepaw snarled, before stalking over to the apprentices den. Leafpaw called over to him as he entered. "Hey, Icepaw! How in StarClan did you catch that squirrel? It isn't nearly leaf-bare yet!" Icepaw stopped, turned towards Leafpaw, and snarled, hissing. "As if you could catch anything better!" Then he whipped around, stalking over to his nest.

Icepaw looked around. "Where am I?" A brown tom prowled out of the shadows. Icepaw leaped back. "Who are you? Did you bring me here? Why?" The brown tom chuckled. "I am Owltalon. I brought you here because I know you need help. I can help you  become the most powerful cat who ever lived. Icepaw's jaw dropped open. "You can do that? Are you a StarClan cat?" Icepaw glanced at the shadowy trees. "This doesn't look like I imagined it." Owltalon purred "We're better than StarClan. This is the place where the best cats go when they die." He beckoned for Icepaw to sit by him. Owltalon looked Icepaw in the eye. "What sort of help do you need?" Owltalon asked when Icepaw was sitting. Icepaw looked up. "Well, the other apprentices are bullying me. The warriors always say that they'll stop eventually, but they never do. So I just be mean back." Owltalon nodded. "That's a good start." He stood up and beckoned him with his tail. Icepaw stood up and followed Owltalon into the forest. All of the sudden, Owltalon swirled around and narrowly missed slicing open Icepaw's nose. Icepaw froze in horror. "What was that for?" He asked, bewildered. "If you will train with me, I need to know I can trust you first. You haven't promised me yet." Icepaw, even more bewildered than before, asked, "What sort of training will I be getting?" Owltalon had a spark of amusement in his eyes as he replied, "The kind you need."

Chapter 2

Tell me

Will the stars align?

Will heaven step in?

Will it save us from our sin?

Will it?

'Cause this house of mine stands strong

Icepaw hissed. Owltalon slashed at his nose, and a spray of blood flew out. Icepaw didn't flinch. He leaped on top of Owltalon, clawing at his back. Owltalon flipped over, squashing Icepaw beneath him.

Chapter 3

That's the price you pay

Leave behind your heart and cast away

Just another product of today

Rather be the hunter than the prey

Chapter 4

And you're standing on the edge, face up

'Cause you're a natural

A beating heart of stone

You gotta be so cold

To make it in this world

Chapter 5

Yeah, you're a natural

Livin' you're life cutthroat

You gotta be so cold

To make it in this world

Chapter 6

Will somebody

Let me see the light within the dark trees shadowing

What's happening

Looking through the glass finding wrong within the past knowing

Chapter 7

Oh, we are the youth

Cut until it bleeds in a world without the peace

Face it

A bit of the truth, the truth

Chapter 8

That's the price you pay

Leave behind your heart and cast away

Just another product of today

Rather be the hunter than the prey

Chapter 9

And you're standing on the edge face up

'Cause you're a natural

A beating heart of stone

You gotta be so cold

To make it in this world

Chapter 10

Yeah, you're a natural

A beating heart of stone

You gotta be so cold

Yeah, you're a natural

Chapter 11

Deep inside me, I'm fading to black, I'm fading

Took an oath by the blood of my hand,

Won't break it

I can taste it

The end is upon us, I swear

Gonna make it

I'm gonna make it

Chapter 12

Natural

A beating heart of stone

You gotta be so cold

To make it in this world

Yeah, you're a natural

Chapter 13

Living your life cutthrout

You gotta be so cold

Yeah, you're a natural

Natural

Yeah, you're a natural

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