About the story

Cosmo is just a normal kittypet. He has a fear of the woods, and for good reason. His mother always told him what dangers lurked there, overexagerating them. But Cosmo can't help but be curious. Once he becomes six moons old, he gets taken to his new housefolk's house, which is closer to the woods than before, and one day he ventures farther than he ever planned to, only to descover something extraodinary. This story is written by Cinderstar.

Allegiances

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Prologue

"And that is why we must never venture into the woods." Carly purred. Cosmo shivered, feeling thankful for the soft blanket in the basket. His mother was a great storyteller, and he could just imagine sharp teeth or talons ripping his fur and the bitter cold winds that swept through during the winter.

"Someday I'll kill a badger, and I'll bring home it's pelt for you!" Cosmo's brother, Eddie, boasted. Their sister, Dee blinked admiringly at him.

"The badger would rip your pelt off before you could get a claw into his." Carly meowed sternly. "Promise me you'll never go into the woods."

"I promise." Cosmo mewed instantly. Personally, he sided with his mother. He caught Eddie looking at him as if he were a coward. I'm not a coward! He glared back.

"I promise." Dee mewed. Cosmo knew his sister was too scared to go into the forest, and thought any cat brave who wanted to venture into it.

"I don't see why we should promise." Eddie mewed defiantly. "Our father was never afraid!"

"And look where that landed him." Carly meowed icily. "Hit by a monster as he was trying to catch a rabbit to feed himself. The forest is not the right place for cats, now promise to me."

"Fine, I promise." Eddie mewed, though Cosmo could tell he was lying.

"Good." Carly meowed. "I wouldn't want anything to happen to my kits." She gave each of them a lick on the top of their heads.

Chapter 1

"Good-bye, my kits." Carly called out to Cosmo, Eddie and Dee as they all where being taken away in seperate cages. "I hope you're new housefolk's homes are close to mine!"

"Bye!" Cosmo called. He would miss his mother, brother and sister, but he was excited at the thought of a new house to explore. I hope it's not close to the forest. Cosmo shivered. His mother had told he and his littermates stories about the forests every night, warning them of the dangers. It all sounded thrilling to Cosmo, but ventureing into it sounded foolish.

Cosmo's cage was put in the belly of a monster, along with Dee's. Cosmo could see through the bars of the cage and out the window that Eddie was going to a different housefolk's house.

"I bet the first thing Eddie will do when he's allowed outside is check out the forest." Dee commented. Cosmo nodded, remembering all the times his brother had argued with their mother about going into the woods.

Just then the monster started growling and began to move. About ten mintutes later the monster stopped. Cosmo looked through the bars of the cage to see where he was, and too his dismay, he saw nothing but trees. After looking around a bit, He noticed a house, set apart by several tree-leangths from the rest of the houses.

"We live in a forest..." Cosmo breathed. He turned and saw that his sister's eyes were wide with fear. "It's okay." He soothed. "We don't have to go outside if you don't want to."

Dee nodded, but kept her eyes fearfully watching the forest while their new housefolk carried them into the house.

Cosmo was glad when he was able to get out of the cage, he wanted to explore his new home.He looked around the room he had been put in. There were three twolegs sitting on couches around the room. Two of them were grown up, and the other one was their kit, but she looked almost fully grown. Lounging on a nearby chair was another cat.

"Hello!" Cosmo greeted the other cat. "I'm Cosmo." He looked at the young brown tabby and white she-cat, wondering who she was.

"I'm Emma." The tabby she-cat meowed. "Welcome to your new home!"

"I'm Dee." Dee introdueced herself. Cosmo could tell by the way his sister was looking at Emma that she was trying to figure out whether this cat could be her friend or not.

The younger twoleg came and picked him up. He purred as she gently stroked him. Dispite the fact that this house was to close to the forest for comfort, the house and housefolk seemed quite nice.

Chapter 2

"I want to go into the town and see if we can find Eddie and Carly." Dee persisted. Cosmo sighed. His sister had been pestering him about it for weeks, but she was too scared to go across the short stretch of forest alone.

"Haven't you forgotten the promise we made to our mother?" Cosmo meowed. "If she found out we had to go through the forest to find her, she'll be frantic!" He shuddered at the thought of getting in trouble.

"Please!" Dee pleaded, her blue eyes widening. "Emma's been out in the forest plenty of times with no ill effects, and it's only a few tree-lenths. Besides, we don't have to tell her we've been through the forest."

"I think you should go see if you can find your family." Emma meowed, coming up behind the argueing siblings. "I miss my family so much, I'd give almost anything to have them live near here."

"Why don't you go looking for them?" Cosmo asked Emma curoiusly. "You could survive, and you could find new housefolk once you get there."

Emma shook her head. "I'd miss our holusefolk here to much, and their kit needs me. She's going through a hard time, I can tell, and she needs me for comfort."

"How can you tell that?" Cosmo asked. Even after a few moons, he still had trouble figuring out the reason for everything his housefolk did and often needed Emma to translate.

"I just do." Emma replied. She began to lick her paw.

"Okay." Cosmo meowed to Dee, convinced. "Let's go." Dee's eyes shone with happiness.

...

"Dee, It's time to head back." Cosmo meowed wearily. "They're not anywhere withing visiting distance."

"Can't we check one last yard?" Dee pleaded.

"Okay, one last yard." Cosmo agreed, even though Dee had been asking that for the last ten houses."

Cosmo watched as Dee gracefully leaped up onto the fence, and followed her. On the other side of the lawn a large dog was opening it's eyes.

"Uh Oh." Cosmo meowed when the dog perked up it's head. It rose to it's paws and ran, barking at the cats.

"Run, Into the forest!" Cosmo commanded. They had been following fences along the forest so they woulnd't get lost in the maze of houses, and since their old home had been next to the forest.

Dee stood still terrified of running into the forest. Cosmo stopped and turned around.

"Change of plan." He meowed. "I'll distract the dog and lure it into the forest, and you run home." Cosmo meowed. Dee nodded, her eyes wide with terror.

Cosm shot off, and he heard the dog race after him. He could only hope that Dee would make it back safely to Emma.

After a while a twoleg's voice called sharply in the distance. The dog whimpered and ran back to answer the call of it's housefolk. Cosmo breated a sigh of releif. It was then he reilized he had no idea where he was, and that he had broken his promise to his mother.

Chapter 3

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