- 1 Riverclan
- 2 Thunderclan
- 3 Windclan
- 4 Shadowclan
- 5 Prologue
- 6 Chapter one
- 7 Chapter two
- 8 Chapter three
- 9 Chapter four
- 10 Chapter five
- 11 Chapter six
- 12 Chapter seven
- 13 Chapter Eight
- 14 Chapter nine
- 15 Chapter ten "
- 16 Chapter 11
- 17 Chapter twelve
Leader: Pearlstar-white she-cat with blue eyes
Deputy: Stormpath- dark blue-gray tom with black legs and black paws
Medicine cat: Feathershine- blue-gray she-cat with a black muzzle and black paws along with blue eyes
Blackfang- black tom with blue eyes
Mistshine- pale gray she-cat
Rabbitrace- light brown tom with darker brown speckles
Ebonyears- Black she-cat
Lochcloud- yellow tom Daisyflower- white she-cat with yellow paws
Slateeyes- gray tom
Hazelstalk- light brown she-cat
Beaverbranch- brown tom Gullwaters- speckled gray tom
Dove Wave- pale gray she-cat
Creekfang- yellow tom with brown stripes
Brightsong- white she-cat
Runningflower- purple gray she-cat
Newtspring- orange tom
Swiftglow- gray and yellow she-cat
Frostear- white she-cat
Runningthroat- brown tom with red neck
Ferretsnout- gray she-cat with long, white, narrow muzzle
Shiversong- white she-cat with pale gray splotches
Summershine- pretty dilute calico she-cat
Spiderstrike- brown tom
Lilacshine- pale tabby she-cat
Lilyclaw- black she-cat
Patchclaw- brown tom
Milktooth- white tom
Deadtail- black tom with limp tail
Gasheye- gray tom with a single scarred and blinded eye
Sagepaw- white she-cat mentor: Ebonyears
Ripplepaw- gray tom mentor: Dove wave
Sandpaw- ginger tabby she-cat
Slatepaw- silver tabby tom
Queen and kits
Silvergleam- beautiful silver tabby she-cat, kits: Rainkit, tortoiseshell she-kit with blue eyes, Lightningkit- yellow tom-kit with brown stripes, Willowkit- silver tabby she-kit, Streamkit- silver tabby she-kit
Squirreldawn- ginger and silver she-cat, kits: Pikekit- black tom-kit, Lightkit- white she-kit
Shimmerlight- white she-cat with blue eyes and a black tail, Kits: Blackkit- black she-kit with amber eyes and white flecks.
Ebonybrook- dark brown tabby tom
Lochpatch- dusty gray she-cat
Leader: Sandystar- sand-colored tom
Deputy: Spottedfall- tortoiseshell tom
Medicine cat: Molebelly- light brown she-cat
Skysea- white and gray-blue she-cat
Littlegaze- small white tom
Bouldersong- gray she-cat
Bramblefish- tawny tom
Queen and kits
Dovesong- dark gray she-kit, kits: she is still expecting
Muddygust- brown tom
Leader: Heatherstar- gray she-cat
Deputy: Willowpounce- white she-cat
Medicine cat: Elmdusk- pale brown tom
Leader: Smokestar- dark gray tom
Deputy: Adderjaw- large, gray, muscular tom
Medicine cat: Cedarflower- pale brown tabby she-cat
Rainkit opened her eyes to find a silver tabby she-cat with blue eyes looking down at her with a loving gaze.
"Oh. Look, you've opened your eyes." She observed. "Welcome to the world young Rainkit."
Rainkit puffed out her chest with pride. I'm going to be the best cat to ever live! She thought with pride.
"Now we must wait for Stoneteller to come and make sure you're healthy, but in the meantime, you can go play with your brother and your two sisters, but not before you're father comes to see you." The she-cat said. "Creekfang! Rainkit has opened her eyes!"
Immediately a yellow tom with dark, dusty brown stripes and gleaming yellow eyes rushed over to Rainkit, making Rainkit assume that he was Creekfang.
"She has!" Creekfang exclaimed before rushing over to look at Rainkit. "Hi, little kit, I'm your father. And your mother is Silvergleam, well technically Silver that gleams at night. I know that you're going to be the best little kit ever! Now go run along now, Lightning, Stream, and Willow have been waiting for you to open your eyes."
"Okay!" Rainkit before rushing out of the nest and onto the cold stone floor where a tom-kit who looked like Creekfang, and two silver tabby she-kits who looked like Silvergleam were play fighting, the moment Rainkit clambered over to join them, their gazes turned towards her. All three of the kits were the same age as her. Rainkit immediately knew that they were her littermates.
"Hey! It's Rainkit!" The tom-kit called out before racing over to Rainkit. "Hey! I'm Lightning, my full name is Lightning which cracks at dawn. I'm your brother!"
"Hi! I'm Willow tree which drops leaves! But you can call me Willow, I'm so glad that I have such a beautiful sister!" Willow greeted cheerfully
"I'm Stream which runs through the mountains, but my nickname is Stream. As you probably know, I am your sister." Stream introduced
"Hey, guys, want to go outside the cave and explore?" Lightning asked in a whisper voice so that only Willow, Stream, and Rainkit could hear him
"We're not allowed to do that!" Willow scolded him
"And isn't that dangerous?" Stream agreed. "We're not even one moon old yet."
"I'm in! And you guys will come along." Rainkit announced boldly. "Unless if you guys are too scared!"
"See! Rainkit is brave enough to go and she only just opened her eyes!" Lightning agreed
"Fine, but it's not my fault if we get in trouble!" Willow reluctantly accepted
"If you guys are going then I guess I'll come with." Stream gave in
Then the four of them raced outside when the cave guards weren't looking. Rainkit ran through the snow with her littermates ahead of her. Suddenly a brown shape caught her eye, the figure was in the air and was circling them menacingly, slowly descending towards the ground with each circle. Suddenly the figure dove downwards with its beak first, it was diving straight towards Willow.
"Willow! Watch out! Hawk!" Lightning called
Rainkit rushed past Lightning and right as the hawk was about to latch its talons into Willow's pelt, Rainkit shoved Willow out of the way. Rainkit felt a sharp pain hit her pelt as her paws left the ground. Rainkit wriggled and squirmed in the hawk's grasp but it was no use. Rainkit then whipped around and began to bite and claw the hawk, slowly inducing enough pain for the hawk to drop her. Suddenly Rainkit felt something knock the hawk out of the air, leaving Rainkit to plummet towards the ground. Rainkit felt her body hit the ground with a loud thud. She saw a colossal pink blur walk over to her as Rainkit lost consciousness.
Rainkit woke up in a soft and puffy blue nest next to a black tom-kit who was around her age and was sleeping next to her. Rainkit attempted to get up but collapsed as a sudden sharp pain hit her leg.
"Oh, you woke up!" An old pale brown tom who had a silver muzzle observed. "What's your name?"
"My name is Rainkit, what's yours?" Rainkit replied
"Branch." Branch replied. "And that kit who is next to you is Thunder."
Rainkit looked at Thunder who suddenly woke up and looked at her with welcoming amber eyes.
"Oh, you're awake. I'm Thunder, what's your name?" Thunder greeted
"My name is Rainkit and I have to get out of this place." Rainkit replied urgently. "I have a family to get back to, they're probably worried about me sick."
"Well then I'll help you out." Branch volunteered before picking up Rainkit by her scruff and leaping onto a ledge and out a square hole in the wall
When Branch landed on the ground, he set Rainkit down.
"Hey! What's this?" Rainkit asked, gesturing to the hard thing that enclosed her leg. "And why is it hard to walk?"
"Oh! The upwalkers put that on you because you broke your leg when you fell, but the thing on your leg will help your leg heal!" Thunder informed. "Just keep that on until your leg doesn't hurt when it bends! OK?"
"Okay! Will do!" Rainkit replied before she began to limp in the direction of the mountains
"Hey! Can I help you get there?" Thunder volunteered
"Sure!" Rainkit replied. "It may be hard to get there with my leg so some company would be great!"
Rainkit and Thunder kept on walking until they spotted a group of tribe cats hunting.
"Rainkit! Hey guys, it's Rainkit!" A tribe cat called out before racing over
"Hi! I'm back, he's Thunder and he helped me get here!" Rainkit squeaked cheerfully
"Thank you, Thunder. Now Rainkit, it's time for you to come home." The tribe cat said. "Thank the tribe of endless hunting that you're alright."
"Aww, okay, bye Thunder!" Rainkit moaned before following the tribe back to the cave. "Maybe we'll meet again one day!"
"Yeah!" Thunder agreed as he padded back to his owners
When Rainkit returned to the cave her littermates immediately crowded her.
"Rainkit! You're alright! Oh, I'm so sorry!" Willow cried, nuzzling Rainkit's shoulder. "If only I was the one who got taken."
"Don't say that! And look on the bright side! I'm alright!" Rainkit replied
"You were amazing!" Lightning complimented. "The hawk was like 'I want to eat Willow!' and you were like 'Not on my watch!' and you were just awesome!"
"Yeah!" Stream agreed
"Aww, thanks guys!" Rainkit replied before hobbling over to where Silvergleam and Creekfang were sleeping. "I'm back!"
"What?" Creekfang stirred before completely waking up. "R-rainkit! Y-you're back!"
"You bet I am!" Rainkit replied boldly. Should I tell him about those weird dreams? Nah, not right now. She thought to herself
"I thought you were a goner!" Creekfang sighed before turning to Silvergleam. "Dear, wake up, Rainkit's back!"
"She is!" Silvergleam immediately woke up. "She is!"
"Now, dear, may we please talk, outside." Creekfang requested
"Yes, dear. Rainkit, stay here." Silvergleam replied before following Creekfang out of the cave
Rainkit crept toward the entrance to hear what they were talking about.
"I don't think the tribe is right for Rainkit, she isn't safe here!" Creekfang said
"Well, where else can she go!" Silvergleam replied
"We both know the answer to that question!" Creekfang argued
"Well we mustn't do it now, she isn't even a moon old yet!" Silvergleam replied
"We'll leave the day she turns four moons old." Creekfang decided
"Agreed." Silvergleam nodded. "But we must wait for a sign as well."
"Fine." Creekfang moaned
"Go where?" Rainkit asked, stepping out into their view
"Oh, to the clans, you see, things are different and safer at the clans." Creekfang explained
'Clans'. Why does that sound so familiar? My dream! Rainkit thought. "Daddy, I had a weird dream when I was gone, in my dream, I saw two cats who seemed to have stars on their pelts, one looked kinda like me but had darker fur, and the other cat was a dark brown tabby, they said they're names were...."
"The Tribe of endless hunting?" Silvergleam asked
"No...they're names started with star..." Rainkit replied
"Starclan?" Creekfang guessed
"Yeah! Starclan, and they said something about going to a lake." Rainkit replied
"Those were your grandparents, they were both clan cats." Creekfang said
Suddenly Rainkit saw the dark tortoiseshell she-cat from her dreams appear next to Creekfang.
"The one who looks like me is standing right next to you!" Rainkit said in surprise
"I don't see her." Creekfang replied. "But that cat your talking about is Hollyblossom."
"Hollyblossom is right there!" Rainkit swore
Creekfang and Silvergleam looked at eachother.
"Rainkit, it's time you go to the clans." Creekfang decided
"Can I come?" Willow asked
"Sure." Silvergleam allowed. "But Lightning and Stream must stay here, the tribe is still short of cats."
"I'll break them the news." Creekfang volunteered
After they told the Stoneteller and Rainkit's siblings they were getting ready to leave.
"Bye, we're going to miss you." Lightning said to his parents
"Yeah, especially you, Rainkit." Stream agreed before boldly announcing. "I'm coming with! I refuse to be left behind."
"Me too!" Lightning chimed in
"Very well." Silvergleam sighed. "Now we must all get going."
After saying goodbye Rainkit and her family left the tribe behind as they began their journey to the clans.
"Rainkit is the only one who can communicate with Starclan so Rainkit will have to guide us." Creekfang told the group
"Wow! You're even more awesome then I thought!" Willow said to Rainkit affectionately
"It's nothing really." Rainkit replied
Then Rainkit and her family followed Hollyblossom until they reached the lake.
"We're here! Now we must wait for a patrol to come by, we'll join Riverclan!" Creekfang announced
They waited at the river until finally a patrol came by, at the lead of the patrol was a black tom along with a pale tabby she-cat and a gray tom.
"Creekfang, what brings you back to Riverclan?" The black tom asked
"Blackfang, my daughter, Rainkit, had a sign from Starclan where they told her that she belonged in Riverclan." Creekfang replied
"Well we will not go against Starclan, which one is Rainkit?" Blackfang replied
"I am." Rainkit replied
"Well you certainly look like your grandmother, now we must hurry up, it's almost moonhigh." Blackfang remarked
Then they followed the patrol back to the camp where she saw a pure white she-cat laying on a large rock that lay in the middle of the clearing. There was also multiple other cats talking with eachother.
"Pearlstar, Creekfang is back to rejoin Riverclan, he brought his mate and his kits. And his daughter, Rainkit had a sign from Starclan to come here." Blackfang said to the white she-cat
"Is that so?" Pearlstar replied. "Which one of them is Rainkit."
"I am, ma'am." Rainkit replied politely, respectfully dipping her head
"How old are you?" Pearlstar asked
"She turned one moon old yesterday." Creekfang said
"Well you are welcomed back into Riverclan, Creekfang, same with your family." Pearlstar allowed. "You know what to do is you need to rename your other kits."
"Thank you, Pearlstar." Creekfang thanked before they all padded over to what Rainkit assumed was the nursery
Silvergleam layed down in one of the nests that were made out of moss, the nest also had multiple feathers in it. Rainkit layed down with her siblings, exhausted from the traveling. Rainkit then closed her eyes and felt herself drift off into sleep.
Rainkit opened her eyes to find herself in a forest. Suddenly a badger came out of nowhere and attacked a rabbit but the rabbit was fast enough to get away but the badger still managed to leave the rabbit a large bite on the rabbit's soldier. Rainkit watched as the rabbit ate a strange white flowering plant that had flowers the size fleas. Rainkit then chased after the rabbit as it ran all the way out of the forest and to a field where there was a patch of white flowers with pointed petals.
"Rainkit!" A cat whispered which woke Rainkit up
Rainkit looked up at the cat to find that it was blue gray she-cat with a black muzzle and black paws. The cat also had blue eyes and was full grown.
"You're the kit who had a sign form Starclan, right?" The she-cat asked
"Yeah." Rainkit replied
"Well then you should follow me." The she-cat beckoned. "But first I should take this off your leg."
Then the she cat unseathed a single claw and cut open the thing that had been on Rainkit's leg. The she-cat then pulled the thing off before helping Rainkit up.
"My name is Feathershine by the way." Feathershine said. "I'm the Riverclan medicine cat so I figured that it would be best to have you watch me if you're destined to become the next medicine cat."
"But why does this need to happen in the middle of the night?" Rainkit asked as she and Feathershine padded out into the clearing
"Because this doesn't happen often." Feathershine replied before guiding Rainkit to a den that flooded Rainkit's nose with a series of sharp and tangy scents
"We have a patient that has a very bad and deep infection, she got bit by a badger, her name is Rabbitrace. Rabbitrace, this is Rainkit, the next medicine cat of Riverclan." Feathershine said, gesturing to a brown speckled tom who was laying in the den with a large foul smelling gash in his shoulder
Rainkit gasped before racing out of the den but only to be stopped by Feathershine.
"What is it, Rainkit?" She asked
"I know what to do! Trust me!" Rainkit insisted before sprinting out of camp
Suddenly a blue silver tabby she-cat with stars in her pelt appeared and gestured for Rainkit to follow her. Rainkit followed the Starclan cat all the way to a patch of the small white flowers from her dream.
"This is yarrow, grab some. My name is Lilysong." Lilysong ordered
Rainkit picked some of the yarrow up and held them in her jaws before following Lilysong through a forest to a field where she saw the same plant that the rabbit had lead her to in her dream.
"This is garlic, get some." Lilysong instructed to which Rainkit obeyed
Rainkit then raced back to camp to find Feathershine waiting for her. Rainkit ran past Feathershine and into the medicine den.
"Rabbitrace! I know how to cure you!" Rainkit muttered through the herbs in her mouth. "Eat this yarrow and then.."
"Tell her to roll in the garlic." Lilysong whispered
"Roll in the garlic." Rainkit ordered
"Very well, you are the one who got a sign from Starclan." Rabbitrace sighed before eating the yarrow that Rainkit had dropped in front of her
Then only a few moments after Rabbitrace ate the yarrow, Feathershine rushed into the medicine den. Rabbitrace then began gagging before vommiting up sour smelling body fluids. Feathershine sniffed at Rabbitrace's shoulder before looking back at Rainkit.
"His shoulder's infection seems to have vanished." Feathershine told her. "Tell me, what did you give him?"
"Yarrow." Rainkit replied
"He vommited the infection out of him." Feathershine remarked
A moment later Rabbitrace began to roll in the garlic.
"How did you know to do that?" Feathershine asked
"I had a another sign." Rainkit confessed
"I think it's time you start training to become a medicine cat, I'll talk to Pearlstar about it tomorrow." Feathershine decided
Rainkit then padded back to the nursery and went back to sleep.
Rainkit opened her eyes to find that once again she was in a dream. But this time she was surrounded by dark trees that seemed to loom over her. Rainkit looked up to the dark sky and saw that there were no stars to be seen. She heard a twig snap from behind her and Rainkit whipped around to see a dark tortoishell she-cat, the she-cat had very long fur which was ragged and stuck out, the she-cat also had cream tufts of fur on the sides of her face along with a dusty gray chest. The she-cat was also a ghost
"Who are you?" Rainkit asked
"My name is Poisonthorn." Poisonthorn replied. "Now what is your name, young kit?"
"Rainkit." Rainkit replied
"Well Rainkit, you are now one of us." Poisonthorn declared
"Who's us?" Rainkit asked
"The dark forest, of course!" Poisonthorn answered. "And now you are apart of it! Let your destiny begin!"
Rainkit woke up to the morning sun which glared the entrance of the den.
"Oh, you're awake! Now the ceremony can start!" Silvergleam remarked
Silvergleam and Rainkit then padded out into the clearing to find that the whole clan was waiting for her.
"Let all cats old enough to swim gather here beneath shore rock," Pearlstar called out from where she sat on the rock. "Today is the day that a kit will be made apprentice, this is a very special day in every cat's life."
"Oh it's us!" Pikekit whispered excitedly to Lightkit
"Rainkit, step forward." Pearlstar ordered
"What! That's not fair!" Pikekit blurted as Rainkit did as she was told
"Rainkit shall be made the medicine cat apprentice today because she has had another sign which helped Rabbitrace be healed last night, Feathershine told me about it, and Feathershine also reported that Rainkit has the power to see Starclan when they're around us but we don't even know it." Pearlstar went on
"Pearlstar." Rainkit said
"Yes, Rainkit?" Pearlstar replied
"Is it possible that I can also train as a warrior as well as a medicine cat?" Rainkit requested
Pearlstar sat there and thinked for a moment while the clan exchanged shocked glances.
"Yes. But your training as a warrior will begin when you're six moons old." Pearlstar finally allowed. "Rainkit, do you vow to live by the warrior code for the rest of your life?"
"Yes." Rainkit proudly replied
"Then from this day forward and until you get your warrior name, you shall be known as Rainpaw." Pearlstar finished. "Clan dismissed."
"Rainpaw! Rainpaw!" Blackkit, and Rainpaw's siblings chanted
Rainpaw padded over to Blackkit and her siblings.
"Congratulations, Rainpaw." Blackkit praised
"Thanks." Rainpaw replied
"Yeah! You're the best!" Willowkit complimented her
"You're awesome! You're going to become both a warrior and a medicine cat!" Lightningkit agreed
"Rainpaw!" Feathershine called
"Sorry, I have to go." Rainpaw apologized before running over to Feathershine. "Yes, Feathershine?"
"Tonight there's a full moon gathering which means you'll be in charge of anything that may come up, I trust Starclan to guide you." Feathershine told her
"Really!" Rainpaw exclaimed
"Yeah really, why would I be joking?" Feathershine replied
"Oh thank you!" Rainpaw thanked. "Anything else?"
"Nope! Just go train with Starclan!" Feathershine shook her head"
"Okay!" Rainpaw replied before hurrying out of camp
Rainpaw waited by a river until Lilysong finally appeared.
"There you are!" Rainpaw sighed. "What took you so long?"
"Rainpaw, Thunder is in trouble." Lilysong said
"Take me to him." Rainpaw ordered
"Follow me." Lilysong beckoned
Rainpaw chased Lilysong across the river and through the twoleg place. Rainpaw then raced across the moor until she saw that a Windclan patrol was attacking Thunder. The patrol had Thunder surrounded. Rainpaw raced through a gap between two of the warriors and then turned to the Windclan cats who surrounded her.
"Leave him alone!" Rainpaw ordered
"And why should we listen to you?" The leader of the patrol growled
"Well you are not allowed to lay a claw on me! I'm a medicine cat apprentice!" Rainpaw hissed
"Sure you are." A Windclan warrior replied
"You can ask Pearlstar!" Rainpaw insisted
"No need, because you'll be dead by then." The leader of the patrol menacingly snarled before he began to advance on Rainpaw and Thunder
"Rainpaw! Run!" Creekfang ordered as he leaped between the Windclan patrol and Rainpaw
"No!" Rainpaw replied but suddenly she was tugged backward
Rainpaw whipped around and saw that it was Blackkit.
"Come on mousebrain! We can't allow for his sacrifice to be for nothing!" Blackkit hissed
"Fine." Rainpaw cried before reluctantly racing back to camp as fast as she could with Thunder and Blackkit at her side
When they got back to the camp Rainpaw walked over to the medicine den and collapsed into her nest.
"Rainpaw, what's wrong?" Feathershine asked
"Creekfang.." Rainpaw started. "..is dead."
"What?!" Feathershine exclaimed
"Windclan patrol.....Thunder.....Creekfang." Rainpaw moaned before drifting off into sleep
Rainkit opened her eyes to the dark forest. There she saw that Poisonthorn was waiting for her.
"What's the matter?" Poisonthorn asked
"My father, he's....dead." Rainpaw replied before bursting into tears
"Well then kill who killed him." Poisonthorn suggested
Rainpaw staggered back in shock from Poisonthorn's suggestion.
"Tell me you're joking!" Rainpaw ordered
"Why would I be joking?" Poisonthorn replied
Rainpaw backed away in horror. Then she turned around and ran. What am I going to do? I'm dead! Rainpaw thought to herself in panic. Due to being to distracted by her thoughts Rainpaw accidentally ran into another cat. Rainpaw got up and looked at the cat to see that it was another dark forest cat, this cat was a black tabby tom with glaring yellow eyes. The tom turned around.
"Problem?" The tom asked
"N-no! I just have to get somewhere." Rainpaw replied nervously
"Well, what's your name?" The tom asked
"R-rainpaw." Rainpaw stuttered
"Well, mine is Darkstar." Darkstar replied. "Now I guess you should get going to where ever you have to go."
"Yeah." Rainpaw agreed before running away
Rainpaw woke up in tears to see that Thunder was laying next to her.
"You alright?" Thunder asked in a concerned tone
How can I be alright? It's my fault my own father is dead! And I'm a traitor! Rainpaw thought to herself with guilt.
"Yeah." Rainpaw replied gloomily
"Sorry about you're dad." Thunder said
"You don't need to be sorry, it's my fault he's dead." Rainpaw replied. "I should've stayed there with him so that I could've saved him."
"That's not true!" Thunder shouted
"Sure it isn't." Rainpaw responded sarcastically
"Rainpaw! You shouldn't blame it on yourself!" Thunder replied
"You're right." Rainpaw admitted
"I'm sorry for being a bit too harsh but you can't keep on moping around." Thunder sighed
"No it's fine, I just need some time alone." Rainpaw responded
"Well then I'll leave you alone then." Thunder said before getting up and walking out of the medicine den
Four moons had passed since Creekfang's death and Rainpaw's emotional state, despite all the support around her, hadn't changed. In those three moons Willowkit, Lightningkit, Streamkit, Blackkit, Pikekit, Lightkit, and even Thunder had been apprenticed and thanks to Rainpaw, Thunder had been able to keep his name. So here Rainpaw was, going to another half-moon meeting at the Moonpool.
"Welcome, Feathershine and Rainpaw." Molebelly greeted when they got there
"Hello, Molebelly." Feathershine replied. "Have you seen Elmdusk of Cedarflower."
"I'm afraid not." Molebelly replied, shaking her head. "Why, is something wrong?"
"No, it's just not once in my life have I gotten to the Moonpool before them." Feathershine replied
"I'm sure nothing is wrong." Molebelly replied before changing the subject. "So how is Rainpaw's training going?"
"Good! She keeps on getting better every day and in a couple of moons she'll begin her training as a warrior!" Feathershine replied cheerfully. "Though, she's been struggling to cope with the death of Creekfang."
Rainpaw stayed silent.
"Oh look! There's Elmdusk and Cedarflower." Molebelly observed
"Sorry for being late." Elmdusk apologized as he approached them
"Yeah, sorry." Cedarflower agreed
"No problem!" Feathershine replied. "But we must begin."
Rainpaw suddenly saw a strange flicker of darkness come from the bottom of the icy pool. Rainpaw then, without thinking walked over to the pool before leaping into the cold waters. Rainpaw heard the muffled cries of the other medicine cats as Rainpaw felt herself drift off into sleep.
Rainpaw opened her eyes to find that she was in Starclan territory. Suddenly a Starclan cat appeared in front of her. Rainpaw immediately recognized the spirit as Creekfang.
"D-dad!" Rainpaw cried before running into Creekfang. "Oh I'm so sorry! It's my fault you're dead! I should've stayed there to help you fight them off!"
"It's not you're fault. You can't keep on lingering in the past, move on, set yourself free." Creekfang replied. "I knew what I was giving up when I fought that patrol."
"But I just don't know what to do!" Rainpaw started. "Pikepaw and Lightpaw hate me! I'm a traitor to the clans! I got apprenticed too early!"
"Rainpaw, follow your mind, soul, and heart." Creekfang instructed
Right then Rainpaw's surroundings and Creekfang faded into darkness and Rainpaw snapped awake. Rainpaw then realized that she was still submerged. Rainpaw kicked her legs and swam until she broke the water's surface and was laying on the ground next to the Moonpool, coughing and sputtering.
"Rainpaw! What in the name of Starclan were you thinking?!" Feathershine exclaimed
"I don't know." Rainpaw sighed
"Well you're soaking wet, let's get you home before you catch chill." Feathershine commented before turning to the other medicine cats. "I'm afraid that I won't be able to share with Starclan tonight."
"That's fine, Rainpaw had to have a connection with Starclan, considering how long she was submerged," Cedarflower replied
"Well it was nice to see you." Feathershine thanked before Rainpaw and Feathershine headed back to camp
"Rainpaw! You're soaking wet!" Thunder remarked in shock
"It's a confusing story." Feathershine said
Then Feathershine grabbed Rainpaw by the scruff and dragged Rainpaw to the medicine den.
"Okay, luckily you didn't catch chill so now we should all get some rest." Feathershine said once they got in there
"Okay." Rainpaw moaned before walking over to her nest and curling up before drifting to sleep
Rainpaw woke up the next morning with determination. I need to make father proud! Rainpaw thought.
"Good morning, Rainpaw." Feathershine greeted. "Today we'll just go out into the forest to look for herbs."
"Okay! Let me guess, we're out of poppy seeds, parsley, juniper, and water mint?" Rainpaw guessed
"Very good!" Feathershine praised. "You're getting better with your herbs every day!"
"Thanks!" Rainpaw replied, her chest swelling with pride
"In fact, I think that today, though you'll still be considered an apprentice, get your warrior name." Feathershine added. "I'll tell Pearlstar and then at the next half-moon meeting we'll get Starclan's blessing."
"Really!" Rainpaw gasped with excitement
"Yeah really!" Feathershine insisted
"Oh thank you!" Rainpaw thanked. What if I get rejected by Starclan? What if I'm not good enough? Rainpaw thought
"OK, now let's go get those herbs!" Feathershine said
"OK!" Rainpaw replied with determination before they walked out of camp
By the time Rainpaw and Feathershine got back it had been sun-high. Rainpaw padded over to the medicine den while Feathershine walked over to Pearlstar's den to talk about Rainpaw's ceremony with their leader. Rainpaw sorted the herbs before taking the dry herbs and putting them in the large puddle of water that was in the medicine den.
"May all cats old enough to swim gather here under shore rock." Rainpaw heard Pearlstar call from shore rock
Rainpaw padded over to the rock and stood with the gathered cats.
"Today Rainpaw shall receive her full name." Pearlstar announced. "Rainpaw, do you promise to stay loyal to your clan for the rest of your life?"
"Yes, I do." Rainpaw replied respectfully
"Then from this day forward you shall be known as Raindapple, Starclan honors you're grace, wits, and skill." Pearlstar went on
"Raindapple! Raindapple! Raindapple!" All of Riverclan cheered
"Clan dismissed," Pearlstar said before leaping down and padding over to her den
"Wow! Raindapple you're the best!" Willowpaw praised
"I try." Raindapple replied
"And you succeed!" Lightningpaw agreed
"Raindapple! You don't belong here, go back to the mountains, that's where freaks like you belong!" Pikepaw taunted as he padded up to Raindapple
"Well that's not very nice." Thunder growled
"Oh run back to you're twolegs, kittypet." Lightpaw sneered as he walked up to stand next to her brother
"You guys are just jealous that Raindapple is better than you!" Blackpaw retorted
"Oh please, you're mother doesn't even love you, and no wonder, if I had you as a daughter I wouldn't love you either." Lightkit mocked
"Says the one who is a piece of crowfood!" Blackpaw cried though Raindapple could see that what Lightkit had said to her had offended her. Then without another word Blackpaw stormed away
"Run home to your mommy little kitten! Though I don't think she'll care!" Pikekit sneered
Raindapple then leapt at Pikepaw who responded in clawing Raindapple's sides. Raindapple latched her teeth into Pikepaw's shoulder. Pikepaw kicked Raindapple. Raindapple then lunged at Pikepaw but right before she could lay a claw on him a stern yell split the air.
"RAINDAPPLE, MY DEN. NOW!" Pearlstar demanded
Raindapple backed away from Pikepaw before following Pearlstar into Pearlstar's den.
"Raindapple, I am disappointed in what just happened. I thought you were better." Pearlstar lectured
"I'm sorry, Pearlstar." Raindapple apologized
"Well 'sorry' fills no bellies," Pearlstar replied. "Now I'll let you off without punishment if you can do this for me whenever I need you to."
"Anything!" Raindapple pleaded
"I need for you to fake a sign." Pearlstar requested
"W-what?!" Raindappel exclaimed. "NO! I will not fake a sign! Starclan is not a thing to joke about!"
"Well then I'll tell the clan that you attempted to murder Pikepaw and then you'll be exiled." Pearlstar said before getting up and beginning to walk towards the entrance to the den
"Wait!" Raindapple paused to think. "I'll fake a sign."
"Good girl." Pearlstar praised
"What sign do I have to fake?"
Raindapple sat at the root of the tree and looked at the gathered cats. Then she looked up at the moon that seemed to glare at her.
"Our new medicine cat, Raindapple, has had a sign from Starclan." Pearlstar was saying. "Raindapple, please share what you saw."
"U-um, well last night I was visited by the leader of Starclan, Starshine and Starshine gave me a prophecy. The prophecy was "The river must rule the thunder's boom or the thunder shall meet it's doom. The river must own the wind's might or the wind shall be lost in a fight. The river must dominate the shadow's skill or the shadows will be killed." and I interpret that this means that all four clans should be rules by Riverclan and bring about Leopardclan." Raindapple announced
"Well I don't see a point in fighting Starclan's will, especially when they gave us instructions so clear. I surrender my clan to Riverclan's rule and shall go by my warrior name, Sandycloud." Sandystar announced
"I too surrender my clan to Riverclan's rule and shall now go by the name of Smokefang." Smokestar agreed
"I, Heatherstar, hereby surrender Windclan to Riverclan's rule and shall now go by the name of Heathershine." Heatherstar announced
"The dawning age of Leopardclan has begun!" Pearlstar announced
"I refuse! I will not allow for my clan to be bossed around by some fat fish-eating pieces of fox dung!" Spottedfall refused. "Who's with me!"
Several mrows of approval rose among the gathered cats.
"Well all who refuse shall die. Anyone want to change their minds?" Pearlstar declared
"I'm sorry for outbursting, Pearlstar." Spottedfall finally apologized with her ears drooped and her tail between her legs
"Good, now we shall have the main camp be here on this island." Pearlstar announced. "Now all go back to your camps and get some rest because tomorrow I expect every single one of you here at sun-high."
Then Raindapple hopped down from where she had been sitting and followed her clan back to their camp. When Raindapple got back she padded to the medicine den, curled up in her nest, and allowed herself to drift off into sleep.
Raindapple opened her eyes to see that she back in the dark forest. Raindapple immediately began to quiver once she saw Poisonthorn and Darkstar in front of her.
"Hello Raindapple, I see you've finished training as a medicine cat." Poisonthorn observed
"What are you going to do to me?" Raindapple asked nervously
"Help." Poisonthorn replied
"What?" Raindapple responded
"We're going to help you become the best cat you can be for your clan by helping you with your fighting skills." Poisonthorn repeated
"Then life will be easier for you to be the best cat for your clan." Darkstar chimed in
They're lying, I know they are. Raindapple thought. But if I act like I don't believe them, that'll only cause problems for me. "O-okay!"
"Good." Poisonthorn replied. "By the way, there is someone I would like you to meet." Then Poisonthorn beckoned a cat out of the shadows.
As the cat walked out from behind the tree Raindapple let out a gasp of surprise. It's Blackpaw!
"Blackpaw!? What are you doing here?" Raindapple asked
"I could ask you the same thing." Blackpaw replied
"I just woke up here." Raindapple replied
"Well I train here so that one day, I can get revenge on Pearlstar for killing my father." Blackpaw replied
"Yeah, about Pearlstar." Raindapple started. "The sign about Leopardclan, she forced me to make that up."
"SHE DID WHAT?!" Blackpaw yelled. "Now I'm going to kill her in her afterlife too."
"Well whatever you're going or not going to do, count me out." Raindapple replied before suddenly the terrain and cats around her faded out of sight
Raindapple's eyes flashed open to the sunlight that peered through the holes in the den.
"Finally you're awake, c'mon, it's time to go to the island." Thunder said as he stood in front of her
"All ready!" Raindapple gasped before getting up. "Well let's go then!"
Raindapple then rushed out of the den with Thunder at her side to join the rest of the clan.
When Raindapple and her clan got to the island the other clans hadn't arrived yet. So Riverclan began to make the island into the camp by deciding which dens would be for which cats and then making nests. Then the other clans came so Pearlstar leapt onto the largest branch on the great oak.
"Attention Leopardclan!" Pearlstar announced. "I am going to go over the details of how this better and new clan will work!"
All the cats stopped what they were doing and turned their attention towards Pearlstar.
"All of the former leaders will choose eight of their strongest and most loyal cats to become the elite guard of Leopardclan, the elite guard will stay on the island with the deputies and the medicine cats, along with me, of course. Then the former leaders will chose five more of their best cats to become the cats who will keep a eye on the other clan members who will be at the Thunderclan camp and the Riverclan camp. The former leaders will act like the deputies at those camps. the former leaders will decide which clans go to which camp. Riverclan will go to the Riverclan camp. The former leaders will also choose five apprentices to stay on the island. Here are the eleven cats who will stay on the island with the deputies and medicine cats: Summershine, Lochcloud, Blackfang, Lilyclaw, Rabbitrace, Gasheye, Patchclaw, Milktooth, Thunder, Willowpaw, Pikepaw, Lightpaw, and Blackpaw and along with Raindapple and Stormpath of course because medicine cats and deputies are apart of the elite guard. Oh and by the way, I would like to make another announcement, we have some nonloyal cats among us who must be killed, Silvergleam killed Brownnose before running off with Creekfang, Feathershine has had a forbidden romance with Deadtail, and I have caught Moorflight, Silentrace, Thrushsong and Runningfoot of Windclan all hunting only a couple of horselengths away from our camp on multiple occasions. My elite guard, you know what to do." Pearlstar said
That's not true! None of that is true! Raindapple thought in horror.
"I did not kill Brownnose!" Silvergleam protested
"Yeah! She's lying! I did not break the code!" Feathershine agreed
"And why should we trust you codebreakers?" Blackfang snarled. "Brownnose was my friend and you killed him."
Raindapple looked up at Pearlstar who looked back at her with a smirk. Raindapple then watched on in horror as Blackfang pinned her mother before killing her with a swift bite to the throat. Raindapple then watched as Gasheye and Lilyclaw killed Feathershine and then Deadtail. Once everything was done Pearlstar spoke again.
"Now the former leaders may take a day to choose their elite guard, Leopardclan dismissed, leaders, come back here tomorrow at sun-high with your elite guard." Pearlstar announced before leaping down from the oak
Once all of the other clans left Willowpaw and Raindapple ran other to their mother's body.
"Shiversong, Ebonyears, Dovewave, Gullwaters, and Brightsong shall escort you back to Riverclan camp where you'll find your neighbor clan." Pearlstar added
Then Riverclan left the island. Leaving Raindapple, Pearlstar and the elite guard at the island. Raindapple looked at Willowpaw as Willowpaw sobbed into the dead body of their mother. Raindapple walked up to Pearlstar with a calm expression.
"May I speak to you, alone?" Raindapple requested
"Of course." Pearlstar replied before she and Raindapple walked off of the island and into a spot where there were no nearby cats and that's when Raindapple unleashed her fury
"You've gone too far! I'm not going to help you anymore, I'm going to tell everyone the truth!" Raindapple snapped
"Oh, I wouldn't do that if I were you." Pearlstar replied
"And why wouldn't you?" Raindapple challenged
"For many reasons. First of all, who do you think the clans will believe, me, the leader of all four clans, or you, a little kit who is barely six moons old? Second of all, if you told them then I would exile you and after that I would kill everyone you ever cared about or loved. So I suggest you keep you're little mouth shut." Pearlstar replied
Raindapple froze in fear and for a moment was silent. She's right! Who would believe me? Thunder, Willowpaw, and Blackpaw maybe but I would still be outnumbered! I have no choice! I need to play by her rules.
"Of course, Pearlstar, I'm sorry for disrespecting you." Raindapple apologize with her head hung low
"Good, now let's head back to camp." Pearlstar replied
When Raindapple got back to the island Pearlstar immediately climbed onto a branch on the oak.
"Attention my loyal followers! Today is the day that our amazing medicine cat apprentice, Raindapple, will begin her warrior training." Pearlstar announced. "I will mentor her."
Raindapple felt a chill go down her spine. She's mentoring me so she can keep a closer eye on me! Raindapple realized. Pearlstar leapt down from the oak before walking into her den. Then Raindapple realized that Lilysong was standing next to her, impatiently flicking her tail.
"Raindapple! I need to tell you something!" Lilysong said urgently
Raindapple then walked over to the new medicine den which was a large hidden underground cave which had been found when they were setting up the camp.
"What is it?" Raindapple asked
"Pearlstar is planning to kill Willowpaw and blame Willowpaw's death on another cat! We need to hide Willowpaw!" Lilysong said
"I'll go get Willowpaw, then you can lead me to a safe hiding spot." Raindapple decided before padding out of the medicine den
Raindapple walked over to Willowpaw who was still mourning Silvergleam.
"Willowpaw, I need to talk to you." Raindapple said before adding in a whisper. "Alone."
"Okay." Willowpaw replied gloomily before following Raindapple into the medicine den
"Willowpaw, Pearlstar is planning to kill you, I know it sounds crazy but you have to trust me." Raindapple started. "We need to hide you from her."
"Okay! I believe you!" Willowpaw replied assertively
"Then follow me." Raindapple said before walking out of the den and dipping her head respectfully to Spottedfall who Raindapple knew was against Pearlstar
Then Raindapple followed Lilysong off of the island with Willowpaw at her side. Then the three of them broke into a sprint at Lilysong lead them through Shadowclan territory and all the way to Thunderclan territory, Raindapple was running when suddenly the ground beneath the three of them collapsed and they all fell to the stone floor beneath them. Raindapple staggered up and looked around her to find that she was surrounded by a series of tunnels. Then a group of cats stepped out of the shadows. The leader of the cats was a black she-cat with pale grey muzzle and underbelly.
"Clan cats, why are you here?" The she-cat asked
"It's a long story that I'm willing to tell." Raindapple said before explaining everything
One lengthy explanation later.
"So can you take care of my sister?" Raindapple asked
"The tribe of endless tunnels will take care of your sister until it is safe." The she-cat allowed. "My name is Frost that surrounds flower by the way, but you can call me Frost."
"Thank you so much!" Raindapple thanked. "Now I must be going."
"OK! Good luck." Frost wished before helping Raindapple get out of the tunnels
When Raindapple got back to the island she saw that Pearlstar was waiting for her.
"Where have you been?" Pearlstar asked
"I was just checking out the new territories." Raindapple lied
"Well next time tell me." Pearlstar replied. "Now today I'll teach you how to hunt."
"Okay!" Raindapple replied before walking off of the island and beginning the lesson
"How did it go?" Thunder asked
"It went fine, we had to give our catch to the Riverclan camp." Raindapple said
"Well that must be annoying." Thunder remarked
"Yeah, it was." Raindapple agreed
"Is it just me or does it seem like there something going on that we don't know about?" Blackpaw wondered as she padded up to join them
"Yeah." Raindapple agreed
"I don't know what you two are talking about." Thunder replied
"Well I'm going to go to bed, it's already dawn." Raindapple announced before padding over to the medicine den
When she entered the den she saw that Elmdusk and Cedarflower were chatting as they laid in their nests.
"Oh, hi Raindapple!" Cedarflower greeted cheerfully upon seeing her
"Hi." Raindapple replied before curling up in her nest
"Sorry about Silvergleam and Feathershine, I know they meant a lot to you." Elmdusk said kindly
"It's fine, I just need to get some rest." Raindapple replied before closing her eyes and drifting off to sleep
Raindapple woke up to see that Spottedfall was looming over her. Raindapple peered out of the entrance and saw that it was moon-high.
"Spottedfall? What is it?" Raindapple asked
"Follow me." Spottedfall replied, not answering the question
Raindapple reluctantly got up and followed Spottedfall off of the island.
"Spottedfall, tell me what's going on." Raindapple demanded
"I have put together a team of cats who aren't on Pearlstar's side." Spottedfall began. "I heard you're conversation with Pearlstar. What have you not told us?"
"The sign about Leopardclan...is fake. Pearlstar forced me to fake the sign." Raindapple confessed
"Well I want you to join our team of rebels, Blackpaw is also in the group, along with the other medicine cats." Spottedfall replied
Then Raindapple followed Spottedfall all the way to an area that felt too familiar. This place is part of the tunnels! Raindapple realized.
"How do you know this place exists?!" Raindapple asked
"I followed you and Willowpaw." Spottedfall replied. "Lightningpaw and Streampaw are also against Pearlstar by the way."
"Thank you." Raindapple said quietly
"For what?" Spottedfall replied
"For everything." Raindapple answered
"No problem." Spottedfall replied. "But Pearlstar must be stopped."
"But how can we stop her?" Raindapple replied
"We must have Starclan give you and the other medicine cats a real sign that will say that Pearlstar and Leopardclan must be brought to an end. This means that since you have the strongest connection to Starclan, you must ask them to send you and the other medicine cats the sign." Spottedfall replied. "Then after announcing your sign then you'll confess that Pearlstar forced you to fake the sign that started Leopardclan."
"You can't just ask Starclan for a certain sign!" Raindapple scolded
"Well do you have any better ideas?" Spottedfall replied
"Well I like your plan but I would rather have Starclan choose to give us a sign, we shouldn't force stuff upon our ancestors." Raindapple argued
"I guess you're right." Spottedfall sighed "But we need to act soon."
"I know. I think that I should go." Raindapple replied before padding away and back to the island
When she got back to camp Lightpaw and Pikepaw padded up to her.
"Hey, guys, what's happening?" Raindapple asked
"Oh we'll tell you what's happening! We know everything! So give us one good reason why we shouldn't tell Pearlstar where you're hiding Willowpaw?" Lightpaw said
"You guys are with her!" Raindapple exclaimed
"Of course we are! And we won't hesitate in telling Pearlstar so give us one reason why we shouldn't!" Pikepaw demanded
"Heres a good reason! Let me think... ooh! Because if you dare reveal where Willowpaw is then when I next visit the moonpool I'll tell the whole clan that I had a sign from Starclan that told me that you two must be killed for treason." Raindapple growled
"Let's take her to Pearlstar." Pikepaw suggested
Then Pikepaw and Lightpaw grabbed Raindapple by the scruff and her dragged her to Pearlstar's den. There in the den Raindapple saw Pearlstar sitting menacingly in her nest. Pikepaw and Lightpaw both let go of Raindapple scrambled onto her paws.
"Raindapple, Raindapple, why does it surprise me that you didn't listen to my warnings? Anyways, in case you're wondering, I'm not going kill you, but the same may not go for your friends and family." Pearlstar announced
"Please don't hurt them! They didn't do anything wrong!" Raindapple pleaded
"But what else could we do as punishment, we can't exile or kill you cause then I won't be able to use you to make this plan of mine work?" Pearlstar replied
"Pearlstar? What are you talking about?" A cat asked from behind them
Raindapple turned around and saw that it was Summershine.
"Tell me what you're talking about." Summershine demanded when Pearlstar didn't answer
"I'll let my dear friend Raindapple, explain." Pearlstar replied
"Raindapple, tell me what's going on." Summershine ordered
"Pearlstar blackmailed me and forced me to fake the sign about Leopardclan, she also lied about the code breakers." Raindapple confessed
Pearlstar then got up and pushed past Raindapple and Summershine before climbing up the oak and onto a branch.
"Cats of Leopardclan! Today I exile Raindapple and Summershine for making up lies about me betraying the clan! Raindapple and Summershine, get out of my sight!" Pearlstar announced
"Well if that's the case then I'll leave with them!" Spottedfall anounced
"Same with me." Willowpounce agreed. "All who wish to leave with us please join us."
Than Thunder, Blackpaw, and all the deputies and medicine cats joined them along with Blackfang, Lilyclaw, and Rabbitrace.
"Very well, then leave before we make you." Pearlstar growled, flexing her claws as she said 'make you'
"Gladly." Raindapple retorted before padding out of the clearing
Raindapple led her friends off the island and through the territory.
"Um, Raindapple with all due respect, do you know where we're going?" Summershine asked
"Yes I do, that was very considerate of you to ask." Raindapple replied
Suddenly the she-cat let out a yowl of pain and collapsed onto her side.
"Summershine, what's wrong?" Raindapple asked in a concerned panic
"I've been expecting for a while now." Summershine confessed
"What?! How long?" Raindapple asked, struggling to keep her cool
"I think about nine moons?" Summershine replied
"Okay, that means right now, you're in labor." Raindapple told her
"We need to get her to the tribe!" Spottedfall demanded
"No time, these kits are coming now!" Raindapple replied. "Somebody get me a stick!"
"On it! Thunder replied before racing away
"Raindapple, you must feel Summershine's stomach for the kits, then try to push them out." Lilysong ordered
Raindapple did as she was told.
"Okay, Summershine, you need to give me a heave for me, okay?" Raindapple ordered
Right as Raindapple said that she realized that she was losing Summershine.
"She's losing too much blood!" Raindapple cried before turning her head to the rest of the group. "She's not going to make it"-she turned back to Summershine-"but her kits might."
Raindapple then unsheathed her claws and carefully began to slice Summershine's body open.
"What are you doing!" Blackfang demanded. "She's our clanmate and you're not going to even try to save her! You're a worthless excuse for a medicine cat!"
"Hey! You heard what she said! She wasn't going to make it anyways! So she's trying to save your kits! So you should shut your mouth if you know what's good for you!" Blackpaw snarled
Though she didn't show it, Raindapple's heart shattered at Blackfang's words. Raindapple then just silently continued to slice open Summershine's body. Raindapple then reached inside the dead queen's body and grabbed the five kits that were in there. Raindapple then nipped all of the sacks open before handing every cat in the group a kit.
"Lick them til they are warm and begin to squirm." Raindapple ordered before she began to lick and groom the kit she held in her paws
Then Raindapple's kit began to move and squirm around and squeal so Raindapple drew her head back. Now that the kit was dry Raindapple could see that it looked like a copy of her mother. The little she-kit let out another mew.
"Um, Raindapple, our kits won't move." Blackfang announced
Raindapple's heart stopped as she ran over to the kits. Raindapple place a paw on each kit's chest. They're dead. Raindapple realized. They're dead and its all my fault, I failed them, and I failed Summershine.
"I know this is my fault and I'm so sorry, they are dead." Raindapple said with sorrow. "All except that one." She flicked her tail towards the she-kit who resembled her mother
"Well I think Raindapple deserves to be the once cares for the kit, if it weren't for her none of the kits would have made it, including Summershine." Spottedfall decided, all of the other deputies nodded
"M-me? Are you sure, it's my fault she died." Raindapple replied
"I'm sure, so will you accept?" Spottedfall asked
"Well I guess it's the most I can do." Raindapple muttered. "Yes, I accept. But now we should take these bodies so we can have a proper burial where we won't possibly die."
Raindapple then waited for Thunder to come back, explained what happened to him, pick up the she-kit who survived before going to the tunnels with the rest of the group carrying the dead bodies.
"Raindapple, who are these other cats and why are you here?" Frost adressed
"These are my clanmates and we were exiled, Summershine was expecting but sadly she and four of her kits died, only one kit survived. So would it be too much if me and my friends were to stay here?" Raindapple requested
"No, not at all, as long as they will be willing to hunt for themselves then I will allow you to stay here." Frost accepted
"Thank you so much." Raindapple thanked, respectfully dipping her head
"Hey Raindapple! Shouldn't you name the kit?" Blackpaw asked
"Yeah, I'd rather not have to call her kit forever." Thunder agreed
"I guess I should, I think I'll name her..Flowerkit!" Raindapple announced
"I like it!" Thunder complimented
Raindapple then settled in for the night with Flowerkit before going to sleep.
Raindapple immediately knew she was in the dark forest before she even opened her eyes. Raindapple looked around and saw Poisonthorn.
"What do you want?" Raindapple snapped
"I know what happened," Poisonthorn replied
"So?" Raindapple retorted
"I know more about the situation though. More than you." Poisonthorn replied. "Pearlstar knew that Summershine was about to go into labor, so she exiled her so Summershine would be able to have ny herbs to help her give birth. Pearlstar both wanted and knew that Summershine would die."
"And what am I supposed to do about it?" Raindapple replied
"I think you know the answer to that question," Poisonthorn replied. "And imagine how mad Summershine would be if you refused to avenge her."
"I guess you're right," Raindapple muttered. "But how?! I'm not even a warrior yet and Pearlstar is a full-grown cat with nine lives!"
"You will be able to if you accept the help of the dark forest." Poisonthorn replied. "So young one, you in?"
Raindapple thought about the offer for a minute before answering. "I'm in."
"Fantastic because even if you said no I wouldn't let you get out of this." Poisonthorn replied. "Now I'll give you two choices, kill Flowerkit, or mentor her so you can recruit her into the dark forest. Which will you choose?"
"I'll recruit her." Raindapple replied
Just then Raindapple snapped awake and saw that Flowerkit was awake beside her.
"Guys! Raindapple is awake!" Flowerkit called to the others
"Finally, Raindapple, we need to get moving at once!" Spottedfall said
"Alright." Raindapple yawned as she got up
Once all of the cats were gathered, Raindapple began to lead her to the place where she had first encountered the second tribe.
"We're going to have to jump down there." Raindapple instructed
"Down there?!" Blackfang exclaimed
"Yes, did you not hear me?" Raindapple replied before picking up Flowerkit by the scruff before jumping down and landing gracefully on the stone floor. She turned her head and looked back up at the others. "Well, are you coming or not?"
The others then leapt down one by one.
"Raindapple, why are you back so soon, especially with these other cats?" Frost asked as she stepped out from shadows of one of the tunnels in front of them
"How did you know we would be here?" Raindapple asked
"Our ancestors told me you would arrive." Frost replied. "There, I answered your question, now would you answer mine?"
"Oh! Sorry, Pearlstar exiled us and we have no where else to go, I hope you wouldn't mind taking us in like how you took in my sister?" Raindapple begged
"Of course we wouldn't mind, we would never turn away a fellow tribe cat and her friends!" Frost accepted, "Follow me."
Raindapple picked Flowerkit back up before she and her clanmates began to follow Frost. The tunnels seemed twist and turn with every step she took, Raindapple let out a sigh of relief that Frost knew of their arrival for without her, they would've gotten very lost by now. Eventually after what felt like forever, they had reached the tribe's camp.
"Here we are." Frost announced.
Raindapple gasped at the beauty of what was before her eyes, Raindapple set down Flowerkit and took a moment to admire the tribe's camp. While the tunnels they had been walking through were dark, the camp was lit by the fluorescent moss and fungi which grew on the stone surrounding. Where she assumed lead to where the leader slept was a whole in a gigantic stack of boulders, the boulders where some cats slept were long so there was room to lay the nests on the parts which stuck out. The boulders which made some of the dens where leaned up against the back stone wall of the camp. Where Raindapple assumed other cats slept were some spaced which was carved out of the stone walls which surrounded the camp. There were also gaps missing of the stone walls which Raindapple assumed to be tunnels. Then Raindapple saw a familiar face emerge from one of the dens which surrounded the camp, this face was Willow's.
"Raindapple! What are you guys doing here?" Willow asked as she ran up to Raindapple
"Pearlstar found out that I took you here and I was exiled though these guys decided to leave with me because the main reason she exiled me was actually because Summershine found out that Pearlstar blackmailed me into faking a sign, these guys heard and chose to believe me though no one else did." Raindapple summarized,
"So where's Summershine?" Willow asked
Raindapple took a deep breath before exhaling. "She..died when she went into labor, this was the only kit who survived." Raindapple explained, flicking her tail to Flowerkit.
"I am very sorry, would you like me to escort you and this kit to a appropriate den?" Willow offered
Raindapple turned back to the rest of the cats, "Will you guys be able to get settled on your own?" She asked
"Don't worry about us!" Spottedfall reassured her
Raindapple dipped her head in thanks before Willow lead her to what Raindapple assumed to be the nursery, inside was a yellow tabby queen who seemed to be expecting.
"Hello! Who are you?!" The queen asked in a friendly tone.
"My name is Raindapple, I was exiled from my clan along with many others, I'm also Willow's sister." Raindapple replied. "And this is Flowerkit, her mother was exiled with me and the others but died giving birth along with the other kits she birthed, I'm her adoptive parent."
"Oh, poor baby! Please lay down and rest!" The queen replied, gesturing with her head to a next which almost touched the queen's. "My name is Lily of the meadow."
"Nice to meet you!" Raindapple replied as she laid down on the nest with Flowerkit by her side
"Fern, would you please come and meet this nice she-cat?!" Lily called to a red she-cat who was outside the den
The she-cat padded into the den.
"Who is this?" Raindapple respectfully asked
"This is Fern, she's my mate." Lily introduced
"What is your name?" Fern asked
"My name is Raindapple."
"Oh, so you must be one of the exiled clan cats, why is a cat your age already a mother?" Fern asked
"Oh, Flowerkit isn't my biological kit, her mother died on the way here." Raindapple explained
"My condolences." Fern apologized
Then Blackpaw and Thunder suddenly barged into the den.
"Raindapple, we came to see how you are doing." Thunder announced
"I'm doing find, thank you for being so considerate." Raindapple replied
"How is the kit doing?" Blackpaw asked
"I'm doing fine!" Flowerkit piped up
"I'm glad to here that. Frost wanted to see you by the way." Blackpaw replied
"Thunder, could you watch Flowerkit while I'm gone?" Raindapple asked
"Sure!" Thunder replied
Raindapple then got up and left the den to join Frost in the clearing.
"Raindapple, I would like to show you where I speak to our ancestors, I've sensed that they wish to speak to you." Frost said
Without another word Frost began padding to the entrance to the leader's den. Raindapple instinctively followed. When she entered the cave she saw that there was a small hole in the roof which Raindapple was able to see the sky through and a couple feet from the whole was a smaller whole which a small amount water poured out of onto a giant stone which was in the middle of a pool of water. Raindapple sat next to Frost on the pebbles with outlined the pool.
"I'm sorry but I don't think that I can talk to your ancestors right now, I can only talk to spirits at night unless if they wander the world of the living." Raindapple apologized
"I know, but I hope that you would notice." Frost replied
"Notice what?" Raindapple replied
Raindapple, the moonpool is above you, mousebrain! Lilysong blurted
"Thank you." Frost replied
"Wait, you can see her too?" Raindapple asked, trying not to show her shock
"Of course I can." Frost replied, "But now that its out theres no longer a reason for us to hang out around here. Raindapple, you can return to your den but remember to meet me here when night falls."
Raindapple nodded before heading back to the nursery where Thunder and Blackpaw were watching Flowerkit. Raindapple laid down in her nest with a sigh.
"Thunder, we should go check up on the others and give Raindapple some time to rest." Blackpaw said
"Fine." Thunder grunted before he reluctantly left with Blackpaw
"That tom sure seems to care a lot about you." Fern remarked from where she laid besides Lily
"If I were you and I had to choose someone to have kits with, I would choose him." Lily agreed
"Well I'm not allowed to have a mate or kits so I won't have to choose that." Raindapple replied, grimacing at the thought of enduring the pain of giving birth
"Excuse me, but I'm looking for Raindapple?" A voice sounded from the entrance, Raindapple saw that who had said it was a beautiful pale brown tabby she-cat who had white paws, muzzle, and underbelly, she also had light blue eyes and she was the same age as Raindapple
"I'm Raindapple, whats your name?" Raindapple asked politely
"Wren who flies at dawn." Wren replied
"What do you need?" Raindapple asked
"Oh, I don't really need anything, I just wanted to show you the territory if you would like." Wren nervously offered. "B-but you don't have to i-if you d-don't w-want t-t-to!"
"I would love to." Raindapple replied before turning to Lily and Fern, "Would you mind watching Flowerkit?"
"Not at all." Fern replied
Raindapple then got up and padded out of the den with Wren at her side.
"So what roles are there here, at the tribe of rushing water there are caveguards, stonetellers, and prey hunters, so what jobs are there here?" Raindapple asked
"In the tribe of endless tunnels there are the roles of: tunnel wanderer who wander the tunnels in groups of three and tell us if they find any new tunnels, prey-hunter, sky watcher is a role which only one cat can possess at a time, those with this role must watch the sky and let us know when its morning and when its night, Stonetellers, builders who build and repair dens, and tunnel markers who mark new tunnels with tribe scent! We have a lot of jobs!" Wren answered
"So what are you training to be?"
"I'm training to be a tunnel wanderer! What clan job do you have?"
"I'm a medicine cat, we speak to our ancestors and heal our clanmates."
"Yours is cooler!"
"No it is not!"
"So I assume the job of sky watcher must be pretty boring, huh?"
"Yeah, I feel bad for my sister, Leaf who floats in water, she is training to be skywatcher."
"That's sad, so where do you guys get water from?"
"Oh, we get it from the pool in Frost's den, we believe that it helps us be more connected to our ancestors!"
"That's pretty neat!"
"I r-really l-like d-d-doing this w-with y-you, w-would y-y-you like to d-do t-this o-often w-while y-you're st-staying in the t-t-tribe?"
"Well, I guess we should be heading back now, huh?"
Wren and Raindapple then headed back to the camp the extremely long way and chatted the whole entire way, when they got back Raindapple headed back to the nursery but Wren had to be pulled away for training.
"So how was it?" Lily asked
"It was amazing!" Raindapple excitedly replied, "Wren is so brave, and kind, and caring, and smart, and calm, and pretty, she's training to become a wanderer and once she fought off a snake on her own when she was out wandering, isn't that cool?!"
"Wow, Wren seems to be quite the she-cat." Fern remarked
"And what's even better is that she said that she would like to do it with me more often!" Raindapple added
"Well I'm going to go to sleep, I bet it will be night soon." Lily yawned
"I am too so I better be going good night!" Fern agreed before padding out of the den
"Goodnight!" Raindapple meowed
"Goodnight." Lily yawned before dozing off
Raindapple looked down at Flowerkit and saw that she was asleep as well, I should probably leave so I don't wake her. Raindapple thought. Raindapple scrambled onto her paws and padded out into the clearing.
"Attention! The moon has rose and the sun has set!" A gray she-cat yelled
Raindapple walked to where Frost spoke to their ancestors upon hearing the cat's announcement. Now that moonlight hit the stone which stood in the middle of the pool, the stone glowed as much the moon, the light that the stone emitted reflected onto the water, causing the whole room to light up.
"I'm glad you're on time, Raindapple." Frost's voice called from behind her, making Raindapple jump, Frost then padded up next to her
"So what do we do?" Raindapple asked
"Lay in the water, with your nose touched to the stone."
"But the waters looks like its pretty deep, what if I drown?"
Frost swam to the stone and stopped swimming and to Raindapple's surprise, Frost didn't sink, in fact, the water only reached Frost's shoulder. Raindapple then swam over to join the she-cat. Raindapple laid down and let the water reach her chin, she then closed her eyes and pressed her nose against the stone and after a couple minutes, sleep came to her and she faded into a deep sleep.
Raindapple opened her eyes to find that she was in a unfamiliar place, it reminded her of Starclan. Raindapple looked forward to see her mother, Silvergleam, young, happy, and beautiful like she had been before her death.
"Mom? Why are you in the tribe of endless hunting?" Raindapple asked
"Oh I am not staying, I'm here so I can watch over you, I knew this is where you would end up." Silvergleam explained before teasingly adding, "Though I thought you would be excited to see me."
"I am! But..everything that has happened happened so fast and I'm still trying to figure out everything, how I'll take down Pearlstar and the rest of Leopardclan." Raindapple replied
"I know, I know. I do not know either, but I can offer a peace of advice, you must stay determined and follow your heart." Silvergleam said before she began to fade
"Wait?! I still need you! I can't do this by my-" But before Raindapple could finish, her mother along with the rest of the Tribe of endless hunting had faded into darkness
Raindapple woke up gasping at the feeling of cold water lapping at her, Raindapple was still tired, so tired that she helplessly fainted back into sleep.When Raindapple opened her eyes, she saw that once again she was in the dark forest. She looked around to find Darkstar and Poisonthorn waiting for her.
"Raindapple, dearie. I am NOT happy with the lack of progress we have been making, sweetheart. That is why me and Darkstar have decided to start training you so you could be the one to strike the killing blow on Pearlstar!" Poisonthorn announced
"Is there anyway I can get out of this?" Raindapple asked.
"Not anyway which will let you keep your life, dear." Poisonthorn replied
"Well then can we at least take it easy, like start off with maybe showing me around and introducing me to the other warriors?"
"Ugh, fine, just for you."
Raindapple then began to follow Poisonthorn deeper into the place of no stars, Darkstar following.
By the end of the night Raindapple had got to know all of the dark forest, both the members and the territory and sat on a tree branch until she was pulled back to the side of the pool by the sound of panicked chatting and comotion. Frost stood up before rushing out into the clearing, Raindapple soon following her.
"What is happening?!" Frost yowled.
"Pearlstar along with Pikepaw and Lightpaw who are apparently now Pikeclaw and Lightleap, want Raindapple back and are waiting at the entrance!" Willow blurted
Raindapple froze at her sister's words, knowing that whatever they wanted to do with her wasnt good.
"Tell them we will bring Raindapple and make a agreement with them." Frost said to a tribe member
"Frost, can I please come with Raindapple?" Wren asked
"Sure, whoever wishes to accompany Raindapple may."
Thunderpaw, Wren, Lily, Fern, Blackpaw, and Willow, all stepped forward.
"Now lets head on our way." Frost declared, leading Raindapple and her friends to meet Pearlstar, Pikeclaw, and Lightleap.
When they got there, frost had Willow, Blackpaw, Thunderpaw, and Raindapple listen from around the corner for their own safety.
"Where is Raindapple." Pearlstar hissed
"She is listening, however you wont be able to see her until we have a deal made." Frost replied calmly. "Anyways, what are you planning to do with Raindapple if we give her to you?"
"I wont go into much detail, however I will have some fun with her, thats for sure, and she will still assist me and my plans, rather she wants to or not." Pearlstar replied
I dont know what she means by 'fun' but frankly I don't want to. Raindapple thought to herself
"Then it looks like we have a deal, now lets get going." Pearlstar said before surprisingly dragging Raindapple out from her hiding place. "Oh look, I found you."
Then within minutes, they were gone from the tribe. Raindapple suddenly saw a group of shapes, no, cats, but they were transparent. I'm seeing ghosts!
"Rainy, time to have some fun!" Pearlstar called to her.
Raindapple brought herself to pad into Pearlstar's den, ignoring the spirits around her
"I saw you carrying a kit, who was it?" Pearlstar asked
"Flowerkit, she is the child of Summershine who died giving birth, I have been chosen to raise her." Raindapple replied.
Suddenly Lightleap started cuddling up against Raindapple. Suddenly, Pearlstar grabbed Raindapple by the scruff and laid her down in the leader's nest before laying down alongside and pulling Raindapple closer to her until Raindapple's face was buried in Pearlstar's chest. Raindapple was too shocked to fight back,
"Oh arent you perfect." Pearlstar purred as she began to stroke Raindapple. "Anyways I'm going to get straight to the point. You are going to tell Leopardclan that you lied about me making you fake signs because you were mad that I executed your mom but now you are sorry and realize that I know best. You will then continue to assist me, no matter what that means. Got it, Kitten?"
Raindapple couldn't bring herself to reply.
"Awwww I know, life outside the clan must of been very scawy, you must still be very shaken up, well you dont need to worry now cause I have you and guess what?" Pearlstar replied
Raindapple still didnt reply but instead looked up at Pearlstar and moved her ears to signal she wanted to know what Pearlstar was going to say
"I love you so I'm not going to let anybody take you away from me again." Pearlstar replied as Lightleap started to lay on Raindapple. "You know you are nothing without me, right?"
Eventually after a few minutes Pearlstar started stroking Raindapple's underbelly and starting moving down it until suddenly the stroking started to feel physically uncomfortable. Once Raindapple came back to her senses, she tried to move away from Pearlstar and Lightleap, but due to how they were holding her, she failed to move a inch.
"Ah, ah, ahhh, kitten I told you, you have to assist me at all times no matter what assisting me means, and right now you are assisting me." Pearlstar mrowed
"And you want to be a good girl, don't you Rainy?" Lightleap sneered
wand Lightleap continued stroking Raindapple when it made her physically uncomfortable, Raindapple started to cry.
"Awwwww whats the matter kitten?" Pearlstar tauntingly asked.
"I......want........my........friends." Raindapple managed to say between her tears.
"Awwwww we are your friends." Lightleap replied
"Guys, I think you should stop, you guys are clearly harming Raindapple by doing this." Pikeclaw spoke up from where he sat guarding the den.
"Awww I will, just because Rainy's tears got my fur wet." Pearlstar replied
Then Pearlstar and Lightleap let go of Raindapple. Raindapple then shakily staggered to her paws and limped out the den until Pikeclaw suddenly lifted Raindapple onto his back.
"I can let you down if you want, just looked like you needed some help." Pikeclaw meowed
"Why are you even helping me." Raindapple asked
"Because even if my sister and Pearlstar are forcing me to help 'keep you under control', I draw the line when they are actually harming you more than any punishment they have for me not helping them could harm me." Pikeclaw meowed as he padded past the fresh-kill pile
"...can you be my friend?" Raindapple asked. "I promise I will help you if they threaten to do anything to you."
"Sure, I mean its much better than siding with those pieces of crow-food." Pikeclaw replied as he entered the prisoners den where Pearlstar insisted they sleep. "Guess I should move in then, huh."
Pikeclaw then let Raindapple down into her nest.
"Do you mind if I lay next to you?" Pikeclaw asked.
"No problem!" Raindapple replied
For some weird reason, Raindapple's heart fluttered as Pikeclaw curled up protectively around her.
"Actually, I have something to tell you.." Pikeclaw confessed.
"I do too." Thunderpaw who was now Thunderstrike spoke up.
"I do too." Wren nodded
"Um can you guys step out of the den for a bit?" Raindapple said to the other denmates who all nodded before getting up
"Um Raindapple, I havent been able to say this due to Pearlstar but I have actually had a crush on you since the moment you first walked into camp with your parents and I wish I treated you better and I would be honored if you were to give me a chance to prove myself. I also am sorta attracted to Wren and Thunderstrike." Pikeclaw confessed
"I also have fallen in love with you, Raindapple, since the moment I saw you." Wren announced, "I also have a bit of a crush on Thunderstrike and Pikeclaw."
"I have a crush on all three of you actually." Thunderstrike agreed.
"Um, I have actually developed crushed on all three on you as well in the past 6 moons..would you guys like to maybe be in one big relationship where we are all mates with eachother....???" Raindapple asked as her heart started beating lighting fast and her cheeks started to turn a bright red.
"I would love to." Pikeclaw announced
"It would be a dream come true." Wren agreed wistfully
"I would love too" Thunder agreed
"You know what?" Pikeclaw said
"What?" The rest of them chirped.
"I'm going to go tell Pearlstar and Lightleap that I am no longer going to help them and that I am now mates with you three." Pikeclaw announced. "Can you guys come with?"
"Of course we will." Raindapple replied before following Pikeclaw out of the den. Thunderstrike and Wren did the same.
When they entered the den Raindapple started to panic.
"Oh is Kitten back for some more fun?" Pearlstar said as Raindapple walked in, Pikeclaw responded with protectively planting one paw in front of Raindapple.
"Whats happening? You all see cwanky." Lightleap snickered.
"Lightleap, Pearlstar, I have something to tell you." Pikeclaw said in a stern tone
"What is it?" Pearlstar replied
"Im done helping you guys and I am now in a relationship with Raindapple, Thunderstrike, and Wren." Pikeclaw announced. "And I'm not going to let you bother a single one of them again."
Pearlstar got up from her nest and menacingly padded over until she was only 6 mouselengths away from Pikeclaw.
"Well Pikey I'm afraid that I'm not going to just let you go, I need to give you something to remember what happens when you cross me? I know you arent going to change your mind so I think its better I just make you scared of crossing me again, ok, Pikey?" Pearlstar said. "And if you let me do this, then I won't exile you or Rainy, Wreny, or Thundew. Actually since this is against the code, I'll just do the same thing to all of you and you guys can keep breaking the code without being exiled, okay?"
"What exactly do you mean by 'give you something to remember'?" Pikeclaw questioned,
"I'm just going to give each of you a little scar." Pearlstar said.
"Are you guys alright with this." Pikeclaw said to his mates, who all nodded
The process was fast for her mates but Pearlstar seemed to make the process longer for Raindapple, she started with stroking Raindapple's back and then lightly scratched along Raindapple's cheek which while it felt nice, Raindapple didnt like that did. Pearlstar then had Lightleap knock Raindapple's feet out from under her while she continued scratching Raindapple. Then while Lightleap petted Raindapple's head, Pearlstar finally left the mark, a thin but long scar that stretched along her shoulders. Finally Pearlstar let her and her mates go back to their den. However on their way to bed, Raindapple decided to get some herbs and cobweb and treated to her mates new scars. Raindapple joined the little sleep pile her mates had made to stay warm. As she looked at their sleeping forms she felt a smile creep up on her face. You are not alone anymore. She told herself before drifting off to sleep.
Chapter ten "
Raindapple woke up the next day to the sound of Flowerkit who was clearly trying to wake her up.
"Finally your awake!" Flowerkit cheered.
Raindapple fell off their sleeping pile as Pikeclaw got up.
"Raindapple! Are you alright?! I'm so sorry!" Pikeclaw exclaimed
"I'm alright, dont worry." Raindapple replied, "Want to go outside?"
"YES PLEASE!" Flowerkit replied
"I'll come with." Pikeclaw replied
As Raindapple padded out into the clearing, she saw Pearlstar sunbathing, Pearlstar immediately noticed them but didnt say anything.
"WOAH THATS PEARLSTAR, THE LEADER OF LEOPARDCLAN." Flowerkit exclaimed before running over, "Is it true that you are the one who made Leopardclan?!?!" She asked Pearlstar
Raindapple tensed up as she studied Pearlstar's body movement. She felt Pikeclaw tense up along side her.
"I did, but I couldnt ever do it without the help of your mom." Pearlstar said before looking at Raindapple smugly.
Raindapple walked over nervously to get Flowerkit.
"Glad you joined the party, Rainy." Pearlstar sneered
"I'm just here to get Flowerkit." Raindapple muttered
"No! How about you sit down and stay a while." Pearlstar insisted. Suddenly Pearlstar knocked Raindapple to the ground next to her. Raindapple immediately got back up as Pikeclaw rushed over and picked up Flowerkit.
Raindapple began to walk away only for Lightleap to start following her and Pikeclaw.
"Oh Rainyyyy, why dont you come over here and I can show you some real fun." Lightleap called
Just then Lightleap grabbed Raindapple's scruff with her paws before yanking her backwards. Lightleap then turned her around so she was facing her.
"W-what do you want?" Raindapple stuttered. SHE IS LITERALLY YOUR ENEMY, WHY ARE YOU GETTING FLUSTERED BY HER?!! Raindapple internally screamed
"Heh, I thought you would of figured it out already, well you see, Rainy, what I want is power, thats the only reason why I have ever bothered you, because Pearlstar promised that if I did then she would make me deputy. But I have gotten tired of waiting for her to decide that I have done enough to you to deserve my spot as deputy." Lightleap whispered. "And wanna hear the future I see?"
"W-what d-do y-y-you see?" Raindapple stuttered again
"I see a future where I'm leader and you are both my deputy, and my medicine cat, maybe I'm even mates with you, Wren, and Thunderstrike, if you guys feel the same way I feel about you." Lightleap said. "But in order for that future to happen, you are going to have to play along with Pearlstar so she makes me deputy, but then we can kill her, over and over until she is dead for good. So, you in?"
"Y-yes!" Raindapple replied
"Good, now lets go back over to Pearlstar, and if you start getting too uncomfortable, then tell me and I can try to make Pearlstar go easier on you." Lightleap said
"Can I tell Pikeclaw whats going on first?" Raindapple asked
"Sure, I'll wait for you." Lightleap replied
Raindapple padded into the prisoner den where Pikeclaw went, unknowing that Raindapple wasnt following him anymore.
"Pikeclaw, your sister and I are going to take down Pearlstar, once and for all. I don't have time to tell you why or how, just know that I'm going to be playing along with Pearlstar for a bit." Raindapple said
Without waiting for a response, she padded back out to Lightleap.
"As ready as I'll ever be."
The two she cats padded over.
"Well, well, well, have you come back since you realized that I own you and have given you all my love and therefore is somebody that you should show more kindness and gratitude towards?" Pearlstar growled
"Actually, I have, and I wanted to say that I'm sorry for being a-" Raindapple choked on her next words but forced them out for the sake of Lightleap's plan."A bad kitten, and I want you to forgive me and I accept any punishment you wish to give me."
"Awwwww, I knew you would come around, Kitten. You always do." Pearlstar then grabbed Raindapple by the scruff of her back and began to carry Raindapple to the leaders den.
Raindapple had curled up while being carried to avoid her paws dragging on the ground. As she was being carried, she looked back at Lightleap who was padding behind them. Lightleap simply gave her a reassuring look and nodded. Once they got into the den Pearlstar laid her down.
"Pearlstar, do you mind if I have fun with Raindapple this time?" Lightleap asked before Pearlstar could lay down
"Sure, just because you helped Rainy realized that she should be more grateful towards me." Pearlstar replied
Lightleap then laid down alongside Raindapple the way Pearlstar would. Raindapple moved closer to Lightleap and bunched up against the slightly larger she-cat. Lightleap started stroking Raindapple's cheek with her tail.
"Let me know if you start feeling uncomfortable." Lightleap whispered to Raindapple
"O-okay." Raindapple replied
Raindapple laid her head up against Lightleap's shoulder and felt as Lightleap started licking her head. To her surprise, Raindapple slowly started to fall asleep until her surroundings faded to black.
Lightleap looked at the sleeping form beside her, happy that she was able to save the beautiful she-cat from breaking down the way she did the first time Pearlstar dragged her into the den. She wasnt proud of her past actions toward her but it didn't help that Lightleap was somewhat jealous of Raindapple despite loving her already, but what Pearlstar fed to her almost everyday didnt help either.
"Well now that wittle Rainy is asweep, I'm going to go fetch you your poppy seeds, okway?" Pearlstar said before leaving the den
I have to refuse to eat those seeds, I'm not going to let myself do something bad to Raindapple after she has put all this trust in me. Lightleap decided. After a few minutes Pearlstar came back with some poppy seeds bundled in a large leaf.
"Ohhhh Lightyyy, I have your poppy seeds." Pearlstar purred as she padded over, dropping the bundle on the ground in front of her face.
"U-umm can I wait a minute before I take them, my stomach feels weird right now." Lightleap stuttered
"Awwwww, just for you sweetheart." Pearlstar replied
Lightleap started lightly nudging Raindapple in hopes that she would wake up, and surely enough, she did.
"Why do you have poppy seeds in front of you, love." Raindapple asked grogily, clearly still half a sleep
"Pearlstar gave them to me." Lightleap replied
"Well for starters thats far too little seeds, and second of all, why is Pearlstar, a leader, giving you poppy seeds, if you have any issues you should just come to me, mouse-brain." Raindapple pointed out before getting up and grabbing the bundle.
However before she could leave the den, Pearlstar blocked her path.
"Actually Rainy, I got so many since she's is not the only one who is going to eat them." Pearlstar said before swiping the bundle out of Raindapple's mouth, grabbing a few poppy seeds, grabbing Raindapple and forcing the seeds into her mouth. Pearlstar then started to suffocate Raindapple until she swallowed the seeds.
"Wait!" Lightleap cried, without another thought she leapt onto Pearlstar, knocking the white she-cat to the ground, causing her to let go of Raindapple. Raindapple then started to cough the seeds out while gasping for air.
"Lighty, I thought you were better than your brother, I guess I was wrong, but you still hold a great use for me, so both you and Rainy are going to follow me and not ask any questions, ok? It would be a shame if I had to give one of you a boo-boo." Pearlstar taunted before four cats Pearlstar had never seen before padded into the den.
Two cats picked Raindapple up by the scruff, while the two other cats threw Lightleap onto their shoulds before forcing 3 poppy seeds down her throat. Then Pearlstar padded over to Raindapple and placed a paw under Raindapple's jaw.
"You might want to eat the poppy seeds now, Rainy, aftew aww whats about to happen might not be vewy pweasant fow youw, Kitten." Pearlstar sneered before holding out 4 poppy seeds in one paw, holding the paw right under Raindapple's mouth
"Yes m'am..." Raindapple replied before reluctantly lapping up the seeds from Pearlstar's paw.
"Good giwl, and don't wowwy, I wiww be with you the whowe way, kitten." Pearlstar replied
As the group of cats carried Lightleap and Raindapple out of the den. Raindapple started to pass out until she finally lost consciousness.
Raindapple woke up, to find that she was laying in a dark cave. She looked behind her to see who was the cat that layed behind her and not to her surprise, it was Pearlstar.
"You finally woke up." Pearlstar purred
"Where am I?! Where is Lightleap?!" Raindapple asked nervously.
"Awwww, your so cute when your scared." Pearlstar replied
"PEARLSTAR, WHERE. IS. LIGHTLEAP?" Raindapple demanded
"Well if you really must know, she is in another cave, I put her there so I could wait fow you to wake up." Pearlstar answered. "But that my wittle kittens awake, we can go to wightweap."
Pearlstar then picked up Raindapple's by the scruff. She then started carrying her until Lightleap came into view. Raindapple immediately started to wiggle and squrim in hopes of getting out of Pearlstar's grasp.
"Ah, ah, ahh, you'we mine, Wainy, so I'm afwaid that onwy I wiww be abwe to choose when I put you down, and since you dont know how to get out of hewe, I wiww be the one who wiww take cawe of you and Wightweap." Pearlstar laughed before padding over to the gigantic nest Lightleap was in.
Pearlstar placed Raindapple in the nest, right next to Lightleap before curling up around the end where their heads were.
"Pearlstar? I miss my family." Raindapple moaned
"Awwwww, want me to send some cats to go get them, Wainy?" Pearlstar taunted
"Yes p-pwease." Raindapple replied reluctantly
"Good giwl, I wiww teww them too once Wightweap wakes up." Pearlstar replied
"T-thank you Peawwstaw." Raindapple replied
Raindapple looked at Lightleap hopelessly, wishing the she-cat was awake to comfort Raindapple and ease her worries. Raindapple sighed before leaning up against Lightleap. Just then, she saw the white she-cat's ear twitch.
"Raindapple can you please tell me where the hell we are?" Lightleap groaned as she opened her eyes.
"I do not know, all I know is that Pearlstar dragged us here, and that us three are not the only cats here." Raindapple replied
"Oh look! Wightweap woke up! I'll go send a patrol to retrieve your fellow pwisonews, Wainy." Pearlstar taunted
Pearlstar got up to go speak to a cat at the entrance of the cave.
"What is she doing?" Lightleap asked
"She's going to go have some other cats get my friends who are in the prisoner den, she is also going to get my sister, Streampaw." Raindapple explained
"So we won't be completely alone?" Lightleap asked
"We wont be alone." Raindapple replied
"Well that's a relief."
"Hey, don't worry, I'm not going to let Pearlstar harm you, okay?" Lightleap said before nuzzling Raindapple's cheek
"Thank you." Raindapple replied
Pearlstar padded back to them. "A patrol is heading out right now."
Pikeclaw laid in the den with Flowerkit, his mates, Lily, Fern, and Spottedfall, his tail twitched anxiously. Raindapple should of gotten back by now! He thought nervously, just then a group of rogues entered the den.
"What is this?!" Pikeclaw hissed
"I'd recommend that you and your friends come with us if you want to see your precious Rainy." The leader of the group who was a large siamese tom threatened.
"WHAT DID YOU DO TO HER?!" Lily hissed
"You can ask Pearlstar about that when we get there." The leader replied
"Fine, we will go with you." Spottedfall decided,
Pikeclaw and his friends all got up and headed out of the den to find Streampaw who was now Streamglow sitting with the group of cats.
"Do you know what's going on?" Pikeclaw asked the silver tabby.
"All I know is that they have Raindapple." Streamglow replied
"Let's get going." The leader decided before the rogues and the others started to walk away.
Raindapple heard a group of cats enter the cave.
"Raindapple!" Pikeclaw cried before running over to her. "WHAT IN THE NAME OF STARCLAN DID YOU DO TO HER?!" Pikeclaw yelled at Pearlstar.
"I'm just taking care of Lightleap and Raindapple." Pearlstar replied
"Wow I never knew that 'taking care of' meant kitnapping, taunting, manipulating, and grooming." Lightleap hissed
Lightleap and Raindapple then got up and went to Raindapple's friends.
"Oh thank the tribe of endless hunting you're alright!" Lily said as she hugged Raindapple.
"I don't know why you love Raindapple so much, Pikey, clearly she has a thing for your sister." Pearlstar laughed
"I don't care! If she wants to be with Lightleap, me, Thunderstrike,Wren, and any other cat, at the same time, I dont care, as long as whoever she is with treats her well and actually loves her and cares about her." Pikeclaw replied
"Yeah, I mean I'm fine as long as she is happy." Wren agreed, to which Thunderstrike nodded.
"Why does our sister have like four mates when I can't get one?" Lightningpaw yelled
"Don't worry, you will get one eventually." Streamglow replied
"Anyways, Raindapple, does Lightleap make you happy?" Pikeclaw asked
"Yeah." Raindapple replied
"Do you two love eachother?" Lily added
"Yeah..." Raindapple answered nervously
"I would eat deathberries just to see her smile." Lightleap replied, "And honestly I do not know how she can love me after all the times I have treated her like Crowfood."
"Then we are all completely fine with you two being mates." Lily replied
"Does that mean I have another Mommy?" Flowerkit asked after running over to the two she-cats
"I think it does, If Lightleap agrees to raise you, of course." Raindapple replied before looking at Lightleap
"Why wouldn't I?" Lightleap replied
"Awwww how cute! But I think you guys are forgetting one thing, that you guys are both outpowered and outnumbered and are trapped here!" Pearlstar laughed.
"Well how are you planning to run Leopardclan when you are all the way out of camp?" Lightleap replied
"Ok, I'll cut you guys a deal, as long as you guys don't say a word about this then I'll let you guys go, make you apprentices warriors, and make Lightleap my deputy, okay?!" Pearlstar replied after realizing a flaw in her plan
"I think that Raindapple should get something other than just freedom out of this." Lightleap snarled
"Fine, I'll stop having fun with her, so do we have a deal?!" Pearlstar replied irritatedly
"Deal!" Raindapple replied
Then Raindapple and her friends padded out of the caves before heading back to camp. Once they got back, Pearlstar hopped on a tree branch of the great oak and announced a clan meeting.
"May all cats who are old enough to swim join beneath the great oak!" Pearlstar called. "We are gathered here today for two ceremonies. Willowpaw, Lightningpaw, and Blackpaw have been apprentices for long enough. From this moment on Willowpaw will be known as Willowdusk, Lightningpaw will be known as Lightningsoul, and Blackpaw will be known as Blackghost. Now onto the next order of business, a new deputy, I have decided that Lightleap shall be our new deputy."
"Lightningsoul, Blackghost, Willowdusk, Lightleap!" The clan chanted
"Clan dismissed." Pearlstar said before hopping down from the tree branch.
Raindapple! You know how you have been seeing ghosts at random? Lilysong suddenly asked
"Yeah...?" Raindapple replied
Well I found out why and how we can stop it from being random! Lilysong replied. Follow me.
Raindapple followed Lilysong as she raced out of camp, Raindapple barely managed to keep up as Lilysong lead her to the entrance to the tribe.
"What are we doing here?!" Raindapple asked
You know the tribe's crystal pool that they use to connect with the tribe of endless hunting? Well thats the thing that caused you to start seeing ghosts, in order for us to make sure you dont see ghosts at random, you will have to use it one more time and then you will see all ghosts all of the time! Lilysong explained
Lilysong then left. Raindapple nervously walked into the tunnels and did her best to find her way to the Crystal pool, she had seen a second entrance tunnel while she was in the Crystal Pool cave so she was aiming to get there that way. Eventually after wandering for hours, she arrived. She swam over to the crystal in the middle and proceeded to lay down and close her eyes until she drifted off to sleep.
When she woke up she started to see spirits all around her, she then ran through the tunnels and back to camp before a tribe cat could catch her. Once she got back she heard Lightleap call her name.
"Raindapple, where were you?! I was worried sick." Lightleap asked
"I don't want to tell you right now." Raindapple replied
"Well please tell me before you run off, next time. If Pearlstar were to set a trap for you and you ran off without telling me, I could never arrive in time to help you." Lightleap said
"I'm sorry." Raindapple apologized
"You don't need to be sorry, just please don't scare me like that again." Lightleap replied before hugging Raindapple, "I know you can take care of yourself, but I don't like having to worry and fret without knowing where you have gone. And I promise that I will loosen up once we get rid of Pearlstar. I love you."
"I love you too!" Raindapple replied warmly. "When are we going to kill Pearlstar?"
"I think we should do it tomorrow night, but we will have to find a way to make them believe that it wasnt us." Lightleap replied
"I can say that Starclan wants her to go to the Moonpool and we can kill her while she is asleep!" Raindapple replied
"Good idea. We'll go with that." Lightleap replied. "But the moment we kill her once, we have to destroy her body to the point in which she can't come back. Anyways, we should go to bed, the sun is setting."
The two then walked back to the den and cuddled up with eachother. Eventually Thunderstrike, Wren, and Pikeclaw joined them. Raindapple closed her eyes and allowed herself to drift off to sleep. When she opened her eyes she saw Poisonthorn in front of her.
"Alright, I wanted to work up to this move but since you are attacking her tomorrow, you are going to need to know this." Poisonthorn announced
"Way to get to the point." Raindapple replied
"Well if you want to learn this move with your current experience, you need all the time we can get. Anyways, go into a crouch and get ready to leap at me." Poisonthorn instructed
Raindapple followed those instructions.
"Unsheathe your front claws but keep your hind claws unsheathed since those are what will be doing the killing and this is just practice."
"Now leap at me and cling onto my shoulders using your claws while you swing the rest of your body under me while you retract your legs. Then once your paws touch my stomach, then kick my stomach as hard possible, okay?" Poisonthorn ordered
Raindapple leapt at Poisonthorn and sunk her claws into her shoulder before swinging her body and doing a scratching motion with her legs against Poisonthorn's stomach.
"Wow, you aced it, first time you nailed it. Luckily the dark forest recently found out a traitor, they pretended to be a warrior so they could attack the clans with their group of rogues. So you can practice on them. Oh Darkstar!" Poisonthorn replied
Just then Darkstar walked in dragging a brown tom by the neck. Once he placed the cat down. Raindapple repeated the move, this time with her hind claws unsheathed. Raindapple felt herself get sick as she felt her claws slice the tom's stomach open. She immediately bolted away from the tom before turning around to see the tom collapse to the ground as he bled out, multiple organs spilling out. Just then Raindapple woke up. Might as well go tell Pearlstar that we three have to go to the Moonpool tomorrow. Raindapple thought before getting up and padding over to Pearlstar's den.
"Pearlstar." Raindapple said, waking her leader up
"What is it, Rainy?" Pearlstar asked
"Starclan wants me, you, and Lightleap to go to the Moonpool tomorrow night to speak to them." Raindapple informed
"Okay." Pearlstar replied
Raindapple then left the den and went back to her own where she layed down and went back to sleep.
"Good morning, sleepy-head." Lightleap said as Raindapple got up. "Want to go get something to eat?"
"Sure." Raindapple replied before following Lightleap out of the den
Lightleap grabbed a trout before she and Raindapple laid down in the middle of the clearing. As the two she-cats shared the trout, Raindapple started snuggling into Lightleap.
"Awwwww you're burrowing into my fur like a little rabbit." Lightleap meowed
"It's not my fault your so fluffy and soft, plus its almost leaf-bare, and I have short furrr." Raindapple replied
"I didn't mean to say your any less than me for burrowing into my fur, in fact I quite enjoy it." Lightleap apologized
"Don't worry, I'm not upset, just wanted to explain why." Raindapple replied
Lightleap wrapped her tail around Raindapple as Pearlstar approached them.
"Awwww are you trying to protect little Rainy from me?" Pearlstar teased
"Stop treating her like she's some kit, she might be only 13 moons old but guess what? I am only 15 moons old! And she is just as smart, if not smarter than you!" Lightleap snarled
"Awww somebodys cwanky." Pearlstar taunted once more
"She is not! She's just mad that you treat me like im less than you and like I'm just some silly kit!" Raindapple replied
"I didn't come here to argue, I just came here to get you guys so we can start heading to the Moonpool." Pearlstar replied
"But it's only Sun-rise." Raindapple replied
"Look at the sky." Pearlstar replied
To Raindapple's surprise when she looked up it was a little bit past Sun-high.
"You woke up really late, Raindapple." Lightleap replied
"Well then, let's get going."
Raindapple was padding up the rocky slope to the Moonpool as the sun set, Pearlstar and Lightleap following her. Once they got there Raindapple began to watch the moon rise. Once the Moon was high in the sky, she crouched down by the Moonpool with Lightleap by her side. She then squinted enough for her eyes to look closed. After a few minutes, she looked over at Pearlstar who was fully asleep. Lightleap was also awake. Raindapple then carefully slipped into the Moonpool and swam to bottom before using her hind legs to push off of the pool floor. She flew out of the water and landed on Pearlstar. Raindapple sunk in her claws and clung on. Pearlstar immediately got up.
"Awwwwww, this is reawwy cute of you to think you could beat me, but I'm afwaid that its naptime." Pearlstar laughed
Just then Pearlstar leapt but clung onto the ground with her front claws, causing her back to slam into the ground, Raindapple in between Pearlstar and the ground. Pearlstar then got up while Raindapple staggered to her feet.
"Oh I'm going to have some fun with this." Pearlstar laughed as she started padding um to Raindapple who had a bloody nose along with multiple tiny gashes along her back.
But before she could reach Raindapple, Lightleap yanked Pearlstar backwards by the scruff before throwing her away from Raindapple.
"I'm afraid that I'm not going to let you lay a claw on Raindapple." Lightleap snarled
Once Pearlstar got back up, Raindapple ran at the she-cat before leaping at her, and clinging on to her shoulders with her claws. She then swung her body before slashing open Pearlstar's stomach. Raindapple then dashed away as fast as she could before watching Pearlstar fall to the ground as her organs spilled out. Raindapple padded over so she can make direct eye contact with the she-cat as she died.
"Oh, Rainy, just as...... adorable as ever. You know,....... no matter what happens,....... you will always be mine,....... your nothing......... without me......... and......... I cant........ wait to welcome.......... you........ into the....... arms of death........ when you come......... crying...... because you realize........ how....... worthless........... you........... are." Pearlstar said in a faint and raspy voice before her eyes were glazed over.
"It's over. Do you mind if I rough you up to make it more believable that this was a badger attack?" Raindapple asked
"Sure." Lightleap replied
Raindapple quickly left a couple of scratches on the she-cat before dragging the body of Pearlstar back to camp. She heard wails of shock as they stumbled back into camp.
"Cats of Leopardclan! Pearlstar is dead. Me, her, and Raindapple visited the Moonpool but we were attacked by a badger, Pearlstar sacrificed herself to save me and Raindapple and allowed the Badger to take all 9 of her lives so she could kill it. She now hunts in starclan." Lightleap announced
After a long clan meeting where Lightleap disbanded Leopardclan. She hopped down from the tree and padded over to Raindapple.
"Raindapple, I think you deserve much more than deputy, I want you to be leader with me." Lightleap spat out
"I don't think that's possible, Lightleap." Raindapple replied.
"We'll make it, we can split the lives, Starclan owes it to you." Lightleap replied
"You sure?" Raindapple asked
"I'm completely sure." Lightleap replied
"Well I dont want to be Rainstar, can I choose like a role to address me by or a different suffix or something like that?" Raindapple asked
"Of course. Anything for you." Lightleap replied