A/N: The original Frosted Paws is property of DewtailWarrior and s/he gave permission for me to use it here. Only lines in bold should be considered mine. Your panel is (as usual) Firestar, Jayfeather, and Tigerstar. Happy reading!
Roselight was sitting in her den, sorting herbs.
"Horsetail, Feverfew, Goldenrod," she mumbled to herself, checking wich herbs she needed. "Marigold, Catmint, uhhh I'm gething pretty low on Tansy, I'll have one of the apprentices collect some."
Jayfeather: You forgot the yarrow
Roselight: Ah, yeah
Jayfeather: Also, the deathberries.
Roselight: What do we need those for?
Jayfeather: So that Hollyleaf can force feed them to everyone
(I Am Awesome999999 appears)
Awesome: Jayfeather, I would like to kindly remind you that this is a non-canon story. None of the characters the Erins made exist here.
Jayfeather: Traitor! DIE! (mauls Awesome)
Awesome: GAAAAAAH! (Disappears)
Jayfeather: Wait, doesn't that mean...
(Jayfeather, Firestar, and Tigerstar disappear)
(I Am Awesome999999 reappears)
Awesome: Oopsie. (Takes out laptop) The only way that I can bring them back is to... (Dramatic silence)
Awesome: (In loud voice) CHANGE THE FUTURE! (Dramatic music plays and lightning strikes in distance)
Roselight: Wouldn't that be in the past?
Awesome: Ah, yes. Redoing it. The only way that I can bring them back is to... (Dramatic silence)
Awesome: (In loud voice) CHANGE THE PAST! (Dramatic music plays and lightning strikes in distance).
Roselight: Better. Also, can't that have dire consequences?
Awesome: None of them can be worse than not having Riffcats!
Roselight: Guess that's true.
(Awesome types and the panel reappears)
Awesome: HA! No dire consequences!
(Weird robot appears)
Awesome: *Gasps* It's GC98, robot from the future!
GC98: Congratulations. Your meddling has caused a doomsday meteor to hit Earth in 1234 years and killed off all species. I hope you're happy. (Disappears)
Dewtail: Can we get on with the story yet? You've been in here for 3 days.
Roselight: What? My clan could be suffering!
Awesome: Don't worry! Time has frozen outside and you won't remember anything! Now to put you out of your trance!
(Makes weird hand motions and humming sounds) (Sandwich flickers into existence)
Awesome: Ah, it's lunchtime!
(Roselight paces while Awesome eats sandwich)
Awesome: Tasty. Now, where was I?
(Makes different hand motions) (Anvil falls on head)
Awesome: GAH! (Disappears)
Roselight: Now what?
Firestar: I'm bored. Let's go to KFC.
Tigerstar: Why are you so obsessed with KFC? You mentioned it in the last episode! Back me up, Jayfeather!
Firestar: I don't have to listen to this. (Teleports to KFC)
Tigerstar: Wait for me! (Teleports)
Roselight: How do I get out of here?
(A Twoleg appears)
Roselight: Ahh! Twoleg!
Twoleg: Don't fear, dear Roselight. I am the nice witch of the north, and I am here to take you home.
Roselight: How will you?
Nice Witch of the North: By using your ruby paw slippers!
Roselight: My what now?
NWOTN: These! (Waves wand, ruby paw slippers appear)
Roselight: How do they work?
NWOTN: You just say "There's no place like home 3 times.
Roselight: There's no place like home, There's no place like home, There's no place like home.
(Roselight and NWOTN teleport onto prairie)
Roselight: Where are we?
Awesome: Congratulations, NWOTN, you've brought her to Kansas. (Mauls NWOTN)
NWOTN: Noooo! I will get my revenge! (Disappears)
(Awesome makes more weird hand motions and disappeared, and Roselight is back in the medicine den).
"Roselight?" Ivyclaw's voice made her look up. "What is it?" she asked, seeing the worried look on the white tom's face. "It's Maplewish," meowed Ivyclaw. "She's been sleeping for ages and I can't wake her."
Roselight sighed. Why did toms always have to worry about the slightest change in behaviour? "I'll go check on her," she meowed. "But let me put my herbs back first."
Jayfeather: Don't forget the deathberries!
(Roselight mauls Jayfeather)
She could feel Ivyclaw's gaze hot in her back while she pushed each pile of herbs into a separate hole in the den floor and put a big leaf over each one, to keep the herbs dry. Finishing she licked her paws to get the herb juice out from between her pads before it dried, then she turned around and meowed, "Let's go."
Jayfeather: You just licked deathberry juice.
Awesome: You're not supposed to kill off characters without the writer's permission! I am ashamed of you! (Revives Roselight)
Ivyclaw immediately turned and vanished through the den entrance out into the sunlight. Slowly following Roselight pushed her way out of the den, blinking. Following the sound of pattering paws, Roselight crossed the clearing to the flat rocks that jutted out if the river. On top of the rocks was the sleeping form of a curled up queen, Maplewish.
Jumping up beside the queen and her mate, Roselight looked at the she-cat. She looked fine. Streching out a paw to touch her flank, she could feel the tiny movements of the kits inside her and felt a twinge of jealousy. She had always wanted kits but the path of a medicine cat forbid a mate. Pushing lost dreams aside she turned to Ivyclaw.
"Maplewish is fine," she meowed and saw the relief flash in the tom's eyes. "She's probably just catching up on some sleep. I bet those kits keep her awake half of the night. But you're right we shouldn't let her sleep to long. Why don't you try and wake her with a freshly caught fish?"
Ivyclaw purred thankfully, jumped of the rocks and slid into the river. Roselight watched him, sitting in the shallows, waiting for a fish to swim by.
She sighed. "I'd better get back to my herbs," she thought. Jumping of the rock, she padded across the camp. In front of the warriors den she saw Reedwater, the tom that she had to give up to become a medicine cat. Veering away from her den she padded over to him.
Reedwater greeted her with a purr and pushed half of his trout towards her. "No thank you," she meowed, shaking her head. "I want to finish my work before I eat." Reedwater nodded. "I understand."
Basking in the warmth of the silver-grey tabby tom, Roselight almost forgot why she had wanted to talk to him. "Could I borrow Ashpaw sometime tomorrow?" she asked. "Sure," replied Reedwater. "If you want I can help too." Roselight purred and cuffed him around the ears. "Well then you'll be the one to ask Skystream," she purred. Reedwater shook his head. "Okay, okay," he grumbled and looked up his yellow eyes wide and pleading. "But we can still be friends right?"
"Of course," she whispered, rubbing her muzzle across his cheek. "We will always be friends." Reedwater purred and got to his paws. "Well if you're taking Ashpaw tomorrow I'll take him hunting today," he meowedid over his shoulder as he walked towards the apprentice den. Roselight sighed and padded off towards her own den, her heart lighter.
Not much time passed until Roselight's face appeared between the roots of the old treestump that formed the medicine den. Having done all of today's work she padded over to the fresh-kill pile. Not feeling like eating alone she decided to wait for Reedwater and Ashpaw to return from their hunting trip. Looking around the camp she noticed that the flat rocks weren't occupied, so Ivyclaw had woken his sleepy mate.
Padding over to the rocks she jumped up and sat down where the reddish brown queen had slept not long ago. But instead of the queens lingering warmth Roselight felt as if she was sitting on ice. Looking down she saw that her paws had been frozen to the stone beneath. She watched horrified as glimmering frost covered the whole surface, spreading further and further until, finally, the whole river looked frozen solid.
Unable to move her paws Roselight looked up into the sky, seeking StarClan's wisdom. But instead of the clear Green-Leaf sky she saw snowflakes, dancing towards her and settling in the RiverClan camp. One of them landed on Roselight's nose. She tried to lick it off but it stayed, freezing her nose. She gasped from the cold. "Something is coming," she whispered. "Something cold."
Elsa: (Appears) Where am I?
Firestar: (Chokes on KFC chicken) Ack! I HATE FROZEN! DIE! (Mauls Elsa)
Anna: (Appears) What was that for? (Starts strangling Firestar)
Firestar: (Coughs) JAYFEATHER!
Firestar: Help... me...
Jayfeather: (Throws stick at Anna) (Stick bounces off).
(Anna stomps on stick) (Stick breaks)
Jayfeather: *Gasps* Sticky! (Runs over to stick) Are you okay?
Stick: Avenge me... (dies)
Jayfeather: (Whirls on Anna, snarling) DIE! (mauls Anna)
(Anna and Elsa disappear)
Random announcer that was conveniently hidden in a corner: VICTORY!
The leaf-bare sun was just appearing at the horizon. Every living creature was still burrowed deep in their warm nests, all except one.
On a small island placed in a swift flowing river, a cat was sitting, tail wrapped tightly around her paws, looking up at the last warriors of StarClan twinkling above.
Her white fur was shining, but her blue eyes were troubled. Sadly she stared at the stars above. "Why StarClan, why?" she asked. "Why did it have to be me?"
Firestar: You would think that this is the first time something bad ever happened to any cat.
"Who are you talking to?" came a friendly voice from behind her.
Frostkit's fur bristled and she could feel the cold running up her spine, but before the cat behind her could notice she let herself relax and the cold vanished.
Firestar: I think that it would have ruined the story if the main character conveniently froze themselves.
Turning she saw Roselight, the medicine cat. "Oh no-one in particular," she replied casually.
Roselight eyed her and came to sit next to her. "You know," the medicine cat began. "Sometimes it's okay to be different. You just have to accept who you are and not spend your whole life wishing you were someone else."
Tigerstar: If it's okay to be different, then it's okay to be an evil megalomaniac traitor who wants to take over the whole world! I can follow my dreams now!
Frostkit stared at her, eyes wide. "How do you know all that stuff?" she asked. "Didn't you want to become a medicine cat?"
Roselight purred. "Yes I did," she replied. "It was everything I had ever dreamed of, but sometimes I think everyone would be better of without a few particular cats." While she was speaking Roselight glanced over to the base of the tall oak where her brother, Skystream, and a few warriors had gathered for patrol planning.
Frostkit nodded. "Yes," she murmured. "The Clan--"
Frostkit?" little Frostkit slowly opened her eyes at the sound of her mother's voice. "Frostkit wake up. You were murmuring in your sleep."
Slowly sitting up, Frostkit rubbed a paw over her eyes. What a weird dream, she thought.
Yawning she stepped out of the nest, careful not to wake her sister, Rosekit, who was still curled into a tight ball.
She shook out her fur and started walking towards the nursery entrance longing for the crisp morning air.
"Where do you think you're going?" came her mother's voice from behind. Sighing she turned around and looked at her mother. The redish brown queen was still burrowed deep in her nest.
"I'm just going outside mama," she answered. "I'm not two moons old anymore."
"No you aren't," meowed Maplewish. "But you are still my kit and to be honest you shouldn't wander where you please with only four moons. So where are you going?"
Frostkit rolled her eyes. "Like I said, I'm just going outside." she meowed. Maplewish nodded. "Okay," she replied settling back down. "But don't get under the warriors paws."
"I wont," Frostkit promised and quickly pushed her way out of the nursury.
Inhaling the cool morning air she stood there for a few heartbeats. Then she looked around the camp, most of the cats were still asleep but some warriors, including the deputy Skystream, the dark grey she cat Scorchfire, and the white tom Ivyclaw, her father, we're gathered beneath the tall oak discussing patrols.
Purring she padded over to them and sat down beside her father, listening. "No we can't send out one patrol only," Skystream was meowing. "But why? Sending out two patrols will only tire the warriors," retorted Scorchfire. Skystream rolled his eyes, like a kit. "Yes, I know that," he hissed through clenched teeth. "But we are still arguing with WindClan and Silverstar is expecting trouble from ThunderClan as well. No thanks to you," he added, glancing at Ivyclaw.
Frostkit felt her fur bristle. "My father did nothing wrong," she meowed, raising her chin. The gazes of all three warriors rested on her, including that of Scorchfire's apprentice, Parakeetpaw.
Suddenly feeling overwhelmed Frostkit squeaked once and then dived under her father's belly to hide. Skystream huffed and then carried on organizing the daily patrols.
Curled up in her father's fur Frostkit was almost dozing off when her father suddenly stood up and the warmth was gone. Surprised Frostkit lifted her head and looked straight into the wide amber eyes of Rosekit.
Frostkit squeaked and jumped backwards. Her sister purred with amusement. "I really got you with that one," she managed to get out between all the giggling and purring. Frostkit rolled her eyes. "Yeah, yeah, you did," she confessed. "What are you doing outside so early you're not exactly the one to rise with the sun, are you?"
"Nope, I am defenetly not," Rosekit replied simply. "But guess who's out of the nursery for the first time?"
Frostkit's ears pricked. "Do you mean?" she asked and Rosekit nodded exitedly. "Yesssssss their finally out of the nursery. Come on let's play with them!!" and with that Rosekit darted away towards the three youngest Clan members who were taking everything in with wide wondering eyes.
Slowly Frostkit followed her sister, sometimes she wished she could be as carefree as her but somehow she was always thinking wandering of into a world of her own.
Reaching the grassy stretch in front of the nursery she saw that Rosekit was already buried underneath three silver and black fluff balls.
Slowly Frostkit crept up on them and with a mix between a purr and a roar she jumped up and landed directly in front of their noses. Squeaking with surprise all four broke apart to stand before Frostkit, who broke into a loud purr.
Rosekit exchanged glances with the three younger kits and then yowled, "Attack!" The first kit to spring forward was Wavekit. The burly tom-kit wrapped his paws around her front leg and clung on like a burr. He was followed by Dreamkit and Moonkit who jumped into her, throwing her onto her side. And last but not least came Rosekit who landed squarely on her sister and pinned her down. "We have won!" exclaimed Moonkit and the other kits joined in. "RiverClan forever!!"
Frostkit felt irritation beginning to well up inside her and desperately tried to push it down, but it didn't work.
Rosekit who had still been pinning Frostkit to the ground jumped backwards with a surprised squawk, shaking her paws. "What in StarClans name just happened to you?!" asked Rosekit, still staring at her paws.
The other kits too had moved away from Frostkit shaking their paws as if they had grown numb. Frostkit stood up and shook out her fur, but instead of the relieving feeling of air in her pelt she felt as if rocks were clinging to her fur and it made a weird clinging sound.
Rosekit gasped when she looked at Frostkit and the other kits too were staring at her. "What?" she hissed at them. Moonkit, Wavekit and Dreamkit shrank back and Rosekit gave her sister a glare while stepping in front of them.
Still not having gotten an answer Frostkit asked again, "Why are you staring at me as if I just grew wings?"
Shaking her head Rosekit replied, still staring, "You didn't quite grow wings but there are ice crystals in your fur." "There are what?" Frostkit asked disbelievingly. "Also you just got so cold that it completely numbed our paws," Dreamkit added.
Firestar: The next step in freezing yourself!
Frostkit sat down, overwhelmed, and the ice crystals, again, made a small clinging sound. Leaning down Rosekit whispered something to Moonkit who nodded seriously and rushed of to the nursery.
Tentatively Rosekit approached her sister but she didn't press her fur against Frostkit's like she would have done normally.
Silence streched out between them until Maplewish came bussling out of the nursery, she too stopped dead when she saw Frostkit, but not for long. Quickly her mother ran to her side and licked her between the ears, again she too drew back her head surprised but then Maplewish curled around her daughter and nuzzled her cheek, eyes wide with concern.
For the first time since Frostkit could remember her mother's warmth didn't feel reassuring, instead it was making her feel queasy.
Bloodwhisper who had gone to tell Roselight was now back and drew her kits back from the scene, herding them into the nursery.
Roselight also came from her den, looking worried. Frostkit hissed. She didn't want their pity!! She just wanted to know why in StarClans name she had ice crystals in her fur! Feeling irritated again Frostkit could felt the cold spread through her body until she was wrapped in it once more.
Maplewish, being a concerned mother, did not notice the temperature change of her daughter. Roselight on the other paw, who had streched out a paw to touch Frostkit's forehead, yelped and pulled it back.
Looking uneasy Roselight meowed, "It's probably better if I take her to my den." Maplewish nodded. "Yes of course, but I'm coming with you," she fretted.
Random crew cat: We've finished clearing out Ikea.
Firestar: We're gonna need to lock you in there if our treatment doesn't work.
Frostkit: What treatment?
Firestar: This! (Lights Frostkit on fire)
Frostkit: Ahh! (Fire goes out)
Firestar: Well, that didn't work. (Throws Frostkit into Ikea and locks door)
Roselight shook her head. "No," she meowed firmly. "You're going back to the nursery, you have two kits remember."
Firestar: Plus, you already brought a lava lamp and throw rugs to decorate the warriors den. It doesn't need any more!
Maplewish nodded to shocked to think for herself. Taking hold of Rosekit's scruff the redish brown queen got to her paws and walked away, without another word.
Suddenly really realizing what had just happened, Frostkit looked up at Roselight, uncertainy clear in her eyes. "What's wrong with me?" she wailed, the kit in her taking the lead.
Noticing this, Rosekit licked her between the ears. "It's gonna be alright, everything 's gonna be alright," she meowed soothingly and resting her tail on Frostkit's shoulder led the small white cat to her den.
Frostkit was lying in her nest, panting. "When can I finally get out if here" she groaned. "I'll burn before you let me out."
Roselight sighed and turned around. "I just want to be sure that you're okay," she meowed coming up to stand before Frostkit. "It's not that normal to have ice crystals growing in your fur, you know." Frostkit sniffed. "Don't remind me."
The cream colored medicine cat shook her head. "You don't seem like any kit I have ever seen," she meowed and Frostkit stared at her wondering what would come next. "Sometimes you seem... you seem... older. Not like a four moon old kit."
Frostkit hissed irritated. Why couldn't they just leave her be?! Roselight turned away and started sorting her herbs again.
Grumbling, Frostkit settled down into her nest and thought about the sparkling frost she had seen on the trees, it cooled her down enough to let herself relax.
She was almost drifting off to sleep as a cat pushed past the trailing roots. Opening her eyes, Frostkit saw her father, Ivyclaw.
She winced, he had come to see her everyday since the first accident with the ice. But her mother had never set paw in the medicine den and neither had Rosekit.
Sitting up, Frostkit greeted her father with a purr and pushed her nose into his fur. Ivyclaw, lovingly licked her between the ears. She closed her eyes relishing the moment.
Then her father pulled away and turned to Roselight. "Can I take her out of the medicine den today?" he asked. Roselight looked uncertain. "Okay," she sighed. "It's probably for the best. I can't keep her confined much longer anyway."
Firestar: You are now free to leave Ikea.
Frostkit couldn't believe her ears, she was finally allowed outside again. "Come on, come on," she urged her father while stumbling to her paws. "Take it easy," he meowed shaking his head.
Firestar: I've never heard of anyone who would rather spend time outside than in Ikea.
But Frostkit couldn't. She wanted to go outside, strech her legs, run and play with Rosekit. She rushed towards the entrance but stopped dead before the sunlight could touch her paws.
"What's up?" Ivyclaw asked, sounding worried. Frostkit swallowed hard. "Do they know?" she stuttered.
"No," Ivyclaw replied. "I told Silverstar who decided it was best to keep it quiet. After that Roselight gave all of the kits thyme and a whole load of poppyseeds, I have heard from your mother that Wavekit, Dreamkit and Moonkit now think they had a strange dream."
Frostkit let out a sigh of relief and pushed her way out into the sunlight. Her father came out behind her and looked down at his daughter, purring.
The small white kitten took a deep breath of the frost bitten air. "Frostkit!" she heard the yowl just before a redish brown shape crashed into her.
Frostkit let out a suprised squeak. "Rosekit," she meowed through her sisters thick fur. Rosekit jumped to her paws. "Jup it's me. Did you miss me?" she asked.
Frostkit nodded, she had really missed her sister. Suddenly she remembered what Ivyclaw had told her about the kits and that they thought they had had a weird dream. She shot her father a questioning glance, but the white tom shook his head. Frostkit let out a sigh of relief, her sister knew, she wouldn't have to hide from her.
Sounding a playful roar she launched herself at her sister and together they tumbled across the clearing right into the fresh-kill pile. A big fish slid off the top and landed right in front of Swampwhisker's paws who stumbled over it, clearly suprised. Regeining his balance the elder glared at the two kits and huffed, "One day they sprain their paw and the next they scatter the fresh-kill pile."
Frostkit cocked her head, so that's what her parents had told the Clan. But Rosekit didn't leave her time to think, instead her sister launched herself at her and pushed her over. Pinning her to the ground her sister yowled in triumph. "I have won!!" she exclaimed,but then her face twisted and she quickly hopped off.
Frostkit got to her paws, worried. "What's up? Did I...?" she asked, lowering her voice. Rosekit's eyes widened. "Oh no, no ,no. I was just remembering the last time..."
An eerie silence streched out between them and Frostkit was thankful when her sister changed the subject. "Do you want to see the small ones?" she asked and Frostkit remembered their nickname for Bloodwhisper's three kits. She nodded it would be good to play with them.
Rosekit smiled at her and together they walked towards the nursury. Pushing inside, Frostkit saw her mother curled up in her nest. Maplewish raised her head and her eyes shone. Getting to her paws she trotted towards them. "Well hello my little one," the queen purred.
"Mama!" Frostkit exclaimed but her mother didn't even twich a whisker much less look at her. Instead Maplewish licked Rosekit between the ears. "Want a fish?" she asked her.
Rosekit shook her head. "No mama, but maybe Frostkit wants some," she suggested. Maplewish's face hardened. "I told you never to mention her name," she whispered her voice sad.
Frostkit watched as her sister pushed her nose into her mother's fur. "Don't be sad mama," she said. "You don't have to be sad now. Frostkit's here with us, look!" Maplewish shook her head. "No my dear Frostkit is watching from the stars, remember?" she meowed, stroking Rosekit's shoulder with her tail. "I know that it's hard to accept, but your sister is dead sweetheart."
(Tigerstar turns around and sees Firestar chopping onions)
Firestar: Eek! (Runs away)
Maplewish pressed her muzzle onto Rosekit's head then turned and pushed out of the nursery, both kits stared after their mother, lost for words.
"Did she...?" asked Frostkit and Rosekit nodded staring.
"Why would she sa-" Rosekit meowed but was cut off by a series of delighted squeaks. "Frostkit! You're back! Can we play now?" the small ones asked rushing up and flinging themselves onto Frostkit.
She could see Rosekit tense, her sister must be thinking of the last time the kits had played with her but Frostkit wasn't feeling irritated, she enjoyed playing with the small ones. It took her mind off all the strange things that had happened lately.
Frostkit purred and pushed all of them off her so she could get to her paws again. Looking down on them she noticed that Moonkit was looking at her funkily. Frostkit blinked and that something was gone instead she saw a michievous little kit, staring up at a cat she admired.
Frostkit straightened. "I am the evil ThunderClan leader, I am going to take all your territory and you won't be able to do anything about it," she hissed playfully. Then she turned and carefully took hold of Moonkit's scruff, swinging the small kit from side to side.
"If you ever want to see your little friend again, better be prepared to give up your territory," she meowed, it was supposed to sound threatening but it was hard to threaten a cat through a mouthful of fur.
Frostkit bunched her muscles and leaped across the nursery in a single leap, with Moonkit clamped firmly between her jaws, squealing with delight. She landed with a thud and pushed the squirming Moonkit into one of the holes beneath the bramble wall.
Turning she saw that Rosekit had formated her little gang of kits so that they were cutting off any means of escape. Behind her she could hear Moonkit squeak, "Help me! I am being held captive in a cave made out of bones."
Frostkit couldn't help but giggle at the small kits words. "Yes," she confirmed. "And if you don't act quickly maybe I'll send my pet foxes in for her."
"We're coming Moonkit!" Rosekit yowled and launched herself at her sister, knocking Frostkit into one of the big nests. The white kit wriggled under her sisters weight but couldn't get free.
Already feeling the cold running up her spine Frostkit went limp, concentrating only on the thought that she was just playing, she wasn't really being attacked, there was no need to worry.
Rosekit didn't notice. "Ha! That trick 's the easiest one ever," she growled playfully.
Frostkit winced. She didn't want to hurt her sister. She stared up at Rosekit with wide pleading eyes, hoping her sister would understand.
Luckily the redish brown kit understood and quickly hopped off letting Frostkit get up.
The white kit could feel the kits stares hot in her back. Had she done something wrong? Did she have ice in her fur again? But no it couldn't be that because her sister was calm, sure of what to do.
Frostkit turned to stand shoulder to shoulder with her sister. "You know," Rosekit began. "An honorable warrior doesn't kill to win battles, not even while playing."
"And I am getting kind of hungry do you want to go out and snack on a fish?," she added when the kits were still staring at them.
Frostkit sighed with relief as the kits, yowled their agreement and stormed out into the clearing. Rosekit followed but stopped and turned at the entrance. "Are you coming " she asked. Frostkit shook her head. "No I need some time to think," she meowed and her sister nodded understandingly.
Padding to the edge of the nursery she wriggled underneath the protective bramble wall to come out on a ledge seated just above the rushing water.
The sun was sinking behind the trees and everything seemed calm. "Frostkit?" she heard a tiny whisper from inside the nursery. "Yes?" she replied wanting nothing more than to be left alone.
A cat wriggled through the small gap, Moonkit, with a fish clamped between her jaws. "I brought you this," the black smoke cat meowed. "And I just wanted to tell you that I know about your powers I won't say anything to anyone I promise."
Frostkit blinked. She had defenetly not expected that. "I'll go now," Moonkit mumbled and was about to wriggle beneath the bramble wall again.
"Moonkit wait," Frostkit meowed. "Do you want to share this fish?"
Moonkit's eyes shone. "Yes!" she squeaked and settled down beside Frostkit to take a big bite out of the fish.
Frostkit sighed. Maybe she wasn't a total disaster after all. Even if her mother thought she was dead, she still had her father, sister and friends to help her understand this ice magic.
"All cats old enough to swim gather beneath the tall-oak for a Clan meeting!" Silverstar's voice rang around the clearing, coaxing the cats out of their warm dens into the still cool morning air.
Frostkit streched and rolled over. She didn't want to get up but her sister obviously had different plans. Rosekit was already up and about poking her sister with a paw. "Oh come on," she meowed. "I want to go see the Clan meeting."
"Go on your own," Frostkit mumbled trough mouthful of moss.
Rosekit blinked but then she had an idea. "Guess what's gonna hapen at this meeting?" Rosekit challenged.
Frostkit huffed, her sister wouldn't give up. "Nah I don't want to guess just tell me," she demanded. Rosekit rolled her eyes. "Parakeetpaw is getting her warrior name."
Frostkit's eyes shot open. "Why didn't you tell me earlier?" she asked, stumbled out of the nest and ran towards the nursery entrance. "Wait for me!" Rosekit called, charging after her.
Bursting into the clearing Frostkit stopped and scanned the crowd of cats for her father. She spotted him sitting between Jaggedhert and Skyckoud, with just enough space left to fit two kits.
"Come on," she meowed over her shoulder, pushed her way through to her father and sat down next to him. Ivyclaw looked down at his daughters as they settled next to him. He had already opened his mouth to say something when he was interrupted by Silverstar.
"Today we have gathered for one of the best things that can happen to a Clan, the making of a new warrior," Silverstar announced. "Parakeetpaw, please come forward."
The young pale yellow she-cat with the two rings around her front paws,walked forward cautioudly. As if a dog might sprung out at her and eat her alive. Frostkit had to giggle at her own thought.
"Parakeetpaw, do you promise to uphold the warrior code and to protect and defend this Clan even at the cost of you life?" Silverstar continued. Parakeetpaw nodded. "I do."
"Then by the powers of StarClan I give you your warrior name," Silverstar meowed. "Parakeetpaw, from this moment onward you shall be known as Parakeetchirp. StarClan honors your courage and quick thinking and we welcome you as a full warrior of RiverClan."
Silverstar jumped down from the tall oak and rested her muzzle on the newly appointed warrior's head, who licked her leaders shoulder respectfully then stepped back, into her new place amongst the warriors.
"Parakeetchirp! Parakeetchirp! Parakeetchirp!" the Clan chanted her new name and Frostkit could see that she was proud. Slowly the cats began to break up, some volunteering for patrol others picking a piece of fresh-kill.
"Wait," Silverstar meowed. "I have one more duty to perform. The cats lifted their heads and slowly came padding over again.
I wonder what she wants to do. Frostkit asked herself. "Rosekit, Frostkit please come forward. It's time the Clan got new apprentices."
Ivyclaw quickly brushed his tounge over each of his daughters heads and then watched proudly as his kits walked into the middle of the clearing.
Silverstar raised her voice. "Rosekit, Frostkit, you have reached the age of six moons and are ready to be apprenticed," Silverstar meowed. "Rosekit from this moment until you receive your warrior name you shall be known as Rosepaw. Fallentail will be your mentor."
Frostkit watched as Fallentail stepped out of the crowd to touch noses with her new apprentice. "Frostkit," Silverstar continued. "From this moment onward until you receive your full warrior name you shall be know as Frostpaw. Emberspark will be your mentor."
The black and red tom stepped forward to touch noses. Frostkit let herself relax and nothing happened.
The meeting was now breaking up. Rosepaw walked up to Frostpaw's side. "Let's tell mama and the small ones," she meowed. "They stayed in the nursery so they don't know that we're finally apprentices!"
Frostpaw nodded her agreement and together they scampered across the clearing to push into the nursery.
Immediately they were greeted with a series of delighted yelps from the small ones. "Can we play now?" Wavekit asked.
Frostpaw shook her head. "No," she replied proudly. "Rosekit and me are going training."
Moonkit stared at her with wide eyes. "But then you must be Frostpaw now, right?" she asked and Frostpaw nodded.
"Rosekit? What's up?" sounded Maplewish's voice from the shadows and Frostpaw watched her sister pad off.
"Mama," Rosepaw exclaimed. "I'm no longer Rosekit. I'm Rosepaw now." Maplewish purred, but then her face darkened. "Your sister would have loved to become an apprentice."
Frostpaw sighed, she didn't want to hear any more of this. Turning she pushed out of the nursery again, shutting out her sisters murmering behind her.
In the clearing were very only few cats, Swampwhisker and Featherbreeze were sharing a carp while Owlfur was dozing not far off.
Beneath the tall oak Silverstar was talking to Emberspark. Frostpaw padded up curious.
"Okay so I thought you could train her--ahh Frostpaw. Come here it's best if you hear this as well," Silverstar meowed. Ducking her head Frostpaw sat down next to her mentor and Clan leader.
Emberspark nodded encouragingly. "I was saying," Silverstar continued. "That I would like you, Emberspark, to not train her with other apprentices that much. It would probably be good to try and understand her... magic, before we start actual training."
Frostpaw's head shot up. "Does that mean I can't go hunting or have battle training?" she asked and Emberspark purred. "No," he replied. "I think it means that you will have less battle and hunting training than the other apprentices."
The white apprentice sighed. "But," Silverstar added. "Everything has a good and a bad side. To understand yourself and your little magic, I want you to travel to the moonstone earlier than the other apprentices."
Frostpaw gasped. "Really?" she asked disbelievingly. "Thank you."
Emberspark nodded. "But first," he meowed. "I shall show you our territory. What do you think?"
The red and black patched tom got to his paws and padded out of camp with his white apprentice scampering behind.
Frostpaw could feel Emberspark eying her, it made her nervous. "What?" she snapped but then bit her lip. For StarClans sake this cat was her mentor! "Sorry," she mumbled.
"Its okay," Emberspark replied. "I shouldn't have looked at you like that." Frostpaw hadn't expected that but suddenly she felt happier than she had been in a long time.
Her mentor stopped sniffing the air then he turned towards her. "What can you smell?" he questioned. Frostpaw took a deep breath. "I can smell twolegs," she meowed. "But the smell is stale."
"Good," Emberspark praised her. "Anything else?"
Frostpaw concentrated hard, but couldn't find anything else. Then it hit her, Emberspark was trying to get her to think there was something else even if there wasnt. "Nope," Frostpaw replied. "Nothing here."
"Are you sure?" Emberspark asked and Frostpaw nodded. Her mentor broke into a purr. "Very good," he meowed.
They walked on and soon reached a clearing surrounded by old but beautiful willows. "What is this place?" Frostpaw breathed.
"This, young Frostpaw, is the willow sircle," Emberspark meowed his voice lowered. "Here we burry all our fallen Clanmates and the leaders are burried under the silver willow."
He pointed with his tail to an old willow with seemingly silver bark. "Wow," Frostpaw meowed. "But then this is a sad place right?"
Emberspark twitched his ears. "Sometimes," he responded. "When we burry our fallen Clanmates but on other ocasions it can be a place where you can find the peace and the wisdom of our ancestors. RiverClan ancestors."
Slowly Frostpaw padded around the clearing, gazing up at the beautiful trees. "Come on, we have more territory to explore," Emberspark meowed. Frostpaw left relucantly, she would return to this sacred place.
Emberspark broke into a swift run, leading her along the riverbank. Pointing out things like Sunningrocks or Stepping Stones.
In the distance Frostpaw could see her sister and the fluffy ginger shape of Sunpaw with their mentors Fallentail and Snowfrost.
"Can we at least explore the rest of the territory with them?" she asked. Emberspark sighed. "No," he meowed. "We can't. Remember Silverstar's orders, Frostpaw." The white apprentice sighed. "Okay."
Emberspark continued to lead her throughout the territory explaining things or selling little stories about them, but Frostpaw wasn't really listening she was thinking about her apprenticeship. What would it be like to never train with other apprentices? Would she have to do all of the battle training with Emberspark only?
Frostpaw suddenly stopped. "Can I even swim?" she asked and Emberspark stared at her. "You're a RiverClan cay of course you can swim," he answered.
"No, no. That's now what I meant," Frostpaw explained quickly. "U mean with my... my magic. Will I freeze the water or something?"
Emberspark shook his head. "Honestly I have no idea," he responded. "And we won't try now." He meowed as Frostpaw stared at the river glittering between the trees."
"Then what are we going to do now?" Frostpaw demanded. "We are going back to camp," her mentor decided.
As they padded back to camo Frostpaw realized how tired she was. Her paws were dragging on the ground when she pushed into camp after her mentor.
Next to the apprentices den she immediately spotted Rosepaw who was exited chatting with Sunpaw. "Well there are two who will talk the night away," Emberspark remarked before he padded away to join his mate beneath tall oak.
Padding over to Rosepaw she settled down beside her sister and bit into the remains of her sisters meal.
Rosepaw looked up and smiled. "Hey Frostpaw! How was your first day of training mine was great first we went to Sunningrocks and then..."
Frostpaw stopped listening and drifted off to sleep, her head resting on her sisters shoulder.