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Warriors (RC POV)
Preceded by:
None (yet)
Into the Wild (RC POV) Succeded by:
Fire and Ice (RC POV)

Allegiance:

RiverClan

Leader:

Crookedstar- huge, light fawn tabby tom with green eyes and a twisted jaw

Deputy:

Oakheart- handsome, reddish-brown tom with amber eyes and long, glossy coat

Medicine Cat:

Mudfur- light brown tom with wide shoulders and amber eyes

Warriors:

Owlfur- sleek, brown-and-white tom with a white muzzle and green eyes

Apprentice, Vixenpaw

Softwing- small, snowy white she-cat with brown tabby patches, and green eyes

Whitefang- white tom with brown tabby markings

Voleclaw- wiry, grey tom with green eyes and long coat

Beetlenose- long-haired, broad-shoulder black tom with amber eyes

Frogleap- gray tabby with a heavily striped tail

Sunfish- Pale, light brown she-cat with long feathery fur and yellow eyes

Skyheart- brown tabby she-cat with yellow eyes

Blackclaw- muscular, smoky- black tom with torn ear tip and yellow

eyes

Reedtail- pale gray tabby tom with amber eyes and a heavily striped tail

Loudbelly- large, deep brown ticked tabby tom with striped legs and amber eyes

Apprentice, Silverpaw

Leopardfur- pale golden she-cat with dark tabby spots and amber eyes

Apprentice, Whitepaw

Dawnbright- reddish-brown-and-white she-cat with ginger tabby patches and green eyes

Apprentice, Ivypaw

Mallowtail-white she-cat with pale reddish-brown and brown tabby patches and green eyes

Apprentice, Grasspaw

Greenflower- plump, brown tabby she-cat with a white splash under her chin and light green eyes

Stonefur- thick-furred gray tom with shredded ears and deep amber eyes

Mistyfoot- pale gray she-cat with sleek fur and clear green eyes

Apprentices:

Ivypaw- brown tabby she-cat with amber eyes

Whitepaw- gray and white tom with white paws, chest, and hazel eyes

Silverpaw- silver she-cat with black marking stripes and bright green eyes

Grasspaw- fluffy, reddish-brown tom with lighter tipped fur and amber eyes

Vixenpaw- black she-cat with amber eyes

Queens:

Sedgecreek- long-hair, brown tabby she-cat with a long tail and amber eyes ( mother to Voleclaw's kits: Heavykit, reddish-brown thickset tabby tom with green eyes, and Shadekit, tufted dark gray she-kit with hazel eyes)

Petaldust- smoke-tortoiseshell she-cat with green eyes ( mother to Whitefang's kits: Mosskit, calico she-kit with blue eyes, and Silverkit, black-and-white she-kit with green eyes)

Elders:

Ottersplash- black-and-white she-cat with ginger patches and green eyes

Echomist- smoky black tortoiseshell she-cat with hazel eyes

Fallowtail- light brown she-cat with green eyes

Cedarpelt- large dark brown tabby tom with short tail and green eyes

Lakeshine- gray and white she-cat with blue eyes

Graypool- skinny gray she-cat with yellow eyes retired early due to dementia

Prologue

The RiverClan cats fell silent as the patrol leader, Oakheart crouched down, snorting, as he raised his black nose to sniff the wind. "ThunderClan isn't exactly the quietest of cats," Blackclaw grunted in agreement, his ear twitching, the wind blowing lightly in his face.

Blackclaw flattened his ears against it, his eyes were darting for his personal Clan rival, Tigerclaw. Ever since the brutal Sunningrocks battle that claimed both Shimmerpelt and Piketooth, revenge drilled through his veins. Rumors rose from the Clans that Thistleclaw and Tigerclaw had killed the warriors.

He got his revenge on Thistleclaw when Thistleclaw took on his entire patrol, and now Tigerclaw was next. " All hiss and no bite." Blackclaw pricked his ears as the claw-moon light revealed a small brown tabby, probably a little taller than an apprentice, marching forward.

Blackclaw flexed his shoulders. He heard Redtail snap, "Dustpaw get in the back of the patrol." A low growl sounded from Grasspaw, who was in the back of the patrol. He glanced at Mistyfoot, who was behind him. The gray she-cat was almost silver in the moon-light. He admired the beautiful she-cat, but this was going to be a battle, so there was no time for admiring.

The wind suddenly changed direction, lightly ruffling the black hairs on Blackclaw's back. Oakheart hissed silently "Attack." Oakheart raced forward, Blackclaw followed him, running beside Whitefang and Petaldust. Blackclaw lunged at Fuzzypelt, Fuzzypelt turned around, but he was too slow.

Blackclaw crashed into Fuzzypelt, Blackclaw reared up and slashed at his muzzle rhythmically. Fuzzypelt yowled in fury. Fuzzypelt then rolled and leaped to his paws, Blackclaw lunge forward and sank his jaws into Fuzzypelt's shoulder, using his weight he dragged Fuzzypelt down.

Blackclaw clawed open Fuzzypelt's belly, he then reared up and pin down Fuzzypelt. Fuzzypelt raked his claws at his belly. Blackclaw let go and snarled. A yowl made Blackclaw turn his head sharply, "Reinforcements from the river." Blackclaw snarled at Fuzzypelt, "Just retreat Sunningrocks is ours."

A cat crashed into Blackclaw. Blackclaw turned to an apprentice. Blackclaw eyes gleamed at an easily won fight. Blackclaw sank his claws into his shoulders and claw down, the black apprentice yowled in pain and clawed at his muzzle. The wound stung only for a moment before Fuzzypelt turned to join the apprentice and sank his teeth into his hindleg. Blackclaw sank his jaws around the back of his neck and rolled, flinging him off effortlessly.

A screech made Blackclaw's head snap and the battle stopped. Oakheart head appeared from the rocks and Redtail lay beside, standing near was Tigerclaw. Reedtail bounded up snarling. "You killed our deputy." Tigerclaw hissed back, "You killed ours."

Blackclaw race to stand beside Reedtail. "You still want to fight, you're outnumbered." Tigerclaw grabbed Redtail's limp body, growling" You will regret today." Blackclaw snarled at Tigerclaw as the ThunderClan warriors left. Oakheart's death gave him another reason to hate ThunderClan.

Chapter 1

"Vixenpaw, hurry up, you'll be late for the dawn patrol." Vixenpaw gave a yawn, glaring at her best friend Silverpaw. "I'm coming, Silverpaw." Silverpaw dash out of the apprentice den, Vixenpaw gave a luxurious stretch before following. Vixenpaw flicked her tail."What are we doing today?" Owlfur glanced at her before at the territory."We're joining a border patrol. Vixenpaw flicked her tail. "Who's leading it, I hope it's not with Blackclaw or Reedtail." Owlfur rolled his eyes" Whoever's leading it, it should not matter to you."

Vixenpaw lashed her thick tail crossly, she hoped it wasn't to along the willows or the thickest reeds. Her tail had a habit of catching little debris. Grooming her tail seemed to be a waste of effort since more debris was bound to get stuck. As beautiful as she thought her crow black pelt was, it was perhaps more annoying that it got stuck in every mossy tendril during her sleep. If she had time to do it at dawn, she spent until sunhigh getting every little tangle out. Sometimes her mother Sunfish or even occasionally Beetlenose would help but sometimes she would give up. It didn't help that tucking in fresh moss every other night, one night's rest and her pelt was disastrously messed up.

Vixenpaw start grooming at the base of her tail, swiping at the little knots which were tangled with moss tendrils from last night's sleep. She felt the knot loosen and tugged the moss tendril from her pelt. Vixenpaw's grooming wasn't very long though after pulling out all the moss tendrils free from her tail, Leopardfur had announced the patrol leader.

Giving her pelt one more glance over, Vixenpaw glance up for the patrol leader. It was Greenflower, the plump brown tabby she-cat looked proud leading her first patrol. Vixenpaw knew Greenflower had been waiting for her chance at leading the patrol, Mistyfoot had led one and Stonefur led a couple. Greenflower meowed, "If it's okay with you Owlfur, I brought Frogleap, Skyheart, and Mistyfoot."

Owlfur nodded, giving a confident meow. "It's fine Greenflower." Greenflower flicked her tail and led the cats out of camp. Vixenpaw padded after Owlfur, her eyes narrowed. Greenflower was leading them towards the gorge. Normally the border patrol would go to the ThunderClan border first.

Vixenpaw yowled, "I think we're supposed to be going towards the ThunderClan border." Greenflower stopped, glancing back. "We are?" Vixenpaw nodded" Yep, we are." Greenflower meowed softly, her tail swaying behind her uncertainly, "But I thought this direction was fine." Greenflower looked down at her paws, all her pride at leading her first patrol clearly gone. Owlfur padded over to Vixenpaw, cuffing her over the ears. "Greenflower was doing just fine, when we get back to camp you will be searching for ticks, understood?"

Vixenpaw meowed, "Yes, Owlfur." Vixenpaw wrinkled her nose. Even though there were fewer ticks in RiverClan's territory, she still hated using mouse bile for ticks. Vixenpaw followed Owlfur in silence, glancing over at the WindClan border. She couldn't stand the thought of running across the moorland just to catch rabbits. Even with that, WindClan was still skinny.

After marking the scent markers along the WindClan border, Vixenpaw was bored, but she followed the patrol at the rear in case of danger. Every step seemed to boost Greenflower's confidence as she trotted faster and faster to the ThunderClan border. Vixenpaw glanced around, wishing she had her brother Grasspaw here or even Silverpaw to gossip with. If Grasspaw was here a prank would have been done to probably Greenflower or even Owlfur. Silverpaw was different.

" I hope I become a mentor soon., Skyheart had meowed, talking to Mistyfoot. Mistyfoot meowed" I don't want to be a mentor yet." Skyheart nudged her roughly" Oh I forgot, your too busy mooning over Blackclaw." Mistyfoot seemed to raise her head in surprise" I'm not." Skyheart snickered" Yeah right, don't act like you don't like my brother."

" Hush, we're near the border." Greenflower gave a soft hiss sniffing the air" ThunderClan hasn't crossed here." Owlfur glance at her" Since you can't behave, you don't get to come with us to mark the scent markers, stay where you are." Vixenpaw remains where she was scowling until the warriors came back. Greenflower meowed" Let's go back to camp, I'm sure the hunting patrol is back."

Greenflower led the patrol back to camp, her head tilted proudly and her tail raised proudly. Vixenpaw grunted, one day she would be leading every patrol. ThunderClan would never win and take Sunningrocks from them ever again. Perhaps she would become the most powerful cat in the forest one day.

Chapter 2

Vixenpaw sat down searching Cedarpelt's pelt for ticks. The ticks were as usual, was a rare sight. Some on Graypool and one on Echomist. Vixenpaw dabbed the mouse bile on the tick spotted on Cedarpelt's tail. " Well Vixenpaw, what did you do this time to get in trouble?" Echomist purred. Vixenpaw lashed her tail" Nothing much, I just told Greenflower she was going the wrong way." Cedarpelt grumbled," Well it was her first time leading a patrol." Vixenpaw grunted annoyed dabbing at another tick on Cedarpelt's back. " I got them all." Vixenpaw pushed the mouse bile out of the den and to the dirt place before turning around and padding to the river, she wrinkled her nose at the strong smell.

Vixenpaw stepped into the river, the flow of the river washing the stink of the mouse bile from her paws. She stepped out of the river, shaking her pelt before padding back into camp. In the Clearing, Softwing and Owlfur were dozing in the clearing. While Sedgecreek watched the kits play outside the nursery. Heavykit pounce on Shadekit's and both kits went tumbling on the ground. Vixenpaw glance around for one more cat that might be close by: Voleclaw.

Vixenpaw glance around trying to pinpoint the silver gray tom. There he is. Voleclaw was with Beetlenose and Skyheart. Though Beetlenose was in the conservation, there was something the way oddly intimate the way Voleclaw and Skyheart were staring at each other. Well, it's not surprising considering how bad Voleclaw and Sedgecreek broke up. Glancing over at Sedgecreek, Sedgecreek was watching Voleclaw and Skyheart with a hurt look in her eyes.

When Sedgecreek announced her pregnancy, now it was 6 moons ago, Vixenpaw had been only 3 moons old at the time. She remembers how excited she was to have a new playmate other then Grasspaw, Whitepaw, Silverpaw, and Ivypaw. Every cat was aware of tensions between Voleclaw and Sedgecreek, but the Clan hoped these kits would finally bring them together.

Perhaps it became Sedgecreek's worse nightmare. Though Heavykit had the silver that Voleclaw had, Voleclaw told the Clan that Heavykit looked so different from him that he couldn't be his kit. After Sedgecreek's and Voleclaw's argument, Voleclaw broke up with Sedgecreek. The rest of the Clan called Voleclaw many things, mainly fishbrain and minnowbrain.

Vixenpaw let her gaze wander across the camp's clearing. Blackclaw, as eye-catching as he was, was over by the warrior's den twining his tail with Mistyfoot. Vixenpaw snorted" All this stupid love is disgusting." Vixenpaw padded to the apprentice den and watched from there.

Reedtail, Stonefur, and Loudbelly had come back from hunting, all three of their mouths was stuffed with fish and a mouse from Loudbelly. Trailing behind them Silverpaw had tilted her head proudly carrying the largest prey out of the hunting patrol.

Vixenpaw started grooming her fur again, trying to get rid of any tangles or debris that she picked up on Greenflower's border patrol. " Vixenpaw, Vixenpaw, guess what." Vixenpaw around for the source, Heavykit tail stuck up meowing" What are you doing." Vixenpaw grumbled" Being away from annoying pipsqueaks." Heavykit meow" I'm not a pipsqueak."

Vixenpaw casually licked her paw, listening with one ear pricked. Heavykit meowed sadly" Voleclaw won't play with me, he said the game was for Shadekit and their adventure." Vixenpaw meowed" Well maybe he has a special game for just you." Heavykit shook his head" He never has anything special for me, it's always Shadekit he spends time with. He doesn't even like me."

Vixenpaw yawned" Well I would help you but I am too busy." Heavykit tilt his head" You don't look too busy." Vixenpaw snorted laying down" Well go play with Silverkit and Mosskit." Heavykit scrambled off to Silverkit and Mosskit who was playing moss ball. " Vixenpaw glance up from her resting spot. Shadekit and Voleclaw were playing moss ball while Sedgecreek was talking to Reedtail and Loudbelly.

Cedarpelt was padding to the stones to rest on with Lakeshine and Fallowtail. The stones only appeared in green-leaf in the water was low enough. Though as much Vixenpaw would like to get on them, she would be told to get off by a senior warrior or an elder. Vixenpaw spotted Ottersplash meowing comforting words to Graypool as the two cats headed to the fresh-kill pile. It was no secret that Graypool still should be a warrior fighting along with her clanmates but her memory was becoming weaker and weaker. So last season Graypool became an elder and her mind still becoming weaker, the elders took turns guiding Graypool.

As for Ottersplash, losing her mate was the final push for her retirement. Every cat in the Clan knew Ottersplash was becoming old, Timberfur lost his life in the ThunderClan skirmish that also claimed Shimmerpelt and Piketooth. Though it also had taken the life of a ThunderClan warrior, Thistleclaw. Ottersplash had retire the elder's den soon after in grief.

Vixenpaw rose to her paws and padded over to the edge of the river, watching the territory. She felt a strange prickle of nervousness for some reason, some reason not to trust any cat in the other Clans. Vixenpaw glance at the sky, wondering what to come.

Chapter 3

" Vixenpaw you have to be faster to avoid other cats, remember cats will be attacking you fiercely in battle." Vixenpaw nodded crouching down waiting for her Whitepaw to attack her. Whitepaw sprang at her and Vixenpaw sprang to the side, turning and leaping at Whitepaw pawing his head with sheathed claws.

Whitepaw kicked her off and the two apprentices were circling cautiously around each other. Vixenpaw lashed a paw out but Whitepaw leaped back and the blow never connected. With a yowl, Vixenpaw pushed off her hind legs and launch herself into the air. Whitepaw twisted on his back, he splayed out all four legs, claws extended.With a yowl of surprise, Vixenpaw landed on his belly, and immediately Whitepaw fastens his four sets of claws on her shoulders and haunches then rolled over, pinning Vixenpaw.

" Enough," Leopardfur meowed. Vixenpaw wiggled out giving him a glare of angry, how did he predict she was going to pin him, Whitepaw had never paid much attention. Leopardfur meowed" That was good Whitepaw and Vixenpaw, but you have to be faster if you're going to use that move." Vixenpaw said nothing just glaring angry at Whitepaw, who had a smug look on his face" Leopardfur, can I battle one of the warriors, battling apprentices is too easy." Vixenpaw gave a sharp hiss of annoyance. How dare Whitepaw think he was better than her. Leopardfur nodded" Of course, you will be a warrior sooner if you do."

Whitepaw head raised higher and Vixenpaw growled" Arrogant fool." Whitepaw padded to her thrusting his muzzle in her face" Just because I will be a better warrior doesn't mean you have to be rude." Vixenpaw growled," Just because your about to be a warrior doesn't mean you're better than me."

" Both of you enough." Owlfur growl had rung out at the beech corpse. Vixenpaw glared at Whitepaw before back at Owlfur. Owlfur sighed" Vixenpaw, I want a word with you." Vixenpaw opened her jaw but Owlfur snapped" Now." Vixenpaw padded over to her mentor feeling Whitepaw smug glare at her. Vixenpaw padded after Owlfur in silence before Owlfur sighed" Vixenpaw, why did you almost start a fight." Vixenpaw growled," it's Whitepaw, he's an arrogant cat." Owlfur turned to face her" and he's your clanmate, you will be fighting side by side one day."

Owlfur meowed" Now you're going to the gathering tonight, so don't be rude and come on." Vixenpaw padded behind Owlfur dragging her tail behind her. The two cats return in silence." Go get something to eat, Vixenpaw, we're leaving soon." Vixenpaw padded over to get something to eat, she grabbed a carp and a water vole and padded over sitting down and start eating the carp. Silverpaw meowed" Vixenpaw, Vixenpaw, I'm going to the gathering."

Vixenpaw ears pricked up" Congratulations Silverpaw." Then return to eating her carp. Silverpaw meow" What's wrong with you?" Vixenpaw lashed her thick tail" It's Whitepaw, he thinks he's better then us since Leopardfur is considering making him a warrior." Silverpaw jaw opened" That's not fair, we been training longer than him." Vixenpaw rolled her eyes. " Do you think Leopardfur or Whitepaw cares."

" Care about what." Whitepaw stood at the entrance of the apprentice den, his amber gaze narrowed. Vixenpaw snapped her feeling her green eyes full of anger" Care about you becoming a warrior faster than us but you been training for less time."

Whitepaw growled," So that's your fault, your too pathetic to advance to a warrior." Silverpaw snapped." Oh wait until I tell Crookedstar, you and Leopardfur will be in trouble." Whitepaw thrust his muzzle into Silverpaw's face." Going to run to daddy? That what you always do anyway."

Vixenpaw flicked her tail in annoyance." Ignore him, he can talk all he wants but he still can't hunt as good as us." As Whitepaw open his jaws, Grasspaw race in with Ivypaw at his tail." Guess what, we passed out hunting assessment." Silverpaw meowed, all her angry temper gone." That's great."

Grasspaw puffed out his chest in pride while Ivypaw sat beside him, her eyes shining with pride. Vixenpaw meowed to her brother." Are you going to the Gathering." Grasspaw gave an eager nodded." Of course." Whitepaw grunted glaring at Vixenpaw and Silverpaw." I don't see why all of you get to go."

Vixenpaw rolled her eyes, there was no point in arguing with Whitepaw. Grasspaw glance over his shoulder." I think we're about to leave." Vixenpaw leaped to her paws giving her pelt a quick check before padding out. Vixenpaw padded up to the group, she saw Owlfur, Softwing, Dawnbright, Mallowtail, Loudbelly, Beetlenose and Voleclaw with Reedtail, Greenflower, and Skyheart. Leopardfur and Crookedstar were in a deep talk with each other.

Vixenpaw gave Whitepaw a glare of hatred before hearing Silverpaw meow" I wish Whitepaw wasn't so arrogant." Vixenpaw sat still as a rock knowledging Silverpaw with a flick of her ear. She wasn't going to let Whitepaw become a warrior before her.

Chapter 4

Vixenpaw padded across the twoleg bridge, her and Silverpaw were walking together in silence. Vixenpaw glance ahead Crookedstar and Leopardfur who was still talking. This time Dawnbright, Mallowtail, Loudbelly, Owlfur was in the talk too. Vixenpaw muttered," I want to know what they're talking about." Whitepaw turn around smirking" Probably about how behind you are in your training."

Vixenpaw growled," Shut up." Whitepaw sneered." Jealous, Vixie." Vixenpaw rolled her eyes." It's Vixenpaw, not Vixie." Whitepaw snickered" Right." Vixenpaw opened her jaws to snarl at him but Grasspaw's excited yowl silence her" We're here." Vixenpaw spotted the four large trees at marked the four oaks and the gathering place. Crookedstar turn to the warriors" Be on your best behavior and don't mention nothing about Oakheart or Sunningrocks got it?

Reedtail bristled but said nothing, and Crookedstar turned and padded down to the great oaks. Vixenpaw padded over to the apprentices, both apprentices from ThunderClan and WindClan was gathered. Thrushpaw, the WindClan apprentices was speaking," I and Stonepaw will have our final assessment tomorrow." Stonepaw, who was Thrushpaw's brother meowed." Yeah, and I am the best runner in WindClan."'

Whitepaw meow flicking her tail." I'm the best fighter in RiverClan." Vixenpaw rolled her eyes in annoyance. A couple times of losing against Whitepaw makes Whitepaw thinks he the best. Vixenpaw padded away from Whitepaw, she growled. "Why should I be second to any cat, Whitepaw is nothing more than a pathetic arrogant mousebrain fishbr-." Vixenpaw staggered back, she glanced up a brown tabby tom narrow his amber eyes at her" Umm... Sorry." The brown tabby growled." I suppose your RiverClan."

Vixenpaw nodded and started backing away. The brown tabby meowed." Why so nervous? we're under a truce." Vixenpaw glance back she couldn't see her clanmates anymore" Nothing..." The brown tabby circled her slowly." What's your name?" Vixenpaw stammered in fear, she didn't trust this tom. He looked much older than her." Vixenpaw."

The brown tabby eyes seem to glow with interest." I'm Tigerclaw." Vixenpaw stepped back glancing up at Tigerclaw, this was the warrior that killed Shimmerpelt, Piketooth, and Timberfur. Vixenpaw stammer" I should get back to my clanmates, there wondering where I am.. Maybe we can see each other next gathering.." Vixenpaw meowed not trying to be rude to Tigerclaw.

Tigerclaw eyes gleamed." Yes, Vixenpaw... One day we will be with each other." Vixenpaw turns and padded away out of fear of Tigerclaw's behavior. She felt the dark tabby still watching her, no matter how fast she seems to walk he was still watching her. Her pelt prickle in fear as she weaved through the cats at the gathering. " Vixenpaw." Vixenpaw jumped turning around into Beetlenose." The gathering is about to start." Beetlenose shifted over and Vixenpaw sat beside him. Beetlenose nudged her." What's wrong you don't seem excited."

Vixenpaw let the events from today flash from Whitepaw's arrogance to Tigerclaw's creepiness. Vixenpaw just stared at her paws. Bluestar stepped forward." ThunderClan welcomes a new apprentice name Firepaw." Beetlenose narrowed his eyes. Bluestar meowed" That is all we have to share." Bluestar stepped back letting Tallstar speak" Morningflower has moved to the nursery and Ashfoot has given birth to a single kit name Eaglekit."

As Crookedstar stepped forward to speak, Brokenstar shoved his way through baring his teeth" Move twisted mouth." The whole clan heard it and some cats gave a snarl, Beetlenose snarled" At least we don't have to share a border with those crow-food stinking cats." Brokenstar yowled" ShadowClan is stronger than ever," Brokenstar announced with triumph in his eyes." We have been challenged on each border, but have won every battle!" Brokenstar's gaze raked across the cats in the clearing below." Let all Clans know that we will tolerate no trespassing, no prey-stealing, no dishonor." He narrowed his eyes as if defying any cat to comment. " And we have a new apprentice: Badgerpaw," he finished.

Crookedstar stepped forward" Sedgecreek's and Petaldust kits are thriving. Our deputy Oakheart died in a battle against ThunderClan." Crookedstar shot an angry glare at Bluestar before returning his gaze to the gathered cats," Our new deputy is Leopardfur." Yowls for Leopardfur rose in the clearing for all but Vixenpaw remained silent, she suddenly felt too scared to speak.

Crookedstar nodded." If there is no news to share, the gathering is over." Crookedstar leaped down and Beetlenose nudged her." Come on, you haven't spoken all Gathering. You must want to go home." Vixenpaw nodded padding after Beetlenose slowly. The two cats started the walk to camp in silence, it was Beetlenose who broke it." I have never seen you so quiet Vixenpaw." Vixenpaw muttered softly." It's nothing in all honesty." Beetlenose turn around standing in front of Vixenpaw." Vixenpaw, you have to tell me, what is going on?"

Vixenpaw opened her jaw but said nothing she just raced through her head through the events. Tigerclaw scared her, the way she looked at her, the way he circled her and the way his eyes burn into her own. Beetlenose said nothing just padded on, Vixenpaw glance at the full moon before following her father, how long was Tigerclaw going to scare her.

Chapter 5

Vixenpaw curled up in the nest, she wanted to go to sleep but she felt too scared as if Tigerclaw was going to get her in her nest. Vixenpaw glanced up spotting the apprentice padding inside." Thrushpaw tells good jokes." That was Grasspaw's voice. " He,y Vixenpaw." Vixenpaw glance up at her brother." Reedtail said he spotted you and Beetlenose living and Tigerclaw was looking for you." Vixenpaw flattens her ears glancing up." He was?"

Whitepaw narrow his eyes." Yeah, he was. Don't tell me you been meeting up with Timberfur's murderer?" Vixenpaw eyes widen." I haven't he-." Whitepaw snarled." Liar, you she-cats never learn about what happens with forbidden relationships. Fallowtail kits were taken away from her because they were part WindClan." Vixenpaw snarled back at Whitepaw." Don't act like I don't know what happened to Fallowtail, I'm not meeting up with him, he's been a warrior for seasons and I am just an apprentice."

Whitepaw gave another angry snarl but before he could lunge he stopped himself, Grasspaw blocked Whitepaw," My sister won't meet with Tigerclaw, you know how aggressive he is towards us. Maybe he was just going to attack her at the gathering." Whitepaw glared down at Vixenpaw who was laying down." Maybe... I doubt that.." Grasspaw growled," Well leave my sister alone."

Whitepaw padded to his nest." Are you sure Vixenpaw isn't meeting up with any cat Grasspaw? Vixenpaw is a... fine prize to be won." Vixenpaw gave a hiss and turn her back to Whitepaw, for some reason Whitepaw comment was less disturbing then Tigerclaw's. Vixenpaw could only curl up and hope for sleep.

The light woke Vixenpaw up, she wanted to stay in her nest. What if Tigerclaw spotted her, then Whitepaw won't be the only cat to accuse her of betrayal. Vixenpaw stretched and padded out, in the clearing Sunfish was talking to Owlfur. Vixenpaw didn't bother to clean the tangle or the moss tendrils from her pelt.

" I thought, maybe, talking to Vixenpaw would help, she been acting strange ever since the gathering, she didn't even stay to talk to the other apprentices." That voice is Owlfur. Sunfish had tilted her head," Maybe something happened at the Gathering." Owlfur tail sway behind him," Well she was pretty upset about Whitepaw but Crookedstar said all the apprentices will have their assessment soon."

Sunfish meowed," Well I think spending a day off would help her." Vixenpaw meowed for the first time since meeting Tigerclaw," Actually I'm fine." Sunfish gave her a stare," Well Beetlenose said you were quiet and look like you wanted to say something and Reedtail believe your meeting with Tigerclaw." Vixenpaw eyes grew wide with shock" Of course I'm not meeting with Tigerclaw, he's a warrior and I'm just an apprentice."

Owlfur glance at her, his eyes unreadable," Well you need to tell us everything.Everything."

Vixenpaw sighed," Whitepaw was bragging again so I padded off during the gathering, I bumped into Tigerclaw. I didn't know how far I strayed away when Tigerclaw was acting.. off. He said I must be RiverClan, I guess it's because of our scent." Owlfur nodded, glancing down at her" Go on Vixenpaw."

Vixenpaw sighed, giving a forced meow" He circled him as almost as if I was prey and asked me for my name. I told him because it would be rude and I told him I had to leave and he said we be with each other, what does that mean?"

Sunfish snarled causing many heads to pop up from eating the morning catches" If he touches my daughter, I will rip his head off." Vixenpaw grumbled glancing at her mother," I can defend myself." Sunfish lash her tail, her green eyes more furious then she could ever recall seeing her mother," Not against a seasoned warrior neither less a murderer."

" What's going on?"

The voice was Beetlenose, he padded to Sunfish pressing against her" You sound angry." Sunfish snarled," I'm angry Beetlenose, Tigerclaw is harassing Vixenpaw." Beetlenose curled his lip, his amber eyes angry." Wait until the next battle, I will tear him apart." Vixenpaw said nothing, she didn't want to face ThunderClan in battle anymore, she was scared of seeing Tigerclaw. What if she was a ThunderClan prisoner?

" Maybe a day of hunting will take your mind off things." Owlfur flicked his tail," Come on Vixenpaw. The sooner the better." Vixenpaw followed Owlfur trailing behind him, she watched Owlfur head towards the river and flick his tail. Vixenpaw position herself to where her shadow wasn't at the water before flashing a paw curving it and striking the fish out of the water. She quickly nipped its neck and dropped it.

Owlfur meowed sniffing the fish," that a nice catch, Vixenpaw." Vixenpaw nodded and just aim for another carp, she flashed a paw curving it and striking the fish, she slammed it to the rock and it fell limp. Owlfur meowed, " You normally proud Vixenpaw." Owlfur sat beside her.

Vixenpaw murmured" I just been thinking a lot that's all." Owlfur meowed," Tigerclaw won't get you, no matter what Vixenpaw. We have your back and RiverClan will protect you." Vixenpaw nodded though focused on the following water," I feel it Owlfur, one day we'll meet again and he will win."

Chapter 6

The green-leaf sun blazed down on the camp. Vixenpaw stretch giving a luxurious stretch. Vixenpaw glance over at Owlfur who was talking to Crookedstar with Mallowtail, Dawnbright, Loudbelly, Leopardfur. Vixenpaw tilted her head, maybe she'll become a warrior, she couldn't wait to become a warrior of RiverClan. Then dread slowly crept through her skin, becoming a warrior means meeting Tigerclaw as equal.

Vixenpaw shook the memory out of her head, she padded to Grasspaw sitting beside him," What do you think they're doing?" As Grasspaw open his mouth, a growl responded to her question," probably confirming you're a traitor." Vixenpaw hissed," I'm not a traitor."

Whitepaw glared down at her," Right.." Ivypaw snapped," She's not a traitor, Tigerclaw was just harassing her." The news had broken out to the whole Clan about Tigerclaw. The Clan pitied her and often the elders would comfort her when she was stressed out.

Whitepaw was still glaring at her, only Whitepaw hadn't believed the story. Whitepaw had become more arrogant each day, ever since Leopardfur had allowed them to fight against warriors. All of them had start battle training against warriors.

" Vixenpaw, Grasspaw, Silverpaw, Whitepaw, and Ivypaw. You're going to the moonstone today." Vixenpaw eyes brighten her tail swaying existed behind her. "R-really?" Leopardfur nodded and tilted her head in the direction of Mudfur's den." You better get herbs for strength, it's a long way to the moonstone." Vixenpaw scrambled to her paws, she couldn't wait to see her warrior ancestors.

Vixenpaw padded to the Medicine Cat den, Mudfur was laying down herbs for them, Silverpaw and Ivypaw were already eating their herbs. Vixenpaw glance at Mudfur before at the herbs in disgust," Which one's mine?" Mudfur didn't glance up from setting down the last herb," Just pick one." Vixenpaw padded over to the one closest to Silverpaw and start eating, wrinkling her nose at the strong smell of the herbs.

Vixenpaw swallowed the herbs wrinkling her nose in disgust. Vixenpaw padded out of the medicine cat den, tilting her head at her mentor," Don't you need traveling herbs." Owlfur shook his head, " We already had ours." Vixenpaw narrowed her eyes, gray speckles was appearing on his muzzle. Her mentor was getting old and with a jolt she realized, she was going to be his last apprentice.

Owlfur flicked his tail," Come on, the sooner we get moving, the faster we'll reach the moonstone." Vixenpaw padded after Owlfur glancing at Mallowtail," Why do we need to reach the moonstone before moonhigh?" Mallowtail glance at Vixenpaw purring," You'll see." Vixenpaw tipped her head but padded on catching up to Silverpaw, purring" I can't wait." Silverpaw eyes brighten," Me either."

" Hush, Silverpaw, Vixenpaw. We're almost at WindClan territory." Leopardfur glared at them before padding ahead taking the lead. Vixenpaw followed Leopardfur, the wind started blowing hard. Leopardfur whisper barely reached her ear," We are in WindClan territory, stay quiet." Vixenpaw whispered lowly to Silverpaw," How do WindClan hunt like this." Silverpaw whispered," I don't know. I barely can hear myself."

" What are you doing in ShadowClan's territory."

Chapter 7

" Your territory?!" Owlfur echoed in disbelief, staring at the ShadowClan patrol. She recognized Brackenfoot and Clawface, one of the best warriors among the Clans. There were a gray tabby cat and a black tom with curled back ears and a small brown tabby beside the black tom. Clawface growled," Our territory, you heard Brokenstar, you fatties, no trespassing, now I suggest you, go to your precious camp" The black tom whispered something in the small cat ear and he raced off.

Leopardfur eyes narrowed at the brown tabby who raced off," Is he even suppose to be an apprentice?" Brackenfoot said nothing while the gray tabby hissed," Yes, he is. Just because your apprentices are a little fatter doesn't mean our apprentices are not supposed to be apprentices." Vixenpaw hissed, unsheathing her claws. Beside her, Silverpaw tensed, and Dawnbright hissed." We're are passing through to go to the moonstone, you can't stop us going or StarClan will be angry." Clawface lash his tail," Can't you go a different direction, Brokenstar has instructed no cats should be in our territory."

Owlfur growled," It's our only way to the moonstone." Brackenfoot growled," Then it looks like your not going leave." Whitepaw gave a deep growl from his throat, Loudbelly sneered stepping forward," What's a graying warrior and a group of crow-food smelling cats going to do?"

Brackenfoot growled, ready to attack. The black tom stepped forward," Let them pass." Clawface stared at the tom as if he ate crow-food, " Why? They are intruders, Mousewing." Mousewing meowed," And what harm would it do, their not hunting just crossing to the moonstone, StarClan would be furious at us if we stopped them and that would put more danger to our Clan then these..fat cats.

Loudbelly gave a low growl, but Clawface parted," Fine but if we scent that you been hunting on your way, we will tear your throat out." Vixenpaw felt uncomfortable at the glares of the ShadowClan cats. The RiverClan group traveled in silence before Whitepaw murmured," We should have fought them." Loudbelly grunted, glaring at Whitepaw" We have never fought them, they might be stronger than us."

Whitepaw glance over his shoulder," It looks like we have too sooner or later." Vixenpaw quickens her pace to Ivypaw," What do you think will happen if we have to fight ShadowClan." Ivypaw looked thoughtful," I think we would win." Vixenpaw nodded," Maybe we'll win, but we would also lose and we would have to share our territory with ShadowClan." Leopardfur growled glancing at the moor," I won't call it sharing." Owlfur meowed," This could mean a lot to our Clan

" Yeah, like seeing those stinky crow-food cats near our territory." Grasspaw snickered. Owlfur snapped," Grasspaw be serious, we may have a war with ShadowClan." Grasspaw rolled his eyes and padded after Mallowtail.

The patrol reached the end of WindClan territory, Owlfur meowed softly," Once you look both ways run and do not look back." Vixenpaw nodded and Owlfur glance around the thunderpath checking for two monsters before giving a yowl," Now." Owlfur race across the thunderpath and Vixenpaw followed her mentor, her fur was bristling out as fur as it would go. Her heart was racing and she could have sworn her mentor could hear it.

Vixenpaw flung herself off the thunderpath, tumbling over paws and breathed heavily, Vixenpaw glance around for her clanmates. Leopardfur was the last cat to dash across with Whitepaw in front of her. Vixenpaw sighed in relief as all her clanmates reach the thunderpath safely.

Dawnbright purred," We're almost there, the thunderpath is quieter on the way back." Vixenpaw stayed close to the back as Leopardfur confidently led the way towards highstones. Leopardfur purred," We're here, we can hunt a little while." Vixenpaw nodded and padded off in search of prey. Vixenpaw spotted a tiny mouse, creeping towards it. Leaning back on her haunches, she lunged and nipped the mouse on the back of its neck feeling it become limp in its jaws. Vixenpaw padded back holding the mouse and dropped it and started to eat the mouse.

Vixenpaw spotted Dawnbright's calico fur and Mallowtail's light brown patches with a mouse and a blackbird. Vixenpaw wrinkled her nose at the blackbird. Mallowtail meowed," What birds are okay." Vixenpaw return to her mouse quickly eating the mouse, though she didn't feel too hungry due to the herbs.

In the night, she spotted Grasspaw, Whitepaw, Silverpaw and Ivypaw returning with Loudbelly and Owlfur. Leopardfur glanced up at the night sky, " We should hurry, moonhigh is almost among us." Leopardfur flicked her tail and start padding at a brisk trot. Vixenpaw hurried to catch up, padding behind Leopardfur.

Leopardfur stepped into the tunnel and disappeared, Vixenpaw hesitated which allowed Whitepaw, Grasspaw, Dawnbright, and Mallowtail to pass. Whitepaw glance back throwing a sneer over his shoulder. Vixenpaw growled softly and padded after the patrol.

It was completely dark, Vixenpaw barely could see Dawnbright's white patches. Let alone any cat for that matter, Leopardfur hissed softly," Hurry." Vixenpaw started speeding up, she couldn't miss the moonstone's lighting not when she traveled so far. Leopardfur growled made her halt," We're here." Vixenpaw felt a cat bump into her and she shoved the cat," Watch out for Star-."

A blinding light suddenly covered the clearing, Vixenpaw closed her eyes before slowly opening them to adjust to the light. Vixenpaw jaw dropped at the sight of the moonstone," It's really big as Beetlenose said it was." Leopardfur flicked her tail to the moonstone," Touch your nose to the stone." Vixenpaw lay down beside Grasspaw and touch her nose, sleep came instantly.

Vixenpaw stood at the clearing, watching the cats. She was in RiverClan camp surrounded by her clanmates, who were cheering," Vixentail, Vixentail." Vixenpaw felt pride rush through her, my warrior name! Suddenly she felt herself being watched, Tigerclaw. The tom in a den, she watched him mouthing words. His eyes sparkling with interest, Vixenpaw tried to run but her paws were rooted. Tigerclaw was suddenly padding closer and closer to her until...

" Wake up Vixenpaw."

Vixenpaw eyes shot up glancing up at Grasspaw," We're leaving and you were kicking me." Vixenpaw scrambled to her paws," Sorry, did I miss anything up?" Grasspaw shook his head," No it was great, I saw this cat name.." Vixenpaw wasn't listening to the rest, she glanced at the stone before padding towards the entrance, StarClan...what's going to happen to me...


Chapter 8

" A good day for fishing, don't you think, Vixenpaw."

Vixenpaw rolled over, laying on the soft sand." I think so, Ivypaw." Ivypaw sat up," Greenleaf fishing is fun." Vixenpaw purred," Of course it would be, so is swimming." Vixenpaw licked her paw trying to get the sand off her.

" Crookedstar, Crookedstar."

The yowl came from Whitefang. Behind him were Softwing, Greenflower, and Frogleap racing into camp. Crookedstar padded out of his," What is it?" Softwing stepped forward," Twolegs are fishing from the river, their not a fish in sight."

Vixenpaw sat up quickly, twolegs normally visit for Greenleaf but never according to Sunfish that they fished in the river. Crookedstar stood at the Clanrock, yowling" Let all cats old enough to swim gather to hear my words." Vixenpaw padded a little closer to sit down, Ivypaw sat beside her. Meanwhile, Whitefang sat next to Crookedstar while the patrol was sitting towards the front.

Leopardfur padded to the Clanrock, while her apprentice Whitepaw padded towards them. " Maybe I am a warrior today." Vixenpaw grunted," Maybe you be another apprentice." Whitepaw glared at her, " At least I'm not pathetic as you." Ivypaw hissed,"Quiet, Crookedstar's speaking." Crookedstar was glancing down his tail swaying behind him," The twolegs are starting to fish from the river, we must be more warily about what we eat and where we go. "

Murmurs of worry spread through the gather cats. Ivypaw murmured," What would that mean for us?" Vixenpaw flicked her tail glancing up, Crookedstar meowed" Leopardfur I want double the hunting patrols." Leopardfur tilted her head," That would ThunderClan the chance to sneak over here." Crookedstar snapped," Then have more cats in the border patrols."

Crookedstar padded to his den, clearly signaling the meeting was dismissing the clan. Petaldust and Sedgecreek were speaking to each other in low hushed voices. Whitepaw pace around growling," We should take on those twolegs, Stonefur scared them before." Vixenpaw hissed," Are you fishbrain, twolegs are too huge for us to take on." Whitepaw growled," You're just scared." Vixenpaw" No I'm not scared." Whitepaw sat up," Then go and prove it."

" No cat will be proving anything." Whitefang padded towards them narrowing his eyes," The twolegs can get us anytime they please. Go off and be useful." Whitepaw glared at him before storming off puffing. Whitefang murmured," Go and see what Owlfur needs." Vixenpaw nodded padding off to see where was Owlfur. " Vixenpaw?"

Vixenpaw spun around, Greenflower was padding to her" What are you doing?" Vixenpaw meowed, her eyes narrowed" Looking for Owlfur." Greenflower flicked her tail," I think to Mudfur den." Vixenpaw nodded turning to head to Mudfur den

" Hey, Greenflower." Vixenpaw spotted Reedtail out the corner out her eye, a plump trout was placed at her paws." Don't you look like a vision from StarClan today." Before Vixenpaw heard Greenflower's response Vixenpaw moved on padding inside Mudfur's den. " I'm telling you Owlfur, you're going to have to retire sooner or later, I can't just spend strengthening herbs."

Owlfur growled," I still have to train Vixenpaw, she is so close to becoming a warrior." Mudfur meowed calmly," Then rest for today." Vixenpaw heard her mentor grumble something else before padding off to groom herself. Vixenpaw started grooming her tail briskly, trying to get rid off all the prickly plants and moss tendrils on her pelt.

" Hey, Vixenpaw." Vixenpaw glanced up spotting Whitepaw glaring down at her. Vixenpaw rose to her paws turning to pad away from Whitepaw," I don't want to hear you or taunts today." Whitepaw leaped in her way," I want to talk to you, Vixenpaw."

Vixenpaw glared at him," I thought I was a 'traitor'." Whitepaw stammered staring after Vixenpaw," I was only just joking, Vixenpaw." Vixenpaw snorted," Well it wasn't funny." As Vixenpaw tried to go around Whitepaw, Whitepaw placed a firm paw in front of her. " Please stay Vixenpaw. I wanted to apologize for what I did to you."

Vixenpaw glared at Whitepaw in surprise," Really?" Whitepaw nodded padding towards Vixenpaw until he stood in front of her," I'm sorry Vixenpaw, I was just jealous that all. I thought at first you were meeting up with Tigerclaw, I thought.. you like him." Vixenpaw shuffled her paws uncomfortably," T-that okay, Whitepaw. I-I guess we could be friends."

Whitepaw stammered" Umm... Thank you, Vixenpaw. I won't let you down." Whitepaw backed away and padded off. Vixenpaw stared after Whitepaw before padding away to the apprentice den. Why was Whitepaw acting so weird towards her?

Chapter 9

Vixenpaw crouched in the bushes along with Owlfur, Softwing, Loudbelly, and Silverpaw watching the twoleg throw strange poles into the water. Vixenpaw hissed," Why are they even here." Owlfur shook his head," We never had to deal with this when we were apprentices."

Vixenpaw watched the twoleg padded off with their catches of fish. Finally, slowly, the hunting patrol of five crept out of the bushes towards the river. Vixenpaw looked at a long thing floating in the water, plenty of fish was caught on it. Owlfur grunted, " Looks like our hunting is done for us. Owlfur grabbed some of the long thing floating and started heaving it towards shore.

Vixenpaw scrambled down to it and grab another piece of the floating thing trying to pull towards shore, her muscles ached and she felt like her teeth were going to break off. Finally, the floating thing was at shore revealing the piles of fish. Vixenpaw eyes widen," This could feed us for the whole moon." Owlfur meowed," If fish kept like land prey it could but we need to take this back and bury this thing so no cat gets hurt it in. I and Softwing will bury this while Vixenpaw, Loudbelly, and Silverpaw take the fish back to camp."

Owlfur and Softwing left with the twoleg's thing, leaving Vixenpaw, Loudbelly, and Silverpaw to figure out how to carry all the fish back to camp. Vixenpaw grabbed as much fish as she could before padding towards the camp.

Vixenpaw dropped the fish before padding back to the pile of fish, she grabbed a couple more fish and place it beside the prey pile. By the time, the rest of the fish was gathered, most of the Clan was sharing tongues. Every cat was gossiping about the morning hunting party discovery. Vixenpaw took a trout from the pile and sat next to Grasspaw and Ivypaw who was eating a trout and a carp. Grasspaw meowed," Maybe we should have the twolegs do our fishing for us." Vixenpaw sighed shaking her head at her brother's comment.

Vixenpaw meowed," Grasspaw, you know that unlikely, they leave after Greenleaf." Grasspaw rolled his eyes," Vixenpaw, I know that, so for Greenleaf, we should just focus on border patrols." Vixenpaw meowed," You know our mentors would never allow that." Grasspaw said nothing focusing on his fish.

" Vixenpaw, Grasspaw, Ivypaw, come here." Owlfur was with Mallowtail, Dawnbright, Leopardfur and Loudbelly, Silverpaw and Whitepaw. Vixenpaw calmly trotted up to her mentor with Grasspaw and Ivypaw at her flank," Yes Owlfur." Owlfur meowed," Tomorrow, you will have a hunting assessment, if you do well on this assessment, you be closer to getting your warrior name."

Vixenpaw pretended to not shake in excitement. Vixenpaw licked her paw to act like she wasn't excited as Owlfur continued" You will hunt fish from the river and then catch land prey." Vixenpaw nodded beside the other apprentices. Grasspaw was the first one to pad off followed by Whitepaw and Silverpaw. Vixenpaw followed Silverpaw padding beside her" I can't wait when I get my warrior name." Silverpaw nodded, " Me either and there might be kits soon." Vixenpaw eyes widen,"What do you mean."

Silverpaw nudged her," You silly cat, maybe Blackclaw and Mistyfoot or Greenflower and Reedtail. Or maybe you and Whitepaw." Vixenpaw glanced at her friend and shock," I don't even like Whitepaw like that." Silverpaw smirked," Your all he talks about recently." Vixenpaw said nothing, her tail swaying behind her. What is wrong with Whitepaw, he always had tried to bully me even when we were kits in the nursery."

Vixenpaw sighed shaking her head. Was it true Whitepaw liked her, and why did she feel a new way about Whitepaw?

Chapter 10

Vixenpaw padded to the edge of the river, she adjusted to where her shadow wasn't over the water. She spotted a carp. She flashed her paw through the water hooking the fish and pulling it on the land and biting her neck. Vixenpaw crouched again and flashed her paw at the school of carp and repeated until she had three carps. Vixenpaw grabbed the carp and padded back to camp placing it on the fresh-kill pile before heading back to the territory.

Vixenpaw crouched low inside the bushes looking at a mouse, she crept forward slowly before lunging forward sinking her claws into the mouse and biting its neck. Vixenpaw held the mouse in her jaws, as she turned she dropped her mouse in surprise hissing. It was Brokenstar, Blackfoot and a couple of his warriors. The matted tabby growled," We would like to speak with Crookedstar."

Vixenpaw stood up defiantly staring up at Brokenstar," About what." Brokenstar meowed arrogantly," Why would I speak business that meant to your leader to an apprentice." Vixenpaw lets a low growl in her throat, before growling," Fine, since you and your ragged warriors came all this way to visit us, you might as well see how strong we are." If Brokenstar believed he was going to drive out RiverClan in the same way WindClan was driven out he was wrong." Vixenpaw heard some of the ShadowClan warriors growl, but Vixenpaw grabbed her mouse and led the warriors towards camp.

" Vixenpaw." Vixenpaw spotted Owlfur storming towards her, his eyes flashing angry" If you think one mouse is enough to pass your hunting asses-." Owlfur's eyes darted towards the four ShadowClan cats. Owlfur narrowed his eyes," What do they want?" Before Vixenpaw could answer, Brokenstar spoke first." We wish to speak to Crookedstar." Owlfur meowed his tone edged with suspicion." Follow me." Vixenpaw speeded up to her mentor and padded along his side in silence.

Few cats were in the clearing as Owlfur and Vixenpaw entered the camp. Blackclaw snarled," What are ShadowClan cats doing here." His snarl brought out many cats out of their dens. Sedgecreek glanced out of the nursery with Petaldust, Mosskit and Heavykit raced out of the den towards the ShadowClan cats. Vixenpaw blocked Heavykit and Mosskit's path to the ShadowClan cats," Head back to the nursery."

Heavykit meowed," But why can't we see the ShadowClan cats." Vixenpaw sighed," It doesn't concern you now go to the nursery, now." Heavykit and Mosskit held her gaze for a couple of moments before padding back to the nursery. Vixenpaw turned back into the clearing, Brokenstar was gone but not his ShadowClan warriors. Blackfoot was speaking to Greenflower, who looked annoyed while the other two toms one with a brown stumpy tail tom and another gray tabby tom both from ShadowClan was talking to Mistyfoot and Dawnbright respectively.

Vixenpaw padded to Owlfur who was sitting near the Leader's den," I failed my assessment did I?" Owlfur shooked his head," No, you didn't. You did good questioning the ShadowClan cats. In" Owlfur meowed," In fact, not only you did good enough to pass, you did good enough to come to the gathering." Vixenpaw eyes widen," R-really, thank you Owlfur. " Owlfur purred," Oh, your welcome. I think you should go relax before the Gathering." Vixenpaw padded to the apprentice den,

Vixenpaw must have slept for some time because the time she woke up, the sun was going down. " I thought you were going to sleep forever." It was Grasspaw's voice, meowing with annoyance. Vixenpaw yawned stretching," You forget about the Gathering tonight." Vixenpaw suddenly trailed off remembering Tigerclaw's amber gaze staring into her own.

She felt some cat nuzzling her ear,"Are you okay, Vixenpaw." Vixenpaw glanced up staring into Whitepaw's hazel eyes," Yeah, I guess." Whitepaw whispered softly in her ear," Are you worried about Tigerclaw again?" Vixenpaw nodded laying her head on her paws," He said we will be together soon, what does that mean?"

Whitepaw meowed," I think he won't get you, not as long I'm here." Vixenpaw suddenly notice Whitepaw's tail was thoughtlessly twining with hers, she didn't move, not wanting to ruin the moment but not wanting to say something in case Whitepaw moved his tail from hers. Vixenpaw whispered softly," Thank you."

Chapter 11

Vixenpaw padded alongside Whitepaw and Silverpaw meowing," What do you think Brokenstar spoke to Crookedstar about?" Silverpaw shrugged," I don't know, ShadowClan's leader had never visited us before." Whitepaw snickered," Maybe it's a disease, that why all the ShadowClan cats look ragged and half starved."

Vixenpaw just shook her head in amusement, glancing ahead towards the fourtrees. Silverpaw meowed," Blackclaw says ShadowClan might have driven out WindClan." Vixenpaw eyes widen," But surely not even ShadowClan is that dark. It's against the Warrior code."

Silverpaw shook her head," It's their leader Brokenstar, Brokenstar can't be trusted." Vixenpaw snorted," None of the other Clans can be trusted." Whitepaw meowed," Wait until I'm a warrior, we will make sure no clan cat dares to enter our territory." Vixenpaw rolled her eyes at Whitepaw's comment but said nothing.

" We're here, now be on your best behavior." Crookedstar meowed facing the patrol. Vixenpaw tilted her head, Crookedstar looked nervous almost as if he was scared of something. Vixenpaw whispered in Silverpaw ear's," Does Crookedstar seem nervous to you." Silverpaw nodded," I don't know why he never been like this before."

Vixenpaw murmured," Maybe it has to do with Brokenstar." Silverpaw shrugged, padding off ahead of her. Vixenpaw decide to look for the other apprentices from other Clans. Vixenpaw padded towards the other side of the fourtrees, she spotted the brown tabby pelt of Tigerclaw. Vixenpaw hissed silently," Of course the blasted warrior would be here." Vixenpaw turned away from Tigerclaw, " Your not even going to say hello."

Vixenpaw spun back around meeting face to face with Tigerclaw. Vixenpaw growled," What do you want." Tigerclaw smirked at her," You shouldn't be so hostile, it is a Gathering after all." Vixenpaw narrowed her eyes at Tigerclaw, " You know, maybe you be much more when an ordinary warrior soon." Tigerclaw tickled her chin with his tail smirking," Then we see how much use you are to me." Tigerclaw padded away, his head held high towards the warrior.

Vixenpaw stared after Tigerclaw in shock, she couldn't stand him, she hated him. She hated ThunderClan, how could they have such a warrior in their ranks. Vixenpaw padded towards her own Clan, she spotted Blackclaw and Mistyfoot talking to some ShadowClan warriors. Vixenpaw saw none of the WindClan representatives at the Gathering as she made her rounds.

Vixenpaw spotted Whitepaw's white patches in the shadows alone. Vixenpaw padded up to him meowing softly," Whitepaw?' Whitepaw turned to her," Oh, hey Vixenpaw." Vixenpaw meowed," Don't you want to talk the other cats." Whitepaw shook his head," I don't know what to think about Gatherings, WindClan is usually here before ShadowClan and ThunderClan but I think ShadowClan drove them out."

Vixenpaw murmured," I saw him again." Whitepaw glanced at her," Tigerclaw?" Vixenpaw nodded," He told me one day I will be more than an ordinary warrior, he see how much use I am to him, Whitepaw, what does he mean by that." Whitepaw was silently, his tail twitching behind him in thought. " Something not good for you Vixenpaw, it won't be good."

The two cats fell in silence before Vixenpaw broke the silence" Why can't he be happy with a cat in their own Clan." Whitepaw meowed," Maybe because no cat likes him so he thinks some cat in another Clan likes him." Vixenpaw opened her jaws but before she could response, "Let the Gathering begin." Bluestar yowled.

Chapter 12

Vixenpaw padded over to where her father Beetlenose and Sunfish was sitting with Fallowtail and Cedarpelt. Vixenpaw sat down, Sunfish glanced at her," Are you okay?" Vixenpaw shook her head," Tigerclaw again." Cedarpelt glared at the Clan rock," Tallstar isn't here."

" We can't start yet," yowled one voice above the noise." Where are the WindClan representatives? We must wait until all the Clans are present." On the top of the rock, Bluestar stepped forward. Her gray fur glowed almost white in the moonlight. " Cats of all Clans, welcome," she meowed in a clear voice." It is true that WindClan is not present, but Brokenstar wishes to speak anyway."

Vixenpaw snorted," What gives him permission to break tradition." As Brokenstar padded noiselessly beside Bluestar, he watched the crowd with his orange eyes. Then he took a deep breath and began," Friends, I come to you tonight about the needs of ShadowClan-"

" Where is Tallstar." Yowled one

" Where are the WindClan warriors." The voice sounding like Reedtail.

Brokenstar stretched to his full height and lashed his tail from side to side." As the leader of ShadowClan, it is my right to address you here!" he growled with menace in his voice. The crowd went silent. Vixenpaw could smell the tang of fear.

Brokenstar yowled louder than the previous time," We all know that the hard time of leaf-bare, and late newleaf, have let us with little prey in our hunting grounds. But we know that WindClan, RiverClan, and ThunderClan lost many kits in the freezing weather that came so ate this season. ShadowClan lost no kits. We are hardened to the cold north wind. Our kits are stronger than yours from the moment they are born. So we find ourselves with many mouths to feed, and little prey to feed them."

The crowd was silent, listening anxiously to Brokenstar words. How dare Brokenstar insult RiverClan, RiverClan didn't lose any kits besides Willowkit and Minnowkit which died of Greencough not because they were weak.

" The neds of ShadowClan are simple. In order to survive, we must increase our hunting territory. That is why I insist that you allow ShadowClan warriors to hunt in your territories."

Vixenpaw let out a shock but muted growl rippled through the crowd.

" Share our hunting ground?" Vixenpaw heard the outraged voice of Tigerclaw.

" It is unprecedented!" cried Petaldust, the tortoiseshell queen went to the Gathering insisting she couldn't miss any of gossip from other Clans. " The Clans have never shared hunting rights?"

" Should ShadowClan be punished because our kits thrive?" yowled Brokenstar from the Great Rock. " Do you want us to watch our kits starve? You must share what you have with us."

Must! spat a ThunderClan elder furiously from the back of the crowd.

" Must," repeated Brokenstar. Brokenstar must have heard the elder. "WindClan failed to understand this. In the end, we were forced to drive them out of their territory."

Vixenpaw snarled mainly in shock but in outrage, Whitepaw was right. ShadowClan drove out WindClan for the sake of feeding their kits. Brokenstar's caterwaul rang loud above them: "And if we have to, we will drive you all from your hunting grounds in order to feed our kits."

There was instant silence. Vixenpaw heard Grasspaw mutter" If that stinky mangy rat thinks he is going to take our territ-." Cedarpelt snapped his head around," Hush." Brokenstar growled," Each year, the Twoleg spoil more of our territory. At least one Clan must remain strong, if all Clans are to survive. ShadowClan thrives while you all stuggle. And there may come a time when you will need us to protect you."

" You doubt our strength." hissed Tigerclaw, he stalked up to the Great Rock. His pale eyes glared threateningly at Bokenstar, his powerful shoulders rippled with tension.

" I don't ask for your answer now." Brokenstar ignored the warrior's challenge." You must each go away and consider my words. But bear this in mind: Would you prefer to share your prey, or be driven out and left homeless and starving?"

Vixenpaw glance at Beetlenose, Sunfish and Fallowtail their expression all showing shock.Crookedstar stepped forward. " I have already agreed to allow ShadowClan some hunting rights in the river that runs through our territory," he meowed gazing down.

Vixenpaw eyes widen, horror and humiliation rippled through her pelt. Crookedstar surrender seemed to confirmed Brokenstar's lies about RiverClan. " We were not consulted!" yowled Voleclaw. Voleclaw was staring at Crookedstar with shocked eyes.

" I feel that this is best for our Clan. For all the Clans," Crookedstar explained, his voice heavy with resignation." There are plenty of fish in the river. It is better to share our prey than to spill blood fighting over it."

"And what of ThunderClan? The same ThunderClan elder croaked." Bluestar? Have you, too, agreed to this outrageous demand?" Bluestar met the old tom gaze." I have made no agreement with Brokenstar expect that I shall discuss his proposal with my Clan after the Gathering." Brokenstar spoke up again, his rasping voice sounding arrogant and full of strength after Crookedstar surrender." I also warn you about the safety of your kits. A ShadowClan turned rogue and broke the warrior code." Vixenpaw curled her lip, wasn't he breaking the warrior code by stealing their fish. " We chased her out of our camp, but we don't know her location now. She may look like an old creature, but has a bite like TigerClan."

Vixenpaw spotted ThunderClan bristling, Vixenpaw narrow her eyes, had ThunderClan encountered with the rogue? " She is dangerous. I warn you, don't offer shelter to her. Until she is caught and killed keep a close eye on your kits." Vixenpaw felt the nervousness from ThunderClan and felt a same sense of haughtiness but it was instantly brought down by humiliation. Vixenpaw watched the ShadowClan leaving the gathering, Vixenpaw lashed her tail in frustration. She won't let her Clan starve to feed another Clan.

Chapter 13

Vixenpaw watched the ShadowClan warriors padding away with a couple of voles, padding away rather noisily towards their camp. Vixenpaw hissed at Ivypaw," You think that driving out WindClan wasn't enough?" Ivypaw nodded adding another hiss," They don't look desperate to me."

Vixenpaw padded towards the river, flashing a paw and catching a carp, Ivypaw hissed softly" Vixenpaw look." Vixenpaw up quickly glancing around in front of her. Vixenpaw suddenly fell forward, landing in the river with a splash, Vixenpaw swam up sputtering. Ivypaw was purring in amusement" Did you see the look on your face."

Vixenpaw splashed Ivypaw face with the water climbing out of the water and shaking out her fur. Vixenpaw meowed sharply" That's not funny, we scared the fish." Ivypaw snorted still purring," I think they were scared the minute ShadowClan came."

" So we scared off your precious fish." Vixenpaw glanced up across the river, a brown tabby tom with a stumpy tail and a white tom with black markings. " Maybe if you were better hunters you could catch more prey." The brown tabby sneered. Vixenpaw hissed," Maybe if you were better hunters, your kits won't be starving." The white tom hissed," What did you say." Vixenpaw hissed," I said-"

" Nothing at all, in fact, we were going to head back to our camp, it looks like it's about to rain." Ivypaw flicked her tail over her mouth glaring at her for silence before grabbing the carp and padding off. Vixenpaw gave one last hiss at the ShadowClan cats and padded beside Ivypaw.

Vixenpaw spat in annoyance," One day of letting them hunt in our territory and they think we work for them." Ivypaw glance at Vixenpaw," It's nothing we can't do about it, hopefully, Crookedstar decide it not worth having them take prey out of our mouths."

Vixenpaw entered the camp, the camp prey pile seemed to be emptier ever since ShadowClan started hunting in RiverClan territory. Crookedstar sat with Leopardfur, Loudbelly, Owlfur, Mallowtail, Dawnbright. Vixenpaw whispered," Do you think they're talking about us getting our warrior name." Ivypaw gave a quick glance at their mentors," don't know maybe." Ivypaw meowed with a hint of excitement.

Vixenpaw licked her paw watching Heavykit, Shadekit, Mosskit, and Silverkit play with each other. " Heavykit, Shadekit, Mosskit and Silverkit apprentice ceremony should be today after all." Ivypaw nodded meowing," I know you like my brother."

Vixenpaw glanced up," What do you mean?" Ivypaw smiled," You and Whitepaw have been getting closer lately, and all he talks about is you." Vixenpaw shuffled her paws," I don't like Whitepaw like that he's just a friend."

" Sure he is just a friend." Ivypaw rolled her eyes. " Hey, Ivypaw, Hey Vixenpaw." Vixenpaw glanced up at Whitepaw's hazel eyes," Hey, Whitepaw." Whitepaw meowed," Do you want to go hunting." Vixenpaw stammered," umm sure." Ignoring Ivypaw's smug face, Vixenpaw padded after Whitepaw.

Whitepaw meowed," What do you think about Crookedstar's decision?" Vixenpaw shook her head," ThunderClan is holding their own against ShadowClan and WindClan always been weak." Whitepaw nodded," They wouldn't even dare to invade our camp because of the river."

Vixenpaw meowed," What did you really want." Whitepaw stared at with surprise," What do you mean?" Vixenpaw meowed," We are far from the river." Whitepaw stared at Vixenpaw," I want to know everything about you. Your favorite fresh-kill, your fishing tactics, fighting tactics, your first memory. Everything about you. Just meet me tonight at the Beech Corpse."

Vixenpaw blinked at Whitepaw" We can't leave camp after Sunset you know that Whitepaw." Whitepaw meowed," Just tonight, one-night Vixenpaw."

Vixenpaw stared at Whitepaw, before nodding and padded away. Vixenpaw glanced at the ground as she padded back to camp if I do this I break the Warrior code. I'm so close to being a warrior, just so close. Vixenpaw stared into the sky, murmuring" Just today, just today and I'll be loyal to my leader."

Chapter 14

Vixenpaw curled up in her nest staring at the dirt. " Just give me a chance," Whitepaw's voice echoed in her head. Vixenpaw stared at the dirt, Whitepaw had always been rude to her. She had always been the center of Whitepaw's bullying. Vixenpaw remembered how hot her pelt got as Whitepaw spoke to her.

Why am I even giving him a chance? Whitepaw had taunted her, attacked her severely times and they finally just beginning to be friends. Vixenpaw watched Grasspaw followed by Ivypaw and Silverpaw. Vixenpaw stared at the outside of the den, she still heard shuffling of paws in the camp. Vixenpaw rolled her eyes at her Clanmates, can't they just go to sleep.

Whitepaw had stayed out of camp, for reason that she couldn't explain. Vixenpaw lay there remembering Whitepaw's words to her ever since a kit. Your so slow Vixenkit! You can't play mossball with us, your too small! You cheated Vixenkit! Just because I'll be a better warrior doesn't mean you have to be rude.

Vixenpaw jolted out of her thoughts by the rustling of the reeds. Vixenpaw rose to her paws pricking her ears, silence. Vixenpaw stepped over Ivypaw and slipped out of the den. She spotted the bright white of Whitefang guarding the camp before slipping through the dirt place. Vixenpaw raced over to the beech corpse, her ears pricked for any ShadowClan warriors.

Vixenpaw glanced at the sky, there was a StarClan figure of a cat. She didn't know who was the cat was just glancing down at her with disapproval in its eyes. It's just one night, one night that's all. " Vixenpaw?" It was Whitepaw voice padding to her staring at her with his hazel eyes. Vixenpaw glanced at Whitepaw,"Whitepaw." For several heartbeats, the two just stared at each other before Vixenpaw meowing" How long you been out here."

Whitepaw meowed," Quite a while now, the ShadowClan cats are near the river." Vixenpaw sighed," The sooner Crookedstar gets rid of them the better." Whitepaw licked her ear," I think that will be soon." Vixenpaw gave Whitepaw a glance," Have you ever climbed trees." Whitepaw shook his head," No, why?" Vixenpaw padded to the tree, digging her claws into the bark before climbing up the branch. " You should try it." Whitepaw hesitated, " Just one branch." Vixenpaw smirked," Unless you are scared to go higher." Whitepaw shooked his head, " Scared? Never!" Whitepaw leaped into the tree awkwardly.

Vixenpaw glanced at Whitepaw smirking," See Whitepaw, even a hefty cat like yourself can climb a tree." Whitepaw hissed playfully," Who are you calling hefty?" Vixenpaw smirked," Maybe you." Vixenpaw sprang to the next branch before bounding on to the next. Vixenpaw occasionally glanced down to make sure Whitepaw was close behind her before continue on. Vixenpaw leaped on the highest branch that would support both of their weight staring down at the ground. Vixenpaw spotted the same cat in the stars staring down at her with disapproval.

Vixenpaw sighed staring at her paws, why do they keep visiting me. It's just one night. Just one night of love as an apprentice can't hurt me. Vixenpaw nuzzled Whitepaw's cheek," I wonder if this is how StarClan views our world." Whitepaw murmured," I just have one view in sight right now.. you." Vixenpaw felt the branch wobble under her paws," You want to get down?" Whitepaw nodded and started slithering down the tree, Vixenpaw followed behind him and leaped down. Vixenpaw felt paws knocking her over, Whitepaw pinned her down on her back. Vixenpaw grabbed Whitepaw's shoulder's and flipped him on his back," Remember this move?" Whitepaw smirked kicking her off," You'll remember this one too."

Whitepaw licked her cheek, smiling" I'm falling for you Vixenpaw. I think I am really am." Vixenpaw kicked him off smiling," I think I am too, Whitepaw." Vixenpaw nuzzled Whitepaw, while Whitepaw glanced down smiling" When we're warriors we be fierce fighters both of us, ShadowClan won't hunt in our territory, sunningrocks will be ours, the twolegs will stop hunting fish and it will be safe for our kits." Vixenpaw glanced up at Whitepaw. Whitepaw shrugged away," That is if you want me as your mate and you want kits when we're warriors."

Vixenpaw stared into Whitepaw's wide and hopeful eyes. Vixenpaw nodded, " Yes, I do want that for both of us." Vixenpaw purred nuzzling his cheek. " We should head to camp soon. We be in trouble if any cat sees us and we won't be warriors soon if we're caught, that for certain."

Chapter 15

Vixenpaw yawned stretching beside Silverpaw," Why we have to get up so early?" Silverpaw meowed," We have our final assessments fishbrain." Vixenpaw yawned," I want to get some more sleep." Silverpaw glanced at her" Where were you last night." Vixenpaw glanced up, " W-what do you mean?"Silverpaw meowed," I went to make dirt and you or Whitepaw wasn't there." Vixenpaw narrowed her eyes," That is none of your business."

Silverpaw snickered," Whatever Vixenpaw. " Vixenpaw padded to Whitepaw purring softly, " Hey, Whitepaw." Whitepaw smiled, " Hey, Vixenpaw, you're ready for our final assessment?" Vixenpaw nodded stretching," perhaps Crookedstar would consider chasing out ThunderClan." Whitepaw snorted," He should have never let them hunt in our territory to start with." Vixenpaw spotted her mentor Owlfur with Leopardfur and Loudbelly speaking in hush voices.

Vixenpaw waited patiently flicking her tail side to side, she glanced around the clearing. Grasspaw and Ivypaw were wrestling in the dirt while Mistyfoot or Greenflower was digging through the prey pile. The prey pile had been emptier ever since the sharing of prey with ShadowClan. While Mudfur, Ottersplash, and Fallowtail were dozing on the sand outside of camp.

" Today you will have your final assessment." Leopardfur's voice brought her attention back to the mentors. Leopardfur meowed," You are going to hunt both land prey and fish. If you catch enough using your skill only than you will become a warrior." Vixenpaw nodded, she felt every hair on her pelt pricking in excitement.

Vixenpaw padded off heading towards the beech corpse. Vixenpaw sniffed the air trying to catch a scent of a prey. Vixenpaw crouched low to the ground and started stalking for prey, her paws lightly touching the ground. Squirrel! Vixenpaw spotted a squirrel nibbling on a seed, crouching low she started creeping up on the squirrel. Suddenly the squirrel started running in her direction and she pounced on it knocking it down and she swiftly bit its neck.

" That was my prey!" A young cat by the smell of it from ShadowClan lunged at her snarling.Vixenpaw eyes widen in surprise before turning and hissing" It's mine now." The young cat bit her neck and Vixenpaw rolled on the ground.

The cat yowled and Vixenpaw turned and lashed his face with unsheathed claws. Vixenpaw reared up and pinned him down snarling in his face," Who are you?" The little cat flinched whimpering," Please don't hurt me." Vixenpaw snarled louder shaking him a little bit" Who are you?" The tom stared at her with wide eyes," Littlepaw, an apprentice of ShadowClan."

Vixenpaw snorted," Your the smallest apprentice I ever have seen." Vixenpaw let the apprentice go, snarling" Leave now." The little tom race off and Vixenpaw buried her squirrel. " Why did you chase off that ShadowClan apprentice?" Vixenpaw jumped as she turned to see Owlfur," He attacked me that was my squirrel." Owlfur narrowed his eyes," What if he tells his Clanmates?" Vixenpaw glared at Owlfur," I just told him to leave the area not the territory." Owlfur sighed," I'm too old to deal with this anyways carry on."

Vixenpaw caught two mice and a large frog robin with a broken leg and then padded over to the river. Vixenpaw crept to the edge of the river and spotted a school of carp. Vixenpaw flash her paw through the water hooking her claws into the fish and yanking it out of the water nipping its neck.

Vixenpaw repeated with another fish before padding back to camp with her two carps before returning with her two mice, a large frog, and squirrel. Vixenpaw was the last cat to arrive back to camp, she noticed Grasspaw and Whitepaw impatiently pacing while Ivypaw and Silverpaw were relaxing under the willow tree. Vixenpaw padded over to Ivypaw and Silverpaw purred" How you think you did?" Silverpaw glanced at Vixenpaw," I think I did okay."

Vixenpaw stretched laying down in the soft sand, " I heard that Blackclaw and Mistyfoot are mates." Silverpaw meowed," So is Reedtail and Greenflower." Ivypaw licked her paw," I don't why any cat wants to fall in loved " when they can go hunting." Vixenpaw yawned," Don't pretend you don't like my brother."

Ivypaw snorted," At least I don't moon over Whitepaw." Vixenpaw glared at Ivypaw," I don't moon over Whitepaw." Silverpaw smirked," Yes you do." Vixenpaw rolled her eyes at the two licking her paw. Vixenpaw licked the fur, she felt queasy all the sudden. Vixenpaw stretched," I'm going to Mudfur."

Silverpaw meowed," Sure, whatever." Vixenpaw rolled her eyes before padding into the den, " Mudfur?" Mudfur glanced up at her," Oh, Vixenpaw. What wrong with you?" Vixenpaw meowed, " I feel really queasy right now." Mudfur licked his paw," You probably ate a bad fish. I'll give you some juniper berries." Mudfur returned with a juniper berry, nudging it to her. " If you don't mind, can you give this to Echomist and Lakeshine." He dropped the borage leaves as Vixenpaw ate the juniper berry.

Vixenpaw licked her jaws nodding and took the borage leaves over to the elder's den. " Echomist? Lakeshine?" Lakeshine glanced up," Did Mudfur come with that borage yet?" Vixenpaw shook her head, dropping the leaves. " No, he's busy." Echomist meowed," Well tell Mudfur, I said thank you."

Vixenpaw padded away heading towards the apprentice den. The herbs didn't help at all and Vixenpaw still felt sick. Vixenpaw padded to her nest and curled up her nest. Vixenpaw closed her eyes murmuring," Why do I feel so sick?"

" By the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior name Vixenpaw, from this moment on you will be known as Vixentail. StarClan honors your courage and intelligence." Crookedstar rests his muzzle on her head and Vixentail licked his shoulder before stepping back allowing the yowls of her clanmates wash over her.

" Vixentail! Vixentail! Vixentail!"

Vixentail glanced at the new apprentices, Heavypaw was bouncing around his mentor Blackclaw, while Mosspaw was calmly sitting next to Frogleap. Silverpaw was sitting near her mentor Loudbelly while Shadepaw was speaking to Voleclaw.

Vixentail padded over to Silverstream and Ivytail," Can you believe it, we're warriors." Silverstream nodded," I can't either, we'll be the best warriors ever." Vixentail scratched her ear, " I know." Silverstream padded over the fresh kill pile grabbing a carp, Vixentail followed Silverstream and took a large trout. She sat over by Whiteclaw," You want to share?"

Whiteclaw nodded licking his paw before padding over to eat half of the trout. Vixentail padded beside him eating the other half, feeling more and more queasy when she ate.Vixentail stretched her muscles unsheathing and sheathing her claws. " We better get the vigil over with."

Vixentail padded over to Grasswhisker, Silverstream, and Ivytail. Vixentail sat alongside Grasswhisker and Silverstream. She didn't sit next to Whiteclaw as he may keep her awake. Vixentail stared at the sky throughout the night. She felt bigger and more sick than ever. Vixentail licked her jaw, she felt queasy, she wanted to rest but she couldn't leave.

Vixentail must have lost track of time because she heard cats chatting in the morning. Vixentail turned around realizing that the dawn patrol was leaving. Vixentail stretched her muscles before sitting up. " You're dismissed, go get some rest."

Vixentail padded over to Mudfur, she nearly was going to throw up. Vixentail groaned," Mudfur." Mudfur glanced up, something on her face must have alerted him. " Do you still feel queasy?" Vixentail said nothing dragging her paws inside and slumping to her belly," What's wrong with me? It's been almost half-moon since the last time I felt queasy. I have been so tired lately as if not having enough sleep and sleeping early doesn't help.

" I-I think your expecting kits, Vixentail." Vixentail ears flatten across her head," But I'm just a warrior. How can I?" Mudfur glanced at her," I'm assuming their Whiteclaw's if I'm not wrong." Vixentail nodded," I have to tell them, I have too." Vixentail padded out of the medicine cat den her head swirling, she barely could think.

Vixentail padded into the warrior's den, stepping over Mistyfoot and Greenflower. She whispered in Whiteclaw's ear," Whiteclaw, I need to talk to you." Whiteclaw flopped over," Can it wait." Vixentail shook her head," No we need to talk now!" Whiteclaw stretched and followed her out of camp.

Whiteclaw meowed," What is it?" Vixentail stared at him," I'm expecting kits." Vixentail stared at Whiteclaw's widening eyes," We're going to be a family."

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