Leader: Bramblestar – brown tabby tom with amber eyes
Deputy: Thornclaw – golden brown tabby tom
Medicine cat: Leafpool – light brown tabby she-cat with amber eyes Apprentice: Jayfeather
Warriors Squirrelflight – dark ginger she-cat with green eyes
Brackenfur – golden brown tabby tom
Cloudtail –long-haired white tom with blue eyes
Brightheart – white she-cat with ginger patches Apprentice: Snowpaw
Sorreltail – tortoiseshell she-cat
Birchfall – light brown tabby tom Apprentice: Sandpaw
Whitewing – white she-cat with green eyes
Poppyfrost – tortoiseshell she-cat
Hazeltail – small grey and white she-cat
Berrynose – cream-coloured tom
Cinderheart – grey tabby she-cat
Lionblaze – golden tabby tom with amber eyes Apprentice: Bearpaw
Hollyleaf – black she-cat with green eyes Apprentice: Larchpaw
Foxclaw – reddish tabby tom
Rosepetal – dark cream-coloured she-cat
Briarpelt – dark brown she-cat
Blossomcloud – pale brown she-cat with dark stripe along spine
Apprentices: Snowpaw – white she-cat with green eyes
Larchpaw – brown and white tabby tom
Oceanpaw – grey and white she-cat with blue eyes
Bearpaw – reddish brown tom with amber eyes
Sandpaw– black she-cat with green eyes
Elders: Firestar – ginger tom with a flame coloured pelt
Sandstorm – pale ginger she-cat with green eyes
Greystripe – long-haired grey tom
Ferncloud – pale grey (with darker flecks) she-cat and green eyes
Queens: Iceheart – white she-cat, mother of Lionblaze’s kits: Moonkit (very pale golden she-cat), Heatherkit (dark ginger she-cat)
Honeyfern – light brown tabby she-cat, mother of Berrynose’s kits: Seakit (very pale she-cat), Maplekit (golden brown she-cat), Bluekit (grey tom), Tortoisekit (tortoiseshell tom)
(PS: I wrote short chapters ‘cos I didn’t’ want to bore you)
Oceanpaw sat beside her mentor, Jayfeather. It was a dull day and there were many clouds in the sky. A cold wind whispered around the medicine cat den, making her shiver. There had been an outbreak of greencough a few weeks ago. Larchpaw and Bluekit were still recovering. The rest were fine now, except for poor Tortoisekit. He had died the other day. Jayfeather padded over to the herb store. “We’re low on catmint,” he meowed. “Will you and some other warrior collect some from the abandon twoleg nest?” “I’ll go and get Blossomcloud,” Oceanpaw replied, although she didn’t feel like going outside at all. It was too cold and windy and all she wanted to do was sit in her nice warm nest and chat to her brother, Bearpaw and sister, Sandpaw. Reluctantly, she padded across the stone hollow to the warrior’s den were she found Blossomcloud. Greystripe’s youngest daughter greeted her cheerfully. She had only been a warrior for a few days. “Hi Oceanpaw!” she mewed. Oceanpaw smiled at the friendly she-cat. “Will you help me collect catmint for Jayfeather?” she asked. Blossomcloud raced over to the camp entrance. “Let’s go!”
Bearpaw pounced and killed the mouse with one swift bite. “Good job Bearpaw!” called Bearpaw’s mentor Lionblaze. Bearpaw smiled to himself. That was the first piece of prey he had caught by himself. He picked the mouse up and flung it into the bushes. Lionblaze bounded over to his apprentice. “We’ve caught quite a lot now,” he meowed. “I think it’s time we should be heading back to camp.” Bearpaw’s mood changed instantly. You mean you’ve caught a lot, he thought. And we’ve only been out for a few minutes. But he collected his mouse from the bushes and followed the golden tom back to the stone hollow. Bearpaw gulped down the rest of his vole. Snowpaw came to sit beside him. Her pelt was streaked with mud and blood oozed out from between one of her claws. “What happened to you?” he asked the snow-white apprentice. “I fell out of a tree,” she answered, bending over to lick the mud from her fur. “And I tore my claw.”
Sandpaw’s claws scraped down the stone as she sharpened them on HighLedge. She could see every cat from here. Her brother, Bearpaw and Snowpaw were sharing tongues by the fresh-kill pile and her mother, Hollyleaf and father, Mousewhisker were sharing tongues outside the warrior’s den. Larchpaw sat outside the medicine cat den with his mother and father, Birchfall and Whitewing. “They were by the WindClan border.” Sandpaw pricked her ears. Who was by the WindClan border? “Are you sure it wasn’t Sol and his friends?” she heard Bramblestar ask. “No, I think they said there names were, Aidan and Freya,” came Thornclaw’s reply. “They said they were looking for the cat of the sea, the grizzly cat and the sand cat.” Sandpaw gasped. The cat of the sea, the grizzly cat and the sand cat! They meant Oceanpaw, Bearpaw and Sandpaw!
Oceanpaw and Blossomcloud returned with there jaws stuffed full of catmint. Jayfeather would be pleased! Oceanpaw carried her bundle to the medicine cat den. She spat it out on the floor. Jayfeather padded over to them and sniffed the catmint. “Nice and fresh,” he mewed. “Good job.” Oceanpaw was impressed by her mentor’s sense of smell. He gaze slid from the catmint and over to her, making it almost impossible to believe that he was blind. “You should get some sleep,” he meowed. “You must be exhausted.” He shouldered past her to collect the catmint she and Blossomcloud had dropped on the floor. The cheery warrior had already gone. Oceanpaw padded over to her nest and drifted into deep sleep. She found herself in a cave. The was sand and covering the ground and a pool of water with a strange full-moon shape hole in the roof above it. A fire coloured tom and a golden she-cat appeared from around the corner. “The cat of the sea, the grizzly cat and he sand cat. They will save you,” they chanted before fading away into nothing… “Jayfeather! Jayfeather!” Oceanpaw sat in her nest, eyes still wide from her dream. “A prophecy has been told…”
Bearpaw lapped at Snowpaw’s still-mud-stained pelt. A purr rose in her throat and she turned around to start licking his ruffled fur. Bearpaw felt a warm glow inside him and he stretched out on the ground, feeling the sun on his dark brown pelt. The sky cracked with lightning and on of the bramble thickets went up in flames. “Fire!” Bearpaw and Snowpaw made a dash for the nursery. First thing first, they had to get the kits and elders out. Foxclaw and Sandpaw were already there. Bearpaw grabbed Moonkit and made a dash for the camp entrance, handing Lionblaze his kit. Bramblestar was helping Sandstorm to the entrance. Berrynose, Honeyfern, Hollyleaf and Mousewhisker were helping Greystripe and Ferncloud. Bearpaw followed the other cats to the stream across the WindClan border, Snowpaw at his side.
Sandpaw glanced wildly around the cats. Sorreltail, Brackenfur, Ferncloud… Where were Firestar, Oceanpaw and Jayfeather? Sandpaw pulled her way through the cats but she couldn’t see her sister anywhere. She wanted to wail like a kit to its mother. She had been with Oceanpaw through everything and now she was stuck in the camp. Mousewhisker suddenly scooped her up and carried her across the stream. She turned to face her father. “Oceanpaw, Firestar and Jayfeather are still back at camp,” she meowed.
8 moons later…
Chapter seven “Larchtail! Snowstorm!” Bearclaw yowled. Beside him, Sandsky and Oceanbreeze joined in with the rest of the clan. They had only been made warriors a few days ago and also knew how exciting it was to be made a warrior. “We also have three kits that have reached six moons,” announced Bramblestar. “Bluekit, Maplekit and Seakit would you like to come up here please.” Honeyfern’s three kits raced eachother up to Bramblestar. “Sandsky, Birchfall has taught you well and I think it is time you had an apprentice of your own. You will mentor Maplepaw,” Bramblestar meowed. Bearclaw watched her sister go up and touch noses with her new apprentice. He suddenly felt a jab of jealousness. Then he reminded himself that he would have an apprentice soon as well. “And Cloudtail, you taught Cinderheart and now she is a great and loyal warrior to our clan. You will mentor Seapaw. And finally Thornclaw, you will mentor Bluepaw.”
Chapter eight Oceanbreeze watched the clan from HighLedge. Three moons ago she had been trapped in the camp with Firestar and Jayfeather when it had gone o fire. She shuddered remembering the flames everywhere. Unfortunately Firestar had died. Oceanbreeze shook her head to clear these horrible thoughts. It was over now… But something else was troubling her. She kept having the same dream. The words, the cat of the sea, the grizzly cat and the sand cat always rang through her ears. She would always go over to the WindClan border and a golden she-cat and flame coloured tom would wait for her. Maybe she should tell Jayfeather. All she’d told him was of the prophecy.
Chapter nine Sandsky padded over to the WindClan border her ears pricked for any noises. The clan had sheltered here while the fire was destroying the camp. But she wasn’t sheltering here; she had come to find the two cats. “Welcome,” the deep voice made her jump. She turned to see a ginger tom with a flame coloured pelt. He looked hauntingly like Firestar although he had ice blue eyes. “Where is the cat of the sea and the grizzly cat?” the tom asked. Sandsky stared up at him. “I’ll go and get hem,” she mewed. She turned around and raced back to camp yowling, “Bearclaw! Oceanbreeze!”
Chapter nine Bearclaw licked Snowstorm's soft white fur. They bathed in the sun by the camp entrance. Then the bushes parted. Sandsky and two other cats padded through. One of them a flame-coloured tom and the other a golden she-cat. "The three have come," they announced. "The cat of the sea, he grizzly cat and the sand cat!"
To be continued...
book 2, The caves