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Posted August 22, 2012
Owleyes stretched beside the warriors' den, then followed Thunderstar across the clearing. Fireheart padded out of his den and stared wistfully at the thorn barrier. Ashfur hopped out after him. "Are you going to the Gathering?" Fireheart shrugged. "Not tonight." A gust of wind rattled the thornbush. "Let's go." Thunderstar pushed into the brambles. "There's more rain coming, it may be a short Gathering." The patrol pounded up the slope as Thunderstar followed the trail to the forest's edge. Pelts flashed between brambles. Hollyleaf's paws slithered on wet leaves. As Honeyfern steadied her with a flick of her tail, a ginger pelt caught the edge of her vision. Hollyleaf turned to see Runningwind fall in beside her, his feet skimming the ground as he matched her paw step for paw step. She pushed harder to pull ahead. The ginger warrior seemed to be there every time she looked over her shoulder. She veered around a bramble, sliding across his path so he had to let her take the lead. She reached the top of the slope before him and, breaking from the trees, stared down at the lake. "Tired already?" Sweetpaw pulled up beside her. "I'm not!" Honeyfern mewed as she pelted past them, skidding down the slope after her Clanmates. Hollyleaf pulled ahead, down the short path onto the rocky pebbles. She raced after the patrol, keeping her eyes fixed on the ground. They reached the tree-bridge that spanned the water between the shore and the island. Hanging back, she let her Clanmates cross first. The air was thick with scents from every Clan. Hollyleaf nosed her way out of the grass. The clearing was swarming with pelts. Faces turned as ThunderClan padded out from the grass. Hollyleaf followed her Clan past the staring faces and halted beside Honeyfern and Swiftbreeze. Thunderstar shouldered his way through in front of them, heading for the Great Oak. Owleyes joined Gorseclaw and all the other deputies at the bottom. Hollyleaf scanned the rows of faces, searching for Fallen Leaves. Three medicine cats, Runningnose, Mothflight, and Brambleberry were gathered below the oak. Flametail paced in front of them, lashing his tail. Hollyleaf glanced at Whitestorm. "He looks like he wants Jayfeather to visit so he can start a fight." She felt hot breath on her ear and turned to find Russetfur leaning close. "Murderers deserve to be punished!" Hollyleaf turned on her, bristling. "Jayfeather is not a murderer!" She defended the living ThunderClan deputy. Leopardfur stepped between them. "Why isn't he at the real Gathering then? She challenged Hollyleaf. "Too guilty to show his whiskers?" Whitestorm barged Leopardfur away with his shoulder. "Stay close to your Clanmates Hollyleaf," he warned. "Some cats don't seem to realize there's a truce." He glanced at the round full moon hanging over the island. A cloud hung across it like a smear of a cobweb.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.