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Posted December 2, 2012
Chapter Two (Ivykit's POV)
I watch the new cats enterring. They pad over to Darkmoon, who is lounging beneath a large pile of rocks— the Shade Stones. They provide shade ((duh!)) to hide from the blazing heat in.
I follow them silently, not making a sound.
"What is it, Darkmoon?" Foxstep, an ambitious tom, asks.
"War. Silentstar wants us to prepare for war." The deputy responds, flicking his bushy tail.
"War!?" Gasps the tortoiseshell apprentice, Rainpaw. I, too, am a tortoiseshell—black with orange and white flecks.
"Yes. The Dark Forest is rising again. We need help. At the Gathering tonight, we will make an announcement."
Before anyone can speak, Silentstar leaps on the large Sky Rock. "Let all cats old enough to catch their own prey gather here to hear my words!" He yowls. Riverbreeze and Rosepaw peek out of the medicine den. Spiritwing is with them. My heart goes out to the silver warrior. She was struck with an uncurable disease as an apprentice, and can no longer be a warrior—ever. Or a medicine cat, really. Her illness could be spread, so she stays in a seperate den behind the medicine den.
I stare up at Silentstar. My father. My sister, Featherkit, joins me. The silver tabby's eyes glow with excitement.
"It is time for two young cats to become apprentices. Ivykit, Featherkit, please step forward." Our mother rushes over to groom us, but we shake her off and dart forward, standing before our father.
"Ivykit, until you recieve your warrior name, you will be known as Ivypaw. Foxstep, you are ready for an apprentice. Pass on your courage and ambition to this young cat." Foxstep touches noses with me, then presses against me reassuringly. Trembling, I lean on him, grateful for support.
"Featherkit, until you recieve your warrior name, you will be known as Featherpaw. Lilystream, it is time for youto recieve an apprentice. Pass on your quick-thinking and intelligence to this young cat." He finishes, nodding. He gives Rainpaw her warrior name, but I can hardly hear him.
Joy fizzes in my paws. "We're apprentices!" I whisper. The moment the words leave my mouth, something odd happens. The world blurs for a moment, and thunder claps. Than everything's back to normal and our Clanmates are still cheering.
"Did you see that?" I ask Featherpaw. But she's run off to talk to her new apprentice friends.
I catch Foxstep's eye, but he turns back to Rainpaw.
"Congrats, Raintail! Finally, we're both warriors!" He purrs.
"We can't train together now because of your apprentice!" Raintail sighs.
"It's okay. We're still friends, right? Duty first!" He jokes. Raintail turns away.
I frown, but shake off the moment and go to find Featherpaw.