Starlight, Starbright

In a land far, far away, there's a world that you could never have imagined. This place has no name. But it is home to numerous cats. Everything about this world is mysterious from it's blossoming, bright springs, lush, emerald summers, colorful, fiery autumns, and white, sparkling winters. In this story we trace the steps of a young heroine. From the moment she realizes what life is really about to the very second she dies. A tale of friendships and sorrows, heartbreaks and heroes, a broken connection between two sisters, a murder mystery, and a conclusion no one suspected...

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1. Just The Start

 

“Hey, pretty kitty.” I snapped my head up to see my friend Oliver Cavern balancing on a branch over my head. His black fur glowed handsomely in the sun and he had a playful look in his blue eyes. I was soaked from falling in a stream and covered in leaves and dirt. “Hi,” I said. Oliver smiled. “What happened to you?” He asked. “I fell in Eventer Pond.” I replied promptly. Laughter caught my attention. Shontel Founder and her crew flounced over to us. Shontel is the most annoying cat I have ever met. She’s a light gray tabby with silver eyes. And her ‘crew’ includes Lily Machining, who has the palest pelt I’ve ever seen, and green eyes, and Olivia Cavern, Oliver’s sister. Olivia has black fur like her brother and amber eyes. She isn’t that bad on her own, but all together they seem to be out to get me. Oliver jumped down from his branch and landed beside me. Shontel has a huge crush on Oliver so she wouldn’t mock him, but everyone knows she hates me. “Well hello, Fire, you’re quite fiery today.” She sneered. I shrugged. My fur is flame orange; that’s how I got my name. I know right now that I’m so muddy that you can’t see the orange. “I fell in Eventer Pond,” Big mistake. I shouldn’t have told them that. They howled with laughter. “I hope you had a good splash!” Lily snickered. “I did,” I said through clenched teeth. “Would you like to join me next time?” I hissed. The three of them recoiled. Shontel sniffed and stalked away. The rest of her posse followed suit. Oliver sighed. “I wish they’d leave us alone,” He muttered. Us? As in just Oliver and I, or every one of our friends? Oliver and I are pretty close. We’ve been teased a lot about the fact that we’re such good friends. Shontel doesn’t tease us, she’s just plain jealous. Almost every she-cat around here is KAH-RA-ZEE about Oliver.  “Fire?” Oliver interrupted my wandering thoughts. “You okay?” He asked. I forced myself to smile at him. “Yeah, I’m fine.” Oliver looked at me searchingly. “If you’re sure...” He murmured. I could tell he wasn’t convinced. “We should get you cleaned up, before your mom sees you.” Oliver grinned at me mischievously. I nodded. I drew my tongue over my fur. Oliver joined in, his licks rhythmic and strong. Soon enough I was clean but still drenched. “You must be tired.” Oliver whispered. He led me over to a small willow tree, just big enough for the both of us. If there was one thing I loved about Oliver, it was how he knew exactly what I needed, even without me having to say it out loud. I sank into the grass and fell asleep almost immediately.

 

“Let them sleep,” I heard my mother’s gentle voice arguing with my father’s deep one. “They should be training. They’re young; they ought to be learning.” He muttered. Father looks a lot like me with his ginger fur and blue eyes. We have quite a lot of differences, though. “If you ask me; they’re spending too much time together.” He hissed. Mother let his words sink in. She looks more like my sister Aqua with her mottled brown fur. Except she has green eyes, not blue.           “She’s not going to be your little girl forever.”                                                                                                                                            “I know,”                                                                                            

“They’re old enough to fall in love. Oliver obviously fancies Fire. She’s an attractive young cat. They’re perfect for each other.”                                                                                                                                                                                        

Father was silent. I never actually thought Oliver might like me. Even with all the teasing, I never gave it much thought. And me, attractive? Mother, you’ve got that wrong! I thought. “Should we wake them?” Father deliberately changed the subject. “I don’t think so; they’ll be waking up soon anyway.” Mother confirmed. I listened to their footsteps fade away, and then sat up. I looked at Oliver; he was curled up in a ball, his breathing slow and steady. I decided right away that I wouldn’t tell him what I had just heard. “Oliver, wake up. Wake up! It’s time for training!” I whispered into his ear. “Huh... Wha....?” Oliver sat up groggily. His jaws gaped in a huge yawn. “We’re going to be late for training!” I repeated. “Training! Oh, no! I completely lost t-rack of time!” Oliver gasped. “C’mon!” I bolted out from under the leaves and tore over to the Training Yard. Aqua was chatting with Olivia while she waited. Oliver headed for Snowy Carter. Snowy has pure white fur and blue eyes. He and Oliver are best friends. “Hey,” I said as I walked over to Olivia and Aqua. “I hope you don’t mind me butting in,” Aqua laughed and motioned for me to sit down. “Why is your fur wet?” She asked. I glanced down at my pelt. It was still damp. “Er... I fell in Eventer Pond.” I felt really uncomfortable. Olivia stared at her paws. Aqua seemed to sense the awkwardness. She nodded. “What’s up with Father?” She asked. “He seems really ticked.” I shrugged. I’m terrible at lying. Aqua narrowed her eyes at me. Then she nodded again. I was relieved she didn’t press me. “Does it have something to do with my brother?” That was Olivia. I sighed. Old habits die hard. Aqua giggled. “Maybe,” I mumbled. “Ohhh! Oh, yes!” Olivia crowed. “Fire likes-”  I slapped my tail across her mouth. “No, I don’t!” I hissed. Aqua chuckled. That’s when I realized we had drawn a crowd. Olivia’s eyes twinkled with amusement. She pushed me away and cried out so everyone around us could hear. “Fire likes Oliver! Fire likes Oliver!” There was no use trying to defend myself now, but it was worth a shot. I sprang to my feet. “No I don’t!” Even as I said it, I felt a strange twinge in my heart. Did I like Oliver? As a friend, sure I liked him. As more than a friend, I have absolutely no idea. Aqua was laughing out loud now. I could tell most of the crowd was trying not to giggle. Do you not get no for an answer?! I cried inwardly. I knew defying it would only make it worse. I let out a hiss of frustration. Just then Shontel chose the time to march up. The crowd fell silent. I took advantage of their lapse of attention and slipped out of the mob. I retreated to a safe distance and glanced up at the sky. Clouds were gathering. Their dark shapes blotted out the sun. A sinister shiver ran down my spine. We were in for a big storm.

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