Fire and Shadow

AU. Rusty has been adopted not by ThunderClan...but ShadowClan!


17. Chapter Seventeen

Firefang replied his conversation with Ravenwing and Mistyfoot in his mind over and over again. "So what's our first step?" Ravenwing had asked.

Firefang took a deep breath. "To save the Warrior Code we have to do something unClanlike. We have to overthrow Brokenstar, drive him out of ShadowClan."

"Again, how?" Mistyfoot looked at him curiously.

"I'm not quite sure." Firefang admitted. "I have to somehow show the whole Clan—and the whole forest—just what Brokenstar is. But if it comes down to a fight within ShadowClan, we may need help driving out Brokenstar. If you two could somehow manage to keep your clan's patrols near ShadowClan territory; I'll send word if their help is needed."

So for the next few days Firefang stuck close to camp. Besides filling in Onewhisker in what was agreed to at Fourtrees, he tried to keep as close an eye on Brokenstar as he could without being noticed.

Unfortunately, his efforts had been noticed—by Blackfoot. The ShadowClan deputy narrowed his eyes at Firefang. Ever since he had arrived Brokenstar had fawned over the orange warrior. Blackfoot feared it was only a matter of time before Brokenstar replaced him with Firefang as ShadowClan deputy! "And if he does, Brokenstar better watch his tail."Blackfoot's tail twitched. "That cat is no loyal warrior."

If Firefang had known that Blackfoot was watching him the way he was watching Brokenstar, he would've been even more worried. Not only that, he had to train Gorsepaw as his mentor; all the while debating on how we was going to break the news to the eager apprentice that he was WindClan born, and that his mother was killed by his adoptive Clan.

As if that wasn't enough to think about...

"Here Firefang." The orange warrior turned to see Nightpaw, a plump lizard in her mouth. She dropped it gently at his paws. "I picked it out just for you." The pretty young black-she cat idly licked at her paws and turned her head, watching his reaction out of the corner of her eye.

Firefang took a bite. "Hmm...this is really good! Thank you Nightpaw."

"You're welcome." She purred, her tail perking up. "I'll see you later Firefang..." she traced her tail gently across his flank and padded off happily.

As Firefang finished off the lizard, he heard an amused meow. "She's got it bad for you, you lucky dope." Looking up, he saw Wetfoot smiling like he just saw a mouse in his sights.

"What are you talking about?" Firefang sighed.

Wetfoot looked at Firefang as if he'd suddenly grown a second tail. "Are you blind? It's obvious that Nightpaw is very, very fond of you! Even a ThunderClan cat could figure thatout!"

His face growing very warm, Firefang hastily raised a paw to scratch at his ear distractedly. "You're crazy."

"Nooo, Nightpaw is. About you." Wetfoot teased, flicking his tail. "I'm taking Oakpaw out on patrol. Do you want to take Gorsepaw and come with?"

"No thanks." Firefang said distractedly. "Some other time." Wetfoot smirked, and left without another word; leaving Firefang along with his now torrential thoughts.

Firefang felt stunned. He'd hardly noticed Nightpaw's affection for him. He tried to blame it on all the issues facing ShadowClan and the rest of the forest...but that wasn't the truth was. The truth was, that Firefang already had a she-cat on his mind; and try as he might, he couldn't get her off his mind.

"Mistyfoot." Firefang lay down, resting his head on his paws, his tail draping over his nose. He had grown to admire and like the RiverClan she-cat so much that he barely noticed when he started feeling...something more than that for her.

"She's so...strong. And funny. And clever." He flicked an ear as he laid down. But it was impossible. He was ShadowClan, she was RiverClan. That was the end of it.

"Still," Firefang continued. "She never mentioned having a mate, or who fathered her kits...maybe they split up. Maybe she wants to—no, don't be mousebrained!" He shook his head. "StarClan help me, what next?"

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