Fire and Shadow

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


20. Chapter Twenty

Gorsepaw was grooming himself in the apprentice's den. Oakpaw and Nightpaw were both currently attending to their apprentice duties. Rowanclaw, Littlecloud, and Whitethroat had all moved to the warrior's den since the were made warriors. That gave Firefang the privacy he needed for this.

"Gorsepaw?" He padded in. "I need to talk to you." The apprentice looked up at his mentor.

"Firefang! What is it?" He looked up at him, his eyes wide. "A-am I in trouble?"

Shaking his head, Firefang sat down next to him. "No." He licked Gorsepaw's ear comfortingly. "You're a good apprentice; a credit to your Clan." How delicately phrased, he avoided saying just what Clan he was from!

" I about to be made into a warrior?" Gorsepaw's eyes widened, his tail moving quickly. Purring in amusement, Firefang shook his head. "Then...what?"

Firefang took a deep breath. "Gorsepaw...there's something I have to tell you. Come with me...please." He added softly. Gorsepaw blinked and climbed to his paws. He followed Firefang out of the apprentice's den...and into the medicine cat's den.

Gorsepaw felt his fur stand on end as his mentor guided him to the den. Inside there was no one but Firefang and the WindClan prisoner Brokenstar had ordered the Clan to either guard or ignore; occasionally questioned by Brokenstar's Elite.

Onewhisker raised his head up as Gorsepaw entered. Firefang sat next to the WindClan warrior. "Hello Gorsepaw." Onewhisker mewed quietly. "It's good to see you."

"You...know me?" Gorsepaw squeaked, embarrassed that his voice came out sounding so kit-like. Onewhisker swished his tail and nodded.

"I've known you longer than any cat here." He said, his signature single whisker twitched.

Firefang curled his tail over Gorsepaw's back. "Gorsepaw...there's something you need to know."

"W-what is it?" The apprentice asked, his voice trembling slightly.

"You are not born of ShadowClan." Firefang said, trying to get it over with as quickly as he could. "You are from WindClan—like Onewhisker." He nodded to the other warrior. "You were taken from WindClan as a the same battle that drove WindClan out and when Onewhisker was captured."

"It's true." Onewhisker nodded. "We are Clanmates."

Gorsepaw's jaw slackened, his fur bristling all over. "H-how can this happen!" He wailed. "I'm a ShadowClan apprentice! I want to be a warrior for my Clan!"

"I know..." Firefang mewed gently. "But your Clan is WindClan. I'm sorry." He looked down briefly. "Nothing has given me as much honor as being your mentor and I'm sorry that we aren't Clanmates...but you are WindClan born."

"Your mother was Morningflower." Onewhisker said gently. "She was a beautiful queen..." his face darkened. "Before that piece of filth Jaggedtooth killed her the night he drove our Clan away."

"Why...why didn't you tell me sooner?" Gorsepaw shook.

"I wanted to...but I didn't know if you were old enough to handle the truth." Firefang replied. "And I didn't know what to do...but now I do." His green eyes flashed brightly as he stared Gorsepaw in the face. "I am proud of you and always will be, no matter what you do with your life. I am sorry that this happened to you—and that Brokenstar wasn't stopped earlier. I can't go along with what he does anymore." Firefang looked determined. "I don't know what you will do now—that is your decision to make. But I intend to bring WindClan back to the forest and free Onewhisker."

"What about Brokenstar?" Gorsepaw mewed, his eyes wide.

"As for Brokenstar..." Firefang took a deep breath, his dreams flashing before him. "Evil must be opposed."

"How nobly spoken." Hissed a dark, wicked voice from behind them. The three cats looked up to the entrance of the medicine cat's den. Standing squarely in the entrance, silhouetted by the sun, was Brokenstar. Standing beside him was Blackfoot and his Elite. "But treachery has only one reward."

With a vicious yowl, Brokenstar's loyal cats charged them, hissing and claws outstretched.

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