You are padding through the unknown territory. Your eyes are watchful and your ears are perked. You taste the air for any signs of cat, but you're unable to detect anything because of the strange scents that are all around you. You have the creepy feeling that you're being watched. You look around, but find nothing, except trees, bushes, and some undergrowth. You keep your claws unsheathed, not knowing what will happen in this strange place. Suddenly, you are ambushed by a patrol. They attack you with no mercy. You try your hardest to fight back, giving the cats hefty blows. Then you are surrounded, with no way of escaping. The four cats slowly close in on you, making you feel hopeless. You are tired because of the wounds you had already received, but you are more than willing to fight back. Just as you think they are going to attack, an odd, but friendly mew is heard. "Are we going to kill this cat?" (Yeah, so friendly.) "Will you hush up?" The leader of the patrol growls. "Well, I was just wondering. 'Cause usually we injure them, then chase them off. This cat seems more wounded and--" "Why must you question everything, you annoying fur-ball?" As they continue to "chat" you slowly back up, trying to escape, but the two other cats catch you. They pin you to the ground so you won't get away. You sigh, then you start listening to the argument again. "Blazestar made it very clear when she said she didn't want ANY mercy shown to trespassing cats." "Well, we ALL know she directed it mainly toward WindClan, since they think they can go where they please, just 'cause we're a new clan by the lake. But, Bearfur, this is clearly a loner, passing through. Not an enemy cat." The cat called Bearfur, rolled his eyes. "I don't like it when you use your brain. Fine. If you think this cat is good, then you can walk it to the border yourself. WE are going to continue our patrol." Bearfur twitched his tail and the two cats pinning you down let go, then followed Bearfur. The strange cat helped you up. "We got you pretty bad, huh?" You hiss at the tom. "Stay away from me, Clan cat!" "Oh, your welcome for not killing you." The tom meowed. You snarl at him, knowing this cat is one to tease, and you DO NOT want to listen to him. So, you get up shakily and start to walk to the border. The Clan cat follows you, ready to help you if you fall. "So... Do you trespass a lot?" "What's it to you if I do or not?" You growl, not looking at the cat. "I was only joking. Don't have to be so uptight." You growl again. "Says the cat who just attacked me!" The tom chuckles a bit and he starts to talk about things you couldn't care less about. Very annoyed with his blabbering, you snarl at him. "You do know you're being spared, right?" He asks with a sudden seriousness that makes you uneasy. "Spared?" "Yeah. They would've killed you. But, I guess, you're just lucky that I'm soft. Heh." "Lucky isn't the word I would use. I'm stuck with you 'til the border and that's as bad as death." He chuckles again. "You got a name, cat?" He asks you. "That's none of your business." "Oh, come on. You tell me yours if I tell you mine?" Your only reply is an eye-roll. "I'm Redstone," the tom tells you. "You know we're not gonna be friends, right?" "Of course. I'm just trying to be nice. Besides, a big mouse-brained trespasser deserves some kindness. Even if it's not a lot." "I don't believe you one bit. You're just acting." You sniff, keeping your guard up. "Maybe I am. Maybe I'm not. Guess you won't ever get to know. We're at the border. Where we shall part, never seeing one another again." "I thought you were trying to be nice. Your voice sounded happy." "I'm usually always happy. And anyway, why do you care? Thought you didn't trust the nice thing." "I don't," you growl. "Mhm. Well, good-bye forever, cat." Redstone looked at you with friendly eyes. You mumble a farewell and pad off. You can feel his gaze burning into the back of your head. Even after you are out of his sight, you continue to think about him. "He's just a weird cat..." And that is your final conclusion on Redstone.
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About Redstone Edit
Age: 58 moons (as of now)Personality: teasing, optimistic, usually blissful, friendly, strong, fierce, sarcastic, calm, and serious (when the moment calls for seriousness, anyway)
Breed: Charteux mix
Father: Unknown, Mother: Chestnutfleck
Brother/s: None, Sister/s: Robinfang
Mate: Foxfur(deceased), Kit/s: Pearlheart(deceased), Mysterysoul
Pelt: Short, light gray fur with a few red spots because of burns
Body Build: Strong, broad shoulders with normal long legs and paws, and long, straight (meaning, not fluffy) tail
Eye color: Gray-green
Current Clan: BlazingClan Edit
Rank: Warrior Edit
Song: "Remedy," by Adele
Quotes: "Everyone deserves a chance, even those without hearts."
"Forgiveness is a hard thing to give, but an easy thing to want."
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Redstone's Story (This is long. You have been warned!) Edit
Fire? The little tom thought. He sniffed the air again. Only two days old and Smokykit is already facing his first fire. Warriors were running everywhere, helping the elders, queens, and the other kits. Where's Chestnutfleck? He thought, as he looked around for his mother. He couldn't find her through the chaos of scrambling pelts and panicked mews. Some warriors were already out of the camp. Smokykit decided that it was best to follow them. With his tiny legs, he padded out of the camp. He instantly felt the heat of the fire in front of him. "Uh, oh. That doesn't look good... I think." He tried to catch up with the warriors he had seen run out, but he was not quick enough. He tried getting their attention, but his small mews couldn't be heard among the crackle of the flames. He stopped running and took a breath. He coughed because of the smoke. All of a sudden he felt the heat right on him. The fire burned him on his left back paw, and his tail, back, and a small part of his head. Smokykit started to panic. He yowled as loud as he could for a kit his age. "It hurts!" Smokykit yowled. "Help!" He began to run in the direction he thought was camp. "SMOKYKIT!" A familiar voice sounded above the hungry flames. "Mother?!" Without any warning, Smokykit was picked up by his scruff. His mother ran past the flames. "Are you wet?" He asked Chestnutfleck. She didn't answer, and instead kept on running. By the time they reached the river, Smokykit was non-stop whimpering, because his burns hurt so much. "We're going to go for a little swim, okay?" Chestnutfleck told him. He nodded slightly, and they went into the water. Chestnutfleck swam to the river's other side with Smokykit in her mouth. The moment she set him on the ground, Chestnutfleck and Blazestar started to scowl him. Then, Scarletlily hushed them. The new medicine cat checked his burns and fixed him up, making sure he was okay. "What were you thinking?!" His mother practically yelled. "I was looking everywhere for you! Do you not know how much pain and worry you have caused the Clan?" Smokykit looked down at his paws, ashamed. "If I knew there was going to be a fire, I wouldn't have let you out of my sight. How could I have let you leave the nursery unsupervised?" "Chestnutfleck, be gentle to him. He just got burned badly. Don't make him feel worse," Blazestar spoke calmly, but Smokykit knew she was just as angry, because her tail was lashing from side to side. Chestnutfleck groaned. "Oh, but my poor kit!" "I'm here, too!" Robinkit spoke up. Chestnutfleck wrapped her tail around both her kits. Smokykit whimpered again, and Robinkit licked his cheek.
A few days had past. The BlazingClan cats made a small home on the riverside until the fire had gone. Today was the day the Clan was to go back to their own territory. Smokykit and Robinkit were excited to see what became of the home they barely knew. When they got back to what was left of their camp, Blazestar called a meeting. "I know most of our home is destroyed, but it will return to its beautiful and plentiful self. It just needs time to grow. In the meantime, we will gather everything we can to make our camp look just as it was before the fire. Bearfur," she called to her deputy. "I need you to arrange hunting patrols. I will arrange the material-gathering patrols myself. Remember, everyone, our hardships will only make us stronger. Meeting dismissed." Immediately, every warrior and capable cat got to work. The nursery and the medicine cat's den was the first dens finished. Chestnutfleck stayed in the nursery with her kits. Every now and than, when a cat needed help, she would leave them. Anything else, she would ignore to be with her kits. Everyday the camp was getting back to its normal self, slowly returning to the great Clan's camp. Also everyday, Scarletlily would check on Smokykit's burns. His fur was just beginning to grow back, but it was red instead of gray, much to Scarletlily's amazement. While the medicine cat was checking on Smokykit, Chestnutfleck stared at him with her lime-green gaze. When Scarletlily left, his mother beckoned to him to come to her. "Yes, mother?" Smokykit asked, slightly frightened because he thought he was in more trouble. Chestnutfleck licked the top of his head a few times. "I... want to give you a new name," she told him. "A new name?" He got worried. "Wh-what's wrong with the one I have now?" "Oh, nothing. I just feel it more appropriate to name you something else." Chestnutfleck looked up, and yowled. "I have an anouncement!" The Clan looked to her as she gazed back down at Smokykit. "I am changing Smokykit's name. He will now be called Redkit. I hope his name will remind him of the fire that took our home, because the fire that roared through the forest is in him and will help him get through anything else he has to face." She nuzzled him. "I know it. I can see it already." The Clan cheered, but some of the cats hesitated before going along. "Or that fire is going to ruin us all over again," a cat growled to itself. Chestnutfleck heard, but ignored it, knowing that what she saw in her son was true.
(a few seasons later)
Redstone padded into the forest alone, wanting to hunt by himself and think. He tasted the air. Mouse. He thought, happily. He began to follow the scent, but all of a sudden, a different scent mingled in with the mouse's. Redstone drifted off the mouse trail and followed the other scent. It smelled of pine and cat. "Looks like I got a trespasser," he said quietly to himself. There was an annoyed hiss from the opposite direction he was going. He turned his head. Berylmask lost his prey. Redstone thought, knowing his Clanmate was out hunting. He continued to follow the strange cat's scent, until stopped abruptly. Redstone stepped through the bushes and into a small clearing. Dock was the only thing he could smell. When he entered, the first thing he saw was an orange and black cat with a tan-ish underbelly. The stranger turned to him, face toward the ground. "What are you doing here?" Redstone growled. "Well, I was about to collect some dock leaves. Thought that would've been obvious. Dock's all around this clearing," the she-cat responded. Redstone took a closer look at the cat. "Wait a minute. Have I seen you before?" His voice softened a bit. "Oh, I know! I saw you at the last Gathering. You were that medicine cat." The she-cat lifted her head as if looking straight at him. Her eyes were scarred and white. Redstone did NOT see that coming. When he had last seen her, she had pretty light blue eyes. He tried joking about it. "Although, I swore you had EYES then." The cat unsheathed her claws, and took a threatening step forward. "Oh, I can't see now, but that doesn't make a difference. I could still shred you." "Pfft, so much for a medicine cat." The she-cat growled at his remark. "Relax. I was just messing with you," he meowed calmly. "Messing with me?!" The strange she-cat took another step forward. "Sounds like you're being insulting to me." Redstone's tail twitched. "I didn't mean to insult you. I was trying to make a joke. Oops." "Well, maybe it's time you learn to shut--" The she-cat was interrupted by another cat that limped into the clearing. "Hey, Foxfur? Are you okay?" The new cat asked her. The tom narrowed his eyes at Redstone. "Who are you?" The tom growled, slightly. "I'm Redstone," he meowed, still remaining calm. "Who are YOU and what are you doing on MY territory?" Redstone asked the tom. The she-cat answered before the tom could even open his mouth to speak. "I'm Foxfur and this is my brother, Nightstorm. We're just passing through." "Passing through, huh? Didn't you say you were collecting dock leaves earlier?" "My brother stepped on a thorn. Didn't you SEE him limp, or are your eyes messed up as well?" The she-cat meowed, smugly. "I DID see that, thank you." Redstone was getting tired of her tone. "Want to use yours? Oh, that's right. You can't!" He fired back at her. Nightstorm's fur began to bristle, but Foxfur didn't budge. "If you don't mind, I'm going to tend to my brother's pad." Without waiting for Redstone to answer, Foxfur got some dock leaves, chewed them, then spit the juice on Nightstorm's pad. Redstone slowly walked over to Foxfur. He was curious to see what she was doing and how. "How do you do that without being able to see?" He asked her. Foxfur sighed. "I do it as if I could still see. I act like nothing's changed," she answered him simply. "How did you become blind? Who did this to you?" Nightstorm moaned and meowed something in Foxfur's ear. He caught the word "banished." "Banished? Did i just hear banished?" Redstone's eyes widened. "No!" Foxfur and Nightstorm said at the same time. "What did you guys do?" "That's none of your business!" Foxfur growled. "We should get going now!" Nightstorm started to nudge Foxfur onward, but Redstone blocked their path. An idea struck at Redstone. Let's hope I don't sound too desperate. Then, he said aloud, "No, you can't go! Uh, please? If you guys were banished from your Clan, then that means you two are probably leaving the lake. The least I can do is give you food, water, and rest." Nightstorm looked at Redstone, confused. "You want to give us hospitality? We trespassed on your territory! Shouldn't you be chasing us away? What kind of a Clan cat are you?" Foxfur's mew was shocked. "I thought we Clan cats were suppose to help each other in times of need. That's what I'm doing for you both. You guys don't have a home anymore. I... feel sorry for you guys." "We don't need your pity," Foxfur growled. "But he has a point," Nightstorm meowed, thoughtfully. Redstone twitched his tail, face looking smug. "Then, follow me."
Redstone padded along, back to camp with Foxfur and Nightstorm behind him. The siblings were yapping their heads off on how they don't trust him and that they shouldn't go to the camp. Redstone silently listened, until he had had enough of their talk. "Are you two done blabbering?" He asked them. Then, he snorted with amusement. "You need to learn to have quieter conversations." Redstone knew they were embarrassed. Nightstorm's gaze never left the ground, and Foxfur looked even grumpier. "We're here!" Redstone announced. They entered an enormous clearing, surrounded by trees. There were some bushes and rocks in the clearing, which seemed to have been put there by the BlazingClan cats. "Redstone, what're you going to tell your clanmates?" Foxfur asked. Redstone stopped walking. He hadn't thought about that. "Umm... I'll tell them--" He was interrupted by a playful mew. "Redstone, what have you got there? You didn't catch cat on your hunt, did you?" A striking yellow she-cat with white paws and amber eyes came up to him. Redstone thought it was best to play along. "Well, Blazestar, it would seem that I have." Blazestar looked warmly at the two siblings. "Can one of you tell me why Redstone as brought you here?" The leader asked. By now, more of the BlazingClan cats noticed the two strangers, and they came to see what was going on. "Um, we trespassed," Nightstorm meowed awkwardly. "Oh, you trespassed, huh?" Blazestar looked at Redstone for a second then back at the siblings. "Redstone and Bluecloud, please show them to their... beds." "Come on." Redstone flicked his tail, telling them to follow. Bluecloud approached them. They all walked to a big tree that had a hole in the bottom. It was big enough for about four cats. Moss covered the inside of the bottom of the tree. "Here we are," Redstone meowed kindly. Nightstorm nudged Foxfur into the tree. "I will be right back with some prey for you both," Bluecloud meowed, then bounded away. "Make yourselves comfortable," Redstone said as he looked in at them. "I don't know how long Blazestar plans on keeping you here." "You mean because you brought us in as prisoners?" Foxfur's mew was sharp. "Hey! I--" Redstone was interrupted by Bluecloud, who had come back with two plump mice. She dropped them at the siblings' paws. "One for each," Bluecloud meowed, happily. "We'll leave you guys alone to eat." Bluecloud and Redstone padded away. Redstone glanced back at Foxfur. He noticed that Nightstorm narrowed his eyes at him.
Several sunrises had passed. Blazestar had recently talked to the two cats, and had gotten them to do some work around the camp while they were there. Foxfur and Nightstorm seemed to be doing okay with the rest of the BlazingClan cats, even if Foxfur never looked happy. Redstone padded up to her. "Foxfur?" He asked cautiously. The blind she-cat was talking to herself. "Foxfur?" Redstone repeated. This time she heard him, and she turned to him, sniffing. "Redstone? What do you want?" "Umm, I was wondering if you'd like to go on a hunt?" "Is Blazestar allowing me to go outside of the camp?" Foxfur questioned. "Yup. Already spoke with her. She said it was okay as long as you're with me." "Alright, then. Let's go!" Foxfur bounded toward the entrance, nearly bumping into Goldenclaw. "You need to watch that mouse-brained friend of yours, Redstone," Goldenclaw meowed, with a slight growl. "Of course." He dipped his head to the senior warrior, then ran to catch up to Foxfur. He found her right outside the camp, a breeze rustling her pelt. "Well, slow-poke, where are we gonna hunt?" She asked him. Redstone thought a moment. "Let's head toward the lake." Foxfur nodded and they both began to head to the lake. Foxfur sniffed occasionally, as if checking to make sure they were going in the right direction. "So," Redstone began. "It's a lovely day to hunt, huh?" "Yeah. I'm just glad to be out of that noisy camp, and in the quiet forest." Redstone murmured his agreement. Foxfur suddenly darted to the left. "Foxfur?" Redstone raced after her. He heard a small squeak that was cut off. Foxfur turned to him, a mouse dangling in her jaws. She dropped it. "Pretty good for a cat without eyes, huh?" She smirked. "Mhm." Redstone purred. "Nice catch. You know, for a second I thought you were... nevermind." Foxfur's tail twitched. "You thought I was running away?" Her voice sounded almost hurt, but if it was, it was quickly replaced by an amused purr. "Redstone, I can't leave. Not without Nightstorm." "W-why do you even need to go?" He asked a little nervously. Foxfur turned away from him and began to walk to the lake. He followed. Did I just hurt her feelings? Foxfur sat down by the shore, and Redstone sat beside her. She was facing the lake. The soft breeze blowing at their fur. "You and Nightstorm don't have to leave." Redstone meowed, trying to sound casual about it. Foxfur sighed. "Yes... Yes we do." "But you don't. I know you and your brother would get accepted right away, and-and Blazestar seems to like you both so--" "Redstone," Foxfur interrupted him. "I was banished from my Clan for a reason. I can't stay here either." Redstone looked at her, disappointed. "But WHY? You AND Nightstorm haven't told anyone why you were banished." Redstone started to get angry. "You've been with me for almost half a moon, and you still don't trust me?" Foxfur was on her paws, now facing him. They were almost nose-to-nose. "I KILLED a cat, Redstone! I am not sorry for what I have done to that traitor!" Foxfur hissed, then she backed away, her head lowered to the ground. "Foxfur..." Redstone tried speaking, but the she-cat continued. "I killed her... and they sent me away. I did them a favor, but they acted like I was nothing..." Foxfur went back to facing the lake. "I can hear Lostwillow's voice echoing in my head. She taunts me. That thing wants vengeance on me for ruining her plans. She--" Redstone interrupted her, by licking her on the cheek, and he brushed his tail on her back. He instantly felt her fur rise along her spine. He took a step back, thinking she would come at him full of rage. But he was wrong.
Foxfur just sat there, breathing heavy. It was as if she was trying to decide how to react. "Foxfur, I-I'm sorry. I didn't know you went through all that..." Redstone felt terrible for her and he didn't know what to say. "It's okay..." Her mew was barely audible. "I'm sorry for... losing control of my anger." "Maybe... Maybe if you calmly tell me what happened, you'll feel better?" Foxfur didn't move, but she did begin to speak. "Lostwillow," she spat. "That was that cat's wretched name. She killed both of my parents, and was planning to kill Rowanstar. She followed me out to the forest, and we... we fought. She clawed my eyes just as a ripped her throat open. She's the reason I can't see, and she's the reason I've been banished." "Foxfur, I... I'm so sorry!" "You have nothing to be sorry about. This... this was all me. I can't stay in BlazingClan, because Lostwillow might try something. I don't want her to harm that Clan." "You'd make a loyal warrior," Redstone meowed softly, trying to lighten the mode just a bit. "Maybe," Foxfur replied. She faced him. "Thank you Redstone. You're one of the most annoying cats ever, but you're also the most understanding cat I've ever met." Redstone purred. "No problem. I'm just glad you talked to me about your past." "I trust you," she replied, quietly, and she licked his ear. Redstone's heart flew, but he forced himself to act cool. "Should we go back and get your mouse?" "Sure," Foxfur purred. They got the mouse, then padded side by side back to camp.
They entered the camp. Foxfur went to go put her mouse on the fresh-kill pile. Suddenly, a loud yowl sounded. "Let all cats old enough to catch their own prey, join me at the CrystaledRock!" Redstone and his Clanmates gathered around the CrystaledRock. He turned, seeing Foxfur and Nightstorm hanging at the back of the crowd. Redstone noticed that Shadetail was sitting close to Nightstorm. Redstone's tail twitched, and he turned back to Blazestar. "You all know our two guests," the leader began. "I have decided that it is time for them to take their leave. We have been very kind to them, and I hope that they remember us as they go on their journey." Blazestar looked directly at siblings. "Know that we are very grateful for what you have done." "Does Nightstorm and his sister have to go?" A small mew was heard from the back of the crowd. "Thistlekit, you get back in the nursery, right now!" Spottedflower came out of the nursery. "But, mother, I don't want him to go! It's not fair!" Thistlekit squealed. He ran and hid between Nightstorm and Shadetail. Nightstorm purred quietly. "I can't stay. I'm sorry, Thistlekit." The kit looked crestfallen. Blazestar was looking at Thistlekit with gentle eyes, then her gaze drifted to Nightstorm. "You know, you two ARE welcomed to stay. You don't have to leave BlazingClan." Nightstorm's ears perked. "R-really?" Blazestar nodded. Nightstorm turned to Foxfur, his eyes hopeful. Foxfur, knowing what he was going to ask her, put her tail over her brother's mouth. "Can you give us a day to decide?" Foxfur asked Blazestar. "Take as long as you need," Blazestar replied. "Meeting dismissed." "I hope you stay," Thistlekit meowed, just as his mother took him away by his scruff. Foxfur and Nightstorm headed outside the camp. Redstone watched them go out. "Hey, are you done mooning over the blind cat?" Redstone's sister teased him. Redstone shook his head. "What do you need, Robinfang?" Robinfang had a big smirk on her face when she padded up to him. "Bearfur wants you, Blizzardpaw, Grayheart, and I to go on a border patrol." "Alright, then." Redstone and his sister went over to Grayheart and her apprentice. "Good. You're here. Let's go." Grayheart flicked her tail, and they headed off.
All was quiet at the border with WindClan. After the patrol re-marked the border, they began to head back to camp. "So," Grayheart began as she padded next to Redstone. "I hear you want Miss-Can't-See and her brother to stay." Redstone's eyes widened for a second, then he glared at Robinfang. Seeing his glare, Robinfang gave him an apologetic glance that said, "Sorry. I had to tell someone!" Redstone rolled his eyes and sighed. "Yes. Yes, I do. And her name is Foxfur." "Pfft. I know her name, just don't care. Everyone needs a nickname, right, Burnedpelt?" Grayheart flicked his ear with her tail. Redstone's eyes lit with amusement. He didn't like being made fun of, but he had to admit, it was a little funny. "Yeah. Okay, Grumpyheart," Redstone played along. Grayheart growled, slightly. "Alright, that's enough." "Hehe. Grumpyheart." Blizzardpaw repeated, a mischievous glint in his eyes. Grayheart cuffed him over the ears. "I said, ENOUGH!" "It's only true!" Blizzardpaw told her. He ducked as another paw was ready to cuff him again. The patrol made it back to the camp, with Grayheart now fully irritated. She went over to the fresh-kill pile, grumbling. "Think she'd make a good elder?" Robinfang asked, teasingly. "HA! No." Redstone joked. "Ahem." A quiet mew sounded from behind them. They turned around. "Can I talk to you, Redstone?" It was Foxfur. Robinfang smirked. "He's all yours." She padded away. Redstone rolled his eyes at his sister. "Sure, Foxfur." "Follow me." Foxfur twitched her tail, and she walked out of the camp. Redstone followed. "What's on your mind?" He asked her. "Nightstorm..." Foxfur seemed reluctant to continue. "He, uh... He wants to stay." "Oh. I-I see. Does... that mean you will, too?" "That's why I wanted to talk to you 'cause, I don't know." Foxfur stopped, and sat under a tree. Redstone sat in front of her, tail curled around his paws. "You don't know?" "I... I'm just not sure what to do anymore." Foxfur sighed. "If I don't stay, I'd be leaving Nightstorm behind along with--" She stopped herself. Redstone twitched an ear, and Foxfur continued. "If I do stay, there's a chance Lostwillow will do something that'll harm BlazingClan, and I do NOT want that to happen." "Foxfur, if Lostwillow is planning something, we will just have to make sure we are ready. For anything she might throw at us." "Yes, but... I don't want any cat being harmed because of me." "What ever happens, we will be ready. I'm positive." Foxfur's head was aimed at the ground. "Are you really sure?" She asked. "Never been surer in my life." "Redstone, is there a reason you want me to stay so badly?" "What?" The question caught him off guard. "It's the talk of the Clan. Everyone seems to think you want me to stay. Is it not true?" "No, it's true," Redstone confessed. "But, why?" "I... You... Uh," Redstone couldn't think of how to respond without giving anything away. He looked at his paws. Foxfur got up and licked his cheek. She sat next to him, their fur brushing. Redstone's face lit with surprise. "Foxfur?" "I said I didn't want to leave, because I would be leaving Nightstorm behind." "Yeah..?" "But I was forgetting someone." Foxfur turned her head as if looking at him. "How could I have forgotten you?" She licked his ear. Redstone felt himself heating up. (If he was human, he'd be blushing like crazy.) "You-you're staying for me?" "And Nightstorm," she added teasingly. "You do know how happy this just made me, right?" Redstone asked her. "Yeah. Heh, I can hear the excitement in your voice." "Did you tell Nightstorm your decision?" "I just made my decision so, no," she purred. "Well, then let's go tell the whole Clan!" Redstone jumped up. Foxfur purred again and stood up. "Alrighty." They went back to camp.
Foxfur first told Nightstorm, then they both went to tell Blazestar that they would like to stay. Blazestar called a meeting, and she told the Clan that the siblings would stay. She gave them their own "Welcome to the Clan" ceremony. Everyone welcomed them, and they were accepted right away. Redstone was especially happy.
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(several seasons later)
"Redstone, I'm sorry," Blazestar meowed, her voice full of sympathy. "I promise I will take good care of both Pearlkit and Mysterykit." "Thank you," Redstone meowed, quietly. "Are you sure you'll be okay?" Scarletlily asked him. "Yeah, yeah. I'm fine." Scarletlily and Blazestar exchanged worried glanced, while Redstone continued looking at his two motherless she-kits. Pearlkit had her eyes wide open, taking in every little detail of the nursery. Mysterykit was hiding between Redstone's paws. "They're so small," A black tom-kit with one yellow stripe meowed as he walked over to look at the she-kits. "Well, they're only a few sunrises old, Lightningkit," Blazestar told her son. "Yeah, but, still. I could probably crush one with my paw." "Lightningkit!" Blazestar scolded him. Lightningkit shrunk back, but his brothers went over to see Mysterykit and Pearlkit. "I think they're cute," Stonekit meowed. "I feel bad for Mysterykit, 'cause she's smaller." "Oh, you just feel bad 'cause she's the runt of the litter like you," Ravenkit teased him. Kestrelkit continued to stare at the two kits, while Stonekit tackled Ravenkit. "Are you sure you're okay with taking care of my daughters?" Redstone asked Blazestar. "You seem to have your paws full already." "As long as you're fine with it, I'm fine with it, Redstone. This isn't my first litter, you know." "Yes, but--" "Redstone, trust me, everything will be fine." "Are yo--" "Redstone, why don't we leave Pearlkit and Mysterykit to Blazestar?" Scarletlily began to nudge him out of the nursery. "What? But what if they need me?" "C'mon, Redstone." When they were out of the nursery, Scarletlily licked his ear. "I know you miss Foxfur, but... you have to do what's best for your kits." "I know, it's just... Why did Foxfur have to get sick with greencough? Why did she have to leave me so soon?" Redstone's heart was full of grief. "StarClan thought it was her time, I guess. Just remember, Redstone, Foxfur won't EVER leave your side. I bet she's watching over you right now." Redstone sighed. "Thanks, Scarletlily." Scarletlily purred. "What're medicine cats for, huh?" Scarletlily began to pad away. "Scarletlily..." "Yeah, Redstone?" She turned back to him. "Foxfur... Foxfur told me that StarClan would be afraid of Mysterykit, and the choices that she'd make. Wha-what did she mean by that? Will Mysterykit be okay? She also said that Pearlkit will be joining her--" "What? Did she tell you a prophecy?" "N-no. Well, it might have been. I-I don't know." Scarletlily looked a bit confused, but her eyes were filled with pity. "Redstone, I'm so sorry. You're going through so much in such short time. Please, everything will be okay. StarClan will take care of it." She brushed against him before heading to the medicine cat den. "How will StarClan take care of it, when they don't even know what to do?" He mumbled to himself. There were tiny squeaks coming from the nursery. Redstone looked back at the entrance to it just as Pearlkit and Mysterykit were running out. They wobbled on their little legs. "Redstone!" They meowed, happily. They began crawling all over him. Redstone purred. Everything will be perfect.
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