Mapleshade's Revenge Chapter TenMaplepaw opened her eyes. She was back in the Place of No Stars. Finally! She hadn't dreamed here for days! The battle was a few days away. Getting to her paws she searched cautiously for Stingtalon. It was time for her training of becoming Clan leader.
Suddenly a black streak flew at her. Maplepaw was completely unprepared for it and she was struck down by Stingtalon. The black tom had her pinned to the floor with one paw penetrated into her chest. "A good leader", he sneered, "is prepared for any attack".
How does he do that? Maplepaw flattened her ears. How was a leader meant to prepare for the most unwary attacks? She bristled and tried to push the warrior off, but he was too big...too strong. Luckily Stingtalon jumped off her and turned his back on her. "You have so much to learn, my dear".
Maplepaw scrambled to her paws. "So, when do we get started?" she said determinedly.
Suddenly Stingtalon flew at her again. This time Maplepaw had prepared for it and she dodged
Mapleshade's Revenge Chapter SixA moon had quietly passed. Maplekit and Crowkit were growing too big for the nursery. And just some days ago Snowcloud had finally moved into the nursery, carrying Whitestep's kits.
Days were getting cloudier and colder, warning the Clans that leaf-fall was approaching. Plus Mosspaw had finally earned her warrior name; Mossfeather. With only Gorsepaw, Spottedpaw, Violetpaw and Grasspaw in the apprentices den, it would be like old times as soon as Maplekit and Crowkit would get apprenticed. Almost like old times...if Featherkit didn't die.
It was also the very moon Maplekit and Crowkit would finally become apprentices! The two kits sat outside the nursery with Dawneyes grooming them solemnly. "Keep still", she growled as Maplekit tried to struggle from her grip. "I want you to be perfect for your ceremony!"
Crowkit, already groomed, glanced at the empty Highrock longingly. "Oh, I hope Redstar calls the ceremony soon!" he meowed. "I can't wait until I'm finally going to be an apprentice!