posted by 18wanda
Leafpool: light brown tabby she-cat (medicine cat)
Brambleclaw: dark brown tabby tom (deputy of ThunderClan)
Cloudtail: long-haired white tom
Berrypaw: cream-colored tom (Brambleclaw’s apprentice)
Crowfeather: dark gray tom
Onestar: brown tabby tom (leader of WindClan)
Tornear: tabby tom
Harepaw: light brown tom (Tornear’s apprentice)
The narrow, overgrown stream that runs through the woods at the edge of the moor, which marks the border between ThunderClan and WindClan.
Early leaf-fall, two moons after the death of Hawkfrost on ThunderClan territory in mysterious circumstances.
Leafpool is waiting for Crowfeather in the shelter of a 冬青, 冬青树 bush. As he walks along the border on the other side of the stream, she pops out. He has no idea she’s there.
LEAFPOOL: Crowfeather, wait!
CROWFEATHER: What?! Leafpool, what are 你 doing here?
LEAFPOOL: I…I wanted to see you.
CROWFEATHER (wary, glancing around him to check no one’s watching): Why?
LEAFPOOL (surprised): Because it’s moons since I spoke to you! And…and there’s something I think 你 should know.
CROWFEATHER (bitter): No, there isn’t, Leafpool. 你 don’t have to tell me anything any more. We belong to different Clans, remember?
LEAFPOOL: Why are 你 being like this? It was hard for me too, 你 know. But ThunderClan needs me to be their medicine cat. I don’t have any choice.
CROWFEATHER: 你 did have a choice, and 你 chose to stay with them! Look, I shouldn’t even be talking to you. What if someone sees us? My Clanmates have only just begun to trust me again, and that’s mostly thanks to Nightcloud.
LEAFPOOL: Nightcloud? Why? 1
CROWFEATHER (looking uncomfortable): She…she had my kits last moon. Onestar’s going to announce it at the 下一个 Gathering.
LEAFPOOL (stunned, in a small voice): Oh. I didn’t know.
CROWFEATHER: Well, what did 你 think I’d do? Let my Clanmates go on thinking I was 更多 loyal to ThunderClan? Nightcloud’s a great cat, and a good mother.
LEAFPOOL (cutting him off): 你 were right, Crowfeather. We don’t have anything to say to each other now. Goodbye.
Before Leafpool can leave, three ThunderClan 猫 appear: Brambleclaw, Cloudtail, and Berrypaw.
BRAMBLECLAW: Leafpool! Are 你 okay?
LEAFPOOL: Yes, I’m fine.
CLOUDTAIL (to Crowfeather): What are 你 doing here? Doesn’t WindClan have enough warriors to send out proper patrols?
CROWFEATHER: Of course we do.
BERRYPAW (curious): What are 你 doing out here on your own?
CROWFEATHER: Onestar doesn’t keep us prisoner in the camp!
LEAFPOOL (wearily): Just go, Crowfeather.
CLOUDTAIL (looking suspiciously from Leafpool to Crowfeather): So 你 two just happened to meet here, did you?
CROWFEATHER: That’s right.
BERRYPAW: I remember you! 你 went away with Leafpool just before the 獾 attack. But then 你 came back…
BRAMBLECLAW: That was a long time ago, Berrypaw. We don’t need to talk about it now.
LEAFPOOL (quietly): No. We don’t need to talk about anything.
CLOUDTAIL (protectively): Has Crowfeather been bothering you?
LEAFPOOL: No, it’s nothing like that.
CROWFEATHER: At least your Clanmates trust you.
Three WindClan 猫 appear: Onestar, the leader; Tornear, one of his senior warriors, and Tornear’s apprentice Harepaw.
ONESTAR: Greetings, Brambleclaw. Is there a problem? 2
BRAMBLECLAW: One of your warriors has been trying to talk to Leafpool.
CROWFEATHER: Oh for StarClan’s sake!
TORNEAR (hostile): I see one of our warriors and two of yours, plus an apprentice. Do 你 call that a fair fight?
CLOUDTAIL: There was no talk of fighting until 你 turned up, Tornear, but if that’s what 你 want…
BERRYPAW (eagerly): Yeah! I may only be an apprentice but I can fight as well as any ThunderClan warrior.
HAREPAW (scornfully): Well, if 你 only fight as well as a ThunderClan cat, you’re nothing to be scared of.
BERRYPAW: Come here and say that! I’ll scratch your ears off, 你 piece of fox-dung!
BRAMBLECLAW (sharply): There’s no need to fight, Berrypaw. Can’t 你 see they’re just mocking you?
TORNEAR: What’s the matter, Brambleclaw? Worried my apprentice would shred the 毛皮 off yours? 或者 do 你 think we wouldn’t actually fight? WindClan aren’t your cosy allies any more, not now Tallstar is dead. We’re as strong as any of the Clans now, and I think it’s time 你 found that out for yourselves.
CLOUDTAIL: Every cat knows that the only reason WindClan 猫 run so fast is because they keep running away!
ONESTAR: Brambleclaw, it looks as if your Clanmates are desperate for a fight. Aren’t 你 going to control them?
BRAMBLECLAW: I don’t see why I should, if 你 let your warriors insult them.
HAREPAW: I’d easily beat that dumb apprentice over there. Every cat knows he’s half-kittypet!
BERRYPAW: My mother came from the horseplace. That doesn’t make her a kittypet! We’re loyal to ThunderClan now. I’m glad she didn’t come to 你 for help first!
TORNEAR: ThunderClan has quite a history of taking in stray kittypets, doesn’t it? Not quite so welcoming to other Clan cats, though. Like Hawkfrost.
CLOUDTAIL (growling): He came onto our territory to kill Firestar! What did 你 think we’d do? Take him to our camp and let him have first pick of the fresh-kill pile?
TORNEAR: 你 didn’t get a chance to do that, did you? Seeing as he managed to stab himself with a piece of wood and rolled into the lake to die? 3
BRAMBLECLAW: Hawkfrost’s death has nothing to do with you. He was a traitor to the warrior code and RiverClan are well rid of him.
CROWFEATHER (looking at Leafpool): Oh yes, ThunderClan 猫 always do what the warrior code tells them to.
LEAFPOOL: That’s not fair, Crowfeather.
ONESTAR: Come on. ThunderClan 猫 might be able to waste time, but we have a patrol to finish. Brambleclaw, I suggest 你 tell your Clanmates to stay away from WindClan’s territory – and their warriors. There is only peace at the full moon, remember, and my 猫 will fight to protect what’s theirs.
BRAMBLECLAW: Your 猫 have nothing that ThunderClan wants! Come on, Cloudtail, Berrypaw. And you, Leafpool.
LEAFPOOL (icily): Thank you, Brambleclaw, but I can make my own way back.
HAREPAW: Bye, kittypet! I’ll be ready for 你 下一个 time!
BERRYPAW: Ready to be beaten, do 你 mean? Because that’s what’ll happen.
LEAFPOOL (quietly, to herself): Goodbye, Crowfeather. I hope we don’t regret that we didn’t speak today.