"Without light, you have only your instincts. Follow them and if they are true, you will be safe."
Rock to Fallen Leaves in Forest of Secrets, page 4
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Chapter Number: Prologue (of 21)
Page Numbers: 1-5

Chapter description

A few cats are walking through moorland at twilight. A tabby queen is following a young tom down the hill, and she tells him that he is her eldest child and the first to face the ordeal. The tom, Fallen Leaves, protests that he will be fine. One cat mews that he has trained well, but another cuts in and growls that even training can't prepare a cat for rain. Fallen Leaves insists that the sky is clear and he will be fine.
Several of the cats wish Fallen Leaves good luck, and Fallen Leaves enters the Cave, a place that only chosen cats could go in. Fallen Leaves sees a pale light and runs towards it, hearing the sound of rushing water, which he wasn't expecting and is confused by. Then a rough croak asks if the cat is Fallen Leaves. Fallen Leaves wonders if the voice had come from Rock, and his suspicions are confirmed when he catches sight of the ugly cat. Rock notes that he can feel Fallen Leaves' surprise. Fallen Leaves begins to apologize, but Rock interrupts, meowing that he did not expect a cat could grow this hideous. Rock then explains that a cat needs sun and wind to shine his fur and hunting to trim his claws, and Fallen Leaves thanks him.
Rock then shows Fallen Leaves the Stick and explains to him that the scratch marks on it represent the cats that have braved the tunnels before. Fallen Leaves promises that he will not die. Rock asks him if it is raining and Fallen Leaves chooses not to tell Rock that there is a chance that it will, repeating that the sky is clear. Fallen Leaves begins his task, thinking that by dawn he will be a sharpclaw. 





  • Fallen Leaves' tutor[3]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Dark River, page 1
  2. Revealed in Dark River, page 3
  3. Revealed in Dark River, page 2

Dark River chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21
Warriors cliffnotes
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The New Prophecy MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
A Vision of Shadows The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of FireThe Raging Storm
The Broken Code Lost StarsThe Silent ThawVeil of ShadowsDarkness Within
Dawn of the Clans The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
Super Editions Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's ShadowCrowfeather's TrialSquirrelflight's HopeGraystripe's Vow
Field Guides Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
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Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
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Novellas Hollyleaf's StoryMistystar's OmenCloudstar's JourneyTigerclaw's FuryLeafpool's WishDovewing's SilenceMapleshade's VengeanceGoosefeather's CurseRavenpaw's FarewellSpottedleaf's HeartPinestar's ChoiceThunderstar's EchoRedtail's DebtTawnypelt's ClanShadowstar's LifePebbleshine's KitsTree's RootsMothwing's Secret
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