|"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|
- Below contains in-depth information for the prologue of Dark River. If you are looking for a shorter summary of the entire book, please check the main article.
- Chapter Number: Prologue (of 21)
- Page Numbers: 1-5
- 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
Notes and references
|Dark River chapters|
|Prologue • Chapter 1 • Chapter 2 • Chapter 3 • Chapter 4 • Chapter 5 • Chapter 6 • Chapter 7 • Chapter 8 • Chapter 9 • Chapter 10 • Chapter 11 • Chapter 12 • Chapter 13 • Chapter 14 • Chapter 15 • Chapter 16 • Chapter 17 • Chapter 18 • Chapter 19 • Chapter 20 • Chapter 21|
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