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- Chapter Number: 7 (of 25)
- Page Numbers: 103-115
- Lionpaw tugs a sprig of moss from his fur, and thinks that hauling moss had left his pelt itching. He gets frustrated, and silently states how it was a boring day. As he sits inside, he listens to Foxpaw and Icepaw discuss their training. Foxpaw asks Lionpaw if he would like to see him perform a roll, and Lionpaw nods aimlessly. However, Foxpaw's roll ends up with him staggering on his nest and collapsing to the floor. Frustrated, Foxpaw exclaims that he was better this afternoon. Lionpaw tries to comfort him, but inside, he is jealous at the young apprentice's excitement, as he felt that Clan life was full of dull chores ever since he returned from the mountains. He acknowledges that it is good to feed his Clan and make sure it flourishes, but he is itching to know when he will be able to use the power that pulses through his paws.
- Lionpaw hears Foxpaw exclaiming that he is doing the roll properly, and Icepaw encourages her brother to show Lionpaw his new hunting crouch. Lionpaw feels Foxpaw pounce on him, and he shakes the young cat off. Foxpaw tells him he is no fun anymore after the golden tom growls to let him sleep, and at the same moment, Hollypaw enters the den. Icepaw tells Hollypaw that Lionpaw had been bossing Foxpaw around, and Hollypaw assures her that he is just tired and would want to play in the morning. Hollypaw then lies down next to Lionpaw, grooming his pelt. She tells him to cheer up, as Brackenfur had told her that the both of them would be going on patrol in the morning. She explains that Firestar had been sending extra patrols to the WindClan border to check for invaders, and Lionpaw feels a dark satisfaction that he will finally get the chance to challenge the cats that had been stealing prey. He closes his eyes, relieved that he will be able to be useful to his Clan in the only way that makes sense.
- In his dream, Lionpaw sees Tigerstar, who tells him that he will teach him how to knock off any cat, no matter their size. Lionpaw asks him what he has to do, and Tigerstar, who beckons Hawkfrost near him, explains that since Lionpaw does not have the weight to overpower every cat, he must use his size to his advantage. He explains that he must be fast, and that he would have to dart under his enemy's stomach, slash the back of their forepaws. The enemy would then twist, expecting Lionpaw on the other side - but Lionpaw would be at the order, to catch the enemy off balance.
- The tabby apprentice asks his dark mentor how he would get to the other side before he is slashed, and Tigerstar tells him to be fast. He orders Lionpaw to try the new move on Hawkfrost, and Lionpaw performs the move, just as Tigerstar had described. Tigerstar praises him, and Lionpaw exaggerates the praise, saying it was not bad. Hawkfrost pounces onto Lionpaw, slamming him into the ground, as Tigerstar tells him to never assume he won until his enemy is dead. Hawkfrost sneers into Lionpaw's ear, asking him if he found any more information about the prophecy he had mentioned.
- Lying, Lionpaw tells him he does not think about it anymore, while Hawkfrost sarcastically asks him if StarClan had not made him the leader of the forest. Hawkfrost claws Lionpaw, making him angry. The golden cat leaps away, wondering why his two mentors did not take the prophecy seriously, as it could be his greatest weapon. Lionpaw then second guesses himself, taking into consideration the possibility that the two could be right, and the prophecy was nothing more than Firestar's dream.
- Tigerstar is mistakenly called Firestar.
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|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 • Chapter 22 • Chapter 23 • Chapter 24 • Chapter 25|