"Listen, I like you, Hawkwing. You're different from the other SkyClan cats. You're more like me. Surely you realize your best chance of survival will be with me and my rogues? We're going to take the gorge for ourselves. Join us! We're so good together, Hawkwing. We understand each other. I'll make you my deputy."
Darktail to Hawkwing in Hawkwing's Journey, page 189
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Chapter Number: 16 (of 35)
Page Numbers: 179-189

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In the night, Hawkwing is awoken by the sounds of rustling brush. He wants to call a warning to his Clanmates, but decides to check it out first to not wake them up unnecessarily. The tom creeps past several sleeping bodies and emerges into the open. Hawkwing surveys the clearing, seeing many rogue cats swarming into the camp, led by a silver-gray tom. He yowls a warning, waking all of his Clanmates. At first, they think he's had a dream, and try to wave him off. The gray tom insists it's real, and a screech from Stormheart on watch jerks them to wakeful reality. SkyClan's warriors streak out of their den, hissing defiance as they meet the rogue cats.
Leafstar joins them, letting out a caterwaul, while Sharpclaw leads the attack. Hawkwing tries to insist that the apprentices stay in their den, but they want to fight. He leaps into the clearing, fighting with the ginger rogue he'd attacked on patrol previously. Hawkwing and Pebblepaw work together to drive off a black and white rogue before jumping back into the battle. He realizes that the rogues knew to attack them at night, when their daylight warriors aren't here. Drops of rain start to fall as he helps Sandynose beat off an opponent, and then joins with Bouncefire to help more cats.
He goes with the warrior and is waved over by Darktail, who points at another cluster of his Clanmates. He starts to lead them across the clearing, but a rogue intercepts their path. Hawkwing waits for the white tom to attack, but instead he turns and bites into Bouncefire's neck. The warrior is too shocked to defend himself and dies with blood pouring out of his throat. Hawkwing yowls that he's a traitor, and wonders if everything the white tom has done is part of twisted plan. He moves to attack Darktail, but a silver-gray tom engages him instead.
Hawkwing struggles to beat his opponent while watching his father Sharpclaw fight two rogues at a time. The gray tom cuts off Hawkwing's air supply, and he struggles to breathe. He sees Darktail sneak up behind Sharpclaw, but is unable to warn him. They begin to fight, but Rain stealthily creeps up on the deputy from behind. Meanwhile, Hawkwing is in horror and tries to shove off his opponent so he can yowl a warning. Rain and Darktail work together to kill Sharpclaw, leaving the dark gray tom watching, with nothing he can do. He shoves off the silver gray tom and races to his father, but is too late.
Hawkwing is horrified, asking Darktail what SkyClan did to deserve this. He feels guilty for trusting him, as he brought this upon his Clan. The white tom sneers that this has been his plan all along, and that it's nothing they did. Hawkwing asks again why he did it, still confused on how he could hate SkyClan so much. Darktail softens and says that he's different than the other Clan cats, and more like him. He gives him the chance to join his group, and become his deputy. Hawkwing velhelmetly declines, insulted at the offer. He moves to attack, but the white tom says he can die with the rest of his Clanmates, and leaps away out of sight.





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Notes and references

Hawkwing's Journey chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Chapter 25Chapter 26Chapter 27Chapter 28Chapter 29Chapter 30Chapter 31Chapter 32Chapter 33Chapter 34Chapter 35Manga
Warriors cliffnotes
The Prophecies Begin Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
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
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger The RescueBeyond the CodeAfter the Flood
Short Stories and Plays After Sunset: We Need to TalkAfter Sunset: The Right Choice?Brightspirit's MercySpottedleaf's Honest AnswerThe Clans DecideThe Elders' Concern
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 Life
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