"Oh, Brambleclaw. Crowpaw's not so bad. It was hard for him, leaving the forest just when he was about to be made a warrior. I think he's lonely—I have Stormfur, and you have Tawnypelt and Squirrelpaw. We all knew each other before this, but Crowpaw is on his own."
Feathertail defending Crowpaw in Midnight, page 207-208
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Chapter Number: 17 (of 24)
Page Numbers: 196-208

Chapter description

The morning after the encounter with the kittypets, Brambleclaw is awakened by Squirrelpaw to learn that Feathertail and Crowpaw have gone missing. Brambleclaw worries that the two might have decided to turn around and go home, as they hadn't received a saltwater sign like he and Tawnypelt did. However, Feathertail and Crowpaw soon return, carrying prey with them. The silver tabby explains that since the other cats were sleeping, she and Crowpaw had decided to hunt in a nearby thicket, adding that there was still some fresh-kill left there that they hadn't been able to carry. Brambleclaw heads to fetch the rest of the prey, praising Feathertail and Crowpaw for their hunting. The WindClan apprentice remains hostile, however, growling that the dark tabby shouldn't talk to them like he is their mentor. Brambleclaw ignores him, thinking that he is determined to be difficult.
Over the next three days, the journeying cats cross farmland, traversing fields of sheep and avoiding Twoleg nests. They pass a field with horses, which are some of the biggest animals that the cats have ever seen. Stormfur and Feathertail assure the group that horses aren't hostile and wouldn't intentionally hurt them. Brambleclaw is still afraid of the large creatures, fearing that they might accidentally tread on the cats. Luckily, however, the horses pay no attention to them and they make it to the other side safely.
The next field the group crosses has cows, which take no notice of the cats, either. The area after that is covered with stiff yellow grass, and it has a large monster traveling through it. Owing to how the grass it cut to be sharp, and the danger of the monster, Brambleclaw and the others are forced to skirt around the outside of that field. While going around, they also are able to catch some mice and they stop for a moment to eat them. Finally, they reach the end of the field, where they see a fence made of thin, shiny material interwoven like twigs. The holes are too small for a cat to fit through, but there is a gap between the base of the fence and the ground for a cat to crawl through to the other side.
Brambleclaw flattens himself to the ground to try to get under the fence when they suddenly hear Squirrelpaw yowl that she is stuck. Halfway under the fence, the ginger she-cat has gotten herself entangled with ends of the thin, shiny material. Brambleclaw and Stormfur begin to discuss the best way to free her, but their suggested methods, including digging up the fence posts and biting through fence material, are ineffective. Crowpaw growls that it was Squirrelpaw's fault for getting stuck in the fence anyway, and suggests leaving her behind if they can't get her out. Stormfur and Brambleclaw, however, snap back that they aren't leaving anyone. Meanwhile, while the three toms were arguing, Feathertail and Tawnypelt devise a way to get her out – rubbing the juice from dock leaves on Squirrelpaw's fur to make it slippery. Squirrelpaw tries again to wriggle herself out, and her fur slick now, she succeeds.
That night, the six cats shelter under some thorn trees. When Brambleclaw wakes up the next morning, Feathertail tells him excitedly that she has received her saltwater sign, in the form of a dream about sun-drown-place. The two warriors realize that this means the only of the chosen cats who hasn't received a dream is Crowpaw, and worry that he will be upset. Feathertail decides that she will be the one to tell him, when she thinks that he is in a good mood. Brambleclaw jokes that she'll have to wait a long time for that. The RiverClan warrior defends Crowpaw, however, saying that he was just lonely and that it was hard for him leave his Clan when he was just about to become a warrior.
Brambleclaw remains uneasy about Crowpaw, though. He also worries because it is cloudy outside, and even though he knows where the sun had set, he fears that they will soon lose the direction if the sun doesn't come out again. He prays that StarClan will show them the way to sun-drown-place, and protect them when the foretold danger arrives.





Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Revealed in Midnight, page 196
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 197
  3. Revealed in Midnight, page 206

Midnight (book) 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 24Epilogue
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 LifePebbleshine's KitsTree's RootsMothwing's Secret
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