"It does seem sensible to allow Yarrowleaf to stay here. At least until her kits are born. Other cats who are here now did follow Darktail, but they’ve changed. They’re loyal to you. The time it will take Yarrowleaf to have her kits and wean them will be a chance to test Yarrowleaf and Sleekwhisker - a time for them both to prove their loyalty to SkyClan."
Tree to Leafstar in River of Fire, pages 121-122
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Chapter Number: 8 (of 24)
Page Numbers: 111-123

Chapter description

Violetshine, Leafstar, and Tree sit in the leader's den, discussing the yellow tom’s place in the Clan. The brown-and-cream she-cat insists that he needs to contribute to SkyClan in order to stay here. She says that he should train as a warrior, but he questions why he must fit in a specific role. Leafstar insists that is just the way Clans work, and gets agitated. Tree insists he wants to stay, but just needs to find his place. Violetshine gets scared, wanting the yellow tom to be able to stay in the Clan.
The black and white she-cat offers to take the tom hunting, so he can learn some warrior skills while he finds his place in the Clan. Leafstar is relieved and agrees, and thanks her. Violetshine leads Tree out of the den, and to the camp's fern tunnel. She spots a group of former ShadowClan cats glaring after Leafstar, and reflects on how much tension there is. She pins it on the leader rejecting Sleekwhisker and Yarrowleaf, and how their former Clanmates are close to outright defiance. Violetshine thinks that Leafstar might be right, as this is a time for caution.
Once in the forest, the warrior shows him a hunting crouch. In return, Tree copies her exactly, but is on his back, legs in the air. She mrrows in laughter, and he remarks that this is different than he normally hunts. Violetshine comments that it’s the way they do things here, and asks him to try it the right way. He does a decent job, but continues stalking until he falls over a steep bank. She is amused, but he points out that she never told him to stop. Tree shows her his method of hunting, which is staying still and pretending to be a bush. She is skeptical that it’ll work, and finds it very funny. However, moments later, a mouse comes by and Tree is able to kill it, proving his method works.
They begin to chat amiably, but Violetshine spots a flash of black fur. They see Juniperclaw sneaking around, heading towards ShadowClan’s old camp. They follow him to find Yarrowleaf and Sleekwhisker there. Violetshine meets their glares, asking why they’re here when Leafstar asked them to leave. Sleekwhisker explains that this is their home, and starts to insult the warrior. She is furious, but Tree cuts in, asking why they shouldn’t report this to Leafstar. Yarrowleaf explains sorrowfully that she can’t wander the forest while expecting kits, and wants to come home. Sleekwhisker agrees with her friend, begging Violetshine for help to let them stay. The warrior feels sympathy, but insists she’s a SkyClan cat now, and Leafstar needs to know what is happening on her territory. Tree proposes an alternate solution, of the pair being allowed to stay until the queen’s kits are born and weaned. He and Violetshine agree to take them to Leafstar, and escort them to camp.
Yarrowleaf and Sleekwhisker are taken to Leafstar, who is angry that they’ve returned. She implores to know who was in on this scheme, and several of the former ShadowClan cats admit they’ve been helping. They pledge to be loyal from this point forward, but it doesn’t seem to affect the leader. Tree proposes that the pair be allowed to stay until Yarrowleaf’s kits are born and weaned. He says that this can be used as a trial period, and they can be sent away for good afterwards. The leader reluctantly agrees, but puts Tree in charge of them. As the two cats are led away to their dens, Violetshine notices many cats are unhappy with the decision.




Notes and references

River of Fire chapters
PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Bonus Scene
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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