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- Chapter Number: 8 (of 25)
- Page Numbers: 97-112
Dovewing returns from a hunting patrol with Hazeltail and Thornclaw. On the way into the camp, she bumps into Brambleclaw. Inside the camp, there's a well-fed looking cat sitting in the middle of the clearing. She asks Brambleclaw who it is, and he explains that it's Sol. Dovewing shows recognition. Mousefur had told her stories about him before. Despite most cats being excited to see Sol, Dovewing senses that not everyone is grateful to have him back. Purdy greets Sol with enthusiasm, while Mousefur hisses and threatens him. Ivypool asks Dovewing if she saw anything on the ShadowClan border.
Firestar sends out extra hunting patrols, and the Clan gets to have a nice meal that night. While eating, Dovewing sees Sol telling stories to the apprentices. His stories are so outrageous and entertaining that the apprentices continue to listen to him long after their bedtimes. While watching Sol, Dovewing attempts to use her powers to hear beyond ThunderClan territory. Cinderheart sees her looking sad, and they share a conversation with each other until Bumblestripe invites Dovewing to a walk in the forest. She declines, and Cinderheart tells Dovewing how much Bumblestripe likes her. Dovewing decides to follow Bumblestripe. She wanders around the forest for a while, until she finds Bumblestripe by the lake. They decide to go on a walk in the forest. After talking about Sol for a while, they decide to race each other to a tree stump. While racing, Dovewing begins to hear what's going on across the lake. She hears RiverClan cats fishing and ShadowClan cats practicing their night hunting. Dovewing's senses are sometimes blurry and sometimes with clarity, as if they are surging in and out.
She suddenly realizes with joy and relief that Lionblaze was right; her senses were overwhelmed by the mountains and needed time to recover. Dovewing, due to her lack of concentration on the race, trips over some ivy and is flung onto the pebbles. Bumblestripe sprints past her, and she realizes that she tripped over ivy. Bumblestripe catches his breath and asks Dovewing if she is alright. Dovewing is battered and is struggling to catch her breath, though she doesn't care, as her senses are back and she is okay. Bumblestripe tells Dovewing that she would have won if she hadn't tripped. Bumblestripe suddenly acts shy and lovestruck and asks Dovewing if she wants to see something. Dovewing, half-listening, responds yes without thinking, since she is using her senses and is focused on a WindClan queen scolding her kits for putting a beetle in her nest.
Dovewing snaps out of it and follows Bumblestripe to a tiny clearing with beautiful jasmine. Dovewing is awed by the place, and personally enjoys the scent of the flowers and the warmth of Bumblestripe at her side. Bumblestripe tells her it is even better in greenleaf, when all of the flowers are out. Dovewing suddenly discovers that Bumblestripe is afraid that she will make fun of him. Dovewing assures him that it is lovely. Bumblestripe suddenly looks upward, and Dovewing follows his gaze to a gap between the tree branches from which they could see the stars. Bumblestripe says that he likes staring at his ancestors, and even wonders which ones are his.
He even adds that he thinks that Dovewing's ancestors would shine very brightly. Dovewing says that she doubts that, and that her ancestors would probably hiding behind a cloud because they were always getting into trouble. Bumblestripe purrs and points to a star that looks like it is stuck in the branches; he jokes it is one of his ancestors. Dovewing muses if they are watching their every move from up there. Bumblestripe agrees and says they glare down at everything they do wrong. He bets that the one he pointed to knows about when he put fire ants in Blossomfall's nest once. Dovewing hardly believes he did that once. Bumblestripe says that she got her revenge by pushing him into the stream when he wasn't looking.
Dovewing points to another star and remarks that that one is glaring down at Blossomfall, then. She also adds that another one is annoyed with her since she forgot to change the elders' bedding once.
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|The Forgotten Warrior 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 • Chapter 22 • Chapter 23 • Chapter 24 • Chapter 25|