"I am no cat's friend. I know too much for friendship. Be glad that you will never be burdened with the knowledge I have."
Rock to Jayfeather in The Fourth Apprentice, page 278
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Chapter Number: 23 (of 26)
Page Numbers: 270-278

Chapter description

Jayfeather opens his eyes to the sound of Poppyfrost pleading with him to awaken. She is relieved to see him alive, expressing that she was unaware of Breezepelt following her to the Moonpool. Jayfeather then remembers the fight against the WindClan warrior, and the unknown cat that had been aiding him. The medicine cat tells Poppyfrost that he is alright, despite the deep scratch down his side. He then tells her that Honeyfern had visited her and that she was delighted that Berrynose had chosen her. He reminds the queen that Berrynose really does love her, but she is unconvinced.
The ThunderClan cats begin to head back to camp. Jayfeather thinks to himself why Breezepelt had followed Poppyfrost, due to the fact that she had nothing to do with the lies surrounding his family. He senses a storm coming, and tries to scent Breezepelt at the WindClan border, but finds nothing. Poppyfrost jumps, startling him, saying that a streak of lightning had spooked her. Jayfeather thinks about the lurking danger of the Dark Forest, and then informs Poppyfrost that he needs to rest.
Jayfeather and Poppyfrost return to camp at sunhigh. Immediately, Berrynose meets them, demanding to know where his mate had been. He expresses that he did not want to lose her as well, and that she needs to return to the nursery. Jayfeather is confused as to how two she-cats had loved the tom, thinking of him as a pain in the tail. After hearing Poppyfrost duck back inside the nursery, he heads towards the medicine cat's den.
Jayfeather fails to get comfortable in his den with the thoughts of the Dark Forest swirling about his mind. He decides to head towards the lake and find his stick. On his way out of camp, Cinderheart thanks him for bringing Poppyfrost back safely. She asks if he is okay, noticing the scratch along his side, and corrals him back inside of his den despite his protests. She chews up chervil and plasters it on the wound. Jayfeather thinks about Cinderpelt, and when the right time would be to tell the warrior of her previous life.
After Cinderheart had finished, Jayfeather heads towards the lake once more. He hears a patrol catching up to him, with Foxleap excitedly talking about the rain. Squirrelflight scolds the tom for dropping and dirtying his moss. Jayfeather leaves the patrol behind. He finds his stick and runs his paw over the scratches, asking Rock for answers.
Rock replies by saying that he does know what is happening in the Dark Forest, but cannot speak of it. When asked why, he says that old grievances must be settled within the Clans. Jayfeather asks the ancient cat if he knew about Leafpool and Crowfeather, and Rock replies that he did. Jayfeather is angry, demanding to know why he hadn't been told sooner, but Rock replies by saying that it was his destiny to be trained in medicine by his own mother. The medicine cat is enraged, and says that he had thought Rock was his friend. The ancient cat states that he knows too much to be any cat's friend, and is powerless to change any destiny.
Rock vanishes, leaving Jayfeather alone with the stick. He searches for a stone on the ground, and then smashes it down on one end of the stick, causing for it to snap. Jayfeather crouches down as rain began to crash down onto the earth below, wrapping his paws over his ears.





Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 270
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 271
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 272
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 275
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 276
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 273
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 274
  8. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 277

The Fourth Apprentice 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 26
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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
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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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