What if Bluestar Never Gave Up Her Kits?
The blue-gray she-cat hesitated a moment at the base of the ravine. There would be no turning back after she took the steep climb up the ravine. For a moment, her eyes shut tight. Then she said to the kits, "Let's do this game on another, warmer day." Bluefur smiled at Mosskit, Stonekit, and Mistykit. Then she picked up the already-shivering Mosskit, leaving her other two children to stumble after her. That's it… She told herself. Just need to wait until it's warmer. Then I can give them to Oakheart…
Bluefur shivered with horror as the leader padded out of his den. Why had she kept her kits? Why hadn't she listened to Goosewhisker? But it was too late now… Sunstar pounced to the top of the stone, calling out the common cry. "All cats old enough to cats their own prey, join beneath the Highrock for a Clan meeting!"
Was that a hint of regret in the leader's eyes as he summoned the cats? Bluefur shook her head, watching Thistleclaw stride confidently into the clearing. The blue gray she-cat felt the fur rise on her shoulders as the spiky-pelted tom walked out, a purely evil gleam in his gaze. Sunstar called out, "I say these words before StarClan, in the hopes that they hear and approve of my choice. The new deputy shall be… Thistleclaw!"
A couple of cries, mostly Tigerclaw, rose from the group, but only the new deputy's former apprentice seemed into it. Thistleclaw grinned in delight then, with a yowl that sounded like a battle cry, he charged onto the Highrock, pinning down Sunstar and ripping open his throat with a viscous swipe. The leader's glazing eyes managed to lock onto Bluefur's horror-stricken one, a gaze filled with regret. Then his body went limp. Thistleclaw waited a moment for the leader to revive before striking him down again. Only Tigerclaw reacted at first, stalking to the base of the blood-spattered Highrock, stopping any cats that eventually sprang into motion from stopping Thistleclaw. Eventually a shudder passed through Sunstar and he fell limp for the last time, his lives ran dry. Thistleclaw waited for one more – he didn't know Sunstar was short a life – but when it never came he cried out, "He wasn't even deserving to be our leader! He only had eight lives, not the nine of a true leader!"
Cries of anger changed to those of worry. Was it true? He wasn't getting up. StarClan save us!
Thistleclaw snapped, "Silence!" and the crowd instantly obeyed. His gaze swept over the clearing, muzzle and paws coated in dripping, dark red blood. Then he glared at the blue gray she-cat, surrounded by three kits. He sneered in contempt and called, "You see those four!" flicking his tail at Bluefur and her kits.
The whole clan shifted their gazes onto the she-cat. Thistleclaw waited a moment before adding, "From now on, if these cats are found in the territory, they are to be killed! This is my first order as leader." He jumped to the ground, stalking towards the now-crying queen, Tigerclaw just behind him. When he was only a tail-length from them he explained, "For treachery against ThunderClan. She led her own sister to her death at the Thunderpath, let a RiverClan warrior go without proper punishment, and other such crimes." Many cats protested, but Tigerclaw whirled around and snapped at them until they grew silent once more.
"My new deputy shall be Tigerclaw. And, Bluefur, your punishment begins… now…"
The tom sprang at Bluefur, but she quickly jumped to her paws, grabbing Mosskit and running away, Mistykit and Stonekit just behind her. She was an outcast… Maybe she could seek shelter in RiverClan. Thistleclaw sneered taunts at her as she ran, claws unsheathed and pelt sprayed with blood. The prophecy had come true. He looked just as he had that one time during leaf-bare…
Bluefur glared at Thistlestar from the base of the Great Rock. Her pelt was sleek, like those of RiverClan cats, and she was deputy to Oakstar. Mistyfoot and Stonefur, as well as Mossclaw, sat with one of their little brothers, Blackpaw. Blackpaw's sister, Trailpaw, had been forced to stay back to tend to an elder's sore belly in Mudfur's stead, as the medicine cat apprentice.
Thistlestar was announcing a pair of new warriors – Grayclaw, Raventail, Sandtalon, and Dustwhisker – as well as a couple of new apprentices – Cinderpaw and Brackenpaw. But that wasn't why Bluefur was glaring at the tom. She still hated him for that one day when he had killed Sunstar. He was the last to announce. Then he let loose a yowl, achingly similar to the day he became deputy then leader, and pounced on Tallstar. Brokenstar attacked Oakstar. Bluefur attempted to jump to her leader and mate's aid, but was attacked by Blackfoot. She let out a yowl of shock as he dragged her, struggling, to the ground. She saw Tallstar then her mate quickly destroyed. Then Thistlestar pounced on Brokenstar. The leader of ShadowClan growled, "Let me go! We were going to jointly rule the Clans!"
Thistlestar growled, "I don't share, though," then quickly stole all of Brokenstar's lives from his body. The last thing Bluefur saw was Thistlestar knocking the three dead leaders off of the Great Rock, Oakstar landing only just in front of her. The last thing she heard was, "I am now leader of all four Clans! Combined into one single Clan named ThistleClan!" Blood flooded her sense of smell and taste, then she felt the teeth sink into her throat, and she succumbed to the eternal darkness that was death. She just wished her children and friends would get away in time. Before she saw StarClan's hunting grounds she recalled Thistlestar's first command as leader of ThunderClan. Her children would be his first targets. A single tear appeared in the corner of her eye and, when she was on the lush grasses of StarClan, she collapsed to the ground, her body wracked with choking sobs.
I know, I've been gone for a long time, but I've had homework stuff and things like that. Hope you like the new series! Also, give me ideas. I have a couple myself, but I want ideas from the readers. Thanks!