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"This isn't as deep as when Whitestorm last reported. We'll try to cross here."
Tigerclaw to his patrol about crossing the stream to Fourtrees in Forest of Secrets, page 166
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Chapter Number: 16 (of 30)
Page Numbers: 162-168

Chapter Summary

Fireheart's PoV

Fireheart steps out of the ferns that enclose the apprentices' den and stretches his paws. He notes that the sky is colored a pale eggshell blue -- which promises fine weather after days of cloud and rain. Fireheart thinks that the worst part of his punishment is sleeping in the apprentices' den, because every time he enters, Thornpaw and Brightpaw stare at him with huge eyes, while Brackenpaw looks acutely embarrassed, and Swiftpaw openly sneers. He finds it hard to relax, as Spottedleaf interrupts his dreams, meowing a warning he could never remember when he woke. Fireheart gives himself a wash, and silently decides that he'll wake Graystripe soon to find a warrior to supervise on their next hunting patrol. He spots Bluestar and Tigerclaw sitting near Highrock, and then Bluestar beckons the ginger warrior over to her. Fireheart bounds over to her, and as he approaches the leader, she says that she and Tigerclaw think he and Graystripe have been punished enough. She meows that they can be full warriors again, and Fireheart thanks her.
Bluestar tells Fireheart that Tigerclaw is leading a patrol to Fourtrees to see if they can get to the Gathering two days from now. She asks her deputy to take Fireheart with him, and the ginger warrior notes a dark gleam in Tigerclaw's eyes. The massive tabby agrees that he can come on the patrol, and sets off to find another cat to join them. Fireheart hears Bluestar murmur that this will be an important Gathering, as they need to know how the other Clans are dealing with the floods. He assures her that they'll find a way, as Tigerclaw approaches with Longtail trailing behind him. Fireheart feels a lump of apprehension in his stomach, and he isn't quite sure he wants to go out with Tigerclaw and Longtail alone. He remembers the recent RiverClan battle in which Tigerclaw made no move to help him as he struggled. For a moment, he imagines the two warriors murdering him in the forest, but waves the thought away. Fireheart meows a respectful good-bye to Bluestar, and follows the two cats out of camp.
The cats journey through the first toward Fourtrees, and he thinks that newleaf has finally come. As he pads after Tigerclaw, he is distracted by tempting movements in the undergrowth as prey scurries to and fro. The deputy lets the patrol stop to hunt for themselves, and Fireheart is surprised when Tigerclaw praises him on his catch. When they went on, the ginger warrior couldn't help but feel optimistic thinking they'd soon have good news to bring Bluestar. They reach the top of the slope that leads down into Fourtrees, and Longtail yowls in dismay. Fireheart shares their exasperation, as the stream was usually dry enough to cross dry-pawed, but it is now a shining sheet with a strong current. Tigerclaw wordlessly pads upstream, and Fireheart notices that tussocks of grass had begun to break the water's surface. The deputy meows that this point in the stream isn't as deep as Whitestorm last reported, so they should try to cross here. Fireheart has doubts about the water being shallow enough, but keeps them to himself to avoid the usual kittypet jeers aimed at him. He follows Tigerclaw as he wades across the water, with Longtail following with twitching ears.
Fireheart picks his way carefully across part of the cold stream, and hopes Tigerclaw doesn't expect them to swim the rest of the way when it gets too deep to wade. The deputy calls Fireheart and Longtail to him, telling them to look at a fallen branch that they can use to cross. Tigerclaw orders Fireheart to check that it's safe, and the ginger warrior dismally thinks that with any other senior warrior, or even Bluestar, he'd have questioned the safety of the branch. Longtail taunts him, and resolve burn in Fireheart's belly not to show fear to the two cats so they can relay it to the rest of the Clan. He steps onto the branch, and inches forward cautiously with his claws dug into the soft bark. The branch lurches under him, and Tigerclaw yowls for him to get back to shore. Fireheart sways precariously, and he slips into the water sideways as Tigerclaw yowls one last time.

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References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 162
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 163
  3. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 165
  4. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 166



Forest of Secrets 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 26Chapter 27Chapter 28Chapter 29Chapter 30
Warriors cliffnotes
The Prophecies Begin Arc Into the WildFire and IceForest of SecretsRising StormA Dangerous PathThe Darkest Hour
New Prophecy Arc MidnightMoonriseDawnStarlightTwilightSunset
Power of Three Arc The SightDark RiverOutcastEclipseLong ShadowsSunrise
Omen of the Stars Arc The Fourth ApprenticeFading EchoesNight WhispersSign of the MoonThe Forgotten WarriorThe Last Hope
Dawn of the Clans Arc The Sun TrailThunder RisingThe First BattleThe Blazing StarA Forest DividedPath of Stars
A Vision of Shadows Arc The Apprentice's QuestThunder and ShadowShattered SkyDarkest NightRiver of Fire
Super Edition Arc Firestar's QuestBluestar's ProphecySkyClan's DestinyCrookedstar's PromiseYellowfang's SecretTallstar's RevengeBramblestar's StormMoth Flight's VisionHawkwing's JourneyTigerheart's Shadow
Field Guide Arc Secrets of the ClansCats of the ClansCode of the ClansBattles of the ClansEnter the ClansThe Ultimate Guide
Graystripe's Adventure The Lost WarriorWarrior's RefugeWarrior's Return
Stand-alone Manga The Rise of Scourge
Tigerstar and Sasha Arc Into the WoodsEscape from the ForestReturn to the Clans
Ravenpaw's Path Arc Shattered PeaceA Clan in NeedThe Heart of a Warrior
SkyClan and the Stranger Arc 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 Echo

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