Chapter 3

"Come." Wisdom twitched is tail to beckon Icewing to come. The two padded for a whale length until they reached a larger cavern. It was full of strange and exotic stones that looked as if they were made out of ice. "We call this Crystal-Ice Cave. This is where we speak to our ancestors." He padded towards the middle. An even larger crystal stone was sitting in the middle. He twitched his tail again. Icewing padded over and sat down. "Touch your nose here. Like this." Wisdom placed his nose on the stone and closed his eyes. "Now sleep, young one…"

Icewing closed his eyes and slumped down onto the cold, hard ground; falling asleep. He opened his eyes to realise he was in a dream. It was a dark place filled with small, yellow lights. He recognised them to be stars. Some leafy plants popped up. It appeared he was in a forest surrounded by stars. He hadn't seen a forest in many moons.

"Welcome," said a bluish-grey and white-bellied she-cat with deep, yellowish-amber eyes. "I am Goldenstar." Eight other cats padded up.

"I'm Icewing… I'm here to receive my nine lives."

"We know," said another cat. He was long and lean. He had black fur and white points and grey eyes. "I'm Sparrowwing."

"You might not recognise us, but we're some of your ancestors, and we used to belong to the four ancient Clans before the sickness wiped all of us out," another cat stated. She was a dark brown tabby. "I'm Tawnybreast."

"Icewing, are you ready to receive your nine lives?" all of the cats said in flawless unison.

"Yes," he replied. He was ready!

A small she-cat, presumably an apprentice, stepped up. She was black with green eyes. "With this life, I give you courage. Use it well in case of frightening battles."

Sparrowwing walked up. "With this life, I give you trust. Use it when speaking to your Clan."

Goldenstar walked up next. "With this life, I give you guidance. Use it when training new warriors."

Tawnybreast bowed. "With this life, I give you determination. Use it well, especially when battling."

A dark tabby tom touched noses with Icewing. "With this life, I give you knowledge. Use it when in need."

A lithe, grey cat touched noses with him as well. "With this life, I give you strong legs. Use it when you need to run from monsters."

An orange tom bowed. "With this life, I give you strong claws. Use it to defend your Clan, fiercely."

A black cat with white paws approached. "With this life, I give you a strong heart. Use it when you fall in love."

The last cat, a white she-cat with green eyes, he recognised to be his mother, Whaleheart. "Icewing… You know I have always loved you. I knew you'd find the heart to become a leader, and a strong Clan as well. I, Whaleheart, give you strength. Use it whenever possible, no matter the circumstances. I welcome you as leader of IceClan. I now give you the name Icestar."

"Icestar! Icestar!" the StarClan cats shouted triumphantly. The cats faded away.

Suddenly, before he woke up, a new cat appeared. She was faint but she spoke with a loud voice. "One of your kind, with two legs, with save you Clan…" The cat faded into the forest.

"Wh-what is that supposed to mean?" he asked. It was too late, though. He sighed and decided to wake up.

He slowly opened his eyes to see Wisdom looking at him. "You did it." He wagged his tail happily. "You're a leader now, Icestar!"

"I-I did it," Icestar purred happily. "T-thank you, Wisdom. I must go now. I must tell my Clan officially has a leader now."

Wisdom blinked and followed him back out to the cave. "Goodbye, Wisdom," Icestar meowed.

"Wait," Wisdom walked up to him. "I want to meet your Clan."

A/N: Yay cliffhangers!