Leaffeather gulped anxiously as she walked up to High Ledge. She looked up Amberstar quickly, then flicked her eyes to the ground. Leaffeather's mother, Lilytail, and her father, Flamepelt, watched her with a proud gaze in their eyes. Rosepelt grinned at her sister and widened her eyes. The only member of Leaffeather's family who wasn't happy was Leaffeather's brother, Brackenfrost. Brackenfrost glared at his sister as she sat beneath High Ledge.
"Leaffeather, come forward," Amberstar said. Leaffeather was trembling at the sight of her leader, but did as she was told.
"I say these words before the body of Tawnyface, so that her spirit may hear and approve my choice. Leaffeather will be the new deputy of FireClan," Amberstar said as she looked at Leaffeather. Even though it was not called for, Leaffeather licked her leader's shoulder as she had done when she became a warrior.
"I know I will never be as great a deputy as Tawnyface was, but I will do my best," Leaffeather meowed trembling. Why me? Leaffeather thought to herself Brackenfrost and Rosepelt have more experience—why not one of them? Leaffeather knew the only thing keeping her from having the same amount of time as a warrior as her siblings was the fact that she had fallen from a tree and was severely wounded. Leaffeather shivered as she remembered her body being slammed against the ground. Brackenfrost was still glaring at her, but Rosepelt ran over to her sister.
"To think, my sister is deputy of FireClan!" Rosepelt cried.
"It's not that big a deal," Leaffeather said shyly avoiding her sister's gaze.
"What's wrong with you? Ever since we were kits you would say how you wanted to be deputy! It's not like you to be shy," Rosepelt exclaimed. Leaffeather looked into her sister's green eyes and saw nothing but pure excitement.
"Okay, there is a reason that I'm not jumping out of my fur because I'm deputy," she looked around quickly before continuing, "Didn't you notice that Brackenfrost was glaring at me the whole time? I don't want to brag in front of him," Leaffeather admitted.
"You shouldn't care what Brackenfrost does if you're deputy! Tawnyface was his mentor, he probably is upset and he's taking it out on you because you're the new deputy," Rosepelt reasoned. Leaffeather nodded, knowing that her sister did have a point. Leaffeather wondered curiously if Brackenfrost was mad for a different reason.
All of a sudden Amberstar hopped on the High Ledge again.
"I have one more announcement, Shadekit, Bluekit please step forward," Amberstar beckoned. Raineyes watched proudly as her kits walked up to the High Ledge. Shadekit was bouncy out of his dark brown fur; while his sister, Bluekit, was an image of confidence. Leaffeather wondered curiously if she would be one of the kit's probably would have told me, but then again, I just became deputy—she wouldn't have had the opportunity to tell me in time.
"Shadekit, you have reached the age of six moons, and it is time for you to be apprenticed. From this day, until you receive your warrior name, you will be known as Shadepaw. I ask StarClan to watch over you and guide you until you find in your paws the strength and courage of a warrior," Amberstar announced
Amberstar called to Ashberry and he walked quickly to HighLedge
"Ashberry, you are ready to take on an apprentice. You had received excellent training from Jayflight, and you have shown yourself to be fierce and brave. You will be the mentor of Shadepaw, and I expect you to pass on all you know to Shadepaw," Amberstar meowed.
Ashberry padded over to his son and touched noses with him. Smiling happily, Shadepaw followed his father back to where Raineyes sat. As the next apprentice ceremony began, Leaffeather began to back away from the clearing. Just as she was on the outer circle of cats, Amber mewed something that caught her attention.
"Leaffeather, you did a fine job training Tigergaze; it's time for your second apprentice. You will be the mentor of Bluepaw, and I expect you to pass on all you know to Bluepaw," Amberstar meowed, trailing off as she saw Leaffeather scattering quickly to the HighLedge. Leaffeather quickly touched noses with her new apprentice and quickly murmured an apology to Amberstar.
Leaffeather glanced at Ashberry and sighed unhappily as he licked Raineyes' ear. Her moping was interrupted by Bluepaw's excited questions.
"Are we going to go on a tour of the territory tomorrow? Or hunting practice? Ooh! Can we do battle training?" Bluepaw asked, rocking back and forth on her paws excitedly.
"We're going to tour the territory tomorrow," Leaffeather said absent mindedly, "Now go get some rest—you'll need to be full of energy if you're going to go around the entire FireClan territory," she continued. Bluepaw trotted happily off to join her sister.
Just as she was about to go talk to Ashberry, Brackenfrost blocked her path. His blue eyes narrowed with anger.