Lionblaze sighed, and looked at his four warrior apprentice kits. They waited by Highledge, waiting for their warrior ceremony to start. Their fur was so sleek and well-groomed, their ears were pricked, their heads were high. It seems as if only yesterday that Cinderheart was suckling them, he thought.
Featherpaw sat next to him, her eyes gleaming with pride for her siblings. Cinderheart pressed against him on his other side, purring with happiness.
Six moons had passed. Snowpaw, Amberpaw, and Dewpaw had become warriors, taking the names of Snowfall, Ambernose, and Dewleaf. Rosepetal had moved into the nursery two moons ago, expecting Foxleap's kits. She had just kitted. Owlkit and Fernkit hadn't even opened their eyes yet.
Bramblestar started the ceremony. "I, Bramblestar, leader of ThunderClan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on these apprentices. They have trained hard to understand the ways of your noble code, and I commend them to you as a warrior in their turn. Blazepaw, Thistlepaw, Sunnypaw, and Hollypaw, do you promise to protect and defend your Clan, even at the cost of your life?"
"I do." the apprentices chorused.
"Then, by the powers of StarClan, I give you your warrior names. Blazepaw, from this moment on, you will be known as Blazeheart. StarClan honors your wisdom and loyalty, and they welcome you as a full member of ThunderClan." he rested his muzzle on Blazeheart's head. The young tom licked Bramblestar's shoulder respectfully in return.
"Thistlepaw, from this moment on, you will be known as Thistlefur. Although you have the name of a vicious warrior from the days of Bluestar's reign in ThunderClan, you are an honorable, skilled warrior which this Clan can be proud of." Bramblestar rested his muzzle on Thistlefur's head. Lionblaze sighed. Many of the warriors who had been alive when Bluestar was leader knew of Thistleclaw, and they told the younger cats about him. In fact, if you fought in the battle against the Dark Forest, you knew of him. Thistleclaw had been a vicious warrior, and some of Lionblaze's Clanmates would eye the young tom with distrust, as though he was the reincarnation of Thistleclaw. But as Thistlepaw grew older, the cats stopped doing it, seeing that he was nothing like him. And now, there was no distrust or tension at all, as Thistlepaw became Thistlefur.
"Sunnypaw, from this moment on, you will be known as Sunnyflower. StarClan honors your bright spirit and your skill.
"Hollypaw, from this moment on, you will be known as Hollyheart, in honor of those before you. StarClan honors your thoughtfulness and bravery."
"Blazeheart! Thistlefur! Sunnyflower! Hollyheart!" the Clan cheered, Lionblaze, Cinderheart, and Featherpaw the loudest.
A half moon had passed. Jayfeather and Featherpaw were coming back from their visit to Moonpool.
"Everyone, meet Feathershine!" Jayfeather announced, stepping through the thorn barrier.
"Feathershine! Feathershine!" cheered the cats.
Suddenly, Brackenfur, Sorreltail, Mousewhisker, and Sunnyflower charged into camp. Brackenfur's eyes were round. "WindClan has stolen prey!" he gasped.
"They crossed the border!" announced Sunnyflower.
Cinderheart sighed and glanced at Lionblaze. "Will this ever end? Will there ever be peace?"
Lionblaze shrugged. "I really don't know." Then, a voice, a gentle, familiar voice filled his ears, and warm breaths ruffled his ear fur. Hollyleaf.
The Clans are four, not one. They will fight, because that's just what they do. That's the way it's always been, and it will be like that until the end of time. Although there are moments of peace, it doesn't stay that way.
Then, another scent filled the air. This cat was also StarClan, but was unfamiliar. The Clans are like honeysuckle. One tendril chokes the other for light, believing they grow from seperate stems. But they have always been one. Although they fight, they care for each other like one Clan.
TA-DA! My first fanfic is DONE! What did you guys think of it? What did you like? What could've been better? I want constructive critiscm pleeze! So tell me what you thought, and... if you want a CinderxLion kits fanfic from me! (Because I already know somebody who does, but I'm not sure if I want to do it, if only one person will enjoy it...)