Road to recovery by WyldClaw

Plot: how did Shellheart feel as he watched over Stormkit in Brambleberry's den? Shellheart's point of view. Don't own these characters asides from Shellheart's mother and the made up relationship between him and troutclaw. if you think otherwise Shredtail will stalk you in your dreams. Enjoy

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I made my way into Brambleberry's den as I had done every night since my son Stormkit's accident. The smell of herbs was now familiar to me and I welcomed it. "Hi Brambleberry" I sighed.

"Hello Shellheart" the petite white and black spotted she cat didn't even have to turn around to see it was me. She had a worried look in her eyes.

I came and sat next to her. She was next to Stormkit's nest. My kit's face was plastered with poultices and cobwebs. "How is he doing tonight?"

"Same as last night" She gave me a sad little look. "He's strong but his fate is in StarClan's paws. I don't know if-"

I touched her with my tail. "You're doing your best, Brambleberry."

She looked down at my kit. "But what if that's not enough? StarClan knows I've tried everything! I'm close to ripping my fur out"

"Come on now. You don't want to mess up that pelt? You'd look like Raggedpelt of ShadowClan." I tried to get her to smile.

She twitched her tail. "Cheeky furball." Stormkit let out a little mew in his sleep. "He reminds me of you, Shellheart- he's got the same spunk and spirit of adventure that you have"

I feigned surprise. "Me? I wasn't that adventurous"

"I heard stories from Milkfur about how a certain tom tried to catch some fish when he was little to help out the clan but ended up catching a chill"

I ducked my head in embarrassment. "Yeah. Troutclaw gave me the lecture afterwards. " I imitated his voice. "What were you thinking Shellkit? Are you totally flea-brained or something? You nearly gave Seabreeze a panic attack and made her fur turn gray "

She looked seriously at me. "Speaking of mothers, how's Rainflower taking this?"

I looked down at my paws and then replied. "Harsh. She wanted to have to two perfect sons. this just shattered her. She believes he will never be the warrior she wanted. No matter how many times Oakkit tried to tell her it was his idea to go to Sunningrocks she scoffs at him and says not to cover up for useless Stormkit."

"Poor Oakkit. He really stands up for his brother" She tutted. "No mother or parent should cast aside their kit like that. It is not Stormkit's fault this happened to him"

I nodded in agreement. "I can't see why Rainflower would abandon Stormkit like this. It's not like he had half his face torn apart by a badger."

"He is just a little kit. He didn't know that was going to happen"

"I agree, Shellheart. Sometimes things just happen and there is nothing we can do but help ease the pain. StarClan can't protect us from every little thing. It's times like this that he needs all the love he can get"

"Well said, Brambleberry. My poor little tom. I'm sure that he will pull through. After he comes out of this he's going to need all the support he can get. . I just feel bad that his road to recovery will be a long painful one.""

" May StarClan aide him on this rocky road. " she purred. "He is one brave kit. To try to chase off Goosefeather from Sunningrocks, that takes guts"

"That's my boy." I licked Stormkit's fur. "He's going to be a little fighter"

Brambleberry replied "That he is. " she paused for a minute. "Hailstar came in here to check on him earlier today"

"What did he say?" I knew that Hailstar would never say an unkind word to a kit.

"He was glad Stormkit is fighting the infection. He said he would have a hard time catching up to the other apprentices but he is a strong kit and maybe this was meant to happen. "

"He's a wise leader" I commented.

I looked down at my tabby son. How I wish I could help him. this was a battle he'd have to win on his own. StarClan if you can hear me, please don't take Stormkit away. He's only a kit- he didn't mean to hit that rock. I knelt down to him. "Night my little warrior" I whispered and then repeated an old blessing that Seabreeze used to say to me when I was a kit before bedtime. "May the Sun warm your back and the fish leap into your paws"

I thought I saw a smile crept on to his sleeping face.

Brambleberry looked at me with admiration. "You are such a loving father, Shellheart."

I felt my face burn. "Yeah, I am."

"I've heard of fathers who don't spend any time with their kits much but you are not one of those. Oakkit and Stormkit should be very lucky to have you as their father. I think you are one of the best fathers RiverClan has seen in a while. Hailstar is lucky to have you as his deputy "

I ducked my head in embarrassment. "When I went to my visit to the moonstone as a 'paw I had this dream of playing with my future kits and then this vision of one of them addressing the Clan"

"Wow. That is one great Moonstone dream. I'm sure it will come true. "

I flushed again. "You're lucky I have a dark pelt. You can't see how red I am"

She yawned, causing me to yawn as well. "I'll let you two get some sleep"

She nodded. I got up and began to leave when she stopped me. "Shellheart?"

"Hmm?"

Her warm blue eyes bore into me. "I'm sure StarClan has a plan for your son but one that doesn't involve him leaving us. "

"Thanks Brambleberry. You're the best"

She shrugged her shoulders. "I try. May StarClan light your path "?

"Yours too Shellheart. Have a nice night"

I padded out of the medicine cat den and back to the warrior's den. My nest was calling me

The end

Author's notes: what did you think of it? While re-reading "Crookedstar's Promise" I realized there are tons of stories just waiting to be told, like this one about Shellheart. I am thinking about doing one about Rainflower next. Thanks. Please read and review