Chapter four- Missing warriors
Blizzardtail woke up at dawn, and for once Redclaw was already awake. Emberflight's nest was cold. "Let's go," he said. Blizzardtail followed him out of the warrior's den. Not many cats were up, so they waited by the fresh-kill pile for Cheetahstar and Ravenpelt. Willowtail- a grey-blue she-cat with green eyes was waking up her apprentice Emberpaw, a dark brown tom. Sandshine, a sandy-colored Tom with green eyes was grooming himself, but other than that no one was awake. They waited, fidgeting around until Sandshine and a few other warriors who had exited the den gave them funny looks. After what seemed like a lifetime, Cheetahstar and Ravenpelt strutted into the clearing. Cheetahstar leaped onto high rock. "Let all cats old enough to catch their own prey gather beneath high rock for a clan meeting!" She yowled. Willowtail and Emberpaw padded over, and were met by Sandshine. Berryheart and Sleetstream slipped from the warriors den, followed by Thistleburr, a spiky furred tom related to Thistleclaw. Blackbird, Foxsnatch, and Hollyshine emerged from the warriors den after. Oakpaw and Graypaw padded over together. Mosspaw, a smoky gray tom, slipped from the apprentice den, followed by Crystalpaw, and then Firepaw who bounced over. Icetail, Shadowheart, a black Tom, Mudfoot, a dark brown tom with spiky fur, and Nettleclaw, a light tabby she-cat with green eyes who was Willowtail's sister soon emerged from the warriors den. Thrushpaw, a gray-brown tom with black paws and a white muzzle, and spots on his pelt, sat by his sister, Poppypaw, a tortoiseshell she-cat with rosy paws and tail. Blizzardtail knew Larchpaw should have been sitting next to them, but the she-cat died due to greencough last leaf-bare. Flashpaw walked over and sat by them. Stormcloud, Drizzleheart, a small she-cat with light tawny fur, Whitefang, Pinefur and Cedarfoot, to identical light brown toms with green eyes, Sootfoot, a smoky gray tom with black paws, Lizardtail, Wolfbite, Rabbitail, Viperfang, a white and brown she-cat, Bramblepelt, Fawnheart, Amberfeather, Thornheart, Sunspirit, and Hawkflight, a dark dark brown Tom almost black, white yellow eyes, were the last cats to exit the warriors den. The littermates Grasspaw, a sleek silvery she-cat with green eyes, Shadepaw, a Tom with shades of black and brown on his pelt, and Wavepaw, a blue eyed- Tom with a gray-blue pelt and a white chest were the last to slip from the apprentices den, along with Stripepaw. Dogpaw, a brown tom with a black ear, tail, and front paws was already sitting under the rock with Aspenpaw, a she-cat with Gray fur that had black and white flecks of color, with eyes that were dark blue, that sometimes looked purple, along with Clovepaw, a Tom with caramel colored fur with black on his nose and paws, and bright green eyes. They all looked up at Cheetahstar expectantly. "We are missing one of our warriors, Emberflight. She has been missing for most of yesterday and so far all of today. I will organize a patrol now and we will search for her," she said. "Why didn't you tell us before?" Shouted Hawkflight. "How do we know she's really gone?" Growled Stormcloud. Some cats shot her dirty looks. Cheetahstar ignored the mews and leapt from high rock. She padded over to her deputy, who nodded. "Bramblepelt, Fawnheart, Shadowheart, Mosspaw, Nettleclaw, and Shadepaw, your coming with me to search for Emberflight," she said, and stalked out of camp, the chosen warriors trotting after her. Redclaw sighed. "Why do I feel we aren't going to find her?"