The moon shined down quietly on a silver circular pool of water. A heavy fog lay as a shroud on the serene pool. Three cats were revealed as the fog mysteriously lifted just enough to show them. In silent acknowledgement they nodded to one another and looked into the crystal clear water. One, a mahogany tom, spoke first. “This will be a cause of great tribulation to Treeclan.” The blue she-cat sitting next to him snorted in sarcasm “No doubt, Reedstar, that the fact it will be of great trouble is quite obvious. Should we tell Sparkstar? He is as pure of heart as any leader.” The cat purred. “Don’t talk to me like that. I was just trying to help.” Reedstar snarled. “Help what? Help rub in the fact that our clan’s life may be coming to an end? I say we should tell them.” Leafturn said, holding her head up stubbornly. “And what, tell them that they will probably all die!? What good would it do?” Reedstar retorted.
Both cats were now bristling with anger and discomfort minus the third cat who sat silently, still gazing into the water. Then he said in a deep voice “I agree with Leafturn on this matter. It would be best if they knew before this happened. It could save the lives of most if not all of them.” And Reedstar considered a moment. “If we do end up sending them a warning of disaster I don’t want any of us to deliver it, Stormclaw. No doubt their wounds of our loss are still paining their hearts. We would not want to break their hearts before a terrible battle.” Reedstar said sorrowfully. “We cannot think of that for their sake! We must be able to make sacrifices if we want to save our clan! They are strong” Leafturn hissed. “I’ll go then.” A voice said behind them. They all turned, startled and another cat stepped out of the shadows.
Her fur was a beautiful brown dappled with small brownish-orange spots. “Fernheart, what are you doing here!? This was supposed to be only Treeclan cats!” Reedstar spat. “No need to get your tail in a knot. I saw you all slinking off and followed you. Do you remember that I was once also part of Treeclan? Is it that hard for you to include me in my own clan’s problems? I listened as you all fought amongst yourselves. I’ve seen your so called teamwork here. I will go and deliver the prophecy because I have no connection with any of the cats in the clan as of now. It would be best for me to go so you would stop fighting.” She said calmly, holding Reedstar’s gaze steadily.
Reedstar, Leafturn and Stormclaw looked at each other and each nodded. “Fine but you must swear on Silverpelt that you will say no more than there is a great tribulation ahead of them. We don’t want them to know of the terror that is yet to envelope the clan.” Reedstar said. All four cats hung their heads sadly. “I’m going now. Sparkstar and Mintsprout will know by morning.” Fernheart said and the fog promptly engulfed the four cats.