A Vision of Shadows
THUNDERCLAN LEADER BRAMBLESTAR—dark brown tabby tom with amber eyes DEPUTY SQUIRRELFLIGHT—dark ginger she-cat with green eyes and one white paw MEDICINE CATS LEAFPOOL—light brown tabby she-cat with amber eyes, white paws and chest JAYFEATHER—gray tabby tom with blind blue eyes ALDERHEART—dark ginger tom with amber eyes WARRIORS (toms and she-cats without kits) BRACKENFUR—golden-brown tabby tom CLOUDTAIL—long-haired white tom with blue eyes BRIGHTHEART—white she-cat with ginger patches THORNCLAW—golden-brown tabby tom WHITEWING—white she-cat with green eyes BIRCHFALL—light brown tabby tom BERRYNOSE—cream-colored tom with a stump for a tail MOUSEWHISKER—gray-and-white tom POPPYFROST—pale tortoiseshell and white she-cat CINDERHEART—gray tabby she-cat LIONBLAZE—golden tabby tom with amber eyes ROSEPETAL—dark cream she-cat BRIARLIGHT—dark brown she-cat, paralyzed in her hindquarters LILYHEART—small, dark tabby she-cat with white patches, and blue eyes BUMBLESTRIPE—very pale gray tom with black stripes IVYPOOL—silver-and-white tabby she-cat with dark blue eyes APPRENCTICE, TWIGPAW (gray she-cat with green eyes) DOVEWING—pale gray she-cat with green eyes CHERRYFALL—ginger she-cat MOLEWHISKER—brown-and-cream tom SNOWBUSH—white, fluffy tom AMBERMOON—pale ginger she-cat DEWNOSE—gray-and-white tom STORMCLOUD—gray tabby tom HOLLYTUFT—black she-cat FERNSONG—yellow tabby tom SORRELSTRIPE—dark brown she-cat LEAFSHADE—a tortoiseshell she-cat LARKSONG—a black tom HONEYFUR—a white she-cat with yellow splotches SPARKPELT—orange tabby she-cat QUEENS (she-cats expecting or nursing kits) DAISY—cream long-furred cat from the horseplace BLOSSOMFALL—tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat with petal-shaped white patches ELDERS (former warriors and queens, now retired) PURDY—plump tabby former loner with a gray muzzle GRAYSTRIPE—long-haired gray tom MILLIE—striped silver tabby she-cat with blue eyes SHADOWCLAN (REFUGEES LIVING WITH THUNDERCLAN) LEADER ROWANSTAR—ginger tom DEPUTY TIGERHEART—dark brown tabby tom WARRIORS TAWNYPELT—tortoiseshell she-cat with green eyes WINDCLAN LEADER ONESTAR—brown tabby tom DEPUTY HARESPRING—brown-and-white tom MEDICINE CAT KESTRELFLIGHT—mottled gray tom with white splotches like kestrel feathers WARRIORS NIGHTCLOUD—black she-cat APPRENTICE, BRINDLEPAW (mottled brown she-cat) GORSETAIL—very pale gray-and-white she-cat with blue eyes CROWFEATHER—dark gray tom APPRENTICE, FERNPAW (gray tabby she-cat) LEAFTAIL—dark tabby tom, amber eyes EMBERFOOT—gray tom with two dark paws APPRENTICE, SMOKEPAW (gray she-cat) BREEZEPELT—black tom with amber eyes LARKWING—pale brown tabby she-cat SEDGEWHISKER—light brown tabby she-cat SLIGHTFOOT—black tom with white flash on his chest OATCLAW—pale brown tabby tom FEATHERPELT—gray tabby she-cat HOOTWHISKER—dark gray tom HEATHERTAIL—light brown tabby she-cat with blue eyes ELDERS WHITETAIL—small white she-cat RIVERCLAN LEADER MISTYSTAR—gray she-cat with blue eyes DEPUTY REEDWHISKER—black tom MEDICINE CATS MOTHWING—dappled golden she-cat WILLOWSHINE—gray tabby she-cat WARRIORS MINTFUR—light gray tabby tom DUSKFUR—brown tabby she-cat SHADENOSE—dark brown she-cat MINNOWTAIL—dark gray-and-white she-cat APPRENTICE, BREEZEPAW MALLOWNOSE—light brown tabby tom PETALFUR—gray-and-white she-cat BEETLEWHISKER—brown-and-white tabby tom CURLFEATHER—pale brown she-cat PODLIGHT—gray-and-white tom HERONWING—dark gray-and-black tom SHIMMERPELT—silver she-cat APPRENTICE, NIGHTPAW (dark gray she-cat with blue eyes) LIZARDTAIL—light brown tom FOXFACE—russet tabby tom HAVENPELT—black-and-white she-cat PERCHWING—gray-and-white she-cat SNEEZECLOUD—gray-and-white tom BRACKENPELT—tortoiseshell she-cat JAYCLAW—gray tom OWLNOSE—brown tabby tom ICEWING—white she-cat with blue eyes QUEENS LAKEHEART—gray tabby she-cat (mother to Harekit, Dapplekit, Gorsekit, and Softkit) ELDERS MOSSPELT—tortoiseshell-and-white she-cat ROGUES (DARKTAIL’S “KIN”) LEADER DARKTAIL—a strong, muscular tom, with white fur broken up by black spots around his eyes MEDICINE CAT PUDDLESHINE—brown tom with white splotches THE “KIN” RAIN—long-furred gray tom with green eyes RAVEN—long-furred black she-cat ROACH—silver gray tom NETTLE—brown tabby tom with long, spiky fur NEEDLETAIL—silver she-cat SLEEKWHISKER—sleek yellow she-cat JUNIPERCLAW—black tom SPIKEFUR—dark brown tom with tufty fur on his head YARROWLEAF—ginger she-cat with yellow eyes WASPTAIL—yellow tabby she-cat with green eyes STRIKESTONE—tabby tom DAWNPELT—cream-furred she-cat BEENOSE—plump white she-cat with black ears SCORCHFUR—dark gray tom with slashed ears BERRYHEART—black-and-white she-cat CLOVERFOOT—gray tabby she-cat RIPPLETAIL—white tom SPARROWTAIL—large brown tabby tom MISTCLOUD—spiky-furred, pale gray she-cat BIRCHBARK—beige tom LIONEYE—yellow she-cat with amber eyes SLATEFUR—sleek gray tom GRASSHEART—pale brown tabby she-cat PINENOSE—black she-cat VIOLETPAW—black-and-white she-cat with yellow eyes QUEENS SNOWBIRD—pure white she-cat with green eyes (mother to Conekit, Gullkit, and Frondkit) ELDERS OAKFUR—small brown tom RATSCAR—scarred, skinny dark brown tom
In the bottom of the hollow was a small pool, the surface glittering in the sunlight. Straggling bushes surrounded it, and when Alderheart looked more closely he spotted a group of cats huddled in the shelter of the branches. A small, silver-gray tabby she-cat lay stretched out in their midst. Alderheart thought he had seen her somewhere before, but the other cats were all strangers to him.
Hesitantly, Alderheart began padding down the slope into the center of the hollow. “Greetings!” he called out as he drew nearer to the group of cats. “Can you tell me where…?”
His voice trailed off as none of the cats reacted to his approach—it was as if they could neither see him nor hear him. A spark of excitement fizzled through Alderheart.
Eager to know what his vision had to tell him, Alderheart drew closer to the clump of bushes, noticing that his paw steps did not even bend the grass blades beneath them.
As he padded forward, Alderheart could see that the silver-gray tabby had a long gash down her flank. The flesh around it was swollen, and pus oozed from the wound. The tabby was very thin, her pelt dull and almost colorless; her breathing was shallow, and her eyes looked glassy with fever. Once again he felt that odd sense of familiarity, as though he really ought to recognize her.