The Third Messenger

Chapter 3

A/N: I put this story on hiatus so I could try and update all the other stories I wrote and that's why it's LATE LATE LATE LATE. Honestly I haven't updated since December 10th 2013!

*IMPORTANT* I know it's cheeky of me to ask for this after not updating for a year, but I just created a two-shot contest(the idea is Stormbreeze's/ PeaceLoveWolves's idea) on my forum, some of which have already joined. Please join, it'd be nice to have you guys and I'd love to see what you guys can come up with!

I was going to wait till we had 20 reviews you guys made me change my mind. ANYWAY: Reviews:

Blue Moonshine123: Thank you so much! Check out Nightspirit's, it's better than mine(although I assume there will be a couple spelling mistakes, but aside from that)!

Song of falling feathers: Haha, well, read and

The Spirit That Comes At Night/Nightspirit: thank you so much! You're really encouraging and I'm glad I signed up! This was an awesome idea! And congratulations to Reminiscent Lullaby for winning the contest(I hope she reads this. :| ). *Anyway, I posted Stormbreeze's topic idea, for a two-shot. Please join! It'd be nice to have you and we'd be glad to see what you can come up with! (I dunno why I'm still updating. I'm really inspired in this story, ha.)

Guest 1: Rrgh I hate the new review system, from now on if you're a guest, put "FROM_ " as the first thing in your review! Nice.

Guest 2: Gee, I therefore read this as a message not to update? Because rude reviews will not make me update sooner. O.o

Deira S: Thank you so much! 1) the deaths of the Messengers are often brutal. That's what Nightspirit told us on the first word(maybe not the first..) of the contest! 2) Correct! 3)Sorry for taking over a year to do this! And this chapter's horribly short :/

ANYWAY, FINALLY! Please enjoy:)

Hawkpaw's fear grew stronger as they padded through the darkness. She could smell disgusting stenches,brambles tugged at her pelt, but she tried to ignore them as she padded forward. Mistyspirit's glow had seemed to disappear from sight and Hawkpaw was beginning to feel more nervous than ever, especially when Mistyspirit's light seemed to vanish completely, and Hawkpaw felt unaware of her presence.

"Why, it's a little kitten!" Hawkpaw felt her fur bush at the voice. There was no way she could win a fight; it was overwhelmingly obvious that she couldn't; otherwise she wouldn't be in the Unknown, wandering here and there to become a messenger or spirit guide.

She looked up to see a brown tabby she-cat leaning over her, her muzzle peeled back in a wasn't the only one either. A ragged gray tabby tom was with felt fear vibrating off of her and knew she should try to hide it, but she couldn't help it. She tried to bush up her fur to scare them, but she could tell it wasn't working, because they just teased her more.

"How many mice did you catch today, kit?" sneered the tomcat, digging his claws deeper into her skin.

"MISTYSPIRIT!" she screamed, suddenly overwhelmed by her fear. Suddenly, a bright light filled the clearing, and she heard the brown tabby she-cat squeal in surprise and fear. The ragged gray tabby tom stood his ground, his eyes narrowed against the light in disgust.

"Snakeheart, don't you think we should leave now?" hissed the brown tabby she-cat nervously. The tom took a look at his "kit-prize" and then glanced back at the she-cat, then towards the light with his eyes narrowed. "Maybe we should, but we'll be back, you mark my words," he snarled.

Hawkpaw stayed where she was, her eyes shut, wishing she had never been killed by the rogue. Then she wouldn't be here training to be in the Unknown. Who cared about the Unknown anyway? "Hawkpaw, get over here," Mistyspirit commanded. Hawkpaw felt her hackles rising as she padded over to the gray she-cat.

"Why didn't you tell me?" she complained. "I could have been prepared. Then I wouldn't have gotten caught like that," she growled angrily.

"I told you not to let them sense your fear," Mistyspirit reminded her. "You either didn't listen or you didn't pay attention when I was talking to you. You will learn more quickly this way." Hawkpaw shrugged.

"So then why did you leave me there?" she challenged. Mistyspirit met her gaze calmly. "I left you only for a few moments and I did come back to fetch you."

Hawkpaw reluctantly allowed her fur to flatten. "Who are Snakeheart and that brown tabby cat?" she asked after a few moments.

"They are cats who betrayed their own Clans to please themselves, and even as we speak they are training cats to train in their pawsteps," Mistyspirit replied without opening her mouth.

"Can you show me or is it not our business?" Hawkpaw asked, allowing curiosity to overcome her anger. Mistyspirit looked amused, even though her mouth didn't open to show it.

"Yes, I can. If you want to." Hawkpaw fought the urge to give her mentor a playful swipe across the muzzle.

"Of course! I want to learn everything there is to know about this place!" she meowed. Mistyspirit nodded.

"Okay, Hawkpaw. But this isn't something we should be proud of, so don't be so..." Hawkpaw sighed and nodded. "Fine. Okay then, now can we go see?"

"See?" Mistyspirit mewed as they left. "I told you this wasn't a duty we should be proud of." Hawkpaw quickly looked the opposite way so her mentor couldn't see the look on her face. Even though Hawkpaw couldn't see it, she was sure it didn't look very inviting, and it certainly wouldn't get her anything she wanted. Still, saying the wrong thing could probably give her the same reply as the look on her face.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah, I've heard it a million times. Is there anything else you want to show me or can I go play." She hissed. Mistyspirit didn't reply but Hawkpaw saw her face darken for a moment after her ears seemed to stiffen.

"Yes, there is," she meowed. "Come with me."

A/N: I was typing this in a hurry(as you can tell!Auto-Correct gave me a heck of a hard time but I think I managed to spell almost everything correctly. I bet I'm going to hear a bunch on how I could have made it better, but I spent days typing this (even though it's way too rushed), and I ain't touching this thing till the next chapter.

For your information, I don't even know myself where Mistyspirit and Hawkpaw are going next, so guess away! I might use one of your ideas if I want to and I'll probably need it:)

Review if you want but I'm not going to set an amount-of-reviews-and-I'll-update rant because I'm really head-smack-into writer's block and no one's exactly giving me ideas in the reviews(I don't mind that, a review is a review and iif you guys don't review I dunno if I would be able to update;), so yeah.. that's how bad it is.

Oh, and don't forget to sign up for the contest! I'd love to see what you guys can come up with!

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