Chapter 3 || Secret Knowledge
The black tom had been stalking after Jackalstar and her companion for a while now. Batchaser noticed that, as they walked farther from the heart of StarClan, the sky began to grow dark. He narrowed his blue eyes, shaking his head and scurrying through the brambles to catch up to the two cats.
⠀⠀He angled his ears, trying to catch what Jackalstar was saying to the gray-and-black tom.
⠀⠀“This is serious, Galewhisker!” Jackalstar hissed, whipping to the tom.
⠀⠀“I’m not saying it’s not,” Galewhisker responded calmly, padding and leaving the white she-cat to catch up to him. Batchaser was intrigued. What were they talking about?
⠀⠀“Then maybe you should be a little more worried than you are now,” she growled, her claws sinking into the ground with each pawstep.
⠀⠀“I don’t need you to tell me how to feel,” the gray tom replied. “I’m capable of that myself.”
⠀⠀“Clearly you need a lesson, then.” Jackalstar shook her head. “This omen...it will shape the future of every Clan cat for the rest of eternity. If they don’t take it seriously, the Clans will fall.”
⠀⠀Galewhisker flicked an ear and didn’t reply. They walked on in silence. The former ShadowClan warrior flexed his claws as the sky was changing into a navy color. He swiveled his head around, the light of day behind him where the center of StarClan was.
⠀⠀When Batchaser turned his head back around, Jackalstar and Galewhisker were gone. His eyes widened and he ran up the slope, not caring about being spotted at this point. The black tom looked around frantically. I can’t lose them!
⠀⠀“Well, well, well, what do we have here?” a voice snickered from behind him.
⠀⠀Batchaser whipped around, recognizing the voice as Jackalstar’s. Her eyes held a challenge and she had the posture to tell anyone she had absolute authority. Galewhisker padded up behind her, staying silent as he observed the former ShadowClan warrior.
⠀⠀“Just exploring.” Batchaser flicked his tail and locked eyes with Jackalstar, not flinching away.
⠀⠀The she-cat let out a chuckle. “You’re never just exploring.” She circled around him, looking the tom up and down. “After all, you are from ShadowClan.”
⠀⠀“And because you’re from ThunderClan, that gives you the right to nose around in another Clan’s business?” Batchaser raised a brow at her.
⠀⠀“Jackalstar,” Galewhisker called, voice deep and gravelly. “We should get out of here.”
⠀⠀“No.” She narrowed her blue eyes at Batchaser. “We need to find out what he overheard.”
⠀⠀“Oh?” Batchaser acted surprised. “What kind of secrets should we know about?”
⠀⠀Jackalstar and Galewhisker looked at each other before turning back to the black tom. “It’s an omen. And the cats receiving it will be deciding every Clan’s future.”
⠀⠀“Who are these cats?” Batchaser questioned. “I hope it’s not just ThunderClan, but I suppose it doesn’t matter; you guys are every cat’s savior! Why would we ever defy you? You should just take the place of StarClan itself!”
⠀⠀“Cut the act and tell us what you really heard,” Jackalstar snarled, marching up to the black tom. He smirked as he watched her anger unfold on him.
⠀⠀Batchaser then shrugged, flicking his tail. “I just heard a little bit. You know, your mousedung on how the Clans will be affected by this, blah blah blah, I didn’t really care to listen to the rest.”
⠀⠀“You can’t tell anyone,” Jackalstar ordered. “It’s too dangerous.”
⠀⠀“Who are you to decide who’s worthy enough to know?” the black tom challenged, flicking his tail.
⠀⠀“Don’t act like you deserve to know the fate of the Clans,” Jackalstar spat, eyes blazing. “You’ve never helped out here in any way. You’re lazy and selfish. You’re completely useless here!”
⠀⠀Batchaser rolled his eyes, not at all being affected by the white she-cat’s insults. “Not just me, idiot. Every StarClan cat. They should get to know what might happen to their past Clans. After all, they want their former Clanmates to thrive, correct?”
⠀⠀She shook her head briskly. “No. We can’t tell them. There would be chaos and no order. StarClan would fall.”
⠀⠀“You don’t know that will happen!” The blue-eyed tom’s claws sunk into the ground. “The others might actually want to help. There might be no chaos.”
⠀⠀“I’m not risking it. Go home, Batchaser.” Her voice was stern and her teeth were clenched.
⠀⠀Anger burned inside the tom. “I’m not leaving. Thanks though, Your Majesty.”
⠀⠀Jackalstar unsheathed her claws. Galewhisker leapt in front of her, narrowing his green eyes. “Jackalstar, no. Just let him go. He’s right; you aren’t the leader of StarClan.”
⠀⠀She looked furious and shoved the gray tom aside. “We’ll talk later,” she spat, whipping her head back to Batchaser. “Fine. You can go. Just don’t get in our way.”
⠀⠀“Might as well travel with you guys since we’re going to the same place.” A smirk formed on the black tom’s jaws and Jackalstar looked ready to kill. Galewhisker’s careful gaze shifted between the two, seeming as if he were ready to stop any fight that might form between them.
⠀⠀Jackalstar didn’t reply and stalked away from him, Galewhisker glancing at Batchaser as he ran after her. The black tom turned and trudged up the slope, staying a few foxlengths behind them.
⠀⠀That was interesting, Batchaser thought, lifting his eyes to the dark, starry sky. However... I feel like they didn’t tell me everything. They know something I don’t. And I need to figure out what it is.