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3. Falling Into Shadow

By Stormikat

Romance / Fantasy


Cover art: "Cat and the Moon" by Charles Boumiea

Please note, this story was written in 2009-2010, after the Power of Three Series and before I started reading Omen of the Stars series.

Warrior names may not be consistent (nor their pelt color or gender-- if mentioned as kits in POT). I have mentioned their proper names in the allegiance, but they are not corrected in the rest of the story. Cats with * were created by me.

Falling into Shadow is a continuation to Hollyleaf's Challenge and Burning Darkly. You don't have to read those first because this will make sense on its own, but the others are for background information.

Falling Into Shadow is about Dewstep's and Ivyflight's daughter. She is head-strong and determined, but is laughed at by her fellow Clanmates for her name. Fallingpaw wants to prove herself as a warrior, but she makes a mistake. She falls in love with a warrior from another Clan. Dewstep was given a prophesy about Fallingpaw, but she knows nothing of it. He only has one question. Will destroy what she was meant to save? Meanwhile, two mysterious cats plot the death of a deputy and later a leader. Who is really in danger?


Older cats come first. So senior warriors then younger warriors, she-cats who have been queens longer and have kits, then the ones that just got in the nursery. Older apprentices, younger apprentices, elders-- oldest to recent.


Leader Firestar-- ginger tom with a flame-colored pelt

Deputy Brambleclaw-- dark brown tabby tom with amber eyes

Medicine Cat Jayfeather-- gray tabby tom
apprentice: Toadheart (properly known as Toadstep)-- black and white tom


Graystripe-- long-haired gray tom

apprentice: *Frostpaw

Sandstorm-- pale ginger she-cat with green eyes

Brackenfur-- golden tabby tom

Cloudtail-- long white-haired tom with blue eyes

Brightheart-- white she-cat with ginger patches, half of her face is scarred

Thornclaw-- golden brown tabby tom

Millie-- striped gray tabby she-cat, former kittypet

Sorreltail-- tortoiseshell and white she-cat with amber eyes

Squirrelflight-- dark ginger she-cat with green eyes

apprentice: *Fallingpaw

Hazeltail-- small gray and white she-cat
apprentice: *Brindlepaw

Berrynose-- cream-colored tom

Lionblaze-- golden tabby tom with amber eyes

Icefang (properly known as Icecloud)-- white she-cat
apprentice: *Nightpaw

Bumblethroat (properly known as Bumblestripe)-- very pale gray tom with black stripes

Dovetooth (properly known as Dovewing)-- gray frosted she-cat (for the purposes of this story)

Ivyflight (properly known as Ivypool)-- light tabby she-cat (for the purposes of this story)

*Dewstep-- small gray tom with one white paw, green eyes, claw scarred throat

*Firesong-- bright ginger she-cat

*Pricklethorn-- light tortoiseshell tom with brown tips

*Lightningwhisker-- black she-cat with cream-colored stripes on her legs

*Owlface-- long-haired silver tom with a large white face.


*Brindlepaw-- tabby she-cat with white paws and a gray nose

*Frostpaw-- white she-cat with a gray sheen and silver tabby markings on her legs

*Fallingpaw-- light brown tabby she-cat with gray markings on her chest, belly and legs

*Nightpaw-- black tom with faint stripes on his tail


Daisy-- cream long-furred she-cat from the horseplace, in charge of nursery, mother of Spiderleg's one kit: *Lilykit (soft creamy she-cat with brown underbelly and amber eyes)

Whitewing-- white she-cat with green eyes, mother of Birchfall's two kits: *Greenkit (white she-cat with green eyes) and *Mistkit (gray tom with light brown legs and blue eyes)

Cinderheart-- gray tabby she-cat, mother of three kits: *Fawnkit (light ginger-brown she-cat with white underbelly and brown spots and stripes on her back), *Morningkit (light ginger-brown she-cat with white underbelly and brown spots and stripes on her back), and *Sunkit (light ginger-brown she-cat with white underbelly and brown spots and stripes on her back).


Longtail-- pale tabby tom with dark black stripes, retired early due to failing sight, oldest tom in the Clan

Ferncloud-- pale gray (with darker flecks) she-cat with green eyes, retired because of inability to have any more kits

Dustpelt-- dark brown tabby tom, retired to join his mate


Leader Kinkstar--tabby she-cat with long fur that sticks out at all angles

Deputy Snaketail-- dark brown tom with tabby striped tail

Medicine Cat Littlecloud-- very small tabby tom
apprentice: Flametail-- ginger tom


Rowanclaw-- ginger tom apprentice: *Eveningpaw

Snowbird-- pure white she-cat with blue eyes
apprentice *Acornpaw

Ivytail-- black, white, and tortoiseshell she-cat

Tigerheart- dark brown tabby tom
apprentice: *Stonepaw

Scorchtree (properly known as Scorchfur)-- dark gray tom

Redsky (properly known as Redwillow)-- mottled brown and ginger tom

Olivespot (properly known as Olivenose)-- tortoiseshell she-cat with a scarred tail
apprentice: *Fernpaw

*Batwing-- gray she-cat with large ears and black tail
apprentice: *Brownpaw


*Stonepaw-- gray tabby tom

*Eveningpaw-- dark gray, almost black, she-cat with dusted ginger belly and chest

*Fernpaw-- light tabby she-cat

*Acornpaw-- tortoiseshell tom with dark tabby head

*Brownpaw-- dark tabby tom


Dawncloud (properly known as Dawnpelt)-- cream-furred she-cat, mother of Redsky's one kit: *Dapplekit (mottled brown she-cat with cream colored spots)


Oakfur-- small brown tom


Leader Onestar-- brown tabby tom

Deputy Ashfoot-- gray she-cat
apprentice: *Whistlepaw

Medicine Cat Kestrelflight-- mottled gray tom


Owlwhisker--light brown tabby tom
apprentice: *Fadepaw

Whitetail-- small white she-cat

Dewspots-- spotted gray tabby she-cat

Nightcloud-- black she-cat
apprentice: *Cricketpaw

Leaftail-- dark tabby tom with amber eyes
apprentice: *Silverpaw

Emberfoot-- gray tom with two dark paws

Heathertail-- light brown tabby she-cat with blue eyes

Breezepelt-- black tom with amber eyes

Thistlefur-- long-haired white tom

*Meadowdawn-- white she-cat with red, gray, and brown tabby spots
apprentice: *Goldpaw

*Fenneltail-- gray she-cat with a fluffy tail


*Cricketpaw-- black tom with long legs

*Fadepaw-- black she-cat with gray points

*Silverpaw-- silver tabby tom

*Goldpaw-- brown tom with golden tail, legs, and head


Sunfrost (properly known as Sunstrike)--tortoiseshell she-cat with large white mark on her forehead, mother of Leaftail's four kits: *Yellowkit (light golden tom), *Twokit (dark brown tabby with a white mark on forehead), *Streamkit (gray she-cat with tortoiseshell head and side), and *Smallkit (tortoiseshell tom with white spots on his head and sides)

Willowclaw-- gray she-cat, mother of Thistlefur's unborn kits

Gorsetail-- very pale gray and white she-cat with blue eyes


Tornear-- tabby tom


Leader Leopardstar-- elderly, unusually spotted golden tabby she-cat
apprentice: *Duckpaw

Deputy Rainstorm-- mottled gray-blue tom
apprentice: *Shimmerpaw

Medicine Cat Mothwing-- dappled golden she-cat
apprentice: Willowshine-- gray tabby she-cat


Beechfur-- light brown tom
apprentice: *Mudpaw

Rippletail-- dark gray tabby tom

Graymist-- pale gray tabby

Mintfur-- light gray tabby tom
apprentice: *Cloudpaw

Pinefur-- very short-haired tabby she-cat

Robintail (properly known as Robinwing)-- tortoiseshell and white tom

Pebblepelt (properly known as Pebblefoot)-- mottle gray tom

Nettlemark (properly known as ?)-- dark brown tabby tom
apprentice: *Flowerpaw

Grassfoot (properly known as Grasspelt)-- pale brown tom (for the purposes of this story)

Beetlewing (properly known as Beetle whisker)-- odd bluish-gray tom with brown paws (for the purposes of this story)

Petalstripe (properly known as Petalfur)-- gray she-cat with light colored stripes (for the purposes of this story)
apprentice: *Bigpaw

*Ripplecreek-- gray tom with white paws and dark gray stripes along his body

*Weavingreed-- golden tabby she-cat

*Lightheart-- white she-cat with one brown paw


*Shimmerpaw-- white she-cat with gray flecks that shine in the sun, held back warrior ceremony due to injured paws

*Flowerpaw--tortoiseshell she-cat

*Bigpaw-- large dark brown tom with black stripes

*Cloudpaw-- pale gray tom

*Mudpaw--pale brown she-cat

*Duckpaw-- dark gray tom with light brown tail


Mosspelt-- tortoiseshell she-cat with blue eyes, mother of Rippletail's one kit: *Skykit (gray-blue tabby tom with two white spots)

Cooperpool (properly known as ?)-- dark ginger she-cat, mother of Mintfur's two kits: *Spottedkit (ginger tom with gray spots) and *Tigerkit (golden tabby she-cat with one amber eye and one blue)


Blackclaw--smokey black tom

Mistyfoot-- gray she-cat with blue eyes

Cats outside of the Clans

*Deepforest-- dark green-eyed, dark tabby tom

Cats of Summerheat Camp:
(all created by author except Hollyleaf, Leafpool, Crowfeather, Mallowheart, & Minnowflower)

Leader Raven-- dark tortoiseshell tom

Deputy Thorn-- dusty brown tom with spots
apprentice: Woodpaw

Leafcat (medicine cat) Leafpool-- light brown tabby she-cat with amber eyes
apprentice: Lily-- white she-cat missing an eye and an ear


Riddle-- tabby tom with a slight hearing problem but excellent tracking abilities
apprentice: Willowpaw

Shadow-- black and white she-cat

Macky-- black striped gray tom
apprentice: Laurelpaw

Keller-- black she-cat, an escaped kittypet

Spark-- dark ginger tom
apprentice: Hawkpaw

Spice-- gray she-cat with ginger spots, claw-scarred face
apprentice: Hickorypaw

Hollyleaf-- black she-cat

Rosewing-- dark cream she-cat, originally from ThunderClan

Beaverpaw-- brown tom with black and white tortoiseshell spotting, originally from ThunderClan

Ledgewalker-- brown tom, originally from ThunderClan

Redstrike-- small brown she-cat with ginger spots, originally from ThunderClan

Needlefur-- dark brown tom. Has spiked fur, originally from ShadowClan

Mallowheart (properly known as Mallownose)-- light brown tabby tom, originally from RiverClan

Minnowflower(properly known as Minnowtail)-- dark gray she-cat, originally from RiverClan
apprentice: Graypaw

Fishpelt-- gray tom with a white stripe on his back, originally from RiverClan

Darkfire-- powerful black tom with very faint stripes

Crowfeather-- dark gray tom
apprentice: Patchpaw

Moonrose-- light gray she-cat

Bark-- brown tabby tom with dark stripes

Shade--black and white she-cat
apprentice: Coalpaw


Woodpaw-- dark brown tom with light brown underbelly

Laurelpaw-- gray she-cat

Coalpaw-- black she-cat

Patchpaw-- tortoiseshell she-cat

Graypaw-- black, white, and gray speckled she-cat

Hawkpaw-- brown tabby tom with creamy patches

Willowpaw-- brown tom with long legs and creamy underbelly

Hickorypaw-- long-haired, dark amber, black sheened she-cat with amber eyes and faint stripes


Patches-- tortoiseshell she-cat with long fur, half of her tail is missing, mother of Spark's unborn kits


Stub-- silver tom with a missing front leg

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