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"The night is so beautiful." Paledove murmured, leaning into the shoulder of her mate.
"Yes, it is, isn't it?" Stonetail sighed. "Leafbare's skies are always so clear, the stars shining down with the smallest flakes of snow like fallen stars." Paledove purred and Stonetail pulled her closer. As they gazed up at the sky together, Paledove instinctively curled her light silver tail around her slightly swollen belly. Her mate noticed and chuckled. "Are you thinking about them again?"
"Of course." Paledove replied. "I always do." She bent down and touched her nose to her stomach. "Hear me, little ones? I love you, and always will. Forever and always."
"They're coming!" Rosedust cried, running into the medicine cat den. Shyfawn raised her head quickly.
"Are they? It's too early!" She gasped. As she stood, she prodded her apprentice, Goldenpaw, in the side sharply. "Wakeup! Paledove's kits are coming!" Goldenpaw leaped up, shaking the sleepiness out of her fur.
"Really? Isn't it too early?"
"Of course it's too early! Grab the borage, and some thyme. Don't forget a poppy seed just in case!" Shyfawn called over her shoulder, hurrying out of the den after Rosedust. Goldenpaw snatched up the herbs and rushed out after her mentor. Upon entering the den, all three she-cats were greeted by wails of pain. Paledove lay in her nest, straining and crying out for help. Three pairs of glowing eyes peeked at her from over the edge of the nest beside her's. A small dark orange kit mewed,
"Mother! What's wrong with Paledove? Why's she so upset?" The kitten asked anxiously.
"Paledove is kitting, love. It's very hard. How about you come out and ask Sharpcloud if he will play with you?" Rosedust smoothed her small children with soft-spoken words. "Come now."
"Alright. Come on, Graykit! Sharpcloud's the best moss ball player in all of Moonclan!" The orange kit mewed to her brother.
"Alright." A fluffy gray and black tom said, padding after his sister as she bounced out of the nursery.
"Wait for me!" Squeaked the last kit, a tiny dusty-brown she-cat. "Wait up!"
"We'll catch up to them together Mothkit." Rosedust purred. She cast a final look over her shoulder, only to catch a glimpse of Goldenpaw, who ran a paw lightly over Paledove's flank while Shyfawn's black and amber shape sat huddled next to the kitting queen. Paledove moaned.
"It's alright, everything's going to be okay." Shyfawn said strongly. "Now Goldenpaw, on the next contraction I want you to push right…. here! Now! Go!" Goldenpaw quickly thrust down on the place her mentor had touched, and with a grunt of exertion from herself and a high pitched shriek from Paledove, a small kit slid out onto the moss. Goldenpaw licked it fiercely, trying to warm it up. Paledove shuddered as the next contraction wracked her tired body, and Shyfawn shouted, "Push!" Another little life was brought into the world. Shyfawn and Goldenpaw placed the little sisters next to the belly of their mother. The medicine cats watched the kittens nurse for a few moments and then, satisfied with a job well done, they left.
Stonetail was pacing furiously outside the den, he had been distraught with the pain-filled wails of his mate. He looked up as the medicine cats exited.
"Well?" He asked, pausing in his rapid steps for a moment.
"You have two adorable daughters!" Goldenpaw smiled.
"Thank you!" Stonetail purred. He then hurried to the nursery to greet his new family. The dim, warm, milky atmosphere of the nursery greeted Stonetail as he stepped inside. Paledove slowly raised her head, and smiled weakly at the sight of her mate. Stonetail hurried to her side, pressing his face into her fur and then looking down upon his two sweet daughters. One was white, with swirling lines of pale silver running through her soft pelt. The other was slightly larger, her fur a thick, fluffy white. Stonetail purred loudly.
"What should we name them?" Paledove asked sleepily. "Well, Whitekit for the bigger one, obviously. But what about my darling little first born?" At first Stonetail was taken aback by his mate's blatant disregard for his second-born daughter, but pushed it away, thinking,
She's tired. She isn't thinking clearly. Of course she loves both of them equally. Why wouldn't she?
"What about Swankit?" He suggested, licking the top of his little kitten's head. Paledove purred.
"That's perfect! A prettier name for the clearly prettier she-cat. Oh, my precious love," Paledove cooed, "You are the perfect daughter." Stonetail sat, still as the rocks he was named for.
Could my wonderful mate truly not love our second-born? My little Whitekit! I will always love you, and your sister, as much as any father would.
Diana123: Wow! This story is very emotional to begin with. And then it is also exciting, interesting and amazing. There are so many moment and situations in this story that really moved me and made me want to cry (to begin with – the story about little Norm not knowing what a hug is, then the death of his ...
bhodges11: I like the concept of the story, but there were things that I felt could use more detail. I like the back stories created, but was left wanting more from parts of the story. I like the cadence of the author's writing style - it was a very easy, enjoyable read. I felt like it ended on, not a cliff...
genlynne2379: I read the other review of this book and I must say that I disagree with it wholeheartedly. I do not believe the author put the apostrophes in the names just to be unique, but because the characters are supposedly of a different race than humans. They are Anmah. They should have different names a...
ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...
nikmariecav: I loved reading this book! I was hooked from the moment I started reading. It took me a day to read the whole thing but I didn't want to stop reading. The way the paragraphs were broken up made it at times hard to read and know what was going on. Other than that I loved the plot and the character...
Alex Rushmer: This was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot Malfoy was always one of the characters that I liked a lot, so I like that a lot of this happens between him and Colette. I read the first couple chapters, and I enjoyed your writing style and am excited to see where you take this story. My com...
Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...
ynez2005: I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOOO MUCH!!!!Though you really need to make another book,more Princesses!!! Whoooo!!!Girl Power!!!Mabey it could even be Devona's BFF???That would make it even better!!!Plus can you pleeease make Akki come back,together with Thea and Authur amd the whole family is back!Other th...
Alex Rushmer: Chapter One: Not much is happening in this chapter, but I was absolutely fascinated by the depth of your character development. I love how you just sat there with the reader and explored Eddward. Usually, that sort of thing gets boring very fast, but this was actually really cool! He's so unique ...
A.O. Chika: I loved the storyline. The characters, the settings, and the overall plot was great. I love how it started sweet in the beginning and then the angst set in. I did feel like the author writing style could use a bit of change as the book reads more like a YA novel than an Adult novel (I.e grown up ...