Give me an AU where Breezekit can’t take his parents’ arguing and decides to run away so his father might be happy for once, but he ends up falling into the stream.
But right before he can be swept away, he’s pulled out of the water. The male voice asking him if he’s alright makes him hope that it’s Crowfeather, but wait, his father is definitely not a brown tabby.
Anyways, he’s exhausted, scared, and confused as this mystery cat takes him further into the forest until woah they’re in a weird, stone hollow. Weird-smelling cats start crowding around him and the tabby, asking where Breezekit came from and if he’s okay, and Breezekit doesn’t know whether to hiss at them or shake in fear.
Then the crowd parts and he sees this ginger cat and immediately he remembers nursery stories about this tom. It’s Firestar, which means he’s in ThunderClan. Wow. And the cat who saved him turns out to be Brambleclaw, the deputy, and he is just so overwhelmed by it all.
He ends up being looked at by a nice medicine cat named Leafpool, and then is looked after by a queen called Ferncloud while Firestar figures out what to do with him. He quickly befriends Lionkit, Hollykit, and Jaykit. They run all around the nursery, playing moss-ball and hide-and-seek.
As it turns out, Brambleclaw is a really nice dad to the three kits, and he looks really uncomfortable when Breezekit mentions it. Like, Crowfeather would have cuffed him if he pounced on his tail like Hollykit did to the deputy. But all Brambleclaw did was laugh!
The end of the day comes and Breezekit thinks about how Harekit and Heatherkit will react to his story, only realize that oh yeah, I ran away. But then Firestar says that it’s time for him to go home, since he’s obviously not hurt from the stream, and that gets Breezekit’s mind wandering.
Firestar, Brambleclaw, and a she-cat named Squirrelflight take him home. As Brambleclaw carries him back to the border and over the stream, Breezekit wonders if his parents missed him (more specifically, if Crowfeather missed him). He voices his thoughts and Squirrelflight says Crowfeather would be crazy to not have missed him. That makes Breezekit feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.
But then they get to WindClan’s camp and dear StarClan, Crowfeather is spitting mad. Mad, not because he was worried, but because of all the trouble Breezekit caused. Onestar sent three patrols to look for him, and all the while Breezekit was having fun in ThunderClan.
Nightcloud is no better, because she all but snatches Breezekit away from Brambleclaw, asking him if he’s okay and blaming Crowfeather for not watching him. And that sparks an argument.
Breezekit is all but ready to hide in the nursery, away from his arguing parents, when Squirrelflight starts growling at them to stop complaining and be happy that their son is back. It only serves to make both cats angrier, but those words mean a lot to Breezekit.
Someone, other than Nightcloud or Ashfoot, cares about him. Heck, it seemed like all of ThunderClan cared about him.
He grows up remembering that day, though he never talks about it. Nightcloud told him to stop a few days after the incident. But even after he becomes an apprentice, he can’t help but wonder if WindClan, where he’s whispered about and stared at, is really where he belongs.
The forest looks very inviting.
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