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        The moon was a sliver in the sky, only dimly shining on a winter night. Darkness clung to the snow-covered forest below; deep shadows lying beneath the bare, black branches. Through thick swathes of snow a young cat struggled forward. Her head barely cleared the surface of the cold, white substance, and her brown, silver-striped coat was plastered to her sides, revealing a jutting ribcage. She had been running for many suns and moons now, relying on instinct and a darker resource...one that the kit tried hard to ignore.      
        She took another faltering step, her paws numb.  I have to get help. She thought faintly. Her next paw-step slipped, and she fell into the icy drifts, weakly shivering. Through half-closed eyes, she stared up through the bare arms of the trees. The sky was dark and clouded, the claw-like moon half covered. She struggled to stand, but there was no strength left in her thin, bony legs. After pushing herself for moons, she had finally reached the end. I can’t die here…I can’t. Mom, Cloud...someone help me...I need...to…

        Her vision was fading, her thoughts drifting away. Slowly, the white snow was engulfed in darkness.



        For a moment, the kit did not know where she was. She dimly recalled collapsing into the snow, but it seemed she had somehow survived. For the first time in what felt like forever, the kit did not feel the constant ache of hunger in her stomach. A warm draft ruffled her fluffy coat. Cat scent drifted on the breeze, tickling her nose. Opening her eyes, the kitten found herself in a clearing, the encircling trees heavy with leaves, and the sound of prey rustling around her. Where am I? Wasn’t it winter?
        The she-kit struggled to her paws and looked around, confusion clouding her thoughts.
        “Do not be afraid.”
        The kitten turned quickly to face the speaker, claws unsheathed and fur on end. A beautiful tabby cat stood before her, fur seeming to radiate light. The she-cat’s blue eyes were like deep pools, and the kit found herself drowning in their calm depths.

        “Where am I?” the kit managed, and felt a prick of surprise. Her voice should have been rough from misuse.
        “You are safe.” The she-cat said, ignoring her question. “You have died, however there is still much for you to do, if you are willing to return.”

        The kitten staggered backwards, blue-green eyes wide.

        “I’m dead?! Wh-what do you mean?!” Heart thumping with fear, her thoughts became scattered, I can’t! I told myself I wouldn’t die until I’d found them again! She stared up at the tabby desperately, “I need to go back! Let me go back, now!”

        Blue eyes soft, the she-cat mewed,

        “It is within my power to do just that. Use this life wisely...I cannot do this again. Will you keep this promise?”

        The clearing was blurring, the strange cat’s words growing faint.

        “I will! Just please...I need to find them...need…” Her head was spinning now, and she stumbled.

        “Rest kit. Help is here.” The she-cat bent her slender neck forward and touched the kit’s forehead. Warmth spread through her body, and she closed her eyes.



        “Is she dead? Her body is cold!”
        “Where did she come from?”
        “Quiet, both of you! She’s obviously a lost kit. There’s no scent of any clan on her...We best bring her back to camp. Lightstar will know what to do.”
        “She’s moving!”
        The kit slowly opened her eyes, blinking against the sudden bright sunlight. As her pupils narrowed, adjusting, she made out the outline of three silhouettes. Her vision cleared. The largest silhouette was a ginger tom, his fur flecked with white. The two smaller shapes were a young silver she-cat and a brown tabby tom.
        “Hello kit, where did you come from?” The ginger asked gently.
        The kit's first instinct was to run from these strange cats as fast as possible. However, the moment she attempted to stand, her legs gave out and she toppled into the snow once again. The ginger extended a paw in concern, but the kit hissed in fear, and he withdrew. All three strangers stared in shock.

        “Well she’s not very friendly is she…” the young tabby mewed, but the silver one shushed him.

        “We do not wish to harm you.” The ginger soothed, attempting a reassuring smile. The kit eyed him suspiciously. After a few long moments of hesitation, she pushed herself into an unsteady sitting position. Opening her mouth, a thin wheeze escaped, and she lapsed into a coughing fit.

        The silver she-cat flattened her ears, letting out a worried mew.

        “We have to get her to Deeplake. She can barely speak! ...it could be greencough.”

        The ginger nodded firmly, bending down to address the brown kitten. “We’re going to take you back to our camp. I’m sure that you will be cared for there. We have prey and warm dens.”

        “What?! But she’s a loner! Or a kittypet! We can’t take her back to camp. If she has greencough it could spread, and she looks like she’s almost old enough to be an apprentice anyway-”
“Hush Volepaw! Now tell me, what does the Warrior Code tell us about kits?”

        “...All warriors must protect kits, be them loners, kittypets, or from other clans...but Robinfire-”

        “Whether she is nearly an apprentice or not is irrelevant. This is a very young cat in need of help, and an honorable warrior will assist.”

        “I apologize, Robinfire…” The tabby mumbled, looking away.
        The kit listened to this exchange in mystification. What are they talking about? Warrior code? Camp? Clans? She couldn't comprehend it. Her thoughts were pushed away by wave of hunger, and she swayed, trembling. The ginger, Robinfire, steadied her with a comforting paw, and the kit could do nothing to protest, only wishing that her head would stop swimming. The ginger warrior grabbed her by the scruff and tried to lift her, then gestured to Volepaw to help her onto the tom’s back instead.
        “Can’t be a kittypet this one.” Robinfire commented, “she’s far too thin even for her size, and she smells of the forest.”
        The kit hung limply as she was carried between the thick oak trunks. The snow had melted somewhat as the sun rose, large clumps clinging to the floor here and there. Lying across the strange tom’s back, strips of sunlight warming her pelt, the kit felt a hard lump forming in her throat, as they she were on the verge of tears. Why, she had no idea, but something about the situation seemed...familiar.

        As they walked, the two younger cats conversed in lowered tones, breaking into the kit’s trance.   

        "She must be only a few moons younger than us!"
        "She really is the right age to become an apprentice…”

        "I suppose that means she can't be from another clan. No kit would be stupid enough to try exploring another clan's territory when they’re so nearly an apprentice."
        "Than where did she come from? I saw a scar above her eye when her fur shifted...wonder where she got it?"
        "Maybe we'll find out?”

        “We could ask…”

        The two cats fell silent, and the kit felt a prick of irritation, but then again, she knew how curious they must be. All the same, she wished she could tell them to stop talking about her as if she couldn't hear.
It was not long before the kit became overpowered by the smell of cats. She had not scented this many all together since…she shivered at the memory, her heart beginning to pound. She could only hope that these cats were as friendly as Robinfire. The forest was beginning to thin up ahead, and sunlight reflected off the white snow. Dimly, the kit remembered that it had been night-time when she had collapsed. How long was I asleep? She recalled the beautiful she-cat’s words in her dream, ‘…you have died…if you are willing to return....’ Did I die?  Was I brought back?

        The four cats pushed their way through a bramble barrier, twigs scraping the kit’s pelt. When they emerged, she couldn’t help but stare in wonder at the camp. Great rocky walls rose on all sides, forming a circular trench in the ground. Bushes, bare in winter, draping over the sides of the walls, hanging down into the clearing. There were many cats, all looking curiously at the newcomers, and yet more were emerging from bushes and woven bramble dens. A few elderly toms were peeking out from a den woven into the branches of a fallen tree. The tree stretched across one half of the clearing, looking as though it had fallen off the edge of the wall and become stuck at some point in the past.
        “Robinfire!” A voice drew the kit’s attention to the edge of the clearing. A majestic white she-cat with sharp green eyes emerged from a cave at the top of a jutting ledge. A pathway of fallen rocks led up to the ledge, and the white she-cat slowly descended the pathway as she called, “What is that you’re carrying?”
Robinfire gently bent, allowing the kit to slide off his back onto the snow-covered floor. She wrapped her tail around her paws in a weak attempt to protect herself from these unfamiliar cats. Her paws were numbed to the cold by now. The ginger tom replied,
        “It is a kit, Lightstar. We found her half dead in the forest, near the Windclan border. It seems as though she traveled a long distance to get here.”
        The white cat’s eyes regarded the kit with sympathy, and the kit turned, licking her fur awkwardly, uncomfortable under the green gaze. However, she made sure to keep eye contact. If this was the leader, she could not afford to show weakness. Out of the corner of her eye, she watched the white she-cat, Lightstar, jump down the last of the tumbled rocks and gracefully pad across the clearing.
        “Is it a lost Windclan kit?”
        “I do not smell any trace of Windclan on it.” Robinfire replied.
        Lightstar nodded before returning her gaze to the kit.
        “Greetings. What is your name?” the leader asked gently.
        The kit did not reply immediately, eyes scanning Lightstar for any sign of ill intent. When she detected nothing, she cleared her throat, determined not to cough. She straightened, swaying on weak paws, and replied hoarsely.
        “My name is River.”

This is my story I began a few days ago and decided to upload for no particular reason.

Hope you like it!

Next Part: Scarlet River P2


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LostFang1 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutly adore this story! 😍
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Fr0stW0lves Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Student Writer
*decides to re-read SR* *notices editing changes* *continues search for new edits all the while re-reading entire story* Potatoes. River, potatoes. War potatoes....
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Mistyswirl Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
Nvm, I just saw the thing on your page that says you didn't
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Mistyswirl Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
Hey River, I love your writing style! Do you have a Wattpad account, by any chance?
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river-spirit-457 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
i im a big fan of your work and i want to know if we can talk personally text me at gmail=drewdavis199@gmail.com and i have a question for you how do you get the the picture of the sketch whatever that is in the background that you trace before you actually start coloring. Thank you
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river-spirit-457 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
Hi
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river-spirit-457 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
Hi im a big fan of your work i want to know if we can talk personally text me on these sits wattpad =drewdavis54 or gmail drewdavis199@gmail.com 😉
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SketchingAnimals Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please no advertising
I would delete this if it we're on my account tbh
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stickywhiskers Featured By Owner Edited Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
How do you create a literature piece on PC?
I also love you artwork and your writing!
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POTATO-LIZARD Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016
River spirit, your an amazing author
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DenimKitty Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Professional Artist
HEY! Everyone, go to your search bar and look up, arumpke! She is a really good artist! She is currently looking for requests too, so if u like her style then REQUEST!
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XPumpkintailX Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if I could I would delete your comment for advertising tbh
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DenimKitty Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Professional Artist
what does tbh mean?
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XPumpkintailX Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
to be honest
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DenimKitty Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Professional Artist
honest about what?
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Nightstorm124 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
to be honest to delete your comment for advertising 
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Nightstorm124 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
smh
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Angelwriter1 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Hello! I love you're story a lot, one of my favorites! I'm new to Deviantart (sort of, I've never had an account), and I'm wondering how I could make a fanfic on here. I've been trying to find the setting, but I didn't get lucky. Thank you!
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s158812 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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s158812 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no one reads my storys
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ThunderCloud15 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist
Wow! I love it! So Good written!!
(i really don't know How to write this here, im bad in English...)
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PenNPixel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Student General Artist
Ever since I saw that drawing you did with River and her father (I think that was him. I know some characters but not enough of the story) Im starting to read this...This is gonna take a while XD
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ivypool123456 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
plzplzplzplzpzlpzlpzl write a book! that would be soooooooo cool!
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MortemReaper Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
yo River, I added a link to your story in the comments of one of mine . . . I hope ure ok with that XD
Also, love the writing!!!
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Oakheart1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Student Artist
You should right this on Wattpad! No offense but wattpad is for books and this is for art so... Why don't you make a wattpad account and write!
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Zinvollee Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is art. writing is a type of art. she has this on her fanfiction account too.
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AnimuCat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Heyo! I really like your story! But how did you get the Title of it at that size? Im trying to upload my own but I cant seem to be able to change fonts or anything. I know you're supposed to do something with these <Example> but I don't understand howSweating a little... 
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TheSongSparrow Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
er... this is probably an odd question buuuut, on the thumb nail you see before you click on it how do you get the book mark to be like that?
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RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student General Artist
It's in settings. You can upload something for your "Literature Author Tag". :)
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TheSongSparrow Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :D I figured it out eventually though, thank anyways
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IllusionPath Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015
How do you write err...... Type like this?
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TheSongSparrow Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you submit your art instead of clicking the click to submit art button click add text instead
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SpecFeather Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student General Artist
im starting a warrior book to but with some of my characters and some of erin hunters but I am still giving her credit
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movie-book-leki Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!!! It's AMAZING!!!!! You should consider writing a book or something! Absolutely fabulous!!!!!
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felunacactus Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
I wanna use Scarlet river for my Summer reading project so bad because i cant find interest in anything else xD
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Question: is each cat a challenge to draw? Or it easy to do?for instance can you just sketch a cat in five seconds, or does it take longer(20-30 min)?
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RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Depends on the cat. Sometimes I have a clear picture of what they look like, sometimes I have to make up their design as I go. Also depends on what position they're in. :)
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Okay! :)
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You should be thankful you have such talent!:)
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:icono-spiritinthestars-o:
Awesome! Very descriptive, and detailed! I can imagine the scene in my head perfectly! I love your work! Both drawings, and words!
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maycafe Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
Can't wait to see what happens next 😝
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Killmeifyoudare99900 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   Artist
Awesome! I'm gonna start reading this!
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nightfuryzam Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that was the greatest story i have ever heard in warrior cat history
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doodlemeimpressed Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you just do Journals of this or is it a special thing on deviant art?
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RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student General Artist
If you go to submit, there's an option under drag/drop that says enter text. :D
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doodlemeimpressed Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Also, what Font do you use for your speedpaints/pics on DA??
Thanks.
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RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Student General Artist
I use Perpetua. :)
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doodlemeimpressed Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome this is gonna help me out alot, thank you so much river your awesome!! Keep it up!
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AmythistArt Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"For the first time that felt like forever" For the first time in foreverrrrrrrr!
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ArtzyT00L Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what is "sliver"? or did you mean silver? in the start
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