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- January 2013
A New Beginning
A New Beginning
By Brinna Wellington
(Winner of the 10 Years and Under New Start Writing Contest at FaithWriters for Kids)
Once upon a time, two loners lived in Herb Meadow. One year they had a beautiful she-cat, named Oneclaw because on her right front paw she had six claws. Her sister died at birth, leaving her alone.
Across the meadow lived a family of unicorns and their daughter named Magic. Oneclaw and Magic became the best of friends and had many adventures, yet Oneclaw was lonely.
One day Magic and Oneclaw left Herb Meadow and traveled to Pine Forest.
“We should not be here,” neighed Magic.
“Why?” meowed Oneclaw.
“Because unicorns can’t live here. There is no magic.”
“Okay, let’s leave.”
But Oneclaw still went by herself, until one day she met another cat, Bluepaw, from the forest Owlfur Clan. The clan had a medicine cat, leader, deputy, queens, warriors, and owls. A few times, Oneclaw got to go to their camp and learn about the clan and how to be a medicine cat.
“Oneclaw, this is Waterlight the medicine cat.”
“Hello, so you are the cat Bluepaw met?” said Waterlight. “Would you like to learn about Moonclan?”
“What is Moonclan?”
“You don’t know about Moonclan?” asked Bluepaw in a shocked voice.
“No, what is it?”
“Moonclan is where we go when we die and where the Creator lives.”
“Who is the Creator?”
“The Creator made us all and he lives with our ancestors. He is Moonclan’s leader.”
Oneclaw looked at the sky—it was sundown. “I have to go. I promised my mother I’d be home at sundown,” she meowed as she padded away.
Leaving the forest, she was surprised Magic was there.
“What have you been doing in the forest?”
“Nothing,” Oneclaw meowed in a nervous voice.
“Tell me, please!” neighed Magic as sadness crossed her face.
“Why do you want to know?”
“Because I worry all day and wonder where you are,” she neighed with sadness.
“Fine, let’s go to the Stack.” The Stack was where everyone kept herbs in the middle of the meadow.
When they got there, Oneclaw told Magic everything about the clan and Bluepaw. Then she told her what Waterlight said about joining.
Then Magic whinnied, “You should join the clan.”
“What about you?”
“I have Argentum.”
“Who is he?”
“He’s a Pegasus who lives with his family next to the Gold Cave. Oneclaw go home and tell your mother.”
She ran home to the den.
“Oneclaw, you are late.”
“Sorry, Mother. I had to talk to Magic, and I have to talk to you and Father.”
“Oneclaw, what do you want to say to your Father and me?”
“Well you know Pine Forest? There is a clan that lives in the forest. I want to become a member.”
“Because there is nothing here for me and I want a new beginning.”
“Go be happy.”
When Oneclaw got to the edge of the forest she saw Horsepaw, Bluepaw’s brother. “Hello, Oneclaw. Shearstar wants to see you.”
He led her down the winding path to the camp. When they got to the camp it was alive with happiness. Silverstream’s kits were playing a game of mossball. Warriors were sharing thoughts, apprentices were play fighting, and the owl deputy, Soren, was teaching the owls new techniques. Shearstar and Waterlight were at the Ceremony Tree talking.
“Come on. Shearstar is waiting.”
“Look it’s Horsepaw,” squeaked Lilykit.
Everyone turned to watch Oneclaw.
“Come to the Ceremony Tree,” meowed Horsepaw.
It was a tall tree so the leader could watch the clan. The leaves were a dark shade of green and the bark was the color of a light brown horse.
“Oneclaw, do you want to become a member of Owlfur Clan?” meowed Shearstar.
“Yes,” meowed Oneclaw in a clear, loud voice.
Shearstar jumped on the tree and meowed, “Oneclaw, do you swear to protect the clan?”
“Do you swear to follow the rules of Moonclan?”
“Then Moonlight will be your mentor.”
“Wait, I want to be a medicine cat.”
“Waterlight, do you accept Oneclaw as your apprentice?”
“Yes, I do,” meowed Waterlight.
After that, Oneclaw learned about herbs and Moonclan. She still went to the meadow. Magic had a colt named Mars.
Oneclaw had a good life and she got what she wanted—a new beginning.
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BRINNA WELLINGTON is a fourth grader at Bluemont Elementary School in Manhattan, KS. She is crazy about cats. In her spare time she loves to read and write and create artwork from recycled and found items. This story received 1st Place in the Age 10 and Under category in the recent New Start Writing Contest at FaithWriters for Kids. You can read more by Brinna at FaithWriters for Kids.