Briarheart never imagined that she would one day want to live among those foul, fish-stinking RiverClanners but after learning the truth of her heritage, she realized they were the only family she had left. Sedgethroat, her father, had taken advantage of her mother, Turtledove, when the she-cat was a mere apprentice. The result had been Briarheart and her stillborn sister, Stormkit. But, the half-Clanners were not born in RiverClan. Turtledove had left her home and was rescued by WindClan cats. That was where Briarheart had been raised and trained as a warrior. After Sedgethroat had returned to persuade Briarheart, Briarpaw then, to join him in BloodClan, she barely escaped with her life. Her beloved mentor, Pinkeyes, had died saving her. With her only true friend gone, there was nothing for Briarheart in WindClan.
Not wanting to venture to DarkClan to live with her father's former Clanmates, she decided that it was best to return to RiverClan, where her mother had belonged. Turtledove had never raised Briarheart, being so young then, and was residing in SkyClan, where she had run off to shortly after giving birth to her daughters. The torbie she-cat hoped she never had to see Turtledove, so she had chosen her mother's former place of residence. Maybe she'd find family here. Yet, most of all, she wanted to be connected to something familiar to her. After all, she was half-RiverClan.
The long-furred torbie approached the border, kneading her claws nervously into the ground that was wet from the morning dew and soft from the decaying auturmn leaves. She wasn't sure how RiverClan would react to having a WindClanner on their territory, more specifically, one who wanted to join. Most Clans didn't take kindly to that, she knew. Briarheart supposed she'd have to prove herself in some way and win them over before they let her join their ranks as a RiverClan warrior. Yet, she was only twelve moons old, and her youth had much to offer the Clan. Or so she hoped. If they wouldn't take her in, she supposed she could return to WindClan. They thought she'd gone hunting anyways and wouldn't realize what she'd tried to do if she turned back.