Her father entered the room. She didn’t know what to expect; violence, anger, claws and teeth or just a simple talk. All of those were possible, she figured. Nightgaze straightened up, her torn and bloodied pelt dull and matted in the dim light that filtered into her prison. Her good eye blazed with intense fire.
Sharp talons met her back and she was shoved into the floor, the stench of rotting crowfood in her jaws and filling her senses. Pain. Did she even feel it now? The iron tang of blood filled her mouth, but it was almost like the feeling wasn’t there. There was nothing except her bleeding scars and Cedar’s cold eyes and a raging tide inside of her about to spill over.
Maybe she should give up. Was any of this worth it? Another claw met the side of her face. Blood streamed from the wound, and she felt herself take a step back. Was it worth it? Was she worth it?
Was her mother watching over with tears in her eyes, wondering where she went wrong?
Would Stygianfire be able to see her from the stars above, wishing he could be here at her side at this very moment?
Rage filled her entire body and she launched herself upwards from the spot, attempting to pierce her claws through her father’s obsidian black fur and tear a rip across the bridge of his nose. The pain flooded through her entire body as she moved across the den in a flash, teeth bared to fight until her dying breath. “I don’t belong to you.”
Signing her own death sentence.
“Attack RiverClan again. I dare you. I’ll kill you, and Scorchedface, and every last one of your followers.” Her voice was calm now. “And if you kill me.....” she paused. “My clanmates will spill your blood until it fills the river. Trust me, you won’t make it out of here alive.” She was risking her own life at this very moment. If Cedar wanted to kill her right here, right now, all he had to do was summon his little minions to surround her while he sliced her throat and she took her last breath on the dingy floor of the rogue prison cell. “But I’m sure you’ll have plenty of time to apologize to mom while you’re up there.”