As her daughter spoke, the former leader was already bracing herself for something unexpected to come from this. By the way she spoke, clearly whatever she had seen, had rattled her deeply.
As she recalled some of the memories she had experience, Heronstar would not along, visibly confused herself when her daughter claimed to have seen Heronstar herself. When she listed off the appearances of the cats in the memories, Heronstar couldn't help her mind wandering to the cats in RiverClan she had known. There was no way Kestrelflight would have known them though, it just wasn't possible....was it? Rootlegs and Ryecatcher were feasible, since she and Charcoalsmudge had met them long ago, but she had been young then, and the journey had been brief. Heronstar doubted she would remember them so clearly. When she bought up the kits, the former leader felt a pang in her heart. It had been a long time since she had thought of her siblings. She hadn't even known Parrotsong was dead, until a StarCaln cat had explained why she had been unable to find her down below. She wondered how Honeywhisper and Waveheart were doing. Was Honeywhisper safe in DarkClan still, her son a warrior by now? Was Waveheart, the sister she was undoubtedly closest to, still safe and contented in RiverClan.
The more her daughter went on, the more the pieces seemed to fit into place. Heronstar wasn't sure she was ready to reveal that to her daughter just yet, but as Kestrelflight continued, speaking of a similar drowning to her own, and the loss of losing a child, she knew she couldn't hold it in. "Kes, this is going to sound strange to you, but I'm going to say something to you, and I hope it doesn't distress you too much," Heronstar began, already feeling bad for what she was about to drop on her eldest daughter. "I'm not sure how this is possible, but everything you described to me just now happened to my mother, your namesake. I don't know, or why, but you have her memories..."