"They want to fight all the time. They’re violent prey-stealers, and I don’t want anything to do with them."

— Cricket about the cats from the mountains in A Forest Divided page 8-9, Bonus Scene


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Unnamed she-cat
Slate and an unnamed she-cat
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Cricket is an orange tabby tom with green eyes.[1]


Slate is looking for Cricket, she calls out to him but there is no sight of his orange tabby fur. Slate starts to get really worried about her brother, she recalls that they had been racing towards the stones, and she was winning. When she checks back to see if he was there, he vanished. She thinks she shouldn't have gone ahead, as something could have happened to him. He always get into mischief. Slate begins to worry if the moor cats from the mountains have gotten to him.

She thinks that she and Cricket are completely different cats, despite being littermates. Cricket is a lighthearted, cheerful cat whereas Slate was more serious and she liked to plan ahead. Slate realizes she couldn't lose Cricket, as she already lost her mother and sister to the sickness. She is determined to find Cricket.

Cricket leaps onto Slate and terrifies her. He jests at her after she yells at him, saying that he got her. Cricket's ear gets cuffed by Slate with a sheathed claw, as Slate wouldn't dare to hurt him. After Slate says that they couldn't mess around all day, Cricket tells her that his belly never felt so empty before. Cricket and Slate split up to find food, after Cricket boasts to her that he would catch something first.

As they split up, Slate hears a scream. She realizes that Cricket is battling against a fox. Slate tries to help her brother, but the fox is too wily. As Slate is injured, Cricket screams and attacks the fox. Slate blacks out afterwards.


Slate wakes up to see a bundle of familiar orange fur - Cricket. She sees Cricket's fur being stewn in a mess of blood. She chokes out for her brother after she realizes that he is dead. Slate blames herself, thinking that she failed him. She wishes that she could just join Cricket. Slate remembers that Cricket had said that Wind's cats fought all the time.

When offered to join the group, she uses Cricket's excuse to reject the offer. She then tells Wind that a fox killed Cricket, and she feels the grief stir inside of her at the thought of her dead brother. Later, when Slate faces the fox. She realizes that it is the same fox that killed Cricket, as she remembers the same eye that got injured by him. Slate kills the fox, snarling at it that it is for killing her brother.

When Gray Wing notices the scar on Slate's belly, she explains that her brother saved her from a fox, also indicating that he died in the fight as well. Gray Wing feels sympathetic for the she-cat, he tells her that her brother must be a great cat.




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Black Ear
White Tail

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page Bonus Scene