"He's your brother, Ruby, and you should treat him better. I don't want to see you roughhousing like that again."

—Quince telling off Ruby and Socks The Rise of Scourge, pages 4-5


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Quince is a gray[1] she-cat[2] with amber eyes.[3]


As Talltail follows Jake onto the fence, he hears a soft greeting, which makes him stiffen. Quince is shown to be staring up at him from the grassy square below, and Talltail tells her that they were not there to cause trouble. Jake jumps up beside him, and greets Quince, while he introduces her to Talltail.

Quince inquires who Talltail was, as she leaps onto the fence beside them, then sniffs at his pelt. She comments that it sounded like a wildcat name, and wrinkles her nose, claiming in disgust that he smelled of the cutter.

Talltail then interrupts Jake, and states that he was a WindClan warrior, which makes Quince eye him suspiciously. She asks in disbelief that he was one, and asks him why he was hanging around Jake's residence and visiting the cutter. As she is to go on, Jake interrupts her, stating that he was on a mission, and Quince's eyes stretch wide, commenting that it was interesting.

Talltail weaves past her, and asks if they would be going, and Jake nods, and then he nods to Quince, telling her that he would see her later. She watches Jake slide past her, and asks him if he was to come back. Talltail replies that he would, and hops over the wooden stalk at the end of the fence.

Quince takes her kits outside for the first time, and calls back Tiny when he investigates a hole in the fence. When back inside, Tiny asks his mother about the forest, and she explains that she knows a little bit, saying their father had gone there a couple of times. She tells Tiny that they won't be going to the forest when he asks, saying they have fleas.

Quince warns Tiny to stay away from the forest, explaining that the cats who live there are savages and that they are a scourge on the name of good cats. While her kits are asleep, she looks at a photo of Jake, saying he would have been proud of them, and that it was strange that they didn't have his ginger fur.

Tiny thinks that she secretly likes Ruby and Socks more than him, as he watches Quince while she watches Ruby and Socks playing in the garden. When Tiny asks his brother and sister if he can play with them, they say no and run into the bush, causing Quince to tell them to come out straight away. She tells her kits to be nice to Tiny.

After Tiny's adventure into the forest, she is heard calling for him, and is sitting on the porch outside with Ruby and Socks. Though he explains what he was doing, he can tell they don't believe him, but Quince is merely amused by this. She carries him inside, and tells him she thinks he's a very brave cat when she sets him back inside their basket.

Quince cuts off Socks and Ruby's taunting of Tiny, saying she needed to talk to them. She explains that people will come and take them to their new homes if they learn to behave themselves. Ruby protests, asking if they had to go, and she says that they will have a new backyard to play in and new housefolk to take care of them. She watches Ruby and Socks playing as the Twolegs watch.

Later, Tiny shows remorse at leaving his mother, which is later hardened by the fact that he uses the word "Scourge" as his name, which his mother had quoted before.









References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge
  2. Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 4
  3. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 338

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