"Let all cats old enough to catch their prey gather beneath the Broken Hollow for a Clan Meeting," Kiteclaw called with a relaxed tone. Cats he had not seen in a while began to flood the space beneath him. With a quick glance at the nursery, he continued on.
"As you can see, Greystar is not here. She was unable to announce the ceremonies, so I volunteered to take her place." He uncomfortably shuffled his paws as he suddenly felt the pressure of leadership. "Celebrate a new dawn, for there is no need to mourn. Instead, be happy that you survive to see the sun another day."
"Some of us who have survived need a reward, don't you think?" Kiteclaw beamed. "Let's give them one. Mistypaw, Muddypaw, Goldenpaw, Burntpaw, Skypaw, Streampaw, Stonepaw, Sunpaw, Almondpaw, and Flamepaw, please come forward." He watched as all of their pelts scooted to the front.
"All of you have gone to extreme lengths to defend what you believe in, and even though you are one moon short of normal apprenticeship, you shall become warriors upon this day. Do you all promise to uphold the warrior code, even at the cost of your lives?" All of the apprentices looked at each other before muttering a unanimous "Yes".
"Very well. Mistypaw, from this day on, you will be known as Mistyfang. StarClan honors your courage and patience." He swung his head to meet Muddypaw. "Muddypaw, from this day on, you will be known as Muddysplash. StarClan honors your kindness and skill."
"Goldenpaw, from this day on, you will be known as Goldenlight. StarClan honors your enthusiasm and intelligence."
"Burntpaw, from this day on, you will be known as Burntclaw. StarClan honors your bravery and determination."
"Skypaw, from this day on, you will be known as Skyfall. StarClan honors your honesty and forethought."
"Streampaw, from this day on, you will be known as Streamheart. StarClan honors your independence and initiative."
"Stonepaw, from this day on, you will be known as Stoneheart. StarClan honors your loyalty and wisdom."
"Sunpaw, from this day on, you will be known as Sunfoot. StarClan honors your spirit and speed."
"Almondpaw, from this day on, you will be known as Almondfeather. StarClan honors your patience and hope."
"Flamepaw, from this day on, you will be known as Flamefur. StarClan honors your speed and quick thinking."
"Mistyfang! Muddysplash! Goldenlight! Burntclaw! Skyfall! Streamheart! Stoneheart! Sunfoot! Almondfeather! Flamefur!" chanted the Clan.
“Robinpaw,” Kiteclaw muttered when the cheers had died out. “Your mentor is dead, so I find that it is in my power to give you your full name.” He looked to the sky. “I, Kiteclaw, deputy of PumpkinClan, call upon medicine cats of the past to look down on Robinpaw. She has trained hard to understand your ways, and I reward her with her name. Robinpaw, do you promise to serve all cats equally, regardless of origin?”
“Then by my power, I bestow upon you the name of Robinfrost. Serve this Clan well.”
“Finally, we must celebrate new apprentices. Beetlekit, Badgerkit, Duskkit, Sootkit, and Echokit, please step forward.” As the tiny kits did so, Kiteclaw could see alarming ambition in their eyes, similar to that in Onyxstar’s. “Beetlekit, Badgerkit, Duskkit, Sootkit, and Echokit, you have reached the age of six moons. Until you receive your warrior names, you will be known as Beetlepaw, Badgerpaw, Duskpaw, Sootpaw, and Echopaw. Glowingmoon, you were an excellent mentor to Shadowpaw, and although his apprenticeship was prematurely ended, I expect you will pass on all you know to Beetlepaw. Weaselfoot, you were an excellent mentor to Muddysplash, and I expect you will pass on all you know to Badgerpaw. Scorchfeather, you were an excellent mentor to Flamefur, and I expect you will pass on all you know to Duskpaw. Watersplash, this is your first apprentice, and I expect you will pass on all you know to Sootpaw. I will take on Echopaw as an apprentice.”
“Beetlepaw! Badgerpaw! Duskpaw! Sootpaw! Echopaw!”
“Now, as customs dictate, Mistyfang, Muddysplash, Goldenlight, Burntclaw, Skyfall, Streamheart, Stoneheart, Sunfoot, Almondfeather and Flamefur will sit vigil tonight. May PumpkinClan remain prosperous!”