Why I Dislike Brook Where Small Fish Swim by Sky

Sky shares their opinion on Brook Where Small Fish Swim.

Art by Ravenstar01

There isn’t much discussion about Brook, a Tribe cat, mate of Stormfur and sister of the current Stoneteller. However, I’ve always harbored a bit of dislike for her.

Now, she’s a respectable cat and I don’t deny her love for Stormfur. Whenever I decide I dislike a cat, I try to see things from their perspective because I rarely dislike cats we see a perspective from, except for Clear Sky and a few other cats. Since we haven’t seen Brook’s perspective, I tried my best. I actually have less dislike for her after doing so, but I still hold dislike for her.

The problem is that, in some ways, she manipulated Stormfur. Perhaps this was unintentional. In any case, he developed a crush on her. Since a lot of the tribe stuff happened from Stormfur’s perspective, we know how betrayed he felt when the tribe LOCKED HIM UP and WOULDN’T LET HIM GO SAVE HIS PEOPLE FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH REASONS.

It goes without saying that that scene where Stoneteller wouldn’t let him go and locked him up made me SO DARN ANGRY. And then Brook plays that whole guilt-tripping sweetness thing where she brings him fresh-kill. Yet I was HAPPY when Stormfur turned around and victorious when Brook gasped with hurt. Did she think that she’d get away with leading him on and still have him have an undying love for her?

Okay, maybe she didn’t lead him on. I truly believe that her feelings – and his – were genuine. However, did Brook really think that supporting her tribe – the tribe that actually did lead him on – was going to make him still love her? I mean, come on. And plus, the only reason why the tribe let them stay was for Stormfur. The moment they got Stormfur in their grasp, they chased out the others.

Imagine that you were traveling with your best friends to save your and their families, and then you rested with another group of families for a while. You started having a crush on one of them who obviously returned your feelings. However, after a few days, when you and your friends are ready to go, the group locks you up and chases your friends out. The person you were sharing romantic feelings with brings you some food. Previously, that same person had – perhaps awkwardly, but still – sided against you.

Do you –

A: Say, “Oh, thanks, honey,” and take the food, or
B: Turn around. You don’t want food from that piece of rot who betrayed you.

It’s one or the other. I don’t want to hear any other answers. There’s no, “C: Steal the food and then kick them out.” It’s one or the other.

If you chose A, congrats. You are an extremely, extremely, very kind being without a single inch of badness in you.

If you chose B, you’re like the majority of human beings – you want revenge.

So, in conclusion, I believe that Brook was being genuine and trying to heal their relationship, but she’d already destroyed it, and that’s that.

  25 Replies to “Why I Dislike Brook Where Small Fish Swim by Sky”

  1. Jetclaw
    March 5, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Hmm, to be honest you’re discounting the fact that tribe cats were dying too. They were being actively hunted in their own home like prey, and living in constant fear.

    They were desperate and when they thought they’d acquired the cat their ancestors promised would save them of course they’d hold on tight and not let go until their Prophecy was fulfilled. Which once it was the tribe of course let them go,

    Plus ultimately Feathertail sacrifice in killing Sharptooth meant the traveling clans could seek shelter in the tribe.

    Let’s flip the situation, say the tribe sent a group of cats to find a solution to kill Sharptooth, and they reach the clans and locate Feathertail their promised cat. They’d want to bring her to the tribe but the clans needed their help first in getting guided to safety (like say the tribe actively knew about the lake or something) by doing both the clans get what they want and the tribe gets what they want.

    Personally I can’t dislike Brook for this, she was living fearing for her life daily with only the hope of the chosen one to comfort her that one day Sharptooth would be no more. Then she falls in love with said propheseized cat. I think she’d side with her tribe, but still try to offer an olive branch.

    I don’t see it so much as her guilt tripping as offering an olive branch to try and make peace with Stormfur, like ‘im Sorry but I have to do this, please don’t hate me’. I mean if she decided to use her heart to save the cat she was fond of and let Stormfur go the tribe would be doomed and she’d watch her tribe mates continue to die, possibly even die herself. Plus ultimately even though she liked Stormfur they weren’t close enough for them to really have a bond of undying love.

    I feel like this was reasonable, she was attracted to Stormfur, she had to do what she needed to for the tribe, but she’s not soulless. Yes she gets it He was angry at her, possibly even hated her. But she brought him prey because she cared for him and yes maybe it was to win him back over. I don’t see it as much as guilt tripping as ‘hey it’s a life and death situation here and the ancestors say you’re our only hope so I’m sorry but please don’t hate me’

    Plus ultimately the tribe does repay the group and their clans, and Stormfur and Brook reconnect. I think it’s there when they really feel a strengthened connection. And Stormfur had no family in the clans anymore so he decided pursuing a relationship with the cat he was falling in love with was best.

    And I feel like Brook had many opportunities to redeem herself to Stormfur and make up for this instance where it was life and death.

    • Sky
      March 6, 2018 at 3:25 am

      Nice points. All taken into consideration, but food and trying to snuggle up again weren’t exactly the best she could do. She just seems like the type of cat who thinks everyone will forgive her and ladiladila.

  2. Sky
    March 5, 2018 at 5:27 am

    My opinion is so unpopular….

    • Firewing
      March 5, 2018 at 5:46 am

      🙁 It’s okay Moonkitti semi-agrees with you

    • Sorrelpaw [Sorrelstream] aka Sorzi
      March 5, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Haha XD

      Sorzi (爱猫者)
      Not coincidence

    • March 5, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      Don’t worry, everyone has at least on unpopular opinion 😛 Even I have one 😛

      ReginaXRobin Forever

      • Firewing That Never Wears Green on St. Patties Day
        March 6, 2018 at 3:23 am

        You think your opinion is unpopular? I for one thought the end of the Last Hope was well-written and very thematic to the ongoing narrative. 😛

    • Sparktooth
      March 6, 2018 at 3:04 am

      Me with my opinion on Mapleshade XD

      • Firewing That Never Wears Green on St. Patties Day
        March 6, 2018 at 3:39 am

        I’m don’t have sympathy for what she did, but she was literally the only cat punished severely for half-Clan kits

  3. 🍀 Brightkit Who Will Probably Forget to Wear Green 🍀
    March 6, 2018 at 12:22 am

    I like Brook Where Small Fish Swim, but I can see why you don’t. Great article, Sky! 🙂

  4. Ravenkit
    March 12, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Great article!

    I agree that a bit of dislike should be held on Brook Where Small Fish Swim.

    Also, I pick B.


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