Rachel discusses a theory about Ashfur.
I had always liked the idea of Ashfur actually being Dovewing’s and Ivypool’s father, Whitewing being his temporary mate.
I don’t have much evidence for this theory, it’s such a headcanon, but treat it as you will.
First, we take into account Dovewing’s and Ivypool’s appearances, unlike the Holly, Jay and Lion incident, they actually look like the “genetic father” in comparison to the “foster” father. They are both shades of grey and Ivypool has dark blue eyes – much like Ashfur. Hm? Birchfall’s colour scheme never matched the kits. You may defend this by saying that most kits in the series don’t always receive their parents genetics, but if you look through Ashfur’s background – where grey cats are a frequent occurrence. Again, you can defend this by pointing out that Ferncloud is grey and would ultimately make the genetics score perfectly, but I see this like the Silver x Grey scenario – their kits turned out almost identical to their parents, despite all of the possible pelts they could have been born with when you run a quick family search on Grey and Silver.
What about the kits personalities? Mainly the kits will develop their own personality as they grow, but will have traits similarly to their parents – Crow and Jay, Sand and Squirrel, Tiger and Hawk. Ivypool was easily jealous, easily tempered by the admiration and attention her sister would receive rather than her. She was always her shadow, and felt as though that was all she could ever be, when a manipulative cat rose to the rescue, she seized the opportunity and joined the dark side in hope for her mistreatment to be put to rest. Although she was doing wrong, all she wanted was to be involved in something just as big as her sister. This example shows that she has some of Ashfur’s traits – Easily jealous, a little selfish, easy to manipulate. The two were both angered by their own paths, and wanted to strike vengeance by joining the dark side, blind and clueless by their rage. Unlike Ashfur, she managed to come to her senses and avoid conflict and betraying her Clan and sister.
If Ashfur is truly Whitewing’s kit’s father, where’s the evidence of them ever being mates? When Ashfur was found dead at the border, Whitewing was the first to express grief, where had this sudden care for the cat come from?
“Whitewing starts to get upset about the death of Ashfur, but Birchfall comforts her and tells her to think about their kits.” Why is she showing so much care and concern for the death of a cat who wasn’t affiliated with her in any way?
The Sight – “She shares tongues with Dustpelt outside the warriors’ den. When Lionkit, Hollykit, and “Jaykit go out to find the fox, Jaykit gets hurt and is immediately brought back to camp. Whitewing and Leafpool are seen crouching with horror at Jaykit’s being. Leafpool assures Brambleclaw that his heart is still beating, and Brambleclaw orders Whitewing to go get Squirrelflight and Firestar. When Berrypaw, Mousepaw, and Hazelpaw are about to be assessed, Ashfur is sharing tongues with Whitewing. The apprentices are nervous about who will assess them. Ashfur is amused and says they’ll be wiser on their own, as they might be able to surprise the prey. If not, they’ll scare everything from there to the sun-drown-place. Whitewing pokes him, and scolds him, telling him not to tease. After all,she adds, he was an apprentice once, and he must remember how tense he felt on his first assessment. She is later seen sharing a pigeon with Spiderleg and Thornclaw. ”
There are a few times in the books where Whitewhing and Ashfur are seen together – sharing tongues, talking. Maybe building chemistry? The timing for Whitewing falling pregnant and Ashfur’s death were perfect. There would have been enough time for Whitewing to have a fling with Ashfur and Birchfall, but maybe Squirrelflight lingering on his mind made her feel insignificant and she turned him down, only to find solace in Birchfall and convince herself that she had birthed Birchfall’s daughters, when in reality, it was her former mate’s kits. Had she known about his plots, but forgiven him? Had she suspected him to be a cruel cat so felt same to have his kits?
Tell me what you think.