Emberfern wonders if Mapleshade really deserved to enter the Dark Forest.
Hi! Emberfern here, I’m new to BlogClan so I’ll try to be as modest as possible here, since I’m only a young warrior.
Mapleshade killed cats, yes, but she was driven by grief and fear, which she let get ahold of her. A true warrior is doesn’t let things like sadness cloud their judgement, but to be fair, her three small kits had drowned and Appledusk left her for Reedshine. Her heart was empty and full of anger at Appledusk for lying to her, saying that he loved her and only her when in reality he loved Reedshine more, and anger at Ravenwing, who denied her kits of a safe, secure future in ThunderClan—or a life at all, for that matter— and anger at Frecklewish for standing by and leaving Mapleshade and her three kits Petalkit, Patchkit and Larchkit to drown in the river.
Anyone could say, “oh, I saw RiverClan warriors on the other side of the bank. I thought they’d be okay.”
No. Clearly they were not okay. And the three kits— how could any true warrior stand by and watch a queen and her kits struggle?! Frecklewish broke the warrior code that day, the rule “no warrior must let a kit be in pain or danger, no matter the Clan.” (That’s not the exact wording, but it’s the gist of it.) Mapleshade merely wanted her kits to live a enriched, healthy life. That’s what all good queens want. All good cats in general want. But clearly, Ravenwing didn’t want that. Frecklewish didn’t want that and neither did Appledusk. (According to Mapleshade.)
So the question still remains unanswered: Did Mapleshade REALLY deserve to be sent to the Dark Forest and forgotten?
No. In my opinion, she only wanted to provide the best for her kits and she let grief wash over her one too many times. Any queen would be distraught at her kits dying, while a Clanmate that obviously could have helped merely stood by and didn’t help.
It’s possible that I’m wrong and if I’m missing something, it would be appreciated if somebody could point it out for me! Have a good day Clanmates!