Just before giving up her litter, Bluefur changes her mind and decides to raise them on her own. After Thistleclaw becomes leader, Bluefur realizes that her choice wasn't the best for ThunderClan.
Bluefur's Choice is an AU fic where Bluestar didn't give her kits to Greypool. It explores what could have happened.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Adaptation Name Change: Mosskit survived into adulthood and was named "Mosstail".
- Adapted Out: Sandstorm was the only kit of her generation. The other kits, including Ravenpaw and Graystripe, died.
- Alternate Universe Fic: Bluefur didn't give her children up for adoption. She's passed over as deputy and, instead, Thistleclaw eventually becomes leader.
- Anyone Can Die: Many cats are given early Death By Adaptations or are outright Adapted Out by never being born.
- The Beard: Thrushpelt adopts Bluefur's kits as his own to avoid her Clanmates questioning her children's parentage.
- Dark Fic: There's never-ending bloodshed between the Clans as they fight for territory. The story has an almost Kill 'Em All attitude after it hits the midway point.
- Disappeared Dad:
- The biological father of Bluefur's kits Oakheart died of injuries received in a fight with ThunderClan. Months later, their adopted father Thrushpelt died of injuries received in a fight with ShadowClan.
- In the same battle that killed Thrushpelt, Bluefur's father Stormtail was killed.
- For Want of a Nail: Bluefur decides to keep her kits, leading to Thistleclaw to become deputy.
- Generation Xerox: Subverted. Cats comment that Mosstail and Runningwind's relationship reminds them of Bluefur and Thrushpelt's, however the latter were never mates. Thrushpelt's feelings were unrequited but he still helped raise Bluefur's kits.
- Not His Sled:
- Bluefur meets Rusty and chases him off their territory, telling him to never return.
- Thistlestar and Darkstripe come across a rogue Yellowfang after Spottedleaf dies. They then promptly kill her in fear she's an enemy spy.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Because Bluefur kept her kits, Mosskit didn't die while walking to RiverClan.
- War Fic: The Clans are at war with one another.