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Warrior Cats: Forgive Me...
Took me like a dang month to finish this dang pic like aaaauuuugghh.

Anywho, I’ve been dying to draw this scene for moons since I read Firestar’s Quest for like the second time. What I wanna know is why the frick I hadn’t seen it drawn in the past. Basically it’s that well-known scene where Spottedleaf (HISSSS) pops up to help out Sandstorm heal Patchfoot by giving her burdock root for his wound. When Firestar lets it slip that he had been seeing her in his dreams in the past Sandstorm nearly gets on him for it, but is reassured by Spotted that Firestar loves her.

Thus this part of the book. RANT TIME with a slight bit (Okay maybe a lot) of me fangirling over the ship. I always felt bad for Sandstorm regarding this whole dumb love-triangle fiasco the Erins seemed to force onto their relationship. She felt like second-best to Firestar and, reasonably, felt lesser to him. Now how she found out about his like for Spottedstalker… Starclan knows. But it always stung my heart whenever it was brought up in the super edition the other what, two, three times? I don’t blame her. The guy was being stalked in his dreams constantly to put it simply, and yes, it was stalking, you can’t tell me otherwise because Spotted just can NOT let him go even after LITERAL YEARS of being dead. I believe it was just a case that because of that persistent stalking, it made Firestar confused when it came to his feelings. Many speak the worst but I think it was just as simple as that, he was confused, his feelings are tugged this way and that, and I wasn’t sure when it would end when I first read the Warriors books.

When Firestar said this line in the pic however, I couldn’t help but smile so wide I squealed.. inside of course. Because it pretty much proved that despite the fact that he cared for Spotted, he probably at most saw her as a good friend and guide from this point, while Sandstorm was his true[/i] love, and it’s pretty clearly stated many times that he couldn’t have gotten this far without her by his side. He was super lonely and hurting in the heart inside when she ignored him for a while in a Dangerous Path and scared for her life when the plan with the dogs came into play, she helped him follow through with the Bloodclan in Darkest Hour, and Sandstorm was the cat to journey with him to help rebuild Skyclan. That tom loves her like HECC, would do anything for her I bet. If it wasn’t for Sand, or if she successfully went back home and left him to go at it alone, he probably would’ve given up, because he couldn’t do it without her.

I wasn’t entirely sure if that promise would stick, as bad as that sounds coming from me given I ship them, but the Erins seemed pretty insistent on keeping his feelings being tugged back and forth.
But, BUT then I did a little more researching and apparently, in Spottedleaf’s little novella (Not the controversial one, not even gonna acknowledge that, the other one. Honest Answer), as painful as it was to read knowing my hatred for her and her obsessive butt, I found a little… interesting tidbit that shows he’d given her up to stay loyal to Sandstorm.

Quote from Spottedleaf in that very Novella herself:

“Did you know that he came looking for me in a dream, sought me out to explain that he had to move on and that he couldn’t be in love with a memory anymore?”

Yup, you heard that folks. THIS TOM RIGHT HERE actively went to Spotted in a dream, and TOLD HER HIMSELF that he wanted to move on and that he couldn’t keep pining after a dead cat anymore. He had Sandstorm now, and he was full on willing to go and give up on his old crush for Spottedleaf to stay loyal to his mate. In a nutshell he basically fell out of love with Spottedleaf, something I feel like many don’t seem to know as I doubt many read Honest Answer (I wouldn’t blame ya either, that, as a Spottedleaf hater, was annoying to read through).

I read that bit, pieced it together, and my respect for him heightened. Good on you Firestar, your heart belongs entirely to to your wife and you know it. Let’s just say rn that I may have been tempted to write a fic or two based on that as well.
She was never second best, no matter what she believed, he loved her with all his heart and soul, just like she did with him.

Ofc that didn’t stop Spottedstalker from, well, stalking and obsessing over him the rest of the ding dang arcs (And even briefly in a single super edition being Skyclan’s Destiny from what I skimmed) by proxy through other cats that know him, buuuut that’s just typical of her at this point. All I care is that FireSand itself was assured to be secure.

And before any of you ask, because I KNOW and feel it in my fur someone will, nnOOOOOOOOO, I’m not gonna believe that thing where Kate stated that Spotted was offed completely so that he “Didn’t have to choose”. Because lemme just say something right fricking now to that…
GUUUURL YOU KNOW DIDDLY DING DANG DARN WELL there was nothing to choose between, and Spottedleaf herself even stated there was nothing to steal. Firestar would pick Sandstorm over her easy, I love you Erins but pleeeeaaaase for the LOVE OF IT ALL, stop trying to force the triangle into Starclan if that was to be an issue. =w=‘ And if anything, Vicky’s reasoning for offing her (Bringing out her better side at the cost of her spirit, which even I believe is a way better explanation for it, even if that failed to make me see her as any better in my perspective) I’ll stick with. I’m just glad that’s done and they’re happy together forever without anyone trying to interfere.

Deep inhale

*Phew* Glad I got that off my chest and BOI did it feel good too. Any opportunity to fangasm over the OTP is a good opportunity and I don’t give a mousetail what you tell me otherwise. You asked for this fangirling when you followed a blog that stated straight up that I was a Big FireSand shipper in the header, don’t say I didn’t warn ya indirectly! Haha!
ANYWAY, that rambling’s done. Now onto the art. The focus was with the couple itself, and I don’t like Spottedbitch as noted so I just put her off into the side, so that I didn’t have to draw her fully. Now, granted, I rather she not be there at all, but given she’s part of the scene, if I HAD to include her, I’m shoving her to the side. And ofc there’s Patchfoot in the corner there as well. Hehe. Sorry buddy! I just didn’t have any incentive to draw ya fully.

Also it's been forever since I did a screenshot-like picture! Since it's a canon scene, I felt it fit.

I hate fully rendered outdoor BGs like gosh they kill me inside, not as bad as indoor BGs but they still kill me. Most of my effort went into working on that than anything else in this pic. Granted it ain’t my best work but I really don’t care at this point it is done ffff.

Also wasn’t sure whether to use his bright orange or darker colors for this pic. However both look decent in it, so I was able to do the bright orange without it looking so jarring.

I loved drawing this scene, I loved drawing these two, I will draw them again, I can assure you that, I got so many ideas because I’m a hopeless romantic and I like drawing my OTPs and aaaAAAA~ *Slaps self* Right, I should calm. But there will be more art of these two in the future.

Anywho, as stated, spent a moon on this due to complications with the BG. Worth it. I streamed myself working on it a long while back but if anyone was watching I doubt they knew the context because I don’t think anyone I know outside one friend is into Warriors to know the characters. Welp, here’s that context. Take my fangirling behind with it. >w>

I will ship these two to my frick fracking grave and there’s nothing you can do to stop me like BOI TRY AND STOP M-


Hope ya like the art!

Time Taken: A month (Yes I kept track)
Program: Paint Tool Sai
Tools: Wacom Intuos Pro

Art: Mine
Warrior Cats: Erin Hunter

Do not use/steal/crop/edit/etc.

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Type: Picture/Pinup
Published: 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Rating: General

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10 months, 3 weeks ago
wow amazing pic
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