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Warrior Cats: Forgive Me...

That's the Spot... *FireSand Doodle*

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That's the Spot... *FireSand Doodle*
Warrior Cats: Never Second Best
Originally Submitted to FurAffinity.net on Mar 7th, 2018 02:21 AM. Before it was transferred to Inkbunny it had 64 views and 14 favorites.

This one didn’t take long to do. Motivation and my uber thirst for the ship fueled my energy to draw. And what better way than to draw another feelsy FireSand moment from the books.

Literally the first time I ever teared up regarding these two was when I read ‘Dangerous Path’ for the first time. Ehehe RANT TIME AGAIN. Hopefully ya don’t mind reading through all my ramblings if you enjoy that and/or don’t mind scrolling through my uber fangirling. Otherwise you’re free to skip to the end!
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OKAY. So you guys remember the absolute emotional roller-coaster that book was right? With all the havoc regarding the dogs looming in ever corner, death looming around every corner with them, Bluestar officially going nuts, all that stuff. I was tearing up left and right, on the edge of my seat, wondering “Oh great Starclan WHAT NEXT ARE YOU GONNA THROW AT ME???”

Boi… My heart already suffered left and right reading this damn book, but it suffered the MOST when it came to these two in particular. They had some cute moments in it as usual yes! I mean I always giggle for one at that moment when Graystripe was all "So you a thing eh?" And Fireheart was basically all "Nooooooo... *shifty eyes*" and Gray didn't believe him because he knew. lol
BUT!
I don’t even WANT to go back to read through it all in the book again because it hurt me each time to. I’ll go off the cliffnotes instead so that I’m sure I’m accurate when all this goes down. Lemme explain.

Ofc we all remember when Bluestar wanted to go to War at Windclan for literally no reason other than she was now an insane NUT at the time. Firestar- Fireheart at the time, butts in like he usually does to stop it. It works, but at the cost of Sandstorm turning hostile towards him.
That was the exact moment I was starting to go “Oh gosh no please don’t do that…”. I literally whispered that as I read it the first time LIKE…

Their friendship and budding relationship started to suffer and thus I was suffering inside because literally every time they interacted badly after that and I was just all “PLZ STOP” and screaming inside the entire time because it just got WORSE as the book went on and I was all AUUUUGHHGJCRDFGHDSEFNO.

OH AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ON THE APPRENTICE BULLSH-. THAT AND THE CHAPTERS AFTER THAT HURT ME THE ABSOLUTE WORSE.
Literally that was the moment I started actually yelling at my laptop as I read Fireheart’s excuse for not giving Sand an apprentice and it was just SO DU M B LIKE? I literally was going to my screen “Shutuuuupppp”, and “Hey yo Fireboi could you sHUT UP????” and then finally “NO FRIGGING SHUT UP YOU DUMB FURBALL DAMNNIT YOU’RE MAKING IT W O R S E??????” GOD DAMNNIT!!! She was already upset at him as is and yet HE DOES THIS FOR A DUMB REASON I CAN’T EVEN- O K A Y NO.

You ever read something that made you feel super upset inside and it gives you the weirdest feeling in your belly and it’s just painful to read through from that point? Yeah, that was me the rest of this book after that. It may not have been suffering for YOU, but it was absolute suffering for ME, because I love these two like HECC as you all know and you already know how I feel when it comes to these twos quarrels. I mentioned it in the past even.

So, back to the rambling. Sand makes it a point to avoid him after that, I think my heart shattered more and more each time I saw Fireheart try to talk to her only for her to make some way to avoid him. This goes on for another 3 WHOLE DAMN CHAPTERS.
Gosh I was literally getting off the computer and taking breaks from this damn book each time it mentioned her avoiding him. Going “Oh great starclan please stop.” “NO! He made a mistake oKAY PLZ STOOOOOOOOP????”
And the very moment it mentioned that he felt lonely in a way no other cat could satisfy but her, it made my emotions finally break. Like eXCUSE ME I NEED A MINUTE OR TEN WHILE I GO CRY FFFFFFFF break.

That ordeal, that whole entiiiiirrrrre ordeal, took an entire 10 CHAPTERS IIRC.

10.

FUCKING.

CHAPTERS.

JUST…

ERINS WERE YOU TRYING TO PROLONG MY SUFFERING? BECAUSE IT WORKED.

So by the time I made it to I think the 4th to last chapter of the ding dang damn book I’m here with dried tears on my face and my heart pretty much near-shattered at this point. The bit with the dogs gets closer. But first literally the first thing that happens in that chapter specifically is these two interacting once again. I didn’t know what to expect first time I read it, only going “Well book, I’m almost done reading you, what’ve you got to break me this time?…”.

And yet… LOW AND BEHOLD it did break me, but not in a bad way.

She doesn’t walk away from him on sight this time thank Starclan, so Fireheart finally gets the chance to apologize to Sandstorm, confessing he needed her and telling her just how much she meant to him, he’s scared for her, I could practically hear his voice trembling as he spoke to her, she admits she was conflicted in wanting to stay loyal to her clan and leader and wanting to stay loyal to him, and thought he didn’t respect her after the whole apprentice bull he pulled and he admits to making a dumb mistake and then he tells her that he loved her and she says she loved him back aND AT THAT POINT I SQUEALED LIKE A FRICKING HOG AFTER THAT AAAAAAAAaaAAAAAAA WHEEZING. So I’m tearing up again but IT’S HAPPY TEARS THIS TIME.

So when it came to these two specifically, this book was absolute torture to read through. I don’t even wanna read through it again ever because despite it being good, it was too much of an emotional roller-coaster for me because of this ship suffering for a while alongside all the craziness and death and whateverthefrick. Like what in the name of Starclan, stop making me be tense for literally like more than half of the book god damnnit. Oh well, at the very least all that suffering was over with, even if it wasn’t the end of my tears in the book itself. Because it wasn’t done by then but still. I ain’t rereading it all again you can go HECC OFF with that idea, I cried enough when it came to these two!
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Now, fangirling over, for actual talk about the art. As stated, this was a lot faster to do. I loved how the shading and highlights came out, it made the colors look so rich and bright and vibrant and yeeees I love that. <333
The BG was something I was much muuuuch more familiar with, I’ve done bushes and trees for so long it’s almost natural for me to render them decently, it’s so easy.

Even if I wasn’t reading the book as I drew the scene, I still did my best to get a feel of the scene. So I made it like Fireheart was trembling as he told Sandstorm he loved her, and she’s silently listening while letting him nuzzle her for comfort. Just aaaaa this bit always broke me in the book and I hope I did it decently in art form

It was a sweet moment after my torture and thus I enjoyed drawing it all. Thankfully I think this is the second yet last feelsy moment with these two I’ll ever be arting out. So if I was to draw them again, I’ll be going all for romantic stuff, that stuffs mah jam, don’t even gotta be scenes in the books themselves I just wanna draw these two being all super sweet together from this point on.

I certainly got a lot of ideas regarding that little “Secret Night Hunting” thing I learned about because that was apparently a thing that these two did that was brought up in “Fading Echos” I think? And I was like “WHERE IS THIS IN THE PDF WHERE??? MUST FIND THE PDF PAGE NUMBER THIS IS BROUGHT UP I MUST OPEN CANVAS AND ART THIS-

Ofc there have been some... less than innocent ideas I want to do with that as well bUT NOT YET.

CUTE ROMANTIC STUFF FIRST. SIN CAN COME LATER SHHHHHHH.

Hope ya like!

Time Taken: 2 days
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: 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Rating: General

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Snowfirechakat
2 months, 2 weeks ago
awwwww such a heart string pulling pic
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