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Never To Keep... by Mizu-no-Akira Never To Keep... by Mizu-no-Akira

'Cause love comes slow and it goes so fast

Well you see her when you fall asleep
But never to touch and never to keep

- "Let Her Go" by Passenger

Fifth picture for my "Let Her Go"-picture-series. I know I wanted to do a Sandstorm pic... but I just finnished reading "Moonrise" and this scene wouldn't go out of my head until I finally drew it. :)
So as you can see: It's one of Feathertail's last moments, when the Tribe of rushing water was attacked by Sharptooth (I hope he/she looks just a little like a cougar x_x), Crowpaw was trapped and she decided to sacrifice herself in order to rescue her beloved one and to free the Tribe from Sharptooth... Another tragic love-story that ended too soon :( That's why I chose this part from the lyrics for that scene. Because Feathertail and Crowpaw developed their love towards eachother over the whole journey they made in order to safe their clans and well... as soon as they confessed their love, Feathertail died. I really liked her, because she was so calm and friendly... seems like every character I like dies sooner or later... :(
Anyways I hope you like it. And this doesn't has to do anything with this pic but now that I think about it... doesn't Crowpaw/feather has the same problem like Firestar had with Sandstorm and Spottedleaf (before the Erins decided to let Spottedleaf die a second time)? I mean, as far as I know there's Feathertail waiting for him in StarClan... and he also loved Leafpool... and he had a son with Nightcloud. So... how the hell do they solve this when he dies and goes to StarClan, too? D:

Characters and Story (c) by Erin Hunter
Illustration (c) by :iconmizu-no-akira: ...ME! :3
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AliyahHollins Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
That mountain lion looks cute, but soo evil, he nearly destroyed the tribe
feathertail4441 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 30, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
She saved Crowfeather and she did it for the others too but mainly crowfeather/paw

CrowXFeather is the best ship! It makes NO sense than CrowXleaf and CrowXNight They have the wierdest name shipping what kind of name are those? CrowXFeather makes sense because it is basically a Crow's feather!
 DERH!!!Bruh Edd intensifies (Eddsworld Emote) Bruh Intensifies This is Trippy Bruh! This is Trippy Bruh!  LOVE YOUR ART WORK BTW!
NutellaMisty23 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay someone who ships CrowXFeather too!
Warriorcat101fan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this really paints all the emotion this scene portrays, beautiful work
EclipseHowler7 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I almost cried because she said "I saved you once, and don't make me save you again.."
I think I got it wrong because I read Moonrise few months ago and that scene always hit my head when they mention Greystripe, Stromfur, Sliverstream, and Feathertail 
xThrushpawx Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
Is it wrong that I never cried over this part  :T 
Askmoonflower678 Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eoshaughnessy29938 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018
Ugh I love this piece! And Crow-paw just watching in the back round! Soooooo sad! I love your Art!  
AuratheWolfoflight Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
u ded 
CapricornArts Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The way you blurred it makes it move in my view, every time I move my eyes to look around the blurred but shakes as if it's dramatically happening in front of me. 
I love it!!
SmokeyTheBunny Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017
idk why but i find the sharptooths expression adorable
XxDragonRiderxX12 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never actually got how FeatherTail's death went even thou I read the part like 50 times
breadmonster2020 Featured By Owner May 26, 2017 you have any tips for drawing realistically? i doubt you've seen anything i've drawn but i desperately want to veer away from the whole "furry" thing and draw stuff like this because DANG your art is godlike and i adore your style qwq

just wondering if you had any tips ;''3
(also if anyone else out there sees this and has any tips please do tell me if you can qwq)
Sketch-Petra Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damnit Crowfeather you have to ruin everything 
Maplestar77 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017
Leoparddream Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
sharptooth looks too cute to be evil in this pic :happy: :backhug: Free Kawaii Bonnie Cute Chat Icon 
Emijp Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This scene actually stopped me in my tracks whilst reading the second series. My buddy said "Em, if you're just gonna cry after every other book, dont read them." And then I yelled at him (It had been a stressful day..) and he just walked off... We havent, erm, really picked up this subject...
redpaw62 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Crowfeather is reminded of Feathertail whenever he sees Jayfeather. Graystripe is reminded of Silverstream whenever he sees Feathertail. 
TeamPokemonSpain Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
I hope when Crowfeather go to Starclan being alone... XD Sorry but I hate him when I see how he treats his son... 
eoshaughnessy29938 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018
I know right!
Sneakyfox55 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this was one of the most saddest and powerful scenes in Warriors. It was beautiful, yet heartbreaking at the same time.
Poor Feathertail. :(
JiyuxChan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks exactly like a cougar! Your art is amazing! 
Crystal--Skies Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Student General Artist
I think all my favorite characters die tooooooo soon
XPumpkintailX Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"i can hear the voices clearly now." I always thought that moment was so powerful. One of my fav scenes. Sad but I love it.
SmileyCat284 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
I keep getting reminded of Feathertail and I feel like tears are gonna come. Honestly, why just why. No, I disagree! 
WhiteFire03 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Student Artist
So fricken sad ;( 
Mystic-Pencil Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
when I read that chapter I literally cried myself to sleep. But that's the only time I've ever felt so emotional over the death of a warrior
SerenityDragonwing Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I cried during this part of the book...
WilliwawWanderings Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016
I hate all cat ends
I hated this one more than hate can describe (another tragic love ending :/)
bronylover456789 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Student Artist
I wish we could see more of Feathertail :(
PouncingwithpawsOwO Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
Oh my! I thought this was jayfeather
faust-getsu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
have you ever yelled at a book? I have.
Silverdream1 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
;A; WHY DID FEATHERTAIL DIE!?!?!??!?!?!??!?!?! *cries in a corner of sadness*
ivypool123456 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so sad
ivypool123456 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Katesta101 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was so sad when Feathertail died :'( AND got even more sad when Crowfeather (crowpaw at the time) reacted to it, he got so sad and then i got sad then it was a storm of sadness... i cri. I was like NOOOOOOOOOO. Even though Crowfeather is a bit of an ass in the series, no cat deserved this D: And it was sad how Graystripe reacted :( 
smallpaw122 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I know it was heart breaking ;(
ThatLazyCow Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
I just love the way Sharptooth looks... <3
ppooppiie123 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I cant stop looking at this its amazing
Thistlestripe Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
So sad!!!!!! 😭😭😭😭 sharp tooth's face is like oh sh......
RoseTheFoxFnaf Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Great StarClan, I just finished reading that. I cried D:
Enkue Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I swear I thought it was a Sabertooth, becuase it's name is "Sharptooth" and it's a "lion with no mane" :stare:
Emijp Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It kinda makes more sense to be a cougar or even a panther to be the Sharptooth, if you think about it though..
therealnightmaremoon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sharptooth: Well sh*t
SchwarzeWolf12 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
UniverseDragon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps a bit chubby for a cougar XD but it definitely looks like one!
While I love all cats and was sad that this could only be solved with the death of the cougar, I was horrified to read about a cat killing and eating other cats... seems unnatural to me. I've never even heard of dogs eating other dogs, and they eat everything haha!

Perhaps one of the saddest deaths in the second arc. I love how you did this, especially the perspective :3
DarkShatteredSouls Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its chubby cuz its been feedings off kitties.
UniverseDragon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha true XD
SunnyStar454567 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how the mountain lion is like what the fox dung? XD great art (This scene is sad even though I never read it..... I don't even have all the books and I know everything XD and yay for warrior words!)
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