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This Will Shake Me Down by Mizu-no-Akira This Will Shake Me Down by Mizu-no-Akira

"An act of kindness
Is what you show to me
Not more than I can take
Oh, not more than I can take
Kindness is what you show to me
It holds me 'till I ache
Overflow and start to break

Oh I, got a feeling this will shake me down
Oh I, kind of hoping this will turn me round

(...)

Oh my back's up against the wall
I feel guilty, I feel guilty
You want nothing in return
I feel guilty, I feel guilty"

- 'Act Of Kindness' by Bastille


I wanted to draw this scene for like... two years now? I never found a fitting song, nor a good angle. Guess that's what keeps me from drawing a lot of scenes. ;P
Anyways... This is the scene where Longtail races back into the camp during a storm in order to get a half eaten mouse for Mousefur. Briarpaw takes off after him and finds him near (or in?) the elders' den. Before they can get back out a falling tree kills Longtail and disables Briarpaw for life.

It's kinda sad how I never really drew Longtail before... I think very highly about him for he's got a lot of courage. Especially when it came to his parting with Tigerclaw and Darkstripe. Most may think he did it out of fear... But I think he distanced himself from them because he cared for the wellbeing of his clan above everything else.
It's quite sad how kindness and courage got him killed in the end. :/
By the way... I know that there's quite a debate about whether Longtail's fur is more silver or more brown. I opted for a slight mixture of both - even if you don't see it because of the light-settings. :3 He kinda looks like Jayfeather here but oh well. <3

I think I'll make a second pic with this song, since it fits Mousefur's feelings after Longtail's death better.

Characters & Story (c) by Erin Hunter
Illustration (c) by Mizu-no-Akira: :iconmizu-no-akira: ... ME! :3
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:iconcrayola32:
crayola32 Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG I LOVE THIS SONG! Bastille is the BEST
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:iconwhispycooreborn:
Whispycooreborn Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Briarpaw is like "oh sh-" seriously longtail makes me have so many emotions and then I find this!? Good lord you're awesome
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Thornfeatherxx Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago
D": Its so sad 
I cried soo hard when Longtail died
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iiFancyPotato Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Your art is phenomenal.  It's my favorite art I've ever seen.  Keep up the great work!
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Moonabelle Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist
This scene was so sad.. and you drew it so perfectly!!
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DekuScrub-Chan Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
The angle is just perfect, and so are Longtail's words. Briarpaw's expression makes my heart ache, honnestly, it's as if she knew in one second they were going to die. It's heartbreaking.
This really is an amazing job <3
An also... It makes me laugh to see everyone being angry at Mousefur for wanting that mouse, but she wanted it because she believed Starclan would be mad at them if they wasted prey. In some way it's like... I can't really blame her for that. And it was Longtail who chose to go back, he decided to go to help her, he was not forced to. I don't think Longtail would ever blame Mousefur for his death or for Briarpaw's injury. If he doesn't blame her then I don't see why we should.... ;v;
I've always like both Mousefur and Longtail, and actually I don't think they would be the type of rejecting any fault toward each other. I think Mousefur somehow "paid" for that mouse mistake. Just look how devastated she is afterwards. It's not her fault, and even if it is, she didn't do it on purpose. Just forgive her. ;v;
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kathleens-art Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
i did think it was jayfeather at first but this is a wonderful drawing otherwise! So sad. This angle is perfect also, it shows their fear and i can see how frozen they are in the moment.
good job :3
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schadowclaw Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Oh God It's so beautiful!  T.T Besides Hollyleafs death this was the saddest part in the series (at least what I've read so far)
But Longtail is indeed, as others were commenting, described as light fur with dark stripes. Maybe next time you draw him, you could ad more contrast between his fur and stripes. I always imagined him with black stripes.
But I really really love your drawings!! It's amazing how you capture such realistic emotions on their faces O_O
Great job! ^-^ <3
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Tenshineko01 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What book was this?
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:iconmizu-no-akira:
Mizu-no-Akira Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mh... I'm not sure. But I think it was Fading Echoes.
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SakuraSeeds Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Holy hell, the horror on Briarpaw's face is just haunting...
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Nightfeather94 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
My heart was broken after seeing how hard Mousefur took Longtail's death, poor old lady. :'(
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:iconfairyprincess666:
FairyPrincess666 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Dammit Mousefur. Was it worth the mouse
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Hedgey Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing perspective and shading!
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:iconavocadlio:
AVOCADLIO Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's okay... 
I didn't need my heart anyways...:o (Eek) 
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TheHighHills Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought that was Jayfeather at first and I was confused for a sec xD
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jadyn1492 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
same XD
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MoonlightsFoxes Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Student Artist
One of the saddest deaths, I barely cried at any warrior death besides; Bluestar's, Cinderpelt's, and longtail's.
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TheArtisticTurtle Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh this scene is so sad :(
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Rynneer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I think Longtail was described as a light tabby with dark stripes and most people interpreted that as tan/brown instead of silver. (including me!)
It's pretty sad that Briarlight was crippled for nothing, since Longtail ended up dying. :(
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Paint-is-Trash Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i remember this scene, you drew it perfectly!
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Good job :)
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ButterBoyXD Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  New Deviant
;-;
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TinyKiing Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
-whispers- please do a video where you draw <3 I'd love to see how you do this. <3
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Anne-Dekeyser Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you make him rather warm-gray?

Awesome art!
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:iconmizu-no-akira:
Mizu-no-Akira Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I used a very warm - almost beige- grey. :)
Since nobody can say for sure what his fur color is I made a compromise.
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Blueclaw7 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg.....this scene is so sad but i love them both
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TeamPokemonSpain Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Noooo... This scene is very very sad... Poor Longtail... although Briarlight don't please me, is very sad her injury because it cause a lot of disasters...
Good fanart, like ever Mizu!! ^^
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TeamPokemonSpain Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
And about draw a scene about Mousefur's feeling after Longtail's death... YES PLEASE!! *you draw longtail once time before this fanart hahaha when he rescued fireheart from the river*
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JagodowaBabaeczka Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
What program do you use? + Great job! I like your arts so much!
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SanIzanami Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
I'm so glad you drew him silver *-*
He was confirmed to be silver by the erins now anyway.
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Roseruu Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Your information on that might be a bit outdated. Kate actually confirmed he is brown, at least to her, and as she is the main author of the only book where his color is described (as silver once and brown a little later), it is safe to assume the silver was a mistake.
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SanIzanami Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Nope. Kate later said she agrees with Vicky and that he is silver-gray. It was also said on Vickys Facebook again.
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Roseruu Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Do you have a citation for that? I only know of one source from last December where she said that it is silver-gray, but she only did because she was "outvoted" which makes it unreliable as source.
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SanIzanami Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I meant that source.
I don't thin it's unreliable just because she agreed with the others.
But I think everyone has an other opinion on that.
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Roseruu Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Being outvoted is not agreement. As long as she does not specifically state her own image of him is silver, it cannot be used as reliable statement, so her previous statement stands 
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SanIzanami Featured By Owner 6 days ago
As I said, in my opinion she agreed to it with her statement.
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AskDaretheFNaFCrew Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
ohmygods i'm not crying ;-; that's rain... 

-BrieBeeby
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Song2394OnAj Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
hugs. plz
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thatonerudesandwing Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!
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:iconprecychou:
Precychou Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Student Writer
....
I think I need Hug right now Menma Crying Icon 
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Sneakyfox55 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
*Hugs*
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XxDubstep Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I don't like you Mousefur-
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AlexisMeowMix Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
Mousefur was so stubborn and put herself in front of everyone else and risked 2 cats lives for such a stupid reason, I hated Mousefur after this I wanted to jump in the book and strangle her, and briarlight was so bummed afterwards too, it also broke my heart when she couldn't feel jayfeathers claw in her back it was such a sad moment
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Cozmicpandawolf Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She never asked for Longtail to get the mouse or for Briarlight to go after him. They both acted of their own accord, not because Mousefur told them to go. And correct me if i'm wrong, but didn't she yell at him to stop when he went to go get it? She never wanted him to go. And besides, Mousefur was devastated when he died. It's not like she was so selfish that she only cared about that half eaten mouse. 
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winterstormwolf Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
She was horrified when her actions got Longtail killed and Brairlight crippled. She was depressed for moons about it. Purdy mentioned how she was never the same after that. I do agree that Mousefur was being selfish though. 
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daytonacoolcat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I honestly never liked mousefur after this, like all of it was kinda her fault, if she hadn't been so stubborn and left the mouse behind then he'd still be alive.
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Krazyokami Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
With his little chapter with Darkstripe slightly bullying him, this did make me believe he didn't join Tigerstar because of this. It actually did surprise me when he saved Fireheart from almost drowning in the river. This may be a little insight on how much closer Tigerclaw was to Darkstripe than Longtail.
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MercuryMuttx Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING WORK!  
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
All because of a dead mouse. 
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