- We did it, buddy.
sooo last post i mentioned a deputy-longtail AU ... here’s an Art i did on impulse for it just now! 😳💞 i detailed the AU below- i hope yall like it!! i really do hehe, i just rlly think longtail got Done Dirty in canon. TLDR; longtail loses faith in himself after he is blinded, but a visit and a vision of swiftpaw’s bravery urges him to continue on as a warrior. also this fleshes out his relation to firestar, and also brightheart!! 🌻
The AU is the same story up until Longtail’s injury. Firestar insists Longtail continues being a warrior, and offers to help him, but Longtail refuses. He thinks he is worthless, being a blind hunter/fighter, so he retires himself to the elders den. He stays there for quite some time, growing more and more depressed. He is also too scared to talk to Brightheart, ever since Swiftpaw’s death- both for feeling guilty, and for feeling just, sorry for her.
One night Longtail has a dream. He can see again in this dream, something he hasn’t done since he was blinded. Swiftpaw visits him. Longtail is overjoyed at first to finally see his apprentice again, happy in StarClan, but he quickly turns to feeling ashamed. Ashamed he wasn’t strong enough to make him a warrior in the end. ... Swiftpaw proceeds to show Longtail a vision of him and Brightheart fighting the dogs, but not the grusome defeat- rather the strength the two apprentices showed throughout the entire battle. Longtail is of course horrified at first of the sight, but more than that, impressed at how Swiftpaw never lost his courage; even when facing enemies much larger and stronger than him. He promises him to keep on fighting, until his final breath- for Swiftpaw, and to not let his death be in vain.
Longtail finally, after many moons in the elders den, tells Firestar he wishes to continue as a warrior. Firestar is surprised at this sudden twist of events, but happily helps his Good Friend learn how to work around his blindness. The two work together for a long time, and grow closer than ever.
Longtail also finally finds the courage to talk to and connect to Brightheart after all this time. He is utterly impressed with her and her will to not give up after her traumatic experience and injury. After a while the two dare to speak of Swiftpaw, and what happened in the fight against the dogs. Brightheart tells Longtail about how brave and couragous he was, and how the memory of this motivated her to keep going. Longtail quickly realises how similar him and Brightheart are, and the two form a close bond, similar to siblings’.
When Graystripe is presumed dead when the Clans have been at the lake for a while, Firestar caves, and decides he should appoint a new deputy. As in the end of TNP, this happens after Hawkfrost’s death. Only he doesn’t pick Brambleclaw- he picks Longtail. He knows no one of the entire lake has worked harder and more passionately than Longtail, and knows ThunderClan will be in safe paws under the duos reign.
Longtail accepts gratefully. Standing on the highledge, accepting his role, he hears his family and friends cheering for him, overjoyed. And while he cannot hear or physically feel him, he knows Swiftpaw is there beside him; as he has been on his entire journey.
...WOOO that took long to write drfjkdfjkg its so late here now hahah! anyways, if you got so far, i hope you enjoyed it!! i would love suggestions and add-ons on this if anyone has something more! 💞😸
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