Unrequitedly, Extraordinarily, Truly, Madly, Deeply

A series of as many Warriors pairing one-shots as I can come up with – and the ones that you as readers suggest. Crack, canon, non-canon, whatever flavor you may please.

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SquirrelAsh: Loves Me Not

Have you ever loved someone so much you'd do anything, give anything for them?

Have you ever been hopeful that maybe, just maybe, you and her had a future together?

I have.

She was the best thing to happen to me.

Or so I thought.

I hadn't had many precious moments in my life; and certainly, no one to share those moments with. Not in the way Ferncloud has Dustpelt.

I loved Squirrelflight, I really did! I could never understand why she suddenly left me for him.

I still carry the pain of that day; of confessing how much she meant to me, only to hear she didn't feel the same way.

"We'd be great together, Squirrelflight…"

It hurt you know, baring my soul like that and being told that there was another tom. She had no idea how much it tore at me, hearing the way she spoke of him – the son of the cat who had murdered my mother. She'd said herself not long beforehand that she hardly trusted him!

How could she love the son of a killer?

And more than that; how could she lead me on like that?

"Brambleclaw…I think StarClan has destined us to be together."

She loves me?

She loves me not.

Love tears you deeper than the sharpest claw. It lays you open, all your secret thoughts exposed for the one you care for to see.

Normally you don't notice or mind the pain. It's a sweet pain, and you want your love to know you utterly. So you never see your own lifeblood spilling out of you.

But what if you're rejected?

What if that special someone…doesn't love you the way you love them?

Or what if they betray you?

"They're not my kits."

What if…they leave you to pick up the pieces of your shattered heart?

Suddenly it hits you all at once.

Suddenly it isn't a sweet pain. It's agony.

Suddenly…everything has gone wrong. Everything you hoped for, even longed for, is ripped away. All you're left with is a ragged, gaping wound that never truly heals.

And you know what?

"I'll expose your secret to the whole forest!"

Even as I tried to hurt her multiple times.

Even as I threatened her.

Even as I died.

No…even as I was murdered…by one of the very kits she lied about for so long…

…Even now…even though it's hard to admit…

I…I still…

…I still love her. That damned faithless she-cat.