(Spoilers for all of the Books, especially Windborn)
So I know a lot of you ship Clawpebble; that’s fine with me (I used to ship it to!) but I was thinking about all my favorite ships, and I realized that Clawfire is way to old for Shadepebble (Clawfire is a captain and that must of taken a long while to accomplish and Shadepebble, at the end of the books, is probably only 3 [she is probably only about 15ish mentally]). And anyway, I registered their friendship as father/ daughter or mentor/ apprentice and definitely not as a couple.
And I know there is not exactly any Brackenpebble scenes in the books, because during the series Brackentail still is chasing after Morningleaf. But when they grow up (And Morningleaf most likely chooses Star), who does Brackentail get? I don’t think Riversun will want to have a mate who is a good friend of her mother’s and father’s killer (Sorry, all you Brackensun shippers). Remember that she was taken to be raised by Stormtail, who definitely views Star as terrible and Petalcloud as the savior of the universe. Stormtail will probably have a very big influence on Riversun. His bitterness will probably rub off on her.
As for other Bracken-something ships, Flamesky isn’t in the books besides Starfire and there is no moments between her and Brackentail. And as for Echofrost, she has a strong crush on Hazelwind and he has a huge crush on her. And anyway, I don’t think Brackentail will travel across the Dark Water for Echofrost or visa-versa.
Brackentail and Shadepebble are good friends. They went on the mission with Morningleaf, and it isn’t shown that they fight constantly or just HATE each other. Brackentail and Shadepebble are about the same age (she might just be a bit older), and also, they had both gone against their herds to do what they thought was good and they can relate to each other because of that.
Sure, there are not any lovey moments between them, but I think their friendship can easily grow into something more.