The Past learns the Future

Chapter 12

Chapter Twelve

A/N: I OWN NOTHING!

{Kiara wanders off while they argue. She crosses a river on a log, and tumbles off- directly into Kovu, bowling him over. He snarls at her confrontationally, and continues growling.}

KOVU: Who are you, Pridelander?

"Doesn't that cub look like Taka?" Mufassa asked.

"A little," Sarafina nodded.

{Kiara does not answer, but keeps jumping from side to side, staying facing Kovu at all

times. Kovu keeps growling menacingly, but eventually his curiosity gets the better of him.}

KOVU: What are you doing?

KIARA: My father says to never turn your back on an Outsider!

"Wrong move," Taka muttered under his breath.

KOVU: You always do what Daddy says?

KIARA: No!

KOVU: Bet you do. Bet you're Daddy's little girl! Ha ha!

"Nothing wrong with that," Sarafina said softly. She would have loved to be a Daddy's girl. Heck, she'd love to know who her father was.

{he moves away, hopping on logs across the river}

An Outsider doesn't need anybody. I take care of myself!

"Yeah right," Sarabi scoffed. "Not at that age."

KIARA: {awed, following him across} Really? Cool!

{Kovu looks back at Kiara, and notices a huge crocodile rising up behind her with its mouth gaping}

"RUN!" all the cubs screamed.

KOVU: Wuhh... waaaahh!

KIARA: {turns and sees the crocodile} Aaaaahhh! Run! {The crocodile's teeth crunch just behind them} This way!

"Not that way!" Taka groaned.

{They narrowly escape, leaping from rock to rock across the river and out of the reach of the crocodiles' jaws as more and more rise up out of the water. They rest on two unmoving "stones" further down, and begin to pant and giggle.}

KOVU: That was a close one.

"Was?" Uru asked. "They're still in the lake!"

KIARA: Yeah...

{The stones they are sitting on rise up and reveal themselves as more crocodile heads.}

"Running has resumed to be the best idea!" Taka gulped, hoping that the cub who looked like him would be alright.

KOVU and KIARA: Whooaaahhh...

{Kiara runs up a tree limb, getting out of reach; however, Kovu runs past her, leaping from crocodile to crocodile down the river.}

KIARA: Hey.. what about me?

"RUN YOU IDIOT!" Sarafina roared. She hated calling her granddaughter that but running was still an option.

KOVU: I'll distract them. Run!

{Kovu slips off the last crocodile into the water; as he comes up, gasping for air, the crocodiles loom over him.}

KIARA: {swiping at crocodiles from her branch} Look out! {Kovu is paralyzed by fright; the gaping mouth in front of him is suddenly clamped shut by Kiara leaping on top of it.}

"Well, she did run," Sarabi nodded.

KIARA: Move it!

{The two cubs scramble up a branch and up onto the bank, out of reach of danger. From the top, they pant and rest for a few moments, then move back to look over the edge. The crocodiles are massing below, furious at being cheated of their meal.}

"Phew!" all the potential Grandparents, Great-Uncles, and Great-Grandparents sighed in relief.

KIARA: I did it... I did it! {she "thhppbbts" the crocodiles below}

KOVU: Hah!

{The cubs move back from the edge and recount their adventure.}

KIARA: Whoah, man- did you see the size of those teeth? They were goin' "Rrrarrarrarr" ... {rolls over on her back and laughs} He was just totally eatin' you up right there, and I jumped on his head- and I bopped him so good-

"Stop talking," Sarafina said gently. "Boys get intimidated when you talk too much."

She shot a look at Taka, who rolled his eyes.

{The camera moves back so that we can see from next to Zira, crouching in the grass some distance away.}

"Who's that?" Taka asked.

"We're assuming the bad guy," Mufassa said.

KIARA: We make such a good team! And you... you were really brave!

KOVU: Yeah... you were pretty brave too. My name's Kovu.

KIARA: I'm Kiara.

{She crouches down playfully, waving her tail; she reaches out and bats him}

KIARA: Tag! You're it!

{She jumps back, laughing; instead of chasing, Kovu just looks at her silently. She tries again.}

KIARA: Tag! You're it! You're it!

{Still no response; he just stares at her.}

"Who doesn't know how to play tag?" Sarafina asked.

KIARA: Hello? You run, I tag... get it? What's the matter? Don't you know how to play?

{Getting an idea, she crouches down and goes back to playing his style, with bared teeth and growls. He gets the idea and mock-growls back, but suddenly he finds himself growling at Simba's leg. Simba roars, and Zira jumps out of the grass and roars back.}

"Crud!" Taka jumped in surprise.

SIMBA: Zira.

ZIRA: Simba!

"She looks ready to kill him," Uru narrowed her eyes.

{Nala, Timon, and Pumbaa arrive behind Simba, with other lionesses.}

ZIRA: Nala.

NALA: Zira.

TIMON: Timon, Pumbaa. Great. Now that we all know each other.. GET OUTTA OUR PRIDE LANDS!

"Nice one!" Mufassa grinned.

ZIRA: Your Pride Lands? {she snarls, making Timon leap backwards over Pumbaa's head in fear} These lands belonged to Scar.

"No, they don't," Taka said softly. So, no matter what would happen, he would end up being the bad guy.

SIMBA: I banished you from the Pride Lands! Now you and your young cub... get out!

ZIRA: Oh... haven't you met my son, Kovu? He was hand-chosen by Scar to follow in his pawprints... and become King!

"So he's Taka's son?" Sarafina asked.

"It would seem so," Uru nodded, surprised to see another grandchild.

TIMON: Pbbb! That's not a king... that's a fuzzy maraca!

Everyone chuckled.

ZIRA: Kovu was the last born before you exiled us to the Outlands, where we have little food, less water...

"Why were they exiled in the first place?" Sarabi asked.

SIMBA: You know the penalty for returning to the Pride Lands!

ZIRA: But the child does not! However... if you need your pound of flesh... here.

{She nudges Kovu toward Simba, daring him to show either ruthlessness or cowardice.}

"No!" Sarafina gasped.

SIMBA: Take him and get out. We're finished here.

"Good," Mufassa nodded.

{Simba picks up Kiara in his teeth. Zira walks over to Simba and looks down at a terrified Kiara.}

ZIRA: Oh no, Simba... we have barely begun.

{She glares wickedly at Kiara, then turns and picks up Kovu in her jaws. He and Kiara watch each other dangle as they move apart.}

"That would be freaky," Sarabi nodded.

"I don't remember a cub named Zira around the pride," Uru said.

KIARA: Bye...

KOVU: Bye...

"Aww!" Sarabi cooed.

{Simba and the lionesses move off over the ridge, back toward the Pride Lands, while Zira takes Kovu back to the Outlands. Once within sight of Pride Rock, Nala looks back at Simba.}

NALA: Simba?

SIMBA: {clears his throat, with Kiara still in his mouth}

{Nala smiles back at him, understanding that it's time for The Talk. She and the rest of the pride move off back home. Simba drops Kiara, who grins ingratiatingly up at him; he glares sternly back. She looks at the ground, sighing.}

SIMBA: Kiara, what did you think you were doing? You could have been killed today.

"The disappointed talk," Mufassa and Taka groaned.

KIARA: But Daddy, I- I didn't mean to diso-

SIMBA: I'm telling you this because I love you. I don't wanna lose you.

KIARA: I know...

SIMBA: If something happened to you, I don't know what I'd do.

"The worst fear of every parent," Uru said softly.

One day I won't be here... and I need you to carry on in my place. You are part of the great Circle of-

KIARA: Circle of Life. I know.

SIMBA: Exactly. And you need to be careful. As future Queen-

KIARA: But what if I don't wanna be Queen? It's no fun.

SIMBA: That's like saying you don't want to be a lion. It's in your blood... as I am. We are part of each other. {He smiles and playfully shoves her off the rock.}

"How cute!" Sarafina grinned.

{Simba grins back down at her, and they nuzzle as Simba begins singing.}

SIMBA:

As you go through life you'll see There is so much that we Don't understand

{A mother bird sternly prevents one of her chicks from trying to fly; a wildebeest calf gets up for the first time as they watch.}

And the only thing we know Is things don't always go The way we planned But you'll see every day That we'll never turn away When it seems all your dreams come undone {Monkeys grooming each other, hippos jumping and playing.}

"Wouldn't he have a fear of wildebeests?" Taka asked.

We will stand by your side Filled with hope and filled with pride We are more than we are We are one

{Kiara sings to her reflection in the river during her verse. A fish jumps out of the water and into her reflection at "The way I am?"}

KIARA: If there's so much I must be Can I still just be me The way I am? Can I trust in my own heart Or am I just one part Of some big plan?

"Trust your heart," Ahadi said. "It is the one that determines your path."

{Wind blows during this verse by Simba, underscoring the reference to Mufassa's spirit.}

SIMBA: Even those who are gone Are with us as we go on Your journey has only begun

"That is his answer?" Sarafina raised an eyebrow.

Tears of pain, tears of joy One thing nothing can destroy Is our pride, deep inside We are one

{They run through groups of curiously unafraid animals, many with their young, as they approach Pride Rock.}

We are one, you and I We are like the earth and sky One family under the sun {Running back up Pride Rock. He indicates it to her.} All the wisdom to lead All the courage that you need You will find when you see We are one

"Aww!"

"Again with the lecture and not getting grounded," Taka whispered to Mufassa. "If we'd done that, Dad wouldn't let us out of his sight for ages."

SIMBA: As long as you live here, it's who you are. {he hugs her and licks her side, lifting her body off the ground. She seems unconvinced} You'll understand someday.

{A bird flutters by her, circles, and flies off over the Pride Lands into the sun. Kiara looks sadly thoughtful for a second, and then turns to face the sun. Sitting down, she looks at the ground for a second, ears flat, but then looks towards the sun, ears erect. Fade to black.}

"Poor Kiara," Sarabi said softly.

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