The Past learns the Future

Chapter 14

Chapter Fourteen

A/N: I OWN NOTHING!

Taka: Thank Goodness!

Me: Hush you!

{Scene shifts to Zira's rocky home, where the grown Kovu is sitting on a rock while Zira slinks around him.}

ZIRA:You are ready!{chuckles}Nice... very nice. You have the same blackness in your soul that Scar had. What is your destiny?

"Hopefully to run as far away as lionly possible and then start his own pride," Taka said morosely. He didn't like thinking about having blackness in his soul.

KOVU:I will avenge Scar... take his place in the Pride Lands.

ZIRA:Yes! What have I taught you?

KOVU:Simba is the enemy.

"No he's not!" Sarabi said sternly.

ZIRA:And what must you do?

KOVU:I must kill him!

"No, I don't think so," Mufassa shook his head.

{Lionesses roar in reply. Scene switches back to Pride Rock, where Kiara is emerging to take part in her first hunt. Nala is walking towards Simba, who is sitting at the end of the assembled lionesses. He looks quite worried and sad, but he sighs gently and forces a smile when Nala reaches him.}

Uru was reminded of her first hunt, and looked at the two female cubs who were there with her. They looked close to the age of their first hunt as well.

RANDOM LIONESSES:Wow, her first hunt!

"Yes, Miss I state the obvious," Taka rolled his eyes.

{Kiara emerges from over a hill on the trail. She looks at Rafiki, who isstanding next to the path. She looks worried until Rafiki speaks to her.}

RAFIKI:Kiara.{Zazu alights nearby. Timon and Pumbaa embrace goofily.}

RANDOM LIONESSES:It's your day, Kiara. My, how you've grown!

"Wouldn't they have seen each other all the time?" Mufassa raised an eyebrow.

{Nala and Kiara nuzzle. Simba is looking vaguely glum.}

NALA:You'll do just fine.

KIARA:Daddy... you have to promise to let me do this on my own. Promise?

{Simba glances at Nala, who raises her eyebrowsat him. He rolls his eyes upward acquiescently.}

SIMBA:All right... I promise.

"Good," Uru nodded. Children have to grow up and live their own lives.

{They rub heads; Timon and Pumbaa break into tears. Kiara looks back, and then runs off into the fields. Simba moves surreptitiously over to Timon and Pumbaa.}

SIMBA:{quietly}Make sure she doesn't get hurt.

Uru and Sarabi shook their heads in disbelief.

{Timon and Pumbaa begin humming in a show of nonchalance, and sidle away off the rock until they drop over the side and out of view. Kiara is hunting. Trying to be quiet, she steps on a branch, which cracks and sends a herd of antelope running. Kiara runs frustratedly after them. Scene switches to a burst of steam; we are back in the Elephant Graveyard. Nuka and Vitani are standing on a ledge.}

NUKA:Yeecch. This place is even creepier since the hyenas ran off.

"That's possible?" Mufassa asked.

VITANI:{mouth full of kindling}Mmmh. Gee.

NUKA:{annoyed}I'm not scared, okay?{They jump down next to one of the spouts; Vitani drops the kindling against the edge.}

"Yeah right," Taka smirked.

NUKA:I just don't know why we have to be here, that's all. If Kovu was sospecial, why does he need us?... I never even had a CHANCE! Yaaah!

{He gets his butt burned by a jet of hot gas from the ground. Vitani watches him with amusement, then her face lights up as the near spout bursts, lighting the sticks ablaze.}

VITANI:That's it! Now come on... Kiara has started her hunt. We have to move quickly.

{Nuka grabs his burning stick, and leans his headover the vent's edge; it goes off, scorching his face.}

NUKA:Ow, gosh!{he laughs crazily and bounds off after Vitani.}

Everyone laughed.

{Scene switches to the open fields, where Timon and Pumbaa are following after Kiara. We see Pumbaa's tail sticking up above the grass. Timon rises up next to it, sees the tail, yelps in surprise, and ducks back down. The two cross a clearing military-fashion, sniffing the air, and they dart from tree to tree with SWAT-team-style "Hup! Hup! Hup!" noises. Timon leaps into a hollow log and gestures as though with a two-way radio.}

TIMON:Tango-Charley-Alpha. What's your position?

PUMBAA:{confused}Uhhh... Upright...{now smiling}head turned slightly to the left... tail erect.

"Idiot," Sarafina snorted.

TIMON:Why do I bother?{he scans the horizon, framing Kiara in his fingers}Ah hah.

{Kiara is stalking the antelope again. She carefully steps over some stones with her front feet, but knocks them over with her hind feet, alerting the antelope into running yet again. She jumps up and gives chase as the herd turns and dashes away from her, directly toward Timon and Pumbaa, who shriek in fright.}

Uru wanted so much to lecture the cubs on what Kiara was doing wrong but she thought that it wasn't the time.

TIMON:This must be where the deer and the antelope play!

{The antelope pass; Timon and Pumbaa shriek again when they turn and see Kiara standingthere, panting. Timon recovers and chuckles guiltily as Kiara recovers her breath, panting.}

KIARA:{sternly}Timon... what are you doing here?

TIMON:Uh... shopping! We thought a nice pelt for the den... some throw pillows,{Pumbaa nods in the background}a little potpourri...

"Shopping?" Sarabi asked. "Seriously? That's their excuse?"

KIARA:My father sent you. After he promised to let me do this on my own- he lied!

TIMON:No... he just doesn't want you to get hurt!

"Like a good parent," Ahadi nodded.

KIARA:I should have known he'd never give me a real chance.{Kiara runs past them, still breathing hard.}I'll do this on my own. Away from the Pride Lands!

TIMON:Hey! Wait! Come back! Kiara- come back!{He hops up on Pumbaa, and they run after her- but she's far ahead already.}Oh... she's gone again! Somebody's gotta get a beeper for this kid!

"What's a beeper?" Taka asked.

{Scene switches to where Kiara has run, toward the edge of the PrideLands. Nuka and Vitani are standing above, with their flaming sticks.}

NUKA:Let's light fire!{they run down the slope, Nuka laughing madly}Roasty toasty princess... roasty toasty princess...

"He's a little odd," Sarafina shook her head.

{he lights the grass in several places, hopping around in circles. Soon he is standingin the center of the circle of flames} Hey, is it hot in here, or is that just me?{realizes}Fire! Yowww!

"Idiot," Sarabi snorted.

{Nuka rockets into the air and lands a good distanceaway, where he resumes laughing maniacally.}

VITANI:{growls at him from off-screen}Grr... come on!

{she drags him off. Scene switches to the antelope grazing in the valley, along with various birds. The antelope spook at something near Kiara, and they turn and begin to gallop off. Kiara gives chase. Soon, though, she notices the fire burning on the horizon, and the antelope turn and run back in her direction. She panics, turns, and begins to run back the way she came; antelope and birds follow her. Scene changes to a high knoll above the flames, where Zira and Kovu sit watching.}

ZIRA:The plan is in motion.{pauses}Go!

{Kovu runs down the slope, toward Pride Rock. Camera switchesto Pride Rock, where Simba is pacing with Zazu several steps away.}

ZAZU:Don't worry, Simba. She'll be fine. What could happen?

"Famous last words," Sarafina said with a smirk.

{Simba looks up and gasps as he sees the smoke rising.}

SIMBA:No... no! Kiara!

Everyone gasped and Sarafina regretted saying anything.

{he turns to Zazu}Zazu! Fly ahead. Find her!

{Kiara is following a pair of zebras away from the flames, but finds herself trapped and hemmed in on all sides, choking on the thick smoke. She sees a high stone overhang above the flames; she leaps up and tries to climb up the side, but she falls unconscious upon reaching the top. Kovu appears from the smoke and looms over her; she wakes for a moment and sees him baring his teeth down at her, then loses consciousness again. Kovu grabs the nape of her neck and throws her body on top of his, and begins to carry her away from the fire. He leaps across chasms with flames roaring, and then tumbles with Kiara down a slope into a pool of water, where Kiara begins to sink. Kovu dives for her and drags her to shore. Zazu, flying overhead, watches the event.}

"Why wouldn't he do something?" Mufassa asked.

ZAZU:{gasps}I must tell Simba!

"Why is he talking to himself?" Taka asked.

{Zazu flies back to Pride Rock. Kovu drags Kiara to shore, and she wakes up, gasping for breath.}

KIARA:Where am I?

KOVU:You're safe... in the Pride Lands.

"She's not going to like that," Uru said softly.

KIARA:{bewildered}The Pride Lands... no! Why did you bring me here? Who do you think you are?

KOVU: (Scoffs)I think I'm the one who just saved your life!

"Yes, and we're all very thankful," Uru nodded.

KIARA:Look! I had everything under control!

KOVU:Not from where I'm standing.

KIARA:Then move downwind.

{The lions confront each other. Kiara begins jumping from side to side, as shehad done in their earlier encounter as cubs. Soon Kovu's interest is piqued.}

KOVU:What are you doing?

KIARA:{recognizing him}Kovu?

"How can she still remember him?" Taka asked. "They only saw each other once when they were cubs?"

SIMBA:{off-screen}Kiara!

{Simba and the lionesses from Pride Rock arrive. Simba jumps in front of Kiara, snarling and growling.}

NALA:Kiara! You're all right.

KIARA:Father... how could you break your promise?

SIMBA:It's a good thing I did. I almost lost you. No more hunts for you; not ever!

"Someone's being a little unreasonable," Sarabi frowned.

"I think he's being plently reasonable," Mufassa said with a nod.

KIARA:But I was doing just fine! Even before Kovu-

SIMBA:Kovu?{he roars at Kovu again}

NALA:{surprised at his ferocity}Simba?

{Simba glares at Nala, who is now off-screen. Rafiki has arrived, and is standing on the hillside behind Simba.}

RAFIKI:Hey! You! How dare you save the King's daughter?

"Smooth," Taka smirked.

SIMBA:You saved her? Why?

KOVU:I humbly ask to join your pride.

SIMBA:{immediately}No! You were banished with the other Outsiders.

"But why were they banished?" Sarafina groaned. She hated mysteries.

KOVU:I have left the Outsiders. I am a rogue. Judge me now, forwhat I am... or am I to be blamed for a crime I didn't commit?{Simba snarls and paces around. Nala looks hard at him.}

"He's not mad at all," Sarabi drawled.

NALA:Simba... you owe him your daughter's life.

ZAZU:Mmm... yes, sire. Clearly we are in his debt... and royal protocol demands thatall debts be paid. Though in this case you might want to make an exception.{Simba paces a few moments more, then comes to a decision.}

SIMBA:Hmmm. My father's law will prevail. For now, I reserve judgment. We'll see who you really are.

{Kovu smiles inwardly and looks sidelong at Kiara,who smiles back at him. Zazu turns his back on Kovu.}

ZAZU:Hmph! Riffraff.

"No he's not," Taka said softly.

{Zazu flies off. All make their way back to Pride Rock, with Kovu walking behind Simba and growling to himself.

"Wasn't he the one who said that you could never turn your back on an outsider?" Ahadi asked.

As night falls over Pride Rock, Simba notices Kovu about to go into the inner cavern with the lionesses; he jumps in front of Kovu with a growl and intimidates him away from the cavern opening as he goes inside. Kovu walks out onto the rocks to sleep. Kiara goes out to speak to him.}

"*Paranoid*" Taka coughed.

KIARA:Hey... uh, thanks for saving me today.

KOVU:What kind of hunter are you, anyway- Princess? You almost got yourself killed out there.

Uru nodded in agreement.

KIARA:What?

KOVU:You wouldn't last three days on your own.

KIARA:{provoked}Oh... and I suppose you could teach me?

KOVU:Heh... yeah.{Simba shouts from the cavern entrance.}

SIMBA:Kiara!

KIARA:Coming!{She turns back to Kovu.}All right- impress me. We start at dawn.{Kiara walks back to the cavern; Kovu continues speaking to himself.}

KOVU:{chuckles}I look forward to it.{The camera pulls back to where Nuka and Zira sit watching from a nearby hill.}

NUKA:Oh... oh... d-d-did you see that? He let her go! If that were me-

ZIRA:Hush. The fire-rescue worked perfectly, and Simba fell for it. Now, the closer Kovu gets to the daughter, the closer he gets to Simba! And once he has Simba alone... rraaagh!

All the cubs jumped in shock.

"Why would I mate with that crazy lioness?" Taka asked.

"Search me," Sarafina shrugged.

{she emphasizes her point by swatting a young tree from its trunk. Camera shifts to Pride Rock, midnight. Simba is dreaming of the moment when his father died. He is at the top of the ledge, reaching down for Mufasa, who is just out of reach.}

Mufassa and Taka looked away from the screen, each not wanting to see the agony their future selves would put Simba through.

MUFASA:Simba! Simba! Help me!

SIMBA:Father!{Scar is above Simba, laughing on the rocks against the moonlight.}

SIMBA:No. Dad... just... a little... farther...{Scar latches on to Simba's upper foreleg with his claws.}

SCAR:Gotcha! ...Trust me.

MUFASA:Simba!{Mufasa slides down and into the gorge.}

SIMBA:Noooo!{Simba turns on Scar, above him; Scar, laughing, slowly morphs into Kovu.}

SIMBA:Kovu...?

{Kovu suddenly lets go, throwing Simba down after Mufasa. He is still laughing.

"Okay…." Sarabi said softly.

At the moment of impact, he wakes, panting. He looks around in fright, calms himself, and goes back to sleep next to Nala. The next morning. Simba stretches, and then descends to the valley floor, where he walks slowly toward the water hole. Kovu is above him, hiding behind a rock; his teeth and claws are bared, ready to strike. Suddenly, Kiara jumps in front of him, from around the front of the rock.}

"GO KIARA!" all the cubs shouted.

"This is the girl who did such a poor job hunting?" Uru asked. "She snuck up on an Outsider!"

KIARA:G'morning!{laughs}I'm ready for my first lesson.{Kovu is stunned; he takes several moments to disguise his previous mindset and intentions.}

KIARA:{Kiara is jumping around on her pawtips, very frisky}Surprised ya, huh?{Kovu looks back toward the water hole; Simba is gone.}

KIARA:{laughing}Hey, c'mon. Let's go!

{Kovu is still dumbstruck. After one last glance after his lost opportunity, he turns and follows Kiara. Scene switch. Kovu is attempting to teach stealth to Kiara. We hear her saying "Ow" in the underbrush a few times; Kovu is smiling bemusedly to himself.}

Uru smirked. It seemed her great-grandcub had a crush.

KOVU:{anticipating the pounce}Three... two...{rolls his eyes}one...{he ducks}

KIARA:Gotcha!

{Kiara leaps full over Kovu's evasion, and tumbles over onthe ground. Kovu steps over to her head, looking down at her.}

KIARA:{slightly embarrassed}You could hear me... huh?

KOVU:Only... a lot. You're still breathing too hard. Relax... feel theearth under your paws... so it doesn't shift and make noise.{Kiara follows his example. A flock of birds interrupts them, alighting beyond a nearby hill} Ssshh. Watch the master... and learn.

{Kovu runs silently down into a gully, then up the other side. Leaping over the ridgetop, he pounces with claws fully extended right down on top of Timon, who is foraging for bugs there.}

"Don't hurt Timon!" Sarafina said with a glare.

TIMON:Aaaahhhh!

{Kovu freezes in the position in which he hits the ground, withhis mouth open; he skids to a halt with Timon between his forelegs.}

TIMON:Don't eat me! Please! I... I... I never really met your tyrant. Imean, uh- Scar. Scar. Oh, heck of a guy. A little moody, but, I...

Even Taka had to chuckle at that.

KIARA:Timon! What are you doing here?

TIMON:Kiara! Thank goodness! Ohh! Hey... for once, we're not following ya. This justhappens to be the best smorgasbord in the Pride Lands. Bugs everywhere!{he indicates the field of bugs, with the flock of birds eating contentedly away}But, you don't call for a reservation, and- yeesh!

{turning toward the birds Get outta here, ya scavengers. Go on! Shoo! Shoo! Timon tries to scare away the birds; he waves his arms at one unconcerned bird, who bites Timon's nose.}

TIMON:{in pain, nose glowing red}Oh!... oh!... oh.

"Poor Timon," Sarafina said with a smile.

{Pumbaa rushes down the hill, and back up, scattering birds, who come back to land right where they were. Kiara watches with amusement, Kovu with bewilderment. Camera switches back to Pumbaa, who is standing with a dozen or so birds sitting on his back.}

PUMBAA:Ohh... Timon, I'm getting tired. I gotta lose some pounds!

TIMON:{trying to scare the birds off Pumbaa}Shoo! Go on! Shoo! Shoo!{Kiara and Kovu trot back down the hill, Kiara laughing.}

PUMBAA:Hey! Maybe he can help. Ya think?

TIMON:Shoo!{he manages to scare the last bird off Pumbaa's tail}Oh! Yeah... there's an idea. Right. Let the vicious Outsider- Hey! Wait! I have an idea!{he jumps down off of Pumbaa}What if he helps?

"Didn't Pumbaa just say that?" Taka asked.

PUMBAA:What?

TIMON:{to Kovu}You wanna lend a voice? Huh?{not getting through to him}Grrr. Guh... Roar! Work with me!

KIARA:Like this.{she roars, scattering the birds}

"All Timon said was roar," Sarabi said. "What was so confusing about that?"

TIMON:Wooo hoo! C'mon, do it again! Do it again!{Kovu roars this time, sending the birds into a rout.}

TIMON:Yee-haa!{Kiara and Kovu run down the hill, sending birds flying in every direction. Kovu is still clueless.}

KOVU:Why are we doing this? What's the point of this training?

"It's fun," Sarafina said with a grin.

KIARA:{laughing}Training? This is just for fun!

KOVU:{as though he's never heard the word before}Fun?{Timon and Pumbaa run by; Timon is hanging on to a bird's leg, getting carried up into the air.}

TIMON:Ya gotta get out more often. Fun! Yeee-haa! Ha ha ha ha... Woooo-hoo!

KOVU:{slowly getting the idea}Yeee-haa! Yeee-haaa!{The group runs down between a row of rocks; it is blocked at the end by a number of rhinos.}

TIMON:That's it, Pumbaa! Oh, boy!

KOVU:Yeeeee-haaa!

{They notice the rhinos and come skidding to a halt;they notice the birds all sitting on top of the rhinos' heads.}

KIARA:Uh-oh.

BIRDS:{thhhpppbbt!}

{The lions, Timon, and Pumbaa turn tail and runback the way they came; the rhinos are in hot pursuit.}

"RUN!" Mufassa and Taka shouted.

TIMON:{to Pumbaa, as Pumbaa turns a corner using the edge of a small overhang}Hang rhino!

{The lions turn sideways into a crevice in the rocks, where they hide whilethe rhinos pass by. They're laughing with delight as the camera trucks in.}

"That was incredibly dangerous!" Uru said in shock.

"That's what makes it fun," Taka whispered to Sarafina, who smirked in response.

KOVU:What a blast!

PUMBAA:Oh... sorry.

TIMON:{giving Kovu a noogie}You're okay, kid...

KOVU:{to Timon, caught off guard}Hey!

TIMON:...You're okay.

{They now try to squeeze out of the crevice. Amid "'Scuse me, pardon me" from Timon,Kiara's muzzle brushes up against Kovu's. They look at each other, both quite embarrassed.}

Uru and Ahadi smiled fondly, falling into a memory of how they first met.

KIARA:Um... s-sorr- uh...{Timon and Pumbaa have extricated themselves and are some way up the pathway.}

TIMON:Hey! Are you two comin' or what?{The lions walk off, side by side and laughing. Purrs soon mix with their laughter. Sceneswitch; Kiara and Kovu are lying on their backs, watching the clouds and giggling.}

KOVU:See that? See that? Look at that! It's really pretty.

KIARA:What? Oh yeah! Um- look... there's one that looks like a baby rabbit. See the fluffy tail?

KOVU:Yeah... hey! There's one that looks like two lions killing each other for a scrap of meat!{Kovu laughs; this isn't Kiara's cup of tea, and she grimaces.}

KOVU:Ah, I've never played this before.

KIARA:Really? My father and I used to do this all the time.He says all the great Kings of the past are up there.

"They are!" Sarafina nodded earnestly.

KOVU:You think Scar is up there?{They look at each other; Kovu gets up and moves off.} He wasn't my father, but he was still...{he sighs gently}part of me.

"Aww!" Sarafina cooed softly.

KIARA:My father said there was a... a darkness in Scar that he couldn't escape.

KOVU:Maybe there's a darkness in me too.

Taka looked down in shame. He didn't want to pass any darkness he may have to any cubs he may have.

{Kiara puts her paw on Kovu's, and they nuzzle. The camera trucks back, andwe see Simba watching from a hill some distance away. He addresses the sky.}

SIMBA:Father... I am lost. Kovu is one of them. Scar's heir. How can I accept him?{Nala approaches from behind.}

"You'll have to trust your daughter," Ahadi said. "She wouldn't grow close to him if he was dangerous."

NALA:Simba?

SIMBA:I was... seeking counsel from the Great Kings.

NALA:Did they help?

SIMBA:{sighs}Silent as stars. My father would never-

NALA:Oh, Simba... you want so much to walk the path expected of you. Perhaps Kovu does not.

SIMBA:{surprised}What? How do you know what-

NALA:{chuckles}I can see them down there just as easily as you can. Get to know them and see.

"Common sense, must be only found in females," Sarafina said.

"Hey!" Taka growled.

{She turns and walks off; after a moment of hesitation, Simba follows. Camera movesback down to Kiara and Kovu. She is nuzzling him, but he pulls away clearing his throat.}

KIARA:What's wrong?

KOVU:Nothing.

KIARA:Kovu...

KOVU:It's just that... my whole life I've been trained to...{he stops}Nothing. I gotta go.{turns and walks off}

KIARA:Kovu- wait.

{Kovu pauses a moment, and looks back at Kiara's face, staring back at him; he looksaway and moves to continue, but is stopped by Rafiki's finger pointing up from the grass.}

RAFIKI:And where are you going?

"Rafiki!" Sarafina grinned.

KOVU:Nuhh... nowhere.

RAFIKI:{springing up}That's what you think!{Rafiki slips under Kovu and vanishes in the grass.}

KOVU:{confused}Who was that?

KIARA:Uh...{amused, slightly apologetic}friend of the family.

"Epic friend of the family," Mufassa corrected.

{Kovu looks back and finds Rafiki lying on his back. Rafikislips off and darts away, tugging Kovu's tail and laughing.}

RAFIKI:Come on! You follow old Rafiki; he knows the way!

KOVU:{hesitating}The way where?

RAFIKI:You follow- you'll see! Hurry now!

"That's not creepy at all," Sarabi drawled.

KIARA:{giggling}Kovu, c'mon!{The lions run after Rafiki, who is swinging Tarzan-like from tree to tree and laughing eerily.}

KOVU:Where's he taking us?{Rafiki lowers himself from above their heads}

RAFIKI:To a special place in your heart... called Upendi!

{He pushes their muzzles together. As he narrates the song, monkeys of various types dance to illustrate it. Hundreds of animals of all kinds surround them, sweeping the lions up in the spirit. The scene takes on the appearance of a Tunnel of Love, with the two lions being swept down a jungle stream with the matchmaking Rafiki orchestrating the atmosphere.}

RAFIKI:There's a place where the crazy moonMakes the monkeys sing and the baboons swoonAnd the sultry scent of the lotus bloomWill carry you away

Where the hippos swing from the jungle vines

Everyone laughed at all the animals dancing and swinging.

And the rhino rhumba in a conga lineAnd the pink flamingoes are intertwinedAs the stars come out to play

In UpendiWhere the passionfruit grows sweetAnd it's so divineThat you lose your mindAs it sweeps you off your feetIn UpendiWithout a worry or a careIt just takes twoTo make it trueYour heart will lead you there

KIARA:Where is it?

RAFIKI:No place you don't take with you...

You better watch your step 'cause the path is steepBetter hold your breath cause the water's deepIt's a long way down over Lovers' LeapBut falling's half the fun!

In UpendiWhere the passion fruit grows sweetAnd it's so divineThat you lose your mindAs it sweeps you off your feetIn UpendiWithout a worry or a careIt just takes twoTo make it trueYour heart will take you there

You can beat the bush like there's no tomorrowFrom Tanganyika to KilimanjaroBut you'll find Upendi wherever you areOh underneath the sun

KIARA:Upendi- it means "love", doesn't it?

"I'm sorry but that was just another stating the obvious moment," Ahadi shook his head.

RAFIKI:Welcome to Upendi!

RAFIKI and CHORUS:In Upendi

Where the passion fruit grows sweetAnd it's so divineThat you lose your mindAs it sweeps you off your feetIn UpendiWithout a worry or a careIt just takes twoTo make it trueYour heart will take you there

Down In UpendiWay downIn Upendi!

{The last few lines repeat and fade away. The song ends with Kiara and Kovustill singing the words "In Upendi". They are alone out on the savannah again.}

KOVU:Good night...

KIARA:Good night.

{Kiara walks off to the main cavern, and Kovu goes back to his standing stone on the promontory; Simba appears in the direction Kiara is walking, and he approaches Kovu.}

SIMBA:It's... kinda cold tonight, huh? Come on.

"Good," Mufassa smiled.

{Vitani watches from a distance as the two lions make their way back into the cavern.}

VITANI:{hushed, to herself}Get him! What are you waiting for? Kovu, get him!

"Like the lionesses wouldn't have killed Kovu the minute they found him attacking the King," Sarafina scoffed.

{She lies down and stares with despair as she realizes Kovu is not going to attack Simba. She hisses and jumps up, rushing back to report to Zira. Scene changes back to Zira's location.}

ZIRA:{snarling}You're sure?

VITANI:Affirmative. I saw it with my own eyes.

ZIRA:Kovu cannot betray us!

"Yes he can," Taka said with a nod, worried about Kovu.

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