The Past learns the Future

Chapter 16

Chapter Sixteen

A/N: I ONLY OWN THE COMMENTS. I DO NOT OWN THE CHARACTERS!

{Scene switches back to Pride Rock. Simba is standing at the tip of the promontory, staring off into the distance.}

KIARA: Father... please reconsider!

SIMBA: You will not go anywhere without an escort from now on.

KIARA: No! That's not-

SIMBA: He used you to get to me!

KIARA: No! He loves me... for me!

"Really? Because I think you've only known each other for two suns and moons," Uru said with a frown.

SIMBA: Because you are my daughter! You will not leave Pride Rock. You will stay where I can keep an eye on you... away from him.

KIARA: You don't know him!

SIMBA: I know he's following in Scar's pawprints... and I must follow in my father's.

KIARA: You will never be Mufasa!

Mufassa winced at the comment. It stung that his son tried to only measure up to what he remembered his father's reign to be like and not to try to be his own lion.

"Mufassa?" Sarabi whispered. "Hey, just think of what a great king you were that your own son is trying to copy you."

"Yeah," Taka whispered as well. "Remember what Raffiki said two dozen suns ago? Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery."

Mufassa smiled.

"Thanks little brother, Sarabi," he said.

{Simba is stung, but silenced... Kiara breaks down and runs back to her den to lie down, sobbing. She sees a stream of light shining through a hole in the wall. Determined, she pushes her way through the wall, then runs down away from Pride Rock, searching for Kovu. She tracks the same path Kovu took while fleeing Pride Rock, but cannot find him.}

"Brilliant job keeping an eye on her," Mufassa rolled his eyes. Sarabi grinned at the comment.

KIARA: Kovu? Kovu...

{She walks through the stream Kovu walked through, looking down at her reflection. Curiously, only half of her body is clear. She continues looking through a cave, calling his name}

KIARA: Kovu...

{The song is sung by voice-overs. Kiara reflects on Kovu and their time together, all they have seen and been through.}

KIARA: In a perfect worldOne we've never knownWe would never need to face the world alone

They can have the worldWe'll create our ownI may not be brave or strong or smartBut somewhere in my secret heart

{Kiara looks up at the sky, seeing their rabbit and two lions in the sky, remembering}

I knowLove will find a wayAnywhere I goI'm homeIf you are there beside me

{She moves to a log overhanging the stream. She sits down on it, depressed. When she opens her eyes and peers at her reflection, she sees that it is, again, only half clear.}

"Why is that?" Sarafina asked.

"Who knows?" Taka shrugged. Sarabi rolled her eyes.

"Males. Not a romantic bone in their body," she muttered.

Like dark turning into daySomehow we'll come throughNow that I've found youLove will find a way

"I'm no genius," Taka said, "but I'm pretty sure that he wouldn't be able to fit in that grass."

"Inherited Mufassa's brains," Sarabi muttered to Sarafina, who giggled.

{Kiara is sitting on a high knoll, with her head bowed. The scene moves to Kovu, who is approaching Kiara from behind her.}

KOVU: I was so afraidNow I realizeLove is never wrongAnd so it never dies

{Kiara turns and notices Kovu.}

There's a perfect worldShining in your eyes

KIARA and KOVU: And if only they could feel it tooThe happiness I feel with you

{They come together and nuzzle lovingly.}

They'd knowLove will find a wayAnywhere we goWe're homeIf we are there together

Like dark turning into daySomehow we'll come throughNow that I've found youLove will find a way

I know love will find a way

{Two butterflies flutter around Kovu and Kiara. Kovu brightens up at the sight of them, and laughing, rushes off after them, with Kiara in pursuit. They wrestle briefly, then catch sight of themselves in a reflection.}

KOVU: Hey, look... we are one. {he smiles at Kiara}

KIARA: {she smiles back, then realizes what Kovu just said and looks shocked} What?

"Didn't Simba say that earlier in the thing?" Mufassa asked.

KOVU: Let's get outta here. We'll run away together! And start a pride... all our own.

"Okay…." Sarafina raised an eyebrow as did Taka. "How are they going to do that without more lions?"

Sarabi rolled her eyes at the two. Oh to be young and innocent, despite the fact that they were only two years younger than she and Mufassa were.

"I'll tell you when you're older dear," Uru told Taka.

KIARA: {chuckles} Kovu... we have to go back.

KOVU: You're kidding. But we're finally together!

KIARA: Our place is with our pride. If we run away, they'll be divided forever.

{Kovu considers, but doesn't seem entirely convinced.}

{Scene switches back to the Outlanders, crossing a river on the way to attack Pride Rock.}

"It's like they're melting!" Sarafina screamed.

"My ears will thank you for that later," Taka growled, rubbing said ears.

{Scene switches again; now back at Pride Rock, where Timon and Pumbaa are talking.}

TIMON: I can't believe we lost her again. This is the eight thousandth time!

PUMBAA: Ooh!

TIMON: I thought you were gonna watch her!

PUMBAA: Me? You were gonna watch her!

TIMON: I thought you were gonna watch her!

PUMBAA: No, you were gonna watch her!

TIMON: You were gonna watch her!

PUMBAA: Aah, watch this! {he leaps onto Timon}

TIMON: Oww! Take that, you creepy warthog! Say it! Say it!

"Why are they fighting?" Mufassa asked his father.

"I don't have the answer you seek," Ahadi said. Uru rolled her eyes.

"You've been hanging around Raffiki again haven't you dear?"

PUMBAA: Fat! Fat! Fatty fat fat!

{Timon and Pumbaa are all-out wrestling when Simba approaches. When he speaks, they leap to attention.}

SIMBA: What are you doing?

TIMON: Good question! Now let me ask one.

PUMBAA: Hippo-thetically...

TIMON: Very hypo-thetical, there's this guy...

PUMBAA: But he's not a lion...

TIMON: No! No, he's not a lion... yeesh. {Simba is looking amused} Definitely not a lion. And, uh... uh... his daughter, um, say... vanished.

SIMBA: Kiara is gone?

{Zazu flies into shot.}

ZAZU: Sire! The Outsiders are on the attack... heading this way! It's war!

Taka and Sarafina chuckled at Zazu's face when the bird announced that it would be war.

SIMBA: Zazu! Find Kiara! We'll assemble the lionesses. Move! Now!

{A storm gathers as the two prides close on the field of battle; rain mats Simba's mane as he advances. Prey animals skitter away from between the advancing lions. Buzzards circle overhead. Kiara and Kovu rush home as fast as they can. The two prides face each other across the field; when all are assembled, Timon and Pumbaa moon the Outsiders.}

TIMON and PUMBAA: Nah nah nah nah nah nah!

"Good mood killer," Uru muttered.

ZIRA: It's over, Simba! I have dreamed of nothing else for years!

TIMON: Boy... does she need a hobby.

SIMBA: Last chance, Zira: Go home.

ZIRA: I am home!

{Lightning flashes and thunder cracks.}

ZIRA: Attack!

{The two opposing lines advance toward each other, first walking, then picking up speed until they hit at a full run. Zira coaches her pride from a high rock.}

ZIRA: Go for the eyes! Break his jaw! Hit him low! Get them! Do what you must!

"But no one's fighting Simba," Taka said. "I'm pretty sure there's only one male in that pride unless some of the lionesses are having issues."

Mufassa burst out laughing and Ahadi put a paw to his mouth to hide his twitching lips.

"TAKA!" Sarafina shouted and whacked her best friend over the head. "Be nice to the crazy lioness."

{Kiara and Kovu approach from a distance, but the dust of the battle is already rising; they're worried, but they rush towards the battlefield at full speed anyway.}

PUMBAA: What do we do? What do we do?

TIMON: There's only one thing we can do, Pumbaa: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." That's our motto!

PUMBAA: I thought our motto was "Hakuna Matata"!

TIMON: Pumbaa, stop living in the past! We need a new motto!

"No, not really," Sarabi shook her head. "I like the old motto."

{Timon and Pumbaa run screaming into the battle, trying to appear as menacing as they can. They are stopped short by a snarling lioness; they turn and run back the way they came.}

TIMON: Like I said: Let's get going!

{Kovu and Kiara run down an embankment covered with fallen logs; Kovu nearly slips, but catches onto one of the logs and jumps down safely. The logs begin shifting.}

{Vitani appears on a ledge above Nala.}

VITANI: Where's your pretty daughter, Nala?

"Wait, how does Vitani know Nala?" Sarafina asked.

"Well, none of us are from the future so we wouldn't know," Taka said dryly, earning a paw to the back of the head from his best friend.

NALA: Vitani!

{Vitani leaps down onto Nala; the two roll down the hill, fighting fiercely.}

{Timon and Pumbaa are being chased by a number of lionesses. They get backed up against a wall, surrounded; Pumbaa puts his face to the wall and covers his eyes. Timon looks around, panicking, and finally sees a way out; he jumps up on Pumbaa's back, bends Pumbaa's tail, cocks it, and holds it like a gun.}

TIMON: Don't anybody move! This thing's loaded. I'll let you have it!

"Good one!" Mufassa grinned.

{The enemy lionesses all shriek and turn tail, fleeing over the horizon.}

TIMON: Yeah! Yeah... talk about your winds of war!

{Back on the battlefield, Zira is laughing as she views the battle turning in her favor.}

ZIRA: Simba... {jumps down} you're mine!

{She and her two backup lionesses approach Simba, who is fighting off several enemies at once. The lionesses part, making way for Zira and Simba to fight one-on-one. Just as they are about to land the first blows, Kiara and Kovu leap into the scene, and stand between the two enemies.}

SIMBA: Kiara?

ZIRA: Kovu! {he stares at her, his eyes narrowing at her mention of his name} ...Move.

"No, don't move," Taka said.

SIMBA: Stand aside.

KIARA: Daddy, this has to stop.

ZIRA: {to Kovu} You're even weaker than I thought. Get out of the way!

KOVU: You'll never hurt Kiara... or Simba. Not while I'm here.

"Awww!" Sarabi and Sarafina cooed.

"Lionesses," Mufassa muttered and Taka nodded.

ZIRA: {gasp}

SIMBA: Stay out of this!

KIARA: A wise King once told me, "We are one." I didn't understand what he meant... now I do.

SIMBA: But... they...

KIARA: Them... us. Look at them... they are us. What differences do you see?

"Dark skin, rings around their eyes and they want to kill you," Sarafina said. "Those enough differences for you?"

"Chill out Fina," Taka chuckled.

{Simba pauses; the battle has stopped. As Simba and Kiara look at one another, the clouds part and the rain stops. Finally, Simba and his daughter nuzzle.}

ZIRA: Vitani... now!

VITANI: No, Mother! Kiara's right. {she walks over to Simba's side, turning around to face Zira} Enough. {Zira's other lionesses look shocked}

ZIRA: If you will not fight... then you will die as well.

"What kind of a mother would tell her own daughter that?" Sarabi asked.

"A bad one," Uru replied.

{Some of Zira's lionesses begin to move over onto Simba's side. Zira's eyes begin to panic as her whole pride leaves her.}

ZIRA: Wh-wha... Where are you going? Get back here!

SIMBA: Let it go, Zira. It's time to put the past behind us.

ZIRA: {now alone} I'll never let it go!

"That's unhealthy," Ahadi noted.

{More logs pile up in the river, forming a dam.}

ZIRA: This is for you, Scar!

"I DON'T WANT IT!" Taka shouted as if to convey to Zira that he really didn't want her to attack his nephew.

{Zira leaps at Simba, but Kiara catches her in mid-flight and rolls over with her; the two lionesses tumble down the embankment.}

SIMBA: Kiara!

KOVU: Kiara!

"Shouting her name isn't going to help!" Sarabi growled.

{Simba jumps down the slope, trying desperately to reach Kiara, but she and Zira have already fallen too far for him to catch up. Kiara manages to catch a hold on the ledge, slowing her descent enough for her to jump onto a small ledge. Zira clings to the rocks some distance below Kiara, hanging by her front paws.}

"Come on Simba!" Sarafina said nervously.

NALA: Hold on, Kiara!

{The dam of logs breaks; the river suddenly begins to swell to many times its normal flow.}

NALA: Simba! Simba- the river!

{The river is rapidly rushing to fill the canyon. Simba leaps from rock face to rock face, trying to reach Kiara. Below, Zira hangs precariously from the rock face. Kiara is above on the ledge.}

KIARA: Zira! Give me your paw!

"That's very kind of you Kiara," Uru nodded.

{Zira swipes at Kiara, growling. She slips further down the rock face; she glances at the tumbling water and logs below.}

ZIRA: Ahh... ahhh...

KIARA: Zira, come on... I'll help you...

{She slides further down the rock wall, scrabbling for traction on the rock, but is unable to climb up. She falls back-first into the churning water below. The water and logs carry her under, and the flow in the canyon gradually subsides.}

{Kovu looks down where his mother fell, closes his eyes, and lets out a sigh.}

"His scar disappeared," Sarabi noted. "Wait, is he upset?"

"She was his mother," Taka said softly. He knew he'd be upset if his mother died too.

{Simba is waiting on the rocks near Kiara.}

SIMBA: Kiara...

KIARA: Daddy... I tried... (They climb back to the top. Nala hugs Kiara.)

NALA: Kiara... oh.

PUMBAA: Wow... that was really brave!

"Yeah it was," Taka nodded. "She gets it from me."

"What's that supposed to mean?" Mufassa growled. Taka just smirked.

TIMON: Yeee-haaa!

{Kiara and Kovu approach each other.}

KIARA: Kovu...

KOVU: Oh, Kiara.

SIMBA: Kovu... I was wrong. You belong here.

"Let that go down in the history books as the one time a parent will admit they're wrong," Sarafina said loudly. Ahadi inwardly winced at that.

{Kiara leans into Kovu.}

SIMBA: Let's go home... all of us.

"YAY!" all the cubs cheered at the two prides being reunited once more.

{The two prides slowly walk back to Pride Rock, with "We Are One" playing in the background. Rafiki blesses the union of Kiara and Kovu with a gesture of his staff.}

PUMBAA: I love moments like this.

TIMON: Yeah...

TIMON and PUMBAA: ...Love. Not like... love!

{Zazu isn't amused. Timon and Pumbaa burst into tears. Zazu shields himself with his wings.}

"Poor Zazu," Sarafina chuckled.

{Simba and Nala lead the procession through the rest of the pride, flanking them with bowed heads; Kiara and Kovu follow. Both couples make their way to the tip of the Promontory; first Simba roars, and then Kovu does. Finally all four roar together. The rest of the pride roars in answer.}

{The clouds part, and Simba is illuminated by a sunbeam; we hear the voice of Mufasa from the clouds.}

"At least we know you're supportive," Sarabi said softly to Mufassa, who was looking at his paws morosely.

MUFASA: Well done, my son. {the spirit of Mufasa circles around Simba}

{Rafiki smiles and nods as the prophecy comes to completion.}

MUFASA: We are one.

{Cut to black}

THE END

"That was great," Mufassa said, "but now Taka and I have some mischief to perform."

Taka grinned at the thought of performing mischief with his brother.

"Alright dear," Uru said. "Just be back before night fall."

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