The Past learns the Future

Chapter 2

Chapter Two

A/N: I OWN NOTHING (though I wish I did)

Big shout out to my Beta GraceoftheFlower!

{Simba is seen coming out on the rock. He runs back into the cave and leaps over several of the lionesses, accidentally jumping on a few.}

Simba: Dad! Daad! Come on, Dad, we gotta go. Wake up!

"Well this looks familiar," Sarabi looked at her best friend.

"He promised," Mufasa huffed.

Random Lioness: Oomph!

Simba: Sorry! ...Oop.

"Well at least he's polite about it," Uru sighed.

{Simba starts to wake Mufasa}

Simba: Dad? Daad. Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad-

"How many zebras did he eat before bed?" Mufasa asked in amazement.

"Apparently you promised something," Ahadi said.

Sarabi: {Over Simba's endless noise of "Dad"s, sleepily} Your son... is awake...

Mufasa: {Also sleepily} Before sunrise, he's YOUR son.

"That also sounds familiar," Uru shot a glance at her mate.

Simba: Dad? Daad! Come on, Dad! {tugs at Mufasa's ear.} Daa- Whoa!

"Oh, I hope he's okay," Sarabi flattened her ears in worry.

{He loses his grip on Mufasa's ear, and slips and crashes into something off camera. He then comes running back on screen and butts Mufasa. Mufasa sleepily eyes his son.}

"That's one way to wake you up then," Sarabi smirked.

Simba: You promised!

Mufasa: {Seeing his son's impatience} Okay, okay. I'm up. I'm up.

"Finally!" Sarafina huffed.

Simba: Yeah!

{Mufasa yawns a well-recorded lion yawn. Mufasa and Sarabi follow Simba up to the top of Pride Rock. Simba rubs up against Sarabi; she nudges him ahead and stays behind.

"It's the father son viewing of the Pride Lands," Mufasa said in realization.

That I never got to have, Taka thought bitterly.

Departing shot of her, with a loving expression. The sunrise illuminates the top of Pride Rock impressively. Both Simba and Mufasa are on the point. Cue music.}

Mufasa: Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom.

"I see the Kingdom has gotten bigger," Ahadi said, praising Mufasa. "You'll be a good king one day."

Simba: Wow.

{The camera revolves around them, during Mufasa's speech, from a reverse view to a frontal shot.}

Mufasa: A king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.

"I hope the sun doesn't set too soon on you Father," Mufasa said, rubbing heads with Ahadi.

"I hope so too son, but it must happen at one point or another."

Simba: And this will all be mine?

Mufasa: Everything.

Simba: Everything the light touches. {Simba looks all around. He views the rip-rap canyon to the north} What about that shadowy place?

Taka looked up at the mention of the shadowy place. He had three friends who lived there. Was it the same place?

Mufasa: That's beyond our borders. You must never go there, Simba.

Oh yeah, it's the same place, Taka thought.

Simba: But I thought a king can do whatever he wants.

"But he's not King yet," Sarabi pointed out.

Mufasa: Oh, there's more to being king than... getting your way all the time.

{Mufasa starts back down the rock}

Simba: {Awed} There's more?

"Yep, that's Mufasa's son," Ahadi said with a chuckle.

Mufasa: {Chuckles} Simba...

{Camera switch. Mufasa and Simba are out walking on the savannah.}

Mufasa: Everything you see exists together, in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance, and respect all the creatures- from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.

"But don't we eat the antelope?" Sarabi asked.

Simba: But, Dad, don't we eat the antelope?

"It seems you had the same thought as our son," Mufasa teased his best friend.

Our son, he thought. He liked the sound of that.

Mufasa: Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass. And the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.

Zazu: { Lights on a nearby rock} Good morning, sire!

"The morning report," Taka and Mufasa groaned.

"At least he's better than his mother," Mufasa said. "His mother used to sing the morning report."

"Until she got sick and tired of her tail feathers ending up in your mouths," Ahadi reminded them.

Mufasa: Good morning, Zazu.

Zazu: Checking in... with the morning report.

Mufasa: Fire away.

Zazu: Well! The buzz from the bees is that the leopards are in a bit of a spot...

{Zazu's speech will continue through without stop. Simba's and Mufasa's conversation is the focus.}

Mufasa: {Distracted} Oh, really?

{Simba, uninterested in Zazu, pounces at a grasshopper and misses}

"Reminds me of Taka," Mufasa smirked.

Zazu: {Continuing, not noticing Mufasa's lack of enthusiasm} ... And the baboons are going ape over this. Of course, the giraffes are acting like they're above it all...

Mufasa: {To Simba} What are you doing, son?

Simba: {Disappointedly looking in his empty paws} Pouncing.

Mufasa: Let an old pro show you how it's done.

"You bring down one antelope and all of a sudden you're a pro," Taka rolled his eyes.

Zazu: ...The tick birds are pecking on the elephants. I told the elephants to forget it, but they can't...

Mufasa: Zazu, would you turn around?

Zazu: Yes, sire. {Continuing immediately} The cheetahs are hard up, but I always say ...

"I've changed my mind," Mufasa said. "He is worse than his mother."

Mufasa: {Whispering} Stay low to the ground.

Zazu: Cheetahs never prosper...

Simba: {Whispering} Okay, stay low to the ground, right... yeah...

Zazu: {Realizing something is amiss} What going on?

"Took him long enough," Sarafina teased.

Mufasa: A pouncing lesson.

Zazu: Oh very good. Pouncing.

"He's the target and all he can said is 'oh very good'?" Taka asked incredulously.

"Apparently," Mufasa nodded.

{Realizing} Pouncing! Oh no, sire, you can't be serious...

{Mufasa motions for Zazu to turn back around.}

Zazu: Oh... this is so humiliating.

"No it's not," Sarafina shook her head.

"Yeah, it's tradition!" Taka grinned and slapped paws with Sarafina.

Mufasa: {Still whispering} Try not to make a sound.

Zazu: What are you telling him, Mufasa? {Looking around uneasily- Simba and Mufasa seem to have disappeared.} Mufasa? Simba?

{Simba does a full pounce leaving Zazu stunned on the ground}

Mufasa: Ha ha ha ha ha. That's very good. Ha ha ha...

"NICE!" Taka and Mufasa grinned.

{A gopher emerges under Zazu.}

Gopher: Zazu!

Zazu: {Exasperated} Yes?

Gopher: {Saluting} Sir. News from the underground.

"I need a gopher newsman," Taka muttered to himself.

Mufasa: {To Simba} Now, this time-

Zazu: {Interrupting and with urgency} Sire! Hyenas! In the Pride Lands!

"What? How?" Mufasa asked, worried for his son.

"You'll take care of it," Ahadi reassured his cub. Taka huffed silently. There was nothing wrong with Hyenas.

Mufasa: {Serious now} Zazu, take Simba home.

Simba: Oh, Dad, can't I come?

"NO!" Mufasa shouted at the screen.

Mufasa: {Curtly} No, son.

{Mufasa heads off at a full gallop}

Simba: I never get to go anywhere.

"Neither do I," Taka nodded in sympathy with his future nephew.

Zazu: Oh, young master, one day you will be king; then you can chase those slobbering mangy stupid poachers from dawn until dusk.

They're not that bad, Taka thought.

{They head off. Camera pulls back to wide view of savannah.}

{Camera change to Scar on his overhanging rock ledge. We see Scar pace once and kick an old bone off the edge.}

"That's my ledge," Uru smiled at her cub. She was glad that he would find that spot a comfort as well.

"But why aren't you there?" Taka asked worried for his mother.

"Maybe I joined Ahadi and the other Kings," Uru suggested but regretted it as she saw the utter shock on both her cubs' faces. "Or I could be out hunting."

{Enter Simba}

Simba: Hey Uncle Scar! Guess what!

"I hate guessing games," Taka muttered under his breath.

Scar: I despise guessing games.

"You don't change much do you?" Mufasa asked his brother.

"No, instead I become a lion who hates you and your son," Taka pointed out. "OF COURSE I CHANGE MUCH!"

"Taka, incave voice please," Ahadi reprimanded his cub.

Simba: I'm going to be king of Pride Rock.

Scar: {Sarcastically} Oh goody.

"After hearing Mufasa gloat about it fifty times, the novelty wears off," Taka told Sarafina.

Simba: {Looking out over the edge of the rock} My dad just showed me the whole kingdom; {greedily} and I'm going to rule it all. Heh heh.

Scar: Yes. Well... forgive me for not leaping for joy. Bad back, you know.

"Since when?" Sarabi asked.

{Scar flops down on his side.}

Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar? When I'm king, what'll that make you?

"A proud uncle," Taka puffed his chest out—hoping that's what he would say.

Scar: A monkey's uncle.

"But Simba's a lion," Sarafina said, confused.

Simba: Heh heh. You're so weird.

"He's got one thing right," Mufasa once again teased his brother.

Scar: You have NO idea. ...So, your father showed you the whole kingdom, did he?

Simba: Everything.

Scar: He didn't show you what's beyond that rise at the northern border...?

"Taka," Ahadi warned his son, as he got a sinking feeling what his younger son was up to.

Simba: {Disappointed} Well, no... he said I can't go there.

Scar: And he's absolutely right. It's far too dangerous. Only the bravest lions go there.

Simba: Well, I'm brave! What's out th-

"Don't you tell him Taka," Sarabi glared at her friend's brother.

Scar: {Interrupting} No, I'm sorry, Simba, I just can't tell you.

Simba: Why not?

Scar: Simba, Simba, I'm only looking out for the well- being of my favorite nephew.

"He's your only nephew," Mufasa pointed out.

"All the more reason," Taka said.

{Scar rubs and pats Simba's head}

Simba: {Snorts sarcastically} Yeah, right, I'm your only nephew.

Scar: All the more reason for me to be protective... An elephant graveyard is no place for a young prince... {faking surprise} Oops!

"TAKA!" Sarabi growled but Mufasa held her back.

"It's in the future," he said. "Taka hasn't done it yet. Scar has."

Simba: {Enthusiastic} An elephant what? Whoa.

Scar: {Faking dismay} Oh dear, I've said too much... Well, I suppose you'd have found sooner or later, you being SO clever and all...

"He is clever," Sarafina nodded. "Look who his mother and grandmother are."

"HEY!" Mufasa huffed.

{pulling Simba near} Oh, just do me one favor - promise me you'll never visit that dreadful place.

"He'll lie," Uru predicted, knowing how the minds of cubs worked.

Simba: {Thinks} No problem.

Scar: There's a good lad. You run along now and have fun. And remember... it's our little secret.

{Simba leaves the rock, Scar walks away with an evil smile. Menacing music.}

"Okay then," Taka looked back down at his paws sadly. He couldn't believe that he'd become so evil.

[Bath Scene - Intro to Water Hole Scene]

{Simba is running down the slope of the bottom part of Pride Rock. He runs down towards two lionesses (Sarabi and Sarafina). Sarafina is giving Nala a bath. Music is light, almost jazzy. Pan flute lead.}

"Is that my daughter?" Sarafina asked.

"I guess so," Taka nodded. He wondered if the cub was his as well as he had heard his father and mother talking about making him and Sarafina betrothed as well.

Simba: Hey, Nala.

Nala: Hi, Simba.

Simba: Come on. I just heard about this great place.

"He is not taking my daughter there as well!" Sarafina growled.

Nala: {Through clenched teeth} Simba! I'm kind of in the middle of a bath.

Sarabi: And it's time for yours.

"I hate baths," Taka and Mufasa muttered.

{Simba tries (too late) to escape; Sarabi bends down and grabs him. She proceeds to give the struggling cub a bath.}

Simba: Mom! ...Mom. You're messing up my mane.

"What mane?" Sarabi asked sweetly.

{Sarabi smiles.}

Simba: Okay, okay, I'm clean. Can we go now?

Nala: So where are we going? It better not be anyplace dumb.

"No, just extremely dangerous," Uru growled at the stupidity of her grandcub.

Simba: No. It's really cool.

Sarabi: So where is this "really cool" place?

"Smart Sarabi," Uru nodded.

Simba: Oh. {thinks} Uh... around the water hole.

Nala: The water hole? What's so great about the water hole?

Simba: {Whisper} I'll SHOW you when we GET there.

"Good one," Mufasa grinned.

Nala: {Whisper} Oh. {Normal} Uh... Mom, can I go with Simba?

Sarafina: Hmm... What do you think, Sarabi?

Sarabi: Well...

Nala and Simba: {through broad, forced grins} Pleeeease?

"This looks familiar," Ahadi said, looking at his sons.

Sarabi: It's all right with me...

{Nala and Simba are overjoyed}

Nala: All right!

Simba: Yeah!

Sarabi: ...As long as Zazu goes with you.

{Simba and Nala stop dead in their celebration}

Simba: No. Not Zazu.

"Agreed son," Mufasa nodded.

{Camera is at a ground angle slightly behind the cubs walking towards the water hole. Zazu is visible in the sky overhead.}

Zazu: Step lively. The sooner we get to the water hole, the sooner we can leave.

{Camera angle changes to the cubs from an immediate real view}

Nala: {Whisper} So where we really going?

Simba: {Whisper} An elephant graveyard.

Nala: Wow!

Simba: {Whisper} Shhh! Zazu.

Nala: {Whisper} Right. So how are we gonna ditch the dodo?

{Camera switch to just above Zazu. We hear the cubs whispering back and forth below}

Simba: {Whispering} Oh, I know how we can -

Zazu: {Flying down} Oh, just look at you two. Little seeds of romance blossoming in the savannah. Your parents will be thrilled... {He lands in front of them} ...what with your being betrothed and all.

Simba: Be-what?

Zazu: Betrothed. Intended. Affianced.

Nala: Meaning...?

Zazu: {As though holding on to his coat lapels} One day, you two are going to be married!

Simba: Yuck!

Nala: Ewww.

"These cubs have the right idea," Mufasa nodded.

"They're best friends," Sarafina said. "It'd be too weird."

Simba: I can't marry her. She's my friend.

Nala: Yeah. It'd be too weird.

Zazu: Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but you two turtle-doves have no choice. It's a tradition...

{Simba mimics Zazu during these last words}

Sarafina and Sarabi giggled as they saw Simba make fun of Zazu.

Zazu: ...going back generations.

Simba: Well, when I'm king, that'll be the first thing to go.

"You mean I didn't get rid of that yet?" Mufasa groaned.

"It's tradition," Ahadi said.

"This from the guy who wasn't betrothed to mother," Taka muttered, remembering the stories their Grandfather would tell them.

Zazu: Not so long as I'm around.

{Start fading in intro to "I Just Can't Wait to Be King"}

Simba: Well, in that case, you're fired.

Zazu: Hmmm... Nice try, but only the king can do that. {Pokes Simba's nose}

Nala: Well, he's the future king.

Simba: Yeah. {Thumping Zazu's chest} So you have to do what I tell you.

Zazu: Not yet I don't. And with an attitude like that, I'm afraid you're shaping up to be a pretty pathetic king indeed.

Simba: Hmph. Not the way I see it.

{Full song, colors change to wild pop-African. Background abruptly becomes surreal, brightly-colored cartoon style.}

Simba: I'm gonna be a mighty king

So enemies beware!

Zazu: Well, I've never seen a king of beasts

With quite so little hair

"The mane will grow in," Ahadi said, shaking his own with pride.

{Plucks Simba's hair where mane would be}

{Simba gets a mane of leaves}

Simba: I'm gonna be the mane event

Like no king was before

{Climbs a log}

Simba: I'm brushing up on looking down

I'm working on my ROAR

{On "ROAR" he shouts at Zazu, startling him backwards into a puddle}

Zazu: {Drying on what appears to be a hanging towel} Thus far, a rather uninspiring thing

"I think it's pretty inspiring for a cub," Mufasa defended his son.

{Camera pulls back; reveals the "towel" as the ear of a red elephant which hits Zazu with its trunk as with a golf club, sending him skipping like a stone across a shallow pool of water; the cubs follow immediately.}

Simba: Oh, I just can't wait to be king!

Zazu: {Speaking} You've rather a long way to go, young master, if you think...

{For this verse Zazu is making quick spoken-part replies to each line. Simba and Nala are on each side of Zazu; as he turns to talk to one, the other makes faces at him.}

Simba: No one saying do this

"Not true," Ahadi said teasing his mate.

"Next time, you bring down the gazelle instead," Uru huffed at Ahadi.

Zazu: [Now when I said that, I -]

Nala: No one saying be there

Sarafina was impressed with her cub's singing ability. Taka was impressed by her mischievous nature.

"We sure this cub isn't Taka's?" Mufasa asked.

"UGH!" Sarafina wrinkled her nose.

"MUFASA!" Taka groaned. "She's my best friend!"

"Turnabout's fair play brother," Mufasa grinned.

Zazu: [What I meant was...]

Simba: No one saying stop that

Zazu: [Look, what you don't realize...]

Simba and Nala: No one saying see here

Zazu: [Now see here!]

Simba: Free to run around all day

{Simba and Nala are now riding ostriches}

Zazu: [Well, that's definitely out...]

"I like this Simba," Taka grinned.

"No corrupting my future cub," Sarabi huffed.

"But Sarabi!"


Simba: Free to do it all my way!

Zazu: {Flying ahead of the cubs, looking back to speak to them and so not paying attention ahead}

I think it's time that you and I

Arranged a heart to heart

{Flies into a rhino}

"Maybe he should pay attention to where he's flying," Sarafina said with a giggle.

Simba: Kings don't need advice

From little hornbills for a start

"True," Mufasa muttered to Sarabi.

{Zazu lights on a branch}

Zazu: If this is where the monarchy is headed

Count me out!

Out of service, out of Africa

I wouldn't hang about... Aagh!

{The camera pulls back to reveal Zazu has lighted on a log being washed towards a waterfall. It disappears over the edge. Zazu yells in surprise, but quickly reappears flying towards and through the camera.}

Zazu: This child is getting wildly out of wing

Simba: Oh, I just can't wait to be king!

{The cubs trot up a corridor of zebras standing at attention; when Zazu follows, they all turn and raise their tails; Zazu covers himself with a wing.}

"UGH!" Mufasa and Taka both shouted in disgust. They did not want to see Zazu get covered in Zebra poop.

{Nala and Simba dance about under a moving herd of elephants while the African flute leads a short instrumental sequence.

"Don't they know how dangerous that is?" Uru gasped.

"They're just cubs dear," Ahadi comforted his mate. "Of course they don't."

Zazu flies overhead, looking for them. Simba ends up standing on a giraffe's head.}

Simba: Everybody look left

Everybody look right

{ Zazu squawks as the herd tramples him}

"That poor bird," Sarabi shook her head in amusement.

{Simba hops up a ladder of giraffe heads}

Simba: Everywhere you look I'm

Standing in the spotlight!

{Sliding down a giraffe's neck into theatrical pose}

Sarabi giggled a little. Her future cub was funny.

"I think he gets the dramatic side from you," Ahadi said to Uru.

"No, I'm pretty sure our Grandson gets it from you dear," Uru shot back.

Zazu: {Speaking, but in strict time} Not yet!

"Kill joy," Mufasa muttered under his breath.

"He shouldn't be in a hurry to be king," Taka said.

"Why not?" Sarafina asked.

Taka looked over at his brother and Sarafina understood. For Simba to be King would mean Mufasa would be dead.

Chorus: Let every creature go for broke and sing

Let's hear it in the herd and on the wing

It's gonna be King Simba's finest fling

{The Chorus of hippos, anteaters, antelopes, giraffes, etc. forms a pyramid with the cubs on top}

Simba & Chorus: Oh I just can't wait to be king!

Oh I just can't wait to be king!

Oh I just can't waaaaaait ... to be king!

{The pyramid topples leaving the rhino sitting on Zazu}

Zazu: {Muffled} I beg your pardon, madam, but... GET OFF! ... Simba? Nala?

"Poor Zazu," Sarafina giggled. Taka chuckled as well.

"Sounds like something you two would do," Uru said looking at her younger cub and his friend.

"Us? Torment Zazu?" Taka gasped. "Mom!"

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