The Past learns the Future

Chapter 3

Chapter Three

A/N: I OWN NOTHING!

Big shout out to my beta GraceoftheFlower

{Camera change to Simba and Nala making their way away from Zazu. They are laughing.}

Simba: All right, it worked!

"Very well, I might add," Mufasa added.

Nala: We lost 'im.

"He was your chaperone," Sarafina scolded her future cub.

Simba: {Arrogantly} I... am a genius.

"Yep, this is Mufasa's son," Taka nodded.

Nala: Hey, Genius, it was my idea.

Simba: Yeah, but I pulled it off.

Nala: With me!

Simba: Oh yeah? ...Rrarr!

{Simba jumps at Nala; they tussle quickly. Nala ends on top and pins Simba with her forepaws, producing a resounding thump.}

Nala: Ha. Pinned ya.

"Why does that seem familiar?" Mufasa asked, looking at Taka.

Simba: {Annoyed} Hey, lemme up.

{Nala turns away smiling. Simba looks at her and jumps at her again.

"Attacking from behind," Uru shook her head in disappointment.

They tussle, rolling down a short hill. She pins him again in the same position with another thump.}

Nala: Pinned ya again.

"See Taka? It doesn't count if you roll down a hill," Mufasa told his younger brother.

{A geyser makes a loud noise nearby, ejecting steam. The camera pulls back to a view of the surroundings that the cubs have just noticed. Mostly in grays, we see a dark craggy vale filled with skeletons of elephants. Eerie music.}

Mufasa, Sarabi and Sarafina shuddered. Taka was indifferent to it. It wasn't that creepy.

Simba: This is it. We made it.

"That's not a good thing," Ahadi groaned.

{ They look over the edge of the ledge they are on. A large bull elephant skull is nearby. The camera follows to survey the entire bleak view.}

"That's a lot of dead elephants," Sarafina noted.

Simba and Nala: Whoa!

Nala: It's really creepy.

Simba: Yeah... Isn't it great?

"I blame you," Sarabi told Mufasa.

Nala: {Relishing her naughtiness} We could get in big trouble.

Simba: {Enjoying it also} I know, huh.

"Typical cubs," Taka chuckled.

Nala: {Looking at the skull} I wonder if its brains are still in there.

Simba: {Walking towards the skull} There's only one way to know. Come on. Let's go check it out.

{Simba walks towards the mouth of the skull. Zazu flaps suddenly up in front of them, emitting a sharp squawk of "Wrong!"

Taka and Mufasa jumped at that.

and giving the audience a start.}

Zazu: The only checking out you will do will be to check out of here.

Simba: Aw, man.

"It's a good thing Zazu found them," Uru nodded.

Zazu: We're way beyond the boundary of the Pride Lands.

"It's not that bad," Taka muttered.

Simba: Huh. Look. Banana Beak is scared. Heh.

Zazu: {Poking Simba in the nose} That's Mr. Banana Beak to you, fuzzy. And right now we are all in very real danger.

"That won't phase him," Mufasa said knowing how a cub like Simba would react to that.

{Simba has moved nearer to the entrance of the skull}

Simba: Danger? Hah! I walk on the wild side. I laugh in the face of danger. Ha ha ha ha!

"See?"

{Following Simba's confident laughter we hear more laughing from inside the skull. Simba runs back and hides behind Nala and Zazu. Three hyenas emerge from the skull's eyes and mouth.}

"Oh no!" Sarafina gasped. Taka thought he recognized those hyenas.

Shenzi: Well, well, well, Banzai. What have we got here?

Banzai: Hmm. I don't know, Shenzi. Uh... what do you think, Ed?

Ed: {Crazy laughter}

Oh, it's my friends! Wow, they got ugly. Taka thought.

{They circle around the cubs and Zazu.}

Banzai: Yeah, just what I was thinking. A trio of trespassers!

Zazu: And quite by accident, let me assure you. A simple navigational error. Eh heh heh...

"Good," Ahadi nodded. "Get out of there."

Shenzi: Whoa, whoa, wait wait wait... I know you. {peering close into the camera} You're Mufasa's little stooge.

"I don't have a stooge," Mufasa sniffed.

Zazu: I, madam, am the king's majordomo.

Banzai: {Looking at Simba} And that would make you...?

"Dead meat," Sarabi whimpered.

Simba: The future king.

Shenzi: Do you know what we do to kings who step out of their kingdom?

Uru balanced at the thought of her grandcub becoming a hyena's lunch. Ahadi swore that if anything happened to Simba, he'd hunt down those hyenas and teach them to pick on someone their own size.

Simba: Puh. You can't do anything me.

Zazu: Uhh... technically, they can. We are on their land.

"Thanks for reminding them Zazu," Taka groaned.

Simba: But Zazu, you told me they're nothing but slobbering mangy stupid poachers.

Zazu: {Aside, surreptitiously, to Simba} Ix-nay on the oopid-stay...

"Listen to Zazu," Sarabi urged.

Banzai: Who you callin' "oopid-stay?"

"You," Sarafina informed the screen.

Zazu: {Harried} My, my, my. Look at the sun. {starts to try to hasten the cubs away} It's time to go!

Shenzi: What's the hurry? We'd looove you to stick around for dinner.

Banzai: Yeaaaah! We could have whatever's... "lion" around! {laughs}

"That's a horrible pun," Taka huffed.

"Not the time Taka," Mufasa growled.

Shenzi: Oh wait, wait, wait. I got one, I got one. Make mine a "cub" sandwich. Whatcha think?

{Peals of uncontrollable laughter. Ed jumps up and starts gesticulating and jabbering.}

Shenzi: What? Ed? What is it?

Banzai: {Looking where Ed is pointing} Hey, did we order this dinner to go?

Shenzi: No. Why?

Banzai: 'Cause there it goes!

"Good!" Sarabi and Sarafina sighed. Their cubs would get out of there.

{Camera view to the cubs running off; they stop after a bit. Quick camera jump showing Zazu being caught in mid-flight.}

Nala: Did we lose 'em?

Simba: I think so. Where's Zazu?

"Oh no," Taka groaned. If his nephew was anything like his brother, he'd go back for Zazu.

{Camera switch. The hyenas have Zazu near a steam vent. Banzai is holding the bird.}

Banzai: The little majordomo bird hippity-hopped all the way to the birdie-boiler. {He walks Zazu to the vent and stuffs him into it, plugging it up.}

"Pick on someone your own size," Mufasa growled.

Zazu: Oh no. Not the birdie-boiler. {It shoots him off in a puff of steam}

{The hyenas start laughing hysterically}

Simba: {Now near the hyenas} Hey! Why don't you pick on somebody your own size?

Shenzi: Like... you?

Simba: Oops.

"RUN!" Sarafina shouted.

{The hyenas start chasing the cubs. They dart around behind them and poke their heads through an active methane vent.}

Shenzi, Banzai, Ed: BOO! {laughter}

"AH!" Sarafina and Sarabi screamed.

{The hyenas chase the cubs up and over the skull and the cubs slip away by sliding down the spine. They shoot off the end of the spine and land on a hillside of bones.}

Nala: Simba!

{Simba turns around and is horrified to see Nala slipping back down the pile.}

Nala: Aaaaiee!

"NO!" Sarafina cried, worried for her future cub.

{Simba runs bravely back and claws Shenzi across the cheek, drawing blood and distracting her while Nala escapes. Shenzi becomes enraged; the Hyenas pursue the cubs quickly and corner them in a cave.}

"Oh no," Uru gasped. "They're trapped."

Banzai: {Entering the cave, taunting} Here, kitty, kitty, kitty.

{Simba tries to roar. He produces a nice medium yowl.}

"Aww!" Sarabi couldn't help but coo at her future cub.

Shenzi: Oo-hoo... that was it? Hah. Do it again... come on.

{Simba opens his mouth to roar again, but we hear a full- grown lion roar.}

"That was good!" Taka said, impressed by his nephew.

Shenzi, Banzai, Ed: Huh?

{Mufasa charges the hyenas from camera left and knocks them about until they are cringing under him.}

"Go Mufasa!" Sarabi cheered.

Shenzi: Oh, please, please. Uncle. Uncle.

Banzai: Ow. Ow. Ow.

Mufasa: {Half roar} Silence!

Banzai: Oh, we're gonna shut up right now.

"You never tell someone you're going to shut up," Sarafina shook her head. She could relax now that Mufasa was there.

Shenzi: Calm down. We're really sorry.

Mufasa: If you ever come near my son again...

"I'll kick your ass!" Mufasa smirked.

"Mufasa, language!" Ahadi warned.

Shenzi: Oh this is... this is your son?

Banzai: Oh, yours?

Shenzi: Did you know that?

Banzai: No... me? I-I-I didn't know it. No. Did you?

Shenzi: No! Of course not.

Banzai: No.

Shenzi and Banzai: Ed?

Ed: {Stupidly nods yes}

"Idiot," Taka snorted. It would seem that Ed would get even more stupid than he currently was. Taka didn't know that was possible.

{ Mufasa roars}

Banzai: Toodles!

"I'm going to start saying that from now on," Sarafina giggled.

{With a gunshot sound they disappear. Zazu lights in front of Mufasa, giving him a "that'll show 'em" nod... but then withers under Mufasa's angry glare.}

Simba: {Approaching his father} Dad, I...

Mufasa: You deliberately disobeyed me.

Simba: Dad, I'm... I'm sorry.

Mufasa: {Stern} Let's go home.

"Reminds me of when Father is mad," Taka shuddered.

{They all start walking out of the Burial Grounds, the cubs bent down in shame.}

Nala: {Whispering} I thought you were very brave.

"He was," Mufasa nodded. "But he also was very stupid!"

{The camera steadily pans up one of the walls of the cave. It stops on a horrifying image of Scar, standing on a ledge where he had been watching the cubs' near-demise.}

"You could have helped," Sarabi growled at Taka.

"I'm sorry for not being able to control my future self," Taka growled back.

{Camera switch to out on the savannah. The cubs are still walking in a shamed manner behind Mufasa. Zazu is flying between.}

Mufasa: {Still stern} Zazu?

Zazu: {Flying forward and lighting in front of Mufasa, his trepidation showing} Yes, sire?

"Wow, you must be mad," Taka noted. "Zazu's scared of you."

Mufasa: {Stern} Take Nala home. I've got to teach my son a lesson.

"No!" Uru gasped.

"What's wrong mother?" Mufasa frowned.

"If a cub disobeys his king, the king will be well within his right to kill the cub," Ahadi explained.

"But he's my son," Mufasa gasped. "Why would I do that?"

"It's the law," Ahadi said.

{The camera views the cubs. Simba crouches lower in the grass as if to hide. Zazu flies back to the cubs.}

Zazu: Come, Nala. Simba... {puts his wings on Simba's shoulders, gives a heavy sigh, and then a reassuring pat} Good luck.

"Zazu must know the law as well," Taka said softly. He hoped his brother wouldn't kill Simba.

{Zazu and Nala leave. The camera view is of Simba in the foreground with Mufasa facing away from the camera in the background.}

Mufasa: {Calling, still very stern, not looking at Simba} Simba! {The word reverberates in the night air.}

{Simba slowly turns and walks towards his father. The camera follows him forward. Ominous yet sad music. Simba steps into a depression. Looking down he sees that his forepaw fits inside just the palmprint of his father's paw. A very tense moment for Simba. It comes across to the audience that his father could easily do much, much more than discipline Simba. [It also comes across that Simba has some rather big shoes to fill, so to speak, and is only now realizing his true position. ] Simba is harshly reminded of how small and young he is compared to his father. He looks up and, quite courageously, continues to come forward.}

"Poor cub," Sarabi said softly.

{Mufasa thinks silently for a few moments, not looking at his son. Then, finally, he turns to him.}

Mufasa: Simba, I'm very disappointed in you.

Simba: {Very quietly and sadly} I know.

Mufasa: {Continuing} You could have been killed. You deliberately disobeyed me. And what's worse, you put Nala in danger!

Simba: {Bordering on crying, voice cracks} I was just trying to be brave like you.

"I guess Simba knows the law as well," Sarafina whispered to Taka.

Mufasa: I'm only brave when I have to be. Simba... being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble.

Simba: But you're not scared of anything.

"Not true," Mufasa shook his head.

Mufasa: I was today.

Simba: {Disbelieving} You were?

Mufasa: Yes... {bends down close to Simba} I thought I might lose you.

"A parent's worse fear," Uru said and Ahadi nodded.

Simba: Oh. {Lightening slightly} I guess even kings get scared, huh?

"Yep," Mufasa nodded.

Mufasa: Mm-hmm.

Simba: {Whispering conspiratorially} But you know what?

Mufasa: {Whispering back} What?

Simba: I think those hyenas were even scareder.

"They'd be stupid not to," Sarafina chuckled.

Mufasa: {Gentle laugh} 'Cause nobody messes with your dad. Come here, you.

{Mufasa has bent down. He picks Simba up and starts giving him a noogie.}

"What happened to being mad?" Taka asked. "If we did that and Father found out, you know he'd ground us for the rest of the year."

Simba: Oh no, no... Aaagh! Errrggh!

{Music rises as Simba and Mufasa tussle playfully for a brief while.}

"Aww!" Sarabi cooed.

Simba: Oh, come here... {as Mufasa runs away} Hah! Gotcha!

{ They end up with Mufasa laid down and Simba on his head}

Simba: Dad?

Mufasa: Hmm?

Simba: We're pals, right?

Mufasa: {Gentle laugh} Right.

"Good," Mufasa grinned.

Simba: And we'll always be together, right?

Mufasa: {Sitting up, Simba now on his shoulder} Simba... Let me tell you something that my father told me... Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars.

Taka gave a quiet snort. He didn't believe that for a minute, though it did make the pain of possibly losing his father lessen if he thought he could still talk to him.

Simba: {Awed} Really?

Mufasa: Yes... So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you ... And so will I.

Mufasa smiled at the advice he was giving his future son.

{Camera switch from stars to Hyena cave. As we move into the cave, we first hear Banzai's voice and eventually see Banzai and Ed together with Shenzi to the side.}

Banzai: Man, that lousy Mufasa! I won't be able to sit for a week! {We notice numerous scratches on Banzai's rear}

"Good," Mufasa huffed. "Serves him right, going after my son like that."

Ed: {Laughs}

Banzai: It's not funny, Ed.

"It kinda is," Taka smirked.

Ed: {Tries to stop laughing, but bursts out worse}

Banzai: Hey, shut up!

Ed: {Can NOT stop laughing}

{Banzai tackles Ed; they start fighting.}

Shenzi: Will you knock it off!

{Banzai stops. Ed continues, biting himself in the leg.}

Yep, that's Ed. Taka thought with a chuckle. Seems he got even dumber over the years.

Banzai: Well, he started it!

Shenzi: Look at you guys. No wonder we're dangling at the bottom of the food chain.

Banzai: {With drool dangling from his mouth} Man, I hate dangling.

"Ugh," Sarafina wrinkled her nose at the sight of the drool.

Shenzi: Shyeah? You know, if it weren't for those lions, we'd be runnin' the joint.

Banzai: Yeah. Man, I hate lions.

Shenzi: So pushy.

Banzai: And hairy.

Shenzi: And stinky.

Banzai: And man, are they...

Shenzi and Banzai: UuuugLY! {laughter}

"No we're not!" Mufasa, Taka, Sarabi and Sarafina huffed.

Scar: {From his perch we saw in the Hyena chase} Oh, surely we lions are not all THAT bad.

"You know how to make an entrance," Mufasa told his brother, who was looking morose at the thought of his future self being back.

Banzai: Ohh. {relieved from the surprise} Oh, Scar, it's just you.

Shenzi: We were afraid it was somebody important.

"Hey! He is important," Ahadi growled at the screen. Taka perked up at his father's defense of him.

Banzai: Yeah, you know, like Mufasa.

Shenzi: Yeah.

Scar: I see.

Banzai: Now that's power.

Shenzi: Tell me about it. I just hear that name and I shudder.

Banzai: Mufasa.

Shenzi: {Shivering} Ooooh. ... Do it again.

Banzai: Mufasa.

Shenzi: Ooooh!

Banzai: Mufasa. Mufasa! Mufasa!

Shenzi: {Builds up hysterical laughter} ...Oooh! It tingles me.

"It tingles you?" Sarafina asked. "No offense Taka, but your future self is surrounded by idiots."

Scar: I'm surrounded by idiots.

"Apparently, you agree with me," Taka chuckled.

Banzai: Not you, Scar; I mean, you're one of us. I mean, you're our pal.

Scar: {Sarcastic} Charmed.

Shenzi: Ohh, I like that. He's not king, but he's still so proper.

"That's how he was raised," Uru said with a smile.

Banzai: Yeah. Hey, hey. Did ya bring us anything to eat, Scar, old buddy, old pal? Huh? Did-ya-did-ya-did-ya?

"Why would he?" Sarabi asked. "We need that food."

Scar: I don't think you really deserve this. {Holds out a zebra haunch.} I practically gift-wrapped those cubs for you.

Sarabi growled towards Taka, who began to back away towards Uru.

"Sarabi, be nice," Mufasa warned. "He hasn't done it yet."

{Drops leg to Hyenas} And you couldn't even dispose of them. {Intro fade-in on Be Prepared}

Shenzi: {Chewing with full mouth} Well, ya know. It wasn't exactly like they was alone, Scar.

Banzai: Yeah. What are we supposed to do- {swallow} kill Mufasa?

Scar: Precisely.

"WHAT?" Taka yelled. "Why would I want to kill my brother?"

"I don't know," Uru said to try to sooth her son. Ahadi was glaring at his younger son.

"Sarabi, you may continue to growl at my brother," Mufasa said, growling as well. He couldn't believe that his own brother would try to kill him.

"Mufasa, he hasn't done it yet," Uru warned. "Hopefully, he never will."

{The three hyenas pause from eating and look up at Scar questioningly.}

{Three-top flutter to coincide with Scar's leaps down to the Hyenas.}

{Scar walks calmly through sheets of flame and gas into the camera over the opening bit of the song}

{Scar paces slowly around Ed, who is chewing on the remnants of the zebra leg}

Scar: {Full song} I know that your powers of retention

Are as wet as a warthog's backside

But thick as you are, pay attention

My words are a matter of pride

It's clear from your vacant expressions

The lights are not all on upstairs

"That's true," Taka nodded.

{On 'Pay attention', Scar angrily swats the bone away; Ed comes to abrupt attention}

{Waving his paw in front of Ed's blank eyes to make his point; Ed's tongue lolls out}

Scar: But we're talking kings and successions

"Which you're second for," Mufasa pointed out. "You could always wait."

Even you can't be caught unawares

{Shenzi and Banzai are laughing on a ledge behind him; on "you," Scar turns and leaps at them, throwing them backward onto a pair of geysers, which then erupt, throwing the two hyenas into the air.}

Taka smirked. Serves them right.

{In the next verse, Scar is strutting theatrically along a ledge which runs around back to the floor.}

Scar: So prepare for a chance of a lifetime

Be prepared for sensational news

A shining new era

Is tiptoeing nearer

Shenzi: And where do we feature?

Scar: {Grabbing Shenzi's cheek} Just listen to teacher

"Since when are you a teacher?" Sarafina asked. She was the only one besides Uru who was still on Taka's side.

{Shenzi rubs her cheek, which is now bruised red}

Scar: I know it sounds sordid

But you'll be rewarded

When at last I am given my dues

And injustice deliciously squared

Be prepared!

{Scar leaps up beside Ed, who is again chewing on the bone, and here kicks him off the ledge}

{The three hyenas land in a pile of bones and are submerged; they reappear, each with a different horned skull on his head.}

{Spoken}

Banzai: Yeah, Be prepared. Yeah-heh... we'll be prepared, heh. ...For what?

Scar: For the death of the king.

Banzai: Why? Is he sick?

"Was he not paying attention or just plain stupid?" Sarabi asked.

"Just plain stupid," Taka replied.

{Scar grabs Banzai by the throat}

Scar: No, fool - we're going to kill him. Simba too.

{Dropping Banzai back onto the floor}

Shenzi: Great idea! Who needs a king?

"We do," Mufasa said and rubbed heads with his father once more.

Shenzi (and then Banzai): {Sing-song voices, dancing around Banzai} No king! No king! la-la-la-la-laa-laa!

Scar: Idiots! There will be a king!

Banzai: Hey, but you said, uh...

Scar: I will be king! ...Stick with me {triumphant, toothy grin}, and you'll never go hungry again!

"Don't give promises you can't keep," Uru told her son, who was hiding behind her legs from the glare Mufasa was giving him.

Shenzi and Banzai: Yaay! All right! Long live the king!

{Camera reveals hundreds of more hyenas in the shadows.}

All Hyenas: Long live the king! Long live the king!

"That's a lot of hyenas," Mufasa gasped. There's no way that the Pridelands would be able to support all of those poachers!

{Full song again}

{ Scar's army of hyenas is goose-stepping across the floor of the cave, now stylized into a Nazi-esque quadrangle}

"Again, that's a lot of hyenas!" Sarafina shouted. "How are there so many hyenas?"

Hyenas: {In tight, crisp phrasing and diction}

It's great that we'll soon be connected.

With a king who'll be all-time adored.

No he won't, Mufasa snorted.

Scar: Of course, quid pro quo, you're expected

To take certain duties on board

{Motions a slice across the neck}

"You better not," Sarabi growled.

Scar: The future is littered with prizes

And though I'm the main addressee

The point that I must emphasize is

You won't get a sniff without me!

{Leaps off his rock throne to single out one hapless hyena; that hyena slips and falls into a fiery crevice}

Mufasa and Taka jumped at the shout Taka's future self gave.

{Throughout the next verse, the entire horde of hyenas joins in dancing boisterously, leaping along the tops of rock pillars, shaking animal skeletons in the light, one playing a rib cage/xylophone.}

{The paranthetical parts are the hyenas' counterpoint singing}

Scar: So prepare for the coup of the century

(Oooh!)

Be prepared for the murkiest scam

(Oooh... La! La! La!) {rear ends punctuating}

"What the hell?" Sarafina asked. Taka snorted, Shenzi and Banzai loved to do that when they played with him.

Meticulous planning

(We'll have food!)

Tenacity spanning

(Lots of food)

Decades of denial

(We repeat)

Is simply why I'll

(Endless meat)

Be king undisputed

"You'll be disputed alright," Sarabi growled.

(Aaaaaaah...)

Respected, saluted

(...aaaaaaah...)

And seen for the wonder I am

"You mean the fraud?" Mufasa asked.

(...aaaaaaah!)

Yes, my teeth and ambitions are bared

(Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo)

Be prepared!

All (Even Ed): Yes, our teeth and ambitions are bared -

Be prepared!

{Close with a fill-in and a fade-out. Scar and the hyenas are laughing evilly. Drum roll rises to a crash coinciding with the panoramic opening of the next scene.}

"Mufasa, stop tormenting your brother," Uru warned.

"Yes mother," Mufasa nodded. He wasn't being fair after all; Taka hadn't done the actions of his future self yet.

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