The Past learns the Future

Chapter 4

Chapter Four


Big shout out to my beta GraceoftheFlower.

{Camera switch to a view of a large canyon. Cloud shadows scroll slowly over the landscape.}

"That's a big gorge," Mufasa noted. "I don't remember seeing that around the boundaries."

"We can explore later," Taka huffed.

Scar: Now you wait here. Your father has a marvelous surprise for you.

{Camera switch to bottom of the gully. Scar and Simba are near a rock, underneath a small tree.}

Simba: Oooh. What is it?

"I do not know," Taka shook his head.

Scar: If I told you, it wouldn't be a surprise, now would it?

"Smart ass," Mufasa huffed.

Simba: If you tell me, I'll still act surprised.

Scar: Ho ho ho. You are such a naughty boy.

Simba: Come on, Uncle Scar.

Scar: No-no-no-no-no-no-no. This is just for you and your daddy. You know, a sort of... father-son... thing.

"Why would I have it in a gorge?" Mufasa asked, narrowing his eyes.

{Through Simba's expression, we see that he resents Scar's dismissive attitude, but soon shrugs it off.}

Scar: Well! I'd better go get him.

Simba: I'll go with you.

Scar: {Loud, snapping tone} No!

Sarabi and Sarafina jumped at the loudness of Scar's yell.

{regaining composure} Heh heh heh. No. Just stay on this rock. You wouldn't want to end up in another mess like you did with the hyenas...

"You formed that mess!" Sarabi growled.

Simba: {Shocked} You know about that?

"He was there," Mufasa couldn't help but growl.

Scar: Simba, everybody knows about that.

Simba: {Meek and embarrassed} Really?

Scar: Oh, yes. Lucky Daddy was there to save you, eh? {clearly enjoying himself; he puts a paw on Simba's shoulder} Oh... and just between us, you might want to work on that little roar of yours. Hmm?

{Scar starts to pull away}

Simba: Oh... Okay...

{Scar pats Simba roughly on the head, then moves off.}

Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar, will I like the surprise?

Scar: {Turning back over his shoulder} Simba, it's to DIE for.

"Taka…" Ahadi warned, having an idea of what his younger son was up to. Taka gulped, not liking the idea of upsetting his father.

{The camera slowly pans up the side of the gorge away from Scar and Simba. After a distance of rock, we reach the edge and view on the plain a very large herd of wildebeest; the size of the herd comes across with a striking computer-generated parallax pan. The camera then focuses in on the hyenas (Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed), who are waiting off of the edge of the herd, hidden under a rock arch.}

Banzai: {Stomach growls}

Shenzi: Shut up.

"That was his stomach," Sarafina shook her head in amusement.

Banzai: I can't help it. I'm so hungry... {jumping up} I gotta have a wildebeest!

Shenzi: Stay put.

Banzai: Well... Can't I just pick off one of the little sick ones?

Shenzi: No! We wait for the signal from Scar.

{Camera switch to Scar mounting a rock in view of the hyenas}

Shenzi: There he is... {making an evil, almost humorous face} let's go.

"Oh no," Uru gasped.

{Camera switch back to Simba}

Simba: Little roar. Puh!

{A lizard walks past Simba. He growls at it.}

Simba: Rarrr!

{The lizard has no reaction to this first attempt. Simba then jumps down and tries again.}

Simba: Rrrraowr-h!

{For the third attempt, Simba moves closer again and inhales deeply.}

Simba: RAOWR!

"Nice one!" Taka grinned but regretted it as Mufasa glared at him.

{The lizard skitters off screen. Simba's roar echoes around the canyon. Shot of Simba lifting his ears to relish the echo. The echo is soon eclipsed, however, by a low rumble. Simba looks down and sees pebbles jumping. Cue the very sinister "To Die For" music. We see the herd coming over the lip of the canyon. Dramatic multi-layer camera pull up to Simba's terrified face. Simba takes off in front of the herd.}

"RUN SIMBA!" Mufasa and Sarabi shouted.

"MOVE IT!" Taka screamed, his face showing the worry he had for his nephew.

{Cut to the rim of the gorge, where the Hyenas are seen chasing the wildebeest herd, nipping at their heels to drive them over the edge. Camera switch to Mufasa and Zazu a short distance from the canyon.}

Zazu: Oh look, sire; the herd is on the move.

Mufasa: Odd...

"Idiot!" Mufasa smacked himself with his own paw.

{ Scar runs up, out of breath}

Scar: Mufasa. Quick. Stampede. In the gorge. Simba's down there!

Mufasa: {worried} Simba?

{ Camera switch to Simba. He is running and climbs up a dead tree.

"At least he's somewhat safe," Sarafina said, trying to calm her friend down.

Zazu flies ahead of Mufasa and Scar, down into the canyon. He spots Simba.}

Simba: {Clinging precariously to a tree} Zazu! Help me!

"He'll get Mufasa!" Sarabi paled. "Oh, Mufasa, be careful!"

Zazu: Your father is on the way! Hold on!

Simba: {Losing grip} Hurry!

{Mufasa and Scar are on the lower ledges of the gorge. Zazu flies back to Mufasa and points out where Simba is.}

Zazu: There! There! On that tree!

Mufasa: Hold on, Simba!

{In the gully, a wildebeest rams the tree Simba's on, nearly breaking it.}

"NO!" Sarafina shouted.

Simba: Ahhhh!

{Mufasa runs out into the herd, joining the stampede.}

Zazu: Oh Scar, this is awful. What will we do? What will we do? Hah ... I'll go back for help, that's what I'll do, I'll go back for he-oomph!

{Scar backhands Zazu into a rock wall, knocking him out.

"Taka!" Mufasa growled, realizing how evil his brother was. Taka had resumed his spot behind his mother, hoping that she would protect him from his brother.

Scar then follows Mufasa's progress from the lip of the gorge, his shadow cast mysteriously from the bottom of the gully. Mufasa runs with the herd till slightly past the tree. He whips around the front of some wildebeest and runs into the herd towards Simba's tree. He gets rammed head-first once, throwing him to the ground. A wildebeest hits Simba's tree, throwing Simba into the air. Mufasa gets up in time to catch Simba in the air with his mouth.

"Nice catch," Sarafina said softly.

He gets hit again and accidentally throws Simba. Simba dodges a few oncoming wildebeest. Mufasa runs by with the herd and grabs Simba. He jumps up to a near rock ledge and sets Simba down, but is immediately struck by a wildebeest and carried off into the stampede.}

"NO!" Uru shouted in grief. She couldn't imagine losing a son—even though it would seem that her sons would live after her death.

Simba: DAD!

{Simba watches in horror as he cannot find his father in the swirling mass of wildebeest below him. At the last second, Mufasa leaps out of the herd and starts to climb with great difficulty up the sheer rock slope.

"Good, you're safe," Ahadi sighed in relief.

Simba turns and starts to climb up to the top of the gorge. Out of Simba's sight, Mufasa reaches a point right below a ledge where he can't climb due to the steepness. His claws are scraping and his back paws have no traction. Above him on the ledge is Scar.}

Mufasa: Scar! Broth- { slips, barely hangs on} Brother! Help me!

I hope I do, Taka thought with worry.

{Scar looks disdainfully down, and then suddenly latches onto Mufasa's forepaws with claws extended. Mufasa roars, primarily from the sudden pain of Scar's claws, but no doubt also due to the sudden flash of realization. His expression slowly changes to one of horror as he recognizes Scar's intent.}

Scar: { Slowly and evilly} Long live the king.

{Scar throws his brother backwards. Mufasa free-falls, back first. The camera follows Mufasa down from under him, then from above him, showing the stampede raging below.}

"NO!" Sarabi screamed. Ahadi couldn't take it any more. Uru wasn't protecting Taka—she was too busy making sure that Mufasa was safe.

"How dare you?" Ahadi growled at his second born. Taka was shaking from head to tail. Everyone seemed to be against him. Suddenly, a huge sensation of pain began to throb right above his right eye.

"Father, no!" Mufasa yelled but it was too late. A huge, bloody cut had been made on Taka's face. Tears began to stream from the younger cub's eyes and he ran out of the cave.

"Taka!" Sarafina called after her friend but Taka was faster than her.

"We should continue on," Ahadi said. "Find out what else that cub will ruin in the future."

"Father, you're not being fair!" Mufasa shouted but Sarabi shushed him.

Mufasa: Aaaaaaahh!

{Camera suddenly focuses in on Simba, who is watching his father hit the ground. No sound effects of the hit. No view of it either. Mufasa and Simba's screams mingle.}

Simba: Nooooooo!

Sarabi began to cry openly and Mufasa rubbed heads with her to show his best friend that he was still alive.

{The herd passes. Everything is clouded by dust. Simba bounds to the canyon floor. Mufasa is nowhere to be seen.}

Simba: {Cough} Dad!

{We hear a sound}

Simba: {Quietly} Dad?

{We see a stray wildebeest run past, the source of the sound. The wildebeest curves around a log further down the gully. Under the log is Mufasa, laying on his side. He is not moving or breathing. Simba approaches the body. Sad musical theme. Again we notice how small Simba really is.}

"Poor Simba," Uru sniffed.

Simba: {Hopefully} Dad? ...Dad, come on. {He rubs up against Mufasa's cheek. The head merely rolls back in place after the rub} You gotta get up. {He places both forepaws on his father's cheek and pushes} Dad. We gotta go home. {He tugs at Mufasa's ear. Again the head limply moves back in place. Simba runs off a bit, obviously very scared.} HEEEEELP! Somebody! {His voice reverberates hollowly off the sides of the gorge.} Anybody... help.

{He cries. Simba turns back to the body. He nuzzles up under the limp paw so that his father is embracing him. Pause for effect.}

Tears began to stream down everyone's faces. Ahadi went to comfort his wife as Mufasa did the same with his best friend. Sarafina looked out the cave entrance, wondering where Taka was and if he was alright.

{Where the music would resolve, we hit a minor chord as the image of Scar advancing appears through the dust.}

Ahadi growled but Uru continued to cry. Mufasa looked down and wondered just what had he done to cause his brother to become this monster.

Scar: Simba. ...What have you done?

Simba: {Jumps back, crying} There were wildebeests and he tried to save me... it was an accident, I... I didn't mean for it to happen.

Scar: {Embracing Simba, yet still distant} Of course, of course you didn't. No one... ever means {pulls Simba closer; Simba hides his face on Scar's foreleg} for these things to happen. ...But the king IS dead. {looking with mock regret at Simba) And if it weren't for you, he'd still be alive. {Simba is crushed, believing his guilt. Another thought "occurs" to Scar.} Oh! What will your mother think?

"His mother thinks that Scar better watch himself," Sarabi growled and flexed her claws.

Simba: {Sniffing} What am I gonna do?

Scar: Run away, Simba. Run... Run away and never return.

"He's not the king," Ahadi growled. "He can't exile anyone."

{Simba runs off blindly, obviously broken. Slight pause, for the audience to catch its emotional breath. Music ends. The three hyenas appear behind Scar.}

Scar: Kill him.

"NO!" Sarabi shouted.

{ The hyenas take off after him; Scar stands motionless. Simba is chased up the entire length of the gully. He reaches the lip only to see a sheer drop on the other side. Having no choice he jumps and tumbles down into a patch of briars below. The hyenas pursue the entire way. When they are running down towards the briars, Banzai sees them and recoils.}

Banzai: Whoa!

{After skidding extensively, Banzai manages to stop just above the brambles. He heaves a sigh of relief. Then Shenzi and Ed run into him, propelling him into the bushes.}

Banzai: Yeow! { Jumping back out of the bushes}

Everyone chuckled a little but it felt forced. Mufasa joined Sarafina in looking at the cave entrance and Ahadi even found himself wondering if he'd been too rash in his scolding.

{Shenzi and Ed are laughing}

Shenzi: {Seeing Simba emerge from the far side of the briars into the desert} Hey- There he goes! There he goes!

Banzai: {Removing thorns} So go get 'im.

Shenzi: There ain't no way I'm going in there. What, you want me to come out there looking like you? Cactus Butt?

"Hyenas are funny," Sarafina snorted but even that felt forced to her.

Banzai: {Spitting out thorns into Ed's laughing face; Ed lets out a small yelp of pain} We gotta finish the job.

Shenzi: Well, he's as good as dead out there anyway. And IF he comes back, we'll kill 'im.

Banzai: {Shouting} Yeah! you hear that? If you ever come back, we'll kill ya!

"No you won't," Mufasa huffed.

{"Kill ya" echoes off as we see Simba still running into the desert. The Hyenas make their way off the cliffs back to the Pride Lands.}

{Camera change to Scar addressing the lionesses by the moon on Pride Rock.}

Scar: Mufasa's death was a terrible tragedy; but to lose Simba, who had barely begun to live...

"You drove him away," Sarabi growled. "Simba didn't die."

{Camera pans around the lionesses. Some of them, with Zazu, are comforting Sarabi, who bends her head in extreme pain. Nala is rubbing against her mother's paw, crying.}

Mufasa once again comforted his future mate while Uru turned to comfort Sarafina.

Scar: ...For me it is a deep personal loss. So it is with a heavy heart that I assume the throne. Yet, out of the ashes of this tragedy, we shall rise to greet the dawning of a new era... {The hyenas start emerging, casting eerie green shadows and laughing hollowly} which lion and hyena come together, in a great and glorious future! {Scar ascends Pride Rock as the hyenas appear in full force.}

"No way can the lionesses support all those hyenas, Scar, themselves and any cubs they may have," Ahadi said. "It would destroy the circle of life."

"You mean Taka, right Father?" Mufasa asked. "Calling him Scar would only keep this cycle going."

"You're right Mufasa," Ahadi nodded. "I meant Taka."

{The camera pans to Rafiki who is shaking his head in the distance. The scene changes with Rafiki in the same position. He is in his tree house. After wiping away a tear, he reaches up and rubs his hand across the cub painting, smearing it. The camera changes. The painting, smeared, is overlaid on Simba laying out in the hot desert sun.}

"Oh, I hope he's alright," Sarabi fretted.

"I'm sure he is," Uru soothed the young lioness but inwardly she too was worried. Sarafina began to move towards the cave entrance but Mufasa stopped her.

"What, don't care about your brother?" she whispered-spat at him.

"No," Mufasa said. "I want to go get him."

Sarafina blinked but smiled at Mufasa.

"I'm not sure…" Ahadi said but Sarafina had had enough.

"Taka thinks that the only reason you keep him around is so you'll have another heir if anything happens to Mufasa," she blurted out.

It was silent in the cave.

"How…" Uru gasped.

"Una was talking trash one day and started going after Taka," Sarabi said slowly. She knew that just by saying this, she and Sarafina could get exiled due to the fact that they broke the prince's confidance.

"And now father has just confirmed what Taka's been dreading," Mufasa said with a glare towards Ahadi. "I'm going to go get him."

Mufasa left the cave without a look back.

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