The Past learns the Future

Chapter 7

Chapter Seven


{The camera switches to a jungle scene. We hear Pumbaa singing the familiar bass to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Timon joins in as they walk towards the camera. A Capella.}

Pumbaa: {Singing} Ohi'mbube



Timon: {Singing} In the jungle

The mighty jungle

The lion sleeps tonight.

In the jungle

The mighty jungle

{Pumbaa turns to follow a bug; he fades out.}

Timon: {Singing} The lion sleeps... {Speaking} I can't hear you, buddy, back me up!

{Pumbaa has faded out, having followed the bug stage left. The following line is in full and good falsetto.}

Timon: A-WEEEE-ee-EE-ee ba-Pum-ba-bum-ba-way

"Good voice," Uru sounded impressed.

{Realizing Pumbaa is not there}

Timon: A-Pumbaa?


"Took him long enough," Sarafina giggled.

{Camera switch to Pumbaa following the bug. He is still humming the bass. He stalks the bug up to a log, theatrically hiding behind a tree. When he tries to jump over the log he gets stuck momentarily and looks back.}

Pumbaa: {Spooked} Timon? {Looks around, then shrugs}

"Idiot," Taka muttered. That warthog would have been food if he'd been hunting it.

{He jumps over the log. As he views the bug at close range, the camera (at his viewpoint) switches focus from it to a pair of green eyes out in the grass. The camera closes up on a lioness getting ready to jump.}


"RUN PUMBAA!" Sarafina shouted.

"It's in the future!" Taka snapped at his friend. "He can't hear you!"

{He runs, with the lioness in hot pursuit. The lioness, with teeth and claws bared, chases Pumbaa around at high speed. Camera switch to Timon.}

Timon: {Hearing the noise of the chase} Pumbaa?

{Pumbaa runs near Timon and gets stuck under the root of a tree by trying to squeeze through.}

"Oh no!" Sarabi gasped. She hoped that her future son's friend wouldn't get eaten.

Timon: Pumbaa! Pumbaa! Hey, what's goin' on?


Timon: Huh?

{Timon gets up on the branch and sees the lioness charging at full speed towards them. He gets down and tries to help push Pumbaa out from under the root.}

Timon: { Seeing the lioness} Woah! ... Jeez! Why do I always have to save your AAAAAA!

{On the AAAAAA!, Timon sees the lioness was about to close on Pumbaa and he is in the line of attack. At the last minute, Simba bounds over Pumbaa and catches the lioness head on at full force. They start fighting savagely.}

"GO SIMBA!" Mufassa and Sarabi cheered.

Timon: {To Pumbaa} Don't worry, buddy. I'm here for ya. Everything's gonna be okay. {To Simba} Get her! Bite her head! Go for the jugular. The jugular! {to Pumbaa} See, I told you he'd come in handy.

"No you didn't," Ahadi shook his head. "Pumbaa said that."

{The lions tangle for a bit more. The fight becomes a wrestling. The lioness flips Simba and pins him with a loud thump. Simba is startled by this. The lioness is still baring her teeth. Simba, however, is very surprised and no longer threatening.}

Simba: Nala?

{She immediately backs off and looks at Simba, examining him.}

"Is that Nala?" Mufassa asked. Taka had his eyebrows raised in interest, causing Sarafina to growl under her breath.

"I think it's time you gave those two The Talk," Uru whispered to Ahadi.

Simba: Is it really you?

Nala: Who are you?

Simba: It's me. Simba.

Nala: Simba? {Pause for realization} Whoah!

{ Simba and Nala run together and greet each other. The greetings are enthused and run over each other.}

"Wow, from wanting to kill each other to best friends," Sarafina said, impressed.

Nala: Well how did you.. where did you come from... it's great to see YOU... (etc)

Simba: Aaah! How did you... who... wow... this is cool... it's great to see you...

{Camera view of Timon who is completely baffled by this sudden change}

Everyone chuckled at Timon's reaction.

Timon: Hey, what's goin' on here?

Simba: {Still to Nala} What are you doing here?

Nala: What do you mean, "What am I doing here?" What are you doing here?


Simba: Timon, this is Nala. She's my best friend!

Timon: {Thoroughly confused} Friend?

"Yeah. Aren't you and Pumbaa friends?" Sarafina asked. "He should know what that is."

Simba: Yeah. Hey, Pumbaa, come over here.

{Pumbaa gets himself unstuck.}

Simba: Nala, this is Pumbaa. Pumbaa, Nala.

Pumbaa: Pleased to make your acquaintance.

"Very calm for being the former prey of a hungry lioness," Uru noted.

Nala: The pleasure's all mine.

Timon: How do you do.. Whoa! Whoa. Time out.. Lemme get this straight. You know her. She knows you. But she wants to eat him. And everybody's... okay with this? DID I MISS SOMETHING?

"Apparently," Mufassa chuckled.

Simba: Relax, Timon.

"He needs to," Sarabi nodded.

Nala: Wait till everybody finds out you've been here all this time! And your mother... what will she think?

Taka flinched at that. It sounded a lot of what his future self had said to Simba when he was a cub. Right after Mufassa….right after the stampede. Taka still couldn't think of his fun loving brother as being dead.

Simba: {Misunderstanding} She doesn't have to know. Nobody has to know.

Nala: Well, of course they do. Everyone thinks you're dead.

Simba: They do?

Nala: Yeah. Scar told us about the stampede.

"More like he lied about the stampede," Sarabi growled. She was still a little miffed at Taka about that.

Simba: He did? Well... {beginning to see something} what else did he tell you?

Nala: What else matters? You're alive. and that means... you're the king.

Timon: King? Pbbb. Lady, have you got your lions crossed.

"Guess Simba never told them," Mufassa said.

Pumbaa: King? Your Majesty! I gravel at your feet. {Noisily kisses Simba's paw}

"Ugh," Taka wrinkled his nose.

Simba: Stop it.

Timon: {To Pumbaa} It's not "gravel." It's "grovel." And DON'T- he's not the king. {to Simba} Are ya?

Simba: No.

Nala: Simba?

Simba: No, I'm not the king. Maybe I was gonna be, but... that was a long time ago.

"He's my son," Mufassa said. "That makes him the king."

Timon: Let me get this straight. You're the king? And you never told us?

Simba: Look, I'm still the same guy.

Timon: {Enthusiastic} But with power!

"Maybe that's why he never told them," Sarafina said. "He was afraid that they would treat him different."

Nala: {Apologetic} Could you guys... excuse us for a few minutes?

Timon: Hey, {taps Pumbaa} whatever she has to say, she can say in front of us. Right, Simba?

Simba: Hmm. Maybe you'd better go.

"To get some alone time," Mufassa muttered under his breath and smirked.

Timon: {Aghast, then resigned} It starts. You think you know a guy...

{Pumbaa and Timon pad off. Pumbaa sighs.}

Simba: Timon and Pumbaa. You learn to love 'em.

{Nala has her head bowed down sadly.}

Simba: What? ...What is it?

Nala: {Quietly} It's like you're back from the dead. You don't know how much this will mean to everyone. {Pained expression} ...What it means to me.

"I think he does know," Uru said. "She isn't the only one getting their best friend back."

Simba: Hey, it's okay.

Nala: {Rubbing under Simba's chin, purring} I've really missed you.

Simba: {Startled by Nala's boldness for an instant, then reciprocating} I've missed you too.

"Aww!" Sarafina and Sarabi cooed.

{They are rubbing heads. We hear Timon sigh; camera switch to show them watching from the bushes.}

Timon: {Heavy sigh} I tell you, Pumbaa, this stinks.

Pumbaa: Oh. Sorry.

Timon: Not you. Them! Him. Her. Alone.

"What's wrong with that?" Sarafina asked.

Pumbaa: What's wrong with that?

Timon: {Singing. Parenthetical part is spoken by Pumbaa.} I can see what's happening


And they don't have a clue


They'll fall in love and here's the bottom line

Our trio's down to two.


{In a sarcastic mock-French accent} Ze sweet caress of twilight

{Back to normal, but still sarcastic} There's magic everywhere

And with all this romantic atmosphere

Disaster's in the air

"Well, he's a ball of sunshine," Mufassa drawled.

{The scene passes from Timon and Pumbaa to Simba and Nala in front of a waterfall.}

FS: Can you feel the love tonight?

The peace the evening brings?

The world, for once, in perfect harmony

With all its living things.

{After walking around each other, taking in each other's movements, they stop to drink at the water.}

Simba: {Thinking} So many things to tell her

But how to make her see

The truth about my past? Impossible!

She'd turn away from me.

"No she wouldn't," Sarabi shook her head. "Nala's his best friend. She thought he was dead."

He loves her was the last unspoken thought of hers. Sarabi looked at Mufassa and looked away as he looked back. It doesn't matter Sarabi. He wants to change the future.

Nala: {Thinking} He's holding back, he's hiding

"He shouldn't though," Sarafina frowned. "He should be proud to be the king."

Taka looked down to the cave floor. Uru glanced at her younger cub and then locked eyes with her mate. They knew without speaking that they would have to do something to change the future. But what?

But what? I can't decide

Why won't he be the king I know he is?

The king I see inside?

{During the Chorus the following occurs: Simba looks at Nala, smiles, and runs off stage. He runs back on stage, grabs a vine in his mouth and splashes into the middle of the pond. Nala looks out over the still water. Suddenly Simba lunges up under her and pulls her in the pond playfully. She immediately comes out dripping and miffed. When Simba comes out, she pushes him back in. The scene switches to them tussling. They end up play fighting. After tumbling down a hillside, Simba ends up pinning Nala for a first. She gives him a tiny lick, resembling a kiss. Simba looks startled and stares at Nala. Close-up of Nala, as she stares back with a seductive smile.

"Look away children," Uru said, putting her paws over her cubs' eyes.

"Ow! Mother!" Taka winced; the wound on his eye was still sore.

"Oh, I'm sorry dear," Uru frowned.

Close-up of Simba, whose expression changes from a surprised one to a comprehending one.. The two rub heads (a cat-style kiss) as the last lyrics are sung.}

"Yuck!" Mufassa gagged. Sarabi frowned.

Chorus: Can you feel the love tonight?

The peace the evening brings?

The world, for once, in perfect harmony

With all its living things?

Can you feel the love tonight?

You needn't look too far –

Stealing through the night's uncertainties

Love is where they are.

{Camera switches back to a tearful Timon and Pumbaa.}

Timon: And if he falls in love tonight {Pumbaa sniffs}

It can be assumed -

{Timon hugs Pumbaa, tearfully.}

Pumbaa: His carefree days with us are history -

"His carefree days were over before he met you," Taka said bitterly. Mufassa gave his brother a shove.

"Hey, it's okay," he nuzzled him. "We'll change that."

Timon and Pumbaa: In short, our pal is doomed.

{They let loose crying full force.}

"Drama kings," Sarafina snorted in amusement.

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