The Past learns the Future

Chapter 9

Chapter Nine

A/N: I OWN NOTHING!

{Camera switches to Simba. Nala, Timon, and Pumbaa sneaking up to the edge of Pride Rock. From behind a log, they observe close up the hordes of hyenas.}

Timon: Hyenas. I hate hyenas.

"Who doesn't?" Uru asked.

{To Simba, whispering} So what's your plan for gettin' past those guys?

Simba: Live bait.

"Good idea," Mufassa nodded.

"That's going to be Timon and Pumbaa," Sarabi predicted.

Timon: Good idea. {Realizing} Heeey.

"Took him long enough," Sarafina smirked.

Simba: Come on, Timon- you guys have to create a diversion.

Timon: {Incredulous} What do you want me to do? Dress in drag and do the hula?

{Camera switch to Timon in a hula outfit. The music sung is The Hawaiian War Chant much like the Spike Jones arrangement. Pumbaa is set up like a roast pig, even with an apple in his mouth. Jungle drum riff.}

Timon: Luau!

Everyone began to laugh at the sight.

"Where'd he get that outfit?" Sarabi asked. "It seems like there would be nothing green in the area."

If you're hungry for a hunk of fat and juicy meat

Eat my buddy Pumbaa here because he is a treat

Come on down and dine

On this tasty swine

All you have to do is get in line

{Parenthetical parts are Pumbaa singing; the apple is at his feet.}

Aaaare you achin'

(Yup, yup, yup)

Foooor some bacon?

(Yup, yup, yup)

Heeee's a big pig

(Yup, yup)

You could be a big pig too.

"They're already big pigs," Sarabi said with a filthy look to the screen.

Oy!

{They run off screaming to lead some of the hyenas away. Simba and Nala make it by.}

Simba: Nala, you find my mother and rally the lionesses. {determinedly} I'll look for Scar.

"This won't be good," Taka gulped.

{Simba is making his way up Pride Rock. Scar calling his mother causes him to pause and watch.}

Scar: SARABI!

"What do you want with her?" Mufassa asked his brother.

"I don't know!" Taka said hastily, not wanting his brother to go back to being mad at him.

{Sarabi ascends Pride Rock. The hyenas snap at her heels. She only glares disdainfully at them.}

"You go Sarabi!" Sarafina cheered.

Sarabi: Yes, Scar?

Scar: Where is your hunting party? They're not doing their job.

Sarabi: {Calmly} Scar, there is no food. The herds have moved on.

"You're very calm for being in front of an angry Taka," Mufassa noted to Sarabi.

"Years of practice," Sarabi said with a smirk.

Scar: No. You're just not looking hard enough.

Sarabi: It's over. There is nothing left. We have only one choice. We must leave Pride Rock.

"I really hope it wouldn't come to that," Uru said softly.

Scar: We're not going anywhere.

Sarabi: Then you have sentenced us to death.

"Let's not get carried away," Ahadi said calmly, mainly to keep Taka from becoming Sarabi's next target.

Scar: Then so be it.

Sarabi: {Disgusted, amazed} You can't do that.

Scar: I'm the king. I can do whatever I want.

"There's more to being king than getting your way all the time," Mufassa said, repeating the line his future self would say to Simba.

Sarabi: If you were half the king Mufasa was you would nev -

{Scar hits Sarabi, knocking her to the ground.}

Scar: I'm ten times the king Mufasa was!

"Oh, that is it!" Sarabi growled.

"Sarabi!" Mufassa snapped at her. "Drop it!"

{Simba appears on the ledge, growling loudly.

"Oh crud," Taka gulped and began to shake a little. Mufassa was scary when mad, as was Sarabi. The two tempers combined would make one scary cub.

He leaps out and runs to his mother. Scar mistakes Simba as Mufasa and is understandably frightened.}

Scar: Mufasa? No. You're dead.

"But my son isn't," Mufassa said.

{Sarabi awakens at her son's nudge, but mistakes him as Mufasa as Scar did.}

Sarabi: Mufasa?

Simba: No. It's me.

Sarabi: {Delighted} Simba? You're alive?

"Oh so you remember how Simba sounds like after so many years of him being gone?" Sarafina asked.

"Apparently," Sarabi nodded.

"Every mother does," Uru said.

{Confused} How can that be?

Simba: It doesn't matter; I'm home.

Scar: {Confused} Simba...? {back in form} Simba! I'm a little surprised to see you, {giving the hyenas above him an angry look} alive...

{On the word "alive," Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed gulp audibly and slink into the shadows.}

"Hate to be them," Mufassa smirked.

Simba: {As Sarabi looks on with some pride} Give me one good reason why I shouldn't rip you apart.

"He's scary when mad," Sarafina noted. "You seem proud of your scary son Sarabi."

Scar: {Backing into a wall, apologetic} Oh, Simba, you must understand. The pressures of ruling a kingdom...

Simba: ...Are no longer yours. Step down, Scar.

"Continuing to be very proud of my future son," Mufassa said. Simba had not yet resorted to violence, of which he was proud.

Scar: Oh, oh, ye - Well, I would, heh, naturally, heh - however, there is one little problem. You see them? {pointing to the horde of hyenas on the rocks above} They think I'M king.

{Nala appears with the rest of the lionesses.}

Nala: Well, we don't. Simba is the rightful king.

"That's right," Sarafina nodded.

Simba: The choice is yours, Scar. Either step down or fight.

"I take that it's going to end in a fight," Mufassa said softly.

Scar: Oh, must it all end in violence? I'd hate to be responsible for the death of a family member. Wouldn't you agree, Simba?

Simba: That's not gonna work, Scar. I've put it behind me.

"Good," Ahadi nodded.

Scar: Eh, but what about your faithful subjects? Have they put it behind them?

Nala: Simba, what is he talking about?

"Nothing of importance, just trying to make my son feel incredibly guilty over something he didn't do," Sarabi said simply. Taka flinched at that; he really hoped that he wouldn't become that in the future.

Scar: {Delighted} Ahh, so you haven't told them your little secret. Well, Simba, now's your chance to tell them. Tell them who is responsible for Mufasa's death!

{Scar's last line causes the lionesses to start. All are concentrating on Simba.}

Simba: {Steeling himself, then taking a step forward} I am.

"Err….Sarabi? Mufassa?" Sarafina said. "Whacking yourself in the face isn't going to do much good."

{Sarabi approaches her son.}

Sarabi: {With much grief} It's not true. Tell me it's not true.

Sarabi winced. She didn't want to put more pressure or guilt on Simba.

Simba: {Regretfully} It's true.

Scar: You see! He admits it! Murderer!

{Lightning crashes behind Scar's head to punctuate the line.}

Simba: No. It was an accident.

"No, it was staged. Just not by you," Sarabi said simply.

{Scar walks around and around Simba as he accuses him; very nicely done animated rotation.}

Scar: If it weren't for you, Mufasa would still be alive. It's your fault he's dead; do you deny it?

Simba: No.

Scar: {Severely} Then... you're... guilty.

Simba: No. I'm not a murderer.

"No, you're not," Mufassa shook his head.

Scar: Oh, Simba, you're in trouble again. But this time, Daddy isn't here to save you. And now EVERYONE... KNOWS... WHY!

{Scar has been backing Simba up the length of Pride Rock. After his last sentence, Simba slips over the edge and is clinging to the ledge by his forepaws. Lightning strikes below, igniting a fire.}

"NO!" Mufassa and Sarabi shouted.

Nala: Simba!

{Scar sits back and pretends to think.}

Scar: Now this looks familiar. Hmm. Where have I seen this before? Let me think. Hmmm... hmmm. Oh yes, I remember. This is just the way your father looked before he died.

"Now that's just cruel," Sarafina said softly.

{Scar grabs Simba with his claws as he did Mufasa. He whispers into Simba's ear.}

Scar: And here's MY little secret: I killed Mufasa.

{Simba has a quick memory flash back to that fateful instant. His voice blends with his younger voice in the scream of when his father died. In one giant leap he lunges up and pins Scar on his back. Scar is caught completely by surprise and is understandably very nervous and shaken.}

Simba: NoooooOOOO! ...Murderer!

Scar: No, Simba, please.

"Oh, just kill him," Sarabi said with a shrug. Mufassa gave a growl and nodded his head towards Taka. Sarabi followed her friend's line of sight and felt guilty at the look of fear Taka had on his face.

Simba: Tell them the truth.

Scar: Truth? But truth is in the eye of the behold - llgkkk!

{Simba starts to choke Scar.}

"That seems painful," Uru noted. Normally she would try to defend her son but there was nothing she could say.

Scar: All right. All right. {quietly, venomously} I did it.

Simba: So they can hear you.

Scar: {Grudgingly, but clear} I killed Mufasa!

"This is not going to end well," Uru predicted. She only hoped that her son would be exiled and not killed.

{Nala starts towards Scar, the hyenas attack Simba in a wall of teeth. The lionesses join in. We see Pumbaa and Timon come in. Pumbaa is charging with Timon riding him. Hyenas are flying everywhere.}

Pumbaa: Heeeyyyy-yaaaaah!

Timon: 'Scuse me. Pardon me. Comin' through. Hot stuff. Whoo!

"So polite," Sarabi chuckled.

{Bowling strike sound effect as hyenas fly. Rafiki whacks a hyena off Simba. Camera switch to him; with a battle scream, he joins the fray. As a bit of comic relief, Rafiki is fighting in kung-fu "B-movie" style, complete with cheesy sound effects.}

Rafiki: {As he hits various hyenas} WwwA! Hozah! Hazoww! Yaa! Yah! hhyEEOOWww!

"GO RAFIKI!" Mufassa cheered.

{Camera switch to Timon running from Shenzi. He runs into the cave. Zazu spots him. Timon runs into his cage for safety from the hyenas.}

Zazu: Let me out! Let me out!

Timon: Let me in! Let me in! {To the hyenas, pleading} ...Ple-he-hease don't eat me.

"Yeah, don't eat Timon," Sarafina piped up. "He's funny."

{Pumbaa appears at the cave's entrance.}

Pumbaa: Problem?

Banzai: Hey, who's the pig?

Pumbaa: Are you talking to me?

Timon: Uh oh. They called him a pig.

Pumbaa: Are you talking to me?

Timon: Shouldn't 'a done that.

Pumbaa: ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?

Timon: Now they're in for it.

Pumbaa: They CALL me... MIIISTER PIG! AAAAAHHH...

{Pumbaa charges and drives the hyenas off.}

"GO PUMBAA!" everyone cheered.

Timon: Take that! And that! {etc.}

Banzai: Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ...

Pumbaa: Take that! And that! {etc.} You yellow belly...

Zazu: Take that, you stupid... {etc.}

{They start the Arsenio Hall "Ooh, ooh" chant. The scene switches to Simba chasing Scar up to the high point of Pride Rock. Scar runs up to the edge and sees the sheer drop. Simba leaps up to confront him at the cliff-like edge. Scar is very apprehensive, seeing he is cornered and at Simba's mercy.}

Simba: {Quietly, severely} Murderer.

"Oh crud," Sarafina gulped. "Your son is scary when mad," she said to Sarabi.

"You've stated that," Sarabi said.

"Something's are worth repeating," Sarafina said simply.

Scar: Simba, Simba. Please. Please have mercy. I beg you.

Simba: You don't deserve to live.

This is true, Taka thought.

Scar: But, Simba, I am... ah... {unsure of his tactic} family. It's the hyenas {regaining composure} who are the real enemy. It was their fault - it was their idea!

{Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed are in the background. They overhear and back away growling at Scar's betrayal.}

Uh-oh, Taka thought and began to dread whatever was coming. Shenzi never took betrayal well, even now.

Simba: Why should I believe you? Everything you ever told me was a lie.

Scar: What are you going to do? You wouldn't kill your own Uncle...? {ingratiating grin}

Simba: No, Scar. I'm not like you.

"That's something to be proud of," Taka said softly.

Scar: {Greatly relieved} Oh, Simba, thank you. You are truly noble. I'll make it up to you, I promise. How can I, ah, prove myself to you? Tell me; I mean, anything.

Simba: {Gravely, with deep anger} Run. Run away, Scar. And never return.

"How ironic," Sarabi said with a chuckle.

Scar: Yes. Of course. As you wish... {looking down and seeing a pile of hot coals} ...your Majesty! {Scar swipes the coals into Simba's face. With a cry of surprise and pain, Simba paws the coals away as Scar leaps and attacks.}

"HEY!" Mufassa and Sarabi growled at the defense of their son.

{There is a fight in slow motion. Both Scar and Simba land heavy blows. Simba gets knocked on his back. Scar leaps through the flames at him. Simba gathers courage and uses Scar's momentum in a "throw" similar to Nala's fighting tactics to send him flying over the edge.}

"Slow motion fighting?" Mufassa asked. "Seems impractical."

{Scar tumbles to the bottom. He weakly gets up. He sees Banzai, Shenzi, and Ed approaching and smiles. Ed has a very angry look on his face.}

Scar: Ahh, my friends.

Shenzi: Frie-he-hends? I thought he said we were the enemy!

"Oh crap," Sarafina gulped. She became worried for her friend.

Banzai: Yeah, that's what I heard.

Banzai and Shenzi: Ed?

Ed: {Laughs evilly}

Scar: {Very nervous} No. L-L-L-Le-Le-Le-Le-Let me explain. No. You don't understand. No! I didn't mean for... No, No! Look, I m sorry I called you... No! NOO!

{The camera moves away and we can only see the shadows as the horde of hyenas closes on and devours Scar.}

Taka whimpered a bit. Even dying, Mufassa was better than him. His brother at least remained whole. He became a hyena's meal.

Mufassa growled a little. He'd teach those hyenas not to devour his brother.

Ahadi and Uru looked down in grief. They had lost both their sons before it was their time.

{Rain opens up and douses the fire. Simba comes down and greets his mother and Nala. Rafiki motions for Simba to ascend Pride Rock as king. Simba starts up and pauses to hug Rafiki as his father did.}

Rafiki: It is time.

"YAY!" Sarafina and Sarabi cheered at the thought of Simba becoming king.

{Very majestically, he ascends through the rain. Music is strong. Through a hole in the clouds we can see a patch of stars. One bright star shines out briefly.}

Mufasa: Remember . . .

{Simba's expression gains confidence and strength. He roars.

All the lions roared in response to Simba, except for Taka. He was still stunned by the betrayal he had experienced from his friends.

The lionesses roar in reply. Time switch to the savannah in full bloom again. Cue "Busa" theme:}

BS: Busa le lizwe

Busa le lizwe

Busa le lizwe

Bus-busa ngo xolo

{Obscured verse}

MS: Se-fi-le

Baba ti-tabo

Maye babo

Busa lomhlaba

BS: {Obscured verse}

MS: He!

Se-fi-le

Busa Simba! Busa Simba!

Ubuse ngo xolo

Ubuse ngo thando

Ubuse ngo xolo

Ubuse ngo thando

Ubuse ngo xolo

{ Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, and Nala are on Pride Rock. Zazu flies up to the point. Timon, of course, is shaking his arms in the classic victory sign. All the groups of herds are there and making noise as in the presentation of Simba.}

BS: Ingonyama nengw' enamabala

Ingonyama nengw' enamabala

MS: (ngw' enamabala-wa)

Full Chorus:

Till we find our place

On the path unwinding

In the Circle

The Circle of Life

Circle of... Liiife

{Rafiki appears, holding Simba's and Nala's cub. He lifts him to present him to the crowd. Bass drum hit and black out to title in red lettering as in the beginning. The Circle is completed.}

{BOOM}

"Well, that was educational," Uru said but with grief. Both her sons ended up dead, and not from old age as she hoped.

"Mother!" Mufassa exclaimed. "There's another one!"

"Oh, can we watch it?" Sarabi asked. She did want to learn about her grandchildren.

"Certainly," Ahadi nodded. "We were given these for a reason."

"Great," Taka groaned. Ahadi looked at his second son.

"Maybe a break would be best," he said. Maybe it would be best if he had a talk with his younger son.

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