As the sun began to set down from the African sky, Kovu, Simba , the lionesses, and the cubs moved off over the ridge and back toward the Pride Lands.

Once within sight of Pride Rock, Kiara looked back at Kovu, with Imani still in his mouth.

“Kovu?…” Kiara asked.

Kovu cleared his throat, with Imani still in his mouth.

Kiara smiled back at him, understanding that it’s time for “The Talk”.

She and the rest of the pride move off back home.

Kovu dropped Imani, who grined ingratiatingly up at him; he glares sternly back. She looks at the ground, sighing.

“Imani, what did you think all of you were doing?” Kovu scolded his youngest daughter. “You and your siblings could’ve been killed today.”

“I know…” Imani said slowly and quietly, lowering her head down in shame.

“You could’ve gotten hurt. I told you and the other cubs not to go there!” Kovu scolded. “..And what’s worse, you also put you siblings and your cousin’s in danger!”

Imani was on the edge of crying. “B-But daddy, I..”, her voice cracked. “I didn’t mean to disobey-”

“I’m only telling this because I love you.” Kovu said, his voice softening up. “I don’t wanna loose you.”

“I-I know…” Imani said, sadly.

Kovu gently nuzzled her.

“If something happened to you, your siblings, or your mom I don’t know what’d I do.”

Kovu smiled.

“One day, we won’t be here and we need you three to carry on in our place. Your part of the great Circle of–”

“Circle of Life.” Imani finished for him, annoyed. “I know!”

“Exactly..” Kovu sad. “And you need to be careful. As future queen-”

“But what if I don’t wanna be queen!” Imani complained. “It’s no fun dad.”

Kovu chuckled.

“That’s like saying you don’t wanna be a lion.” Kovu explained. “It’s in your blood as I am. We are part of each other.”

Imani huffed.

Kovu smiled and playfully shoved her off the rock.

Kovu grins down at Imani, and they nuzzle as Kovu begins singing.

There are things in life you’ll learn and
Oh, in time you’ll see

A mother bird sternly prevents one of her chicks from trying to fly.

Cause out there somewhere
It’s all waiting
If you keep believing
So don’t run, don’t hide
It will be all right
You’ll see, trust me
I’ll be there watching over you

A wildebeest calf gets up for the first time as they watch.

Just take a look through my eyes
There’s a better place
somewhere out there
Just take a look through my eyes
Everything changes
You’ll be amazed what you’ll find
If you look through my eyes

Monkeys groomed each other, hippos jumped and played.

There will be times on this journey
All you’ll see is darkness
Out there somewhere daylight finds you
If you keep believing

Imani looked at her reflection in the water, A fish jumped out of the water and into her reflection.

So don’t run, don’t hide
It will be all right
You’ll see, trust me
I’ll be there watching over you

Wind blows in Kovu’s mane, underscoring Mufasa’s spirit.

Just take a look through my eyes
There’s a better place
somewhere out there
Just take a look through my eyes

Kovu and Imani began to run through groups of curiously unafraid animals, many of them with their young, as they approach Pride Rock.

Everything changes
You’ll be amazed what you’ll find
If you look through my eyes

All the things that you can change
There’s a meaning in everything
And you will find all you need
There’s so much to understand

Just take a look through my eyes

There’s a better place somewhere out there

Just take a look through my eyes

Everything changes

You’ll be amazed what you’ll find

If you look through my eyes

Take a look through my eyes

Running back up Pride Rock, Kovu turned to Imani.

“As long as you live here sweetheart..” Kovu told her. “..It’s who you are.”

Kovu hugs her and licked her side, lifting her body off the ground.

Imani seemed unconvinced.

“You’ll understand it someday.” Kovu said, heading up towards Pride Rock.

A bird fluttered by Imani, circles, and flies off over the Pride Lands into the sun.

Imani looked sadly thoughtful for a second, and then turns to face the sun.

Sitting down, she looks at the ground for a second, with her ears flat, but then looks towards the sun, her ears erect.

She truly wished, that her father hadn’t banished the rouges so that she and Ishara could be friends.


Another rouge cub was tugging on a root, growling.

Her fur was a dark gray color, her eyes were a sapphire blue color,  four black dots were splattered under her right eye, and she had a white muzzle, underbelly, paws, and her tail tip was also the color back.

Ishara was smiling as he quietly and playfully got into a pouncing position.

He carefully creped up behind the other cub’s tail and was about to pounce on her until…

“Don’t even think about it.” she said, annoyed.

Ishara’s ears and tail drooped as he groaned in annoyance.

“How’d y’know it was me?” he asked.

Ishara touched the root with a claw; it snaped, and other rouge cub tumbled backwards as he bursted out laughing.

The other rouge cub got up and glared at Ishara.

“I’m your sister, I know everything about you.” she reminded, walking up to him. “Now, where’ve you been all day?”

Ishara giggled at her.

“I thought you knew EVERYTHING about me.”

The rouge cub rolled her eyes at her brother.

“Whatever Ish!”

Ishara giggled again.

*giggle* H-Hey! I’m just kiddn’ with ya Ellie!”

Ellie huffed.

“You’d better be.”

Ishara pounced next to her.

“Hey Ellie?”

Ishara crouched down to her level.

“Ya wanna… fight?”

He mock-snarls; Ellie looked earnest and crouches down with her brother.

Krooger walked slowly by the cubs, Kamara, Kai, and Kahali walking behind him.

The lion stopped in front of the cubs and snarled.

The three red dogs looked terrified.

“YOU THREE IDIOTS COULDN’T EVEN PERFORM ONE SIMPLE TASK, COULD YOU?!?” Krooger roared, turning his glare to the three red dogs, who became visibly frightened.

Ishara turned to his father with worry in his eyes.

“I-It’s not there fault! I ran off on my own!”

Krooger turned to Ishara, backing him along the ground with his words.

“What on earth were you doing over there?” Krooger asked with a snarl.

“N-Nothing!” Ishara stammered.

“Who has made us live in the Outlands?” he growled.

“S-Simba…” Ishara stammered.

“Who killed Zira & Scar?” he growled.

“S-Simba!” Ishara stammered.

“What have I ever told you about THEM?!?” Krooger yelled.

Ishara fell back first to the ground.

“I-I’m sorry father!” Ishara apologized with fear. “T-They didn’t seem all that bad. I-I thought we could all be–”

“FRIENDS?” Krooger finished, snarling.

Ishara crouched in fear.

“You’d thought you’d actually get to the children and Kovu and Simba would actually welcome you with open paws?”

Krooger circled around his son.

“What an idea…”

Krooger then thought about it for a minute. That would be a great idea! If Ishara got to the cubs close enough, then the other rouges can invade Pride Rock and he could kill Kovu and Simba.

Krooger then reconsidered it.

“What an idea!

Ishara stared in shock at his father.

“Your such a brilliant child!–I’m so proud of you!”

Krooger kneads the frightened Ishara with unsheathed claws.

“You have the same conniving mind that made Zira and Scar so….powerful..”

Kahali made a face of disgust at what Krooger had said.

Krooger glares and snarls at Kahali  as the red dog gave out a nervous chuckle.

Kai nervously walked up to Krooger.


Krooger rolled his eyes at Kai.

“I don’t think you three really deserve this..” Krooger said, holding up a zebra haunch.

Kai and Kahali began to lick their lips and beg like house dogs as Kamira rolled her eyes at her partners.

“I had practically gift wrapped those seven cubs for you and you three even couldn’t dispose them.”

Krooger threw the zebra haunch at the two hungry red dogs as Kai and Kahali began to stuff their faces with the meat.

“Well y’know…” Kai said with his mouth full of meat. “…It wasn’t like they were alone Krooger.”

“Yeah, so whatta we supposed to do, eh?” Kahali gulped down the meat. “Kill King Simba?”

Krooger gave a wicked grin to the three red dogs.


The three red dogs looked confused at Krooger as he told them his plan to take over Pride Rock.

To Be Continued…..

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