"The Murky Future"
A Fan-Fic By:
(Warning: Site is for "Mature
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"This fan-fic contains names that are
copyright to Disney for the years
of 1994 and 1997 coinciding with the releases of the Original Lion King
and Simba's Pride. The name's thus mentioned are copyright to me.
This is a partial list of new names
that are affiliated with characters
who were known to main characters in the past.
Deceased lover of Askari(name means
Deceased mother of Askari, Queen of
the northern most outlands
pride(Name means Gentle)
Deceased father of askari, King of
the northern most outlands
pride(name means Large)
Deceased sister of Askari(name means
"Omnipotens Ex Askari"
Simba had allowed Askari to rest up before he would eventually go about
his business else where. Askari was sleeping soundly, but dreaming
violently of his parents' death.On more than one occasion, there were
two phrases that slipped into his mind. "Deus Ex" and "Omnipotens Ex".
Omnipotens Ex meant Power with In.
Askari's mother had taught him those values. He was named after a great
king in his past who had conquered many lands. The pride then was the
largest it had ever been. Askari's mother would constantly remind him
that he was that king reincarnated or something like that. The second
return of Askari the Great. Over the years, the blood of Askari the
Great mingled with outlander blood.
Askari today was more of an outlander lion than of his Pridelander
ancestor. He however had no animosity against his appearance. It had
won him the heart of his childhood friend, Wimbo. Askari also
remembered almost all the details of his actual family compared to the
rest of the pride. Kubwa his father was a large, yet caring lion.
Tamu, his mother was as gentle as she could be in the outlands.
Finally his little sister, Mwana was only too young to realize
the significance of Zira's attack. This cub like ignorance, had
costed her life. Askari was too young to really know what was going on,
but promised to seek revenge once he was old enough to travel as a
Askari woke up late in the night to see no one around. He slowly got up
and walked out onto the jutting rock of pride rock to see the moon
gleaming rather softly in the night sky. It was then that Askari
noticed that the rest of the pride was down on the soft grass talking.
Askari was not one to spy, but he thought he might listen on the
Quietly, he walked to the edge of the cliff and listened.
"So, then. Any one have any ideas when Zira's pride attacked Askari's
pride?" Simba asked a bit causal, yet remaining formal.
"Well its hard to say, Simba. My mother tried to expand our borders in
the outlands a few times as Kovu and I grew up." Vitani said as she sat
next to Kovu and Kiara.
"Hmm, then it is safe to assume that your mother had failed in one
sense. She left an extremely strong cub alive or did not know of his
whereabouts when she and the pride attacked." Simba said, but it was
more like a question to himself.
"So then, what will we do about Askari. His words, "Deus Ex" are known
to Rafikii. They mean do mean God From With In...." one of the other
lionesses said as she yawned.
"Not to mention I heard him talking in his sleep while we rested in the
cave. He spoke Omnipotens Ex, which Rafikii said was Power With In.
Askari could either be a threat or a great ally." Vitani said as she
too yawned her tiredness away.
"Well its late by any means. We all should go to sleep." Simba said as
he stood up.
Askari walked away from the ledge and into the cave. He fell asleep
where he had been sleeping most of the night. He was not entirely
sleeping when the Pridelanders walked past him to their resting places.
Vitani, looked down at the sleeping Askari and smiled a bit. She only
now noticed how much he looked like her. She continued to walk to where
she usually slept.
Askari slept more sounder this time. His dreams were a common thing,
but came and left at their own accord.
The next day started out simple for the Pridelands, but trouble in the
form of hyena clans were spotted by Zazu in the early morning. To
Askari's surprise, no one was around, except for Vitani who was still
sleeping. He looked down upon her, knowing she was from Zira's pride,
but harbored no resentment towards her.
To Askari, Vitani made a conscience choice to defy her mothers orders
and leave her pride for Simba's. Askari however instead saw strength in
Vitani, a strength he had only saw once before. His own strength in the
years that led up to his rogue lifestyle.
Askari woke Vitani up, quietly. He then spoke, "Where is everyone?" he
"Vitani was a bit disoriented, but then replied, "I thought I heard
Simba say earlier that hyenas were in the Pridelands. Why do you ask?"
Vitani said sitting up.
"Well, I'm actually in the mood for a good fight. want to check it
out?" He said, uneasily.
"Sure, why not." Vitani said as she stood up and stretching a bit.
Out in the middle of the fields of the Pridelands were the rest of the
pride, fighting off the hyena invaders. They were of no real special
skill, but seemed a little too organized in their attack patterns.
Simba was in front of the group of lionesses with him. All of whom were
snarling at the taunting hyenas. Simba had one of the hyenas pinned
down while he tended to several other hyenas who were preparing for an
attack only meters away from Simba.
A far bit back were Vitani and Askari running to Simba's aid. Vitani
was a bit amused that she was out running Askari. Askari saw that she
was enjoying the lead, so he kicked up his speed and over came Vitani's
speed. Vitani saw this and was amazed. She had never ran as fast as
this with someone of equal abilities. Vitani thus picked up her pace,
only to match Askari's. She was running as fast as she could go, but
she could only match his speed. The two were now neck and neck with
each other. Askari took the opportunity to increase his pace even more,
leaving Vitani behind a few meters.
Again, Vitani was amazed, someone who she had never known was over
powering her skills. Askari was running well too fast for Vitani to
catch. Askari slowed down to stop at the location of the fight. Vitani
came up close behind him, ready to attack any of the hyenas who were
there. Askari had already singled out one of the hyenas who had
attacked Simba. As fast as the scuffle had begun, the hyenas front legs
were severely broken in a few places.
The remaining 8 hyenas saw that only one lion had rendered one of their
kin, immobile, thus they turned on Askari. The first two were knocked
away, but the third had clamped its jaws around Askari's front right
paw.This infuriated Askari, thus he began thrashing the hyena around
until it was on its back. Askari, took that moment to rip its neck
around with his powerful teeth. The hyena let go of his grasp of
Askari's paw and thrashed about violently dying from his fatal wound.
Two of the other hyenas came up behind Askari. He however was quick to
respond to their presence by falling backwards onto his back and then
onto his feet. One of the hyenas received a broken leg while the other
got up and faced Askari head on.
Askari roared a few times as the hyena continued to laugh as he circled
"You....you killed my brother! Die lion!" the hyena howled as he lunged
face first at Askari.
Askari did not bother replying to the hyena with words, but a counter
move. Askari caught the airborne hyena in his jaws. Askari thrashed the
already helpless hyena around, smacking the hyena on the ground a few
times. Finally, Askari whipped his head to the left and let the hyena
go flying. The motionless body struck a rock a few meters in front of
Simba and crumpled to the ground. Simba looked up from the hyena who he
was pinning down.
Simba was all too amazed that this outsider was already proving to be a
great ally. The last hyena who remained back up against a wall, fearing
for his life. Askari approached the cowering hyena with his teeth
bared and deep threatening guttural growls escaping his throat as he
"Please, show mercy! I only followed my masters orders! I didn't want
to be here!" the cowering hyena feebly pleaded for his life as Askari
"Why should I believe you!?" Askari growled.
"You wouldn't hurt a helpless hyena who just ended up in the wrong
place at the wrong time, would ya?" The hyena was now visibly crying,
an un-usual thing for a hyena to do, since all they did was laugh.
"Fine, get out of my sight, before I change my mind." snapped Askari as
he made all the movements to conclude he was going slash at the hyena
with his right paw.
The hyena cowered off, rather quickly into the morning mist. Simba
looked to Askari who was calming down. Simba then looked to the rest of
the pride. All were looking at him, speechless, awestruck, amazed. Of
those who were at least awestruck was Vitani.
Simba walked up to Askari and stood over him as he sat in the grass
catching his breath. Askari looked up and into Simba's eyes.
"What? Are you mad or something?? I could have never come out here with
Vitani...if that is what you preferred...." Simba only smiled in
response to Askari's words.
"No, I have never seen precise combative skills like that before now.
It would be an honour if you would join my pride, Askari." Simba spoke
with a deep resonating pride, that all the lionesses and Kovu were
caught completely off guard.
"So.....what of a position?" Askari asked as he broadened his sitting
"You'll take your direct orders from Vitani as a hunter and guard of
the pridelands." Simba announced.
"Vitani? I belive you and your subordinate should get to know each
other. Go out and hunt for a bit while the rest of us clean this mess
up before the rest of the hyenas return in force.
Vitani was more than shocked at Simba's orders. She had not believed
that Askari would be accepted into the pride to begin with, not to
mention actually be her subordinate in rank. Vitani straightened her
stance and spoke, "Yes, Sire." Vitani then walked over to Askari and
sat next to him.
Once the rest of the pride was gone, she looked to Askari. The
expressions on his face showed her even more of his personality. She
"Where on earth did you learn to fight like that!?" Vitani said with a
smile on her face.
"Ha, learning is not my strong suite, Vitani. I guess I only discovered
my abilities 2 years ago when I entered the rest of the outlands in
search of your mother. I found my self on the second day surrounded by
wild dogs. They of course like my self were starved. I thought was
doomed, but I found my self predicting their moves and countering them
with brutal and fatal attacks. The moments after the battle were like I
had woke up from a long sleep. I ate their flesh, as it was survival
out there, but paid honour to their efforts of survival." Askari slowly
spoke, he was still catching his breath.
"You mean, that you had these abilities?" Vitani asked, more then
"Deus mean god, it was my given name by my mother, but my father
demanded me named after his ancestor, Askari the King of the Northern
Outlands. Ex was the other part of my name, meaning From In. Thus my
mother thought I might have been a normal lion with another form inside
of me in the form of a god. Thus Deus Ex means God From With In."
Askari tried to explain this to Vitani, but it too confused him.
"I don't understand, but for now I'll stand by and watch over you as my
rank dictates." Vitani almost sounded as if she was mother, but she
quickly dismissed that feeling in her mind.
"Fine with me boss, where do we start today?" Askari sounded a bit like
a child, but was just having some fun.
Vitani smiled a bit and shook her head at Askari's joke. She then stood
up and looked down upon Askari.
"We will head to the eastern portion of the pridelands and patrol that
area, perhaps we can chat some more there?" Vitani said as she
stretched out a bit.
"Ok." Askari said as he too stood up.
Vitani turned to face Simba who was licking some of his minor wounds.
"Sire, we will patrol the eastern quadrant of the pridelands." she said
as she turned to walk eastward.
Simba nodded as fashionable as he could. Askari got up and followed
Vitani closely. For the first time in a long time, a thought had
entered his mind. A thought of fondness for Vitani. Askari followed for
a about half an hour until their patrol round was done in the eastern
part of the pridelands. Askari came up beside Vitani and sighed.
"Whats the matter, Askare?" She said slowly.
"Its Askari, thank you and I was just thinking about how lovely this
land is." Askari systematically corrected Vitani's mistake, for it was
"Sorry, yes, this land is wonderful. I was born here, but extenuating
circumstances lead to my mothers banishment along with me and my
brothers Nuka & Kovu. I was raised to hate Simba's pride, but I
realized the error of my ways during the last pride war between my
mother and Simba. I am at peace here in this pride...." Vitani over
drew her last sentence, but Askari obviously saw the truth in her
words, for he was smiling.
"Well, you seem not too fully happy. What truly troubles you, Vitani?"
Askari asked as he sat down in the tall grass of the Savannah.
"Well, I am lonely. I see Simba and Kovu with mates, why not me?" She
admitted this a little uneasily, but the idea was sent clearly across
the gap between her and Askari.
"Open your self up to new things, you'll benefit from the experience as
a mate and mother. All I live for is to serve my undying need to reveal
Deus Ex from my mind." Askari spoke as if he only sought truth
for his own personal goals, however this was not the case in the murky
future of Simba's Pride.
"What? You make your gift out to be just yours. You could share it."
Vitani said looking to Askari who was looking up at the pristine blue
"Share it? How would I even accomplish that!? I don't know anything of
it, let alone share it with others." Askari seemed a bit sad for a
moment, but brushed the tone out of his voice.
Vitani sensed the sadness he had just suppressed. This too made her
sad. Here was a lion with a gift of foresight, but unwilling to
share it and sadness tainted him. Vitani's head sank low for a moment.
"Why are you sad?" She boldly spoke her mind.
"Sad........am I sad.......i-i lost the love of my life...........I
feel unworthy to sustain a sane state of mind knowing that Wimbo is
dead. My mother, Tamu......my father, Kubwa and my sister Mwana are all
dead. I should not have been spared..." Vitani listened and finally cut
in after he had spoken of death.
"Now stop that right now! You were spared my mothers hatred for a
reason, perhaps to be with me.....who knows!" Vitani spoke what was on
her mind and felt even more proud for having said it.
"What? What did you say?" Askari quickly said as he looked up from his
tears soaking the dirt.
"Nothing, you just need to live more to find out what your gonna do and
be in life." Vitani spoke a little too, quick.
"My ears are not stupid, lioness, you said with me. What did you mean?"
Askari demanded as he stood up.
"Ok, so your not deaf. Sorry for insulting you, but I spoke what was on
my mind and love is that thing." Vitani clearly spoke her mind, but at
what cost. She dreaded his response, but waited.
"Well, its been a long time since a lioness said anything like that to
me. We'll see what the future has in store for us both."
The two patrolled a bit longer in the eastern part of the pridelands
and finally walked back to pride rock around early evening. There was
no dialog between Askari and Vitani, but both of them were smiling. If
one could see closely, they just seemed to enjoy each others company
and did not do anything stupid like talk to break that joyful time.
Soon, Pride Rock was in sight. Askari felt a bit of an itch on his
chest and stopped to scratch it free of his fur. He used his right paw
and scratched his chest. As soon as it was gone, he picked up his pace.
Vitani waited for him, which was unusual because she was usually very
impatient withe the rest of the pride.
Askari stretched his neck as they continued to walk back to pride rock.
One could hear his neck vertebras cracking, but Vitani paid no
attention to the noise. Before long. Vitani felt an unusual feeling.
She looked behind her to see Askari's tail brushed against hers. He was
yawning at that moment.
When he stopped, Vitani spoke, "Askari? Don't stop?" She said playfully.
"Stop? Stop what?" He asked confused as he finished his yawn.
Vitani did not answer, but instead she put her tail around his.
"Oh, that?" he said with a large sheepish smile on his face.
"Yes, that." Vitani said all the while nodding.
Back at Pride Rock, Simba could already see the two coming home from
their patrol. Simba smiled a bit knowing that Vitani might have just
found that special someone to call a mate. When Vitani and Askari got
back, some of the other lionesses in the pride backed up.
They mostly saw that Vitani had feelings for Askari, thus they made the
choice not get in her way of talking to Askari. Vitani saw their
actions and respected a bit more for it. Simba walked over to Askari
and spoke softly.
"I need to talk to you alone, Askari." Simba spoke slowly to let his
words sink in.
Askari got up and walked with Simba for a ways and stopped with Simba
"Askari. You know that this pride already has two lions with mates. It
is unusual for a third to have a mate in a pride. I mate with most of
the lionesses, but Vitani has refused me more than once to be frank.
You might be her special love. If I let you have her, you must swear an
undying allegiance to me and any future members of my royal family."
"I pledge my undying service to you and your future kin. I shall be
your to command in times of dire situations and Perle. I am and will
always be a servant of the Pridelands." Askari said slowly as he sat
down to show submission.
"I'm sure that in the future, when you are seeking Deus Ex, Vitani your
betrothed will be there to help you through thick and thin." Simba
proudly spoke as he turned to face his new pride member.
"Betrothed?" Askari asked.
"Yes, you and Vitani both have a gift. She is an excellent hunter and
you are nothing like I have ever seen. God help your enemies if you
were king." Simba said with pride in his voice.
"Do you really trust me with this power in a low rank in your pride?"
Askari asked this to benefit Simba and himself.
"Yes, I sense tremendous good in your soul. You only need a place to
mature and expand your abilities. You'll tried by many things, but I
foresee a bright future for you and Vitani.
"If you are strong enough in your heart to trust me, than I'll honour
you and stay here with Vitani as my betrothed mate." Askari said as he
got up and turned to walk back to Pride Rock.
Before he had arrived, Nala was finishing her side of the bethral of
Vitani and Askari for Vitani.
Vitani looked to her right and saw Askari walking up the path to Pride
Rock. She got up and took a short run to Askari to meet him. They both
smiled as they nuzzled each other. Vitani could not produce any words
in her mind as her face brushed Askari's the blinding softness of his
dark brown mane. Tears could be seen in both of their eyes.
Simba walked past the two and looked to the rest of the pride. He then
spoke quietly, "Come one everyone. Askari and Vitani need to be alone
for a while. They are most likely going to be up alright, so lets go
and get some sleep."
Throughout the night, Askari and Vitani talked and enjoyed each others
company. The morning came with out any mist or trouble. The night had
been peaceful for both Askari and Vitani.
it was at this moment that Vitani would travel down new roads in her
life. The life of a wife and mother were only just down the road and
around the corner.