SIMBA SEES THE FUTURE

 

Intro:

Since I’m such a major geek I decided to mix together Science Fiction and “The Lion King”.  Some people complained that my other stories were too rushed, so I believe that I’ve remedied the problem with this story.  Although I’ve split this story up into five parts every individual part is still pretty long.  You can email me with feedback, questions, and/or the ability to use my characters or locations at:  the6silent6one6@yahoo.com (of course I’m referring to my made-up characters and locations).  This story takes place after Kopa’s death and before Kiara’s birth.

 

Part I:  An Omen in the Sky

 

The Royal Family Tree:

 

                                                                Mohatu + ?

                                                                              |

                                         Igunoi + Frehda     Ahadi + Uru

                                                     |                             |

                                                     |              ---------------------------

                                                     |              |              |                                |

            Xygolapo + Sarafina   Sarabi + Mufasa    Scar + Zira   Veni + Trapa

                             |                              |                          |                    |

                             |                  -----------         ------------(--------)       |

                             |                  |             |         |              |           |        |

                          Nala     +   Simba   Kimba  Nuka    Vitani   Kovu     ?

                                       |

                                   Kopa

 

 

 

                                                Ethigi + Varimi           Phantooh + Kura

                                                           |                                                     |

                                                        Zira                                  Kovu

 

Characters:

Simba (age: 4):  Simba is the king of the Pride Lands and well liked by everybody.  He has a mate named Nala and together they had a son named Kopa who vanished.  Simba’s fur is a goldish-orange and his mane and eyes are red.  Simba is kind of distant and tends to shirk his responsibilities, but he’s really a nice lion and a great king.  He’s saddened by all of the horrible things that happened in his life and it affected his mental stability a little bit.

Nala (age: 4):  Nala is the queen of the Pride Lands.  She is Simba’s mate and had a son named Kopa who suddenly vanished.  Nala has tan fur and deep blue eyes.  She’s a fierce hunter and can easily take down an animal bigger than her.  Nala always says what’s on her mind and she believes very strongly in justice.  She keeps Simba in control and doesn’t let him fall victim to his anger.

Sarabi (age: 10):  Sarabi was the queen of Pride Rock until her mate died.  Sarabi has dark tan fur and red eyes.  She’s very intelligent and knows how to handle her son Simba (he was very hyper as a cub).  She was barely alive, in a mental sense, after losing both her mate and both of her sons.  She was living a very shallow existence until Simba returned.  Until then she would only do what was necessary to survive; she didn’t communicate much, she didn’t smile or laugh, she really had no life in her at all.  Once Simba returned she started getting better and she eventually got the strength to overcome her sadness.

Sarafina (age: 8):  Sarafina is Nala’s mother and Sarabi’s best friend.  Her mate Xygolapo suddenly disappeared a few months after Nala was born and hasn’t been seen by anybody since then.  Sarafina is a very light tan and she has blue eyes like her daughter.  Sarafina’s known for not saying very much and having small roles in movies, but she’s very nice and she is kind of the godmother for all of the cubs in the pride.

Timon (age: 6):  Timon is a meerkat, and a part of Pumbaa and Simba’s trio.  Timon has tan fur with brown stripes down his back.  He has a tuft of orange hair on his head and has white eyes with small black pupils; his ears are a very dark brown along with his feet, his fingers, and the tip of his tail.  Timon is the happy-go-lucky one who is always trying to keep everyone around him in a good mood by cracking jokes.  He’s very friendly and also very skittish.

Pumbaa (age: 5):  Pumbaa is a warthog, and a part of Timon and Simba’s trio.  Pumbaa has brownish-red fur and yellow eyes with small pupils.  He has a warthog style mane, black in color, and two big tusks by his snout.  He’s much more intelligent than he seems and is usually the only one who’s right when debating with his peers, but they usually dismiss his ideas as fictional.  He’s very shy because of his problem with gas but lives a better life now that he has friends that don’t mind the problem.

Zazu (age: 11):  Zazu is a hornbill bird with blue and black feathers and a white feathered chest.  He’s the majordomo of the Pride Lands and delivers all of the news to and from the king and queen of the kingdom.  He panics quite easily but he’ll give his life to defend the royal family.  He takes his job very seriously and is always urgent to deliver any news, but he also gets stuck with tasks such as cubsitting.

 

Map:

                                                                        _________________

               To The Outlands               |     |        |Elephant Graveyard|

            _________________           |     |        \___                ____/

          /                                   |        /      /                 |               |

____/         Swamp                |___/      /                    \             /

                                                          /                        \_      _/

____________________________/

 

                                                Pride Lands

 

                                                                        Pride Rock

 

                                    ____________

Sahara Desert                            Gorge               Hill

 

The Jungle is further west and slightly north of the Sahara Desert

 

Locations:

Pride Rock:  A gray boulder that juts out of the ground in the center of the Pride Lands.  It sticks out at about a 45Ż angle and the peak is held up by a column shaped rock.  Pride Rock has a bunch of caves located inside of more rocks at its low point (basically where the rock meets the ground) this is where all of Pride Lander lions live.

The Pride Lands:  A section of the African savannah that is owned by the royal lion family of Pride Rock.  It is just an ordinary grassland with waterholes, trees, and the like but it’s considered high-end real estate in the animal market.

Gorge:  This is where the stampede that killed Mufasa was.  It’s basically just a canyon south of Pride Rock that opens up into the vast Sahara Desert.  It’s completely desolate and barren now.

Sahara Desert:  The biggest desert on Earth (I believe) and it’s in The Lion King universe.  It’s well… a desert with sand, cacti, and desert creatures; there’s really nothing exciting there.

Jungle:  This is a vast jungle on the border of the Sahara Desert and more grasslands.  Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba once lived here because it’s absolute paradise.  There is a giant mesa in the center with two glistening waterfalls leading to the lake at the bottom.  This jungle is full of life and contains very few predators.

 

Inspirations:

This is a list of everything that inspired me to write this particular story:

The Lion King (of course) along with www.lionking.org

Chrono Trigger

Sliders

The Time Machine

Quantum Leap

Final Fantasy VII

Borgel

Star Ocean:  Till the End of Time

Quantum Physics

Philosophical Ideas that I created

 

Now you finally get to read the story, or if you skipped everything up to this point then you’ll probably skip this as well which leads you right to the story anyway.

 

Part I:  An Omen in the Sky

Chapter 1:  Who Will Carry on the Bloodline?

Chapter 2:  The Future Looks Bleak.

Chapter 3:  Why Don’t I Just Go Off and Die?!

Chapter 4:  The Surprise.

Chapter 5:  Dizziness…

 

Prologue:

            It was morning in the Pride Lands and many half-snore, half-roars could be heard echoing out of the many caves throughout Pride Rock.  Inside of the largest cave two lions were sleeping, these lions are the king and queen of the Pride Lands and their names are Simba and Nala.  Ever since Simba reclaimed the throne from his greedy uncle Scar he’s slowly returned the Pride Lands to their former glory and peacefulness.  However there is one rather significant problem…

 

Chapter 1:  Who Will Carry on the Bloodline?

 

“Good Morning sire.” Zazu said as he bowed in front of Simba.

Simba let out a loud yawn which woke up his mate sleeping beside him.  “Hey Zazu, what’s the news for today?” Simba asked.

“Well, you see… it appears that a lot of the animals are worried that you and Nala haven’t yet produced another heir.”

“We’re trying.” Simba said “But it takes a very long time for us lions to get pregnant.”

“What do you mean US lions?” said Nala as she laughed at the thought, “I’m the one who gets pregnant, you just get to have all the fun.” Then she gave Simba a funny look.

“Sorry, dear.” Simba said apologetically.

“Well…” Zazu began, “I’ll tell everyone that you guys are working on it.” And with that he flew out of the cave.

“So, should we go ahead and try again before he comes back?” Simba asked his mate with that look in his eyes.

Nala gave Simba that same look, then she said, “Come on, let’s go.” And so the two of them headed to the back of the cave in case if Zazu did come back early, or if he forgot to tell them something.

 

            Simba and Nala never left each other’s side for a week.  At least fifty times a day they’d try to conceive a cub, but every attempt ended in failure.  Simba began to blame himself, he believed it was his fault, after their final attempt he went to see his friends Timon and Pumbaa.

 

Chapter 2:  The Future Looks Bleak.

 

As Simba went out onto the savannah he found Timon and Pumbaa lying on the grass trying to identify the shapes of various clouds.  Timon heard Simba’s footsteps and turned around to greet him.

“Hey Simba, long time no see.”

“Hey Timon, hey Pumbaa, what’s going on you guys?” Since Simba hadn’t left the cave or Nala for a week he hasn’t seen anyone other than Nala or Zazu during that time.

“Oh not much, hey what does that cloud look like to you.” Timon pointed up at a cloud resembling a vortex.

“Hmm, I have no idea.” Simba said puzzled.

“Pumbaa here says it looks like some weird thing, like a rift or something, I say it’s a bug with its mouth wide open.” Timon couldn’t really make heads or tails of what the cloud looked like.

Pumbaa then blurted out what he told Timon earlier, “I told you Timon, it’s a rift in time, a never-ending vortex pushing you deep into the void with an intense force of gravity, the likes of which you’ve never felt before.  Once you’ve reached the void, there’s no telling where you’ll come back out, you could exit three seconds in the past or fifty thousand years in the future.”

“Now Pumbaa, that’s just ridiculous.  It doesn’t make any sense, what is gravity anyway?  I still say it’s a bug, am I right Simba?”

But Simba wasn’t listening, he was too distracted by not being able to get Nala pregnant; so he just sat there staring into the distance with a blank look on his face.

“Simba.  Simba!!  Hey are you listening?!!” Timon began crying out for some kind of response.  But Simba who was still very distracted continued sitting there; suddenly he jumped up and darted off into the gorge where his father died.

“What’s with him?” Timon asked.

“Maybe he’s worried about something.” Pumbaa said.

“Nah, he’s the king.  What does he have to worry about?”

“Well, you know Timon, with his son gone he needs to have another cub, but he’s worried that the new cub will replace Kopa.”

Then Timon’s brain sparked an idea “Maybe he doesn’t want the new cub to replace Kopa.” After Timon said this Pumbaa rolled his eyes.

Timon then saw another cloud and told Pumbaa it looked like a lion, but Pumbaa said that it looked like a lioness, and so the two began arguing again.

 

            By now Simba was in the middle of the grasslands just by the gorge; he looked up to the sky and sighed.

“Father, if you can hear me I’d like you to help me with my problem.  Nala isn’t getting pregnant and I don’t know what to do anymore.  Please help me and give us a healthy cub that we can raise to be the next king.”

“Simba?  Is that you?” came a voice from behind Simba, he knew who it was.

“Mom, how are you?  Did you guys have fun on your visit to the jungle?”

Sarabi and Sarafina were together.  Simba walked up to his mother and the two nuzzled each other.

“Yes dear, we had a great time.”

Then Sarafina spoke “So, how are things going between you and my daughter?”

Simba sighed and looked down for a moment.

“Is everything all right?” Sarabi asked worried.

“Nala and I can’t get pregnant, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.” Simba said.

“Now dear, what could you possibly be doing wrong?  You know that these things take time.  Kopa was unusual because of how quickly he was brought into existence.” Sarabi was trying to reassure her son.

“Please mom… don’t mention Kopa.” Then Simba sighed and started to sob a little bit “I don’t like to think about it.” Simba inhaled deeply to calm himself down.

Sarabi ran up and nuzzled Simba one more time, “Hey, everything will be all right.  You’re still young, both of you are; the last thing on your mind right now should be having a cub right away.  You’ve got years and years before you need to worry about producing an heir quickly, it took your father and I years before we had you.” Then Sarabi looked at her son and smiled, “I can’t believe how much you’ve grown.  Every time I look at you it gets harder for me to believe that you’re that same little cub you were when you left all those years ago.  And now look at you; you’re big, you’re strong, you’re mane is fully grown, and now you’re starting your own family.  Why it seems like just yesterday your father was preparing you to be the king, and now…” Sarabi began to look saddened, but Simba comforted her.

“Hey mom, these things happen.  I’m sorry that I left everyone behind, but I just wasn’t ready to come back home, Uncle Scar made me feel that it was my fault-”

“I still can’t believe that he did that!!” Sarabi roared out in sheer rage overpowering her sadness.  “How anybody could do that to their own brother, or their own nephews who were only cubs.” Sarabi looked down.

“Nephews?” Simba asked puzzled.

Sarabi was caught off-guard, she had never told Simba about Kimba; but it was too late, she already let the secret out.  “Yes Simba, nephews.  You see you had a brother…”

“WHAT?!!  How come I never knew about this?!!” Simba was shocked and a little angry at his mother for keeping this from him.

Sarabi hushed her son then continued, “You see Simba, just before your father died I got pregnant.  After he was born he reminded me so much of you that I named him Kimba, but only minutes later…” now Sarabi really began to start crying, but she managed to get it out between sobs “Your uncle Scar got to him.” By now Sarabi was completely in tears.

“No…” Simba said with a horrified expression on his face, “How could he kill a poor, defenseless cub?”

“I don’t know.”

Simba continued to comfort his mother, after about ten minutes she calmed down and she headed back to Pride Rock with Sarafina.

 

Now Simba was sitting all alone by the gorge again.  His head filled with thoughts of his father, his uncle, and his brother; he became so furious that he let out a loud roar which echoed throughout the gorge causing a landslide.  Without having much time to react Simba ran off into the Sahara Desert and started heading for the Jungle.

 

Chapter 3:  Why Don’t I Just Go Off and Die?

 

Now Simba was wandering through the desert and as he walked he continued to think about things.  He was seriously considering staying in the Jungle permanently this time, he would invite Timon and Pumbaa to stay with him, he didn’t want to go back and face being an infertile king.  He felt that he was letting everybody down; he felt that he didn’t make a good king, in fact, he felt that he didn’t even deserve to be king.  All that he had ever done with his life was get in people’s way, then he began playing the “It’s because of me…” game.

“It’s because of me that uncle Scar had to kill dad.”

“It’s because of me that Nala isn’t living a happy life with a family.”

“It’s because of me that mom had to suffer thinking that I was dead.”

“It’s because of me that Kopa’s gone.”

“It’s because of me that Timon and Pumbaa’s peaceful Hakuna Matata lifestyle ended.”

“It’s because of me that everybody else’s lives are being held back.”

Simba began to cry hysterically as these thoughts ran through his head as he went through the “I wish” stage.

“I wish that this was all just a dream.”

“I wish that I could just wake up and be a cub again so I can hang out with my father.”

“I wish that I didn’t have to be king.”

“I wish nothing ever existed in the first place.”

            He stopped and sat down to cry out all of these thoughts and feelings.  After about fifteen minutes he no longer felt binded to the desert sand and began moving once more.  He was still crying as he headed toward the jungle but not as much; in fact he didn’t even really remember why he was crying in the first place, but he just couldn’t stop.  After a few more minutes passed he was able to calm down without breaking into sobs again.

 

            Once Simba reached the jungle he completely forgot about everything: he forgot about being king, he forgot about being infertile, he forgot about the conversation he had with his mother, he forgot about all of the problems in his life and he remembered only one thing… Hakuna Matata.  He sat at the base of the waterfall where he used to think about his life, because he still wanted to get these thoughts out of the back of his head he knew that he needed to overcome them in his mind.

 

Chapter 4:  The Surprise.

 

Back at Pride Rock Sarabi and Sarafina entered the cave where Nala was.  Nala’s ears perked up and she turned around to see her mother and mother-in-law.

“Hey mom.” Nala said to her mother.

“Hi dear, how are you?” Sarafina said as she nuzzled her daughter.

“Well… I’m pregnant again!” Nala was excited.

“Really?!  That’s great news!” both Sarabi and Sarafina said in almost perfect unison.

“Yeah, Simba left just before I found out.”

“We saw him actually.” Sarabi said.

“Oh, really?”

Sarabi told Nala of her conversation with Simba.

“Wow.” Nala was absolutely speechless.  It was silent for a few moments until Nala broke the silence.  “He must’ve returned to the Jungle then, he might not be back for a few hours.”

Sarabi looked out towards the Jungle, “Yeah… I thought as much.”

“Hopefully he comes back soon, I can’t wait to tell him the news.” Then Nala glanced up at her elders, “Please don’t tell him, I want to tell him at just the right moment.”

“Alright, we won’t tell him anything.” Sarabi said, the three sat inside of the cave and continued talking with one another.

 

Chapter 5:  Dizziness…

 

            Simba was still in the Jungle, he was sitting at the base of the waterfall.  He was dripping with water because he just got out of the lake after going for a refreshing swim and hadn’t bothered to shake himself dry.  That swim really helped clear his mind, he was once again temporarily at peace.  He laid on the grass and stared up at the sky, he saw the cloud that Timon and Pumbaa had argued about earlier that day.

“Why is that still there?” Simba thought to himself.  “Maybe father’s trying to tell me something.”

“Dad?!” Simba called up to the sky in futility.

“…Nothing…” Simba whispered to himself as he looked down at the grass.

 

            It was night now, Simba still lay in the same spot staring at that cloud that never seemed to move.

            At Pride Rock Nala was getting a little worried, “Where’s Simba?” she wondered.

“Don’t worry, I’m sure he’ll be back soon.” Sarabi said, it was just her and Nala in the cave now.

“He’s never been gone this long before, though.”

“Simba can take care of himself, you know that.  Come on, where’s the Nala I know?  She’d be more worried about being a good queen than her husband being gone for only a few hours.”

“But what if something happened to him?  I don’t think that I could handle losing him again…” Nala looked down and remembered the time when she thought Simba was dead.

“That’s not going to happen and you know it.” Sarabi said.

“But, he’s never been gone this long before, I want to go look for him.”

“You can’t dear, you’re the queen; at least one of you has to be here at all times.” Sarabi could tell that Nala truly was worried by the look of fear in her eyes.  Sarabi sighed then said, “Alright, if you’re really that worried about him then I’ll look for him.”

“Alright, I guess so, just be careful.” Nala nuzzled Sarabi before she left.

Before exiting the cave Sarabi called out, “Don’t worry, I’ll be fine.”

 

Meanwhile,

            At the Jungle Simba was still watching that cloud in the sky, he just couldn’t take his eyes off of it.  For some unknown reason it simply amazed him; he was fascinated by it and studied the entire figure from top to bottom, left to right, and inside and out as well.

 

            After another half an hour Simba decided that it was time to return home.  He got up and started walking back to Pride Rock, but on the way there he suddenly felt light-headed.  He thought it was because he hadn’t eaten in a while so he decided to take it easy.  He continued walking through the Jungle; the two giant trees that marked the Jungle’s entrance were slowly rising above the horizon line in front of him, while the waterfall mesa slowly sank below the horizon line behind him.  As he continued to walk his head felt lighter and emptier and he even lost consciousness for about half a second on several occasions.  He began to feel as if he was no longer in his body; his body continued onward but he was no longer in control of it, all that he could focus on was keeping his mind awake.  He wasn’t even aware of what his body was doing anymore, he was there but only in his mind.  It was like a dream, a dream where your head’s floating above your body but you’re not in control of it.  His head felt empty of mass but full of pressure.  This continued for several minutes before he finally passed out…

 

Epilogue:

By now you must have several questions:

What makes this so Sci-Fi?

Why is Simba still in the present?

Is that vortex thing even a cloud?

Why does the plot seem to revolve around Simba not making such a great king rather than him seeing the future?

Are those the real ages of the characters?

Why is Sarafina in this story, she doesn’t really do much?

Why haven’t you used any original characters or locations?

Why did you bother making such a terrible map?

Why did you meld Science Fiction and The Lion King which takes place in a natural environment untouched by humans?

What could this possibly have to do with Final Fantasy 7 or Star Ocean:  Till the End of Time?

What even is Borgel?

How come this isn’t as long as you made it out to be?

How can this possibly be five parts long?

…And finally, why did I put so many pointless questions on here?

 

Well those questions may or may not be answered in part 2; some of them may not even be answered at all.  Part 2 is coming but its flight may be delayed, damn airlines being at the mercy of the weather and other people.