Leaders of the Pride: A Lion King Story (Part Thirteen)

In the Elephant Graveyards, Scar was pacing, thinking of a plot that would for sure secure his victory in claiming the right to rule over the Pridelands. Banzai walked up behind Scar and spooked him. "Whatcha doin, Boss?" Scar jumped and flipped around. "Augh! Don't do that!" Banzai backed down and slowly asked him a question. "Sorry, Scar, I just wanted to know what you're thinking...that's all." Shenzi bounced form the shadows. "Yeah, Scar, give us the dirt?" Scar rubbed his temple with his paw. "I have a headache..." Banzai shouted a witty comment. "Thinking must hurt, doesn't it, boss?" Scar growled. "Must you call me Boss?" Ed sat in the background and laughed. "Sheesh...that brother of mine is so predictable, he laughs at everything." Scar then had an idea. "Ah, now I have figured out the perfect plan." Fabana just happened to hear the conversation. "Scar, you'd better be careful. Mufasa's majordomo Zazu likes to fly around this area." Scar frowned. "That annoying little bird...well anyway..." Scar looks in the sky, only to find there was no Zazu to intervene. "Mufasa's cub Simba...was presented a while ago. With all of his knowledge on becoming king, he's been demanding it so much...like me...and he'll be so blind to dangers...and disobey instructions from his parents. He does the exact opposite of what Mufasa says...maybe...we can lead Simba here." Shenzi wasn't so sure. "And...how do you plan to do that?" Scar smiled with an evil intention. "His father promised him a tour of the Pridelands...I was overhearing his conversation. Chances are, Mufasa will instruct him not to come here...and he will disobey that order. His curiosity will get the best of him, I can promise you that. And all he needs is a little reverse psychology...when Simba comes here...you, Banzai, Shenzi, Ed...will grab him." Fabana walked away. Banzai drooled as he grinned. "Payback time." The hyenas laughed maniacally in the background.

The next morning, Shisazen and Sarafina slowly awaken, only to see that Nala is sleeping...and Simba is wide awake. Simba exits the den, jumping about. His claws scraping across the grown as he runs make horrible noise, "I'm trying to sleep here!" shouts Talani. "Sorry!" Simba said. Shisazen laughs slightly. "Saffy..." Sarafina wakes up. "M-hm?" Shisazen smiles as he sees Simba exit the den. "What do you suppose Simba has in mind?" Sarafina yawns. "I dunno, you tell me." Shisazen looks at Simba, and thinks for a moment. "His father, last night, promised hima tour of the Pridelands. Uh-oh...here he comes...". Simba comes dashing back in the den. "Dad! Daad! Come on, Dad, we gotta go. Wake up!" Simba did not watch where he was jumping, and landed right on Talani. "Ooomph!" Simba apologized, but continue to run, and almost slipped. "Sorry! ...Oop." He then proceeds viciously to his father. Simba hollers out to his father while Mufasa and Sarabi, half asleep, discuss who should obtain parental duty. "Dad? Daad. Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad--" Sarabi was the first to notice. "Your son... is awake..." Mufasa, sleepy as well, responds in disagreement. "Before sunrise, he's YOUR son." Simba then holler out again. "Dad? Daad! Come on, Dad!" Simba, agrresively tugs at his father's ear, and slips. "Daa-- Whoa!" He flies off rolling into the ground, but, as energetic as Simba is, he comes running back and butts his head into Mufasa. "You promised!" Mufasa, seeing his son's impatience, responds, "Okay, okay. I'm up. I'm up." Simba, enthusiastically responds. "Yeah!" Mufasa stretches his head up high and lets out a loud half-yawn, half-roar. The lioness just couldn't stand the noise, and plugged her ears. Shisazen gets up. "You okay over there, Talani?" Talani was slightly angered by an impatient cub. "Dandy." Shisazen smiles, watching Mufasa, Sarabi, and Simba exit the den. Sarafina wakes up. "Well, there he goes. I wish I had as much energy as he did." Shisazen laughed. "What're you talking about? You've got the most energy of any lioness here." Sarafina sighed, but smiled. "Yeah, but Simba has more energy than me, though." Shisazen then proceeded to nudge Nala. "Wake up honey." Nala yawned. "Wh...oh, good morning, Dad. Morning, Mom." Nala smiled. Sarafina picked Nala up. "C'mon honey, time for your morning bath." Nala was wide eyed. "Ok..." Outside the den, Mufasa and Sarabi follow Simba up to the summit of Pride Rock. Simba rubs up against his mother's leg, she nudges him ahead and stays behind. Departing shot of her, with a loving expression. The sunrise illuminates the top of Pride Rock impressively. Both Simba and Mufasa are on the point. Shisazen then comes out of the den. "Mufasa is taking Simba to the summit, I presume?" Sarabi nodded. "Yes." Shisazen looked at Mufasa and Simba walk upward to the summit. "One of these days, Sarabi, we will have to show Simba the secret place." Sarabi looked at Shisazen. "Where would that be, Shisy?" Shisazen stood tall. "Behind Pride Rock. Only the royal family and ambassadors of the pridelands may go there. It's a private tradition that was carried out for generations. I will have to show you later with Sarafina." Sarabi was confused. "Sarafina...but she is not of royal blood." Shisazen shook his head. "No, but Sarafina does have the right as she is my mate." Sarabi mentioned of another secret place. "Mufasa may mention the Elephant Graveyards..." Shisazen nodded. "He is forbidden to go there. Many dangers. Hyenas would kill lion cubs who cross that territory. I hope he never goes there." Shisazen jumps down off of Pride Rock and Sarabi follows.

On the summit of Pride Rock, Mufasa teaches the lessons to Simba that his father, Ahadi, told him. He begins, by telling the story of the light. "Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom." Simba was intrigued. "Wow." Mufasa continues, by explaining the sun in accordance to royal leadership. "A king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king." Simba, still impressed, awes. "And this will all be mine?" Mufasa agreed. "Everything." Simba was impressed. "Everything the light touches." Simba looks all around. He views the rip-rap canyon to the north. "What about that shadowy place?" Mufasa sternly replies. "That's beyond our borders. You must never go there, Simba." Simba was a little unsure. "But I thought a king can do whatever he wants." Mufasa continues to explain :Oh, there's more to being king than... getting your way all the time." Simba, awed even so. "There's more?" Mufasa chuckles as he heads off the summit. "Simba..." Mufasa and Simba then move out into the savannah. "Everything you see exists together, in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance, and respect all the creatures-- from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope." Simba, had yet to understand. "But, Dad, don't we eat the antelope?" Mufasa replied, and began to explain the reasons. "Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass. And the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life." Zazu, makes an unexpected appearance. "Good morning, sire!" Mufasa smiles as Simba entertains himself pouncing on a bug. "Good morning, Zazu." Zazu makes his announcements. "Checking in... with the morning report." Mufasa wants all of the details. "Fire away." Zazu, was expected to announce information, ended up babbling about nothing. "Well! The buzz from the bees is that the leopards are in a bit of a spot..." Zazu's speech will continue through without stop. Mufasa, now easily distracted, responds with a neutral comment. "Oh, really?" Simba, uninterested in Zazu, pounces at a grasshopper and misses. Zazu continues to babble not noticing that Mufasa could care less about his useless information. "...And the baboons are going ape over this. Of course, the giraffes are acting like they're above it all..." Mufasa whispers to Simba. "What are you doing, son?" Simba, opens his paws to realize there is nothing there. "Pouncing." Mufasa smiled. "Let an old pro show you how it's done." Mufasa had a great idea. While Zazu was being a fluttering blabbermouth, he could teach his son a few tricks of the trade. Zazu continues to rant. "...The tick birds are pecking on the elephants. I told the elephants to forget it, but they can't..." Mufasa calls an instruction to his majordomo. "Zazu, would you turn around?" Zazu complies. "Yes, sire...The cheetahs are hard up, but I always say..." Mufasa then continues to give Simba lessons. He whispers again. "Stay low to the ground." Zazu, once again, ranting, futilishly. "...Cheetahs never prosper..." Simba whispers back to his dad. "Okay, stay low to the ground, right... yeah..." Zazu realizes something is amiss. "What's going on?" Mufasa replies quick and honest. "A pouncing lesson." Zazu nods. "Oh very good. Pouncing." He then realizes of his demise of being an impetuous gabber. "Pouncing!?! Oh no, sire, you can't be serious..." Mufasa motions for Zazu to turn back around. Zazu does as instructed, but fearishly. "Oh... this is so humiliating." Mufasa whispers to Simba. "Try not to make a sound." Zazu is in absolute fear, and is shaking violently under his feathers. "What are you telling him, Mufasa?" Looking around uneasily-- Simba and Mufasa seem to have disappeared. "Mufasa? Simba?" Simba, then out of nowhere, flies into the air, pouncing hard on Zazu, leaving him heavily stunned on the ground. Zazu groans. Mufasa laughs full-heartedly. "Ha ha ha ha ha! That's very good! Ha ha ha!" Simba jumps up, and with his tail and nose high into the air, he makes a proud trot away from Zazu. Rumbling from the ground, a gopher pops up and bumps into Zazu. "Zazu!" Zazu replies exasperated. "Yes?" The gopher salutes. "Sir. News from the underground. Hyenas have come from the north and are invading the territory." Mufasa still talking to Simba about his pouncing lesson, but is interrupted by Zazu. "Now, this time--" Zazu jumpes up on a rock. "Sire! Hyenas! In the Pride Lands!" Mufasa then lets his serious personality surface. "Zazu, take Simba home." Simmba was curious. "Oh, Dad, can't I come?" Curtly, Mufasa replied. "No, son." Mufasa heads off at a full gallop. Simba, rather disappointed, responds with his head drooped. "I never get to go anywhere." Zazu tried to cheer Simba up. After being succesfully tackled, he saw promise in Simba, and assured him. "Oh, young master, one day you will be king; then you can chase those slobbering mangy stupid poachers from dawn until dusk." Simba and Zazu head back to Pride Rock.

In the outer Pridelands, Mufasa is running, and spots hyenas disturbing a herd of wildebeest. Banzai looks around, and hollers to Shenzi. "Shenzi! Get your butt in gear, here comes Mufasa!" Banzai quickly turns around, only to bump into a large lion. He looks down, then slowly rises his head. "Shi...shi...SHISAZEN???" Shisazen grips Banzai's throat. "You get the heck out of the Pridelands or I will throw you out myself...DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?!" Shisazen roars as he yells, striking fear into Banzai. Banzai nods. "Shenzi! Abort mission! Let's get out of here!" Shenzi and Banzai run off, Mufasa gallops around the wildebeest to slow them down, but it's no use. Shisazen shouts out to Mufasa. "Mufasa! If you want to end this, you have to kill one of the wildebeest!" Mufasa shouts back confused. "WHAT?!" Shisazen jumps at a wildebeest. "It's almost breakfasttime anyway! Besides, the lionessses are busy with their cubs, we might as well hunt for ourselves!" Mufasa joins Shisazen in what was once a way to control the stampede, now a hunt. "You go for the backside, Shisy, I'll go for the throat!" Shisazen and Mufasa form an alliance and take down a wildebeest. Mufasa bites the throat of the wildebeest while Shisazen holds him down. Malaika joins in. "Boy, you men are sloppy at hunting." Malaika doesn't even bother to help Mufasa and Shisazen, and goes off for a kill of her own. Shisazen was a bit distracted, but still held onto the wildebeest as Mufasa was still biting it's throat. Malaika spotted a zebra, and went in for a quick tackle. She took down a male. And to Mufasa and Shisazen's amazement, Malaika tore the throat out of the zebra and it smacked into the side of a tree. "Woah...she's good." Malaika got up and panted. "Hehe, yeah...alot better than you could do, you had to team up to take down that wildebeest. I could have done it on my own." Shisazen smerked. "Then why don't you show us, sis?" Malaika giggled. "I don't show off more than once a day, moron." Shisazen turned his head. "Fine, then. Show off." Malaika laughed as she began to drag her kill. Mufasa let go of his bite. "Shisazen, do you know what this means?" Shisazen looked at Mufasa. "No...what?" Mufasa smiled. "We haven't had a double kill since we were cubs! There'll be plenty for everyone!" Shisazen smiled. "Great! Lemme help you take this kill back to Pride Rock." Mufasa jerked the kill. "No, I've got it, Shisy, thanks. You should check on Sarafina and Nala." Shisazen nodded. "Okay. While I'm at it, I'll see what Simba is doing, too." Mufasa jerked the kill, but it wasn't budging. Shisazen paused for a moment. "You sure you don't need help with that?" Mufasa insisted. "It's okay, I've got it." Shisazen shook his head. "It would be easier if you got the kill off the rock first." Mufasa looked up and let go. "Oh...silly me. Even us old pros make mistakes once in a while." Shisazen walked away laughing slightly. "Right. Hey, wait up, sis, you want help with that?" Malaika was a bit tired. "Yeah, I could use some help, thanks."

Back at Pride Rock, Scar is unaware that there was a double kill made, and is scavanging for food. He bats an old bone off a ledge, and watches it drop to the bottom. Clunking is heard. Simba them stumbles upon his uncle and surprises him. "Hey Uncle Scar! Guess what!" Scar replied in disgust, but with his head turned to hide his expression from Simba. "I despise guessing games." Simba smiled. "I'm going to be king of Pride Rock." Scar replied sarcastically. "Oh goody." Simba looks over the edge of the rock where Scar batted the bone from. "My dad just showed me the whole kingdom" becoming greedy, "and I'm going to rule it all. Heh heh." Scar wasn't at all impressed. "Yes. Well... forgive me for not leaping for joy. Bad back, you know." Scar flops down on his side. Simba walks up to Scar. "Hey, Uncle Scar? When I'm king, what'll that make you?" He replies with a weird comment. "A monkey's uncle." Simba laughed. "Heh heh. You're so weird." Scar then remembered his idea. "You have NO idea. ...So, your father showed you the whole kingdom, did he?" Simba smiled. "Everything." Scar continues. "He didn't show you what's beyond that rise at the northern border...?" Responding with a disappointed attitude, "Well, no... he said I can't go there." Scar replies quickly with a highly stern, but sarcastic voice. "And he's absolutely right! It's far too dangerous. Only the bravest lions go there." Simba turned his face. "Well, I'm brave! What's out th--" Scar interrupts. "No, I'm sorry, Simba, I just can't tell you." Simba, again, disappointed, "Why not?" Scar nutured Simba's cubbish instincts with subliminal messaging. "Simba, Simba, I'm only looking out for the well-being of my favorite nephew." Scar rubs and pats Simba's head. Simba, snorting sarcastically, "Yeah, right, I'm your only nephew." Scar lifts his paw quickly. "...All the more reason for me to be protective... An elephant graveyard is no place for a young prince..." He fakes surprise. "Oops!" Simba, now enthusiastic, "An elephant what?! Whoa!" Scar fakes dismay, but Simba doesn't notice. "Oh dear, I've said too much... Well, I suppose you'd have found sooner or later, you being SO clever and all..." He pulls Simba closer with his paw. "Oh, just do me one favor - promise me you'll never visit that dreadful place." Simba pausses. "No problem." Scar responds softly. "There's a good lad. You run along now and have fun. And remember... it's our little secret." Simba leaves the rock, Scar walks away with an evil smile. He knows his plan is falling into place.

Shisazen and Malaika return with an Zebra carcus. "Breakfast!" Shisazen shouts. Lionesses and cubs come running. Delanni comes in. "Where's Mufasa at?" Shisazen turns his head. "Oh, he'll be coming with another kill, a wildebeest I helped him hunt." Delanni is in amazement. "We have a double kill!? Great!" Delanni steps down to begin feasting. She then looks up at Shisazen who isn't interested in the kill. "Aren't you going to eat?" Shisazen sighs as he looks back at Pride Rock, noticing Simba coming from a chat with Scar. "No...I'm not hungry. Save some for Scar there, looks like he hasn't eaten in days." Delanni steps back down. "Suit yourself." Shisazen heads over to Sarafina, who is currently giving Nala a bath. Sarabi steps in and finds a nice spot on a rock under shade. Nala looks up. "Dad! Go away! Can't you see I'm bathing?!" Shisazen half-smiled. "Oop, sorry honey." Sarafina frowned and looked at Shisy. "Alright, I'll leave, sheesh." Sarabi interrupted Shisazen. "Shisy, you know not to come here when we're bathing our cubs." Shisazen blushed. "I had no idea, I'm sorry." Sarabi asked Shisazen a question. "Where's Mufasa? I heard he was getting a stampede under control." Shisazen nodded. "Yeah. Shenzi and Banzai started the stampede. It ended up in our favour, resulting in a double kill. My sister brought back an zebra, your husband should be back any minute with a widebeest." A call was heard in the distance. "Ah...a little help...please?!" Sarabi nudged Shisazen. "Go help him out...looks like vultures are trying to get our kill." Shisazen jumped. "Oh crap...gotta go!" Shisazen ran to help Mufasa. Nala laughed. "My Dad can be so weird sometimes." Sarafina laughed. "Sometimes." Shisazen heads out to help Mufasa, and begins to chase after the vultures who are intercepting the kill. "Get outta here you darn birds! Shoo! Vamoose!" Shisazen swats a vulture across the head, knocking it unconcious. Mufasa struggles to drag the kill. "Thank Aiheu you're here...help me out, will ya?" Shisazen smiled. "I thought you'd never ask." Shisazen helped Mufasa drag the kill back to Pride Rock, and placed it next to Malaika's. Other lionesses came in to join the feast. The Scar came down and ripped off a haunch. Talani shouted. "Hey! What's the matter with you?" Scar snorted. "I'm getting my breakfast, thank you very much." Shisazen stepped in front of Scar, while Scar had a zebra haunch in his mouth. Shisazen gave Scar a good ten second stare. Scar then backed down and turned away with his haunch. The lionesses turned around and stared as Scar walked away with part of the kill.

Simba, then ran down the slope of the bottom part of Pride Rock. He runs down towards his mother Sarabi, and then to Sarafina. Sarafina is giving Nala a bath. He surprises Nala with a quicklgreeting. "Hey, Nala." Nala responded casually. "Hi, Simba." Simba wanted to surprise Nala. "Come on. I just heard about this great place." Angered, through clenched teeth, she responded sternly. "Simba! I'm kind of in the middle of a bath." Sarabi interrupted. "And it's time for yours." Sarabi grabbed Simba's scruff as he tried to escape, but it was too late. She started to lick his head clean. Simba screamed. "Mom! ...Mom... You're messing up my mane!" Sarabi stopped and smiled. Simba wasn't all too happy with the unexpected bathtime. "Okay, okay, I'm clean. Can we go now?" Sarafina continues to clean Nala. "So where are we going? It better not be anyplace dumb." Simba was exstatic. "No. It's really cool." Sarabi interrupted again. "So where is this "really cool" place?" Simba responded to his mother. "Oh..." he pauses, "Uh... around the water hole." Nala frowned. "The water hole? What's so great about the water hole?" Simba whispers sternly into Nala's ear. "I'll SHOW you when we GET there." Nala responds with a whisper "Oh." She then raises her tone to normal. "Uh... Mom, can I go with Simba?" Sarafina, must have a second opionion before making a decision. "Hmm... What do you think, Sarabi?" Sarabi thinks. "Well..." Simba and Nala respond simultaneously with forced grins. "Pleeeease?" Sarabi nods. "It's all right with me..." Nala and Simba are overjoyed. "All right!" "Yeah!" Sarabi then makes a command decision. "...As long as Zazu goes with you." Simba and Nala stop dead in their celebration. Simba was upset. "No. Not Zazu." Sarabi calls out to Zazu. "Zazu! Would you come here please?" Zazu flies in and lands on Sarabi's shoulder. "Would you mind in guiding Nala and Simba here to the water hole? I'm sure they won't mind." Simba snorted as he looked down at Nala's front paws. Sarabi then whispered into Zazu's ear. "I suspect Simba has another idea...keep a close watch on him." Zazu nods. He then speaks to Simba and Nala. "Okay, you two, come along." Nala and Simba slowly walk off with Zazu. Sarafina gets up. "Well, what do you REALLY think?" Sarabi sighed, then smerked. "I think...Simba has other ideas." Sarafina looked at Simba and Nala walk off. "The Elephant Graveyards." Sarabi nodded. "M-hm. We'd better tell Mufasa. Simba is bound to head off to where he shouldn't be." Sarafina and Sarabi get up to find Mufasa.

Shisazen is calmly eating the zebra kill, one of his favourite meats, and then he notices alot of noise, and singing in the distance. He gets up and taps Mufasa on his side. "Muffy...what the heck is going on?" Mufasa got up. "Hmm?" Sarabi and Sarafina jump up to their husbands. "Um...we have a problem, Shisy. Nala and Simba are playing some sort of mind game with Zazu. I don't know what they plan to do." Shisazen huffs. "Well, that explains the odd singing...can you hear what they're saying, Saffy?" Sarafina shakes her head. Sarabi responds. "I haven't a clue." Mufasa gets up. "I'd better go see what they're doing." Shisazen replied. "See if you can find my daughter, Mufasa." Mufasa nodded. "Will do." Mufasa walks off. Shisazen and Sarafina walk toward Pride Rock. At Pride Rock, we see Malaika and Saria taking a nap. The both of them had a small share of the two kills. Saria wakes up to see Shisazen. "Hey, uncle Shisy. What're you doing?" Shisazen sighs. "Nala could be in trouble. Mufasa went out to see what's going on." Saria dropped her ears. "Well...what's going to happen?" Sarafina patted Saria. "I don't know, honey. Go back to sleep." Malaika wakes up to hear talking. "Shisy, what's with Nala?" Shisazen sighs again. "We beleive Nala is going off with Simba to the Elephant graveyards." Malaika opens her eyes wider. "But she isn't allowed to go there. And neither is Simba." Shisazen looks ahead. "I know. I just hope she'll be safe." Sarafina and Shisazen lie down with Malaika and Saria. Delanna and Talani come in. "What's the word Shisy?" Shisazen looked up. "Nala's probably out in the Elephant Graveyards." Delanna and Talani look at each other worried.

In the outskirts of the Elephant Graveyards, Nala and Simba celebrate as they've successfully "ditched the dodo." Simba shouts. "All right, it worked!" Nala was happy. "We lost 'im." Simba arrogantly responded. "I... am a genius." Nala smerked. "Hey, Genius, it was my idea." Simba had to insist. "Yeah, but I pulled it off." Now Nala was mad. "With me!" Simba wanted all the glory to himself. "Oh yeah? ...Rrarr!" Simba jumps at Nala and they tussle quickly. Nala ends on top and pins Simba with her forepaws, producing a resounding thump." Ha. Pinned ya." Annoyed, Simba forced Nala away. "Hey, lemme up." Nala turns away smiling. Simba looks at her and jumps at her again. They tussle, rolling down a short hill. She pins him again in the same position with another thump. Nala once again secured victory. "Pinned ya again." A geyser makes a loud noise nearby, ejecting steam. In the greyish distance, dark craggy vales are filled with skeletons of elephants. Simba was in awe. "This is it. We made it." They look over the edge of the ledge they are on. A large bull elephant skull is nearby. Simba and Nala look at each other. "Whoa!" Nala is amazed. "It's really creepy." Simba was definately impressed. "Yeah... Isn't it great?" Relishing her naughtiness, Nala replies. "We could get in big trouble." Enjoying the relishment of naughtiness, "I know, huh." Nala looks at an elephant skull. "I wonder if its brains are still in there." Simba then proceeds toward the skull. "There's only one way to know. Come on. Let's go check it out." Simba walks towards the mouth of the skull. Zazu flaps suddenly up in front of them, and shouts with a loud echo. "WRONG! The only checking out you will do will be to check out of here." Simba was a bit depressed that his fun was soon to end. "Aw, man." Zazu was feeling insecure. "We're waaaay beyond the boundary of the Pride Lands." Simba then seizes the moment. "Huh. Look. Banana Beak is scared. Heh." Zazu pokes Simba in the nose. "That's Mr. Banana Beak to you, fuzzy. And right now we are all in very real danger!" Simba has moved nearer to the entrance of the skull "Danger? Hah! I walk on the wild side. I laugh in the face of danger. Ha ha ha ha!" Soon following Simba's confident laughter we hear more laughing from inside the skull. Simba runs back and hides behind Nala and Zazu. Three hyenas emerge from the skull's eyes and mouth. It is Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed. Shenzi begins to kata. "Well, well, well, Banzai. What have we got here?" Banzai continues with the taunting. "Hmm. I don't know, Shenzi. Uh... what do you think, Ed?" Ed could only laugh with a hint of craziness, something he was now pretty good at. The hyenas circle around the cubs and Zazu. Banzai agreed with Ed's laughing. "Yeah, just what I was thinking. A trio of trespassers!" Zazu was, in fact, scared. "And quite by accident, let me assure you. A simple navigational error. Eh heh heh..." Shenzi recognized Zazu. "Whoa, whoa, wait wait wait... I know you." She peers into Zazu's eyes. "You're Mufasa's little stooge!" Trying to retain dignity, Zazu defends himself. "I, madam, am the king's majordomo." Banzai then looks toward Simba. "And that would make you...?" Simba announces himself. "The future king." Shenzi could feel the pressure rising on the trespassers. "Do you know what we do to kings who step out of their kingdom?" Simba was in disagreement. "Puh. You can't do anything me." Zazu corrected Simba. "Uhh... technically, they can. We are on their land." Simba reminded Zazu of what he told him. "But Zazu, you told me they're nothing but slobbering mangy stupid poachers." Aside, surreptitiously, to Simba, "Ix-nay on the oopid-stay..." Banzai jumped into Zazu's face. "Who you callin' 'oopid-stay?!?'" Harried, Zazu changed the subject. "My, my, my. Look at the sun." He starts to try to hasten the cubs away. "It's time to go!" Shenzi wanted to play...rough. "What's the hurry? We'd looove you to stick around for dinner." Banzai was in agreement. "Yeaaaah! We could have whatever's... 'lion' around! {Get it? Lion around!" Banzai laughs. Shenzi comes up with another witty analogy. "Oh wait, wait, wait. I got one, I got one. Make mine a "cub" sandwich. What'cha think?" The scene peals of uncontrollable laughter. Ed jumps up and starts gesticulating and jabbering. Shenzi questions Ed, as he points a random direction. "What? Ed? What is it?" Banzai, looking where Ed is pointing, "Hey, did we order this dinner to go?" Shenzi responded. "No. Why?" Banzai yelled. "'Cause there it goes!" They ran after Zazu, Nala, and Simba, and caught Zazu along the way, grabbing him by the tail. Nala and Simba pant for a moment. "Did we lose 'em?" Simba wasn't sure. "I think so. Where's Zazu?" The hyenas have Zazu near a steam vent. Banzai is holding Zazu by the wings. "The little majordomo bird hippity-hopped all the way to the birdie-boiler." He walks Zazu to the vent and stuffs him into it, plugging it up. Zazu cries for his life, as his tail end gets incredibly hot from the steam. "Oh no. Not the birdie-boiler. The vent shoots off steam and throws Zazu a hundred feet in the air. "AAUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGH!!!" The hyenas start laughing hysterically. Simba jumps back, near the hyenas. "Hey! Why don't you pick on somebody your own size?"Shenzi deviously responds. "Like... you?" Simba made a cardinal mistake. Never instigate hyenas. "Oops." The hyenas start chasing the cubs. They dart around behind them and poke their heads through an active methane vent. "BOO!" they all shout, scaring the cubs. The hyenas chase the cubs up and over the skull and the cubs slip away by sliding down the spine. They shoot off the end of the spine and land on a hillside of bones. "Simba!" Nala calls out. Simba turns around and is horrified to see Nala slipping back down the pile. "Aaaaiee!" Simba runs bravely back and claws Shenzi across the cheek, drawing blood and distracting her while Nala escapes. Shenzi becomes enraged; the Hyenas pursue the cubs quickly and corner them in a cave. Shenzi glares through the pain of the scratch to make a witty comment. "Look, boys! A king fit for a meal!" Well...the jokes may have gone too far. Banzai enters the cave and taunts Simba. "Here, kitty, kitty, kitty." Simba tries to roar, but only a cubbish growl was produced. The hyenas were't phased, rather amused. Shenzi laughed. "Oo-hoo... that was it? Hah. Do it again... come on." Simba opens his mouth to roar again, but a full-grown lion roar is heard. The hyenas glare aimlessly. "HUH?!"It was Mufasa. Mufasa charges the hyenas and knocks them about until they are cringing under him. The hyenas give up quickly. Shenzi cries in pain. "Oh, please, please! Uncle! Uncle!" Banzai quivers in pain as well. "OW! OW! OW!" Mufasa roars his words. "Silence!" banzai was chicken. "Oh, we're gonna shut up right now." Shenzi wanted a truce. "Calm down. We're really sorry." Mufasa...was livid angry. "If you ever come near my son again...!" Shenzi faked astonishment. "Oh this is... this is your son?!?" Banzai did the same. "Oh, your son?" "Did you know that?" "No... me? I-I-I didn't know it. No. Did you?" "No! Of course not." "No." They both ask Ed. He stupidly nods yes. Mufasa lets out a loud roar. Banzai, Shenzi and Ed escape Mufasa's grasp. "Toodles!" With a gunshot sound they disappear. Zazu lights in front of Mufasa, giving him a "that'll show 'em" nod... but then withers under Mufasa's angry glare. Simba slowly approaches his father. "Dad, I..." Mufasa was angred. "You deliberately disobeyed me." Simba began to cry. "Dad, I'm... I'm sorry." Mufasa, stern. "Let's go home." They all start walking out of the Burial Grounds, the cubs bent down in shame. Nala then whispers to Simba as she slowly looks at him. "I thought you were very brave." Up on a ledge, Scar watches the scene from the Shadows.

Out in the night Savannah, the cubs are still walking in a shamed manner behind Mufasa. Zazu is flying between. Mufasa sternly queries Zazu. "Zazu?" Flying forward and lighting in front of Mufasa, his trepidation showing. "Yes, sire?" Mufasa has a stern voice. "Take Nala home. I've got to teach my son a lesson." Zazu turns. "Come, Nala. Simba..." Heputs his wings on Simba's shoulders, gives a heavy sigh, and then a reassuring pat. "Good luck." Zazu and Nala walk off. Nala has a tear rolling from her face as she hears Mufasa shout out his son's name. "Simba!" She began to cry. Zazu flies low with Nala. "I don't know what you thought you were doing. You tried to fool me. And where did it get you? My tailfeathers are singed and you're going to have to fes up to your father! I mean, of all the tricks this was the absolute worst! I mean..." Nala interrupted Zazu. "Zazu...I don't know what I'm going to do...I'm sorry." Zazu and Nala approach Pride Rock, Shisazen waits with an angry look on his face. Nala comes close to his father. "Daddy, I..." Shisazen sternly spoke up to Nala. "Nala. You KNEW it was wrong to go out ti the Elephant Graveyards. And you did it anyway! You could have been killed." Nala had tears rolling from both eyes. "I know, Dad...it's just...well...we wanted to show you how brave we were." Shisazen looked down at his daughter. "Nala, bravery comes at a price. You can't just show off your bravery whenever you feel like it." Nala was upset. "But Simba was brave...wasn't he?" Shisazen shook his head. "What he did was foolish. It could have cost him his life. What you did could have cost you your life. What happened could have costed Zazu his life. The chances you two took were completely unorthadox. There was no reason for it!" Nala cried out. "Dad...I'm so sorry...I don't know what I was thinking." Shisazen began to feel compassionate. He softly rested a paw on his daughter's shoulder. "You know, Nala, I was pretty impressed with the song you made up to rid of Zazu. That was pretty impressive." Nala opened her eyes wide. "You think so?" Shisazen smiled. "There are better things you can do than going off into some stinky pit of death, don't you think?" Nala smiled. "Hehe, yeah." Sarafina smiled in the background, while Zazu was arraging his tailfeathers. Shisazen smiled as he hugged his daughter. "Nala, I love you too much to see stuff like this happen to a sweet girl like you. I don't ever want to lose you." Nala sniffed. "I love you, too Dad." Zazu looked up at Shisazen. "What are you going to do, Shisy? You outrank me." Shisazen looked at Zazu. "Nothing. It's time for bed. C'mon." Sarafina yawned. "I agree. Nala, you'll sleep with me tonight." Nala looked up at her father, and walked back with her mother to Pride Rock. Shisazen saw Mufasa and Simba come back from the Pridelands fields. Simba looked up at Shisazen with fear in his eyes, as Shisazen was bigger than his father. "Goodnight, Shisy." Shisazen smiled. "Goodnight, Simba." Simba walked up on Pride Rock and headed in the den, where Sarabi was waiting for him. Mufasa had a talk with Simba. "He deliberately disobeyed me." Shisazen interrupted. "Simba learned his lesson, Muffy. The experience itself will make him think twice." Mufasa sighed. "I know." Scar hopped down off of Pride Rock. "What are you two doing?" Shisazen sighed. "Nala and Simba were caught in the outlands." Scar gasped, faking astonishment once again, looking in random directions. "No way...Simba? But he's such a good boy!" Zazu ruffled his feathers. "Hmph." Mufasa yawned. "We should get to bed. Zazu, come with me." Zazu sighed. "Alright." Mufasa and Zazu walked away as Shisazen and Scar stared at each other. "You did it, didn't you, Taka?" Scar hid his feelings. "Did what?" Shisazen beared his teeth. "You tricked Simba and Nala to go to the elephant graveyards, why?!" Scar licked his paw and brushed his mane. "I haven't the faintest idea as to what you're talking about." Shisazen growled. "Listen to me here. I'm onto you. You've been acting like this ever since the first day I met you. I thought I could trust you. Now I'm not so sure." Scar huffed. "Maybe you should go to bed, Shisy, you've had a long day." Shisazen turned his cheek without a response and marched up to Pride Rock and entered the den. Scar went back into the Elephant Graveyards.

In the Elephant graveyards, Scar grabbed the zebra haunch he got earlier and lied it beside him. Fabana came out to see Scar thinking to himself. Scar knew Fabana was there, and without turning his head..."He knew." Fabana stepped forward. "Who knew?" Scar growled. "Shisazen. He could foil our plans. This is a risk we cannot take. Where is Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed?" Fabana pointed. Scar replied. "We must make plans for the next attack. This time we will not fail."

The pridelands currently have a sense of insecurity...keep reading to find out more!

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