The Lion King II: Simba's Pride/Transcript | The Lion King Wiki | Fandom

Chorus:
  [It is pre-dawn. Giraffes graze peacefully.] Ingonyama nengw' enamabala. [A breeze carrying milkweed floss blows by. One giraffe looks up and begins to walk away.] Ingonyama nengw' enamabala. [The breeze continues to blow. Elephants trumpet and begin to walk away.] Ingonyama nengw' enamabala. [Monkeys chatter and swing through the trees.] Ingonyama nengw' enamabala.  

Lebo M:
  [The silhouettes of birds fly past the moon.] Night [Below the birds, several animals march in a straight line.] and the spirit of life, [A baby okapi bounds after its mother.] calling...  

Pride Landers:
  [The Pride Landers march in a line across the savanna.] Oh, oh, iyo!  

Lebo M:
  Mamela.  

Pride Landers:
  Oh, oh, iyo!  

Rafiki:
  [Rafiki stands on the promontory of Pride Rock, gesturing to the crowd below.] Ubukhosi bo khokho. We ndodana ye sizwe sonke.  

Lebo M:
  [The sun rises, silhouetting the marching Pride Landers.] Wait! [Flamingos fly past Mount Kilimanjaro.] There's no mountain too great. [Several topi join a line of marching Pride Landers.] Hear the words and have faith.  

Chorus:
  Oh, oh, iyo!  

Lebo M:
  Oh!  

Chorus:
  Oh, oh, iyo!  

Lebo M:
  Have faith.  

Chorus:
  [Several lines of Pride Landers march toward Pride Rock.] Hela, hey mamela. Hela, hey mamela. Hela, hey mamela. Hela, hey mamela.  

Lebo M:
  He lives in you. [Rafiki lifts his arms to the sky, where Mufasa's spirit watches, smiling. 

Chorus:
  Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  He lives in me. [The breeze stirs Rafiki's mane. He smiles, his eyes closed. 

Chorus:
  Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  [Rafiki gestures to the Pride Landers, who are gathered below Pride Rock.] He watches over...  

Chorus:
  Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  Everything we see.  

Chorus:
  Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  [The breeze carries across a stream.] Into the water...  

Chorus:
  Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  [The Pride Landers bow.] Into the truth...  

Chorus:
  Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  [A giraffe lifts its head. Zazu flies up to the promontory of Pride Rock.] In your reflection...  

Chorus:
  Hela, hey mamela.  

Lebo M:
  [Simba and Nala approach Rafiki. Nala holds an infant Kiara by her scruff.] He lives in you.  

Chorus:
  [Rafiki embraces Simba and Nala.] Ingonyama nengw' enamabala. [Rafiki gently takes Kiara into his arms.] Ingonyama nengw' enamabala. [Zazu bows. 

[Rafiki holds Kiara up in the air. Below, the Pride Landers erupt into cheers.]

Pride Landers:
*cheers*

[Mufasa smiles down on the ceremony. Kiara grins playfully.]

Lebo M:
  [The breeze stirs Simba's mane. He closes his eyes and smiles.] He lives in you.  

Singer:
  [Nala sighs and smiles.] Oh, yeah!  

Lebo M:
  He lives in you!  

Chorus:
  [Kiara swats at the milkweed floss that is being carried on the breeze.] Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  Woo! [The breeze stirs Rafiki's mane. He smiles and closes his eyes.] He lives in me.  

Chorus:
  Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  [The Pride Landers continue to cheer down below.] He watches over...  

Pride Landers:
*cheers*

Chorus:
  Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  Everything we see.  

Chorus:
  [The Pride Landers bow.] Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  [The Pride Landers bound into a nearby stream.] Into the water...  

Elephants:
[Two elephants rear onto their hind legs.] *trumpets*

Chorus:
  Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  Into the truth...  

Chorus:
  [The elephants slam back down to the ground, startling a flock of birds out of a tree.] Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  [The birds fly past Pride Rock.] In your reflection...  

Chorus:
  Hela, hey mamela. Hela.  

Lebo M:
  [Rafiki lowers Kiara and marks her forehead with red paint.] He lives in you.  

Chorus:
  Ingonyama nengw' enamabala. [Nala nuzzles Kiara.] Ingonyama nengw' enamabala.  

Lebo M:
  [Simba nuzzles Kiara.] He lives in you.  

Chorus:
  Ingonyama nengw' enamabala. Ingonyama nengw' enamabala.  

[Nearby, Timon and Pumbaa watch happily. Timon is resting on Pumbaa's head.]

Timon:
Ah, Pumbaa. Look at that little guy. [Timon punches at the air.] A chip off the old block! And you gotta know who's [Timon gestures to himself.] gonna raise 'im!

Pumbaa:
His parents?

Timon:
Okay, sure. Get technical. But who's gonna teach him the really important stuff? Like how to belch? [Timon walks to the edge of Pumbaa's snout.] *belches* And dig for grubs? [Timon jumps to the ground.] I'm telling ya, buddy, it's gonna be like old times. You, [Timon gestures to himself.] me, [Timon gestures to Pumbaa.] and the little guy. [Timon gestures to Kiara.]

Rafiki:
*laughs* It is a girl.

Timon:
Girl.

Timon and Pumbaa:
[Timon and Pumbaa look at each other in exaggerated shock.] Girl?! [Timon and Pumbaa faint.] Oy.

[The title card appears, then fades. The scene transitions to Pride Rock in the afternoon. Kiara, now a cub, bounds to the edge of Pride Rock and overlooks the savanna, panting with excitement.]

Kiara:
Wow! [Kiara starts to bound down Pride Rock.]

Simba:
Whoa! [Simba catches Kiara by her scruff and lifts her back onto Pride Rock.]

Kiara:
*giggles mischievously* [Kiara tries to bound away, but Simba stops her with a paw.]

Simba:
Where do you think you're going in such a hurry?

Kiara:
*grunts* [Simba lifts Kiara into the air.] Daddy! *giggles* [Simba sets Kiara onto her stomach.] Let go!

Simba:
Well, I just want you to be careful.

Kiara:
*growls* [Kiara jumps at a butterfly.] Rah! [Simba steps on Kiara's tail. She tries to jump, only to fall.]

Simba:
Kiara, are you listening? Accidents can happen. [Kiara sits up.] You could easily get hurt or stepped–

Kiara:
Hurt or stepped on or even get lost.

Simba:
And remember, [Simba steps off Kiara's tail.] I want you to stay in sight of Pride Rock at all times.

Kiara:
At all times. I know. [Kiara stands.] And if I see any strangers, don't talk to them. [Kiara mimicks walking.] Come straight home. Okay, okay. Can I go now? [Kiara grins.] Please?

Simba:
Hmm. [Nala sits next to Simba.] Very funny.

Nala:
*chuckles* Mind your father, Kiara.

Kiara:
*giggles* Yes, Mom.

Simba:
And stay away from the Outlands.

Zazu:
[Zazu swoops past Simba and Nala.] Nothing there but a bunch of backstabbing, murderous [Zazu lands next to Kiara.] Outsiders.

Simba:
Zazu's right. [Simba looks over one shoulder.] You can't turn your back on them.

Kiara:
Really? How come?

Simba:
Never mind. [Simba gestures with his head.] Just run along now.

Kiara:
But, Dad, I–

Simba:
You'll understand someday. Go on.

Kiara:
[Kiara walks toward Simba.] Dad... [Kiara nuzzles against Simba's leg.] *purrs* [Simba rubs the top of Kiara's head with a paw. She bounds away and starts clambering down Pride Rock.]

Simba:
[anxiously] And stay on the path I've marked for you!

Nala:
*chuckles* Simba, who does she remind you of? Hmm?

Simba:
Huh? [Simba looks at Nala.] What? Who?

Nala:
She's just like you were when you were young. [Nala nuzzles Simba's chin.]

Simba:
Exactly. Do you realize the dangers we put ourselves in? [Nala pins Simba to the ground.] *grunts*

Nala:
You mean the dangers you put us in.

Simba:
*chuckles*

Simba and Nala:
[Nala nuzzles Simba.] *purrs*

Nala:
*chuckles* She'll be fine. [Nala strides toward the interior of Pride Rock. She smiles at Simba over one shoulder.]

Simba:
Hey, Timon! [Simba gestures with his head.] Pumbaa! C'mere!

Timon:
[Timon sits astride Pumbaa's mane. They look over their shoulders and stride toward Simba.] Good morning, mon capitán!

Simba:
I want you to keep a close watch on Kiara. You know she's bound to run off.

Timon:
No worries, Simba. We're on her like stink on a warthog!

Pumbaa:
Hey!

Timon:
It's a hard truth, Pumbaa. Live with it.

Simba:
Guys, I'm counting on you. [Simba looks left and right.] Danger could be lurking behind every rock.

Timon:
Ah-ha. [Timon looks left.] Hmm! [Timon looks right.] Hmm! Hmm... [Timon and Pumbaa depart.]

[The scene transitions to the open savanna. Pride Rock is in the distance. Kiara chases a butterfly through the fields.]

Kiara:
[Kiara jumps at the butterfly.] Rah! Hey! Wait! Come back! [Kiara bats at the butterfly.] *growls* [Kiara jumps at the butterfly.] I just wanna play! [Kiara jumps again and again at the butterfly.] *grunts* Ah... [Kiara crouches in the grass.] Mighty hunter...has cornered her prey. [Kiara stalks the butterfly, which has alighted on a rock.] *growls* [Kiara pounces, and the butterfly flies off.] Ah! [Kiara peers over the edge of the rock.] Huh? [Kiara clambers onto the rock, surveying the Outlands.] Whoa. [Kiara sits.] Cool! The Outlands! I wonder what's out there. [Something stalks Kiara in the grass. A twig snaps. She turns.] *screams*

Timon:
[Timon and Pumbaa emerge from the grass.] *screams*

Pumbaa:
*screams*

Kiara:
*screams*

Timon:
*screams*

Pumbaa:
*screams*

Kiara, Pumbaa, and Timon:
*screams*

Kiara:
[Kiara backs away and falls off the edge of the rock into the water below.] *yelps*

Pumbaa:
[Timon and Pumbaa race to the edge of the rock. Timon hops off Pumbaa's snout.] Oooh! Don't worry, Kiara! Uncle Pumbaa's [Pumbaa jumps into the water.] comin'!

Timon:
Oh, no! Oh! Uh... Uh... Let's see, uh... [Timon pretends to talk to Simba.] "Gee, Simba. The good news is, we found your daughter. The bad news is, we dropped a warthog on her. [Timon clasps his hands nervously.] Is there a problem with that?"

Pumbaa:
[Pumbaa sits in the water, with bubbles around him. He looks around.] Kiara? Kiara?

Timon:
Pumbaa! Let me define... [Timon gestures angrily.] "babysitting"!

Pumbaa:
[Something moves beneath Pumbaa. He jumps away.] Oh!

Kiara:
[Kiara emerges from underwater, flailing.] *splutters*

Pumbaa:
[bashfully] Sorry. [Kiara and Pumbaa walk out of the water onto dry land.] Now, Princess Kiara, as Simba's daughter, you know better than to go off all alone. [Kiara shakes the water out of her fur.] You could've been hurt!

Kiara:
But... But...

Timon:
Hurt! [Timon hops off the rock.] Oh... [Timon jumps onto Kiara's back.] Simba would kill us. [Timon strokes Kiara's sides.] You didn't slip a disc, did ya?

Kiara:
But... But...

Timon:
[Timon crawls onto Kiara's head.] Catch a fever? [Timon hops off Kiara and lifts one of her paws.] Get a hangnail?

Kiara:
[Kiara yanks her paw out of Timon's grasp.] Ugh! Timon...

Timon:
[Timon points to himself.] I had one once.

Pumbaa:
Very painful. [Kiara looks back at Pumbaa.]

Timon:
[from offscreen] Excruciating. [Timon bends a fern to shade Kiara's head.] Darling, with your complexion, you should stay out of the sun. [Kiara swats the fern away.] What? Do you wanna wrinkle?

Kiara:
Will somebody please just listen to me?

Timon:
[Timon turns to face Kiara.] I'm sorry, I wasn't listening. Did you say something, princess?

Kiara:
I'm not just a princess, you know. That's only half of who I am!

Pumbaa:
Oh. Uh, who's the other half?

Kiara:
Uh... Well, I, uh... Um...

Timon:
Well, while you're figuring it out, [Timon marches past Kiara.] let's eat! [Timon walks to a log. He snaps his fingers, and Pumbaa lifts it with his snout. Timon hefts a leaf full of grubs into the air.] Grubs!

Pumbaa:
[Pumbaa drops the log.] The other white meat!

Timon:
And so high in protein! [Timon lifts the platter of bugs toward Kiara.]

Kiara:
[Kiara recoils.] Ewww! Gross!

Timon:
No? [Timon turns and offers the platter to Pumbaa.] How 'bout you, big boy?

Pumbaa:
[Pumbaa sniffs the grubs, lifting one into the air with his inhale.] Ah... Love grubs!

Timon:
Not like!

Timon and Pumbaa:
Love!

Pumbaa:
[Pumbaa eats a grub off the platter. His face takes on a look of panic.] *splutters* [Pumbaa spits the grub back onto the leaf.]

Timon:
Oh... You always do that! You take a bite out of every one and then put it back. It drives me crazy!

Pumbaa:
But you can't tell from the outside which are the really slimy ones!

Timon:
Slimy? Pumbaa, my corpulent compadre. [Timon lifts a grub and squeezes it.] It's the crunchy ones that make the meal! [Kiara rolls her eyes.]

Pumbaa:
[Timon eats the grub.] Slimy!

Timon:
Crunchy!

Pumbaa:
Slimy!

Timon:
Crunchy!

Pumbaa:
Slimy!

Timon:
Crunchy!

Pumbaa:
[Kiara smiles.] Slimy!

Timon:
Crunchy!

Pumbaa:
[Kiara slinks off.] Slimy!

Timon:
Crunchy!

Pumbaa:
Slimy!

Timon:
Crunchy!

Pumbaa:
Less filling!

Timon:
Tastes good!

Pumbaa:
Less filling!

Timon:
Tastes good!

Pumbaa:
Less filling!

Timon:
Tastes good!

Pumbaa:
[Kiara smirks over her shoulder at Timon and Pumbaa.] Less filling!

Timon:
Tastes good!

Pumbaa:
Low fat!

Kiara:
[Kiara bounds across the savanna. She veers away from a line of pawprints to enter the Outlands. She clambers down some rocks.] *giggles* [Kiara starts to cross a log, under which there is a swampy river.] *giggles* [Kiara slips off the end of the log and rolls to the ground.] *grunts*

Kovu:
[Kiara bumps into Kovu, knocking them both over.] Oof! [Kovu jumps to his paws and glares at Kiara.] *growls*

Kiara:
[Kiara stands and backs away fearfully.] *gasps*

Kovu:
[Kovu advances on Kiara.] Who are you, Pride Lander? *growls*

Kiara:
[Kiara continues to back away.] *pants* [Kiara attempts to dodge around Kovu without turning her back on him.]

Kovu:
[Kovu blocks Kiara's path again and again.] *growls* [Kovu tilts his head questioningly.] What are you doing?

Kiara:
[angrily] My father says to never turn your back on an Outsider!

Kovu:
[mockingly] You always do what Daddy says?

Kiara:
No!

Kovu:
Betcha do! Bet you're Daddy's little girl. *laughs* [Kiara looks downcast. Kovu walks off.] An Outsider doesn't need anybody. [Kovu strides across a "log" into the middle of the swamp.] I take care of myself! [Kovu sits.]

Kiara:
[Kiara follows Kovu.] Really?

Crocodile:
[The "log" turns out to be a crocodile, which opens its eyes.] *growls*

Kiara:
Cool!

Kovu:
[Kovu turns around, and his face takes on a look of fright.] *screams*

Kiara:
[The crocodile opens its jaws behind Kiara. She turns.] *screams* [Kiara races away, and the crocodile's jaws snap on empty air.] Run!

Kovu:
[Kovu and Kiara climb a rock in the middle of the swamp.] Whoa! [A crocodile pursues Kovu and Kiara, who climb higher.] *yelps*

Kiara:
This way! [Kovu and Kiara leap offscreen.]

Crocodile:
[The crocodile climbs onto the rock, snapping its jaws on empty air.] *roars*

Kovu and Kiara:
[Kovu and Kiara hop across several rocks. They pause in the midst of the swamp.] *pants*

Kovu:
*laughs* That was a close one.

Kiara:
*giggles* Yeah.

Kovu and Kiara:
[The ground rises beneath Kovu and Kiara, revealing several crocodiles.] Whoa!

Kiara:
*screams*

Kovu:
[The crocodile beneath Kovu snaps its jaws.] *yelps* [Kovu leaps away. Meanwhile, Kiara climbs a nearby tree.] Whoa!

Kiara:
Hey, what about me?

Kovu:
[Kovu runs across the bodies of several crocodiles.] I'll distract them! Run! Whoa! [A crocodile lifts its tail, causing Kovu to fall into the water.] *screams* [Kovu emerges from underwater, flailing.] *coughs*

Crocodile:
[A crocodile swims toward Kovu.] *growls*

Kovu:
*screams*

Crocodiles:
[From atop the tree, Kiara swats at a crocodile.] *snarls* [The crocodiles turn and advance on Kovu.]

Kiara:
Look out!

Kovu:
[Kovu clings to a nearby tree.] *whimpers* [A crocodile's jaws surround Kovu.]

Kiara:
[At the last second, the crocodile's jaws shut, with Kiara standing on top.] *grunts* Move it!

Kovu and Kiara:
[Kovu and Kiara climb the tree.] *grunts*

Crocodile:
[A crocodile lunges after them.] *snarls*

Kovu:
[A crocodile bites the tree. Kovu climbs to the top of a nearby cliff.] *laughs triumphantly*

Kiara:
[The tree shakes beneath Kiara as the crocodile bites it.] Whoa! [Kiara leaps to safety.] *grunts*

Kovu and Kiara:
*pants* [Kovu and Kiara peer over the ledge to the swamp below.]

Crocodiles:
[The crocodiles swarm up the side of the cliff but are unable to climb it.] *snarls*

Kiara:
I did it. [more excitedly] I did it! *blows a raspberry*

Kovu:
Ha!

Kiara:
[Kiara races offscreen.] *giggles* [Kovu follows Kiara. The cubs enter a clearing surrounded by tall grass.] Whoa, man! Did you see the size of those teeth? They were going, "Rawr! Rawr! Rawr! [Kiara rolls onto her back.] Rawr! Rawr!" [Kovu sits.] *laughs* [Kiara sits up.] He was just totally eatin' you up right there, [Kovu and Kiara stand. Zira watches menacingly from behind a curtain of grass.] and I jumped on his head, and I bopped him so good... We make such a good team! And you... [Kovu smiles crookedly.] You were really brave.

Kovu:
Yeah? You were pretty brave, too. [Kiara smiles bashfully.] My name's Kovu.

Kiara:
[Kiara leans toward Kovu flirtatiously. He flinches back, clearly uncertain.] I'm Kiara.

Zira:
*growls*

Kiara:
[Kiara crouches.] *giggles* [Kiara jabs Kovu in the chest, then bounds away.] Tag! You're it! [Kiara crouches playfully. She jabs Kovu in the chest again.] Tag! You're it! You're it! *laughs* [Kiara strides toward Kovu questioningly.] Hello? You run. I tag. Get it? [Kovu stares at Kiara uncomprehendingly.] What's the matter? Don't you know how to play? Oh... [Kiara drops into a crouch and bounces back and forth in a mock fighting stance.] *growls*

Kovu:
Ah... [Kovu crouches.] *growls*

Simba:
[Simba emerges from behind Kiara.] *roars*

Kovu:
[Kovu looks up in fright.] *gasps*

Zira:
[Zira emerges from behind Kovu.] *roars* [Simba and Zira glare at each other.]

Simba:
Zira.

Zira:
Simba. *growls* [Zira crouches, as if preparing to pounce, then hesitates as she looks beyond Simba to where Nala, Timon, Pumbaa, and several lionesses flank him.] Nala.

Nala:
Zira.

Timon:
[Timon gestures to himself.] Timon. [Timon gestures to Pumbaa.] Pumbaa. Great. Now that we all know each other... [Timon jerks a thumb over his shoulder.] Get outta our Pride Lands!

Zira:
[furiously] Your Pride Lands?! *roars*

Timon:
*whimpers* [Timon hides in Pumbaa's mane and peers out fearfully.]

Zira:
[to Simba] These lands belong to Scar.

Simba:
I banished you from the Pride Lands. [Simba strides toward Zira.] Now, you and your young cub, [Simba comes nose-to-nose with Zira.] get out! [Kovu and Kiara recoil in horror.]

Zira:
Oh, [Zira prowls around Kovu.] haven't you met my son, Kovu? He was hand-chosen by Scar to follow in his paw prints and become... [Zira steps in front of Kovu.] king!

Simba:
[Simba glares at Kovu.] *growls*

Kovu:
[Kovu trembles in fear.] *whimpers*

Timon:
Pbbbt! [Timon gestures to Kovu.] That's not a king! That's a fuzzy maraca!

Zira:
Kovu was the last born before you exiled us to the Outlands, where we have [Zira strides past Simba, head drooped.] little food...less water...

Simba:
You know the penalty for returning to the Pride Lands.

Zira:
[Zira pauses.] But the child does not! However... [Zira circles behind Kovu.] if you need your pound of flesh, here. [Zira pushes Kovu toward Simba with her snout.]

Kovu:
[Kovu stares up at Simba, quivering.] *whimpers* [Simba looks at Zira, who grins deviously.]

Simba:
Take him and get out. [Simba turns toward Kiara.] We're finished here.

Kiara:
[Simba lifts Kiara by her scruff.] *grunts*

Zira:
Oh, no, Simba. [Simba looks back at Zira, who strides toward him.] We have barely begun. [Zira grins down at Kiara.] *chuckles* [Kiara looks up at Zira fearfully.]

Kovu:
[Zira walks back toward Kovu and picks him up by his middle.] *grunts* [Zira carries Kovu away.]

Kiara:
[Simba carries Kiara back toward the Pride Lands.] Bye.

Kovu:
[Zira carries Kovu back toward the Outlands.] Bye.

[The scene transitions to evening. The pride marches back toward Pride Rock. Simba pauses on a ridge as the lionesses continue on. Nala stops and looks over one shoulder.]

Nala:
Simba?

Simba:
*clears his throat* [Nala smiles and follows after the pride.]

Kiara:
[Simba sets Kiara on a nearby rock. She grins up at him.] *giggles* [Simba glares at Kiara, unfazed. She drops the act.] *sighs*

Simba:
Kiara, what did you think you were doing? You could have been killed today.

Kiara:
[Kiara sits.] But, Daddy, I... I didn't mean to disobey–

Simba:
[Simba strides around Kiara.] I'm telling you this because I love you. I don't wanna lose you.

Kiara:
[Kiara stands and swivels to face Simba.] I know.

Simba:
[Simba nuzzles Kiara.] If something happened to you, I don't know what I'd do. One day, I won't be here, and I need you to carry on in my place. You are part of the [Simba looks up with a smile.] great Circle of–

Kiara:
[boredly] Circle of Life. I know.

Simba:
Exactly. And you need to be careful. [Simba places a paw over Kiara.] As future queen–

Kiara:
[Kiara jerks out from under Simba's paw.] What if I don't wanna be queen? It's no fun.

Simba:
That's like saying you don't wanna be a lion. It's in your blood. As I am. We are part of each other.

Kiara:
[Kiara closes her eyes and lifts her chin stubbornly.] Hmph! [Simba nudges Kiara off the rock.] Oof!

Simba:
  [Simba flashes Kiara a wide grin, and she grins back hesitantly. The two embrace, purring.] As you go through life, you'll see [Simba and Kiara watch a mother bird feed her babies. One of the babies tries to fly out of its nest.] there is so much that we don't understand, [Kiara smiles up at the baby bird.] and the only thing we know [The mother bird herds her baby back into the nest.] is things don't always go the way we planned. [Kiara frowns sadly. Simba bounds onto a ridge that overlooks the Pride Lands.] But you'll see every day [Below, a mother wildebeest tries to help her baby stand.] that we'll never turn away when it seems all your dreams come undone. [Kiara smiles down at the baby wildebeest. It starts to run on its own, kicking its legs joyfully.] We will stand by your side, filled with hope and filled with pride. [The mother wildebeest runs alongside her calf and steers it back toward the herd. Kiara looks up at Simba questioningly.] We are more than we are. [Simba jumps off the ledge.] We are one!  

Chorus:
  [Baboons sit in a row on a tree branch.] Family. Family. We are one! [A baby hippopotamus jumps from its mother's back to its father's.] Family. Family. [The baby hippopotamus jumps into the water. Its parents emerge below it, pushing it back to the surface.] We are one!  

Kiara:
  [Simba and Kiara stride across a nearby log.] If there's so much I must be, [Kiara pauses and looks at her reflection in the water. Simba briefly pauses next to her, then moves on.] can I still just be me, the way I am? [A fish jumps, distorting Kiara's reflection. She straightens.] Can I trust in my own heart? Or am I just one part of some big plan?  

Simba:
  [A flock of birds flies past Simba, who stands on a fallen tree.] Even those who are gone [Simba stares at a distant star.] are with us as we go on. [Kiara climbs the fallen tree next to Simba.] Your journey has only begun. [Simba bends down to Kiara's level.] Tears of pain, tears of joy. One thing [Simba straightens and looks up boldy.] nothing can destroy is our pride, deep inside. We are one! [Simba jumps off the fallen tree, and Kiara follows him. 

Chorus:
  [Simba races through a crowd of animals with Kiara on his heels.] Family. Family. We are one! [Simba pauses and lets Kiara catch up before he keeps running.] Family. Family. We are one!  

Simba:
  [Kiara races happily after Simba.] We are one, you and I. [Simba splashes through a puddle. Kiara follows, making a much smaller splash.] We are like the earth and sky. [Simba and Kiara bound up a series of small ledges.] One family under the sun. All the wisdom to lead, [Simba pauses on a ledge.] all the courage that you need, [Kiara pauses, looking up in distress.] you will find when you see [Simba gestures to Pride Rock behind him.] we are one!  [Kiara squints unhappily at Pride Rock. Simba follows her gaze, confused, before he understands. With a smile, he strides down to her.] As long as you live here, [Simba nuzzles Kiara.] it's who you are. [Simba licks Kiara.] You'll understand someday. [Simba bounds away. He pauses briefly and looks at Kiara over one shoulder before walking offscreen. A baby bird flits around Kiara's head. She watches it happily. It flies off into the sunset, and she watches it go wistfully.]

[The scene transitions to the barren landscape of the Outlands. Several lionesses are gathered around the termite mounds.]

Lionesses:
[Two lionesses fight over a bone.] *growls*

Nuka:
[Nuka plods along sulkily. Nearby, Vitani tugs at a tree root.] Kovu, Kovu, Kovu. Scar wasn't even his father. He just took 'im in. [Nuka notices Vitani.] Oh, hey, Vitani! Where's the little termite, Kovu? [Nuka strikes a pose sarcastically.] The "Chosen One." [Nuka cuts the root with his claw, sending Vitani tumbling offscreen.] *laughs*

Vitani:
[Vitani stands.] Nuka! Where's Kovu? [Vitani strides toward Nuka.] Did you leave him out there on his own again?

Nuka:
[Nuka fiddles with the tree root. As Vitani approaches, he lets go.] Hey, it's every lion for himself out here! [Nuka scratches himself, causing termites to fly out of his fur.] That little termite's gotta learn to be on his own.

Vitani:
Mother's gonna be mad. She told you to watch him!

Nuka:
[Nuka scratches his mane.] Oh, who cares? [Nuka scratches his shoulder.] I should've been the Chosen One. [Nuka scratches his back against the tree.] I'm the oldest, I'm the strongest, I'm the smartest– [Nuka jerks away from the tree.] *screams* And oh, these termites! [Nuka bites frantically at himself, then writhes on the ground. Vitani watches with a smirk. Nuka scoots toward Vitani on his rear end.] I could be a leader if she'd just give me a chance!

Vitani:
Pfft! Yeah, right. Why don't you tell that to her?

Nuka:
Yeah? Don't think I won't! [Nuka closes his eyes and lifts his chin stubbornly.]

Vitani:
Oh, yeah? *laughs* Here's your chance.

Nuka:
[Nuka opens his eyes.] What? [Nuka looks over one shoulder.] Oh, Mother! Mother, hi! *laughs* [Nuka races toward Zira, who is carrying Kovu in her jaws. He sits.] Mother, I caught some field mice for your dinner. I left 'em by the, um... [Zira strides past Nuka, ignoring him.] by the... Okay. [Nuka deflates. After a moment, he follows Zira.]

Vitani:
Hey, Kovu. [Zira sets Kovu down.] Wanna fight? [Kovu and Vitani face off against each other playfully.] *growls*

Zira:
You were supposed to be [Zira juts her head at Nuka, who recoils fearfully.] watching him!

Kovu:
[Kovu straightens and faces Zira.] It's not his fault! I went off on my own!

Zira:
[Zira prowls toward Kovu, who backs away.] What were you doing?

Kovu:
N-nothing!

Zira:
Who has made us Outsiders?

Kovu:
Simba!

Zira:
Who killed Scar?

Kovu:
[Kovu falls onto his back.] Simba!

Zira:
[Kovu squirms away from Zira.] And what have I told you about [Zira juts her head at Kovu.] them?! [Kovu falls and shields his face from Zira.]

Kovu:
I'm sorry, Mother! [Kovu looks up at Zira imploringly.] Sh-sh-she didn't seem so bad. I-I-I-I thought we could be–

Zira:
[Zira juts her head at Kovu.] Friends?!

Kovu:
*gasps*

Zira:
[Zira circles Kovu.] You thought you'd get to the daughter. [Kovu watches Zira.] And Simba would welcome you with open arms?! [Zira rolls her eyes.] What an idea! [Zira pauses, and a sly grin spreads across her face.] What an [Zira juts her head at Kovu.] idea! [Zira grabs Kovu by his tail and pulls him toward her.] You brilliant child. [Zira pulls Kovu against her leg.] I'm so proud of you! [Zira strokes Kovu.] You have the same conniving mind [Kovu tries to get away, but Zira pulls him back.] that made Scar so... [Zira raises one paw, claws extended.] powerful.

Nuka:
[Nuka pretends to wretch.] Yecch.

Zira:
[Zira rounds on Nuka.] *roars*

Nuka:
[Nuka covers his face with his paws.] *laughs* [Zira picks up Kovu in her jaws and carries him toward the termite mounds. Nuka watches them go. He sits with his shoulders hunched angrily.] Ugh. The Chosen One.

[Zira carries Kovu into the termite mounds. She deposits him in a cradle made of rock.]

Kovu:
*grunts*

Zira:
[Zira stands by Kovu's head.] I now see the path [Zira makes a clawed fist.] to our [Zira straightens.] glorious return to power! [Zira holds up a paw dramatically.]

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders watch from the shadows.] *growls*

Kovu:
But, I don't want–

Zira:
[harshly] Hush! [Zira's voice softens. She sidles up to Kovu.] Hush, my little one. [Zira straightens. She speaks as if to a baby.] You must be exhausted.   [Zira nuzzles Kovu.] Sleep, my little Kovu. [Zira circles Kovu.] Let your dreams take wing. [Zira nudges Kovu's tail into the cradle.] One day, when you're big and strong, [Zira's eyes widen, and she grins.] you will be a king. [Zira strides off. 

Kovu:
Good night.

Zira:
[Zira looks over one shoulder.] Good night, my little prince. [Zira walks deeper into the termite mounds.] Tomorrow, your training intensifies.   I've been exiled, persecuted, [Zira climbs a steep mound.] left alone with no defense. When I think of what that brute did, [Zira unsheathes her claws.] I get a little tense. [Zira glares through her claws. She strides past several smiling Outsiders.] But I dream a dream so pretty that I don't feel so depressed. [Zira slithers between several mounds.] 'Cause it soothes my inner kitty, [Zira lounges on her back at the top of a mound.] and it helps me get some rest. [Zira jumps down onto a different mound. Nuka and Vitani watch from below.] The sound of Simba's dying gasp!  

Nuka:
[Nuka falls over, feigning death.] Blegh!

Zira:
  His daughter [Zira clenches her paws, as if strangling someone.] squealing in my grasp! [Nuka picks up Vitani, who scrabbles at his head until he lets go. Zira climbs a tall mound.] His lionesses' mournful cry. [Zira stands on her hind legs.] That's my lullaby! [in mock regret] Now, the past [Zira holds a paw to her forehead dramatically.] I've tried forgetting, and [Zira gestures with one paw.] my foes I could forgive. [Zira watches several termites march in a line.] Trouble is, I knows it's petty, [Zira walks a claw past the termites.] but I hate to let them live. [Zira smacks the termites away. 

Nuka:
  [Nuka approaches Zira.] So you found yourself somebody [Zira licks her claws.] who'll chase Simba up a tree?  

Zira:
  [Nuka grins at Zira, drooling.] Oh, the battle may be bloody, [Zira grabs Nuka by the jaw.] but that kind of works for me.  

Nuka:
[Zira tosses Nuka off the mound.] *screams*

Zira:
  [Zira skids down the mound past several Outsiders.] The melody of angry growls!  

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders rear onto their hind legs.] *roars*

Zira:
  [Zira approaches a fallen Nuka.] A counterpoint of painful howls. [Zira steps on Nuka's tail. 

Nuka:
[Nuka leaps to his paws.] *yelps* [Nuka looks fretfully at his tail.]

Zira:
  [Zira strides to the edge of a mound. Behind her, the sun shines brightly through a hole in the wall.] A symphony of death. [Zira stands on her hind legs.] Oh, my! [Zira presses a paw to her chest.] That's my lullaby! [Zira strides past Kovu's cradle. Kovu sleeps peacefully.] Scar is gone, but Zira's still around [Zira pulls Kovu close.] to love this little lad [Zira licks Kovu.] till he learns to be a [Zira slams her claws into the nearby wall.] killer [Zira drags her claws down the wall, leaving indentations.] with a lust for being bad! [Zira leaps away. 

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders stand near Kovu's cradle.] *growls*

Nuka:
[Vitani stands over Kovu. Nuka crouches next to the cradle.] Sleep, ya little termite! [Vitani glares at Nuka.] Uh, I mean,   [Nuka strikes a mocking pose.] precious little thing. [Vitani bats Nuka away. 

Vitani:
  One day, when you're big and strong... [Nuka starts to grab for Vitani. 

Zira:
  You will be a king! [Zira tears a root from the roof, making a hole and casting a spotlight on Kovu. The Outsiders surround Kovu's cradle. Zira stands on her hind legs far above the cradle.] The pounding of the drums of war!  

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders leap back and forth over a sleeping Kovu.] *roars*

Zira:
  The thrill of Kovu's mighty roar!  

Outsiders:
*roars*

Nuka:
  [Nuka grins up at Zira.] The joy of vengeance!  

Vitani:
  [Vitani leaps in front of Nuka, who glares at her. She raises her paws in the air.] Testify!  

Zira:
  I can hear the cheering! [Zira holds a paw to her ear, as if listening. 

Nuka and Vitani:
  [Nuka waves a flag unethusiastically. Vitani grins sincerely.] Kovu, what a guy!  

Zira:
  [Zira bats at the hole in the ceiling, widening it.] Payback time is nearing, [Zira uses her shoulders to break through the hole in the ceiling.] and then our flag will fly [Zira emerges against a blood-red sky.] against a blood-red sky. [Zira stands on her hind legs. Around her, the Outsiders stand on the termite mounds.] That's my lullaby! *laughs*  

[The scene transitions to Rafiki's tree at night. A breeze carrying milkweed floss blows toward the tree.]

Rafiki:
[from offscreen] Oh, Mufasa. [Rafiki mixes paint in half of a hollowed gourd. On the nearby tree trunk, there is a painting of two lion cubs.] Every day, Kiara grows more beautiful, [Rafiki smears blue paint above the painting of Kiara.] into a queen that will someday make us all very proud. [more solemnly] But this cub, Kovu, [Rafiki draws a brown mane on the painting of Kovu.] grows stronger, and Zira fills his heart with [Rafiki smears brown paint over Kovu's heart.] hate. [Rafiki closes his eyes and bows his head.] I'm very worried, Mufasa. Things are not going well. No. [The wind whistles, blowing Rafiki's mane. Rafiki looks up at some rattling gourds that are hanging from the ceiling.] Hmm? You have a plan? [A gourd falls, breaking open on the ground.] What? [Rafiki lifts the two pieces and looks at them questioningly. He glances up to see that, from his vantagepoint, the gourd pieces seem to surround his paintings of Kovu and Kiara. He slowly moves the pieces toward one another.] Kovu...Kiara... [Rafiki clasps the gourd pieces together.] together? This is the plan? [angrily] Are you crazy?! This will never work! Oh, Mufasa, you've been up there too long. Your head is in the clouds! [Rafiki crosses his arms. The wind blows violently. Rafiki holds up his hands in protest.] Okay, okay, okay, okay! All right! Okay! [Rafiki holds up his arms in surrender.] I don't think this is going to work, but I trust you. [Rafiki wags a finger at the wind as it spirals away.] I just hope you know what you are doing! [Rafiki puts his hands on his hips.]

[The scene transitions to the termite mounds.]

Zira:
[Zira grins deviously.] You are ready! *chuckles* [Zira circles a full-grown Kovu, who is sitting atop a rock.] Nice. Very nice. *chuckles* You have the same blackness in your soul that Scar had.

Kovu:
*growls*

Zira:
What is your destiny?

Kovu:
I will avenge Scar. Take his place in the Pride Lands.

Zira:
Yes! What have I taught you?

Kovu:
Simba is the enemy.

Zira:
[emphatically] And what must you do? [Zira juts her head at Kovu.]

Kovu:
I must kill him!

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders gather around Kovu.] *roars*

[The scene transitions to Pride Rock in the daytime. The lionesses are gathered in two rows on a trail outside the entrance. Nala strides between them to join Simba at the bottom of the trail.]

Lionesses:
*laughs* You must be so proud, Nala. This is Kiara's first hunt. Yeah!

Simba:
*sighs* [Simba smiles as Nala sits next to him.]

A lioness:
[from offscreen] There she is!

Rafiki:
[Kiara emerges at the top of the trail. Rafiki stands on a nearby rock.] Kiara.

[Zazu alights on a branch and smiles.]

Timon:
Aha! [Timon hugs Pumbaa.]

Lionesses:
[Rafiki gestures to the trail. Kiara strides in-between the rows of lionesses.] You can do it. It's your day. Good luck, Kiara! Your first time. My, how you've grown!

Nala:
[Nala walks out to meet Kiara. They embrace.] You'll do just fine.

Kiara:
[Simba looks down in concern.] Daddy? [Simba looks up.] You have to promise to let me do this on my own. Promise?

Simba:
[Simba looks at Nala, who lifts her chin knowingly.] All right. I promise.

Kiara and Simba:
[Kiara grins and bounds toward Simba. They embrace.] *purrs*

Timon and Pumbaa:
[Timon and Pumbaa exchange sorrowful glances. Timon hugs Pumbaa.] *sobs*

[Kiara breaks her embrace with Simba, and they exchange one final look. She bounds to the edge of the trail and overlooks the Pride Lands, where a herd of topi grazes peacefully. She squints excitedly at the herd, then looks over her shoulder at Simba. He nods, and she bounds away. He strides to the edge of the trail and watches her go, clearly worried. Timon and Pumbaa approach.]

Simba:
[in an aside to Timon and Pumbaa] Make sure she doesn't get hurt.

Timon and Pumbaa:
[Timon and Pumbaa look at each other.] Ah! [Timon and Pumbaa casually shamble away.] *hums* [Timon and Pumbaa dart offscreen.]

[The scene transitions to the open savanna. Kiara stalks a herd of grazing topi, but steps on a twig.]

Kiara:
*gasps*

[The topi look up at the noise and start to run away. Kiara chases them in desperation. The scene transitions to the Elephant Graveyard. Several geysers steam. A full-grown Nuka and Vitani walk to the edge of an overhang and overlook the Elephant Graveyard. Vitani is carrying shoots in her mouth.]

Nuka:
[Nuka winces.] Eurgh. [Nuka scratches his arm.] This place is even creepier since the hyenas ran off.

Vitani:
[Vitani rolls her eyes.] Oh, sheesh.

Nuka:
*scoffs* [Vitani hops off the ledge.] I'm not scared, okay? [From offscreen, a geyser steams. Nuka leaps after Vitani in fear.] *whimpers* [Vitani deposits the shoots on a geyser. Nuka walks toward Vitani, then pauses in front of a geyser.] I just don't know why we have to be here, that's all. If Kovu is so [Nuka arches his back downward.] special, why does he need us? [Nuka starts to walk off, but flips around when a geyser steams.] I never even had a chance! [Behind Nuka, the geyser explodes. He leaps into the air.] *yelps* [Nuka races away and cowers next to Vitani.] *whimpers*

Vitani:
[Vitani rolls her eyes. The geyser next to her explodes, igniting the tips of the shoots.] That's it! [Vitani picks up a fiery shoot in her jaws.] Now, come on. Kiara has started her hunt. We have to move quickly. [Vitani strides past Nuka.]

Nuka:
[Nuka holds a shoot close to the geyser. It explodes in his face.] Ooh! Fire! [Nuka and Vitani bound away.] *cackles*

[The scene transitions to the open savanna. Pumbaa's tail sticks above the grass, swiveling from left to right. Timon's head comes into view. He looks behind him at Pumbaa's tail.]

Timon:
*yells*

Pumbaa:
[Timon and Pumbaa emerge from the grass. They freeze and look around.] Hup! [Timon and Pumbaa exchange glances, then run on.] Hup! [Timon and Pumbaa run through the grass. They hide behind a tree trunk.] Hup!

Timon and Pumbaa:
[Timon and Pumbaa look around.] Hmm. Hmm. Hmm.

Pumbaa:
[Timon and Pumbaa run back into the grass.] Hup! [Timon and Pumbaa each peek around one side of a tree.] Hup! [Timon and Pumbaa switch places.] Hup! Hup! [Timon and Pumbaa run on. Pumbaa takes up a position behind a rock, while Timon hides in a hollow log.] Hup! Hup! Hup!

Timon:
[Timon mimics holding a walkie-talkie.] Tango-Charlie-Alpha. What's your position?

Pumbaa:
Uh... Upright, head turned slightly to the left, [Pumbaa lifts his tail.] tail erect.

Timon:
Why do I bother? [Timon uses his hands as if they're spyglasses. He notices Kiara prowling along nearby.] Ah-ha. [Timon ducks inside the hollow log.]

Kiara:
[Kiara stalks toward a herd of topi. She notices a rock and steps carefully over it.] *gasps* [Kiara continues prowling forward, but her back paw hits the rock.] *gasps* [The topi lift their heads and run away. Kiara chases them desperately.] *grunts* [Kiara struggles to keep up with the herd.] *grunts*

Timon and Pumbaa:
[Timon and Pumbaa look up to see the herd of topi charging toward them.] *screams* [Timon and Pumbaa duck down, and the topi leap over them.]

Timon:
This must be where the deer and the antelope play!

Timon and Pumbaa:
[Timon and Pumbaa watch the herd go. They turn to find Kiara standing in front of them.] *screams*

Kiara:
*pants*

Timon:
[Timon wrings his hands, while Pumbaa grins innocently.] *nervously laughs*

Kiara:
Timon, what are you doing here?

Timon:
Uh... [Timon spreads his arms wide.] shopping! We thought a nice pelt for the den, [Pumbaa nods frantically, then resumes grinning.] some throw pillows, a little potpourri...

Kiara:
My father sent you. After he promised to let me do this on my own. He lied!

Timon:
[Timon clasps his hands.] No... He just doesn't want you to get hurt.

Kiara:
I should've known he'd never give me a real chance. [Kiara leaps over Timon and Pumbaa, who watch her go.] *sighs* [Kiara charges off into the savanna.] I'll do this on my own, away from the Pride Lands!

Timon:
'Ey! Wait! [Timon jumps onto Pumbaa's head.] Come back! [Timon and Pumbaa run into the grass.] Oh, who can keep track of her?

Pumbaa:
Come on, Kiara! Kiara!

Timon:
Kiara, come back! Oh... [Timon and Pumbaa pause in the grass.] She's gone again! [Timon spreads his arms in exasperation.] Somebody's gotta get a beeper for this kid! [Timon and Pumbaa run on.]

Kiara:
[Kiara races across the savanna, her expression stormy.] *pants* [Kiara pauses and looks wistfully over her shoulder before moving on. On a nearby ridge, Nuka and Vitani survey her progress with the fiery shoots still in their mouths.]

Nuka:
[Nuka and Vitani bound off the ridge toward the open savanna.] Let's light fires!

Vitani:
[Vitani uses her shoot to set fire to the grass.] *cackles*

Nuka:
[Nuka uses his shoot to set fire to the grass.] *laughs* [Nuka lights a fire that encircles him completely.] Roasty toasty princess... [Nuka flings his shoot away and hops up and down elatedly.] Roasty toasty princess... [Nuka pauses.] Hey, is it hot in here, or is that just me? [Nuka looks around in concern. He shoots into the air.] Fire! *screams* [Nuka lands outside the circle of fire. He turns back and crouches low to the ground.] *laughs*

Vitani:
*growls* [Vitani grabs Nuka and pulls him offscreen.] Come on!

[The scene transitions to the open savanna, where Kiara is stalking a herd of topi. Suddenly, the topi lift their heads, look around, and run away.]

Kiara:
[Kiara races after the herd.] *grunts* [Kiara pauses, her nostrils flaring. On the ridge ahead of her, the herd doubles back and starts running toward her, pursued by flames. Kiara's expression turns to horror.] *gasps* [Kiara turns and runs in the opposite direction, with the herd hot on her heels.]

Zira:
[Zira and Kovu survey the fire from a nearby ridge.] The plan is in motion. Go! [Kovu runs off.]

[The scene transitions to Pride Rock, where Simba paces restlessly. Zazu stands nearby. On the distant horizon, black smoke billows into the air.]

Zazu:
Don't worry, Simba. She'll be fine. What could happen?

Simba:
[Simba pauses abruptly in his pacing and stares at the distant smoke.] *gasps* No... No! Kiara! [Simba runs off.]

Zazu:
[Zazu flies into the air and stares in consternation at the smoke.] *gasps*

Simba:
[Simba bounds down Pride Rock.] Zazu, fly ahead! Find her!

Lionesses:
[Simba races past the lionesses, who move to follow him.] *snarls*

[The scene transitions to the middle of the fire. Zebras bray and flee the inferno. Kiara runs after them, her face full of terror.]

Kiara:
*pants* *whimpers* [Kiara pauses, her path blocked by flame.] *pants* [Kiara looks over one shoulder at the fire behind her.] *screams* [Kiara runs into an area of thick smoke.] *coughs* [Kiara notices a ridge that is high above the flames.] Huh? [Kiara runs toward the ridge, dodging around several fires.] *grunts* [Kiara leaps and catches onto the ridge with her front paws. She struggles to hold on, nearly falling into the flames below.] *grunts* [Kiara manages to leap to safety.] *grunts* [Kiara collapses.] *moans* [Behind Kiara, a dark shape with glowing eyes approaches through the smoke.]

Kovu:
*growls*

Kiara:
*moans* [Kiara looks up at the stranger weakly.]

Kovu:
[Kovu bares his teeth.] *growls*

Kiara:
[Kiara collapses again.] *sighs*

Kovu:
*snarls* [Kovu circles around to Kiara's head and lifts her chin with one paw. She is unresponsive. He looks both ways before seizing her by the scruff.] *roars* [Kovu hefts Kiara onto his back.] *snarls* [Kovu adjusts Kiara so she is riding him full-body.] *grunts* [Kovu climbs down the ridge, the fire blazing behind him.] *roars* [Kovu races through a burning forest. A tree falls and blocks his path.] *roars* [Kovu leaps over the tree and heaves himself over a ridge.] *roars* [Kovu and Kiara fall down a steep cliff into a lake below.] Ugh! [Kovu emerges above the water. He notices Kiara sinking underwater and plunges after her.] *gasps* [Kovu emerges above the water, gripping Kiara by her scruff.] *grunts* [Kovu swims toward shore, towing Kiara.] *pants*

Zazu:
[Zazu flies overhead. He notices Kovu and Kiara.] *gasps* I must tell Simba! [Zazu flies off.]

Kiara:
[Kovu drags Kiara onto dry land and lets go of her scruff.] *coughs* [Kiara weakly opens her eyes.] Where am I?

Kovu:
[with a smirk] You're safe in the Pride Lands.

Kiara:
The Pride Lands... No! [Kiara stands and juts her head at Kovu, who flinches backward.] Why'd you bring me here? Who do you think you are?!

Kovu:
*scoffs* I think I'm the one that just saved your life!

Kiara:
Look, I had everything under control.

Kovu:
[with a smirk] Not from where I'm standing.

Kiara:
Then move downwind. [Kiara turns and stalks off.]

Kovu:
*growls* [Kovu playfully steps in Kiara's way.] *grunts* [Kiara turns away, but Kovu intercepts her again.] *growls*

Kiara:
*grunts* [Kovu smirks at Kiara. She glares back at him.]

Kovu:
[Kiara tries to dodge around Kovu, but he blocks her path again.] Huh?

Kiara:
[Kiara attempts another dodge, but Kovu intercepts her. She crouches in front of him, as if about to pounce.] *grunts*

Kovu:
[Kovu straightens.] What're you doing? [Kiara's eyes widen. Kovu stares at her questioningly.]

Kiara:
[Kiara smiles.] Kovu? [Kovu smiles.]

Simba:
[from offscreen] Kiara! [Kiara turns. Simba lunges at Kovu.] *roars*

Nala:
[Nala bounds toward Kiara.] Kiara! [Nala nuzzles Kiara.] You're all right.

Kiara:
Father, how could you break your promise?

Simba:
[Simba continues to glare at Kovu.] It's a good thing I did. I almost lost you. [Simba glances at Kiara.] No more hunts for you, not ever!

Kiara:
But I was doing just fine! Even before Kovu

Simba:
[Simba rounds on Kovu.] Kovu?!

Kovu and Simba:
*roars* [Kiara and Nala look between Kovu and Simba with concern.]

Nala:
[shocked] Simba!

Simba:
[Simba glances quickly at Nala, then continues glaring at Kovu.] *growls*

Rafiki:
[from offscreen] Hey! You! [Rafiki appears on a nearby ridge. Kovu and Simba look at him questioningly.] How dare you save the king's daughter?

Simba:
[to Kovu] You saved her? [distrustfully] Why?

Kovu:
I humbly ask to join your pride.

Simba:
[Simba juts his head at Kovu, who backs away.] No! You were banished with the other Outsiders.

Kovu:
I have left the Outsiders. I am a rogue. Judge me now, for who I am. Or am I to be blamed for a crime I didn't commit?

Simba:
[Simba begins to pace back and forth.] *snarls*

Nala:
Simba, you owe him your daughter's life.

Simba:
*growls*

Zazu:
[Zazu alights in front of Simba.] Hmm, yes, sire. Clearly, we are in his debt. And royal protocol demands that all debts be paid. [Zazu puts his wings on his hips.] Though, in this case, you might want to make an exception.

Simba:
[Simba glances over one shoulder at Kovu.] Hmm. [Kovu closes his eyes and straightens.] My father's law will prevail. For now, I reserve judgment. [Simba walks off.] We'll see who you really are.

Kovu:
[Kovu smirks at Kiara.] Hmm. [Kiara grins in delight.]

Zazu:
[Zazu turns his back on Kovu.] Hmph! Riffraff. [Zazu flies after Simba.]

Kovu:
[Kovu smiles sinisterly.] *huffs* [Simba leads the trek home. Kovu follows with the same devious grin.] *growls*

[The scene transitions to Pride Rock. Dark clouds roll in overhead as Zazu flies toward the summit. Night falls, and the pride returns to Pride Rock. The lionesses enter the den.]

Simba:
[Simba paces outside the den.] *growls* [Simba turns and watches as Kovu moves to follow the lionesses into Pride Rock.] *gasps* [Simba hastens toward Kovu and strides past him intimidatingly.] *growls* [Kovu watches Simba in disgust.]

[Kovu turns and walks away from the den. Kiara emerges on Pride Rock and watches with concern as Kovu settles down to sleep next to a tall rock on the summit. She approaches him, while he sits, glaring at the ground.]

Kiara:
Hey, [Kovu glances up at Kiara.] uh... *chuckles* Thanks for saving me today.

Kovu:
*scoffs* [Kovu stands.] What kind of hunter are you anyway, princess? You almost got yourself killed out there.

Kiara:
[provoked] What?

Kovu:
[with a smirk] You wouldn't last three days on your own.

Kiara:
Oh, and I suppose you could teach me?

Kovu:
[Kovu looks over one shoulder at Kiara, smirking.] *scoffs* Yeah. [Kovu walks off.]

Simba:
[from offscreen] Kiara!

Kiara:
[Kiara glances over one shoulder.] Coming! [Kiara races after Kovu and steps into his path.] All right. Impress me. [Kiara strides past Kovu.] We start at dawn.

Kovu:
*chuckles* I look forward to it.

[At a distance from Pride Rock, Nuka and Zira watch Kiara stride back toward the interior of Pride Rock.]

Nuka:
*splutters* D-did you see that?! He let her go! If that were me, I–

Zira:
Hush. [Nuka ducks low.] The fire rescue worked perfectly, and Simba fell for it. [Zira bends down to Nuka's level.] Now, the closer Kovu gets to the daughter, [Zira strides past Nuka.] the closer he gets to Simba. [Nuka gestures wordlessly.] And once he has Simba alone... [Zira slashes at a branch. Nuka ducks just in time.] *snarls*

[The scene transitions to Pride Rock at night. Simba lies asleep in the den, twitching restlessly.]

Simba:
*grunts*

[In Simba's dream, he is at the gorge.]

Mufasa:
[from offscreen] Simba! Simba! [Simba runs to the edge of the gorge. Below him, Mufasa clings to the side of the cliff, with wildebeests stampeding far below him.] Help me!

Simba:
Father!

Scar:
[from offscreen] *cackles* [Simba reaches down to help Mufasa. He looks behind him to see Scar slinking toward him.]

Simba:
No! [Simba turns back and stretches toward Mufasa.] Dad! [Mufasa reaches for Simba's paw.] Just a little farther! [Mufasa's and Simba's paws nearly touch.]

Scar:
[from offscreen] Gotcha!

Simba:
*cries out* [Simba turns to see that Scar is gripping him with unsheathed claws.]

Scar:
Trust me.

Mufasa:
[Mufasa slips down toward the stampede.] Simba!

Simba:
[Mufasa falls into the stampede.] No! [Simba rounds on Scar angrily.] Scar...

Scar:
*cackles* [Scar morphs into Kovu. The scar on his left eye remains.]

Kovu:
*cackles*

Simba:
*gasps* Kovu?

Kovu:
[Kovu heaves Simba into the stampede.] Ha!

Simba:
[Simba falls.] No! [Simba jerks awake.] *gasps* [Simba looks around in a panic.] *pants* [Simba calms as he sees the stars outside and Nala sleeping peacefully beside him. He lowers his head and closes his eyes.]

[The scene transitions to Pride Rock in the morning. Simba emerges from the den, stretches, and shakes his mane. He leaves Pride Rock, crosses the savanna, and stops to drink from a watering hole. Behind him, Kovu hides in the shadow of a large rock.]

Kovu:
[Kovu crouches and flexes his claws.] *growls* [Kiara steps in front of Kovu, who starts.] *gasps*

Kiara:
Good morning! [Kovu backs away.] *laughs* [Kiara hops around Kovu playfully.] I'm ready for my first lesson! Surprised ya, huh? [Kovu looks back at the watering hole to see that Simba is gone.] Hey, come on! Let's go! [Kiara walks off.]

Kovu:
[Kovu watches Kiara go. He glares back at the watering hole.] *growls* [Head bowed, Kovu follows Kiara.]

[The scene transitions to the open savanna in the afternoon. Kovu lies in an open patch of dirt. Behind him, something moves through the grass, making the stalks wave.]

Kiara:
[from the grass] Ow! Ow!

Kovu:
[Kovu rolls his eyes.] *sighs* Three...two...one.

Kiara:
[Kiara pounces at Kovu, who ducks.] Gotcha! [Kiara rolls in the dirt and lands on her back.] *grunts* [Kovu walks until he is standing over Kiara. She grins up at him sheepishly.] You could hear me, huh?

Kovu:
Only a lot. [Kovu moves off. Kiara stands.] You're still breathing too hard. [Kovu smiles.] Relax. [Kovu flexes his claws in the dirt.] Feel the earth under your paws, so it doesn't shift and make noise. [Kiara mimics Kovu.]

Birds:
*caws*

Kovu:
[Kovu looks up at a nearby hill, where birds are flocking.] *gasps* [Kovu crouches.] Shh. Watch the master...and learn. [Kovu stalks toward the hill, wiggles his haunches, and races up the hill. He leaps.] *roars*

Timon:
[Timon, who is eating a grub, turns around in time to see Kovu lunging at him. He spits out the grub.] *screams* [Timon falls onto his back in-between Kovu's extended paws. He waves his arms appealingly.] Don't eat me! [Kovu stares down at Timon in confusion.] Please! I-I-I never really met your tyrant. I mean, uh, Scar. Scar. Oh, heck of a guy. [Timon scoots away from Kovu.] A little moody, but–

Kiara:
[from offscreen] Timon, [Kovu stands. Kiara approaches from behind him.] what are you doing here?

Timon:
Kiara! Thank goodness! Oh... Hey, for once, we're not followin' ya. [Timon gestures behind him.] This just happens to be the best smorgasbord in the Pride Lands! [Kovu and Kiara survey a grassy area, where birds are pulling worms out of the ground.] Bugs everywhere! But, you don't call for a reservation, and, [Timon throws up his arms.] yeesh! [Timon marches toward the birds.] Get outta here, ya scavengers! Go on! [Timon makes shooing motions at a nearby bird.] Shoo! Shoo! [The bird swallows its worm, then pecks Timon in the nose.] Ow! [Timon's nose pulses red.] *whimpers* [Timon covers his nose.] Oh...

Pumbaa:
[Pumbaa charges through a cluster of birds. They briefly fly into the air to let him pass, then land again.] *yells* [Pumbaa switches directions and charges again. The birds briefly fly into the air to let him pass, then land again.] *yells*

Kiara:
[Kovu looks at Kiara in confusion.] *chuckles*

Pumbaa:
[from offscreen] Oh, Timon, [Many birds perch atop Pumbaa's back.] I'm gettin' tired. I gotta lose some pounds.

Timon:
[Timon climbs onto Pumbaa's snout and shoos away the birds.] Shoo! Go on! Shoo! Shoo!

Kiara:
[Kovu and Kiara stride toward Timon and Pumbaa.] *laughs*

Pumbaa:
Hey, maybe [Pumbaa jerks his head at Kovu.] he could help! [Pumbaa looks expectantly at Timon, who is standing on his back.] D'ya think?

Timon:
[Timon shoos away the last two birds, who are on Pumbaa's tail.] Shoo! [to Pumbaa] Oh, yeah, there's an idea. [Timon leans one elbow against Pumbaa's face.] Right. Let the vicious Outsider... [Timon straightens, grinning.] Hey, wait! [Timon points triumphantly at the sky.] I have an idea! [Timon hops to the ground and gestures to Kovu.] What if he helps?

Pumbaa:
What?

Timon:
[Timon gestures to the field behind him.] You wanna lend a voice? Huh? [Timon mimics roaring.] Grr. Grr. [Timon spreads his arms wide.] Roar! Work with me!

Kovu:
[Kovu looks questioningly at Kiara.] Huh?

Kiara:
Like this. *roars* [Several birds fly away.]

Timon:
[Timon jumps into the air.] Woo-hoo! [Timon hops on Pumbaa's back, and the two race away.] Come on, do it again! Do it again!

Kovu:
*roars* [More birds scatter.]

Timon:
[Timon and Pumbaa run through the fleeing birds.] Yeehaw! *blows a raspberry*

Kovu:
[Kovu and Kiara run after Timon and Pumbaa.] Why are we doing this? What's the point of this training?

Kiara:
*laughs* Training? This is just for fun! [Kovu and Kiara run across the field, causing more birds to take flight.] *laughs*

Kovu:
Fun?

Kiara:
*laughs*

Timon:
[Timon and Pumbaa run past Kovu and Kiara.] Yeesh. [Timon catches onto a bird's legs and gets lifted into the air.] Kid, ya gotta get out more often. Fun! Yeehaw!

Timon and Pumbaa:
*laughs*

Timon:
Woo-hoo! [Timon falls, landing on Pumbaa's back.] Yeehaw!

Kovu:
[hesitantly] Yeehaw! [more confidently] Yeehaw!

Kiara, Kovu, Pumbaa, and Timon:
[Kovu and Kiara catch up to Timon and Pumbaa. The four continue to run, scattering birds. They enter a small canyon.] *laughs*

Kovu:
Whoa, whoa, whoa! [enthusiastically] Yeehaw!

Kiara, Kovu, Timon, and Pumbaa:
[Kiara, Kovu, Timon, and Pumbaa continue to race through the canyon.] *laughs* [Kiara, Kovu, Timon, and Pumbaa look up and notice a herd of rhinoceroses in their path. The birds have alighted on the rhinoceroses' backs. The friends screech to a halt.] *screams* [As Pumbaa stops, the momentum flings Timon forward, and he slaps against a rhinoceros' horn.]

Pumbaa:
Uh...

Kiara:
Uh-oh.

Birds:
*blows a raspberry*

Rhinoceroses:
*snorts angrily*

Kiara, Kovu, Timon, and Pumbaa:
*screams* [Kiara, Kovu, Timon, and Pumbaa turn and run away. The rhinoceroses stampede after them.]

Kiara:
[Kiara rounds a corner.] Whoa!

Kovu:
[Kovu rounds the corner.] Whoa!

Timon:
[Timon and Pumbaa round the corner.] Hey, rhino!

Rhinoceroses:
[The rhinoceroses round the corner and thunder out of the canyon.] *grunts*

Kovu and Kiara:
[After the rhinoceroses leave, Kiara, Kovu, Timon, and Pumbaa are seen wedged in a crevice in the wall.] *laughs*

Kovu:
What a blast!

Pumbaa:
Oh. Sorry.

Kiara, Kovu, and Timon:
*laughs*

Timon:
[Timon gives Kovu a noogie.] You're okay, kid.

Kovu:
[annoyed] Hey!

Timon:
You're okay.

Kovu:
[Kovu smiles.] *sighs*

Timon:
[Kiara, Kovu, Timon, and Pumbaa struggle to get out of the crevice.] Excuse me. Pardon me. Pardon me. That's it, that's it, that's it!

Pumbaa:
*grunts*

Kovu and Kiara:
[In the struggle, Kovu and Kiara accidentally brush muzzles. They pull apart, smiling sheepishly.] *chuckles nervously*

Kiara:
Um, s-sorry.

Kiara:
[Kovu and Kiara squeeze out of the crevice after Timon and Pumbaa.] *giggles*

Kovu:
*chuckles* [Kovu and Kiara stand next to each other.] *clears his throat*

Kiara:
*giggles*

Timon:
[Timon and Pumbaa stand at the mouth of the canyon.] Hey! [Timon puts his hands on his hips.] Are you two comin' or what?

Kiara:
*giggles*

Kovu:
*chuckles* [Kovu and Kiara stride after Timon and Pumbaa.]

[The scene transitions to the open savanna at night. Kovu and Kiara lie on their backs, stargazing.]

Kovu:
Didja see that? Didja see that?

Kiara:
What?

Kovu:
*chuckles* Oh, wow. [Kovu points at the sky.] Look at that!

Kiara:
What?

Kovu:
It's really pretty.

Kiara:
Oh, yeah! *laughs* You're right. [Kiara points at the sky.] Oh, look. There's one that looks like a baby rabbit. [The stars above form the shape of a rabbit.] See the fluffy tail?

Kovu:
Yeah... Hey! [Kovu points at the sky.] There's one that looks like two lions killing each other for a scrap of meat! [The stars form the shape of two lions on their hind legs.] *laughs* [Kiara flashes Kovu a concerned look. He doesn't notice.] Ah, I've never done this before.

Kiara:
Really? My father and I used to do this all the time. He says all the Great Kings of the Past are up there. Hm.

Kovu:
Do you think Scar's up there? [Kiara looks pointedly at Kovu. After a moment, he stands and walks away. She sits up in concern. He sits at a distance from her, his shoulders hunched.] He wasn't my father, but he was still...part of me.

Kiara:
[Kiara stands and strides toward Kovu.] My father said there was a...a darkness in Scar that he couldn't escape. [Kiara sits next to Kovu.]

Kovu:
Maybe there's a darkness in me, too.

Kiara:
[Kiara touches one of Kovu's forelegs, then nuzzles him.] *purrs* [After a moment, Kovu nuzzles Kiara back.]

Simba:
[On a nearby hill, Simba surveys Kovu and Kiara. He looks up at the stars.] Father, I am lost. Kovu is one of them. [Simba bows his head.] Scar's heir. [Simba looks up at the stars.] How can I accept him?

Nala:
[from offscreen] Simba? [Nala strides toward Simba, then sits next to him.]

Simba:
I was seeking counsel from the Great Kings.

Nala:
Did they help?

Simba:
*sighs* [Simba looks up at the stars.] Silent as stars. My father would never–

Nala:
[Nala nudges Simba.] Oh, my Simba. You want so much to walk the path expected of you. Perhaps Kovu does not.

Simba:
[Simba's eyes widen.] What? [Simba turns to Nala.] How do you know what–

Nala:
*chuckles* I can see them down there just as easily as you can. Get to know him and see. [Nala turns and strides away. After a moment, Simba follows her.]

[Kovu and Kiara continue to nuzzle.]

Kovu:
[Kovu pulls away from Kiara abruptly.] *clears his throat*

Kiara:
What's wrong?

Kovu:
[Kovu strides away, then sits at a distance from Kiara.] Nothing.

Kiara:
[Kiara approaches.] Kovu...

Kovu:
[Kovu looks back at Kiara. He starts to walk toward her.] It's just that, my whole life, I've been trained to– [Kovu bows his head.] *sighs* Nothing. [Kovu walks away.] I gotta go.

Kiara:
[softly] Kovu, wait.

[Kovu hesitates, looking back at Kiara. She stares at him imploringly. After a moment, he keeps walking, only to be halted by a hand that emerges from the grass and pokes him in the nose.]

Rafiki:
And where are you going?

Kovu:
[confused] Nuh... Nowhere.

Rafiki:
[Rafiki pops out of the grass.] Ha! That's what [Rafiki points at Kovu.] you think. [Rafiki ducks back into the grass. Kovu bends down to look for him.] *laughs* [The grass stalks wave behind Kovu as Rafiki races away. Kiara watches him go.]

Kovu:
[Kovu looks over one shoulder.] Who was that?

Kiara:
[apologetically] Uh... [Kiara sidles up to Kovu.] Friend of the family.

Rafiki:
*hums* [Kovu turns around to see Rafiki lounging on his back and playing with his tail. Rafiki points.] Come on! [Rafiki hops off Kovu's back.] You follow old Rafiki; [Rafiki tugs on Kovu's tail.] he knows the way! [Rafiki races away. Kovu glares after him.] *laughs*

Kovu:
Way to where?

Rafiki:
[Rafiki stands on a tall cliff above Kovu and Kiara, holding a vine.] *laughs* [shouting] You follow! You see! [Kovu and Kiara exchange mystified glances. Rafiki swings away on the vine.] Hurry, now!

Kiara:
[Kiara pelts after Rafiki.] Kovu, come on! [Kovu follows Kiara. Rafiki swings overhead.] *laughs*

Rafiki:
*cackles*

Kovu:
[Kovu and Kiara skid to a halt.] Where's he taking us? [Kovu and Kiara stare in confusion. Before them is a jungle with a waterfall.]

Rafiki:
[from offscreen] Oh, to a special place in your heart [Kovu and Kiara look around.] called [Rafiki hangs down and angles Kovu's and Kiara's heads toward one another.] Upendi! [Rafiki nudges Kovu's and Kiara's noses together. They smile.] *cackles*   [Rafiki stands atop a leaf chair that is floating down a river. Kovu and Kiara sit below him. The chair bobs toward a waterfall. In the sky, a crescent moon appears.] There's a place where the crazy moon [Several monkeys sing in trees.] makes the monkeys sing [Two baboons kiss, then hang on a vine from their tails.] and the baboons swoon [One of the baboons picks a flower and hands it to Rafiki as the chair floats by below him.] and the sultry scent of the lotus bloom [Rafiki gives the flower to Kiara, who holds it up for Kovu to sniff.] will carry you away. [Kovu sniffs the flower, then sneezes. Rafiki points to several hippos, who are hanging from jungle vines.] While the hippos swing from the jungle vines and [Several rhinos dance by in a conga line.] the rhinos rhumba in a conga line, [Several flamginos stand with their heads together, then fall to the ground. Stars appear over their heads.] all the pink flamingos are intertwined [Rafiki gathers the stars in his arms.] as the stars come out to play. [Rafiki tosses the stars into the sky.] Ooh!  

Rafiki and Chorus:
  [Many animals dance together on a grassy plain.] In Upendi!  

Rafiki:
  [Rafiki catches two fruits that fall into his hands.] Where the passion fruit grows sweet! [Rafiki hops onto Kovu and Kiara's chair. He feeds Kiara one of the fruits.] And it's so divine [Rafiki offers the other fruit to Kovu, who holds up a paw in refusal.] that you lose your mind [Rafiki tosses the fruit away.] as it sweeps you off your feet.  

Rafiki and Chorus:
  [The chair floats down the river, coming upon more animals on the shore.] In Upendi!  

Rafiki:
  [Rafiki grabs a nearby stick and uses it to guide the chair down the river. It slides down a small waterfall.] Without a worry or a care. [Rafiki tosses the stick away. He grabs a nearby pink leaf that is shaped like a heart.] It just takes two to make it true. [Rafiki forces the leaf over Kovu's head, like it's a heart-shaped mane.] Your heart will lead you there.  

Kiara:
*laughs* [Kovu tugs the leaf off his head. Kiara grins up at Rafiki.] Where is it?

Rafiki:
[Rafiki covers Kiara's eyes with one hand. With his other hand, he cleans out her ear.] No place you don't take with you.

Kiara:
*laughs*

Rafiki:
  [The chair falls over a waterfall, throwing Kovu and Kiara free. Rafiki leaps away as they fall.] You better watch your step 'cause the path is steep. [Kovu and Kiara land in a bucket full of water.] Better hold your breath 'cause the water's deep. [Rafiki pulls a lever next to the bucket, which opens and deposits Kovu and Kiara.] It's a long way down over lovers' leap, [Rafiki floats down on a leaf, holding an arrow. He tosses the leaf and arrow away as he falls.] but falling's half the fun!  

Kovu and Kiara:
[Kovu and Kiara fall back onto the chair in the river.] *laughs*

Rafiki and Chorus:
  In Upendi!  

Rafiki:
  [Kovu smiles up at Rafiki, who is standing on the chair. Fruits begin to fall around them.] Where the passion fruit grows sweet! [Kovu swallows a fruit, but it gets lodged in his throat.] And it's so divine [Kiara catches fruits happily. She notices Kovu struggling to swallow.] that you lose your mind [Kiara kisses Kovu's cheek.] as it sweeps you off your feet. [Kovu swallows the fruit and smiles with his tongue hanging out, clearly smitten. 

Rafiki and Chorus:
  [Rafiki balances several fruits on his fingers and nose.] In Upendi!  

Rafiki:
  [Rafiki kicks one of the fruits onto a field of butterflies, behind which several animals dance in a conga line. The butterflies flit into the air.] Without a worry or a care. It just takes two [Rafiki nudges Kovu's and Kiara's noses together. They smile.] to make it true. [Rafiki drifts downward on a leaf.] Your heart will take you there. [Rafiki leads a conga line of animals, each of which is holding a miniature bush.] You can beat the bush [The animals toss down their bushes and each put a hand to their eyes, as if looking at something from afar.] like there's no tomorrow, [Rafiki hops onto the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.] from Tanganyika to Kilimanjaro, but you'll find Upendi [Rafiki opens the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro like it's a hatch, and butterflies flood out.] wherever you are. [Rafiki pulls down an orange cloth that becomes a sunset.] Oh, underneath the sun.  

Kiara:
[Kovu and Kiara continue to drift downriver on the leaf.] Upendi. It means love, doesn't it?

Rafiki:
[Rafiki spreads his arms wide. Behind him, hearts pulse from the setting sun.] Welcome to Upendi!

Rafiki and Chorus:
  [A waterspout lifts Kovu and Kiara's leaf. Below them, several animals dance by in a conga line.] In Upendi!  

Rafiki:
  Where the passion fruit grows sweet. [Rafiki, who is standing in a tree, tosses fruits into the mouths of two rhinoceroses at the front of the conga line. They eat the fruits and jump into a nearby river.] And it's so divine that you lose your mind [Rafiki repeats the process with a zebra couple.] as it sweeps you off your feet.  

Rafiki and Chorus:
  [Kovu and Kiara exchange grins, then jump off the waterspout into the pool below.] In Upendi!  

Rafiki:
  [Kovu and Kiara join the back of the conga line.] Without a worry or a care. [Kovu and Kiara eat the fruits Rafiki tosses them, then jump into the river.] It just takes two to make it true. [Kovu and Kiara float down the river on their backs.] Your heart [Kovu and Kiara go over a cliff, but a heart-shaped parachute sprouts from their backs.] will take you there. [Kovu and Kiara drift together. Rafiki floats by on a cloud. 

Kiara:
  Upendi.  

Chorus:
  [Other animal couples float by Kovu and Kiara.] Down in Upendi. Way down...  

Kiara and Chorus:
  In Upendi.  

Chorus:
  Down...  

Kiara and Chorus:
  In Upendi.  

Chorus:
  Way down...  

Kiara and Chorus:
  In Upendi.  

Chorus:
  [The animal couples, Kovu and Kiara, and Rafiki begin to float toward one another.] Down...  

Kiara and Chorus:
  In Upendi.  

Chorus:
  [The floating animals form a pattern in the sky that becomes stars.] Way down in Upendi. Down...  

Kovu and Kiara:
*laughs* [singing] In Upendi...

Kovu:
*laughs* [singing] In Upendi... [Kovu and Kiara walk side-by-side toward Pride Rock. Their haunches wriggle to the beat of the song.] In Upendi...

Kovu and Kiara:
*chuckles*

Kovu:
[Outside the den entrance, Kovu and Kiara pause. They nuzzle.] Good night.

Kiara:
Good night. [Kovu and Kiara look at the den entrance, then at Kovu's rock on the promontory. Kiara walks into the den, while Kovu moves toward his rock. Before entering the den, Kiara looks over one shoulder at Kovu, clearly smitten.] *sighs*

[Simba watches Kiara enter the den. He turns and looks on as Kovu settles down beside his rock. With a perplexed look, he glances from Kovu to the den. Slowly, a smile spreads across his face. Kovu, who is lying down, looks up in concern as Simba approaches him.]

Simba:
It's kinda cold tonight, huh? Come on in. [Simba walks toward the den. With a grateful smile, Kovu follows him.]

Vitani:
[From below Pride Rock, Vitani watches Kovu follow Simba toward the den.] *pants excitedly* Get him! [Kovu continues to follow Simba.] What are you waiting for? Kovu, get him! [Vitani crouches low. Kovu follows Simba into the den.] *snarls* [Vitani turns and races away.]

[The scene transitions. Vitani stands before Zira.]

Zira:
*roars* [Zira juts her head at Vitani.] You're sure?

Vitani:
Affirmative. I saw it with my own eyes.

Zira:
No... [Zira turns and strides away from Vitani.] Kovu cannot betray us.

[The scene transitions to Pride Rock in the morning. Kovu strides out of the den, clearly agitated. He looks guiltily over one shoulder, then paces to the edge of the promontory.]

Kovu:
Okay, I have to tell her today. Oh, where do I start? "Kiara, Zira had a plot, and I was part of it, but I don't wanna be, because... It's because I love you." *sighs* She'll never believe me. [Kovu walks back toward the den.] But I gotta try. [Kovu enters the den.] Kiara, [Kiara approaches with a smile.] I need to talk to you.

Simba:
[from offscreen] Kiara!

Kovu:
[Kovu and Kiara turn toward Simba.] *gasps*

Simba:
[sternly] I don't want you talking with him. [Simba smiles.] I want to talk with him.

[Kiara smiles, while Kovu looks concerned. Simba winks. Kovu and Simba walk out of the den, and Kiara watches them go happily. The scene transitions to a barren landscape of scorched ground and dead trees. Kovu and Simba walk across the plain together.]

Simba:
Scar couldn't let go of his hate, and in the end, it destroyed him.

Kovu:
I've...never heard the story of Scar that way. [Kovu and Simba pause.] He truly was a killer.

Simba:
[Simba looks upon the charred landscape.] Fire is a killer. Sometimes, what's left behind can grow better than the generation before... [Simba steps in the dirt, then draws his paw away, revealing a green shoot. Kovu and Simba duck to look at the plant.] if given the chance.

Zira:
[from offscreen] *cackles* [Kovu and Simba look around.]

Kovu:
*gasps*

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders emerge from the shadows and stalk toward Kovu and Simba.] *growls*

Simba:
[Simba looks to the side to see more Outsiders emerging.] *gasps*

Kovu:
Oh, no... [Kovu and Simba look back and forth frantically.] No!

Outsiders:
*growls*

Zira:
[Zira emerges, flanked by Nuka and Vitani.] Why, Simba...

Simba:
[angrily] Zira.

Zira:
What are you doing out here, and so... [Zira grins.] alone? *chuckles*

Simba and Outsiders:
[Simba squares off against the Outsiders.] *growls*

Zira:
Well done, Kovu. Just like we always planned.

Simba:
[Simba rounds on Kovu.] You!

Kovu:
No!

Simba:
*snarls*

Kovu:
[Kovu looks around at the Outsiders desperately.] I didn't have anything to do with this! [Kovu looks imploringly at Simba.]

Zira:
Attack!

Nuka:
[Nuka lunges at Simba.] *snarls*

Simba:
[Simba knocks Nuka away.] *grunts*

Kovu:
No!

Simba and Outsiders:
[The Outsiders attack Simba.] *snarls*

Simba:
Ah! [Simba fights back as more Outsiders gang up on him.]

Outsiders:
*snarls*

Kovu:
[Kovu jumps into the fray. He knocks an Outsider aside.] *grunts* [Vitani kicks Kovu, knocking him into a nearby rock. He falls unconscious.]

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders swarm over Simba.] *snarls*

Simba:
[Nuka leaps into the fight, knocking Simba off a cliff. He falls into the gorge.] *grunts*

Zira:
[Zira surveys Simba from the top of the gorge.] Yes! [The Outsiders slide down the side of the gorge toward Simba.] We've got him!

Outsiders:
*snarls*

Vitani:
[Vitani pounces at Simba.] Rah!

Zira:
[from offscreen] Remember your training! [The Outsiders chase Simba through the gorge. One jumps on his back, but falls.] As a unit!

Outsiders:
*growls*

Simba:
[Simba pauses at the bottom of a log pile. He looks up to see that it leads to the top of the gorge.] *pants* [Simba looks behind him to see the Outsiders charging toward him. He begins to climb the log pile.] *grunts* [As Simba climbs, he dislodges a log that falls toward the Outsiders. They back away in time to avoid getting hit.]

Zira and Vitani:
[Zira and Vitani glare up at Simba.] *snarls*

[Simba looks over one shoulder at the Outsiders down below. He then looks back up at the log pile.]

Kovu:
[Kovu stands at the top of the gorge, looking down on Simba.] Simba!

Zira:
Get him, Kovu! Get him! [Kovu runs offscreen.] Do it! Now! [Simba continues to climb.]

Nuka:
[Nuka clambers up the log pile after Simba.] I'll do it for you, Mother! [Nuka bounds gleefully up the logs.] *snickers* [Nuka loses his balance.] Oh! [Nuka looks down at Zira as he climbs.] Mother, are ya watching? [under his breath] I'm doin' it for you, and I'm doin' it for me.

Simba:
[Simba loses his footing.] Ah!

Nuka:
[Nuka grabs onto one of Simba's back paws.] *whoops*

Simba:
[Simba winces.] *grunts*

Nuka:
This is my moment of glory! [The log Nuka is standing on breaks, causing him to fall.] What? No!

Zira:
No!

Nuka:
[Nuka falls. Several logs land on top of him.] Ah!

Simba:
[Simba climbs higher, kicking more logs down the pile.] *grunts*

Nuka:
[Nuka struggles to free himself. He looks up in fright as more logs fall toward him.] *screams*

[Simba climbs to safety. Meanwhile, more logs fall, raising dust. After a moment, the dust clears.]

Kovu:
[Kovu bounds down to the bottom of the gorge. He starts to pry the logs off Nuka.] *grunts* [Zira shoves Kovu aside.] *shouts*

Zira:
[Zira reaches down for Nuka.] *pants* [Kovu backs away. Zira shoves a log aside with her head.] *grunts*

Nuka:
[Nuka is seen hopelessly buried in logs.] *coughs*

Zira:
[heartbroken] Nuka...

Nuka:
[weakly] I'm sorry, M-Mother. I tried.

Zira:
[Zira reaches down for Nuka.] Shhh.

Nuka:
*starts to speak* [Nuka's eyes shut, and his head falls limply in Zira's paw. She draws back slowly, leaving his head to rest on the logs.]

Zira:
[Zira stares down at Nuka, devastated.] *breathes heavily* [Vitani approaches from behind.]

Vitani:
[sadly] Nuka... [Vitani bows her head.]

[The scene transitions to the open savanna. Simba limps through the grass. Kiara, Zazu, Timon, and Pumbaa appear on a nearby hill.]

Kiara:
Father? Father! [Kiara looks at Zazu, who has alighted in a nearby tree.] Zazu, get help!

Zazu:
Oh, yes! [Zazu flies away.] Help! At once! Of course!

[Kiara, Timon, and Pumbaa rush down the hill toward Simba. He pauses and looks up wearily at their arrival.]

Simba:
*grunts*

Kiara:
Father... [Kiara nuzzles Simba.]

Simba:
[Kiara pulls away and watches Simba with concern.] *breathes heavily*

Timon:
[Pumbaa skids to a halt in front of Simba, with Timon in his mane.] Simba, talk to me! [Timon spreads his arms wide.] What happened?

Simba:
*breathes heavily* Kovu... Ambush... [Simba collapses on his side.] *moans*

Kiara:
No...

Timon:
[Pumbaa picks up Simba's head, while Timon lifts his tail.] It's all right, buddy. We're here for ya. [Timon and Pumbaa carry Simba away, while Kiara strides alongside them.]

[The scene transitions to the gorge. The Outsiders are gathered mournfully around the log pile.]

Zira:
Scar, watch over my poor Nuka. [Zira glares over one shoulder at Kovu.] Oh... [Zira lunges at Kovu.] You!

Kovu:
[Kovu looks up. Zira slashes him in the face.] Ah! [Kovu turns away.] *breathes heavily* [Kovu looks back at Zira angrily, revealing a scar over his left eye.]

Zira:
What have you [Zira juts her head at Kovu.] done?

Kovu:
I didn't... I-I didn't mean to. I... It wasn't my fault. I... [steeling himself] *breathes heavily* I did [Kovu juts his head at Zira.] nothing!

Zira:
Exactly! [Zira paces around Kovu.] And in doing so, you betrayed your pride. Betrayed Scar!

Kovu:
I want nothing more to do with him!

Zira:
You cannot escape it. [Zira strides toward Kovu, who backs away. Kovu slips on a rock and falls on his backside.] Nuka is dead because of you!

Kovu:
[softly] No.

Zira:
[Zira and Vitani glower at Kovu.] You've killed your own brother!

Kovu:
No! [Kovu runs away from the Outsiders.]

Outsiders:
*roars*

Zira:
[Zira holds up a paw to halt Vitani.] Let him go. [Zira climbs a pillar of rock and stands overlooking the Outsiders.] Simba has hurt me for the last time. [The Outsiders gather below Zira, grinning.] Now, he has corrupted Kovu! Listen to me. Simba is injured and weak. [Zira lifts a fist.] Now is the time to [Zira slams her fist into the ground.] attack! We will take his entire kingdom...by force!

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders rear onto their hind legs.] *roars*

Zira:
*cackles triumphantly*

[The scene transitions to Pride Rock at sunset. Kiara and Nala tend to Simba, who is lying on Pride Rock.]

Kiara:
Daddy, it can't be true.

Pride Landers:
[from offscreen] It's Kovu. It's Kovu.

Cheetah:
[Several cheetahs, who are standing at the base of Pride Rock, turn around. Kiara, Simba, and Nala look up.] Hey.

Cheetah:
*gasps*

Giraffe:
[Several giraffes turn their necks.] It's Kovu.

[Many Pride Landers are seen gathered below Pride Rock. Kovu walks hesitantly through them, and they part to let him pass.]

Pride Landers:
*murmurs* Oh, no. *murmurs*

Kiara:
Kovu! [Kiara runs to intercept Kovu.]

Simba:
[Simba lunges in front of Kiara, halting her in her tracks.] *roars* [Simba strides to the edge of Pride Rock's promontory.]

Pride Landers:
[Kovu looks hesitantly from left to right as he walks through the Pride Landers.] *murmurs*

Timon:
[Timon stands on Pumbaa's head.] Ugh! [Timon marches to the end of Pumbaa's nose.] Why, I oughta... [Timon jumps to the ground and swings his fists.] Let me at 'im! Let me at 'im! [Timon holds up his tail for Pumbaa.] Here, hold me back.

Pumbaa:
[Pumbaa grabs Timon's tail.] Okay!

Timon:
[Timon runs in place, held back by Pumbaa.] Let me at 'im! Let me at 'im!

Pumbaa:
[Pumbaa lets go of Timon's tail.] Okay!

Timon:
[Timon holds up his tail pointedly.] I think you're missing the basic point here.

Pumbaa:
Oh.

Pride Landers:
[Kovu draws nearer to Pride Rock. The Pride Landers watch him distrustfully.] What's he doing? Look at that scar on his face. [Kovu stops in front of Pride Rock. Simba glares down at him from the promontory.] *murmurs*

Simba:
Why have you come back?

Kovu:
Simba... I had nothing to do with–

Simba:
You don't belong here.

Kovu:
Please. I ask your forgiveness.

Kiara:
[Kiara stands with the lionesses behind Simba.] Daddy, please. Listen to him.

Simba:
[Simba looks over one shoulder at Kiara.] Silence! [Simba turns back to face Kovu.] When you first came here, you asked for judgment. And I pass it now!

Kiara:
[Kiara and Nala look on worriedly.] *gasps*

Pride Landers:
We don't want you! Judgment! Put him on trial! Judgment day is here! Yes! Judgment! Judgment!

Simba:
Exile!

Kiara:
No!

[Kovu gapes up at Simba, then looks around him at the incited Pride Landers.]

Elephant:
  *trumpets*  

Zebras:
  *brays*  

[An elephant stamps its feet to the beat of the music.]

Monkeys:
  [Monkeys pound their fists to the beat of the music.] *screeches*  

Elephant:
  [Many Pride Landers, who are gathered in rows, stamp to the beat of the music.] *trumpets*  

Kiara:
No! [Kiara runs toward Kovu.]

Lionesses:
[Two lionesses block Kiara's path.] *growls*

Kiara:
Kovu!

Elephant:
  [from offscreen] *trumpets*  

[Simba glares down at Kovu. He stares back in horror before looking behind him at the throngs of angry Pride Landers.]

Pride Lander:
  [Two oryx advance on Kovu, heads bowed and horns pointed forward.] Deception. [Kovu backs away slowly.] Disgrace.  

Pride Landers:
  [The oryx back Kovu to the edge of a cliff until he is forced to turn tail and flee.] Evil as plain as the scar on his face.  

Zebra:
  Deception.  

Zebras:
  An outrage!  

Pride Lander:
  Disgrace.  

Giraffes:
  [Several giraffes lift their chins haughtily.] For shame!  

Hippopotamus:
  [Kovu bounds down from Pride Rock. A hippopotamus watches from a ledge as he dodges past several attacking snakes.] He asked for trouble the moment he came.  

Pride Landers:
  [Kovu lands in front of several zebras, who rear onto their hind legs.] Deception! An outrage! He can't change his stripes! [Kovu flees.] Disgrace! For shame! [Kovu runs through two rows of oryx, who butt their heads as he passes.] You know these Outsider types! [Kovu runs past several ostriches, who peck him.] Evil as plain as the scar on his face. See you later, agitator! [Monkeys throw rocks at Kovu.] Just leave us alone! Deception! An outrage! [Kovu dodges the rocks.] Disgrace! [Kovu flees down several ledges.] For shame! Traitor, go back with your own! He asked for trouble the moment he came. See you later, agitator! [Simba watches as Kovu runs away. He turns his head as a flock of birds descends on Kovu from the air.] Born in grief, raised in hate, [Kovu looks up frantically at the birds. They periodically descend on and peck him.] helpless to defy his fate. [Kovu flees into a grove of trees.] Let him run. Let him live. But do not forget what we cannot forgive! [Kovu splashes into a shallow pool and looks back at Pride Rock sorrowfully. Simba glares back, his mane blowing in the wind.] And he is not one of us. [Below Pride Rock, the Pride Landers watch Kovu depart.] He has never been one of us. [Kiara dodges around the two lionesses, only to be blocked by two more. She looks over their heads desperately.] He is not one of us. [The Pride Landers shake their heads.] Not our kind. [Kovu blinks sadly.] Someone once lied to us. [Kovu looks down in the water, and his reflection ripples into Scar.] Now, we're not so blind, [Kovu splashes through his reflection. He races to the other end of the pool.] for we knew he would do what he's done, [Kovu clambers onto shore, his head drooped.] and we know that he'll never be one of [Kovu looks over one shoulder at Pride Rock.] us.  

Pride Lander:
  [Simba glares at Kovu. The Pride Landers shake their heads.] He is not one of us. [Kovu turns and strides away sadly. 

Antelope:
  [An antelope's head is interposed with footage of Kovu walking away.] Deception.  

Zebra:
  [A zebra's head is interposed with footage of Kovu walking away.] Disgrace. [Kiara watches Kovu go. She bows her head. 

Pride Lander:
  Deception. Disgrace. [Simba's head is interposed with footage of Kovu walking away. Simba turns away from Kovu.] Deception.  

[Kovu runs offscreen. From afar, Rafiki watches him go.]

Rafiki:
[Rafiki puts a hand to his forehead. He shakes his head sadly.] Oh...

[The scene transitions to Pride Rock. Simba stands on the promontory.]

Kiara:
Father, please, [Kiara approaches Simba.] reconsider.

Simba:
You will not go anywhere without an escort from now on.

Kiara:
No, that's not–

Simba:
[Simba looks back at Kiara.] He used you to get to me!

Kiara:
No! He loves me...for me!

Simba:
Because you are my daughter. [Simba juts his head at Kiara, who backs away.] You will not leave Pride Rock. You will stay where I can keep an eye on you. Away from him!

Kiara:
You don't know him!

Simba:
[Simba paces to the edge of the promontory.] I know he's following in Scar's paw prints! [Simba bows his head.] And I must follow in my father's.

Kiara:
You will never be Mufasa! [Simba's eyes widen in horror. Kiara turns tail and flees toward the den. The lionesses watch her go sadly. She collapses in the cave.] *sobs* [Kiara looks up at a shaft of light. Her expression turns bold. Rocks shift outside Pride Rock, falling away to reveal a hidden exit. Kiara emerges and races off into the savanna. She searches the pool where Kovu had been earlier.] Kovu? [Kiara climbs a nearby rock.] Kovu... [Kiara jumps into the pool. She looks into the water to see that half of her reflection is missing. She runs on. She searches the crevice where she, Kovu, Timon, and Pumbaa had hidden from the rhinoceros stampede.] Kovu... [Kiara huddles outside the crevice.] *cries softly*

[The scene transitions to the savanna at night. Kiara walks slowly through the grass. As she walks, two doves suddenly emerge from the grass and take to the air, causing her to pull up short.]

Doves:
[The doves touch beaks.] *twitters*

Kiara:
  [Kiara watches the doves fly away, clearly wistful. She continues walking.] In a perfect world, [A herd of gazelles frolics by.] one we've never known, [A gazelle couple bounds away from the herd, then stops to nuzzle.] we would never need [Kiara watches the couple for a moment before turning and striding away.] to face the world alone. [Kiara walks into a forested area.] They can have the world. [Kiara stops and watches as two butterflies flit over her head. In a nearby tree, a monkey couple nuzzles.] We'll create our own. [Kiara follows the butterflies out of the forest.] I may not be brave or strong or smart, [Kiara leaps up onto a tree branch and looks up at the stars.] but somewhere in my secret heart, I know [Kiara looks between the star formation of a rabbit and the star formation of two lions fighting: the same ones she and Kovu had spotted earlier.] love will find a way. [Kiara lowers her head sadly.] Anywhere I go, [Kiara lies down on the tree branch.] I'm home if you are there beside me. [Kiara looks down at her reflection in a pool. Half of her reflection is missing. A leaf falls into the pool, distoring her reflection.] Like dark turning into day, [Kiara stands.] somehow we'll come through [Kiara notices a bush on the far shore moving, as if someone is hiding behind it.] now that I've found you. [A frog jumps out of the bush and lands in the pool.] Love will find a way. [Kiara frowns and walks away with her head bowed. The frame changes so that she is walking on a hill covered in ash. She sits. 

Kovu:
  [The camera pans out to reveal Kovu standing on a hill behind Kiara. He watches her with a frown.] I was so afraid. [Kovu bows his head and closes his eyes. After a moment, his eyes snap open again.] Now, I realize [Kovu lifts his head and smiles. Kiara sighs silently.] love is never wrong, [Kovu strides down his hill toward Kiara.] and so it never dies. [Kiara's eyes open in shock.] There's a perfect world [Kiara turns around, and her mouth falls open in delight. She smiles affectionately.] shining in your eyes.  

Kovu and Kiara:
  [Kovu and Kiara smile at each other.] And if only they could feel it, too, [Kiara bounds down her hill toward Kovu. He rushes to meet her.] the happiness I feel with you, [Kovu and Kiara meet halfway and nuzzle.] they'd know love will find a way. [Kiara licks Kovu's cheek, then walks offscreen. His eyes widen in shock before he smiles.] Anywhere we go, we're home [Kovu chases after Kiara, who flicks ash at him. They walk side-by-side up another hill.] if we are there together. [Kovu and Kiara sit.] Like dark turning into day, [Kovu uses one paw to scrape away ash on the ground, revealing a green shoot.] somehow we'll come through [Kiara stares in wonder at the shoot. She smiles at Kovu, who waggles his eyebrows.] now that I've found you. Love will find a way. [Kovu and Kiara embrace. Around them, a wind carrying milkweed floss stirs the ash into the air.] I know love will find a way.  

Kovu:
[Two butterflies flit around Kovu and Kiara. Kovu watches them excitedly.] *gasps* Hey... [The butterflies fly away. Kovu chases after them. Kiara watches him go in confusion. He looks over one shoulder at her, grinning.] *laughs*

Kiara:
[Kiara's confused expression clears. She races after Kovu.] *laughs*

Kovu and Kiara:
[Kovu and Kiara chase each other through the grass.] *laughs*

Kovu:
[Kiara leaps on Kovu, and they roll until he is pinned on his back.] Hey!

Kiara:
[Kovu licks Kiara's cheek.] *chuckles*

Kovu:
[Kiara sits up, while Kovu lifts himself up on one elbow. He nuzzles her.] Mm. [Kovu looks into a nearby pool.] Hey, look. [Kovu's and Kiara's reflections are merged in the water so that the left side is Kiara's face, while the right side is Kovu's.] We are one.

Kiara:
[Kiara looks up in realization.] What?

Kovu:
[Kovu stands.] Let's get outta here. [Kovu races away from Kiara, then turns to face her.] We'll run away together... [Kovu crouches and shakes his haunches suggestively.] and start a pride, all our own.

Kiara:
*chuckles* [Kiara walks to Kovu.] Kovu, [Kovu and Kiara nuzzle.] we have to go back.

Kovu:
[Kovu pulls away from Kiara.] You're kidding. But we're finally together!

Kiara:
Our place is with our pride. [Kovu looks away thoughtfully.] If we run away, they'll be divided forever. [Kovu's expression is uncertain. He glances back at Kiara with the same grim look.]

[The scene transitions to the Outlands. The Outsiders, led by Zira, walk into a pond.]

Outsiders:
*growls* [The Outsiders emerge on the opposite shore, their coats soaked with mud.] *growls* [The Outsiders stride across the savanna. Overhead, gray clouds cover the sky. Thunder rumbles, and lightning flickers in the clouds.]

[The scene transitions to Pride Rock. There is a clap of thunder, and rain begins to fall.]

Timon:
[from offscreen] I can't believe we lost her again. [Timon and Pumbaa pace restlessly inside Pride Rock.] This is the eight-thousandth time!

Pumbaa:
*whimpers*

Timon:
[Timon halts and jabs an accusing finger at Pumbaa.] I thought you were gonna watch her!

Pumbaa:
Me? [Timon marches around Pumbaa.] You were gonna watch her!

Timon:
[Timon turns to face Pumbaa on his other side.] I thought you were gonna watch her!

Pumbaa:
[Pumbaa points accusingly at Timon.] No, you were gonna watch her!

Timon:
You were gonna watch her!

Pumbaa:
Ah! Watch this! [Pumba belly-flops on top of Timon.]

Timon:
Ow! [Timon flips Pumbaa onto his back and tugs at his lip.] Take that, you creepy warthog! Say it!

[Simba strides into Pride Rock and shakes rainwater from his mane.]

Pumbaa:
[from offscreen] Fat!

Timon:
[from offscreen] Say it!

Pumbaa:
[from offscreen] Fat! [Timon holds Pumbaa by the leg.] Fatty! Fat! Fat!

Simba:
What are you doing?

Timon:
[Timon and Pumbaa snap to attention. Pumbaa grins innocently, while Timon lands on his stomach.] Ah! Good question. [Timon sits up.] Uh, lemme ask you one.

Pumbaa:
Hippo-thetically.

Timon:
[Timon hops onto Pumbaa's snout.] Very hypothetical. There's this guy...

Pumbaa:
[Pumbaa shakes his head.] But he's not a lion!

Timon:
[Timon waves his hands in denial.] No! No! [Simba smirks knowingly.] He's not a lion. Sheesh. [Timon wags a finger at Simba.] Definitely not a lion. And, ah... Ah, his daughter, um, [Timon holds up both his arms.] say... [Timon crosses his arms.] vanished?

Simba:
[angrily] Kiara's gone?!

Zazu:
[Zazu flaps frantically into the den.] Sire! [Zazu hovers in front of Simba.] The Outsiders are on the attack! Heading this way! It's [Zazu's eyes widen, and he pumps his wings in fists.] war!

Simba:
Zazu, find Kiara! [Zazu flies off.] We'll assemble the lionesses. Move, now! [Simba races away. Timon and Pumbaa exchange frantic glances.]

[The scene transitions to a rocky plain. Thunder crashes, and lightning flickers in the clouds. The Outsiders stalk slowly across the landscape.]

Guinea fowls:
[Several guinea fowls flee from the Outsiders.] *squawks*

Outsiders:
*growls*

Simba's pride:
[Simba's pride strides onto the plain, opposite the Outsiders. Simba stalks along the line of lionesses.] *roars*

Antelope and zebras:
[Several antelope and zebra lift their heads, then flee.] *brays*

[Kovu and Kiara race through the rain toward the warring prides. In-between them and the battlefield, the gorge splits the land. Half of the gorge is full of water and dammed by logs.]

Giraffes and okapis:
[Several giraffes and okapis flee from the prides.] *brays*

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders form a battle line, while Zira climbs a tall rock.] *growls*

Vultures:
[Vultures circle overhead.] *caws*

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders stand in a line. Simba's pride forms up opposite them.] *growls* [Simba stands at the head of his pride.]

Timon and Pumbaa:
[Timon and Pumbaa march out in front of Simba's pride. They turn and shake their butts at the Outsiders.] Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!

Zira:
It's over, Simba! I have dreamed of nothing else for years!

Timon:
[Timon stands on Pumbaa's head. He gestures to Zira.] Boy, does she need a hobby.

Simba:
Last chance, Zira: [Simba juts his head at Zira.] go home.

Zira:
I am home. *growls* [Thunder booms, and lightning flashes.] Attack!

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders rear onto their hind legs.] *roars* [The Outsiders walk toward Simba's pride.]

Simba:
*roars*

[Simba's pride walks toward the Outsiders.]

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders continue their advance, now trotting quickly.] *growls*

Simba's pride:
[Simba's pride continues their advance, now trotting quickly.] *growls*

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders break into a run.] *snarls*

Simba's pride:
[Simba's pride breaks into a run.] *roars*

Outsiders and Simba's pride:
[The Outsiders and Simba's pride meet in the middle of the battlefield and begin to fight.] *snarls*

Lioness:
[An Outsider bites a Pride Lander on the back.] *yowls*

Zira:
[Zira continues to stand on her tall rock.] Go for the eye!

Lioness:
*snarls* [An Outsider smacks a Pride Lander in the jaw.]

Zira:
Break his jaw!

Lioness:
[An Outsider smacks a Pride Lander aside.] *snarls*

Zira:
Hit him low! [An Outsider pounces on a Pride Lander.] Get them!

Outsiders and Simba's pride:
[The Outsiders and Simba's pride continue to fight.] *roars*

Zira:
[from offscreen] Do what you must!

[From across the gorge, Kovu and Kiara watch the battle in dismay.]

Outsiders and Simba's pride:
*roars*

[Kovu and Kiara exchange a glance before continuing to run toward the battle.]

Outsiders and Simba's pride:
[The Outsiders and Simba's pride continue to fight.] *roars*

Pumbaa:
[Timon and Pumbaa stand up against a rock wall.] Whadda we do?! Whadda we do?!

Timon:
[Timon lifts a finger emphatically.] There's only one thing we can do, Pumbaa. [Timon smacks his fist into his hand.] When the going gets tough, [Timon repeats the gesture.] the tough get going. [Timon spreads his arms wide.] That's our motto!

Pumbaa:
I thought our motto was "Hakuna Matata!"

Timon:
[Timon holds his hands to his head.] Pumbaa, stop livin' in the past! We need a new motto. [Timon lunges toward the battle.] Yeehaw!

Timon and Pumbaa:
[Pumbaa follows Timon.] *yells*

Outsider:
[An Outsider turns toward Timon and Pumbaa.] *roars*

Timon and Pumbaa:
[Timon and Pumbaa pull up short in terror.] *screams*

Timon:
Like I said, [Timon and Pumbaa run away.] let's get going!

Pumbaa:
*screams*

[Kovu and Kiara climb down the gorge to where the logs form a dam. Kiara crosses to safety. Kovu follows, but a log dislodges itself, and he nearly falls into the river. He regains his footing and continues following Kiara.]

Vitani:
[Vitani bounds up a tall rock and looks down on Nala.] Where's your pretty daughter, Nala?

Nala:
[furiously] Vitani!

Nala and Vitani:
[Vitani leaps down on Nala. The two roll, with Nala on top.] *snarls*

[Timon and Pumbaa flee from the Outsiders.]

Outsiders:
*snarls*

Timon and Pumbaa:
*pants* [Timon and Pumbaa smack into a rock wall. They turn to face the Outsiders, cornered.] *shrieks*

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders surround Timon and Pumbaa.] *growls*

Timon and Pumbaa:
[Timon plasters himself against the rock wall, while Pumbaa turns his back on the Outsiders and crouches, hiding his head in his hooves.] *whimpers*

Timon:
[Timon looks from left to right frantically.] *whimpers* [Timon notices Pumbaa's butt, which is stuck up in the air.]

Pumbaa:
*whimpers*

Timon:
[Timon grins.] *chuckles deviously* [Timon jumps onto Pumbaa's butt and cocks Pumbaa's tail like it's a gun. He levels it at the Outsiders.] Don't anybody move!

Outsiders:
[from offscreen] *growls*

Timon:
This thing's loaded. [Pumbaa looks over one shoulder at Timon.] I'll let ya have it!

Outsiders:
*screams girlishly* [The Outsiders flee.]

Timon:
[from offscreen] Yeah. Yeah! *cackles* Huh! [Timon spins Pumbaa's tail idly.] Talk about your winds of war.

Zira:
*cackles*

Outsiders and Simba:
[The Outsiders swarm Simba.] *roars*

Zira:
[Zira stands atop her rock, flanked by two Outsiders.] Simba...

Outsiders:
[Zira and the Outsiders leap from the rock and stride menacingly toward Simba.] *snarls*

Zira:
You're mine!

Outsiders and Simba:
[The Outsiders pile on Simba.] *snarls* [Simba breaks free and swipes at the Outsiders, clearing a space around him.] *roars*

Zira:
[Zira approaches and strikes Simba to the ground.] *roars*

[Immediately, the Outsiders and Simba's pride halt their attacks. They watch the fight with concern.]

Lion:
[from offscreen] *roars*

Simba:
[Simba gets to his paws and faces off against Zira.] *snarls*

Zira:
[Zira stalks in a slow circle around Simba.] *pants*

Simba:
[Simba watches Zira's every move.] *growls*

Zira:
[Zira switches directions, but continues to circle Simba.] *pants*

[Simba and Zira circle one another. Around them, the Outsiders and Simba's pride gather in a tense circle.]

Zira:
[Zira rears onto her hind legs, lifting a paw.] *roars*

Simba:
[Simba rears onto his hind legs, lifting a paw.] *roars* [There is a clap of thunder, and Simba looks up.]

Kovu and Kiara:
[Kovu and Kiara leap into the fray amidst a rumble of thunder and a flash of lightning.] *roars* [Kovu and Kiara leap in-between Simba and Zira, each facing their respective parent. Simba looks taken aback, while Zira looks furious.]

Simba:
[shocked] Kiara? [Kiara glares at Simba.]

Zira:
[angrily] Kovu! [Kovu glares at Zira. He narrows his eyes.] Move.

Simba:
Stand aside.

Kiara:
Daddy, this has to stop. [Simba blinks in shock.]

Zira:
You're even weaker than I thought. Get out of the way!

Kovu:
[forcefully] You'll never hurt Kiara...or Simba. [Kiara looks over one shoulder at Kovu. He lowers his head threateningly.] Not while I'm here.

Zira:
*hisses*

Simba:
[Simba juts his head at Kiara.] Stay out of this!

Kiara:
A wise king once told me, "We are one." I didn't understand him then. [Kiara smiles.] Now, I do.

Simba:
But, [Simba looks at the Outsiders.] they–

Kiara:
Them? Us? [Kiara looks at the Outsiders.] Look at them. [Nala, who is standing at Simba's shoulder, looks at him questioningly. Simba looks at the Outsiders.] They are us. What differences do you see?

[The Outsiders look at one another uncertainly. Vitani continues to glare at Simba's pride but, after a moment, lifts her head and widens her eyes. Kiara and Simba exchange meaningful glances. Kiara smiles. Overhead, the clouds clear, and the sun shines down on the two prides. Simba looks up at the light. He smiles and embraces Kiara.]

Zira:
Vitani, [Zira looks over one shoulder at Vitani.] now!

Vitani:
No, Mother! [Vitani looks at Kiara, who smiles at her over one shoulder. Vitani looks back at Zira.] Kiara's right. [Vitani crosses the battlefield to stand beside Kovu.] Enough.

[The Outsiders exchange wondrous glances.]

Zira:
If you will not fight, then you will die as well.

Outsiders:
[The Outsiders scowl at one another.] *mutters disgustedly* [The Outsiders walk toward Simba's pride.]

Zira:
[Zira looks right.] Wha– [Zira looks left.] What are– Where are you going? [The Outsiders join Simba's pride on the opposite side of the battlefield.] Get back here!

Simba:
Let it go, Zira. It's time to put the past behind us.

Zira:
I'll never let it go! [Simba looks up as logs shift in the gorge behind Zira.] This is for you, Scar! [Zira crouches.] *snarls* [Zira lunges at Simba.] Rah! *roars*

Kiara:
[Kiara jumps in front of Simba, intercepting Zira.] *snarls* [Kiara and Zira roll on the ground.] *cries out*

Zira:
[Kiara and Zira tumble into the gorge.] *snarls*

Simba:
Kiara! [Simba races to the edge of the gorge.]

Zira:
[Kiara and Zira roll down the side of the gorge. They hit a ledge and break apart.] *grunts*

Kovu:
[Kovu, Nala, and the lionesses join Simba on the edge of the gorge, looking down worriedly.] Kiara!

[Kiara and Zira free fall.]

Simba:
[Simba jumps into the gorge. He clings to the ledge with his claws, then continues his descent.] Kiara!

Zira:
[Kiara and Zira tumble down the side of the gorge.] *screams*

Kiara:
[Kiara and Zira free fall.] *whimpers*

Zira:
[Kiara and Zira tumble down the side of the gorge. Zira goes over a ledge.] *screams*

Kiara:
[Kiara goes over the ledge, but uses her claws to slow her momentum.] Guh! *whimpers* [Kiara clings to the side of the gorge.] *gasps* [Zira, who fell farther, clings to the side of the gorge. Kiara hangs above her precariously.] *whimpers*

Nala:
[Nala stands at the top of the gorge.] Hold on, Kiara! [Nala looks up. The log dam breaks apart, and the river begins to flood into the gorge. Nala looks between the river and Kiara.] Simba... [Simba leaps between pillars in the gorge. Nala stands above him at the top of the gorge.] Simba, the river! [Simba looks down at the river, then continues to climb toward Kiara.]

Zira:
[Zira loses her grip on the wall and falls a bit farther. She catches on to the ledge with both paws.] *grunts*

Kiara:
Zira, [Kiara stretches a paw down to Zira.] give me your paw!

Zira:
[Zira slashes at Kiara's paw.] Gah! [Zira slips farther down the gorge, her claws leaving indentations in the rock.] Ah... *grunts*

Kiara:
[Kiara continues to offer her paw.] Zira, come on!

Zira:
[Zira continues to slide down the gorge, leaving more claw marks in the rock.] *grunts* [Zira looks over one shoulder at the river, clearly fearful.] *gasps*

Kiara:
I'll help you.

Zira:
[Zira slides farther down the gorge.] Oh... [Zira scrabbles uselessly at the rock wall.] *grunts* [Kiara watches in horror as Zira falls into the river.] *screams* [Zira's paw is seen bobbing above the waves before it is sucked under again.]

[The river calms.]

Kovu:
[Kovu watches sorrowfully from above.] *sighs*

Kiara:
[Kiara watches the river. It flows calmly, with no sign of Zira. Kiara stands.] *sighs*

Simba:
[from offscreen] Kiara.

Kiara:
[Kiara turns to see Simba standing on a ledge above her. He offers her a paw.] Daddy... [Kiara takes Simba's paw.] I tried.

[Kiara and Simba climb to the top of the gorge.]

Nala:
[Nala hugs Kiara. Simba puts a paw on Kiara's back.] Kiara.

Kiara:
[Kiara nuzzles Nala.] Oh...

Simba:
[Kiara, Simba, and Nala nuzzle.] *chuckles*

Pumbaa:
[Kovu, Timon, Pumbaa, and the lionesses approach.] Wow, that was really brave!

Timon:
Yeehaw!

Lionesses:
[from offscreen] *chuckles* Oh...

Kiara:
[Kovu and Kiara approach one another.] Kovu...

Kovu:
[Kovu and Kiara nuzzle.] Oh, Kiara.

Simba:
[Simba watches Kovu and Kiara curiously.] Kovu? [Kovu breaks his embrace with Kiara and walks toward Simba.] I was wrong. You belong here. [Kovu smiles. Kiara sidles up to Kovu, who nudges her affectionately.] Let's go home. [The Outsiders approach from behind Simba. He turns to face them.] All of us.

[The scene transitions to Pride Rock at daybreak. Several lionesses stroll onto Pride Rock, where they gather with more lionesses who are waiting on the promontory. Simba, Nala, and Rafiki sit at the head of the pride, with Kovu and Kiara nearby. Zazu, Timon, and Pumbaa sit on the fringes of the crowd. As the rest of the lionesses file into place, the ones who are waiting on the promontory sit up so that the pride forms a circle. Rafiki and Simba smile at one another. Rafiki beams at the sky, then shakes his gourds over Kovu and Kiara, who nuzzle. Simba smiles at the couple. Kiara smiles at Kovu before nuzzling him again. Nala nuzzles Simba, who looks briefly at her before beaming at Kovu and Kiara once more. Kovu and Kiara halt their embrace to smile at Simba. They then stride forward to sit next to Simba, Nala, and Rafiki.]

Pumbaa:
[tearfully] I love moments like this!

Timon:
[Timon clasps his hands.] Yeah.

Timon and Pumbaa:
Love! [Timon and Pumbaa point at each other.] Not like! [Timon and Pumbaa hug.] Love! *sobs* [Zazu holds up his wings to shield himself from Timon and Pumbaa's tears.]

[Simba, Nala, Rafiki, Kovu, and Kiara smile at the pride. Simba and Nala stand and stride past the lionesses, who bow as they pass. Kovu and Kiara follow. Simba and Nala reach the edge of the promontory, followed by Kovu and Kiara.]

Simba:
*roars*

Kovu:
*roars*

Simba, Nala, Kovu, and Kiara:
*roars*

Pride Landers:
[A large crowd of Pride Landers are gathered below Pride Rock.] *cheers*

Simba's pride:
*roars*

Simba, Nala, Kovu, and Kiara:
*roars* [The couples nuzzle.]

Pride Landers:
[The Pride Landers stamp the ground and wave their arms in approval.] *cheers*

[The couples continue to nuzzle. Simba looks to the heavens. The sun shines through the clouds.]

Mufasa:
[from offscreen] Well done, my son.

[A breeze carrying milkweed floss stirs Simba's mane. He smiles and closes his eyes.]

Chorus:
  Family. Oh! [Rafiki nods knowingly at the sky.] Family. We are one!  

Mufasa:
[from offscreen] We are one.

Chorus:
  [The sun shines down on Pride Rock.] Family. We are one!  

[The title card appears. The credits roll.]

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