Kiara!

 

KIARA:

Coming! {She turns back to Kovu.} All right-- impress me. We start at dawn.

 

{Kiara walks back to the cavern; Kovu continues speaking to himself.}

 

KOVU:

{chuckles} I look forward to it.

 

{The camera pulls back to where Nuka and Zira sit watching from a nearby hill.}

 

NUKA:

Oh... oh... d-d-did you see that?! He let her go! If that were me--

 

ZIRA:

Hush. The fire-rescue worked perfectly, and Simba fell for it. Now, the closer Kovu gets to the daughter, the closer he gets to Simba! And once he has Simba alone... rraaagh! {she emphasizes her point by swatting a young tree from its trunk}

 

{Camera shifts to Pride Rock, midnight. Simba is dreaming of the moment when his father died. He is at the top of the ledge, reaching down for Mufasa, who is just out of reach.}

 

MUFASA:

Simba! Simba! Help me!

 

SIMBA:

Father!

 

{Scar is above Simba, laughing on the rocks against the moonlight.}

 

SIMBA:

Dad... just... a little... farther...

 

{Scar latches on to Simba's upper foreleg with his claws.}

 

SCAR:

Gotcha! ...Trust me.

 

MUFASA:

Simba!

 

{Mufasa slides down and into the gorge.}

 

SIMBA:

Noooo!

 

{Simba turns on Scar, above him; Scar, laughing, slowly morphs into Kovu.}

 

SIMBA:

Kovu...?

 

{Kovu suddenly lets go, throwing Simba down after Mufasa. He is still laughing. At the moment of impact, he wakes, panting. He looks around in fright, calms himself, and goes back to sleep next to Nala.}

 

{The next morning. Simba stretches, and then descends to the valley floor, where he walks slowly toward the water hole. Kovu is above him, hiding behind a rock; his teeth and claws are bared, ready to strike. Suddenly, Kiara jumps in front of him, from around the front of the rock.}

 

KIARA:

G'morning! {laughs} I'm ready for my first lesson.

 

{Kovu is stunned; he takes several moments to disguise his previous mindset and intentions.}

 

KIARA:

{Kiara is jumping around on her pawtips, very frisky} Surprised ya, huh?

 

{Kovu looks back toward the water hole; Simba is gone.}

 

KIARA:

{laughing} Hey, c'mon. Let's go!

 

{Kovu is still dumbstruck. After one last glance after his lost opportunity, he turns and follows Kiara.}

 

{Scene switch. Kovu is attempting to teach stealth to Kiara. We hear her saying "Ow" in the underbrush a few times; Kovu is smiling bemusedly to himself.}

 

KOVU:

{anticipating the pounce} Three... two... {rolls his eyes} one... {he ducks}

 

KIARA:

Gotcha!

 

{Kiara leaps full over Kovu's evasion, and tumbles over on the ground. Kovu steps over to her head, looking down at her.}

 

KIARA:

{slightly embarrassed} You could hear me... huh?

 

KOVU:

Only... a lot. You're still breathing too hard. Relax... feel the earth under your paws... so it doesn't shift and make noise. {Kiara follows his example. A flock of birds interrupts them, alighting beyond a nearby hill} Ssshh. Watch the master... and learn.

 

{Kovu runs silently down into a gully, then up the other side. Leaping over the ridgetop, he pounces with claws fully extended right down on top of Timon, who is foraging for bugs there.}

 

TIMON:

Aaaahhhh!

 

{Kovu freezes in the position in which he hits the ground, with his mouth open; he skids to a halt with Timon between his forelegs.}

 

TIMON:

Don't eat me! Please! I... I... I never really met your tyrant. I mean, uh-- Scar. Scar. Oh, heck of a guy. A little moody, but, I...

 

KIARA:

Timon! What are you doing here?

 

TIMON:

Kiara! Thank goodness! Ohh! Hey... for once, we're not following ya. This just happens to be the best smorgasbord in the Pride Lands. Bugs everywhere! {he indicates the field of bugs, with the flock of birds eating contentedly away} But, you don't call for a reservation, and-- yeesh! {turning toward the birds Get outta here, ya scavengers. Go on! Shoo! Shoo!

 

{Timon tries to scare away the birds; he waves his arms at one unconcerned bird, who bites Timon's nose.}

 

TIMON:

{in pain, nose glowing red} Oh!... oh!... oh.

 

{Pumbaa rushes down the hill, and back up, scattering birds, who come back to land right where they were. Kiara watches with amusement, Kovu with bewilderment. Camera switches back to Pumbaa, who is standing with a dozen or so birds sitting on his back.}

 

PUMBAA:

Ohh... Timon, I'm getting tired. I gotta lose some pounds!

 

TIMON:

{trying to scare the birds off Pumbaa} Shoo! Go on! Shoo! Shoo!

 

{Kiara and Kovu trot back down the hill, Kiara laughing.}

 

PUMBAA:

Hey! Maybe he can help. Ya think?

 

TIMON:

Shoo! {he manages to scare the last bird off Pumbaa's tail} Oh! Yeah... there's an idea. Right. Let the vicious Outsider-- Hey! Wait! I have an idea! {he jumps down off of Pumbaa} What if he helps?

 

PUMBAA:

What?

 

TIMON:

{to Kovu} You wanna lend a voice? Huh? {not getting through to him} Grrr. Guh... Roar! Work with me!

 

KIARA:

Like this. {she roars, scattering the birds}

 

TIMON:

Wooo hoo! C'mon, do it again! Do it again!

 

{Kovu roars this time, sending the birds into a rout.}

 

TIMON:

Yee-haa!

 

{Kiara and Kovu run down the hill, sending birds flying in every direction. Kovu is still clueless.}

 

KOVU:

Why are we doing this? What's the point of this training?

 

KIARA:

{laughing} Training? This is just for fun!

 

KOVU:

{as though he's never heard the word before} Fun?

 

{Timon and Pumbaa run by; Timon is hanging on to a bird's leg, getting carried up into the air.}

 

TIMON:

Ya gotta get out more often. Fun! Yeee-haa! Ha ha ha ha... Woooo-hoo!

 

KOVU:

{slowly getting the idea} Yeee-haa! Yeee-haaa!

 

{The group runs down between a row of rocks; it is blocked at the end by a number of rhinos.}

 

TIMON:

That's it, Pumbaa! Oh, boy!

 

KOVU:

Yeeeee-haaa!

 

{They notice the rhinos and come skidding to a halt; they notice the birds all sitting on top of the rhinos' heads.}

 

KIARA:

Uh-oh.

 

BIRDS:

{thhhpppbbt!}

 

{The lions, Timon, and Pumbaa turn tail and run back the way they came; the rhinos are in hot pursuit.}

 

TIMON:

{to Pumbaa, as Pumbaa turns a corner using the edge of a small overhang} Hang rhino!

 

{The lions turn sideways into a crevice in the rocks, where they hide while the rhinos pass by. They're laughing with delight as the camera trucks in.}

 

KOVU:

What a blast!

 

PUMBAA:

Oh... sorry.

 

TIMON:

{giving Kovu a noogie} You're okay, kid...

 

KOVU:

{to Timon, caught off guard} Hey!

 

TIMON:

...You're okay.

 

{They now try to squeeze out of the crevice. Amid "'Scuse me, pardon me" from Timon, Kiara's muzzle brushes up against Kovu's. They look at each other, both quite embarrassed.}

 

KIARA:

Um... s-sorr-- uh...

 

{Timon and Pumbaa have extricated themselves and are some way up the pathway.}

 

TIMON:

Hey! Are you two comin' or what?

 

{The lions walk off, side by side and laughing. Purrs soon mix with their laughter.}

 

Upendi

{Scene switch; Kiara and Kovu are lying on their backs, watching the clouds and giggling.}

 

KOVU:

See that? See that? Look at that! It's really pretty.

 

KIARA:

What? Oh yeah! Um-- look... there's one that looks like a baby rabbit. See the fluffy tail?

 

KOVU:

Yeah... hey! There's one that looks like two lions killing each other for a scrap of meat!

 

{Kovu laughs; this isn't Kiara's cup of tea, and she grimaces.}

 

KOVU:

Ah, I've never played 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.

 

KOVU:

You think Scar is up there?

 

{They look at each other; Kovu gets up and moves off.}

 

KOVU:

No one here thinks he's very great... do they?
He wasn't my father, but he was still... {he sighs gently} part of me.

 

KIARA:

My father said there was a... a darkness in Scar that he couldn't escape.

 

KOVU:

Maybe there's a darkness in me too.

 

{Kiara puts her paw on Kovu's, and they nuzzle. The camera trucks back, and we see Simba watching from a hill some distance away. He addresses the sky.}

 

SIMBA:

Father... I am lost. Kovu is one of them. Scar's heir. How can I accept him?

 

{Nala approaches from behind.}

 

NALA:

Simba?

 

SIMBA:

I was... seeking counsel from the Great Kings.

 

NALA:

Did they help?

 

SIMBA:

{sighs} Silent as stars. My father would never--

 

NALA:

Oh, Simba... you want so much to walk the path expected of you. Perhaps Kovu does not.

 

SIMBA:

{surprised} What? How do you know what--

 

NALA:

{chuckles} I can see them down there just as easily as you can. Get to know them and see.

 

{She turns and walks off; after a moment of hesitation, Simba follows. Camera moves back down to Kiara and Kovu. She is nuzzling him, but he pulls away clearing his throat.}

 

KIARA:

What's wrong?

 

KOVU:

Nothing.

 

KIARA:

Kovu...

 

KOVU:

It's just that... my whole life I've been trained to... {he stops} Nothing. I gotta go. {turns and walks off}

 

KIARA:

Kovu-- wait.

 

{Kovu pauses a moment, and looks back at Kiara's face, staring back at him; he looks away and moves to continue, but is stopped by Rafiki's finger pointing up from the grass.}

 

RAFIKI:

And where are you going?

 

KOVU:

Nuhh... nowhere.

 

RAFIKI:

{springing up} That's what you think!

 

{Rafiki slips under Kovu and vanishes in the grass.}

 

KOVU:

{confused} Who was that?

 

KIARA:

Uh... {amused, slightly apologetic} friend of the family.

 

{Kovu looks back and finds Rafiki lying on his back. Rafiki slips off and darts away, tugging Kovu's tail and laughing.}

 

RAFIKI:

Come on! You follow old Rafiki; he knows the way!

 

KOVU:

{hesitating} The way where?

 

RAFIKI:

You follow-- you'll see! Hurry now!

 

KIARA:

{giggling} Kovu, c'mon!

 

{The lions run after Rafiki, who is swinging Tarzan-like from tree to tree and laughing eerily.}

 

KOVU:

Where's he taking us?

 

{Rafiki lowers himself from above their heads}

 

RAFIKI:

To a special place in your heart... called Upendi!

 
 
 

[ Upendi ]

 

{He pushes their muzzles together. As he narrates the song, monkeys of various types dance to illustrate it. Hundreds of animals of all kinds surround them, sweeping the lions up in the spirit. The scene takes on the appearance of a Tunnel of Love, with the two lions being swept down a jungle stream with the matchmaking Rafiki orchestrating the atmosphere.}

 

RAFIKI:

There's a place where the crazy moon
Makes the monkeys sing and the baboons swoon
And the sultry scent of the lotus bloom
Will carry you away

 
 

Where the hippos swing from the jungle vines
And the rhino rhumba in a conga line
And the pink flamingoes are intertwined
As the stars come out to play

 
 

In Upendi
Where the passionfruit grows sweet
And it's so divine
That you lose your mind
As it sweeps you off your feet
In Upendi
Without a worry or a care
It just takes two
To make it true
Your heart will lead you there

 

KIARA:

Where is it?

RAFIKI:

No place you don't take with you...

 
 

You better watch your step 'cause the path is steep
Better hold your breath cause the water's deep
It's a long way down over Lovers' Leap
But falling's half the fun!

 
 

In Upendi
Where the passionfruit grows sweet
And it's so divine
That you lose your mind
As it sweeps you off your feet
In Upendi
Without a worry or a care
It just takes two
To make it true
Your heart will take you there

 
 

You can beat the bush like there's no tomorrow
From Tanganyika to Kilimanjaro
But you'll find Upendi wherever you are
Oh underneath the sun

 

KIARA:

Upendi-- it means "love", doesn't it?

RAFIKI:

Welcome to Upendi!

 

RAFIKI and CHORUS:

In Upendi
Where the passionfruit grows sweet
And it's so divine
That you lose your mind
As it sweeps you off your feet
In Upendi
Without a worry or a care
It just takes two
To make it true
Your heart will take you there

 

KIARA:

Upendi!

 

RAFIKI and CHORUS:

Down In Upendi
Way down
In Upendi!

 

{The last few lines repeat and fade away. The song ends with Kiara and Kovu still singing the words "In Upendi". They are alone out on the savannah again.}

 

KOVU:

Good night...

 

KIARA:

Good night.

 

{Kiara walks off to the main cavern, and Kovu goes back to his standing stone on the promontory; Simba appears in the direction Kiara is walking, and he approaches Kovu.}

 

SIMBA:

It's... kinda cold tonight, huh? Come on.

 

{Vitani watches from a distance as the two lions make their way back into the cavern.}

 

VITANI:

{hushed, to herself} Get him! What are you waiting for? Kovu, get him!

 

{She lies down and stares with despair as she realizes Kovu is not going to attack Simba. She hisses and jumps up, rushing back to report to Zira. Scene changes back to Zira's location.}

 

ZIRA:

{snarling} You're sure?

 

VITANI:

Affirmative. I saw it with my own eyes.

 

ZIRA:

Kovu cannot betray us!

 

{Fade to black.}

 

Deception and Disgrace

{Reopen on Pride Rock, with Kovu walking out onto 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} Oh, she'll never believe me. But I gotta try.

 

{He goes into the cavern, where Kiara and Simba are waking up.}

 

KOVU:

Kiara... I need to talk to you.

 

SIMBA:

{sternly} Kiara... I don't want you talking with him. {softening} I want to talk with him.

 

{Kiara's face brightens; Simba winks at her, and he and Kovu go out onto the promontory and down onto the savannah. Scene switch to where they are walking through the newly burnt section of the Pride Lands.}

 

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. He truly was a killer.

 

SIMBA:

Fire is a killer. Sometimes, what's left behind can grow better than the generation before...

 

{He puts his paw down and raises some dust; when he lifts it, a young plant is there. The two lions lean down, head to head.}

 

SIMBA:

...If given the chance.

 

{We hear an evil chuckle from the dust surrounding them. Kovu gasps as he realizes what's happening. Many dark lionesses appear from the clouds of dust, surrounding them. The lionesses' eyes glow a bright, sinister yellow.}

 

KOVU:

No... oh, no... no....

 

ZIRA:

Why, Simba...

 

SIMBA:

Zira.

 

ZIRA:

What are you doing out here, and-- so alone? {the lionesses encircle Simba and Kovu} Well done, Kovu... just like we always planned.

 

SIMBA:

{turning on Kovu} You.

 

KOVU:

No! I didn't have anything to do with this!

 

ZIRA:

Attack!

 

KOVU:

No!

 

{The lionesses attack. Simba is fighting off several at once. Kovu tries to help Simba, but is battered off by a lioness and falls to the side, hitting his head on a rock. Simba is thrown to the bottom of a ravine; lionesses slide down the slope towards him.}

 

ZIRA:

Yes! We've got him!

 

{Vitani and the other lionesses attack again, forcing Simba to flee down the canyon.}

 

ZIRA:

Remember your training! As a unit!

 

{Simba is trapped; he tries to climb up the walls of the canyon, using the piled-up logs to gain purchase; Kovu is above him on the ledge.}

 

KOVU:

Simba!

 

ZIRA:

Get him! Kovu! Get him! Do it now!

 

{Nuka jumps from the crowd}

 

NUKA:

I'll do it-- for you, Mother! {he bounds up the logs, laughing} Mother-- are you watching? {softly, to himself} I'm doing it for you... and I'm doing it for me!

 

{Nuka chases Simba up a slope with several broken logs strewn across it. Just as Simba reaches the top, Nuka grabs his ankle.}

 
   

NUKA:

This is my moment of glory!

 

{The log on which Nuka has his rear paw breaks, causing Nuka to lose his grip on Simba's ankle and begin to fall. Simba reaches the top, but the pile of logs rolls down the slope with Nuka among them; they all land in a heap at the bottom of the ravine. Nuka lies trapped under a large log. He looks up to the top of the slope to see one final log rapidly falling in his direction. He grimaces, terrified, as the log hits him. Kovu rushes down to help free Nuka, but he is swatted aside by Zira, who pulls enough logs aside to see Nuka's face.}

 

ZIRA:

Nuka...

 

NUKA:

{gasping for air and coughing} I'm sorry, Mother... I tried...

 

ZIRA:

Ssshh.

 

NUKA:

Well... I finally got your attention, didn't I...

 

{Zira smiles tenderly at him and cradles his face in her paw.}

 

NUKA:

Didn't I...

 

{Nuka dies. Vitani appears next to Zira on the edge of the logs.}

 

VITANI:

Nuka...

 

{Scene switch to the middle of the Pride Lands, where Simba is walking wearily back to Pride Rock. Kiara sees him from a distance off.}

 

KIARA:

Father... {realizing} Father! Zazu, get help!

 

ZAZU:

{flying off} Oh yes! Help... at once! Of course!

 

{Simba is walking with great pain. Kiara, Timon, and Pumbaa reach him.}

 

KIARA:

Father...?

 

TIMON:

Simba! Talk to me! What happened?

 

SIMBA:

{Simba coughs, wheezing, having a hard time speaking} Kovu... {a painful breath of air} Ambush...

 

{Simba collapses on his side, groaning in pain.}

 

KIARA:

No...

 

{Timon grabs Simba's tail and hugs it; Pumbaa hoists Simba on his back, and they start to drag him back to Pride Rock.}

 

TIMON:

It's all right, buddy... we're here for you.

 

{Scene switches back to the Outlands, where the lionesses are gathered in a memorial to Nuka.}

 

ZIRA:

Scar... watch over my poor Nuka. {she turns on Kovu} You!

 

{Zira swats Kovu across the face with outstretched claws.}

 

KOVU:

Eeaugh!

 

{Kovu looks away in pain, but soon turns his head, glaring at Zira. She recoils at the sight, shocked; Kovu now has a scar over his left eye just like Scar's. Zira recovers quickly.}

 

ZIRA:

{menacingly} What have you done?

 

KOVU:

I-I-I didn't mean to... it-it-it wasn't my fault, I... {forcefully} I did nothing!

 

ZIRA:

Exactly! And in doing so, you betrayed your pride... betrayed Scar!

 

KOVU:

{shouting} I want nothing more to do with him!

 

ZIRA:

You cannot escape it! Nuka is dead because of you!

 

KOVU:

No.

 

ZIRA:

You've killed your own brother!

 

KOVU:

No!

 

{Kovu turns and runs out from among the pride, many of whom are growling and snarling at his departure.}

 

ZIRA:

Let him go. Simba has hurt me for the last time... now he's corrupted Kovu! Listen to me... Simba is injured and weak. Now is the time to attack! We will take his entire kingdom... by force!

 

{The Outsiders all snarl and roar in reply. Scene switch back to Pride Rock, where Simba is just waking up.}

 

KIARA:

Daddy... it can't be true.

 

{Camera shifts down to the valley floor, where the animals are all gathered.}

 

CHEETAH:

It's Kovu. What's he doing here?

 

GIRAFFES:

That's Kovu.

 

RANDOM ANIMALS:

Look at that scar... I can't believe he's here. That's Kovu?

 

KIARA:

Kovu!

 

{Simba snarls and jumps forward, cutting her off. Kovu approaches down the narrow aisle between the congregated animals.}

 

RANDOM ANIMALS:

I never trusted him... It's the Outsider... it's that little troublemaker...

 

TIMON:

Why I oughtta... let me at 'im! Let me at 'im! {to Pumbaa} Here; hold me back.

 

PUMBAA:

Okay!

 

TIMON:

{held back by the tail} Let me at 'im! Let me at 'im!

 

PUMBAA:

Okay! {he lets go of Timon's tail}

 

TIMON:

{lurching forward; turning back to Pumbaa} I think you're missing the basic point here.

 

PUMBAA:

Uh...

 

RANDOM ANIMALS:

What's he doing here?... He doesn't belong here... Look at that scar on his face... He looks just like Scar...

 

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:

Daddy, please... listen to him!

 

SIMBA:

{to Kiara} Silence! {to Kovu} When you first came here, you asked for judgment...

 

RANDOM ANIMALS:

Give him what he deserves!

 

SIMBA:

...And I pass it now.

 

RANDOM ANIMALS:

Kick him out! That's right! Judgment day is here!

 

SIMBA:

Exile!

 

KIARA:

No!

 

RANDOM ANIMALS:

Exile him! Exile! Exile!

 

KIARA:

No! ...Kovu!

 
 
 

[ One Of Us ]

 

{Kovu is driven from Pride Rock at hornpoint.}

 

ANIMALS:

Deception
Disgrace
Evil as plain as the scar on his face

 

ZEBRAS:

Deception (An outrage!)

ANIMALS:

(He can't change his stripes!)

GIRAFFES:

Disgrace (For shame!)

ANIMALS:

(You know these Outsider types!)

HIPPO:

He asked for trouble the moment he came

ANIMALS:

(See you later, agitator!)

ZEBRAS:

Deception (An outrage!)

ANIMALS:

(Just leave us alone!)

GIRAFFES:

Disgrace (For shame!)

ANIMALS:

(Traitor, go back with your own!)

HIPPO:

He asked for trouble the moment he came

ANIMALS:

(See you later, agitator!)

 

ANIMALS:

Born in grief
Raised in hate
Helpless to defy his fate
Let him run
Let him live
But do not forget
What we cannot forgive

 
 

And he is not one of us
He has never been one of us
He is not part of us
Not our kind

 

{Kovu is hounded from the Pride Lands. As he runs, he sees his reflection in a pool change to that of Scar.}

 
 

Someone once lied to us
Now we're not so blind
For we knew he would do what he's done
And we know that he'll never be one of us

 

ANTELOPE:

He is not one of us

 

ANTELOPE:

Deception

ZEBRA:

Disgrace

ANTELOPE:

Deception

ZEBRA:

Disgrace

ANTELOPE:

Deception

 
 

{repeats}

 

{He wanders into the desert; the overlaid images are of Kiara weeping and of Simba's face turning away. Rafiki watches Kovu leave, from a distance.}

 

RAFIKI:

Oohh...

 

Love Will Find a Way

{Scene switches back to Pride Rock. Simba is standing at the tip of the promontory, staring off into the distance.}

 

KIARA:

Father... please reconsider!

 

SIMBA:

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

 

KIARA:

No! That's not--

 

SIMBA:

He used you to get to me!

 

KIARA:

No! He loves me... for me!

 

SIMBA:

Because you are my daughter! 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:

I know he's following in Scar's pawprints... and I must follow in my father's.

 

KIARA:

You will never be Mufasa!

 

{Simba is stung, but silenced... Kiara breaks down and runs back to her den to lie down, sobbing. She sees a stream of light shining through a hole in the wall. Determined, she pushes her way through the wall, then runs down away from Pride Rock, searching for Kovu. She tracks the same path Kovu took while fleeing Pride Rock, but cannot find him.}

 

KIARA:

Kovu? Kovu...

 

{She walks through the stream Kovu walked through, looking down at her reflection. Curiously, only half of her body is clear. She continues looking through a cave, calling his name}

 

KIARA:

Kovu...

 
 
 

[ Love Will Find a Way ]

 

{The song is sung by voice-overs. Kiara reflects on Kovu and their time together, all they have seen and been through.}

 

KIARA:

In a perfect world
One we've never known
We would never need to face the world alone

 
 

They can have the world
We'll create our own
I may not be brave or strong or smart
But somewhere in my secret heart

 

{Kiara looks up at the sky, seeing their rabbit and two lions in the sky, remembering}

 
 

I know
Love will find a way
Anywhere I go
I'm home
If you are there beside me

 

{She moves to a log overhanging the stream. She sits down on it, depressed. When she opens her eyes and peers at her reflection, she sees that it is, again, only half clear.}

 
 

Like dark turning into day
Somehow we'll come through
Now that I've found you
Love will find a way

 

{Kiara is sitting on a high knoll, with her head bowed. The scene moves to Kovu, who is approaching Kiara from behind her.}

 

KOVU:

I was so afraid
Now I realize
Love is never wrong
And so it never dies

 

{Kiara turns and notices Kovu.}

 
 

There's a perfect world
Shining in your eyes

KIARA and KOVU:

And if only they could feel it too
The happiness I feel with you

 

{They come together and nuzzle lovingly.}

 
 

They'd know
Love will find a way
Anywhere we go
We're home
If we are there together

 
 

Like dark turning into day
Somehow we'll come through
Now that I've found you
Love will find a way

 
 

I know love will find a way

 

{Two butterflies flutter around Kovu and Kiara. Kovu brightens up at the sight of them, and laughing, rushes off after them, with Kiara in pursuit. They wrestle briefly, then catch sight of themselves in a reflection.}

 

KOVU:

Hey, look... we are one. {he smiles at Kiara}

 

KIARA:

{she smiles back, then realizes what Kovu just said and looks shocked} What?

 

KOVU:

Let's get outta here. We'll run away together! And start a pride... all our own.

 

KIARA:

{chuckles} Kovu... we have to go back.

 

KOVU:

You're kidding. But we're finally together!

 

KIARA:

Our place is with our pride. If we run away, they'll be divided forever.

 

{Kovu considers, but doesn't seem entirely convinced.}

 

KOVU:

Race you back!

 

{They run off together, laughing.}

 

The Reunited Pride

{Scene switches back to the Outlanders, crossing a river on the way to attack Pride Rock.}

 

{Scene switches again; now back at Pride Rock, where Timon and Pumbaa are talking.}

 

TIMON:

I can't believe we lost her again. This is the eight thousandth time!

 

PUMBAA:

Ooh!

 

TIMON:

I thought you were gonna watch her!

 

PUMBAA:

Me? You were gonna watch her!

 

TIMON:

I thought you were gonna watch her!

 

PUMBAA:

No, you were gonna watch her!

 

TIMON:

You were gonna watch her!

 

PUMBAA:

Aah, watch this! {he leaps onto Timon}

 

TIMON:

Oww! Take that, you creepy warthog! Say it! Say it!

 

PUMBAA:

Aaah! Aaah!

 

{Timon and Pumbaa are all-out wrestling when Simba approaches. When he speaks, they leap to attention.}

 

SIMBA:

What are you doing?

 

TIMON:

Good question! Now let me ask one.

 

PUMBAA:

Hippo-thetically...

 

TIMON:

Very hypo-thetical, there's this guy...

 

PUMBAA:

But he's not a lion...

 

TIMON:

No! No, he's not a lion... yeesh. {Simba is looking amused} Definitely not a lion. And, uh... uh... his daughter, um, say... vanished.

 

SIMBA:

Kiara is gone?

 

{Zazu flies into shot.}

 

ZAZU:

Sire! The Outsiders are on the attack... heading this way! It's war!

 

SIMBA:

Zazu! Find Kiara! We'll assemble the lionesses. Move! Now!

 

{A storm gathers as the two prides close on the field of battle; rain mats Simba's mane as he advances. Prey animals skitter away from between the advancing lions. Buzzards circle overhead. Kiara and Kovu rush home as fast as they can. The two prides face each other across the field; when all are assembled, Timon and Pumbaa moon the Outsiders.}

 

TIMON and PUMBAA:

Nah nah nah nah nah nah!

 

ZIRA:

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

 

TIMON:

Boy... does she need a hobby.

 

SIMBA:

Last chance, Zira: Go home.

 

ZIRA:

I am home!

 

{Lightning flashes and thunder cracks.}

 

ZIRA:

Attack!

 

{The two opposing lines advance toward each other, first walking, then picking up speed until they hit at a full run. Zira coaches her pride from a high rock.}

 

ZIRA:

Go for the eyes! Break his jaw! Hit him low! Get them! Do what you must!

 

{Kiara and Kovu approach from a distance, but the dust of the battle is already rising; they're worried, but they rush towards the battlefield at full speed anyway.}

 

PUMBAA:

What do we do? What do we do?

 

TIMON:

There's only one thing we can do, Pumbaa: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." That's our motto!

 

PUMBAA:

I thought our motto was "Hakuna Matata"!

 

TIMON:

Pumbaa, stop living in the past! This is the sequel. We need a new motto!

 

{Timon and Pumbaa run screaming into the battle, trying to appear as menacing as they can. They are stopped short by a snarling lioness; they turn and run back the way they came.}

 

TIMON:

Like I said: Let's get going!

 

{Kovu and Kiara run down an embankment covered with fallen logs; Kovu nearly slips, but catches onto one of the logs and jumps down safely. The logs begin shifting.}

 

{Vitani appears on a ledge above Nala.}

 

VITANI:

Where's your pretty daughter, Nala?

 

NALA:

Vitani!

 

{Vitani leaps down onto Nala; the two roll down the hill, fighting fiercely.}

 

{Timon and Pumbaa are being chased by a number of lionesses. They get backed up against a wall, surrounded; Pumbaa puts his face to the wall and covers his eyes. Timon looks around, panicking, and finally sees a way out; he jumps up on Pumbaa's back, bends Pumbaa's tail, cocks it, and holds it like a gun.}

 

TIMON:

Don't anybody move! This thing's loaded. I'll let you have it!

 

{The enemy lionesses all shriek and turn tail, fleeing over the horizon.}

 

TIMON:

Yeah! Yeah... talk about your winds of war!

 

{Back on the battlefield, Zira is laughing as she views the battle turning in her favor.}

 

ZIRA:

Simba... {jumps down} you're mine!

 

{She and her two backup lionesses approach Simba, who is fighting off several enemies at once. The lionesses part, making way for Zira and Simba to fight one-on-one. Just as they are about to land the first blows, Kiara and Kovu leap into the scene, and stand between the two enemies.}

 

SIMBA:

Kiara?

 

ZIRA:

Kovu! {he stares at her, his eyes narrowing at her mention of his name} ...Move.

 

SIMBA:

Stand aside.

 

KIARA:

Daddy, this has to stop.

 

ZIRA:

{to Kovu} You're even weaker than I thought. Get out of the way!

 

KOVU:

You'll never hurt Kiara... or Simba. Not while I'm here.

 

ZIRA:

{gasp}

 

SIMBA:

Stay out of this!

 

KIARA:

A wise King once told me, "We are one." I didn't understand what he meant... now I do.

 

SIMBA:

But... they...

 

KIARA:

Them... us. Look at them... they are us. What differences do you see? Aren't we all part of the Circle of Life?

 

{Simba pauses; the battle has stopped. As Simba and Kiara look at one another, the clouds part and the rain stops. Finally, Simba and his daughter nuzzle.}

 

ZIRA:

Vitani... now!

 

VITANI:

No, Mother! Kiara's right. {she walks over to Simba's side, turning around to face Zira} Enough. {Zira's other lionesses look shocked}

 

ZIRA:

If you will not fight... then you will die as well.

 

{Some of Zira's lionesses begin to move over onto Simba's side. Zira's eyes begin to panic as her whole pride leaves her.}

 

ZIRA:

Wh-wha... Where are you going? Get back here!

 

SIMBA:

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

 

ZIRA:

{now alone} I'll never let it go!

 

{More logs pile up in the river, forming a dam.}

 

ZIRA:

This is for you, Scar!

 

{Zira leaps at Simba, but Kiara catches her in mid-flight and rolls over with her; the two lionesses tumble down the embankment.}

 

SIMBA:

Kiara!

 

KOVU:

Kiara!

 

{Simba jumps down the slope, trying desperately to reach Kiara, but she and Zira have already fallen too far for him to catch up. Kiara manages to catch a hold on the ledge, slowing her descent enough for her to jump onto a small ledge. Zira clings to the rocks some distance below Kiara, hanging by her front paws.}

 

NALA:

Hold on, Kiara!

 

{The dam of logs breaks; the river suddenly begins to swell to many times its normal flow.}

 

NALA:

Simba! Simba-- the river!

 

{The river is rapidly rushing to fill the canyon. Simba leaps from rock face to rock face, trying to reach Kiara. Below, Zira hangs precariously from the rock face. Kiara is above on the ledge.}

 

KIARA:

Zira! Give me your paw!

 

{Zira swipes at Kiara, growling. She slips further down the rock face; she glances at the tumbling water and logs below.}

 

ZIRA:

Ahh... ahhh...

 

KIARA:

Zira, come on... I'll help you...

 

{She slides further down the rock wall, scrabbling for traction on the rock, but is unable to climb up. A change comes over Zira's face; she grins slowly up at Kiara.}

 

ZIRA:

No. ...Never!

 

{She lets go, and falls back-first into the churning water below. The water and logs carry her under, and the flow in the canyon gradually subsides.}

 

{Kovu looks down where his mother fell, closes his eyes, and lets out a sigh.}

 

{Simba is waiting on the rocks near Kiara.}

 

SIMBA:

Kiara...

 

KIARA:

Daddy... I tried...

 

NALA:

Kiara... oh.

 

PUMBAA:

Wow... that was really brave!

 

TIMON:

Yeee-haaa!

 

{Kiara and Kovu approach each other.}

 

KIARA:

Kovu...

 

KOVU:

Oh, Kiara.

 

SIMBA:

Kovu... I was wrong. You belong here.

 

{Kiara leans into Kovu.}

 

SIMBA:

Let's go home... all of us.

 

{The two prides slowly walk back to Pride Rock, with "We Are One" playing in the background. Rafiki blesses the union of Kiara and Kovu with a gesture of his staff.}

 

PUMBAA:

I love moments like this.

 

TIMON:

Yeah...

 

TIMON and PUMBAA:

...Love. Not like... love!

 

{Zazu isn't amused. Timon and Pumbaa burst into tears. Zazu shields himself with his wings.}

 

{Simba and Nala lead the procession through the rest of the pride, flanking them with bowed heads; Kiara and Kovu follow. Both couples make their way to the tip of the Promontory; first Simba roars, and then Kovu does. Finally all four roar together. The rest of the pride roars in answer.}

 

{The clouds part, and Simba is illuminated by a sunbeam; we hear the voice of Mufasa from the clouds.}

 

MUFASA:

Well done, my son. {the spirit of Mufasa circles around Simba}

 

{Rafiki smiles and nods as the prophecy comes to completion.}

 

MUFASA:

We are one.

 

{Cut to black}

 
 

THE END

 

Stinger

{Outlands. Timon and Pumbaa are chowing down on bugs.}

 

PUMBAA:

Hakuna Matata!

 

TIMON:

Outlands, shmoutlands... this place is better than Disneyland!

 

{A bug flies into shot and flits from side to side like Tinker-Bell in the traditional Disney transition-out sequence.}

 

 

THE END

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