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                           Chapter One:
                           The Hunt
                           
                           	Sarabi lay among her friends, basking in the coolness of the 
                           cloudy afternoon. Her forepaws draped lifelessly over the ledge where 
                           she lay; her head tilted one side. She exhaled deeply in her rest and 
                           turned a little further on to her side. Sarafina lay below the great 
                           queen on the lower portion of the rock with her eyes wide and her head 
                           resting on her paws, staring. Sarabi felt her friend's eyes on her back 
                           and turned, opening her eyelids slowly.
                           
                           	"Sarafina, are you all right?" she asked. Sarafina averted her 
                           eyes from Sarabi and she planted them on the grazing antelope in the 
                           field beyond. Saffi said nothing. "Sarafina?"  She repeated in a more 
                           concerned tone. Sarafina was never like this before....
                           
                           	"Hmm?" she answered, raising her head. "Oh, I'm sorry, Sassi. I 
                           was just- thinking," she changed her voice to a whisper tone, "Do you 
                           think Mufasa will find out?" Her head remained fixed ahead, staring 
                           through wide eyes at the antelope. "About Scar and I? I mean, Mufasa 
                           would never let Scar mate with the other lionesses. Don't get me wrong, 
                           he is a great king, and he reminds me a lot of his father, but I'm 
                           afraid that he'll hurt Scar."
                           
                           	"Oh, come now. Taka-I mean, Scar... is his brother. There's 
                           nothing he won't do for him, and I'm sure he wouldn't hurt him." 
                           Sarafina wasn't so sure. She could just picture the small, scrawny lion 
                           cowering before his fearless and muscular brother. The thought of it 
                           scared her. Sarabi's eyes diverted from Sarafina and noticed Fana, a 
                           young, dainty lioness, approaching. "Quiet now." This was not a subject 
                           to be discussed before the naive lioness.
                           
                           	"Good afternoon, ladies," greeted Fana. She was beautiful; golden-
                           blond like the tall grass in the fields; her ice blue eyes accenting her 
                           tone. Her paws were small, graceful and light, and each step was more 
                           lithe than the last. Sarabi, one of the greatest of the huntresses, was 
                           training her. She said Fana was to be, when she was fully adult, "The 
                           Most Perfect Lioness."
                           
                           	"You might be a lady, Fana, but I'm not sure the zebra would agree 
                           with you," answered Sarafina. Fana smiled and lay herself comfortably 
                           next to Sarabi and looked up at the gathering clouds, sniffing the moldy 
                           air. "Smells as if the rains are going to come. The herds will probably 
                           be moving to shelter soon," she said. She looked pained, as if the 
                           thought of not being able to hunt with Sarabi again soon hurt her.
                           
                           	Before she could reply, Sarabi's ears pricked as she heard the 
                           familiar pawfall of another lioness approaching. In their wake came a 
                           voice, "Fana, let's not be too pushy." Fana turned towards the sound to 
                           see her mother, Flexara; seemingly an older duplicate of Fana.
                           
                           	"Oh, now, what do you mean, mother?" retorted Fana. 
                           
                           	"You know exactly what I mean. Sarabi isn't going to hunt with you 
                           every second of the day." Yet Sarabi knew Fana wished she could. 
                           Somehow, Sarabi felt as if Flexara were jealous of her daughter-yet 
                           still proud. It was a confusing thought; Flexara was angry because her 
                           daughter could hunt and she had never brought anything down yet. It was 
                           her foolish pride.   
                           
                           	"Don't worry about it," answered Sarabi. She raised and stretched, 
                           then leapt down from her ledge. She faced the field for a moment, 
                           looking for what would be simplest for Fana and Flexara; their skills 
                           were not yet fully developed; especially Flexara. Her tail twitched in 
                           thought as she studied the herd.  She turned back to the group and sat 
                           on her haunches. "Your daughter's right. We should hunt before the rains 
                           come. Now listen, Fana and I will be a pair and you two make another. 
                           We'll start from the West End and you'll start from the east. Now, let's 
                           be off."
                           
                           	Sarabi noticed Flexara's irritated expression when she had 
                           announced Fana would hunt with her, but ignored it for the time being. 
                           Sarafina gave out a great yawn and stretched her slender body, arching 
                           her neck up. Fana smiled enthusiastically and bounded after Sarabi.
                           
                           	They headed towards the Grassland in opposite directions; 
                           camouflaged by the tall stalks. Sarabi had instructed on their way out 
                           to bring down two wandering antelope, and not to focus on the herd. She 
                           paced off to the left and Fana stalked off, silent as she had ever been. 
                           The fields were dry that day and it made for a quieter attack without 
                           the irritable sloshing of mud or water, yet the grass snapped slightly 
                           under their paws. Fana looked back at Sarabi, who nodded for her to go 
                           in and drive them towards the other pair. 
                           
                           	But wait-Fana could see her mother stirring feistily not too far 
                           off. Suddenly Flexara jumped up from the stalks and charged the two 
                           animals. Fana saw Sarabi jump up in surprise, yet kept calm and didn't 
                           move. She was too far off to save Flexara now. The Antelope panicked, 
                           scattered and headed for their herd. Flexara kept after them, though. 
                           "Mother!" cried Fana. She rolled out of the way of the antelope racing 
                           towards her, Flexara hot on their tail. The ground rumbled and Fana's 
                           heart beat faster as she watched her mother take that sort of a risk. 
                           She had the fear that she would be killed. "How could she be so stupid?" 
                           she said to herself. She quickly shut her mouth, surprised that she had 
                           called her own mother stupid. 
                           
                           ***
                           
                           	Scar was not so far away, on his way back to Pride Rock. He raised 
                           his head abruptly, his ears went up; hearing the fast beating of hooves 
                           and a roar for help. He wasn't sure- could it have been- Sarafina? He 
                           could not take that chance. Sarafina was his new love and he could not 
                           lose her now. But why had she done something so stupid as to cause a 
                           stampede? "I'd better retrieve the dolt before she gets killed," he 
                           said, sighing as he ran towards the scene. His eyes widened as he saw 
                           the dust rising up from the ground, blocking sight of exactly who the 
                           lioness in trouble was.
                           
                           
                           ***
                           	
                           Fana could barely keep her eyes open without  tearing up from all the 
                           dirt flying about. Fana gasped for fresh air, choking on the dust. She 
                           lowered her head and she began to cry-for her mother. She could see 
                           something just across from the herd, coming steadily faster and faster. 
                           Fana squinted and gasped, noticing it was a lion. Who, she could not 
                           make out. It was far too scrawny and dark to be King Mufasa.
                           
                           	Scar leapt and shoved Flexara harshly out of the way of the 
                           nearing stampede, knocking her out cold. After the blackness left, Scar 
                           was standing over her. He leaned in close and said, "You were lucky this 
                           time, fool. What were you thinking? Next time Scarrie won't be there to 
                           save you. Imbecile," he added with a flick of the tail, pacing away, 
                           just before the lionesses came.
                           
                           	Fana watched him pace off; she wondered why Scar had saved her in 
                           the first place. They rarely ever spoke to each other, and when they 
                           did, Scar was hostile and she could tell he wished to get away from her 
                           as fast as he could. 
                           
                           	"Flexara! What were you thinking? You could've gotten you- and 
                           Fana- killed! Are you crazy?" scolded Sarabi, her tail swinging with 
                           anger.
                           
                           	"I did what I thought was right. Fana hesitated too long, so I 
                           went in instead. If I can't practice how am I ever supposed to kill 
                           anything?"
                           
                           	"Not on our dinner! Now we have to find something else before the 
                           rains come," she hissed. She looked up at the clouds and noticed they 
                           were about to break; the thunder was the last warning. Sarabi let out a 
                           frustrated sigh and paced away. Sarafina said not a word; she kept her 
                           eyes on Scar, leaving. 
                           
                           					
                           "I can't believe I did that. Do you know I thought that was Sarafina? 
                           How could I have mistaken that idiot Flexara for my-" he looked down and 
                           blinked slowly, "Love. She's the one that understands me, you see. She 
                           always talks to me and I really *do* think she understands. Or she at 
                           least tries," sighed Scar. He was with one of his 'friends', Shenzi the 
                           packland hyena. He stared up into the nothingness of the night. "Oh, if 
                           Mufasa knew about us he'd bust my jaw for sure. Yet the secret nags at 
                           me."
                           
                           	"Why won't Mufasa let you see her?" asked Shenzi. She was unaware 
                           of Mufasa's ways, one being she had never had the privilege of meeting 
                           him yet.
                           
                           	Scar's eyes widened and he turned over to stand up. "I'll tell you 
                           why. Because he thinks he owns everything, including me. Damn, why did 
                           father have to die now? And surely he'll have cubs with Sarabi soon. 
                           Then for sure I'll never be king. Why did they choose him? It's not 
                           fair. He always liked Mufasa's mother better. And what was wrong with 
                           Immue? Why was she shunned? She was the only one who knows that I'm the 
                           real king. Not Mufasa."
                           
                           	He rambled on, letting every thought out. "I remember now- 
                           yes....mother should have just gone and drowned Mufasa in the 
                           waterhole…But of course she couldn't. And why not? Because of Mufasa's 
                           mother. The overprotective one that she was. Right behind her little 
                           son, every step of the WAY!" He swiped a bone hard, sending it flying 
                           into a geyser. 
                           
                           	"Well, why don't you just kill Mufasa yourself?"
                           
                           	There were those words again. Yes, Scar had thought about it 
                           himself. But he could not do it alone. And surely someone would see him. 
                           "No, there's no way I could do it myself. Something must be done, 
                           though. Before Mufasa sires his first cub."
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           Chapter Two
                           Changes
                           
                           The rains had come earlier that evening and as Scar made his way to the 
                           waterhole, the wet ground sloshed beneath his paws, the water rising up 
                           inside the pads of his paws, making it increasingly uncomfortable. The 
                           thought of Mufasa finding out about he and Sarafina chilled him and he 
                           cleared it from his mind. Scar could not be bothered by his troubles 
                           tonight. He was meant to be meeting Sarafina at the waterhole tonight, 
                           and was already late....
                           
                           *** 
                           
                           	 Sarafina stood waiting at the water's edge. She was concerned, 
                           only slightly; as he wasn't the most reliable lion, and he had never 
                           shown up on time. The stars shone brightly on the lioness' coat, making 
                           it glisten and reflect off the cool rippling water. Something stirred 
                           behind her. She turned to see Scar, his coal black mane shining like a 
                           gem in the darkness of the night. "There you are," sighed Sarafina. "I 
                           was beginning to think you weren't coming." 
                           
                           	Scar sat on his haunches and looked up at the stars for a moment, 
                           thinking of his father, Ahadi. He looked back at his love. "I can trust 
                           you, Sarafina. Can't I?" His voice lacked its normal swaggering 
                           confidence. Sarafina raised a brow. He was never so unsure or scared 
                           before….
                           
                           	"Yes, Scar. You can always trust me. Why would you think 
                           otherwise?" She wasn't really sure if she should vow her trust to Scar 
                           at that time; but it was a quick decision.  
                           
                           	"I was told that I should always be suspicious. I was told that a 
                           long time ago and the thought has never escaped me, Sarafina. I don't 
                           know who I can trust."
                           
                           	Sarafina padded over to Scar, sensing his unease, and began to 
                           watch the water. "Tell me what's troubling you."
                           
                           	There was a long pause; it seemed like an eternity. Infact, the 
                           silence was so long Sarafina looked up at Scar and waited for a 
                           response. Breaking the silence, he uttered words that chilled her bones; 
                           she would never forget them, "I think - no, I know - I... hate Mufasa."
                           
                           	"What? He's your brother, Scar! How could you say that?!"
                           
                           	"He took away everything that is mine- my kingdom, my dignity, and 
                           everything else. The Pridelands belong to me and only me."
                           
                           	Sarafina shook her head slowly, wide-eyed and more terrified by 
                           the second. Something was wrong with Scar-there was a glimmer in his 
                           eyes that she had never noticed before; a glimmer of sheer madness. "No, 
                           Scar, you're wrong."
                           
                           	"I AM NEVER WRONG!!!" he roared so loud that it echoed throughout 
                           The Pridelands, stirring creatures near and far. Sarafina panted in fear 
                           and she backed away.
                           
                           	"Scar, your mother only told you that! But you were not chosen!" 
                           
                           	"I WAS CHOSEN!" He stepped boldly towards her, teeth bared. "If it 
                           weren't for Mufasa, I'd be king; I'd be the one standing on the top of 
                           Pride Rock looking over
                           my kingdom." He looked back towards the massive rock he felt should 
                           belong to him. He turned back and his eyes met Sarafina's, burning hers 
                           with his stare. " You belong to me. And everything and everyone else!" 
                           The thought of Scar controlling her made her heart beat faster and she 
                           was on the verge of running back to Pride Rock.
                           
                           	"Scar, if you keep acting like this, everyone will hate you like 
                           your-" Scar hit her hard across the jaw, sending her flying to the 
                           ground. Sarafina shook in sheer terror, blinked slowly and a single tear 
                           fell from her eye; but she did not move. Scar was standing just behind 
                           her- and she didn't even know him anymore.
                           
                           	Scar suddenly came to his senses and shook his head abruptly. He 
                           watched Sarafina laying on the ground, then looked at the back of his 
                           paw which was still raised in the air after the harsh blow. He took in a 
                           deep breath, and slinked away. He never looked back at Sarafina nor did 
                           he apologize to her.
                           
                           	"Don't you worry. No one will hate me. No one will hate me," he 
                           said under his breath. Sarafina stayed put until Scar's pawsteps were 
                           out of hearing range. On that night, in the heat of the darkness, the 
                           crickets chirped and a slight breeze blew; but not all was well. On that 
                           night, Sarafina's heart tore in two; a part of her dying as Scar walked 
                           away into the night. 
                           ***
                           
                           	All throughout the following day Sarafina said nothing and did 
                           nothing. She lay on the same rocky ledge all afternoon, only sighing 
                           occasionally and staring into something that wasn't there. Sarabi told 
                           the others to keep their distance today and not to bother her. She 
                           didn't even ask her to hunt. 
                           
                           	Everyone felt subdued and oppressed by yesterday’s weather, which 
                           still lingered in the air. Pride Rock was still damp and smelled quite 
                           moldy, and the gently sloping rocks made the resting lionesses fur damp 
                           and sticky. Sarabi noticed Sarafina sprawled out on one of the rocks, 
                           her head jutting out over the edge. She decided to make her way over and 
                           see exactly what the problem was. 
                           
                           	Sarabi lay down next to Sarafina and stared with her. "Saffi, 
                           what's the matter? You're never like this," Sarafina turned and looked 
                           at the concerned queen; sighed deeply, and turned away. "Come on now, 
                           you can tell me. I'm your friend- remember?" She put her face directly 
                           in Sarafina's view and waved a paw. "Saffi?"
                           
                           	"Scar- struck me lastnight," she bluntly answered. Sarabi looked 
                           at the ground a moment, trying to think what would be the best reaction. 
                           She wasn't so surprised that he would do this; she knew of Scar's 
                           erratic behavior.
                           
                           	"What ever for?"
                           
                           	"I don't know. He just- snapped," Sarafina hesitated for a long 
                           time. "I didn't get to tell him something lastnight." 
                           
                           	Sarabi raised her head in suspicion.  "Something important, hmm?" 
                           Sarafina  nodded. Sarabi wasn't sure whether or not it would be 
                           comfortable for her to talk about it, but she thought she may as well 
                           give it a try. "Well, why don't you tell me. It might help you relax a 
                           bit.” 
                           
                           	"I'm pregnant."
                           
                           	"That's..." Sarabi looked at her troubled friend, wondering what 
                           would be the right thing to say, "...wonderful?" she paused, hoping 
                           she'd found the right word. "Saffi,
                           isn't it?" she added uneasily after seeing no sign of a response, "Who's 
                           the father?"
                           
                           	"Scar," Sarafina replied flatly.
                           
                           	"Are you sure?"
                           
                           	"Yes."
                           
                           	"...I am too."
                           
                           	Sarafina looked at Sarabi, unsure if what she had just heard 
                           really meant what she thought it did. "What?" she asked raising her 
                           head, "What does Mufasa think about that? Does he know?"
                           
                           	"I told him this morning, " Sarabi said with a smirk.
                           
                           	Sarafina stared for a moment, "The lowdown two-timing aardvark! 
                           I'll
                           kill him, I'll kill him myself, even if Mufasa does it for me!"
                           
                           	"Sarafina?" asked Sarabi in confusion, "Whom do you mean?" She 
                           cocked her head slightly and raised an eyebrow.
                           
                           	"Scar, of course."
                           
                           	"What's he got to do with it?" Suddenly Sarabi realized what 
                           Sarafina must have thought, "Oh no," she laughed, "no, no." She smiled 
                           broadly, "I'm
                           going to have Mufasa's cubs!"
                           
                           	"Ooooh! I thought you meant..." with that her depression lifted 
                           like clouds parting after rain...
                           
                           ***
                           
                           	That day, Scar went to see his mother, Immue, on the outskirts of 
                           Pride Rock. He hadn't seen her in such a while, she was always off and 
                           about somewhere on her own, he was surprised to find her at home. Scar 
                           approached Immue from the shadows. "Who's there?" came her hard voice.  
                           He could hear her getting up, and could see her vague shadow through the 
                           darkness.
                           
                           	"Don't worry, mother. It's only me."
                           
                           	"Ah, Scar, dear. It's simply delightful to see you, yes, yes, yes. 
                           You've strayed for so long. Where have you been?" asked Immue. 
                           
                           	Scar was about to ask, 'Me, where have YOU been?' but he kept his 
                           mouth shut and faked a smile. "I've just been thinking," he answered, 
                           "about Mufasa and- such," he waved his paw vaguely. "And I need to talk 
                           to you about some things," he threw himself to the floor, cooling 
                           himself on the rocky ground. 
                           
                           	"Of course. Now, I'm always here to listen. What seems to be the 
                           problem?" she asked, scratching absent-mindedly under her chin. "You 
                           never needed my advice before."
                           
                           	"Mother, I want to be king-"
                           
                           	"Want? Why Scar dear you will be king, of course you will, there's 
                           no want about it all."
                           
                           	"Mother, no!" roared Scar. Immue fell silent. "I'm not going to 
                           fall for that anymore!" He looked down at the slight cracks in the rock,  
                           "I want Sarafina to be my queen- but I think she hates me now." He 
                           turned to Immue and stared her straight in the eyes, letting all his 
                           fear out. "Mother, I'm going mad. What do I need to do about Mufasa?"
                           
                           	Immue paced off behind Scar and sat at the back entrance, staring 
                           into the field beyond. "Scar, you were supposed to be king. It was your 
                           brother's mother who tricked Ahadi. You were always much smarter and 
                           more attentive; you were always king material but Mufasa stole your 
                           throne," she said. She suddenly turned to him and her voice grew darker. 
                           "I overheard his... majesty..." she forced herself to say,  "this 
                           morning, yes- it seems the furball is expecting a cub; they think he'll 
                           be the next king. Scar, my son; justice must be done, and the time is 
                           right."
                           
                           	"Mother, how did you find out?"
                           
                           	"Oh I do get around you know. Yes, yes indeed I do now and again. 
                           Here
                           and there. You'd be surprised what you hear if you put your mind to it. 
                           Now
                           then Scar dear...."
                           
                           ***
                           
                           	Scar left his mother and made his way down to where he could see 
                           Sarabi and Sarafina and Sarabi. "What am I supposed to do about all this 
                           now? Now I'll have to do something about my nephew... or my niece as 
                           well...wait-that will make it easier! Cubs are so naive, there must be 
                           some way I can lure it astray? Oh..that will have to wait for now..." he 
                           thought to himself.
                           
                           ***        
                           
                           	Sarafina noted to Sarabi that Scar was approaching. The queen 
                           leapt down from the ledge to protect her friend. "You leave her be, 
                           brute!" she hissed, referring to Sarafina.
                           
                           	"Of course, your- majesty," he forced himself to say. He casually 
                           passed the lioness and made his way over to Sarafina. "I just want to 
                           talk with her, that's all," he sat in Sarafina's view. "Sarafina?" he 
                           called into the blankness of her eyes. "Sarafina? I'm- sorry about 
                           yesterday, really I am," he said. "Can you ever forgive me?" Sarafina 
                           could tell there was no sincerity to his voice.
                           
                           	Sarafina slowly raised her head and her eyes suddenly had 
                           personality again- an angry personality. "No, Scar. I can never forgive 
                           you for hitting me and acting the way you had. Especially since I'm 
                           expecting." Scar's eyes widened and he felt as if his heart had stopped 
                           beating. Had she said what he thought?
                           
                           	"Expecting?" he laughed uneasily, "Expecting what?" Sarafina's 
                           stare came close to chilling even Scar's blood, "Oh, that exp-p-
                           pecting... you mean a C-c-cub?"
                           
                           	"Yes, Scar," answered Sarafina in a very flat and unwelcoming 
                           tone, "You are the father, but that does not mean you will be bringing 
                           the cub up. I won't let it be brought up around a crazy lion! I never 
                           know what you're going to do next and  I don't want it living in that 
                           fear! I will never allow you to see it, after what you said and did to 
                           me."
                           
                           	"Oh, b-b-but I didn't mean anything by it, it was just 
                           a...misunderstanding, yes, that's what it was. You didn't understand." 
                           
                           	"I understood you perfectly! Now GET OUT!"
                           
                           	Scar looked at Sarafina, then turned and saw Sarabi, her claws 
                           extended on tensed paws. "Yes... Yes... I think you need some time to 
                           think it over...." Sarabi raised her forepaw. "I'll leave you, but I'll 
                           be back when you're a little less...err... tense." He faked a smile and 
                           turned away.
                           
                           
                           ***
                           
                           	Scar paced along the border of the Pride Lands and the Elephant 
                           Graveyard that evening, conversing with his ally, Shenzi. He had heard 
                           Immue's view and now it was time to hear someone else's opinion- even if 
                           it was one of those loathsome creatures…. he stopped slowly and slumped 
                           to the ground, tangling his mane. He rolled over slightly and stared up 
                           into the stars. "A cub…" he said, dazed.
                           
                           	"You should be happy, boss," said Shenzi, hastily chewing on a 
                           bone. "I mean- your own kid is being brought into the world. Your very 
                           first cub." Scar's eyes widened as if he suddenly remembered something. 
                           He sighed deeply and a look of torment came over his face. 
                           
                           	Scar was about to say something more when he heard that 
                           aggravating and annoying laughter- none other than Ed's. He appeared 
                           from behind the rise that separated the two worlds with Banzai lurking 
                           behind. "Hey, Scar, what's cookin'? Got anything for...dinner?" asked 
                           Banzai with a look of hope.
                           
                           	"You, if you don't shut up," snarled the lion in reply. Ed laughed 
                           a little at the remark, causing Scar to sigh. The two hyenas  placed 
                           themselves next to Shenzi; she and Ed fought over the bone. "I told you 
                           I didn't have anything. MUST you stay here?"
                           
                           	"Anything you can say in front of Shenzi, you can say to us. 
                           Right, Ed?"  Banzai turned to the deranged hyena and smiled a yellow, 
                           toothy grin. Ed's tongue found it's way out of his mouth and hung limply 
                           as he nodded in reply.
                           
                           	"Whatever...." sighed Scar.  
                           
                           	"But uhh...you never answered my question."
                           
                           	"What question?" Scar twitched his tail in aggravation and 
                           wrinkled his nose a bit. With all his other thoughts on his mind he had 
                           little patience for such nonsense tonight. 
                           
                           	"Did ya bring anything to eat?"
                           
                           	"Is that ALL you ever think about?" He began to stand up, ready to 
                           leave the scene if they were to keep this up. Scar suddenly remembered 
                           why he had come there in the first place. He rolled his eyes, sighed, 
                           and lay back down again. "Oh...now, what was I talking about?"
                           
                           ***
                           
                           	Fana had been wandering around and heard Scar speaking. She was 
                           afraid he would see her and tell Flexara she had been out alone without 
                           permission. She ducked down low behind the brush. She wasn't sure which 
                           direction he was in so she didn't look; she just listened. She tilted 
                           her head and her tail twitched. She could make out two other voices- one 
                           female, the other's male..she wondered who he could have been talking 
                           to.
                           
                           	"Like I says, Scar..you should be happy, you've got your very 
                           first cub," remarked Shenzi. Scar was silent as she snapped at Ed, 
                           scaring him off and commenced on chewing on her bone. A look of torment 
                           and remorse came over his face, like there was something mentioned that 
                           he wished to forget. Shenzi noted his dazed look, "Right--boss?"
                           
                           	Scar sighed deeply, staring into the endlessly black sky, watching 
                           the stars twinkle. His mind fell back to Earth and he stated, blinking 
                           slowly, "But...she's not the first..."
                           
                           	Shenzi dropped her bone and Banzai and Ed's hysterical laughter 
                           stopped instantaneously. "W-ho-hoaa..." said Banzai, nearly stunned. He 
                           lifted his head higher and asked, "You have another cub--before this 
                           one?" making sure he had heard right the first time. 
                           
                           	"Oh, she's nearly not a cub. She's nearly grown now- her name's 
                           Fana. But you wouldn't  think  I sired her unless I told you. She takes 
                           all after her mother; that golden tone and those clear blue eyes..." he 
                           hesitated a moment, thinking about her. "But she's just like the rest of 
                           them; taunting me day and night and running after Mufasa all the time... 
                           I've mingled with her once in a while but I never told her I was the 
                           father."
                           
                           	"Why not?"
                           
                           	"It's her mother," he hissed, "She's a stupid one, she is. Still 
                           hunts like a young cub and I think she's even jealous of her own 
                           daughter. It's all right with me, if she wants to be like that. I 
                           wouldn't be proud in a million years I had mated with that simpleton. 
                           I'd be too ashamed to admit it," he stated in total disgust at the 
                           mention of Flexara, an issue he wanted to forget and felt should never 
                           be brought up.
                           
                           ***
                           
                           	"Scar's my father?" whispered Fana. She soon realized her lineage 
                           was nothing to be proud of. Her short-tempered, mean minded father, and 
                           her idiotic, child-like mother. She raced off towards Pride Rock, the 
                           thought pounding in her mind, with every step she took the knowledge of 
                           her father buried itself deeper and deeper into her brain.
                           
                           Chapter Three
                           The Newborns; The Challenge
                           	It was months later;  Sarabi's cub was born first; a cub so small 
                           and frail it seemed to Sarabi he would grow to be such a great King that 
                           the Pridelands would rejoice each time his presence was announced. She 
                           named him of great courage and regality, she named him Simba. Sarafina's 
                           was born not days after Simba's presentation, her name was Nala. 
                           Betrothed to young Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi were sure their future would 
                           be filled with satisfaction. Sarafina loved Nala greatly, but sometimes 
                           a look of fear and pain would come over her when she looked into those 
                           emerald green eyes; Scar and his madness came over her.
                           
                           	She spoke not a word about Scar to her daughter; she wasn't sure 
                           if he was aware that she'd been born yet. Mufasa had gotten in a fight 
                           with Scar the other day about Simba; she kept having the disturbing 
                           thought that Scar was thinking about doing something to the prince.
                           
                           					       ***
                           	Fana kept her thoughts to herself; she knew of no one that would 
                           be as sympathizing or understanding as she needed. The tall Grasslands 
                           were her only escape from the pain she suffered and carried with her 
                           each day at Pride Rock. Her tawny coat blew in the gentle breeze that 
                           afternoon as she padded through the dry, blond grass. She heard 
                           something rustling just behind her. Before she had time to turn and see 
                           whom it was, Flexara backed out of a dense portion of grass and collided 
                           with her daughter.
                           
                           	Maybe, just maybe, Fana thought, that she could get some sense 
                           into Flexara, she thought that she could talk her problems over with 
                           Flexara, for once. "Mother...I'm glad you're here. I was wondering," her 
                           eyes searched for a place to look as she felt her mother's cold stare, 
                           "if you'd tell me a few things I've been wondering about..."
                           
                           	"Not now, stupid!" snarled Flexara. Fana was taken aback and 
                           stepped away from her mother. "Can't you see I'm trying to hunt?" She 
                           beared her teeth at the young lioness and began to leave.
                           
                           	"Mother, please--" Fana chased after Flexara, "I wish you wouldn't 
                           treat me like this."
                           
                           	"I wish you wouldn't show off all the time and show me up like I'm 
                           some sort of an idiot. But do I complain? Why don't you go see the cubs 
                           or something. I'm busy."
                           
                           	Fana was on the verge of growling. "No, Flexara. I MUST speak with 
                           you."
                           
                           	"That's mother to you! Don't ever speak to me like that again, 
                           brat!" Flexara cuffed Fana and hastily paced away again. Fana narrowed 
                           her eyes and got right back up again, still on her mother's tail.
                           
                           	"You're not a mother, you're-you're...OHH!!" She cried out in 
                           frustration and stopped, sitting on her haunches Something strange 
                           happened that Fana never thought her mother would do to her. She 
                           suddenly turned and went after Fana. Fana was taken by surprise and was 
                           quickly knocked to the ground. Flexara looked her daughter straight in 
                           the eyes, hers full of coldness, and Fana's full of fear. "I'm not 
                           putting up with you anymore. I've had enough of this. I bring you up and 
                           this is the thanks I get? I should have left you for the hyenas when I 
                           had the chance."
                           
                           	What? What was she talking about? "What?" Fana asked, shocked. 
                           Flexara backed off and paced a few feet off. Her eyes stared out towards 
                           the Elephant Graveyard, a shadowed land she wished to forget. She paused 
                           for a very long amount of time before her words finally cut through the 
                           thick silence.
                           
                           	"When I went into labor with you...I was in the Elephant 
                           Graveyard," she whispered bluntly. She stared out there, a look of pain 
                           came over her face, something Fana had never noticed there before.
                           
                           	"Why were you over there and not at Priderock where you belonged?" 
                           She asked in a concerned tone. Maybe there were matters with Flexara 
                           that had made her neglect her daughter; Fana knew little history of her 
                           family's past, especially her mother.
                           
                           	Flexara didn't answer. She hesitated a long while. "Scar saved me. 
                           He simply told them to lay off and they did. I don't know how he did 
                           it."
                           
                           	"Scar's what I came to talk to you about. Why didn't you tell me 
                           he's my father?"
                           
                           	"He didn't want anyone to know. He said he was ashamed of me."
                           
                           	Fana realized her mother's woeful past. No one had ever liked her 
                           enough to give her a chance; a chance to grow up. She was still cub-
                           minded. But Flexara's chance to mature was too late. She'd be that way 
                           until she died. "I'm sorry what I said about you," sighed Fana.
                           
                           	"I'm sorry too...." she lifted her head up and her eyes gleamed 
                           with her regular hollow stare. "Although I was speaking the truth." Fana 
                           ignored this remark and headed off towards Priderock. 
                           
                           	When she arrived, Sarabi and Sarafina were bathing their cubs. 
                           "Hey Fana, where's your mother?" asked Sarabi when she saw the lioness 
                           approach. Fana made her way under the shade and did not respond. "Fana?" 
                           
                           	Fana sighed deeply, and with regrets she said, "I don't like my 
                           mother anymore." Of course the Queen and her friend were taken aback by 
                           this. They glanced at each other and thought that they should handle 
                           this the calm way. Fana was an adult now; surely she could handle 
                           reason.
                           
                           	"Why exactly don't you like Flexara anymore? Is there something 
                           she's done?"
                           
                           	"Something she's done?" retorted Fana. She jumped up suddenly, and 
                           her eyes quickly shifted to the Queen. "SOMETHING SHE'S DONE??!!! She 
                           told me things that horrified me! She hates me so why should I be forced 
                           to like her?"
                           
                           	"Where did you hear this from?"
                           
                           	"Flexara. And I'm calling her Flexara from now on, too. She's no 
                           longer my mother." Sarabi asked what Flexara had told her, and she told 
                           her about her earlier encounter. 
                           
                           	"Well…maybe she had something else on her mind and she really 
                           wasn't paying attention," Sarabi searched for some sort of logic, even 
                           though she knew she would come up with nothing. Flexara had always been 
                           an enigma since she was born; there was little knowledge of her 
                           emotions; she had only showed one during her entire life--selfishness.
                           
                           "No! She knew perfectly well what she was talking about!" roared Fana. 
                           From behind Flexara approached, a look of sadness and rejection in her 
                           eyes. "Flexara is stupid! I've never noticed it before, but as time 
                           progresses I realize that she has never matured. She's always been 
                           stupid and she'll always be!" Fana lowered her head to the ground before 
                           the rest of her body followed.
                           
                           	"Fana, why don't you come with me and we'll have a nice chat," 
                           said Sarabi as she shifted uneasily at the sight of Flexara. Fana slowly 
                           rose and left, leaving Sarafina to attend to Simba and Nala. 
                           
                           	"Fana—" began Flexara as she saw her leave, but she couldn't 
                           finish without first bursting into tears and began to run away. She made 
                           her way up the grassy slope towards the cave, the other Pride sisters 
                           staring at her. She bumped hastily into Scar, approaching from behind, 
                           knocking her flat on the ground. 
                           
                           	Scar looked down and saw the tears flooding her eyes. He rolled 
                           his eyes and mumbled to himself, "Serves you right," he daintily stepped 
                           over her and approached Sarafina. 
                           
                           ***
                           
                           	"Get away from me, Scar. I told you, you have no right being 
                           here," she hissed as she guarded the cubs. Her eyes no longer had their 
                           friendly shine and her hair stood on end.
                           
                           	"I don't understand, I can see my nephew but I can't even see my 
                           own daughter!" answered Scar, coming closer yet. His mane rustled 
                           lightly in the wind; his emerald eyes glimmering against the sun and the 
                           ambition of seeing his daughter. Sarafina let Scar look at her for a few 
                           moments, yet with a deep growl in her throat. Sarafina gathered Nala 
                           closer.
                           
                           	"That's enough, Scar. I don't want her knowing who she belongs to 
                           besides me."
                           
                           	"Well what are you going to tell her when the day comes?"
                           
                           	"I'll tell her it was  Mufasa," she answered, quite sure of her 
                           plans. 
                           
                           	Scar attempted to get closer but Sarafina lashed out with one paw 
                           and bared her teeth. She held Simba and Nala close. "Temper, temper. 
                           This is probably going to be the last time I see her this close, hmm? So 
                           why don't you just let me see her?" suggested Scar.
                           
                           	"Your smooth talk isn't gonna fool me this time, Scar."
                           
                           	"Don't be so stubborn, Sarafina. She's his daughter too, you 
                           know," protested Flexara, padding up from behind; her face wet from her 
                           tears. She stood firmly next to Scar; who gave her an odd look. Flexara 
                           was standing up for Scar in the hopes he would accept her again.
                           
                           	"Flexara, be a good little lioness and KEEP OUT OF THIS," hissed 
                           Sarafina.
                           
                           	"I will not! Scar is a good-hearted lion. He should be allowed to 
                           see Nala. And I'm sure one day Nala will get sick of you and want to 
                           know about her father," she retorted, leering at her. She glanced at 
                           Scar, hoping he might accept her, but he had simply backed away and 
                           disappeared from the scene. Sarafina didn't budge; she simply held the 
                           cubs closer and squinted her eyes scornfully.
                           
                           	"That was a childish comment, Flexara. Just because you never grew 
                           up you think nobody else will either? That's why Fana doesn't like you. 
                           You're the only thing she has. Can't you understand that? Yet you turn 
                           your back on her in times of need. You are selfish," growled Saffi. 
                           Simba whined a little and she lowered her face towards him to hush him. 
                           When Sarafina looked back up all she saw was a flash of claws. She 
                           quickly ducked with a gasp.
                           
                           	"Sa-rab-iiii!" roared Sarafina. The queen heard her friend's 
                           distressful cry not too far off and she bounded back over with Fana. 
                           Flexara attacked Sarabi as soon as she was not but a few feet away. The 
                           fight was brutal and harsh; the other two only looked on with horror.
                           
                           	Sarafina gave the cubs to Fana before she could try to defend her 
                           mother and joined the attack. Flexara got Sarabi pinned to the cold, 
                           solid ground and pushed hard; causing the great queen to lose her 
                           breath. Sarafina leapt on her opponent's back and flipped her over 
                           forcefully to the side. Flexara's roar of pain as she hit head against 
                           rock echoed throughout the Pridelands and she fell, silent. 
                           
                           	Sarabi lay still for several minutes catching her breath. Saffi 
                           stood tall and triumphant; yet with a twinge of sorrow and pity in her 
                           eyes. She had killed one of her own. The lioness closed her eyes and 
                           shook her head slowly as if she didn't even believe herself.  She heard 
                           Sarabi pacing up from behind. "Sassi, look what I've done." Sarafina 
                           turned and wept in her friend's fur, as Sarabi stared at the dead, 
                           bleeding body of a tormented lioness.
                           
                           *** 
                           
                           	"It's all right, Saffi, it's all right. You did what must have 
                           been done," she answered, longing to comfort her. She could feel the 
                           salty tears running down her chest as she stared at the dead lioness 
                           before her. The queen looked up on the ledge above; there was Fana with 
                           the two cubs; she was totally silent and Sarabi had almost forgotten she 
                           was there. Their eyes met, one pair full of pain, sorrow and longing; 
                           the other of sympathy and sadness. Fana and her mother's feud had ended. 
                           But one problem was still stirring….
                           
                           	Scar wandered quickly away, not looking back once. He heard a 
                           deathly roar when he broke into a run. He calmed down a bit when he 
                           reached Immue, lounging in the shade near her cave. "Scar, dear? Oh, my 
                           young one. I heard a fuss back there a few moments ago…was that you?" 
                           Her fur blew lightly in the breeze and her eyes glimmered thoughtfully. 
                           
                           	"Eh…no. Sarafina and that Flexara are fighting. I was simply 
                           passing by. I'm in a terrible situation, mother. Sarafina refuses to let 
                           me see Nala."
                           
                           	"Well, there's a simple solution to that, and I think you know the 
                           answer, hmm?" She raised a brow and her lips curled back into a deranged 
                           smile. "If you can't have your own daughter.... then Sarafina shouldn't 
                           have her own daughter. Luck is with you, Scar. Your daughter and nephew, 
                           born only days apart- the perfect chance to rid of them both. You'll be 
                           killing two birds with one stone."
                           
                           	Scar shuddered at the thought of killing his own family. Yet the 
                           madness crept over him again and he remembered what could have been- 
                           Scar, King of the Pridelands. He could still grasp that dream if he did 
                           what must be done. "But, what of…Mufasa?" He asked, flexing his claws 
                           with enthusiasm. 
                           
                           	Immue looked at the ground and thought hard. She suddenly jerked 
                           her head up and said, "Naturally, darling, you mustn't kill him with 
                           your bare claws; that wouldn't work well, now would it? Perhaps a 
                           hunting accident, yes? Or a disaster with one of the herds?"
                           
                           	Months later, Immue had gone off for a while; she did that 
                           sometimes; and Scar was left to his thoughts. Simba and Nala were as 
                           rambunctious (and obnoxious, in Scar's opinion) as they had ever seen 
                           them, and he knew Mufasa would be giving his son talks and lessons about 
                           ruling the kingdom. "He'll want to see it all. Blast, where would be the 
                           place where no one will see him?" The cackling of the hyenas overcame 
                           him and his sour face turned to one of sheer happiness. "Ah, yes, the 
                           Pack Lands…."
                           
                           	Scar was in no mood for games or Simba, or Nala as well. He had 
                           noticed Mufasa earlier that day, on the top of Pride Rock, with that-
                           hairball son of his...Simba. He noticed a bone in his path and swiped it 
                           away hard in anger and disgust. ""Hey uncle Scar! Guess what!" came a 
                           scratchy young voice from behind.
                           
                           	"I despise guessing games," he answered between clenched teeth.
                           
                           	"I'm gonna be King of Pride Rock," he boasted with much 
                           enthusiasm. 
                           
                           	"Oh, goody..."
                           
                           
                           

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