Few things in nature can compare to the awesome power wielded by
lightning. Electrical arcs trace asymmetric patterns
of majestic chaos
through the sky, before coming to a crashing halt with the earth. And it
only lasts a scant few seconds.
Oh, did I mention that lightning always
brings along a friend?
The rolling rumble of raucous thunder
sweeps across the ground with an
authority only Mother Nature could give. No structure is safe from its
as it rolls along the ground. Lightning, for all its power,
has a bark much smaller than it's bite. Its friend, thunder,
and carries no stick...save the frightening realization that you were just
missed by mom nature's spark.
Despite these phenomenal phenomenons, the dangerous duo cannot appear
without the perfect conditions. With the monsoon
season full in gear, the
conditions were ripe and ready. The early morning sky had been a bright
shade of red, drawing
the pride out to see its brilliance. But by the
afternoon, ominous clouds raced in to fill the sky with puffy moisture.
after, the dozing pride found themselves deluged by the quick
Simba raced into the main
cavern with a loud splooshing sound. His wet
mane hung limply about his neck, like a rouge drape. It flowed over his eyes
shoulders, culminating in pointy drips at the end. His fur was matted,
and his entire body was soaked to the bone. With
a flick of the head, he
flipped the furry blindfold from his face and looked about the near empty
cavern. A lone giggle
"You look so silly." The Lion King smirked and walked in the direction
still dripping wet. "Oh no you don't," the sonorous voice teased,
"you wouldn't dare..." No sooner had he closed within
the desired range did
the lion give his body a massive shake, sending his wetness everywhere
within a five foot radius.
For his effort, he received a comical shriek.
"Simba, you rat!" giggled the voice in a good-natured
tone, "How dare
"What?" he asked innocently, pawing at his now puffy mane. Before he
clear his field of vision, Simba felt strong paws push on his chest
and bear him to the ground with an audible thump. Moments
later, the same
paws were rapidly skirting about his body, searching out and exploiting all
"What's the big idea, comin' in here and making me wet like that?"
chided a playful voice, "Apologize!" Simba laughed and
blindly tried to fend
off the tickling onslaught.
"Okay! Okay! I'm sorry, Nala!" The lioness smiled
down at her captive
prey and gently licked his muzzle.
"You know, I could get used to your mane being
all puffy like that."
Simba's protruding muzzletip grinned.
"But then I wouldn't be able to see?"
He heard the sweet giggle once
"And you'd be totally at my mercy." Simba made a melodramatic
"But how could I live without being able to visually bask in your
"Flirt," Nala scolded playfully, leaning to lick his nose, "I swear,
Simba, you say the sweetest things sometimes." She
leaned closer, using her
muzzle to help press down the frizzy lionmane. Simba purred happily at
the warm nuzzle, smiling
the whole time. Nala worked down the manefur just
the way he liked it, and when his eyes were finally cleared of the mess,
looked up at her and mewled cubbishly.
"Peek-a-boo." The lioness giggled and gave him another
before lying down in a dry spot. Simba smirked, getting up to join her, "You
know, you should really take
it easy now that we have a cub on the way."
"But how could I live without being able to pounce you daily?"
pouted cutely. The lion laughed softly, echoing off the walls of the cavern.
"Touché." The two
leonines laid in the safety of the warm main cavern.
Outside, the rain poured down with as much fervor as before, occasionally
the gentle patter with a mighty flash and roll of thunder. Nala
pressed closer to the semi-damp lion.
"It's really getting bad out there."
"I know," Simba sighed, "I made sure that all the cubs and lionesses
safe in the other caverns of Pride Rock. But I didn't want you staying
in here all by yourself, so-"
"So you braved the storm and the rain, just to be with the one you
loved," Nala sighed and nuzzled him, "Simba, you're
a hopeless romantic."
He quirked a brow, and twisted his ears aside slyly.
"I can change that if
"Don't even think about it lion!" responded the lioness, gently batting
his forepaw. Simba
smiled, leaning in close to press his head to hers. It
didn't matter to him how bad the weather got. Being with Nala was
having a warm sunny day right next to him. Before long, he found himself
singing a little tune aloud.
"I've got sunshine...on a cloudy day..." Nala looked at him strangely.
"Where'd you come up with that?"
The lion giggled,
"Ooh, let's just say I heard it through the grapevine."
Nala laughed, "sometimes you make me lose my mind."
"Honey honey, yeah." The lion winked and the pair
shared another laugh
together. The sound of rain pattered about the room for a moment, broken
only by the occasional
purr from either Nala or Simba. After the brief
pause, the former looked to the latter.
you remember way back when we were still cubs during our first
"Hmm," Simba mused, "you mean
that one where you got stuck in the mud
"EEK!" Nala squealed, flopping onto him, "Don't remind
me!" The lion
giggled and rolled with her.
"-and you couldn't get out and-"
"-and your mother came and called you-"
"SIMBA! If you ever say that
name again I swear I'll..."
"Okay, okay," he tried to keep from laughing, "but kings above, that was
funny!" he hardly finished his words before dissolving into giggles.
Nala gently batted his side.
"Keep it up and I'll give you something to laugh about..." she
threatened, playfully, "I was thinking more along the lines
of the game we
used to play when we were in this cavern." Simba's eyes brightened.
"Oh that!!" he
exclaimed, "of *course* I remember that! The one where we
picked someone and saw who could make them laugh first?"
"That's the one!" giggled his mate, before lapsing into a gentle sigh,
"we had so much fun with that."
"And got into so much trouble too." Simba reminded her, righting himself
to an upright position. Nala grinned back.
"Well, if you hadn't tickled Scar-"
"Ah-ah-aaah!" the lion mrred, "don't remind me. I didn't think that
guy like him would BE ticklish." Despite herself, Nala giggled.
"We had some other fun adventures.
My mom and Sarabi were easy to make
"Nala," Simba giggled, "with that face you used to make,
"Are you saying I looked funny, lion?" she chided, pawing him. The king
rolled over in submission.
"Hey! I know better than that." He grinned, "I'd like to sleep inside
"That's more like it."
"What about that time that we held each
other's tail in our mouths and
raced around in a circle until we were dizzy?" Nala laughed at this.
"Oh! That even got Msala laughing when she was in here."
"Actually, I think it was when I staggered
over to Hamare and asked her
if she was my mom in a slurred voice..." Simba snickered, "that sent the
whole cavern over
"Except for your dad," Nala reminded him, licking his slightly wet ear a
bit, "he was
one of the hardest to make laugh, all because you wouldn't try
to tickle him-"
"Hey!" Simba exclaimed,
"the last time I tried that, he got me back
"Still," the lioness insisted, "I wouldn't
have minded watching you
writhe on the floor trying to get away, and calling every name in the pride
for help again.
That would have been hilarious!" She fell on her side,
putting a paw on her chest as she laughed. Simba blushed mildly
suddenly perking his ears.
"Do you remember what did get him to laugh eventually?" His voice
softly, intimate. Nala glanced over her shoulder to him with a curious gaze,
"No, I can't remember..."
she mentioned, "what was it?"
"Well," and Simba smiled fondly, "after we had tried our best act and
had only smiled at us, I asked him why he hadn't laughed. And he said that
he knew our game too well to give up that
easily, and that he hoped that
when we were married in the future that we'd be just as happy together-"
"-and we both," Nala chimed in, remembering, "jumped away from each
other, and yelled YUCK! in as high pitched a voice
as we could-"
"And he *laughed*," Simba finished, giggling, "harder than I'd ever seen
before." Nala smiled,
"And you know what the funniest part is?" she scooted back to Simba's
pressed warmly against his leonine body, "we are happy."
"I see nothing funny about that," the lion
said, a smile on his face and
his voice low, "it'd be impossible for me to not be happy with you around."
"Simba," the lioness said, her voice equally as low and intimate, "you
say the sweetest things sometimes." The two locked
It was ironic, you might think, that a massive flash of lightning
rainy sky, followed by a tremendous crack of thunder. Amid
it all, the two lovers had created a protective shield with
of hearts at that moment. Neither moved or startled, completely lost in the
depth of their collective
Just then, Nala jumped, hard enough to surprise the lion next to her.
She uttered a soft 'ooh!'
of surprise, and looked at her burgeoning belly.
Simba blinked and looked to see what had happened.
"The cub kicked me!" she giggled with glee. The lion smiled proudly.
we'll be parents and can pass on our stories to our cub, male or
female." Nala sighed mildly.
was thinking of names just the other day, what do you think about
Tanabi or Chaka if it is a male, or Aisha or Kiara if
it's a girl?"
"I know a name that would work for either," Simba grinned, "Muddy-buns."
It took a
little while, and a lot of convincing; but, for three suns of
consistent grooming, a few nights off of the hunt, and enduring
tickling, Simba managed not to have to sleep in the rain that night.
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