This is just a sneak peak of my What-if The Lion King II AU story since the events from the movie never occurred and I want to finish some plot holes and my own theories that I've created my own since in the LionKing fandom, some theories are overused and I just wanna give my own theories a shot since I'm a little nervous on how will this turn out. Anyways, I'm still working on the prologue, but it'll come as soon as I began typing my first draft. I won't reveal much, just giving you guys a sneak peak.
13 years ago...
"My, my Sarafina. They're so beautiful. Have you thought of any names?" A beige coated lioness with orange eyes and a light tone underbelly with colored paws and a pink colored nose asked her childhood friend. She herself had a cub two days ago and the little one had started to open his eyes, which were the same color as his mother's. The lioness's name is Queen Sarabi, the Queen of the Pridelands, the mate of King Mufasa and the mother of the Crown Prince, Simba.
"Yes. Badru and I have decided to call the girls Nala and Nitza while the boy is named Mahiri. Mheetu for short," Sarafina, the cream furred lioness said with her apple green eyes sparkling. She is very happy with the cubs that she has now, and will be sworn to protect them for life.
"They are very beautiful, Sarafina. Bless the Great Kings," A deep, male voice said, entering the den. "Who was born first?"
The lionesses looked up and noticed two large, lions standing before them. One was a large, golden male with a red mane and matching colored eyes. The other was also a cream-furred lion with a red mane that is pushed to the back, violet colored eyes, and colored toes. He sat down next to Sarafina and nuzzled her while waiting for her answer.
"Nala was born first," Sarafina answered while Mufasa smiled in delight and turned to Badru.
"Badru and I have been discussing to let Nala to be betrothed to the Crown Prince," Mufasa said. "It's a tradition."
"But what about Nitza?" Sarafina asked and it was now Badru's turn to speak.
"We've made arrangements for Nitza to be betrothed to Tojo, a son of my friend who is an ambassador to the Grass Walls. As for Mheetu, he will be trained to be part of the Knights," Badru firmly said.
"That sounds reasonable," Sarabi said. "When will Tojo arrive?"
"No later than tomorrow. Simba's presentation will start bright and early and hopefully, Scar would be there," Mufasa said as he sighed.
Sarafina and Badru looked down at their three cubs, grinning from ear to ear. Deep down, they were worried about their children's future.
Little did the family know, a pair of green eyes watched them from afar.
"Nitza. I'm flattered that you have a crush on me. But it won't work out since I'm married now and Nala is expecting our cubs," A full grown King Simba said. "And you're married to Tojo."
Nitza couldn't believe what she was hearing. Did Simba just... rejected her? It has been a whole three months since Simba has returned and overthrew Scar and took his rightful place as King. Before Tojo and Nala had wed their respective mates, Nitza had time to confess to her childhood friend about her long-time crush but it was too late since he got married to her own sister not too long ago and she was visibly upset and hurt about this rejection.
Nitza swallowed and forced herself a smile. "Forget I ever said anything," Nitza said as she sand Simba went their separate ways. Little did they know, a certain wise old baboon watched from afar.
"One day, Simba. Love will change."
Ten Years later...
"Can't catch me!" A young cub with a black hair tuft, dark blue eyes, and cream colored fur called out.
"Oh, Kopa. You think that you can win? I'm the fastest!" Another lion cub bragged as he pounced on Kopa.
"Hey! No fair! You always do that when I'm trying to get to the finish line, Kagiso!" Kopa snarled.
Not too far from the finish line, Nitza and another lioness watched the two argue while they play fight. The second lioness had outlandish looking fur, green eyes, and a pink outsider nose."Are you going to stop them?" Mbali asked which caused Nitza to roll her eyes and walked to them.
"Boys! Enough fighting! I am sick and tired of telling you over and over again! It's giving everyone a headache!" Nitza said while placing a paw on her forehead to let the cubs know not to drive her patience.
Kagiso and Kopa shamefully looked down at their paws and Nitza took a deep breath to calm herself down.
Kagiso is a young lion cub with light brown fur, ruby red eyes, a brown underbelly, colored paws, and a pink pridelander nose. His mother was named Baina, who is a childhood friend of Simba, Nala, Nitza, and Mheete. Her mate later becomes Chumvi, a great friend/ally of King Simba and Queen Nala.
Even though that Chumvi is great friends with Simba, their children will never become playmates or allies, and this worries the two sets of parents greatly. They just hope that one-day Kopa and Kagiso would get along. Mbali just shook her head and walked towards Nitza and her cubs.
"Kagiso. I deeply understand that you're still upset about not being part of the Lion Guard. But this was "And Kion's choice. Please accept it," Mbali said wisely with a bit of firmness in her voice.
"And please. Would you apologize to Kopa for how you acted? And that goes to you too, Kopa," Nitza added while looking at Kopa. "Please. For me?"
Kopa and Kagiso looked away awkwardly and faced each other while taking a deep breath and Kagiso spoke first deciding to accept Kion's choice.
"I'm sorry if I gave you a hard time, Kopa. Do you forgive me?" Kagiso asked. Kopa only narrowed his eyes slightly at Nitza and Mbali. Kopa growled in annoyance and rolled his eyes before speaking. "And I'm sorry for being mean to you all the time and let Vitani kicking you in that hippo dung last Friday," Kopa said sincerely.
"Well that was only one way to stop Kagiso from flirting with Kiara," Another cub piped up. She had light orange fur, violet eyes, a purple outlander nose, permanently extended claws and a hair tuft. Her name is Vitani, the older twin sister of Kovu and the daughter of Mbali and Faraji. Vitani happily nuzzled Mbali who nuzzled back. Mbali looked up and noticed her mate, Faraji, chatting with Kovu. He is a young lion with dark brown fur, a dark brown mane, freckles (which Vitani inherited), violet eyes, and permanently extended claws.
Vitani and Mbali both stopped nuzzling and Vitani raced up to her father. "Dad! Hey, Kovu! Wanna fight? Grr, grr," Vitani playfully growled while getting into a fighting stance. But before she could pounce, Faraji warned her while giving her a stern look.
"Be careful, Tani. Don't be too rough," Faraji said while he earned a playful look from Mbali. Vitani rolled her eyes and obeyed her father's wishes. The children began to pounce one another while Mbali looked at her mate with a sly smile while Faraji looked at her confusingly.
"You worry too much, dear," Mbali said while nuzzling her mate.
"Well I wasn't the one who came up with that dare to go into that mud pile," Faraji stated while glaring at Mbali who only smirked.
Kopa, Kovu, Vitani, and Kagiso all raced ahead to the watering hole while Kagiso is the fastest runner of all. "Come on, guys! Let's go play with Kion and the others!" Kagiso called out excitedly as he ran ahead.
"H-Hey! Wait up! Kovu called out as he raced by Vitani. "The last one to the watering hole is a rotten ostrich egg!"
"Don't forget about me!" Kopa shouted while he tried to catch up and the children all laughed as they raced up ahead.
Nitza, Faraji, and Mbali all chuckled as they watched the Cubs play with their friends. "Time does fly by. Before you know it, they'll be marrying each other," Nitza joked while walking alongside Faraji and Mbali.
"Mhm. How's your relationship going with Tojo?" Faraji asked which made Nitza stop on her tracks and Mbali seemed to notice. Nitza bared her teeth as the memory came back to her. It's still fresh in her mind and Mbali glared at her mate.
"You had to ask," Mbali said sarcastically while Nitza took a deep breath to calm her rising temper.
"He cheated on me with Ankia!" Nitza roared out in anger, causing Mbali and Faraji to gasp.
"You mean that girl who always crushed on Simba and hated you?" Mbali asked while still looking shocked as ever. She couldn't believe that the most popular lioness would cheat on Tojo, Nitza's so-called husband!
"Yes! She even spread rumors about Nala sleeping with Malka during our youths!" Nitza ranted. Faraji also showed burning hatred for that lioness since she had once bitten his tail when they were cubs and now, Faraji really can't plan a revenge on her for exposing her to be a coward and a freak herself for being so overrated with the other male lions in the Pride. He never did like her and had always thought that Ankia would stay in the Jungle pride and not come back, even after Simba became king.
"And it didn't end well. She and her parents moved back with the Jungle pride and she hasn't been back since then because of Scar's reign and wishes that you were out of the way so she can become Queen. And now she's back. I have to deal with her insults," Faraji said while rolling his eyes. Mbali only rolled her eyes and couldn't believe it herself. Sure, Mbali had a reputation for being tough and a fighter, but deep down, she has a sensitive heart to which many people thought that she had to cover up with her brash and sarcastic exterior.
"Great. That's one excuse why I had to be her target sometimes," Mbali stated sarcastically while the three lions walked towards the watering hole to relax in the sun.
Across from them, King Simba and Queen Nala were both resting on a kopje, watching their children play in the water. "Hakuna Matata. This is the life," Simba said as he stretched out his paws and Nala nuzzled him affectionately.
"You said it. You know. We should be thinking of our children's futures," Nala said and Simba sat up, facing her. This is not the first argument that they had together. They had many more months ago, and now, Simba is on his breaking point. He sighed while rolling his eyes and gave off an annoyed expression.
"Ugh, Nala. We've been through this," Simba said annoyingly while Nala also rolled her eyes and glared coldly at her mate.
"I know, but have you even taken the time to choose mates for our children?" Nala asked as her glare remained cold on Simba, tired of having their children in a bachelor/bachelorette lifestyle that they're having.
Once again, Simba groaned and rolled his eyes. "Nala. Don't pressure them now! Let them enjoy their childhood first," Simba stated as he got up and went to join his friends. Nala also got up and continued to rant at her mate, getting annoyed and pressured by her mate's foolish behavior.
"But Simba. Think about what will happen if we don't make amends with the Eastwestern lands! The King threatens to invade us if we don't make peace with them!" Nala reasoned while she followed him. Simba only rolled his eyes as she greeted Faraji. Nala's ranting, complaining, and nagging must end.
"Afternoon, sir. Have you contacted Queen Asali of the Makuu pride to discuss King Adofo's threats about going to war with us?" Faraji asked in a serious tone. And Simba only chuckled, while waving his paw, dismissing the formalities. Nala felt really ignored as she watched Faraji and Simba talked about an upcoming war that will never happen as long as Simba kept up with the traditions. She didn't care about Simba's promise to change the arranged marriage law. She didn't even care about her own children's happiness.
Nitza also noticed the change in her sister's attitude. First, she was madly in love with Simba, but now, she has completely changed to a whole different person. Nitza had enough with her sister's behavior and made a mental note to have a pep-talk with Nala.
"Okay, children. Time for bed," Nala called out as Kopa, Kiara, and Kion were playing near pride rock and Kopa looked at his mother.
"Aw, mom. Can we stay up a little longer?" Kopa asked while yawning and walking towards pride rock, Kiara and Kion both following him. "Kion has a cool game he'd like to show us. Right Kion?" Kopa asked while grinning from ear to ear.
"Yep and Bunga and I were playing baobab ball early today," Kion said while Kiara glared at him while rolling her eyes. "Which ruined my Queenly lessons with Father. Could you not play baobab ball when I'm spending the day with Father?" Kiara asked while giving a look to Kion and now it was Nala's turn to snap at them.
"Children! Enough! I'm very tired of your bickering! Just get along, okay?!" Nala snapped, causing the kids to wince at her outburst, and Nitza seemed to overhear, as she was walking out of the den. Kopa, Kiara, and Kion looked down shamefully. They don't know why their mother is acting strange, and they never saw Nala acted so cruel before. The Cubs walked up to pride rock, walking past Nitza who looked on sympathetically and noticed Nala also walking past her, ignoring her existence.
'So much for our pep-talk,' Nitza thought bitterly and walked down pride rock and headed straight towards the watering hole. Once there, Nitza sat down and looked at the sky, hoping to find Badru's star. Ever since Badru passed, Nitza vowed to be a good wife to Tojo, but she has failed her family by falling for Simba, even if he was married. Tears pricked her eyes no matter how hard she tried not to cry. Nitza had never been so emotional in her life, except when her father passed.
"Nitza? What are you doing out here?" A familiar voice asked. "And why are you crying?" Nitza sniffed, but the tears kept coming down like a waterfall till she came face to face with ruby red eyes of King Somba, who showed compassion, sympathy, and curiosity.
"It's nothing," Nitza lied while wiping away her tears with her paw. Without thinking twice, Nitza began to nuzzle Simba, taking him by surprise. Simba was indeed shocked by her actions, but at first, he wanted to pull back but something made him not to. He knew that he wasn't supposed to fall in love with Nitza, but his mind and heart should try to give her a chance. She could be something special to him.
"What are you...?" Simba gave Nitza a confused look but nuzzled her back anyways and Simba only shrugged while he placed a comforting paw on Nitza's back, pulling her close while she sobbed, still blaming herself for all what's happening to her. But Simba wouldn't allow it. He didn't believe that she had failed her family, she was so lost and confused. Simba then whispered something in Nitza's ear, giving her his personal promise that Nitza will keep in her heart forever.
"Everything's going to be alright. Just don't worry. I promise," Simba vowed while he and Nitza continued to nuzzle once more. Nitza placed her paws on Simba to which he didn't mind. Secretly, he had always found great comfort with Nitza. He deeply regretted his actions and promised to make Nitza his Queen as soon as possible.
Little did they know, however, a dark green mist swirled behind pride rock, giving off a sinister like glow.
Everything was according to plan.