Leona, now you know your dad will be here to take care of you and I'll only be gone for a couple of days.

I know, Mama, it's okay.

Okay. I'm gonna go start packing now. I love you, Leona.

I love you, Mama.


Lila knew her aunt was coming, was here even before she showed up at the door. She glanced in at her brother as she padded down the ground-floor hallway to the door of the abandoned house and pushed it open. "Aunt Cleo. I guess you heard."

"I'm so sorry, kid. How's your brother taking it?"

"Better than I thought he would. He cries in his sleep and sometimes come into my room, but he's been doing pretty well since I wrote you."

"Can I see him?"

"Sure," the younger lioness said, pushing the door open more and calling for her brother as the other came in.

"Aunt Cleo!" the young cub said, bounding over to her. "You're here. Is it because of Momma and Daddy?"

"I just wanted to check on you, sweetheart. I know you two were close to your parents."

"I knew it. Lila's taking care of me fine. I haven't missed a day of school since they left, and she hasn't either."

Cleo smiled, shaking her head. "Your parents would have wanted this, Lewis."

"I don't wanna leave," the cub said as Lila went back to her room and sat down in the doorway, knowing they'd have to leave. "This is my home."

'Think of it this way, Lewis: we'll get to see Lionel and Leona more that we have before. You're pretty close to Lionel, aren't you?"

Lewis grinned. "One minute and I'll be ready to go."

"Timing you, Lewis," Lila said, padding back over to her aunt with her bag in her mouth, dropping it next to Cleo's feet. "Thank you for coming to get us, Aunt Cleo. Are you sure we won't be a burden on you and Uncle Theo?"

"You know the library as well as we do, if not better. We could always use a few extra paws around the library. And I could always use the help till Leona gets older."

A/N: I have absolutely NO idea what happens in the first little italicized bit, and that's why I'm writing this story. I don't own any of the characters or places you recognize from the show, but I own everything else. Hope you like it.