I don't own the Lion King

Years passed as Kovu grew up to be a very healthy cub. Scar and Zira watched him like a hawk every single second of every single day to make sure that the future king was not hurt or killed in the Out Lands. Sometimes, Scar and Zira switched their places. One would be watching Kovu while the other hunted for food with the other lionesses. This time, Zira was watching him while Scar did the hunting.

Zira watched as Kovu played with his sister Vitani inside the cave. Their squeals of joy annoyed her. She got up on her paws and walked out of the cave to go and find Scar. He was taking too long to get back. She walked over to Nuka who was resting by a near by withered tree and told him to watch Kovu and Vitani while she was gone.

Nuka made a face at the job. He had no other choice but to watch over Zira's and Scar's little brat. He walked into the cave and watched the two cubs running around.

"Get back here!" Vitani growled as Kovu ran out of the cave.

"Catch me if you can!" Kovu yelled back at her.

"Don't go too far!" Nuka warned him, "or I'll never hear the end of it," he murmured. Kovu did not listen to him. He just took off into the distance to go and explore out into the Out Lands on his own and probably meet an unlikely friend.

From the Pride Lands, Scar had not heard any news about Simba. He hoped the worse for his nephew but Scar's time would come sooner or later to rule...hopefully.

As he walked, he saw a golden-yellow colored cub walking within the Out Lands. He had never seen a cub like this before since he had moved here so she was most likely an intruder. Leaving his goal to hunt for food, he decided to follow the little cub. To figure out what she was doing here, what she was up to, and who she was.

Kovu stopped running. He looked at his surroundings and discovered that he was all alone. He was away from home and didn't know how to find his way back. He did not feel scared but felt excited that he was on his own for a change. No parents were watching over him, so he was free to go on a fun adventure.

As he looked around, he was suddenly toppled to the ground. He quickly jumped at his paws and growled at the lion cub. "Who are you, Pride Lander?" he growled at her as he approached her, trying out his new future king identity.

Ah, so this cub is a Pride Lander Scar thought as he hid himself into the distance. He secretly followed the cubs everywhere they went so he could discover more about the Pride Lander. He saw the two of them getting in trouble with the crocodiles. He had no desire to go and help them out. This was a little test for Kovu to see if he was fit for a king. Luckily, he passed that test.

Now the two cubs were having a friendly conversation. Scar heard Kovu introduce himself and the other cub introduced herself as Kiara. To which lioness did that cub belong to? Just as Kovu was about to play with her, a large lion with a red mane leaped out in front of him and roared.

On instinct, Scar jumped and roared back at the lion. He glared at him as the other lion did the same.

"Scar?" the lion sounded surprised as of Scar should have been dead years ago.

"Simba," Scar said his name as casually as possible.

"What are you doing here?" Simba growled as three other lionesses walked up behind him, "you know you're not permitted to step paw into the Pride Lands."

Scar turned his attention to the other lionesses. Sarabi was there, Sarafina was there, and Nala was there. "Nala," he said her name, "my how you've grown."

He was immediately silenced as Simba roared at him. Kovu shuddered at Simba's roar and he crouched down on the ground. Scar looked at the cub that was behind Simba. "Oh, is this your little daughter, Simba?"

"She is nothing to you Scar," Simba told him as Kiara looked from her father and then at Scar.

"Not in your own world, but in family blood relation, she is my great-niece. Wouldn't you agree?" he asked as he looked at Simba straight in the face. While he was doing that, he noticed that Simba had the same features as his brother Mufasa. He had known this the first time Scar had seen Simba as a cub. He felt like he was talking to Mufasa rather than Simba.

"Get out," Simba said, his voice low and dangerous, "or I will kill you."

"In front of your own daughter?" Scar asked, "that is really below you."

Kovu looked from the two lions and then at Kiara who was staring at Scar with curiosity. He saw her walking up in front of Simba but being pulled back, away from Scar.

"Don't go near him Kiara," Simba warned his daughter.

"You're just like your father," Scar said, "always filled with some kind of pride."

Simba walked up close to Scar. "Don't you dare talk about my father in front of me."

"Arrogant and weak," Scar said as he looked at him straight in the eyes. "He couldn't even climb up the mountain before he died because he was weak! And you're a spitting image!"

Simba's anger boiled. He let out a ferocious roar and jumped at Scar, pinning him to the ground.

"Simba!" Nala yelled as Kiara ran and hid behind her mother.

Kovu gasped as his small body began to shake. What was he supposed to do? Was he supposed to fight this full grown lion that was attacking his "father?" Scar was not necessarily Kovu's father but he was raised to believe that he was. He screamed out loud as another lion jumped out of the grass and attacked Simba. The two lion rolled on the ground.

Nala, Sarabi, and Sarafina jumped at the lioness that was clawing at Simba while he was blocking out her attacks.

"Zira?" Scar said as he got up from the ground.

Nala, Sarabi, and Sarafina clawed at Zira. Zira however, was much more stronger than the three of them combined. She pushed the older lionesses out of the way and she gave Nala a hard scratch on the nose, and struck her under her chin.

Nala flew to the ground and landed with a thud in front of Kiara. "Mom!" Kiara cried as she jumped over at her mother and tried to help her up.

Zira was about to attack again when Simba leaped over at her. Scar leaped at Simba just in time and the two lion rolled on the ground. This time, Scar pinned Simba to the ground.

"Kill him!" Zira excitedly shouted, "kill him now!"

Sarabi, Sarafina, Nala, and Kiara gasped, knowing what was going to happen next.

Scar lifted up his paw but stopped midway. Something stopped him from killing Simba. The last thing he wanted to do was to let him go but a thought stopped him. He remembered when Simba was a cub that he had always wanted to be with him, no matter how he annoying he turned out to be. Scar didn't know why, but as a cub, Simba had an admiration for his uncle before he killed his father. He was not going to kill him...not yet anyways. He walked off of Simba.

"What are you doing?" Zira hissed at him.

"Let's go," Scar told her as he walked away. He stopped and turned his head at Simba. "Its not over yet Simba," he said as he continued to walk away.

Zira gave the Pride Landers one last glare, cupped Kovu in her mouth and followed Scar.