The Lion King:

The Legend Continues

By Asante


Note: The following is the recommended reading order of my fan fiction novels and short stories:

The Lion King: A Father's Concern (short story)

The Lion King: Sarafina (short story)

The Lion King: Mheetu (short story)

The Lion King III: The Lost Prince (book)

The Lion King IV: The Rogue Pride (book)

The Lion King: Responsibilities (short story)

The Lion King V: Man Comes to the Pride Lands (book)

The Lion King VI: Fall of Man (book)

You can find all my fan fictions on my profile page. Technically, Responsibilities takes place before The Lost Prince but I recommend reading Responsibilities last and then Man Comes to the Pride Lands because Responsibilities is a midquel of Mheetu with a final section that takes place after The Rogue Pride, so it will probably spoil some of the plot for Mheetu, The Lost Prince, and The Rogue Pride.


Prologue

In a faraway land where the grass never grew and where the animals looked on their king with fear, a young lioness lay awake among her sister lionesses atop a craggy kopje. She slowly rose, trying not to wake the others. She crept between the other lionesses until she was at the edge of the large rock. She leapt spritely from the kopje and landed gracefully, except for the snap of a branch she'd unintentionally stepped on.

Freezing in place, she waited anxiously, expecting the others to awaken at the sound of the broken twig. When they didn't, she let out a sigh of relief and continued on.

She was still very young, perhaps no older than three years and had not yet taken her first hunt. Her fur was a light tawny-beige color and her eyes were apple-green. She would no doubt become the most beautiful lioness in her pride when she was fully matured, a fact that the king had already noticed.

She made her way along the muddy creek that served as her pride's drinking water, following it upstream for no other reason than to have something to follow. She knew not where she would go or what she hoped to find when she got there, but what she knew for certain was that she had to leave this land – that anywhere was better than here.

"Sarafina," an old and weary voice scolded from behind her.

The young lioness turned and looked back to see an elderly lioness limping along after her. Spinning about and crouching low, Sarafina whispered angrily to the aged female. "Go away, Mother."

"You will return to the kopje now," Nadra ordered.

"Never," Sarafina snarled. "I'd rather die than let that disgusting tyrant lay one paw on me!"

"Don't you dare speak to me like that, you ungrateful child," Nadra ordered. "You are the king's next concubine and you will do your duty to this pride and bear his offspring."

"I hate him!" Sarafina protested. "You can't make me!"

"I can and I will," Nadra hissed, rushing forward to tackle her daughter.

Sarafina struck her elderly mother across the face, knocking the weaker lioness to the side. As Nadra tumbled into the mud, Sarafina screamed at her, "I never want to see you or anyone else in this pathetic pride ever again!" With that, Sarafina turned and walked briskly away.

The old lioness shook herself angrily. Muddy water dripped from her fur as she glared after Sarafina. "You worthless excuse for a daughter, you don't deserve to have a pride!"


The Lion King:

Sarafina

Chapter 1

As Sarafina slept beneath the shade of an umbrella tree, two lioness cubs, each less than a year old, stared at her questioningly. A waterfall nearby sent up a soothing cloud of mist that moistened Sarafina's heated skin.

"Who's she?" one of the cubs asked, a pretty little female with jade green eyes and yellowish beige fur.

"How should I know?" her companion muttered irritably. The second cub was sleeker with tannish-brown fur, reddish brown eyes, and a distinctive brown stripe on her forehead.

"You don't have to be so mean, Zira," the first cub pointed out.

"Shut up, Sabini."

Sarafina blinked her eyes open at the sound of the unfamiliar voices. She jerked up into a sitting position and looked at the two cubs. "Uh, hello?" she said uncertainly.

"Hi," Sabini greeted pleasantly. "I'm Sabini and this is Zira."

"Who are you?" Zira demanded. "These are our Pride Lands. You can't come in here without the king's permission."

Sarafina stared at the angry little female and then stood up. "Brat," she mumbled as she walked away.

Sabini giggled as Zira glared furiously after the young lioness. "What's your name?" Sabini called.

"Sarafina," the lioness replied, looking for a way to climb up the waterfall.

"What are you doing?" Sabini persisted.

"Looking for a way up," Sarafina said, scrambling up a rock as she began to climb.

"Why? There's an easier way up Zulu Falls."

"Don't help her," Zira hissed to her companion.

Sarafina looked back at the cubs, glanced one more time up the perilous incline to the waterfall above, and then leapt off the rock and returned to the cubs. "Okay, where's this easier way?"

"Follow me," Sabini said happily.

"Traitor," Zira shouted. "I'm going to tell Prince Taka on you!" With that warning, Zira scurried off.

"Who's Prince Taka?" Sarafina asked as she followed Sabini.

"He's just a bully. He thinks he can order everyone around because he's King Ahadi's son but he's not really a prince. His older brother's the one who'll be the next king."

Sarafina sighed. So she'd escaped one tyrannical pride only to come across another one. "I bet the king's just like this Taka fellow, right?"

Sabini looked over her shoulder. "No, Ahadi's nice. Everyone loves him and his son Mufasa."

Sarafina tilted her head. "Even the concubines?"

Sabini stared blankly. "What's a concubine?"

Sarafina shook her head. This cub was much too young to know about such things. "Never mind. Let's keep going."

Sabini led Sarafina away from the waterfall and through a small patch of jungle. Heading up hill, they soon came out of the trees onto the cliff that overlooked the waterfall.

"You see, much easier," Sabini said proudly. "Down there is Zulu Falls and up that way is the Zulu River."

Sarafina stared at the deep river with its crystal clear water. "I didn't know the river was so clear this far upstream. Where I come from, it's shallow and muddy."

"Where do you come from?" Sabini asked.

Sarafina sighed. "About a seven day's journey downriver."

A not so distant roar caused Sabini's ears to prick up. "My mother's calling me," she said. "It was nice to meet you, Sarafina." The cub scampered off.

Sarafina watched the lioness cub depart. She'd never met a cub that happy before. She continued on her way, the river leading Sarafina further into the foreign land. She quickly noticed the immense kopje in the center of the kingdom, an enormous rock formation that left Sarafina astounded by its splendor.

Growing complacent, Sarafina was taken by surprise by the sound of three males roaring angrily nearby. She dropped to the ground in fear and remained still, unsure where the roars were originating from or if the males had noticed her. Inching her way through the grass, she tried to sneak away unseen.

"Get off me!" one of the males snarled.

"Don't be a sore loser, Leo," a second male chastised.

Sarafina paused. The males sounded as if they were adolescents, probably three years in age like herself. This confused her, she'd never heard of so many adolescent males being allowed to remain in a kingdom. Traditionally, a lion king would banish males of this age to prevent competition for the females' attention.

"That's another point to Mufasa," a third male declared. "Really, Leo, you're not very good at this."

"Shut up, Mega," the first male muttered.

Whatever they were doing, it appeared they didn't notice Sarafina so she continued to move silently through the grass, hoping to pass unnoticed.

"Oh boys," a fourth voice spoke, this one an adolescent female, "we have a visitor."

Sarafina froze again, listening as three noses began to sniff the air.

"Who's that?" asked the first male, whom the other two had called Leo.

"Whoever it is, they don't smell familiar," said the third male, who the first male referred to as Mega.

"Do you recognize who it is, Sarabi?" asked the second male, who Sarafina guessed was the one called Mufasa.

"No," replied the female. "Hey you, sneaking through the grass, show yourself."

Sarafina sighed and stood up, looking over her shoulder to face the four adolescents. One of them was a very magnificent looking young male with broad shoulders, a pronounced jaw, golden-brown fur, a course but tidy mane of thick red fur, and reddish-brown eyes. Next to him stood a slightly younger male who, though not as large, had a thicker and messier mane, his bangs falling messily over his forehead above a pair of mildly concerned brown eyes. The third male was a white lion, younger than the first two, with a light brown mane combed back to reveal a handsome but somewhat arrogant looking face. Despite his haughty expression, Sarafina had to admit he had very lovely dark brown eyes. Last was the female, who stood close to the large male with the red mane. She was a heavily built warrioress with dark beige fur, a prominent chin that offset her feminine features, and orange-brown eyes.

"I've never seen her before," the one with the messy mane noted. He sounded like the one the others called Mega.

"Did it hurt?" the white lion called out to Sarafina.

Sarafina tilted her head. "Did what hurt?"

"When you fell from Heaven," the white one specified, waggling his eyebrows.

"Leo, stop talking," the heavily built female instructed darkly.

The large adolescent with the red mane approached. "You're not from the Pride Lands. What's your name?"

Sarafina regarded each of them anxiously. "It's Sarafina."

"I'm Mufasa, prince of this kingdom," the one with the red mane introduced himself. "These are my close friends, Mega, Leo, and my betrothed Sarabi."

The one called Sarabi nuzzled Mufasa affectionately under his chin.

Sarafina lowered her head timidly. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to trespass. I was just passing through."

"Don't worry about it, Babe," Leo said with a grin. "No harm done."

"Where are you heading?" Mufasa asked.

Sarafina shrugged. "Nowhere in particular."

Sarabi gave Sarafina a concerned look. "Don't take this the wrong way, but you look a bit lean. When's the last time you ate something?"

Sarafina thought about it for a moment. "Four days, I guess."

Sarabi nodded. "Come with me," she instructed.

Sarafina instantly obeyed, unable to resist the powerful female's natural authority.

"I call dibs," Sarafina heard Leo say, not sure what he meant.

"Leo, shut up," Mega sighed.


Continue to Chapter 2