Ok so everyone who's read my story so far just got done with the 3rd chapter in Stage 1 sorry for the wait but been very busy lately
but here it is:
Chapter 3: Mvua wa huzuni (Rain of Sorrows)
Kopa woke up staring out the mouth of the cave seeing that the sun had just started to peek over the horizon. With it being this early he knew that no one would want to get up now and he was okay with that. His mind drifted off towards Vitani the last couple of days with her had been the best in his life, since he had told her he loved her they never left each other’s side. Kopa had made sure to check on her paw everyday which had started to heal nicely and Vitani was even walking normally and was running like usual, but every time they were together he got this feeling like someone was watching them. Right now Kopa only wanted to surprise Vitani and the only thing he could think of was getting her some of the flowers that bloomed under one of the large trees out in the Pride Lands, his only problem was that no one could go with him. Kopa looked around and saw the tree that had the flowers by it “Aw it’s not that far from home I should be able to make it there and back before anyone knows that I’m gone.” Kopa chuckled heading down Pride Rock.
Zira paced around the small den of hers furious that Vitani had fallen in love with the prince if it came to pass her plan wouldn’t succeed at all to take the pride from Simba. Staring out the hole of the den she watched as Kopa ran by, Zira poked her head out and watched him running into the savannah she grinned from ear to ear seeing that no one not even Zazu was with him the timing was perfect. Zira followed at a good distance hiding in the grass whenever Kopa turned around for any reason keeping a close eye on him deciding to wait for the right moment to strike. She watched as he made it to the flower patch gripping the ground with her claws tightly listening to him talking about Vitani and spending time with her, she looked up seeing storm clouds rolling in she had to act fast but the rain would also wash away her scent too the conditions were perfect.
Kopa made it to the flowers easily looking around for the right ones to pick for Vitani finding some purple flowers quickly plucking them from the ground. After picking four of the purple ones and then a few blue flowers he was ready to head back to give them to Vitani, when a rumble of thunder startled him dropping the flowers to the ground he looked back seeing the dark clouds in the distance. Once he regained his senses he noticed that there were no animals around and no birds singing he looked around quickly he knew what it meant, he was in danger and all alone.
Zira wanted to pounce but she thought that this revenge should best be savored; she raised herself up out of the grass and walked closer to Kopa “Well there is something that makes the prince jump.” Zira chuckled.
Kopa spun around quickly “Oh Zira it’s you. What are you doing out here?” Kopa sighed in relief while Zira walked closer.
“I saw you running into the plains and thought I should follow, your mother wouldn’t be upset if anything happened to you just like how I was upset when your father killed my beloved Scar.”
“But dad said that Scar was killed by the Hyena’s and deserved it for almost killing the whole Pride.” Kopa muttered as he picked up the flowers in his mouth.
“SHUT UP!” Zira growled smacking Kopa under his jaw sending him flying in the air his small body bouncing off the ground before sliding on his stomach to a halt the flowers he had picked littering the ground. “Scar was the greatest King to ever rule, he would’ve led the pride to glory had your father not interfered.” Zira growled walking up to Kopa who was now standing up.
“You’re wrong both my dad and grandpa were and are the two greatest Kings and soon. . .” Kopa’s words were cut short feeling pain in his right side while he went flying through the air hitting the ground again hard. This time he struggled to get on his feet he was scared but he couldn’t stop all he had to do was buy some time, “So Zira what’s it like knowing you were in love with a pathetic lion?” Zira lunged snapping at Kopa but he was able to duck down and run under her. He knew he could get the upper hand if he kept toying with her, he had always been good at thinking things through even going so far as to give his dad good solutions to problems in the Pride Lands. Kopa ran around a rock as Zira lunged at him again swiping her claws, “Yeah that must have been embarrassing to watch as he destroyed the Pride Lands heh some King.” Zira jumped in front of him cutting him off he watched her front muscles tense up and he rolled to the left just missing being caught up in her jaws. Kopa continued on mocking her and carefully studying her moves knowing just when and where to move out of the way, he caught a glimpse of the sunrise and it was still a while away before anyone would begin to get up. Kopa was starting to get winded Zira didn’t let up much but she was making mistakes and a lot of them, “When me and Vitani are King and Queen I’ll make sure your gone Zira.” Kopa grinned hearing Zira growl at that statement but was shocked when she stopped moving and started to laugh.
Zira laughed more and more she couldn’t believe that she let the kid get to her, “You think that my daughter loves you she’s just using you.” Zira scoffed, Kopa’s grin washed away. Zira swung at him again connecting this time and pushing her claws into his right side hearing Kopa howl in pain. Zira leaned in closer to him before growling in frustration as Kopa kicked some dirt into her eyes, quickly scrambling up and heading into the tall grass and laying down hiding from Zira. Kopa shut his eyes tightly, she was lying there’s no way Vitani would lie to him like that, he thought to himself. Zira finally managed to get the dirt out of her eyes and began looking for the prince, “Vitani was just using you so that I could get you alone . . .” Kopa started to cry the thoughts eating at wondering if it was true and everything that had happened up to now was all a lie. Zira walked through the grass she could smell the blood from the wound she had just inflicted on him “You know what the best thing is Kopa she was the one that came up with the plan.” Kopa’s tears ran down his face his only wish right now was that his mother and father were here to protect him. Kopa held still and silenced himself as he heard Zira walking closer “She told me that she never loved you and that she’ll be better off once you’re dead.” Zira grinned knowing that she was only a few steps from him.
“LIAR!!” Kopa screamed as he leaped at Zira catching her off guard managing to bite her right ear as he swung from her ear tearing a piece off hearing her scream in pain. He landed on his paws spitting out Zira’s ear piece he was infuriated that she had said those things but mostly that it made sense now that it was her that gave Vitani the scars on her paw not Nuka. Kopa’s fur stood up straight his eyes wide with anger, little did he know that he had played right into Zira’s plan as he ran at her she just smacked him down scratching the top of his head. Each time Kopa got back up wanting to make her pay for hurting Vitani he jumped at Zira again only to have the wind knocked out of him as Zira pinned him up against a rock her claws digging in deeply into his belly. Kopa screamed in pain as he felt Zira drag her claws across his stomach then scratching him down his side and legs, she let him fall to the ground her jaws gripping around his little body as she dragged him across the ground his claws trying desperately to keep him in place before she sent him flying through the air again he screamed for his mother hoping that she would hear him. Kopa hit the ground with a hard thump the rocks cutting and scraping his paws and body, he couldn’t move he looked up at Zira his vision was very blurry and it was getting harder to catch his breath wondering why she was just standing above him “Vi...tani.” he struggled to say slowly closing his eyes. Zira looked at the beaten prince he was lying in a pool of blood she grinned knowing she didn’t have to do anything else to the cub he wouldn’t last long, Zira started back towards Pride Rock her claws and mouth stained with Kopa’s blood not even trying to hid what she’d done. The storm had moved in fast as rain started to fall over the Pride Lands, Nala woke up suddenly her mind racing hearing Kopa scream for her looking around the den not seeing her son.
“Simba wake up I can’t find Kopa!” Nala screamed, Simba springing to alertness looking around the den not seeing his son. Nala ran to the entrance of the den “Simba I’m going to go look for him you stay here.” Nala left in a panic looking at the skies seeing the lightening and the pouring rain ahead of her she knew finding him would be hard but luckily Sarabi had followed her to help look. They ran through the Pride Lands scanning the grounds and looking under a few of the rocks scattered around the plains but coming up empty as they headed into the storm. The rain was cold as it soaked their fur and when the wind blew its sting made both Nala and Sarabi close their eyes, Nala stopped in her tracks Sarabi unsure why until she looked ahead. There lying on a high piece of ground was Kopa his body covered in scars and his blood being washed into the grass, Nala’s eyes welled up with tears the rain making it hard to notice “No….Kopa.” Nala whined walking up to his limp body. She laid down holding him between her paws licking his face “My little baby . . . how could this happen?” Nala questioned placing her head against her son. Sarabi just stood not knowing what to do knowing the pain that Nala was going through when she was told that Simba was killed, there was nothing she could say that would make it better all she could do was nuzzle against her to comfort her. Nala stood up “Come on Sarabi we need to let Simba know.” Heading back to Pride Rock leaving Kopa behind to become one with the land, Simba watched as Zira came back to the pride seeing the blood on her his eyes widening in fear, he wanted to strike Zira down but he had no proof.
Simba could see Nala and his mother coming back as the storm blew over Pride rock, one of the lionesses in the den keeping an eye on little Kiara, Simba hurried down hoping to see their son with them but seeing Nala’s face cause his knees to shake. Nala ran up to him crying as she nuzzled him letting him know what they found tears flowing from his eyes devastated with the loss of their son, but his mind raced when he saw Zira walk by and he lunged at her pinning her to the ground. Simba placed his right paw on her throat his claws digging into her skin “MURDURER!!” he screamed, “You killed my son didn’t you Zira. Why would you do that to a defenseless cub?” Simba growled.
Zira just started to laugh at him “The little brat deserved it consider it payback for taking Scar away from me.” She grinned, she coughed feeling Simba pressing his paw harder into her throat. She was in a bad spot but knew a way out “Go ahead Simba kill me and orphan my three children not to mention breaking the heart of your former sons love.” She watched as Simba grit his teeth before letting her up.
Simba looked over to his mother, “Sarabi go get her cubs. I’m going to do something worse than killing her.” Simba glared at Zira confusion obvious on her face. Watching as Sarabi left to get the cubs his mind made up he waited till everyone was present the rest of the pride glaring at Zira some growling, “Zira I hear by banish you to the outlands to live forever and never return to the Pride Lands.” He growled at her his eyes mad with furry. Simba stood his ground when Zira growled and threatened him not breaking his gaze he wanted to forgive the children but he wondered if they had had something to do with it.
Meanwhile out in the plains a lone lioness had been force to hunt far out of her normal prides territory, skulking through the Pride Lands looking for a good meal she spotted Kopa laying on the ground. She stared at the cub wondering who could kill a poor child so easily, walking up closer to investigate the cub she leaned her head down and could hear shallow breathing. Her eyes widened and she couldn’t believe that the cub was alive; picking him up and gently cradling his damaged body in her jaw she began the long run back to her pride. She knew that it wasn’t her child but she wasn’t about to leave the cub out there to die, their shaman could help him and then she could get him back home to his real parents.