Shockingly, I don't have anything to say.
Once again, thank you to all of the wonderful people who have viewed, reviewed, followed, and favorited this story! It means so much to me! Also, thank you for your patience (I can be a terrible writer).
Also, to Calvin:
I think the answer is in Chapters 2 and 3, but just in case I'm wrong:
Simba and Nala sent him to a Kingdom in the south, where Tojo and his wife rule. Since they can't have children, Kopa became their heir. (I like Kopa, so this was just an excuse for him not to die).
Anyway, the Pride Lands await!
A week later, many events in the Pride Landers' lives are lining up.
Kovu and Kiara are officially becoming mates since the ceremony was rushed earlier. The Lion Guard will begin to patrol around again, after recovering from their mission in the Night Pride's lands. Jasiri and her Clan are arriving in the Pride Lands, even though Janja's clan denied.
All of this is supposed to happen in one day, so the Pride Landers are terrified.
"This isn't going to work!" Kiara exclaims.
"Calm down. We'll make it." Kion reassures.
The dreaded morning arrives, and the Guard goes to the Outlands. Jasiri's clan is escorted by the Guard to their new home, where they settle down easily.
"Two things down, one to go." Kiara chants.
"Neema, you encourage her," Kion complains. "She's impossible."
"It's ok. Everything will be just fine."
"Wait…how? No wonder I love you."
Kovu and Kiara are sent to different places to prepare, with other groups of people hunting, preparing Pride Rock, and fretting.
"I'm taking a vacation after this drama is over!" Zazu exclaims.
"You said it!" Fadhili responds.
Finally, the night arrives. Bunga invites Mzuri, who shockingly accepts (after being bribed by termites). Apendaye and Karimu also come, and Kion and Neema get introduced. Alama and Piga keep Tiifu and Zuri entertained, while Kovu, Kiara, Simba, and Nala have a discussion.
"You are mates now, and you have the choice of bearing a cub." Simba states.
"I'd like a cub." Kovu answers.
"Kiara, don't be pressured into doing anything," Nala adds.
"Maybe we'll have a cub later," Kiara responds.
"That's fine with me." Kovu agrees.
"In the past, royal couples were forced to have a cub right after marriage. It seems too sudden for us, so we decided to let you wait." Simba explains.
"Thank you, Dad! Bye!" Kiara shouts before going to the festivities.
A week after the festivities are over, the Guard spots a small group of hyenas heading for Pride Rock.
"Who are they?" Neema wonders as she sees them.
"Let's interrogate them!" Kion pushes.
"Hello. My name is Fahari."
"Hmm, let me guess…" Bunga begins. "You have lots of pride, you have a joyful cackle (see what I did there?), and you're lacking a home."
The Guard and the hyenas laugh at Bunga's wordplay.
"That is true. Our home was taken over by a larger group of hyenas, and we heard about a group here."
"Do you come in peace?" Fuli questions.
"Of course, why not?" Fahari answers calmly.
"We'll introduce you to the King and Queen, but first, come with us to the Watering Hole."
Neema and Jasiri run up to the group.
"I saw the new group of hyenas from Pride Rock. I got Jasiri just in case." Neema explains. "Jasiri?"
"Oh, nothing," Neema responds while giving Kion a look.
"We're going to talk later, right?"
"You know it! So, where are we headed?"
"The Watering Hole, right, Fahari? Right?"
"Oh, yes, yes, of course!"
"My dearest Neema, I understand your thoughts completely."
"I knew you'd come around!"
"Is she your mate?" Fahari asks.
"You could say so." Kion answers while Neema shoves him.
"We are having the ceremony soon, aren't we?"
"Ugh, you're impossible."
After the new group gets a drink from the Watering Hole, Neema and Jasiri head to Pride Rock to inform Simba and Nala.
The group meets the King and Queen halfway to Pride Rock.
"Hello, Your Majesties."
"Please, call us Simba and Nala." Nala responds.
"We heard you wanted to find a home here?" Simba asks.
"Yes. Will we be allowed to?" Fahari asks.
"For the time being. We'll see if you can stay in a week."
"Thank you!" Fahari answers.
"Jasiri, would you mind showing our new guests where they will be staying?" Nala smirks.
"No, not at all." Jasiri answers quickly.
"Bye! See you two later!" Neema shouts.
As soon as they are out of hearing range, Neema starts squealing.
"Oh, Kion, did you see how they were looking at each other?"
"Yes, I think they were very starstruck by each other."
"So, Fuli, who are we going to get you with?"
Fuli chokes on her spit before answering.
"No one, thanks. I'm fine right now."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes. Kion, can we continue patrolling? Your mate here's getting on my nerves."
"Of course." Kion laughs. "Bye, Neema!"
Meanwhile, Jasiri and Fahari are having a very good time.
"Have you ever admired someone?" Fahari asks.
"Well, I admired Kion for a time."
"The Leader of the Lion Guard? Why?"
"We were close friends during our childhood, and I admired him a lot. Kion was the first lion I knew that was kind to me."
"I see. What happened?"
"After Kion returned, he brought Neema with him. I was jealous for a bit, but I got over it."
"What part?" Jasiri teases. "Me getting over Kion or not being jealous of Neema?"
Fahari blushes under his canopy of fur. He has a tuft of blue-gray fur at the top of his head, which has eggplant-colored eyes. Fahari has iron-colored fur everywhere else, with smoke-colored paws. Fahari has a handsome figure, which is lean and strong.
"Both, I guess."
They both laugh at the statement before someone interrupts them.
"Could I talk to Jasiri for a moment? Alone?"
"Janja? Aren't you supposed to be in the Outlands?"
"We need to talk. Now."
"Are you sure you want to go alone, Jasiri? I wouldn't want him to hurt you!" Fahari questions, glaring at Janja.
"I'll be fine, I promise." Jasiri licks him on the cheek. "See you later!"
"See you!" Fahari responds in a daze.
"What's so important?"
"I have something I want to tell you. Ever since I saw you in the outlands, I thought I hated you. I mean, you were all into that 'Circle of Life' thing, and I was with Scar. Now, though, I realize that it wasn't hatred. It was the opposite."
"I'm sorry, but after all that you've done to me and my group, I don't feel the same way."
As Janja starts to approach Jasiri, Fahari enters.
"I think Jasiri said 'no', so leave her alone."
"Fine, but you will regret this one day."
As Janja leaves angrily, Fahari checks up on Jasiri.
"Are you okay? Did he do anything to you?"
"No, I'm fine. Thanks for caring, though." Jasiri says while snuggling against Fahari.
As the sun sets across the Pride lands tonight, two happy souls have found each other.
The next day, Bunga calls the Guard and Neema in for an "emergency meeting".
"Let's play 'Twenty Questions and Answers'!" Neema exclaims. "We get to examine Bunga's predicament in 20 questions and answers!"
"I'll go first." Kion starts. "Is it about Mzuri? Yes."
"Is Bunga being overdramatic? Yes." Fuli continues.
"Is Mzuri being cold towards him again? Yes." Ono adds.
"Is Bunga hopelessly in love? Yes." Beshte chuckles.
"Is Mzuri yet to realize the aforementioned fact? Yes." Neema finishes. "15 more to go! We'll continue in The Lair."
"Thank you so much for coming to this emergency meeting!" Bunga begins. "Before we begin, do you have any questions?"
"Is this meeting pointless? Yes." Neema begins.
"Is Bunga just trying to get under our skin? We will never know." Kion adds.
"Are we in for an hour of endless boredom? Yes." Ono continues.
"Wait, what's happening?" Bunga asks.
"Nothing," Beshte states quickly. "That counts, right?"
"Yes, and so does this," Neema assures.
"Hmph. Anyway, onto the real issue here." Bunga interrupts.
"What issue?" Fuli questions.
"There's no issue." Kion continues. "9 to go."
"Whatever. So, I was thinking of inviting Mzuri to hang out with us for a day."
"Let me guess," starts Neema. "She'll be amazed by your hard work and fall head over heels for you, right?"
"Exactly!" Bunga exclaims.
"8 to go," states Kion.
"So, are you guys going to help me or not?"
"Do we have to?" complains Fuli.
"Yes. As fellow members of the Guard, you have to help me."
"7 to go," Ono adds. "Bunga has helped us a bunch of times."
"You've got a point, Bunga. Count us in!" Beshte assures.
"Ok, I was thinking of letting her come tomorrow."
"What do you guys think?" Neema asks.
"I think it's a good idea. Fuli?"
"Sounds good to me. 5 to go."
"What are you guys doing?"
"We don't know. What are we doing?" the group exclaims.
"We're finished!" Neema exclaims.
"See you guys tomorrow!"
The next morning, Bunga is a mess.
"Do I look ok? Do I sound sweet enough?"
"Bunga's reminding me of how you used to be when we were teenagers." Neema remarks.
"I was a mess back then!"
"Sorry to interrupt your important banter, but we have more serious issues to deal with! Is my fur clean?"
"You're crazy." Fuli answers. "I promise, I will never go crazy about anyone in this way."
"Yeah, right." Ono deadpans. "Remember how you were before Kion returned?"
"Oh my goodness! He's back? Do I look ok? Do I sound confident enough? Is my fur clean?" Beshte mimics.
"Hey!" Fuli exclaims. "I didn't sound like that!"
"I'm pretty sure she did." Kion states. "Oh, she's coming!"
Bunga has a small mental breakdown while Mzuri approaches.
"Bunga, is this what you dragged me out here for?"
"Um, yes?" Bunga answers nervously.
"Well, it's amazing! I didn't know that your friends were so cool!"
"What about me?"
"Oh, I guess I can deal with you." Mzuri sighs. "Anyway, could you tell me more about this 'Lion Guard' thing, since I only see two lions here?"
As Bunga explains the history of the Pride lands to Mzuri, Neema notices a change in Mzuri's behavior. Instead of acting uppity and brash, she seems to be treating Bunga a lot more nicely, even though half of their conversation is arguing.
"Is it just me, or does Mzuri look like she cares?" Kion asks.
"You just noticed?" Neema responds.
"Don't get mad at me for being unobservant!"
"Excuse me, you two, but don't we have to go on patrol?" Fuli rudely interrupts.
"Oh, sorry," Kion says.
"I'll take Mzuri to Pride Rock. See you guys later!" Neema says.
As the two groups go their separate ways, Mzuri starts gushing over Bunga.
"After he stopped being annoying, he was sweet!"
"He's so funny and kind…not to mention handsome."
"He's so talented! I had no idea he had done so much for the Pride lands!"
Neema shakes her head.
'I had no idea Bunga could turn himself into such a hero.' Neema ponders. 'It worked, though! I have a good feeling about this.'
Neema should have not felt so good three days ago.
At least, that's what Makucha and Badili were saying.
The day after Mzuri and Bunga had finally hit it off, two new cheetahs appeared in the Pride lands – well, just outside the border. They summoned for Fuli and had held private meetings for the past two days. Makucha and Badili were devastated, but the two new cheetahs were very fit and strong – and they were not afraid to fight them.
Currently, Neema and the Guard were trying to combat this problem.
"How about I become the Fastest for a while, at least until Fuli finally figures herself out?"
"Of course! It's a great idea!" chorus the boys.
All of a sudden, Fuli finally runs up to the group.
"Guys, I have an important announcement."
"What?" asks Neema.
"I've fallen in love."
I apologize for that terrible cliffhanger, but I just had to. More details about Fuli's important announcement will be made in the next chapter. I suffered from writer's block for a few days, but it eventually blew over.
Thank you for everything,
Jane the fan.