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Vitani smiled slyly. "Hey ... I'm happy for you kid."
"Thanks Vitani." Kion said a little bashfully.
He didn't want any ill feelings between him and his sister in law after the whole lion guard fiasco when Kion and the others had returned to The Pride Lands.
He'd accepted that she was now the lion guard, and she and her team were doing an amazing job.
"If you need anything else, just ask." Kiara said to Rani.
"Thanks ... but you don't have to ..." Rani groaned out.
"No really ... it's no problem ..." Kiara said. "We're family now after all."
"All right ... Can you help me to the watering hole?" She asked. "My mouth's kinda stinging from all this mint."
Kiara laughed a bit. "No problem."
She put her head under the crook of Rani's neck and pushed up slightly, helping her stand up. Kion was by her side too, helping steady her as they headed down Pride Rock.
There were two major water holes in The Pride Lands. One was a bit farther off, near The Elephant Graveyard. Simba was insistent that Kiara and Kion never go there without an escort.
(For reasons he never fully went into, he clarified that Zazu did not count as an escort in that case .... Same with Timon and Pumbaa after the whole incident that led to her meeting Kovu.)
The one Kiara commonly went to was the small watering hole by Pride Rock. It was referred to as The Royal Water Hole. however it gained its title from its location and not usability.
Simba allowed all animals to use it. It was in few of Pride Rock that he'd be able to easily see if any of his cubs were in danger at the water hole ...
not that anyone would try to hurt them anyways ...
Kiara and Kion stopped in front of The Royal Water Hole and laid her gently on the ground. Rani lapped up water quickly, and then dunked her head under the water.
She shook her head around before pulling back, and swayed slightly to dry her fur.
"Ah, that felt nice ..." Rani sighed in relief.
"You wanna stay here for a while?" Kion asked.
Rani nodded, idly swirling her paw in the water.
Sounds of hooves pounded on the ground, catching the three lion's attention.
A mother zebra and her daughter stopped in front of the water hole, leaning down to take a drink. The mother pulled back and started grooming her foal. Her baby looked up and nuzzled against her.
Kion smiled warmly and looked at Rani. He nuzzled against her cheek, letting out a soft purr.
Rani laughed a bit, "Someone's feeling affectionate."
"I guess I'm just thinking about how great it's going to be, to be a dad." Kion said, resting his face on hers.
Rani smiled. "Yeah ... being parents is going to be great ..." Her voice faltered slightly, showing her anxiety.
A family of birds fluttered by, a mother, father, and their two babies. Kion's smile deepened as he nuzzled Rani even closer.
She relaxed slightly. "I think I'm feeling good enough to go back to Pride Rock."
Kion and Kiara helped her back up. She staggered a little bit when she first got onto her paws, but she was able to steady herself.
"I can walk by myself now." Rani said. "But thanks for helping me get down here and everything."
"No problem." Kiara said. "We're family, we look out for each other.
Rani smiled slightly. "Right ... family."
The trio of lions made their way back to Pride Rock, passing various other Pride Land animals on the way back.
A mother elephant was rolling in the mud along with her calf. A gazelle and her two babies were eating a fresh patch of grass.
They looked up slightly when they passed by, but when they realized they weren't hunting, they relaxed and went back to their grazing.
Kion felt his heart swell in positive emotions as they passed by many other animal parents.
I never thought I'd be a parent before Kiara was .... But he couldn't be happier.
When they made it to the base of Pride Rock, Rani's legs got shaky again trying to climb. Kion helped make sure she was steady and walked up beside her.
Once they were back in the den, Rani laid down again, resting her head on her paws.
Zazu flew in and landed in front of Kiara, bowing before her. "Good morning your highness!"
Kiara felt her stomach churn slightly at her new title. She figured it would be a while before she'd get used to being called this.
"You don't need to be so formal." Kiara let out a dry laugh. "You were my babysitter before, I think we can be ... well ... uh ... you can just call me Kiara, okay?"
"Oh yes! Of course!" Zazu said, correcting his posture.
At least that went well ... Kiara relaxed a bit.
Zazu then focused his attention on Kion and Rani.
"I've heard the great news!" Zazu said, beaming with pride. "Congratulations, you two!"
"Thanks." Kion smiled.
"Yeah." A light smile pierced Rani's lips.
"Ah, I remember when you were a baby yourself." Zazu said, nestling into the top of Kion's mane. "The Pride was thrilled when you were born! I remember it like it was yesterday ...
" He let out a sigh of content.
"Oh you do, do you?" Rani grinned slyly. "Why don't you tell us about it?"
Kion's face flustered as he anxiously pushed his ears back. "... N .. no Rani ... I ... I'm sure it's not that interesting."
"Oh come on. I wanna hear what you were like as a baby." She teased.
"And I can add in some details too!" Kiara laughed.
"As can I." Nala said, a soft smile on her face as she sat beside Kion.
Kion sighed in defeat. "All right fine .... Go ahead Zazu,mom, Kiara ..."
Zazu landed in front of Rani. "He was the cutest cub ..."