It was a peaceful day in the Pridelands,
Kion and his friends were doing a patrol in Hapuna Valley.
"How's Mari?" Beshte asked
"She's fine. Ma's been spending afternoons with her" Kion answered.
"Grandma loves Mari" he said.
Kion glanced at Ono.
Ono nodded and took to the sky.
He returned a moment later, and settled down on Beshte's back.
"Everything's all clear, isn't it?" Kion asked.
"So, what'll we do?" Bunga asked.
"I told Kovu I'd spend time with him" Kion said.
Fuli brushed her muzzle against his cheek.
"Tell Mari that I love her" she said.
"I will, I love you" he said.
"I love you too" Fuli answered.
Kion bade goodbye to his friends, and headed back to Pride Rock.
When he reached Pride Rock, he found Kovu and Kiara waiting outside the den.
"Hi, Kovu. Are you ready?" Kion asked.
He stretched his neck to nuzzle Kovu's cheek.
"Well, Kion. Kiara and I had planned to go hunting" Kovu said.
"Oh" Kion said disappointingly.
"Do you want to come?" Kiara asked quickly.
Kion's expression brightened.
"Sure" he said.
Kiara bent her head, and nuzzled Kion's cheek.
"Will you carry me, Kovu?" Kion asked.
"Of course" he said.
He bent down, and grasped Kion's scruff.
He and Kiara led the way to the Meadow.
When they reached it, they settled down underneath the baobab tree.
"I love you, both" Kion said
"We love you, too" Kovu answered.
He bent his head, and nuzzled Kion's cheek.
"What would you like to do?" Kiara asked.
"Can we play Baobab Ball?" Kion asked.
Kiara and Kion exchanged a glance.
"Of course, Kion" Kovu said.
Kion stood up, and padded over to fetch the baobab ball.
"Come on, then" he said.
Kovu and Kiara stood up, and padded over to him.
They began to play Baobab Ball.
Meanwhile, Nita had met up with Rafiki at his tree.
"Do you think Midnight likes Mari?" She asked.
"Darling, I don't think there's anyone that doesn't like Mari." Rafiki said.
Nita's expression softened.
"Of course, Mari hasn't stopped talking about Midnight" she said.
She bent her head, and began counting juniper berries.
"Grandma and Aunt Maya don't like Mom, but they love Mari and I" Nita continued.
"I'm sure they'll come around" Rafiki said.
Nita shook her head.
"I don't think so" she said.