Concept for the rewrite of Birth of the Outlands.
Neema hardly seen any sights of her old pride these last few months. Zira was planning on taking over the pridelands by overthrowing Simba. Neema had attempted to warn the blinded king to her intentions, but Simba would just tell her to leave his land. Some alliance he was.
But here came three lionesses over the hillside, walking slowly, as if there was something on their mind. Neema watched from the lookout point of her den, and stood up slowly. Surely it would have to be bad news for them to come all the way from Zira's termite mound. She met them halfway. Pointi (Spotty) and her daughter Kesi (Dotty) who's eyes were glassed over from crying.
"We... We ambushed Simba today... Kovu was there..." Pointi sighed, looking down.
Neema closed her eyes. "Damn..." She mumbled. "What happened?"
"Kovu betrayed us... I can't say I didn't see it coming." She looked Neema in the eyes. "You were right. He's like his father. Chumvi may have been Scar's pawn, but in the end betrayed him."
"And? Zira made the decision and you all followed her."
"Something happened, Neema." Pointi interrupted, holding back a tear.
Neema knew something was missing. Usually Nuka would bring her news. But now, it was Pointi and Kesi. "Whats wrong? I'm not asking again, tell me... What happened to Nuka?" She demanded.
Suddenly, Kesi who hadn't said a word, broke down crying.
Pointi blinked a tear away, and looked at Neema.
"Nuka's dead, isn't he?" Neema asked before Pointi could respond.
"How?" Neema sighed, sititng herself down.
She had always cared about Nuka, even though he wasn't her cub. Hell, she may have cared about him more than her own cubs. All she could see was Nuka's face as a cub asking;"Why don't Momma love me like she does Kovu and Vitani?"
"Where's his body?" Neema asked.
"The gorge. Zira said to leave him..." Kesi replied. "That fucking bitch won't even give him a half-assed resting place." She cried.
Neema sighed and placed a paw on her shoulder. "Kesi... I know how you felt about Nuka, and he loved you too... It's not easy loving someone when you can't be together..." She sighed.
She paused and looked up. She knew what she had to do. "Where do you want his body? He's like my son... If you want, I can put him next to where I will be." She closed her eyes. "It's the least I can do."
Pointi looked up. "Thank you..."
"I'll go get him. I'll tell you when he's ready."Neema sighed.
She couldn't believe it. Zira couldn't even pull him out of the trees. There he was. He was dead. In the back of her mind, she hoped he wasn't.
It took a while, but she pulled him out. He was crushed, and impaled. Poor boy. Amazingly, he started bleeding out as soon as Neema pulled the limb from him. She threw him on her back. He was like a feather. How could Zira let hi live like this? Neema walked all the way back to the resting place of her family. Her Father, his parents, and so on. She laid him down and sat with him.
The wind started to blow, bringing in a storm (in more ways than one).
She stood up, to go back in her den. "Nuka... I'm sorry... Goodbye, my prince."
Chumvi being Kovu's father theory is based on this; fanart.lionking.org/Artists/Ko…