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You exited Pride Rock and hopped down the stones, seeing Busara standing down on the grass waiting for you. You smiled as you hopped down beside him and he gave you a kind one in return. "So where are we going?"

"I was just thinking about having a peaceful walk around the savannah," he replied, turning to face the open area. "Chat, maybe show you things that might've changed while you were gone?"

"That sounds awesome, thanks," you walk beside him, swatting him playfully with your tail.

The air was filled with fireflies as you both strolled by multiple herds of sleeping animals, careful to keep your pawsteps light and voices low.

"What's the most dangerous thing the Guard has done so far?" You question, in an attempt to keep the conversation going.

The male looked up to the sky in thought and whistled, "That's a tough question. I'd say saving that baby from the gorge is definitely up there, but other than that..." he paused and then lit up, "Oh! There was a time jackals had came inside the lands, and we had to get rid of them. I got into a full-on brawl with the leader, and she gave me this." He sat down and lifted a paw, gesturing to a faint scar on his cheek.

"Oh no! Did it hurt?" You ask, concerned and intrigued.

Busara shrugged and smirked, "Nah, not really. I mean it when I say I'd take another one to defend the Pridelands. I've found a home here... and friends."

His tone sounded like he wanted to tack something onto the end of that, but he had cut himself off. Curiosity piqued, you inch closer and raise an eyebrow, "And...?"

"Huh? What?"

"You sounded like you wanted to say something else. You can tell me, I swear I can keep secrets," you smile kindly.


"You shouldn't be out so late," came a familiar drawl, belonging to the youngest prince. You turned your neck and only saw two green eyes peering at the both of you from the darkness of a nearby rock. "It's dangerous after dark, you know."

Busara grumbled a little, "So why are you out here then?"

"I saw Y/N leave the cave and became rightfully concerned with her safety and wellbeing," Taka replied, coldly and matter-of-factly. "Now that you two have had your romantic walk together, you can return." He spits the word 'romantic' out like acid on his tongue.

You tilt your head, "Romantic? We were just talking."

The green eyes narrowed in response and you sighed, picking yourself up and turning to walk back to Pride Rock. Behind you, Busara stopped by the rock Taka was lounging on and glared at his leader, "What's your issue?"

"I've known her for longer than you," the prince deadpanned, "She's one of my best friends. If you do anything wrong to her you'll regret it. I can promise you that."

"Just your best friend? You sure?" The larger male rolled his eyes before following after you.

Taka watched you both walk off in silence, a low growl rumbling from his chest.

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