Kiara turned in her sleep and, realizing that her companion was not there, woke up. Confused, she left her cave, wondering about Kovu's night out. She knew that the king was tired of his new duties - as much as he had been trained all his life to be a leader, he would never have imagined that he would ever be one.
After a long walk, she found him at the borders of the lands, staring sadly at his own reflection. Kiara gave him a passionate nuzzle, but he walked away from her, uncomfortable.
"Kovu?" She bent her head in a confused look - he had never rejected her caresses. "What's wrong? Look at me. Is everything okay?"
Kiara tried to look him in the eyes, but he refused. In a heavy sigh, after a few seconds, he looked her in the eye and said:
"I need to tell you something."
"Of course, my king." She answered with a warm smile. "Anything. You know you can trust me."
After a few more seconds of silence, he started...
"You know, ever since I saw my mother dying, I never had a peaceful day again. I never had a good night's sleep again without having nightmares about that day, without remembering the bad things she did to me and my brothers. And I try to pretend everything's okay, but I discount all of my anger at you or myself, and I know I'm not being a good king because I can barely focus on my duties.
I can't take it anymore, Kiara. This life is not for me and these thoughts are ending me. That is why I am leaving, to try to find my own way and to stop living under the expectations of my mother. I'm leaving, and I'm not coming back."
Kiara's eyes widened and a pain washed over her chest. How did she know none of this? She felt guilty for not making her partner feel good or distracted. And it was true that he was increasingly cold and aggressive towards her - even though their relationship was becoming more and more abusive, she loved him too much to let him go.
"Kovu... We can go through this", she said in a desperate tone, tears streaming from her eyes. "You won't feel this pain forever, I swear we can go through this... Please, don't leave me..."
"Kiara, I'm not being a good mate, not even a good king. Someday", he looked deeply into her eyes, "you'll have a beautiful family, you'll be the best queen in Africa, but as long as I'm in your life, you won't achieve any of this as I'm being a huge burden to you. I swear everything's going to be fine, and I will always love you and carry you in my heart, but for now I will let you go."
"No... Please don't do this... Please don't go..." Kiara's eyes were full of tears, she barely managed to finish her sentence without sobbing. Kovu gave her a last nuzzle and went to start a new life, leaving a pregnant, heartbroken Kiara behind.
Just an idea I had... I love this render so much and I hope you guys like this story and render as much as I do!
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