Moana Fanfiction: Watching The Movie: Moana - 2. In The Beginning
BOLD TEXT is characters speaking in the movie
Italic text is action in the movie
Plain text is the characters reacting and watching
The flat surface suddenly lit up with a flash of color. It was an image of the night sky, two stars bright in the blue, and the sound of singing.
Sei e va’ai mai
I le tātou lalolagi
Sei e va’ai mai
I le mātou lalolagi
Sei e mālamalama (ko au e tu atu)
E lelei ma le mānaia (toku manatu)
Sei e va’ai mai ia (e taunuku te malaga)
Mānaia o le tātou ōlaga
The screen moved down to something large puffing steam down tracks over a river flowing out to sea, Isabel whispered that it was called a train. Then it moved to the scene of a flag flapping in the wind, revealing a castle, fireworks exploding in the background, then revealing the whole castle itself, with the river flowing underneath, and a name, Disney appearing, with sparkling stars arching over the towers.
Then flipping pages of something being drawn, whistling. Then the logo again.
A few words in her language were spoken, and the screen changed.
In the beginning…
Tui and Moana jumped in surprise to hear Gramma Tala’s voice coming out of nowhere despite her being right next to them, mouth closed, watching the screen.
There was only ocean… Until the mother island emerged.
From the blue ocean, a green figure appears, hands out in a bestowing fashion.
Te Fiti. Her heart held the greatest power ever known,
The screen showed Te Fiti giving life to all the surrounding islands, many villagers smiled at the sight. Everyone knew the story of Te Fiti, but it had hardly been told for centuries, and Gramma Tala was telling it again.
It could create life itself. And Te Fiti Shared it with the world.
Te Fiti shared her power with the islands, the map of their world green and full of life.
Then Te Fiti lay down for her eternal sleep, becoming the mother island she was known to be. The camera panned up to show varying figures emerging from the sea, looking far more menacing.
But in time, some began to seek Te Fiti’s heart.
A giant eel looked creature appeared first, snapping its jaws. Following it, a coconut crab, snapping its claws, little coconut looking little monsters came next, sharp teeth painted on their faces, wielding spears.
They believed if they could possess it, the great power of creation would be theirs.
Finally, at the very top, a mighty warrior, holding up his giant fishhook, brought it down and transformed, becoming a giant hawk, flying right for the screen
And one day…
The sound of zapping as Maui transforms and flies into the screen, the animation changing. The view changed to over the ocean as his hawk form flew towards an island.
The most daring of them all, voyaged across the vast ocean to take it.
In the back, the hulking brute whooped in happiness.
“Hey-ey! That’s me!” Moana raised an eyebrow but turned her attention back to the screen.
The screen pans to over the island, which revealed Te Fiti, and Moana became suspicious. Hawk-Maui glided over the island, observing.
He was a demigod of the wind and sea.
Overhead view of the ocean and Maui’s shadow. It quickly changed to the lush shores of the island. With a zap, he transformed into a lizard, landing on a branch and scampering down to the forest floor.
He was a warrior.
The lizard transforms into a beetle now.
The beetle makes his way through the roots of trees, just barely squeezing through, tumbling downwards.
A shapeshifter who could change form-
They all saw the spiral, the glowing green spiral of Te Fiti’s heart, and the beetle saw it too, determination in his eyes.
With the power of his magical fishhook.
Maui transforms back to his normal self, stepping forward to the spiral, green illuminating his face, eyebrows knitted together, a certain emotion crossing his face that Moana could not read.
GRAMMA TALA:And his name… was Maui.
Using his hook, Maui pried the heart right out of the spiral with no issue, popping it right into his hand, chuckling in response. But almost immediately, the cave began to crumble around him. He bolted right out of there as soon as possible.
GRAMMA TALA:But without her heart, Te Fiti began to crumble… giving birth to a terrible darkness
All around Maui, the lush green vegetation turned to ash. A massive boulder landed in front of him but he sliced it in half with his hook. He then sprinted forward again and leapt off a cliff, making Sina’s heart jump just a little. He then transformed back into his hawk form, clutching Te Fiti’s heart in his talons.
He flew back to his boat, turning back and getting ready to escape.
GRAMMA TALA:Maui tried to escape, but was confronted by another who sought the heart.
Ahead of him, massive black clouds arose from the horizon, lava exploding from him, and Maui looked up in the slightest bit of terror.
A face emerged, glowing with rage, screaming, dripping with lava. Some kids in the audience yelped from fright, their mothers and grandmothers reassuring them it wasn’t real.
Te Ka! A demon of earth and fire!
Te Ka loomed menacingly, surrounding by lightning clouds as Maui’s boat approached her. Maui lit up his hook, ready for a fight. He leapt off of his boat, right for Te Ka, turning into his hawk form, hoping it would help him escape.
The two raced head to head at each other, and the audience braced for impact.
Maui was struck from the sky…
Maui made impact with Te Ka’s fist, causing an explosion, fading to under the ocean. Maui’s hook and Te Fiti’s heart sunk into the black depths of the sea, never to be seen again.
Never to be seen again… And his magical fish hook, and the heart of Te Fiti were lost, to
The screen changes to tapa, the ocean painted on it, along with the depiction of a coconut crab on the other. Showing Gramma Tala holding both two pieces of tapa.
Where even now, a thousand years later, Te Ka, and the demons of the deep still hunt for the heart.
A then two-year-old Moana, surrounded by her peers, look up at Tala, Moana’s eyes full of wonder and fascination, making Tala chuckled next to her. Most of the children were terrified, clutching onto each other. Moana’s cousin Pania was behind her, not sharing the fascination. And even now she still wasn’t. She was never very fond of Tala’s stories, but as children, Moana always convinced her to listen with her.
Hiding in darkness that will continue to spread.
A little boy reached for the older boy in front of him.
Chasing away our fish…
Tala began to stain the tapa map of the islands with black ink, soaking the fabric, blacking out all the islands.
Draining the life from island after island,
As the black ink spread to the surrounding islands, getting close to the drawing of Motonui, the boy next to Moana flinched a bit, seeing one of the islands blacked out. Was his home island taken by the darkness perhaps?
Tui sighed as he watched his mother frighten the children with this story, he’d heard it countless times growing up.
Until every one of us is devoured by the bloodthirsty jaws,
She looks up from over the tapa, eyes wide.
GRAMMA TALA:OF INESCAPABLE DEATH!
The children were frozen, and then one bursts into tears, another faints, earning a few short laughs from the audience.
And of course, Moana giggled happily and clapped.
But one day, the heart will be found, by someone who will journey beyond our reef, find Maui, deliver him across the great ocean, to restore Te Fiti’s heart, and save us all!
Little Moana looked at her grandmother in awe and delight, smiling.
Whoa whoa whoa! Thank you, mother. That’s enough.
Tui rushes in, chief regalia and all, cutting off the end of the story. Moana stands up and holds her arms out for him.
Tui picks up Moana, other children watching, shares hongi with her and turns to the group.
No one goes outside the reef. We are safe here. There is no darkness. There are no monsters.
He accidentally smacks a post, causing tapa to roll down, monsters painted on all of them, making the room go dark. The children group together for a second before bursting into tears and screaming, running over to Tui and knocking him over, crawling all over him. Sina laughs at this, as do Tala and Moana.
There’s no monsters, no monsters!
It’s the darkness!
No, there is nothing beyond our reef, but storms and rough seas!
Sina elbows Tui, “You’re not great with reassurance.” Tui groaned and rolled his eyes, earning another giggle from Moana.
I’m gonna throw up!
During the roughhousing Moana is pushed out of the group, but not even fazed.
As long as we stay on our very safe island, we’ll be fine.
The legends are true, someone will have to go!
Little Moana parts back the tapa, seeing the reef in the distance, sun shining in her face.
Mother, Motunui is paradise, who would want to go anywhere else?
Whew this was a little longer than I had anticipated but I hope y’all like it so far!