Moana Fanfiction: Watching The Movie: Moana - 20. I Am Moana!
One of my fave chapters to write, cried writing it. Also! Please please please if you read this, go give some love to my other Moana fic “The Stars and the Sea”! Please leave a review on it! It would mean a lot!
The water was calm now, but the tension was still heavy.
Groaning, Moana lifted her head, it was a miracle her boat was still floating after that. She gasped and looked around, the sky was clear, but a heavy fog remained over the ocean. This wasn’t good.
She heard a clucking, opening the trap door, Hei Hei groaned.
“How is that chicken still alive?” Someone mumbled, trying to lighten the mood.
Moana looked ahead, where Maui was sitting, back to her.
MOANA:…Are you okay…? Maui?
Maui stood, and turned to face her, revealing his damaged hook, which flickered with lightning, and Moana’s mouth opened to say something, but no words came.
MAUI:I told you to turn back…
I… thought we could make it…
…I thought… I, could make it.
Moana watched with an awful feeling in her chest, she could feel Maui’s scrutinizing gaze on her. She knew she’d messed up big time, she hid her face from everyone, even Keoni. Keoni didn’t know what to say, but he wasn’t angry, he was just relieved Moana was alive.
MOANA:We can fix it!
MAUI:It was made by the gods, you can’t fix it!
Moana began to think about what she could’ve done differently… like listen to Maui… She should’ve listened… She mumbled something under her breath, cursing at herself quietly, she did not want to watch this exchange with Maui, she knew it wouldn’t go well.
Maui saw how she reacted, and he too didn’t know what to say… he wasn’t sure if he was angry or not, compared to his on screen self.
MOANA:Next time we’ll be more careful! Te Ka was stuck on the barrier islands, it’s lava! It can’t go in the water. We can find a way around!
MAUI:I’m not going back.
MOANA:W-we still have to restore the heart!
MAUI:My hook is cracked, one more hit, and it’s over.
MOANA:Maui! You have to restore the heart.
MAUI:Without my hook, I am nothing.
MOANA:That’s not true!
MAUI:Without my hook, I AM NOTHING!
A few children whimpered hearing Maui yell like that, and that made him feel guilty.
Moana breathed heavily, trying not to cry, Maui glared at her, dropping the heart on the deck. Moana picked it up delicately.
MOANA:We are only here because you stole the heart in the first place.
MAUI:No, we’re here because the ocean told you you’re special and you believed it.
MOANA:I am Moana of Motonui, you will board my boat-
MOANA:-Sail across the sea
MAUI:I’m not killing myself so you can prove you’re something you’re not!
MOANA:-And restore the heart of Te Fiti! The ocean chose me!
Through tears, Moana tried her best to show Maui their mission could be completed.
Keoni’s heart ached to see Moana on the verge of tears, and next to him, she was already crying. He moved closer, trying to assure her she was okay, she didn’t mess up.
“Moana… you’re okay… you’re going to get through this.” Tui said, going to his daughter’s side. She cried silently.
Maui now felt incredibly awkward where he was currently sitting. He could already feel the resentment coming back. He’d messed up too.
MAUI:It chose wrong.
Maui transformed into a hawk, and with a groan, flew away, leaving Moana all alone.
She was all alone again… dropping her hand holding the heart down, the ocean reared up, and she felt its presence.
MOANA:Why did you bring me here?
She gazed into the deep blue glow of the water, feeling it trying to understand. She held out the heart.
MOANA:I’m not the right person.
The ocean shifted, unsure of what to make of what was happening.
MOANA:You have to choose someone else… Choose someone else! Please!
She cried as the ocean took the heart, bringing it to the bottom of the ocean, she watched the green gem float down, and her emotions finally hit her hard. Sobbing, she fell forward, body shaking.
Keoni felt what on screen Moana felt, but he felt that he had to comfort her currently, he placed a hand on her shoulder, and she turned to look at him.
“Hey… look at me. You’re going to be alright, I know it doesn’t seem that way now, but you have it in you, I know you do.” She feigned a small smile, letting him reassure her.
In that moment, everyone saw how the pair interacted, he was kind, understanding, and listened well, and as was she… they made a good match.
Tala agreed with him.
“We will all help you.”
Through her tears, a blue glow glided through the water to her, revealing it to be a manta ray.
A few gasps were heard, one of them being Moana’s… was that gramma?
The manta ray disappeared as Moana frantically looked around.
You’re a long ways past the reef.
Moana whipped around to see her grandmother’s spirit kneeling on the other side of the boat.
Tui looked at his mother, happily surprised to see her go to her granddaughters side in her time of need.
Guess I chose the right tattoo.
Moana bounded over and fell into her grandmother’s arms, the two hugging each other tightly.
MOANA:I tried gramma… I couldn’t do it…
It’s not your fault… I never should have put so much on your shoulders, if you are ready to go home, I will be with you.
Moana took a few seconds to think, before she stood, picked up her oar, but stopped right before it touched the surface of the water. Moana couldn’t move.
Why do you hesitate?
MOANA:I-I don’t know…
Tala stood and moved her arms in a dance.
I know a girl from an island…
Moana turned to face Tala, oar still in hand.
She stands apart from the crowd, she loves the sea and her people, she makes her whole family proud.
Keoni smiled, Tala would be able to get Moana back up on her feet. Sina, Tui, himself and Tala all looked at Moana with encouragement, who now looked back up to watch a beautiful moment unfold.
“You do make us proud, my little minnow ” Sina said, kissing her daughter on the cheek.
Sometimes the world seems against you, the journey may leave a scar…
Tala glided over the boat, revealing the damage done by Te Ka.
But scars can heal, and reveal just where you are.
Tala pointed up to the stars, and the camera did a 360 turn, from sky to sea, focusing on Moana and Tala.
The people you love will change you, the things you have learned will guide you, and nothing on earth can silence, the quiet voice still inside you, and when that voice starts to whisper, “Moana, you’ve come so far”. Moana, listen, do you know who you are?
MOANA:Who am I? I am a girl who loves my island, and the girl who loves the sea… It calls me.
Moana walked on the edge of the boat, looking down at the water, her reflection rippling.
MOANA:I am the daughter of the village chief, we are descended from voyagers…
In the distance, a blue glow approached her, revealing her ancestors.
The silence was hauntingly beautiful as everyone became transfixed with watching their ancestors.
MOANA:Who found their way across the world, they call me…
Matai sailed past her, holding the locket they both shared, smiling at her, a smile full of pride, she repeated his action, and he opened the sail, all of her ancestor’s boats sail around her.
MOANA:I’ve delivered us to where we are, I have journeyed farther, I am everything I’ve learned and more, still it calls me!
Several cried, Moana was finding herself, and Moana stood to watch herself, eyes wide, yet still teary. Her heart pounded with anticipation.
MOANA:And the call isn’t out there at all, it’s inside me! It’s like the tide, always falling and rising!
She climbed onto the mast, giving a birds-eye view of the ancestors surrounding her, she jumped back down and shared hongi with Tala
MOANA:I will carry you here in my heart, you remind me, that come what may, I know the way!
Keoni was beaming now, he felt chills run through his body.
MOANA:I AM MOANA!
Every heart stopped for a second and then everyone cheered for her.
Moana dove into the sea, adrenaline rushing through her, she swam and retrieved the heart, breaking the surface, holding the heart above her.
Tala and the ancestors were gone. It was just her now, Te Fiti once again rested in Moana’s hands, it was up to her now.
Moana began to repair her boat.
MOANA:I, am Moana of Motonui, aboard my boat, I will sail across the sea, and restore the heart of Te Fiti.
With her boat fixed and ready, Moana opened the sail and set for Te Fiti once again.
It was one of the most beautiful things anyone had ever seen. Maui had not expected any of that, but, he felt a certain pride swell in his chest, he genuinely felt proud of Moana for finding herself at last. He walked up to her.
“Listen, Curly… I am genuinely sorry for how I acted, and I know you’ll do great things, just like your mother said, can you ever forgive me?” Moana nodded.
“Of course… and I’m sorry too, I know that was reckless-“
“My younger self would’ve done something just as reckless.” The two shared a laugh and then hugged.