Even though she had been up here uncountable times, the rock felt so different underpaw. But perhaps it was the fact that Kovu wasn't at her side, as they had once promised each other, that bothered her so.
...But that had been his choice to make.
This scene doesn't actually happen in my w.i.p. fan-fiction, but after Kovu is exiled (yes, that's another plot point if I haven't mentioned it thus far!) Pride Rock needs a queen, and during a time of tension, she has no choice but to do so.
I'm nearly done after what... 100+ pages?