It had been a long walk for both Littlefoot and Ali. They would've been able to travel much faster, except Ali had to steady the egg on her back being that it was delicate in its state. So Littlefoot stood alongside Ali, steadying the egg at a slow, yet easy pace. Before long, they suddenly stumbled upon a large body of water. Possibly the purest, cleanest water they had ever seen in the area.
Ali: (sighes) Finally! Water, at last.
Littlefoot: Well, we'd better drink some while we're still here. Otherwise, we won't be able to find another lake like this for a while.
Both agreeing, Littlefoot and Ali go over toward the lake for a quick drink. Finding a soft patch of grass, Ali decides this would be a safe place to put the egg down. Ali gently grasps the egg by the front of her teeth, lowering it down toward the grass and joins up with Littlefoot for a drink. All of a sudden, Littlefoot stops when he hears something, like some form of rustling in the grass. Littlefoot slowly raised his head over the water and walks to see what it was. Ali, still drinking, turns to see Littlefoot move away from the lake.
Ali: (gulps some water) What is it, Littlefoot?
Littlefoot turns and shushes Ali, telling her to keep quiet. Ali does so thinking there might be some predators, Littlefoot just needed to make sure. Littlefoot slowly approaches the bush where all the rustling was coming from. Littlefoot arches his neck forward, peering closer and closer. All of a sudden, a head pops out, the head of a young Parasaurolophus. They give a yelp, Littlefoot arching his neck back and the figure ducking back into the bush. But then, it slowly peers out closer and for a moment Littlefoot recognizes her from somewhere. But it couldn't be...Or could it?
Littlefoot: (looks) Well I never thought I'd see this day. Ducky!
The Parasaurolophus, apparently Ducky, comes out from the bush. Only compared to the last time Littlefoot met her, she was now slightly older.
Ducky: (gasps) Littlefoot? Is that you?
Littlefoot: (chuckles) It's me, all right. Sure has been a while, hasn't it?
Ducky: Yep, yep, yep. It sure has. (hugs Littlefoot, suddenly realizes) Oh! I must bring my brother out! He'll be happy to see you!
Littlefoot: (raises an eyebrow) Brother?
Ducky nods and makes her way back to the bush. She pushes the leaves aside and peers inside.
Ducky: (calls out) It's okay, come on out! He's an old friend of ours!
Suddenly, some loud rumbling can be heard as a massive figure emerges out of the bush. To Littlefoot's surprise, it was Spike and much like Ducky he looked slightly older. In Spike's case, compared to Ducky's, his black plates had grown quite a bit longer as well as the spikes on his tail.
Spike: (mutters and nodding his head simultaneously)
Littlefoot: (turns to Ducky) So...This is your brother?
Ducky: After you left a while ago, my family and I tried to find Spike's parents. We searched for nearly a week or so, but we couldn't find any Stegosaurus herds anywhere. So, we decided to take Spike in as our own. Our mother wouldn't just leave him alone.
Littlefoot: (understanding) Oh, I see.
Littlefoot suddenly remembers and turns over to Ali, who looked a bit uneasy seeing Littlefoot talking to two dinosaurs that he seemed to know more than her. So Littlefoot urges Ali forward. As Ali moves forward to Littlefoot's side, Littlefoot himself introduces her to his old friends.
Littlefoot: Ali, this is the Parasaurolophus and Stegosaurus I told you about. (to Ducky and Spike) This is Ali, she's a bit shy but she's been a very good friend to me.
Ducky: Hi, Ali. I am Ducky, and this is my brother, Spike.
Ali: (bows her head) Hello. It was very nice of what you did for Spike.
Ducky: Oh, thank you. (sees the egg on the grass) What's that?
Ali: (shows the egg) I found this egg after Littlefoot and I got separated from our family in that big earthquake. It was the only survivor from an attack on its family, but we don't know who's family it was. So Littlefoot and I decided to look after it.
Ducky: (notices) Oh, I see, I see.
Ali: Anyway, it's nice to meet you, Ducky. And you too, Spike.
Spike: (mumbles) Hi.
Littlefoot: Er...has Spike ever learned to speak yet?
Ducky: Oh, do not worry. Spike can talk, but for some reason, I think he simply chooses not to. But it is okay; I love him just the same. (hugs)
Spike turns to Ducky and smiles, giving her a lick on the cheek. Spike's tongue, very smooth to the touch, causing Ducky to giggle apparently revealing a ticklish spot on her face.
Ducky: But I have to admit, ever since that big earthquake, Spike and I have been on our own. We try to manage however we can, it just hasn't been easy for either of us.
Spike: (shakes) Mm-mmm.
Ali: Well...Would you two wanna come with us?
Ducky: (gasps) Really? Oh, yes, yes, yes! We certainly do.
Littlefoot: (chuckles) All right, come along. (walks on) But you'll have to keep up.
Ducky: We will keep up, we will.
Spike: Uh-huh. Uh-huh.
Ali returns to where she placed the egg and puts it back on her back again.
Ducky: Are you still heading towards the Great Valley?
Ali: Yes, we are.
Littlefoot: Yes...And I'm not going to stop until I find my dad and my grandparents.
Ducky: Then I guess we are going the same way after all.
So onward they walked, following the setting sun while it still loomed over the horizon. It would soon be nightfall rather shortly, so they had to make sure they could go as far as they could before it got too dark to see the path. But it wasn't long before the dinosaurs could feal their stomachs rumbling, a growling sound emerges. That could only mean one thing...
Ducky: (giggles) My stomach is talking. Heh-heh.
Ali: Mine, too.
Spike groans, licking his lips, staring at the leaves above his head. Ducky knew what Spike was thinking, without having to hear him say a single word. She could somehow read his thoughts through his facial expressions.
Ducky: Aw, you too, Spike?
Littlefoot: (chuckles) Well, it's like my father once said, "The more things change, the more things stay the same." (looks at the leaves) Hmm. I wonder what this tastes like.
Curious, Littlefoot takes a large bite towards the front of the plant, and tugs it hoping to get some of its leaves off. But in doing so, they could hear some screams as Littlefoot attempts to tug off the plant.
Ducky: (gasps) Is that tree talking?
Ali: (giggles) Of course not. (looks up) But I'd say there might be some creatures up there.
Littlefoot: (mouth full) Well, there's only one way to find out. (shakes branch)
All of a sudden, as Littlefoot shakes the branch, a Pteranodon, a slightly older Petrie, rolls down the branch screaming hysterically, followed by a tiny Microraptor named Guido, who bump right into Littlefoot's face. For a brief moment, they stare at each other eye-to-eye, Petrie sheepishly smiles and Guido nervously waves a hand to Littlefoot. But the sight of the creatures causes Littlefoot to scream, letting go of the branch and lunging the two dinosaurs into the air. They flap their hands around comically trying to stop themselves, only to crash straight through the stone ground forming a hole of sorts. Guido sticks his head out of the hole, rubbing the throbbing pain that pounded his skull.
Guido: (rubs head) Wow, that hurt. (ducks back)
Curious, Ducky walks over to the hole and peer down. Petrie and Guido duck back when they saw her head emerge, but when they see it's a different dinosaur they saw they she looked friendlier than the previous one. In a way, when they saw her face, the two winged creatures felt... At peace.
Ducky: Who are you, huh?
Petrie: M-M-My name Petrie.
Guido: A-and I'm Guido.
With a giggle, Ducky helped Petrie and Guido out from the hole. When they got a closer look at Guido, they noticed that his dinosaur was not entirely multicolored, his feathers were simply warm shades of green and yellow, mostly jade. Ducky lifts Guido up almost like a child, he apparently likes this and gives off an innocent child-like face.
Ducky: Aw, you poor little guy.
Guido: (widens his eyes a bit, acting cute) Well, I hoirt my poor widdle head. (blinks for added effect)
Petrie: Hey, me get hurt too!
Ducky: I know, Petrie. (giggles, lowering Guido gently)
Ali: Petrie, eh? Funny name. (chuckles)
Petrie: I-I-I flied?
Ali: Uh, no. You fell.
Petrie: I fall? (collapses onto the ground and whimpers)
Ducky: You cannot fly? But how did you two get way up there?
Petrie: We climb.
Guido: Eh, yeah.
Littlefoot: Hmm. But you're a Pteranodon; a flyer, not a faller.
Petrie: Hard thing to fly.
Petrie steps back and preps for a take-off of sorts. Petrie opens his wings and jumps into the air, flapping his wings all over the place. But Petrie doesn't go over no more than a foot or two off the ground before he plops onto the ground landing on his rear. The other dinosaurs (minus Guido) find Petrie's flight attempt rather amusing.
Ali: (giggles) I guess it is. We can't do it either.
Ducky: Nope. We cannot do that all right.
Spike: (shakes head) Uh-uh. (chuckles)
Petrie: Hmph. (crosses his arms and pouts)
Littlefoot: So...Basically, you two climbed that tree attempting to fly?
Guido: Well...Not exactly. Actually...We're waiting.
Petrie: Yep, we travel round these parts. Then, we hear noises, friend went to investigate, and we hid in that tree ever since.
Ducky: Friend? Another flier?
Guido: (shakes his head) Not exactly.
Suddenly, they hear a roar and a hiss coming from another portion of the forest, followed by a scream. From the sounds of it, the voice sounded female and she was in trouble.
Guido: Oh no! Ruby!
Littlefoot: Sounds like she's in trouble. (to the two fliers) Hop on quick!
They nod quickly and hope onto Littlefoot's back, who winced when their claws dug into his back. Still, the entire group ran into the forest to rescue the other dinosaur. They find themselves in a bush, sticking their heads out to see what the fuss was about. When they see the commotion, they look in surprise.
A pink female Oviraptor, assumedly Ruby, with a red crest and some red markings on her body, was narrowly dodging slashes and bites from a Utahraptor, anvil skinned with dark blue stripes, yellow eyes, and a pale underbelly. The female stepped side-to-side attemping to get around the vicious carnivore, the Utahraptor not giving her a chance to do so. She fakes a step causing the creature to lose balance. But when she attempts to run, the Utahraptor sticks out a foot and trips her causing her to fall on the ground. It leaps toward the Oviraptor, who cleverly sticks her legs up and pushes the carnivore over her causing him to roll head-over-heels onto the ground. The other dinosaurs, watching the whole scene, all looked with concern not certain what to do.
Guido: (Panicking) Okay, nobody panic. First thing we do is not to panic...SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING!!!
Ruby picks herself up off the ground, but ducks into a roll when another Utahraptor leaps over her, missing her by a mere few inches. Unlike the other Utahraptor, this one had pup tent skin with dark green stripes, orange eyes, and a pale underbelly. The two Utahraptors join up, slowly stalking Ruby, who desperately crawls away till her back is toward a tree facing the Utahraptors who exposed their fangs toward their cornered prey. She takes deep breaths, yet despite being scared she held her ground with a calm expression. Not waiting another second, the Utahraptors charged toward Ruby, who closes her eyes expecting the worst.
Just then, a swoop of a tail knocks the two Utahraptors over to the side and into another set of trees. Ruby turns as Littlefoot swoops into the fray with a look of intensity on his face. Ruby sighs in relief knowing that her life had been saved by a another dinosaur. The Utahraptors recover from that surprise and stare down at the Apatosaurus, giving a mighty hiss and growl. With a snarl, they charge toward the Apatosaurus, Littlefoot swinging his head sending one raptor over and swinging it back causing him to spin head-over-heels back to the ground.
In the midst of the fight, Ali comes around from the other side of the pup tent colored raptor, now surrounded by both Apatosaurs. They look toward each other, each giving a simultaneous nod as the raptor look from one end to another. They lunge toward the raptor and both swing their tails, practically squashing the raptor in between. Stumbling, the raptor fails to keep its balance and falls flat on the ground. Breathing sighs of relief, the two Apatosaurs are relieved to have secured that threat. Just then, Ali gasps and moves Littlefoot aside just as the other raptor leaped into the air attempting to clutch one of them. Literally using her head, she delivers a stiff head-butt to the raptor's chest, taking the wind right out of him and the raptor lands practically clutching his chest from the painful impact. It crawls toward the other raptor as Littlefoot and Ali stand beside Ruby, who looked impressed with the fight.
Littlefoot: (to the raptors) You're going home, hungry and sorry, tonight. Now, beat it! (stomping his foot)
The raptors give off one final snarl, a warning snarl, before retreating back into the bushes.
Ruby: (sighes) Much appreciated, thank you.
Ali: You're welcome. My name's Ali, and this is Littlefoot.
Ruby: Ruby, my name is.
Ruby turns around as Petrie and Guido rush toward her, Guido's arms wrapped around her neck and Petrie's wings around her body. Ruby wasn't gasping, but she was taken by surprise.
Petrie: Me glad you're all right!
Guido: Yeah, we almost lost you there!
Ruby: You two, I'm okay... Choking me, you are.
Guido: Ooh. (lets go with a blush) Sorry. Guess we dunno our own strength.
Petrie: Me thought you were a goner.
Ruby: (motions to the Apatosaurs) Not saved me from those raptors, had these two, I would've.
Ali: Why don't you come with us? We'll introduce you to the rest of our friends and you can tells us about it there.
Ruby: There's more?
Littlefoot: Yeah, come along.
A few moments after, Petrie, Guido, and Ruby joined up with the Apatosaurus duo and their friends. They were introduced to Ducky and her brother Spike, who were more than happy to meet them. Regardless that Spike was a Stegosaurus, Ruby didn't seem to care that much. She certainly wasn't like most of the dinosaur herds, especially those who hardly tolerated the idea of mixed families. As they settled, they had much to discuss after all that excitement.
Ruby: So my two friends and I had been traveling this valley together after the earthquake struck. Just looking for food, so I was, but didn't think we'd ever run into those raptors. That should not have happened.
Littlefoot: Tell me about it. Who were those two?
Ruby: Screech and Thud, the most fearsome Utahraptors in the land. After us for days, those two were. In search of their next meal, they prowl around.
Guido: We thought we'd lost them last time, but somehow they track us down everywhere we go!
Ducky: But, I don't understand. Raptors don't usually just travel in twos, oh no, no, no. How so?
Ruby: No ordinary raptors, because. Where ever Screech and Thud are, Red Claw is never far behind.
Ali: You mean, those two worked for Red Claw?!
Petrie: We no know. But in the past few weeks, we've never encountered one without encountering all three and at full strength.
Guido: We don't even know how or why they hunt together. But whatever the reason, they seem to look up to Red Claw as their supreme ruler or something.
Littlefoot: Well, I don't think you'll have to worry about Red Claw ever again. He's dead.
Ruby: You beat Red Claw? Impossible, that is.
Ali: Well, we didn't. His mother...His mother was the one who killed Red Claw.
Littlefoot: (sighs) My mother died trying to protect us from that monster. Now we're just trying to get to the Great Valley and return to our families...If there are any left when we get there.
Ruby: Know how you feel, I understand. We know how it feels to lose a family. We're orphans.
Petrie: Me no orphan!
Guido: Yep, Petrie isn't an orphan. We happened to find him when he got separated from his nest and family. Ruby and I don't have families...I don't even remember my family or where I came from. (draws lines in the sky with his claw) Sometimes, I remember it one way...Sometimes, I remember something completely different. All I remember is my own name, Guido...Even then, I don't even know if that's even my name or not.
Ruby: I wouldn't say I'm an orphan, for I recall having a family from many years back. I had a mother, a father, and two siblings, remember I do. But then one day, they were gone...They disappeared. Where they went or what happened to them, I don't know. If they're alive still, I don't even know. What I could to survive, I've done so. Attempted to move on, I did.
Littlefoot: Memories can be so painful to think about. (sighes) Sometimes, I wish I could just simply forget about what we've lost. That way they can't hurt you.
Ruby: Silly, don't be. Memories are those that remind us of who we are. Dwell on the negatives do not. So long as you remember all the good times and keep your head up high, you can never lose sight of whom we are.
Littlefoot: But how can we ever go on after that? Even if we find the Great Valley, none of us will be as we used to be.
Ruby: The only thing that you can do: Remember.
(sings) Remembering, remembering
Is a kind of a funny thing
It makes me think of times gone by
A glad hello, a sad goodbye
Thoughts I'll always hold dear
Remembering makes re-appear
For good, for bad, or even sad
I'll always have
As the song goes on, the scene switches over to Bron, the Grandparents, and the herd of Apatosaurus crossing down some cliffside. Ever since the earthquake, those that remained of their herd continued to march forth determined to reach the Great Valley. But it could not be denied that there were many sad faces amongst the herd, but none as sad as Bron. He not only lost his beloved wife, he also lost something just as precious to him: His son, Littlefoot. A head nuzzles Bron, causing him to turn to see that the Grandfather got his attention. He gives an understanding look to Bron, before turning his attention to the stars.
Grandpa: (sings) Remembering, remembering
Is a kind of a funny thing
It makes me think of times gone by
Friends you made by saying "hi"
Thoughts I'll always hold dear
Remembering makes re-appear
But even when the thoughts are sad
I'll always have
Soon, everyone joins in with the song singing about the importance of remembering as the day starts to fade and turn into night.
Ruby: (sings) Remembering, remembering
Ducky: (sings) Is a kind of a helpful thing
Ali: (sings) To hold on to a happy day
Petrie: (sings) So those glad thoughts won't go away
Ruby: (sings) Times we'll always hold dear
Ali: (sings) Remembering makes re-appear
Littlefoot: (sings) So if you're ever feeling sad
Guido: (sings) We'll always have
Ruby: (joins in) Remembering
Ali and Ducky: (sings) Remembering
Everyone: (sings) Our remembering
Meanwhile, Cera had since been wandering through the dark crevice attempting to seek a way to climb back up towards her family. At this point, it was clear that Cera was lost and bewildered. And to make matters worse, with barely any sunlight passing through, it was getting rather hard to see two feet in front of her. Just then, she trips and rolls down toward the ground until she comes face-to-face with a horrific sight: A seemingly dead Red Claw lying flat on his back. There was no mistaking it; the hideous red mark on his left arm made it clear it was him.
Cera lets out a mighty scream and hides herself behind a rock and cautiously peers her head out. For a moment, Red Claw actually appears to be dead, not even responding when several tiny rocks bounce off his leathery hide. Relieved, Cera walks away from her hiding spot for a closer inspection and then starts to mock Red Claw hitting the "carcass" with her horn. But then her attention focuses on one thing: The teeth sticking out from Red Claw's jaws. Now there was a prize for Cera to bring home to her family, if she ever got home. Still, they'd want to know how she managed to get it or the fact even one tooth may have come from any Tyrannosaurus. But still, Cera could always make something up and she had to get that tooth. She rushes back farther and farther, knowing that one good charge should be enough to knock it loose. And off she goes, speeding forth with a determined speed. Suddenly, Red Claw's bloody eye opens, catching Cera by surprise.
Seeing Red Claw come to life shocked Cera so badly, that she ran away the moment she saw his one eye. Having survived the crash, Red Claw emerges from unconsciousness, pushing himself up back onto his feet. With the Triceratops' scent flowing through his nostrols, it was a matter of following her. She would unknowingly lead him to more food and possibly to find the same dinosaurs who left him in this crevice to die. Red Claw is alive and out for revenge.