We greeted Croft Manor like an old friend.
As I soon as I returned to my bedroom, I flung my backpack to the floor and began to think. About the day's events. About the Infinitio. If it had taken them this long to obtain the Cup of Jamshid, then how had the twelve (or should I say, eleven) remained alive for all these years?
My questions were interrupted by a knock at the door.
Alistair emerged. I arose, rubbing my tired eyes.
"I don't want to be rude, but what exactly do you want?"
"Well, um. I just wanted to ask about what you found in Tehran. Was there anything of importance?"
I breathed deeply.
"Well, where do I begin?"
I told him everything that had happened. His jaw dropped in shock.
"Now all I need to do is consult that blasted book of Eternity again, and see if there is any more to uncover before I go.
"To stop the Infinitio, naturally. We can't have another ancient order trying to take over the world. They're so bloody greedy."
"Look on the bright side; at least they're sharing it between them. Natla wanted it all for
"We all know where that got her. Well, I'm going to leave all this until tomorrow. Now what I really need is a shower. If you'll excuse me, Alistair."
"Of course, it's just..." He trailed off.
"Oh...I've been thinking for a while. Why exactly did you come back to Avalon and save me?"
"Because, Alistair, you're a great friend to me. I didn't think you deserved to die when you did. Not the way you did. You told me where you were going, so I followed. Why?"
Alistair shook his head and turned to leave, but halted at the doorway.
"Are you sure it wasn't...anything else?"
I knew he would have brought that up eventually. I sighed.
"Alistair, I'm sorry. We're just good friends. Now please, I have things to..."
"No Lara. Please. Don't say that. Admit it, you have feelings for me. I have them for you too."
I was angry. How dare he lie so blatantly! Did he not know just how much I loved Kurtis?
"No Alistair, I don't. I'm asking you to leave." I tried desperately to remain calm.
But he didn't stop, Instead, he walked right over to me, looking me right in the eyes.
"Get the hell back to Avalon." I nearly growled.
He silently refused, and pressed his lips against mine, only for a second.
But it was long enough. Kurtis was stood frozen in the doorway. His voice croaked a little with hurt.