The man was more furious than I'd ever seen. His eyes actually gleamed red.
"That, Lara Croft, is going to cost you your life!"
His sword screamed as it was withdrawn from the sheath. I ducked and dived as quickly as humanly possible, but his expertise favoured him, and soon I faltered. Blood trickled down my left side, and I collapsed. My vision blurred.
Oh God, oh God!
I never lose.
I'm going to die...
All I could was shadows and faint shapes. A stream of light broke through the ceiling. A rope dropped down and unfurled. A figure slid down, and a strange, floating disc, leaving an amber trail as it went, followed. The disc whipped round, and in seconds, ten severed head fell to the floor. The figure came to me.
I was going to die.
Then I heard a voice I recognised.
"Lara, it's me. It's Kurtis."
If I'd had the strength, I would have leapt for joy. Using he shirt, he quickly wrapped my wounds with a makeshift bandage. Then he lifted me, and I buried my face in his muscular chest. We ascended the rope. As we broke to the surface, Kurtis lay me down on soft grass. My vision began to adjust.
Soon both Kurtis' became one, and I saw him smiling down on me, stroking me cheek.
"You...you saved my life."
"I guess I owed it to you. As soon as you left, I was at my wit's end. Alistair told me the Infinitio had taken you to their meeting place. At that moment I knew what to do. I didn't want to risk losing you, Lara. I'm so sorry about before. Am I forgiven?"
"Is that a question? Of course."
He kissed me gently on the lips.
"Well that's good."
I laughed, then stopped because it caused me pain.
"Let's get you fixed up back at Croft Manor. Now that we don't have to worry about a power hungry order, we can relax and focus on the future. Our future. You may not be the best state to answer this, but I need to ask you."
"Then go ahead. You have my total attention."
"Lara Croft. You are the greatest woman I have ever met. You're intelligent, charming, beautiful..."
Dear Lord, he was going to ask me...
"Lara, will you marry me?"
There were no words. All I could was kiss him.
"I'll take that as a yes." He laughed.
"I do, Kurtis, have one condition."
He was suddenly serious.
"I'm keeping my maiden name."
"Of course, I knew you would want to."
"Thanks. Oh, and another thing!"
"Yes Lara?" he began to laugh
"I'm not wearing one of those massive white dresses. I'll look like a meringue!"
He laughed again
"If you insist."
"Oh, and another thing..."
We went on, talking and laughing, all the way back to the helicopter.
And of one thing I was absolutely certain.
I was in love with the greatest man earth,