CHAPTER SIX:

When Jack heard a new burst of gunfire, he got to his feet and peered around the tree. Lara stood on one side of the clearing firing at the Jaffa. As he watched, Jack saw Lara run forward and roll, shooting all the while. She leapt to her feet, somersaulted backwards and kicked out at the nearest Jaffa.

Jack was a little surprised at the way she handled herself, but a moment later he was running forward through the trees, and trying to get to the Stargate without being noticed by the Jaffa. Which wasn't that hard. The combination of Lara, Sam, Daniel and Teal'c was having a dramatic effect on the Jaffa.

They were dropping like flies.

Jack shook his head, grinning, and ran out into the clearing. He shot the Jaffa on his left and made his way to Carter. "Fall back!" he ordered.

"Yes sir." Carter replied immediately, obeying the order before realising who had made it. She grinned when she saw Jack. "Dial home?" she asked.

"Yeah." Jack grunted, as he fired on a group of Jaffa.

He shot a few more, before looking around. Lara shot a Jaffa to his left, but it seemed the rest were all dead. Jack was still wary, and tensed when he heard the Stargate engage behind him. He whirled around, but found Daniel standing at the DHD.

Jack sighed with slight relief, and made his way over to Teal'c. "What happened?" he asked.

"We were attacked on our way back to the Stargate, O'Neill." He said.

"By who?" Jack asked.

Teal'c kicked over a body in front of him, without a mask. The man had a familiar gold marking on his forehead. "I believe by the First Prime of Ba'al." He stated.

Jack frowned. "Him again. But why?" he muttered.

"Jack?" Daniel called.

Jack turned and made his way over to the Stargate. "Sorry folks," he said. "Alright. Let's go home."

He saw Daniel look slightly sad at the news, but he blinked and it was gone. Then Jack stepped up to the Stargate, and through to the SGC.

* * *

Jack stepped out onto the metal ramp he knew so well. General Hammond stood before him at the end, as usual.

Hammond raised his eyebrows. "Colonel?" he said. "What happened?"

Just then, Sam, Daniel, Teal'c and Lara stepped through the Stargate behind him, one after the other. The Stargate shut down behind them.

"It's a long story, General." Jack said, and looked at Lara.

Her clothes and face was smeared with dirt and her hair had come loose around her face.

Jack grimaced. He probably looked the same.

"Then perhaps you'd better explain." The General said. "Debriefing at 1800 hours."

As the team left the gateroom, Lara came over to Jack. "You know," she said. "If you ever get tired of saving the world from the Goa'uld, you could always get a job as a tomb raider."

Jack smiled. "And if you ever get tired of raiding tombs, you could always get a job at the SGC." He replied. "Nice work back there, by the way."

Lara grinned. "Thanks."

"You fight pretty well," Jack said. "For an archaeologist."

Lara laughed. "I'll take that as a compliment."

Still grinning, the pair walked out of the gateroom and off to get checked out in the infirmary. Just before Jack walked in, he turned to Lara and warned, "Watch out for the needles in this place. They like sticking them in places you'd rather not talk about."

Lara looked at Jack and groaned. Jack just laughed.

* * *

It took two hours for SG-1 to explain what had happened at the temple, and eyebrows were raised when Lara and Jack told them what had happened when they were inside. But finally, they were allowed to leave.

"Wow." Daniel said to Lara, as they walked out. "I had no idea bobby traps were like that."

Lara smiled. "You'd be surprised by how ingenious humans can be."

"Indeed. It seems a creative defense." Teal'c added.

"More like a pain in the ass." Jack said.

Carter grinned. "But a complicated task." She said.

"Well, I don't know about anyone else," Jack said. "But I'm beat."

"Me too." Sam said.

"I must complete my kel-nah-ream." Teal'c stated.

Daniel and Lara said their good-nights, and headed off in the direction of his office. "I want to do some reading on this." Daniel said when they got there.

"Need a hand?" Lara asked.

Daniel grinned. "That would be great."

So the two archaeologists walked into the office, and spent the next few hours pouring over ancient books and recent data.

* * *

In the morning, Lara said her good-byes to the team and the SGC.

"Good bye, Lara-Croft." Teal'c said.

Sam nodded. "It was nice meeting you." She said.

"Don't forget to write." Daniel said.

"And stay out of trouble." Jack added.

Lara smiled at SG-1. "I'll try." She replied. "Nice working with you."

And with that she turned and walked away. Down the corridor, a quick trip up in the lift, and she was out. At the gate, she turned and looked back. Then she grinned. 'Somehow,' Lara thought. 'This won't be the last time I see this place.'

And you know what? She was right.