A few days later, Lara decided that it really was time to go, otherwise she would probably never leave. At 0900 hours - Lara had picked up the military way of telling time - she and Bryce were walking down the corridor to the elevator, escorted by Doctor Frasier and SG-1.

"Are you sure you have to leave?" Janet asked, having become very good friends with Lara over the past week.

Lara smiled. "Yes, because if I don't leave now, I'm probably going to stay."

"And that's a bad thing?" Jack asked.

"Well, you don't have room service." Lara teased. "And I would miss my training room."

Jack laughed. "Well, it is a military base, you know."

"Yes." Daniel agreed. "You can tell by the slop they serve as coffee."

Everyone laughed at Daniel's mournful face. "Cheer up." Lara said. "I'll send you some real coffee for Christmas."

Daniel smiled. "I'd like that."

Lara smiled. "Well, it's been fun." She said.

"It certainly has." Sam agreed. "You'll have to come back and visit."

"Oh, I will." Lara said.

"Goodbye Lara." Janet said, giving her a hug.

"Goodbye Janet." Lara replied. "Goodbye Sam." She added giving Sam a hug too.

"Bye, Croft." Sam said.

"I'll give you a call." Daniel said. "About the Babylonian translations." He added sheepishly when everyone turned to look at him.

"I'll look forward to it." Lara said, smiling.

"Safe journey, Lara Croft." Teal'c said, clasping her forearm as she clasped his.

"You too, Teal'c." Lara said.

Teal'c inclined his head. Lara turned to Bryce. "Let's go." She said.

"Bye all." Bryce said.

There was a chorus of goodbyes from everyone in reply as Jack stepped forward. "Guess this is goodbye Croft." He said. "Maybe I'll see you around."

"Oh, you will." Lara replied winking at him.

Jack laughed and put a farewell hand on her shoulder. "I don't doubt that for a minute." He said.

This time Lara laughed. She stepped into the waiting elevator and waved goodbye as the doors closed. After a minute, Bryce spoke, noticing the glint of newfound challenge in Lara's eyes. "Lara." He said.

"Bryce." Lara returned.

"Don't you think you get into enough trouble on THIS planet?" he asked her.

Lara laughed. "I'm not going to quit my day job, if that's what you mean."


"Well, you must admit, the possibilities are intriguing."

Bryce rolled his eyes. "Only for you, Lara. Only for you."

As Lara walked out of the base ten minutes later and got into a waiting taxi, she knew this would not be the last time she visited the SGC. She would make sure of that.


Author's Note: If you want to see more of Lara's adventures with SG-1, check out the sequel "One Missing Archaeologist" under the Stargate category. ~ Cheeky.