"Where is she?"
"I've told you before I don't know!"
"Put him on the stretcher."
Sam stumbled across the room, two heavily armored guards lightly poking him in the back with their spears. Until about a day ago, Sam had been with Lara. They'd made it back to Earth, but then another portal had opened and Sam was kidnapped.
The guards grabbed Sam and forced him onto a steel table. They locked his hands into iron braces on the top side and did the same with his feet at the bottom of the table.
"Where is she?!" the figure in black asked again.
"Even if I knew I wouldn't tell you!" Sam coughed.
"Very determined, aren't you?"
All through the stone halls, iron barred gates and even out to the sea beyond the walls of this hell a scream could be heard, a blood chilling scream, then silence. From the torture room came the two guards, dragging Sam's limp body with them.
"We'll try again tomorrow," the figure in black laughed. She removed her hood to show ice blue eyes, pale skin and jet black hair. In her hand she fiddled with a light purple gem. "With the power of the Dark Dragoon and Lightning Dragoon on our side, nothing can go wrong."
Lara blinked her eyes open. Her vision was blurry, her head throbbing and her side stung with sudden pain. She blinked a few more times to clear her vision. She was lying in a hospital bed in a small room.
"Hey Lara!" a familiar voice exclaimed. Lara turned to find Sun and Luke standing next to her bed. "How're you feeling?"
"I've been better...What happened?" Lara asked.
"The medics had to knock you out," Luke explained. "You were already pretty damaged and trying to punch a hole in the floor wasn't helping."
"Wait, I was...? Sam! Where is he?!"
"You don't remember?"
"He got kidnapped."
"Well did you find him yet?"
"We've picked up his life signs in a world called Endiness. But it's slowly growing weaker and weaker."
"What's that mean?"
"Most likely, he's dying."
"We have to go get him!" Lara tried to get out of the bed but found her arms held in leather straps. Her legs were tied together, then tied to the foot of the bed. "What the heck? Why do you have me in restraints?!"
"It wasn't my choice! General Peters doesn't want you to try opening a portal in the middle of the night."
"Just how would I be able to do that?"
"He was watching you guys in your first adventure, then the second. He knows you're smart enough to figure out something like the portals."
"Yeah, well, get them off me. I want to get Sam out before anything else happens!"
"Sorry, I can't."
"Dr. Williams has you on morphine."
"...You're kidding, right?"
"When the heck did Dr. Williams get here?"
"He works for us, he worked for us before."
"He looks a lot like the General, are they related?"
"Whoa, starting to get light headed again."
"Morphine kicking in again. We'll go."
"What? No you don't have to."
"It'd be better if we did though. I'll see what I can do about getting to Endiness. We'll be back when you wake up."
Luke and Sun left the room, turning out the light and closing the door behind them. Lara lied there in the dark for a few moments, then fell asleep again under the power of the morphine.
"Sir, when should the portal be operational again?" Luke asked.
"It should be ready in a few hours," General Peters replied. "You and Sun will be ready to go in and bring Sam back."
"I think Lara should come."
"What? But she's under strict orders of Williams not to-"
"I know what Williams said, but this is her friend, she feels responsible for losing him, she should be the one to rescue him."
"...I suppose you're right. But the question is will she listen to you?"
"I doubt it."
"Then why should she go?"
"I want to test her."
"Very well. Tell the doctor to take her off the morphine and wake her as soon as possible."
"And get her some food, she can't go into the unknown without a full stomach."