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Old 02-09-22, 16:45   #11
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THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!! This is amazing, hope we could get the last 3 parts anywhere, searched but I didn‘t find anything.. so thank youuuuuuu for your work!!!

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Part 07 final Jan 1st 2000

In the Valley of the Kings, Lara has discovered the lost tomb of Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun's widow. She has done so without t he help of Egyptologist Alvin Blackmore, whose mysterious death in London left her in the lurch. Standing before the queen's sarcophagus she discovers another tomb-raider pointing a gun at the back of her head. This is the concluding episode of ERICA WAGNER's tale.

Lara froze. She could feel the gun trained on her; it was like being stared at, but worse. She'd have no chance to reach for her weapon. She could only stand and watch as the hulking figure of Alvin Blackmore emerged from the darkness behind to stand facing her over the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun's queen.

"Well done, Lara," he said. "Even if I did have to help you along those last few yards to the tomb. Still, I couldn't bear to deprive you of the pleasure of discovery. And really, these days, I'm far too old for all that digging."

"I guess you didn't have a heart attack," Lara said.

"Healthy as a horse, my dear, healthy as a horse!" He laughed - it echoed around the tight stone walls of the chamber - and slapped a meaty hand on his broad chest."Never been fitter. And all the better for seeing you - for the last time."

"It won't work, Blackmore," she said.

"What won't work? Of course it will. You stole Carter's little notebook, of that I'm certain: and you wouldn't have taken it i f anyone had been aware of its existence. So now there are two of us who know about it - Haggarty I was willing to take a risk with because I figured you'd do away with him, and I'm grateful to you for not letting me down. But really, once I'd seen what was at stake, I couldn't let you go running around raising a ruckus about it."

"So why not kill me straight away? Why bring me all the way out here, let me find the tomb?" "Like I said, I wanted you to have some fun before you went, Lara. Mean to do otherwise, don't you think? But I wasn't about to murder the well-connected Lara Croft in cold blood in London. A most unlikely death for you, that would be. But if Lara Croft died in a rockfall while on the trail of one of Egypt's last hidden tombs - why, that would make perfect sense. No one would dream of asking any awkward questions."

"I suppose not," Lara admitted.

"It's a pity, really. I like you. I admire you. You're pretty sharp, if a little naive. But then I suppose you couldn't resist Ankhesenamun's promises either. The kind of thing to make a person throw caution to the winds, don't you think?"

"Looks like it," Lara said."Then you believe it - the promise of eternal life?"

"Well," Blackmore said."There's no harm in trying, is there? And anyway - even if it's all crap, you saw the treasures that were outside. I've never been a subscriber to the dour philosophy that money and fame can't buy you happiness. I've always found - at least where the former is concerned - quite the opposite to be true."

"Your sister's got your number, you know. She said nothing was ever enough for you."

"Cornelia? You spoke to Cornelia? Dear Cornelia. How was she? I would say - you must give her my regards, but it's too late for that now." Blackmore grinned, and keeping his gun trained on Lara, reached out for the jewel set in the sarcophagus. His voice trembling with excitement, he recited from the last page of the notebook that had been in his possession.

"Whomsoever shall claim the jewel set in the widow's breast shall find that Re never sets on him, nor on his generation," he intoned."Life eternal shall be his, just as the Nile rises and ebbs eternally in its mighty bank." And he reached out, curled his fingers around the emerald and lifted it from its place.

Instantly it burned with a white light; so bright that Lara could see the bones in Blackmore's hand. His face blazed with it, lit and shadowed by the unearthly light. Lara began to shake, but held her ground, and when she spoke her voice was almost as firm as she'd have liked it to be."You never saw the last page, did you, Blackmore?"

"What?" His eyes were on fire; he seemed filled with something inhuman and terrible. "Whomsoever shall claim the jewel set in the widow's breast shall find that Re never sets on him, nor on his generation. Life eternal shall be his, just as the Nile rises and ebbs

eternally in its mighty banks. For he who is worthy, this reward will come; for he whose soul falls heavy in the scale, the r etribution of the gods will surely follow."

Later, when Lara would try to explain what happened next, she would find her usual facility with words deserting her. How to describe it - she'd written it down, over and over, and then crumpled each effort and thrown it in the bin. The pictures had come off the walls. They had peeled themselves away and rushed at them - not as she'd imagined the falling statue of Anubis moving but reaching out with stretched arms and blazing black eyes, their flat shapes made flesh.

Horus, hawk-headed, one-eyed, just and terrible; Osiris, the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt on his brow, bound as a god to rule over the dead; his sister wife Isis, her fierce face streaked with the grief of her loss. And behind them all a figure so awful that Lara felt the air punched out of her lungs to look at it.

Man or beast, impossible to tell - the head of some animal out of a nightmare, great teeth, fiery eyes, slime and foul breath: the stench of the dead. It was this figure that seemed to lead the charge as the creatures turned on Blackmore and tore him into a dozen pieces. The stink of burning human flesh filled the dry air of the tomb.

Lara would have trouble making up her mind whether to include the next detail in her story - she fainted. What she remembered next were shadows turned to spiderweb, to a nest that bound her and held her and bore her out of the tomb, leaving her stretched out on the sand in the desert air. When she opened her eyes she saw - or did she dream it? - the beast-head of Set looming over her with a warning before fading into mist.

Death comes on wings to he who enters the tomb of a pharaoh. The hot desert sand cradled her head. Lara sat up. Her rib ached worse than ever, but she could stand. In the distance she saw the film of smog that showed her where the city lay; she turned towards it and began to walk. Well, she'd certainly have something to tell Jeremy when she met him at the place his clues had led her to. She wondered if he'd ever outsmart her... but perhaps that wasn't the point. She quickened her pace through the desert heat. She really was looking forward to seeing him.


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Old 02-09-22, 16:55   #12
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Ahh, nothing like a classic era re-discovery ♡
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Old 02-09-22, 19:14   #13
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I was tweeting the author but didn‘t get any answer about
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This was a massive necropost, but I do think things like this are worth preserving.

A quick Google led me to two things.

1: Apparently much of it is an online library, and can be accessed by having academic access.

Parts 1, 4, 6 and 7 are available there.

2: TombraiderArabia has an exclusive with those same parts available here:

https://www.tombraiderarabia.com/202...-lara.html?m=1

I'll post them here for archive purposes, and hope that the other parts can be found. Just dealing with some formatting issues. Please wait.

The author is active on Twitter, and it might be worth someone reaching out to her to see if she still has it?

Edit: Parts 1, 4, 6 and 7 are here now. Have made posts for the missing parts and will edit them in if I can get hold of them. I've tried to get them through the Times Digital Archive, but they're missing many years. Can't get anything between 1985 and 2003.

I've contacted the author via her website in the hope that she might be able to share the missing parts.
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Old 15-09-22, 16:14   #14
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Nothing new on that side?? only three parts missing
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Old 16-09-22, 08:55   #15
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I have had a response from the author, but as this story was written for The Times, it is owned by the newspaper.

While it may be possible to get the missing parts, it will take time.

Please be patient, but also prepare for disappointment.
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Old 18-09-22, 07:12   #16
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Thank you for your answer... I have time!!! I didn't get any answer form the author... so I hope we could get all the parts together and share them with the fans

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While it may be possible to get the missing parts, it will take time.

Please be patient, but also prepare for disappointment.
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