Dust particles glittered like tiny stars in the sunlight between the large ancient columns. A deep blue sky and fluffy small clouds bobbed and moved within the faintest breeze and the sun shone like a firey beacon sending its heat in waves to the ground.
Far below in the red sand tiny scorpions dived for cover as large brown boots trod through sending up clouds of red dust making them skitter into the shadows.
Sparks of silver. Twins, one in each holster swayed slowly at her hips as she ran between the large orange columns. Some were whole others cracked and broken and laying in the sand but all had once stood proud for many centuries before.
Black fingerless gloves, brown shorts and a greenish top were her signature. Her golden belt buckle shon like the sun supporting her gunbelt and her long brown braid bounced along her back and across the medium sized two buckled backpack which held flares, medikits,water and ammo.
As she made her way through the columns she ran her hands along the rough stones. Heiroglyphs were etched into them but were unreadable.She could of made them out if they'd of been clearer.
She sighed. It was a shame how these old temples and glorious parts of history were slowly sinking into the dark egyptian sands. Even the great pyramid was losing height it seemed.
Moving forward she edged her way toward a large archway. Golden bricks and dark grey mud formed the arch and she squinted her eyes to try and peer into the darkness beyond.Having no luck she reached into her back pack and pulled out one of the red flares she always carried with her. Not only did they dispay the darkness but somtimes kept unsavoury creatures away. She knew that scarab beatles may or may not be in residence and didnt fancy becoming a snack for them.
Clicking the flare between her hands it broke and lit up with a bright green glow. It reflected in her red sunglasses and she held it above her head.
Treading carefully she moved slowly under the arch and into a large cavern. The green glow from her flare lit up a golden orange pathway in the sand. She moved the flare and saw small black scorpions disapear as the light touched them. They didnt bother her and she carried on into the room. She looked in awe at what was held within.
"The sanctuary of the scion" she gasped.
The fabled resting place of the atlantean scion. An artifact so powerful it had been split into three and lay in Peru,Egypt and Greece. It was said the three leaders of Atlantis had discarded the Scion after one of them had gone mad with power and used it for her own means. Noone knew what had happened to her but she was never seen after the Scion had been disposed of.
"I knew it existed" Lara smiled to herself and walked into the room.
Far above her a massive golden coloured Sphinx gazed at the room. It was so tall that it touched the ceiling and its giant paws dwarfed Lara. To her right was a hill of sand and columns some buried deep with drifts and others reaching high above her head like the sphinx. To her left massive stone steps were carved into a wall reaching up to an open doorway. It looked precarious but Lara wasnt scared of heights luckily.Unsure of which way to go Lara was distracted for a minute untill a flash of white and red caught her eye.
What was it? She peered at the columns where it had been a second ago.
"what...the...." she never finished.
A large panther type creature wrapped in decaying bandges and rotten flesh pounced and jumped at her. Lara dodged and kicked out catching the creature in its stomach.
"Graaaaaaaaaaa" It hissed.
Lara rolled and fell into the sand sending up clouds around them both. Getting her footing she pushed herself up to a crouching position just as the creature came at her bearing its long white fangs and its foul breath.She grabbed its arms and swung it round with all her strength throwing it into the giant right paw of the sphinx. While it was dazed she slipped her pistols from there holsters and aimed at the creature which was writhing and growling trying to get back up.
"Badammmm badammmm" she fired repeatedly as the creature struggled to stand.Bullets ripped into the bandages and it howled as flesh and bandages fell to the sand. It raised as if to pounce but Lara was quicker and fired again.
"Badammm badammm badammm" It hissed and writhed but finally fell into a pile of bandages and bones. Its flesh disapeared and it was dead. Nothing but bones lay in a pile in the orange sand. Lara breathed out and holstered her guns.