RewriteEngine messes up contents of sub-directory

I have the following in the .htaccess of my /pages/ directory:

          RewriteEngine on
          RewriteBase /pages/
          RewriteRule ^(.*)\.html index.php?id=$1 [NE]

Although it works great, it messes up my .html documents in other directories.
It causes a problem with /pages/subdir/mypage.html

Instead of returning mypage.html, it returns index.php?id=mypage

I *only* want it to affect the /pages/ directory and not any subdirectories.

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ahoffmannConnect With a Mentor Commented:
use also:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !.html$
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