When they got to the Mainfield train station they quickly got out of the cab. After picking up his ticket Neil took Eleanor out on to the platform. They stopped outside his train to say goodbye. Neil could already see the tears forming in her eyes. “Please, don’t cry, Ellie. I’ll be back before you know it.” He replied gently as he wiped her tears away. “I am going to miss you so much.” She said. “Just remember, Ellie. I will always come back for you.” Neil took her in to his arms and kissed her like he never had before. “All aboard for the eleven-fifty train to Detroit!” The conductor yelled. Neil slowly let go of her. He looked in to her tear-filled eyes. He never thought he would have to leave her behind. “That’s your train. You better get going.”
“Smile for me, Ellie. I don’t want to remember you this way.” Eleanor mustered a smile for him one last time. He embraced her for a final time and then let her go. She watched as he left to meet his train. As he stepped on to the train he turned around. Neil looked at her lovingly. She stood still with tears streaming down her face. He blew her a kiss and then boarded his train. Eleanor watched in sadness as the train pulled away. She stood there watching it until she could see it no longer.
As Eleanor walked out in to the parking lot she saw a familiar car parked by the curb. Ellie came over to the car and poked her head through the window. “Hi, Lizzie.” She replied sadly. “Get in I am taking you home. I figured you would need someone to talk to.” Elizabeth replied opening the car door. Eleanor accepted her sister’s offer and got in the car. As they drove away Eleanor found herself staring back at the train station. She feared this would be the last time she saw Neil ever again.
Neil got off the train when it pulled in to the Detroit depot. He grabbed his bags and headed for the platform. As he got off the train he pulled his hat down over his eyes. He told Eleanor that he was being shipped off to Germany, but his plans were just a little more entailed than that.
While in Detroit he was meeting an old acquaintance. An acquaintance that hadn’t arrived yet by the looks of things. When he came in to the waiting room he noticed a man standing in the corner by the cigarette machine. He recognized his old friend when he tipped his fedora in Neil’s direction. Neil cautiously made his way over to him. “Long time no see, Albecroft.” The mystery man muttered. Neil looked around suspiciously. “Maybe we should go somewhere else. This place is getting kind of crowded.” Neil suggested. The two men left immediately. They headed across the street to a church. They sat in the last pew where they could talk privately.
“Why did they choose me to go to Germany? I absolutely hate foreign affairs.” Neil remarked. “Albecroft, this isn’t like you! You always loved the dangerous stuff!” He remarked. “I know, but being in St. Louis just made me realize that there are other places where bad things happen.” A mischievous smile crossed his friends lips. “Okay who is she?” He asked. “What makes you think it’s a woman?” Neil replied. “Because you hate boring assignments! You said it yourself you live for high adventure.” Henry remarked. “Things can change, Henry. Maybe I have grown up since my last assignment.” Neil said. “Okay so maybe you have, but the Neil Albecroft I know doesn’t just give up unless he has good reason to.” Henry explained. “I didn’t come here to explain my reasons for not wanting this assignment.”
“Well at least you get out of St. Louis. The bad news is I have to take your place.” Henry replied. He noticed Neil’s sudden disinterest in the case. “Did you say that you are taking over my case?” Neil asked. “Yeah, as soon as you leave for Germany I’ll be heading for St. Louis.” Henry sighed. “You are my friend right?” Neil asked. “Of course.” He replied. “I need you to do a favor for me.” He replied. “Anything, I am always here to help you out.” Henry replied.
“I need you to look after somebody for me.” Neil said. “Wait a minute! I am not a babysitter. I have a case of my own to work on.” Henry sighed. “You just said you would do anything for me!” He said. “Okay, begging doesn’t become you! Now who do you want me to look after?” Neil handed him Eleanor’s picture. “Who’s the dame?” Henry commented. “Let’s just say that she is someone that I care about.” Neil replied. “Just how much did you care about her?” He asked with a devilish smile. “Look this isn’t about my relationship with her! This is about making sure she’s safe.” He replied.
“Have I ever let you down? You don’t have to worry about her. I’ll keep an eye on her for you.” He smirked. “Thanks, this means a lot to me.” Neil groveled. “No problem, but how do I find her?” Henry replied. “The address is on the back.” Neil said. “You care about her a lot don’t you?” Henry asked. “You bet your life I do.” Neil replied. Henry put Eleanor’s picture in his pocket and followed Neil out of the church.