"And then?" Mercedes said, very softly.
"She--vanished," Parker said. "Yammer was going to stick her into a hospital, use something that he called 'shock' on her, maybe operate. She ran away."
"Did you try to find her, Beel?"
"For asking that question, Mercedes, I ought to choke you!" Parker said hotly. "I hunted high and low. All we knew for certain was that her plane was missing. I think she decided she would simply fly out to the sea she loved, and never come back." Again his voice sank to a whisper as he visualized Effra of the Green Eyes flying out over this wilderness of waters.
"I am sorry, Beel," Mercedes said gently. "Will you remember one thing, Beel?"
"Sure. What is it?"
"You saved my life back there. I will not forget it. If the time ever comes, I will pay my debt."
"Thank you," Parker said. "But there is no debt."