"Uh-hm!" Suddenly she threw her arms round his neck and kissed
him. "If only the three of us could be always together! Take care
of yourself. Johnny and I need you." Then she caught his hand,
gave it a pressure, and was off again. Cutty stood there, staring
blindly in her direction. Old Stefani Gregor; sacrifice. By and
by he became conscious of something warm and hard in his palm.
He looked down.
A green stone, green as the turban of a Mecca pilgrim, green as the
eye of a black panther in the thicket. He dropped the emerald into
a vest pocket and fumbled round for his pipe - always his mental
crutch. He lit it and marched out of the station into the night
- chuckling sardonically. For the second time the thought occurred
to him: Of all his earthly possessions he would carry into the
Beyond - a chuckle.
Molly, then Kitty; but the drums of jeopardy were his!