In a panicked, small voice Vera says, "Do you have to go on assignment? Where are you going? What are you doing? When do you suppose you'll be back? How do I know if you're late? How do I know where you are and if you're safe?"

"Darling, I have done this many times. I will be fine. You must trust me. Hastings and Miss Lemon know where I am at all times. If you get concerned ask one of them, but remember, the fewer people that know where I am the safer I will be." Poirot says gently as he takes Vera in his arms and she leans her head on his chest. Hastings quietly slips out.

"It's not that I don't trust you, Hercule. I just don't trust everyone else." She brightens as she thinks of something. "Will you help me move my trunks into the guest room? I'd like to get settled before supper."

"Of course. I hope they're not too heavy. Ladies so frequently pack too much." Poirot says teasingly.

"I only had to pack my whole life in these trunks. It isn't easy. I'll carry the two small trunks. You needn't worry." Vera says sadly, but teasing at the same time.

"Oh, my dear, I am sorry. What an insensitive thing to say. I'm sorry if I upset you." Poirot says slipping his arm around her waist and kissing her on the lips. For someone who had never really courted anyone before he was a natural. Perhaps years of watching Hastings had given him strategies or maybe he's just naturally romantic.

"You didn't upset me. You made me remember that humour and sarcasm are okay. I've lived without them for so long. I'd forgotten." Vera says picking up her two small trunks.

"I'm glad I could bring happiness back into your life. I know what it's like being a stranger in a strange land. I know how hard it is. I'm glad I can support you." Poirot says leading the way down the hallway to the guest bedroom. "I hope you like it."

"I'm sure I will. Your decorating style is very sophisticated and lovely." Vera says as she enters the room and set her trunks down before she looks around the room. "Oh, Hercule, darling, it's spectacular! You've done a wonderful job!"