Challenger comes toward her. "Veronica, you know full well that the first thing we'll do when we get back to London is mount a return expedition to the Plateau. We will not forget you."
"Or Malone," Roxton adds.
"Or Summerlee," Marguerite chimes in.
Veronica smiles, toying with the pendant around her neck. "That's what Malone said to me in his letter. No matter where our journeys take us, we'll always be together, somehow." Her voice seems to break a little and she looks very sentimental. Challenger hugs her warmly.
Finn and Veronica are walking over a hill. "So," Finn says, "you and Malone really were... I don't know... meant to be together?"
"It's just what you said about living here. I didn't know what I had until..."
" until you didn't have it anymore," Finn finishes for her.
"I told Ned we could be friends. What was I thinking!" Veronica's laugh is rueful.
"If Malone were here right now, do you think he'd still hop on that balloon and head back to London?" Finn wants to know.
"Well, he stayed behind the first time they tried to leave," Veronica replies thoughtfully. "But if he were still here, I think I'd go with him for a visit."
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