Once the door was shut, Vince grinned down at the stranger. "I go for appearances too," he said. "Cap'n Cantrell's this way." He led the man through to a small room near the back of the house. Beth was seated there at a small table, sorting through some paperwork. She looked up as the stranger entered and then smiled at Vince.
"Thanks, Vince," she said, setting the papers aside. To the stranger, she gestured for a chair opposite the table and Vince withdrew to leave the two alone.
"I'm Captain Elizabeth Cantrell," she said by way of introduction, "though that's no secret. I'm sure in discovering where to come to find me, you learned that... at any rate, I have not yet learned your name... or why you come to me now."