Eric's pretty glad to get out of there. Why does Tor bother him so much? Eric still can't figure it out.
He decides to canvas the island. If the folks on Blessed Island are mass-producing some kind of immortality potion with the dragon orchids, then Eric's got to be able to find a huge field of those creepy flowers somewhere. He's on the case.
Eric starts off on the bike and laughs when he thinks about how his work as a journalist has taken him to dangerous places all over the world, but now he's somewhere lovely and beautiful.
Back home, he doesn't have any really close friends—if he died, it would be weeks before anyone knew. Such a cheery thought.
He cruises around the island and hardly ever has to peddle. What a pleasant little adventure this is. When Eric stops at the quay by the sea, Merle is waiting for him. Things are just getting better and better.
They talk for a moment and Eric wonders why he's so ineloquent around her; Merle touches his arm and tells him, "I found you." When Eric mentions Tor, though, dude suddenly appears.
"Forthwith the devil did appear," Merle says, "for name him and he's always near," which is basically the same as saying speak of the devil. Harsh words for Tor.
Tor asks to speak with Merle and Eric peddles off wondering what Merle meant about finding him. Maybe there's something in the water on Blessed Island that make you cryptic.