‘They have found the policeman’ he said, without messing about.
‘I’m sorry ?’
I felt an overwhelming sense of panic, and was glad Jess was back in our room.
‘He killed my eldest son. I can help you.’
‘It wasn’t deliberate when I hit him, he was attacking....’
‘I know, that man was not good.’
‘We need to get back to England.’
‘I have a brother near Tangier, a fisherman, he can help.’
‘But isn’t it nearly four-hundred miles, how will we get there ?’
‘We will go in the car, I will come for you tonight.’
‘Can he really take us to Spain ?’
‘I will come at eight, be ready.’
Omar sounded completely at ease about the whole enterprise, but it seemed highly likely we would be stopped on the road north, trying to leave Morocco, or by a patrol boat in the Strait of Gibraltar.
Jess was surprisingly upbeat when I told her, as if this plan to hoodwink the authorities and escape the country was some kind of elaborate party game. She was also reassured in a strange way by hearing of the death of Omar’s son, which proved that this policeman deserved to meet a violent end himself.
‘He’s coming at eight, that means we have some more time to explore.’
‘We need to keep a low profile.’
‘Did Omar say if the police had linked his death to us ?’
‘Not yet, but they’re bound to consider all the people who stayed at our hotel in Taroudannt.’
‘I’ve always wanted to visit the Jardin Majorelle’ Jess said with enthusiasm.
‘I suppose that is out of the way, if we’re careful.’
‘Can we go in a calēche ? I prefer horses to cars.’
It was good to see some brightness back in her eyes; Omar had at least given us some hope, despite the serious challenges ahead.