The words Ferry Terminal may have been written in Italian, but almost everyone waiting inside was North African, and it wasn’t until he double-checked the boat timetable that Sila realised there were two stops in total, Barcelona and Tangiers.
He walked back, sucking coffee through a straw, wondering if the way the North African guys were acting was similar to the way Iranian guys would if they were on the plastic seats instead.
He’d always wanted to go there
but it would be hard to get the green knife through customs, unless he travelled by train or car, which would inevitably lead to other problems
and probably death by sarin gas or
Maybe if he got a tan and grew a beard, learnt some Arabic, learnt some slang
he could make it past the border
all the way to Tehran
as long as they had their eyes closed
what about Joanna?
The Chinese patient was sitting on one of the green plastic chairs near the ferry entrance gate, surrounded by men. Ten minutes ago, when Sila had left to buy a coffee and a bottle of not Evian, it had been seventy-five per cent empty, now it was standing only.Continue reading