Tomas entertained us with tales of his adventures on the road before turning in. He found the conditions the same as reported by our neighbor. And no one bothered him.
We showed him the map to the other exile’s place and he recognized most of the landmarks therein. He was excited at the prospect of leading us there.
We intended to leave at first morning light and join the farmers in their daily movement to the city. However, come the dawn not only weren’t there any farmers and their produce heading to market, but the roads were clogged with columns of soldiers.
I pointed out the obvious conclusion – construction of the army camp must be complete.
We are waiting again.