55 - When Tariq doesn't return from visiting family on the...

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Unformatted text preview: When Tariq doesn't return from visiting family on the date he's supposed to, Laila begins to worry, remembering that it was on his last trip to the south when he stepped on a land mine and lost his leg. Finally, after an eternal two weeks, Laila sees Tariq's flashlight signals in the darkness and she's able to go to bed with a calm heart. The next morning Laila heads for Tariq's house. Tariq's parents greet her affectionately, and the four of them enjoy a small snack together. Tariq's mother insists that Laila stay for lunch. Laila loves sharing meals with Tariq's family because they all eat together and clearly enjoy each other's company, unlike in her house where often, Laila eats alone. While Tariq's mother makes lunch, Laila and Tariq retreat to his room to play cards. Laila tells Tariq she missed him and he grimaces, making her realize that boys do not like to articulate their friendships the way she and her female...
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