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Jumping ahead in time again, Chapter 23 opens three years later in Spring 1992. Laila is 14 and  Tariq is 16. Over the last three years, the Mujahideen have continued fighting on the borders and  Najibullah has attempted to win over the Muslims by following Muslim traditions, himself. Finally,  Najibullah steps down in April 1992 and all the soldiers return. Fariba, overjoyed, finally emerges  from her sloth-like depression. She works in the kitchen for the first time in years and starts asking Laila questions about her life,  particularly her relationship with Tariq. Fariba warns Laila to carefully protect her reputation because  people will start to assume that she and Tariq are romantically involved, even if they are just friends.  While Laila resents her mother's newfound interest in her life, she secretly agrees with Fariba. Laila  knows the neighbors are already gossiping about she and Tariq. Fariba throws a neighborhood party to celebrate the "real" end of the war. The men gather outside 
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