Without Tariq in her life, Laila feels like she's lost a limb. Her days go by in a haze. Laila's parents spend more time arguing about something, and after a few days they let Laila in on the source: They've decided to flee Kabul. Laila is relieved and overjoyed — she's certain she and her family can catch up with Tariq and his family and that they'll be reunited in just a few weeks. That night, Laila dreams she and Tariq are on a beach listening to sand sing.Hakim, Fariba, and Laila begin packing. Hakim has hard time letting go of his books, even quoting a poem to Laila while choosing which books to keep. A few days later, Laila remembers the dream or Tariq as she carries heavy boxes to the curb to be hauled away. As she contemplates the sound of
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