Laila watches the ceiling as Rasheed chokes her. Laila's vision narrows and wobbles, her children flash before her eyes, and then she hears Mariam asking her if she's all right. When she's recovered, Laila sits up and sees Rasheed's dead body on the floor and wails.Once the gravity of what's happened has sunk in, Laila paces the floor, agitated by what Mariam's done. Mariam remains calm and contemplative and lets Laila get her jitters out. After some time has passed, Mariam tells Laila they must move the body so Zalmai will not see it. The two women wrap him in a sheet and drag him into the tool-shed. Returning to the house, Mariam paints a hopeful picture for Laila: they'll get Aziza and all run away with Tariq to Pakistan and start a new life. Mariam tells Laila she needs the night to form a plan and instructs her to go comfort her son.
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