Fiction: Resisting Taqdeer Epilogue

Epilogue I’d thought that newborns were the most exhausting of children. It turned out three year old little munchkins gave them a run for their money. Azmiah had always been active but lately it felt like she’d somehow engaged fast-forward mode. Entertaining her all morning, through the drive from the airport and the wait until … Continue reading Fiction: Resisting Taqdeer Epilogue

Fiction: Resisting Taqdeer Chapter Seventy Nine

Chapter Seventy Nine The hall was beautiful, all our parents were happy (Hajra had, as I’d predicted, been a weepy mess ever since we’d told her, and Dad had let it slip that he and Mom had been hoping I’d figure it out with Zaakir but hadn’t wanted to push me in case it made … Continue reading Fiction: Resisting Taqdeer Chapter Seventy Nine

Fiction: Resisting Taqdeer Chapter Seventy Eight

Chapter Seventy Eight I stared down at my hands, imagining the patterns that would be covering them soon. I’d almost skipped applying henna on my skin at all, thinking it unnecessary, not to mention slightly risky. Azmiah had been sleeping through the night for a while now (for the six hours that constituted her ‘night’) … Continue reading Fiction: Resisting Taqdeer Chapter Seventy Eight

Fiction: Resisting Taqdeer Chapter Seventy Six

Chapter Seventy Six I’d promised myself that if I got too anxious, I would simply hang up. I wasn’t counting on him to answer the phone after barely two rings. “Hello?” a sleepy voice answered. “Azraa?” “Hey,” I breathed. “Um... how are you?” “...Fine. Are you sure you’re okay?” he pressed. “What made you call … Continue reading Fiction: Resisting Taqdeer Chapter Seventy Six

Fiction: Resisting Taqdeer Chapter Seventy Five

Chapter Seventy Five The insistent chime of my phone aroused me from my sleep. I groped for it, praying silently that Azmiah wouldn’t wake and start crying. Who on Earth was calling me in the middle of the night? I squinted at the screen and suddenly, was wide awake. Rayyan? Had something happened to Amira, … Continue reading Fiction: Resisting Taqdeer Chapter Seventy Five