The noise woke her up. It always does. She should have been used to it but it always become new every night. She pushed the duvet off of her and climbed out of bed quietly and walked to her door. She gently pushed it open and stealthy walks along the passage towards where the noise was coming from. She moved quietly even though she knew they wouldn hear her. The closer she get the louder the thuds amidst muffled voices coming from her parent room.

She was so tired of them. She was just two years but she was always scared of what would happen when her parent are together. The house was always quiet when you count out the tantrums her mother throws and accuses her father who was an army was always not home of infidelity but whenever he comes back, the fight always happened.

”Did the noise wake you up? ” She quickly jerked her head towards the voice and found her elder brother Umar, who was no more than seven years old staring down at her small frame. She shyly nodded her head.

”Come on then, let get you back to bed ” he said and gently held her hand pulling her back to her room.

”I hate you mahmood!.. I regret the day I decided to wed you!.. I wish for you to rot in hell! ” Their mothers voice coming from the close doors stopped them in their tracks as more crash continues in the closed room.

”Will you stop it already? ” Their fathers voice echoed in the silent night.

”Hey, let go ” Umar gently tug his sister along.

The quilt was still on the floor exactly where she left it. Umar covered her with it as she lay on the bed. He kissed her goodnight on the forehead and made to leave for his room.

”Will they ever stop? ” Her small voice asked him before he walked out of the room. He turned with a frown on his face and forced a smile at her.

”I hope so Haleema.I hope so ”

”I hate to see them fight ” She cried. He felt so sad and came back to her. She was so fragile and it hurt him to see their parent misbehaving.

”Everything will be alright, Ok? ” His young self assured her.

”Will you stay with me for the night? ” She begged and he couldn say no. He came and lay close to her telling her a story untill she fell asleep.


APRIL 2021

”Wake up sleepy head ” I heard my dad called out to me through my subconscious mind as I slowly open my eyes to meet the blurry figure of my dad poking his head through my half open door.

”Am awake but I thought I said not to wake me till 10 oclock..My lectures is not due untill 11 ” I said lazily as I pulled my blanket to cover my eyes from the bright light coming through the windows into my room.

”Breakfast is ready and yes it is after 8am ” I heard him said as he gently closed the door and walk away. I smiled as I listened to the soft patter of his shoes as he walk down the hall probably to his room or the kitchen and my mind wondered back to the dream I had earlier or was it a memory I inwardly asked myself.

I have been having those lately and I couldn shake the feelings that the

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