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At the final evening I stayed up overdue with Salsal. i used to be frightened in regards to the rabbit, since it gave the impression of Umm Dala will be on a protracted vacation. The rabbit could die of starvation and thirst. Salsal was once busy with fb as traditional. I stayed just about the window, looking at the backyard. He acknowledged he was once having a dialogue with the Deputy Minister of tradition on sectarian violence and its roots. I collected from Salsal that this minister were a novelist in Saddam Hussein’s time and had written 3 novels approximately Sufism. someday he and his spouse have been at a celebration on the domestic of a prosperous architect overlooking the Tigris. His spouse used to be appealing, stunningly so, and cultured like her husband. She had a specific curiosity in outdated Islamic manuscripts. The Director of safety, a relative of the president, was once a visitor on the occasion. After the occasion used to be over, the safety leader gave his surveillance part orders to learn our friend’s novels. a couple of days later they threw him in penitentiary on fees of incitement opposed to the country and the occasion. The Director of protection bargained with the novelist’s spouse in alternate for her husband’s freedom. while she rejected his calls for, the safety leader had considered one of his males rape the girl in entrance of her husband. After that the girl moved to France and disappeared. They published the novelist in the midst of the nineties and he went off to appear for his spouse in France, yet may locate no hint of her. while the dictator’s regime fell, he went domestic and was once appointed Deputy Minister of tradition. the tale of the novelist’s existence used to be just like the plot of a Bollywood movie, yet i used to be shocked what number information of the man’s existence Salsal knew. I felt that he popular the man’s character and class. I requested him what sect the fellow used to be. He missed my query. Then i attempted to attract him out at the id of our aim, yet Salsal spoke back amateur duckling like me wasn’t allowed to grasp such issues. My purely activity was once to force the automobile and it was once Salsal who could fireplace the shot along with his silenced revolver. the following morning we have been ready in entrance of the auto park within the urban centre. the objective used to be intended to reach in a purple Toyota Crown and once the automobile went into the auto park Salsal might get out of our automobile, keep on with him inside of walking and shoot him. Then we'd force off to our new position at the fringe of the capital. That’s why I had introduced the rabbit besides me and placed it within the boot of the automobile. Salsal bought a textual content on his cellular and his face grew to become faded. We shouldn’t have needed to look forward to the objective greater than ten mins. I requested him if all used to be good. He shouted out a curse and slapped his thigh. i used to be apprehensive. After a few hesitation he held out his cellular phone and confirmed me an image of a rabbit sitting on an egg. It was once a foolish Photoshop task. ‘Do you recognize who despatched the image? ’ he requested. I shook my head. ‘The Deputy Minister of Culture,’ he acknowledged. ‘What!!? ’ ‘The deputy’s the objective, Hajjar. ’ I obtained out of the auto, my blood boiling at Salsal’s stupidity and the entire craziness of this pathetic operation.

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