The last drag of my cigar was left, and that irritated me, since it was the last one I had around. Going to the shop to get another one would mean encountering a rebel, and bringing upon yourself some unwanted conflict.
The number of planes flying overhead had increased over time, and even if it used to terrorize almost everyone in town, Nizar was not much affected by it.
A child of six, Nizar had seen a lot. Having both his parents killed in the blasts made by the US aircrafts in Raqqa, Nizar had seen a lot in quite an early age.
All that Nizar now had with him of his parents, was a beautiful little whelp who he loved dearly. It had golden fur on it, and it's radiant eyes potrayed love towards everything it saw.
Quite often, as the creature would start barking at night, hearing the noises of the fighter planes whizzing past, I had heard Nizar say, "Don't worry Rafaēl, everything will be fine." As I took the last drag, lost in thought, I saw bigger jets this time, and somewhere nearby, there was a loud explosion. It indeed was time to leave home now. Everyone came out of their houses, and the commotion caused was dumbfounding. And not long after, there was a second explosion, followed by a series of them. The Americans had decided to ruin Aleppo now. My only home.
I felt a little palm grip my hand, and as Nizar tightened his grip on my hand, he said, "Ramzan kaka, I am scared." The terror in his eyes made me so numb that for a moment there was no decision I could take. And suddenly it struck to me that getting to the embassy was the best idea. And so, I decided to let my wife and daughter get into the car along with two of our neighbours, and reach the embassy, while I stayed back with Nizar, to get there later.
There was an emotional exchange of goodbyes between us, and soon, when we turned saying goodbye to their car going away in the distance, there was another explosion very close by, and then, silence.
I turned, just to see my wife and daughter reduced to ashes.
Nizar didn't cry. He somehow hurried back into the house, and didn't come back for long.
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