so anyway, there’s a time, where, when sana and even interact again, sana gives him a bag.
and even’s not quite sure what it is or what’s in it. so he begins to open the bag, when sana stops him, and says, “when you’re at home tonight, all comfortable, then open it.”
and then she smiles at him, knowingly, and walks away, leaving even confused, but, in a warm, puzzled, ‘what did she mean by that?’ kinda way.
so, later on, at night, when even’s all done for the day and he’s sat on his and isak’s bed, he opens the bag.
and there’s a tupperware box inside it, with a spoon.
and even knows what’s inside it. of course, he does. of course, sana would have paid attention. of course, she would have remembered. of course, she would have.
and there’s such a huge smile, a fond grin, on his face, as he’s removing the lid from the tupperware box, holding the spoon and going in for his first bite.
it’s been days. months. years.
but it still tastes just like how he remembers the shish barak he used to love, that sana’s mum used to make. there’s love, and heart and soul, and care and … it feels like home. it feels like rewinding back the clock to those days again, when him and elias and adam and mutasim and yousef and mikael would sit around the table at the bakkoush household, and sana’s mum would feed them until their stomachs would burst. and how sana would just laugh at them, when they couldn’t take another bite anymore, but sana’s mum would insist “allahuakbar! you are all young boys, you need to eat!”
it feels like that, all over again, even if things are different, now.
and so even gets his phone out of his pocket, and scrolls through his contact list till he finds sana’s name, and texts her:
“thank you. and tell your mum that i miss her, and the shish barak tastes just like how only she can make it: wonderful.”
he places his phone down and starts digging into the shish barak again, 1 spoonful, 4 spoonfuls, 8 spoonfuls, and then he hears his phone vibrate.
it’s a text from sana.
“mamma said she misses you too, and she’d love to have you back at home someday soon, again.”