Redemption is a long road, but worth every step and struggle along the way.
Five years… A whole lot can happen in five years. Wounds can heal in five years; even wounds of the soul. Children are resilient, you know, extraordinarily resilient. Us adults on the other hand don’t have the same easy innocence that children do: the innocence that lets them move on. Our eyes are open to cold truths and horrors while theirs are open to wonders and leaps of faith.
We still find our way to redeeming our pasts though, however tricky the road may be to get there. Like one of those ten step processes for addicts. Maybe their redemption comes in the form of a second chance with the same person, but mine comes in a smaller version of that person.
Mine comes with a kite.
Redemption is a short fan-fiction ending full of soul touching inspiration to Khaled Hosseini’s award winning book, The Kite Runner.
I am sitting in the living room of the same apartment Soraya and I moved into after we married. Sohrab is once more running round; playing pirate through the rooms of our apartment, pretending it is one large ship. Soraya sits at the kitchen table, grading papers from her students, while at the same time cooking dinner and watching the news. She always was good at multi-tasking with anything.
I watch Sohrab run through the hall, yelling at an invisible enemy, holding his sword aloft striking in and out, dodging, jumping, and ducking swipes from his opponent’s blade. I can’t help but wonder at how far the little nephew of mine has come. Once such a troubled, quiet, secluded boy who shut himself off from the world has now become an outgoing, talkative, and a thoroughly wild child. I remember my thoughts as I saw the slight smile creep onto his face when we cut that fateful kite five years back.
It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn’t make everything all right. It didn’t make anything all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing….But I’ll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting.
I had been right.
At the time, it was nothing more than a lopsided smile, hardly there. But as time had passed, more kites were cut down and ran, and that once in lifetime smile came more often. Telling me that underneath all the doing of such a harsh start to a life was a young boy just waiting to let his wings soar high above the clouds, care free, finally.
I sit there awhile longer, thinking to myself of how all that has become in the past years is nothing short of a miracle. The longer I sit and stare into the abyss of the past, the farther I go back in time, remembering. I can’t help but wonder if his harsh decision in the attempt at taking his own life had been my fault.
Wasn’t I the one that had promised him he wouldn’t go back to an orphanage?
Maybe I had been wrong in telling him he might have had to go back there in order for Soraya and me to take him home with us to America. Maybe I had acted too quickly, without thinking. I can’t help but wonder if I was the cause of all the suffering after that night. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed as if I was the cause.
But then again, wasn’t I the one who got a slight smile to play at Sohrab’s lips a couple years later? Maybe I was the cause, but also the solution to all his fears, doubts, and worries. Can one really be both though?
Maybe, maybe not.
What are reviewers saying?
“This was a pleasure to read! I felt like I was really reading a part of the novel!” –Mr. Dahlgren, 10th grade teacher
“I really love this epilogue you made and the way you’ve written and delivered it. It was as if Amir himself, finally has done something right or like, he finally brought back Sohrab. … And it makes me feel giddy that at least, just from your epilogue, I got a glimpse of Sohrab and Amir again and that they’re at least getting along pretty well. :D” -_asdfghJHO, Wattpad user
“I just finished The Kite Runner, and this felt just like it was written by the author himself. Thank you. :)” –Shadow_Kitsune, Wattpad user