The world has never looked like this before. She considered this thought as she stood poised at the edge of the precipice surveying her dominion. Her robes caught by the wind fluttered softly about her. With a whisper, her white feathery wings unfurled as they enveloped her. She resembled a white luminous butterfly.
Samara scanned the multifaceted broken, blue expanse of ovoid space before her. She sought the light, signaling her next appointment. It blinked. She caught the blinking light and in the space of a single breath, she morphed through time and space. She was there.
Mortar shells exploded and crashed around her, the dark sky dark lit up with violent orange flashes. Her timing was perfect. Samara smiled. The old woman with slow and painful movements heaved her lumpy body out of the bomb crater. The tears from her red-rimmed rheumy eyes scoured dust trails on her cheeks. Her hands weakly fluttered as she sought to cover her exposed, bruised and broken body. Her eyes were focused on Samara’s face, the woman spoke,
“You have come, at last, I have waited so long. Why did I have to wait?”
“Your time was not right,” Samara replied. “I cannot come before your time.”
“Must I leave like this?” the old woman indicated her state of dishevelment. A mortar shell whizzed past exploding over ahead. The old woman screamed. She grabbed Samara’s robes, buried her face and sobbed;
“Am I doomed to stay here, like this, forever?”
Samara raised her up. Gently holding the old woman, she untangled her hands from her robes. Her soft feather wings opened and enfolded them both. The noise ceased, the crying stopped. She lowered her wings, a young woman stood in the place of the old one. She looked at Samara, this time her bright eyes filled with tears of gratitude. The young one spoke,
“I knew you would come, I knew I would be safe. I knew I was not afraid of death. I was afraid of pain. I cry for the place of my birth”
She placed her hand in Samara’s outstretched one, together they turned and walked away. Samara replied,
“We will both cry for Aleppo this night, remember this too shall pass.”