“They’re going to do it on Thursday,” Sabreen’s brother-in-law quietly told her once the other men of the family had left, after their meeting. It was a Monday afternoon, and in three days, Sabreen would be killed by her cousin. She had refused a marriage arranged by her father, and there was no honour in the family while she lived.

“It will be better for everyone,” Sabreen answered calmly. But her bones screamed, and for the first time since this hell began, she did not want to die.


Name changed to protect identity.