Sûrah LXXX
"HE FROWNED"
"Man is self-destroying: how ungrateful."

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HE FROWNS

She tenses, ultra-conscious of the clothes between their interlocking bodies, wetness transferred—hers to him—the fabric thin where it adheres, as if the sodden cotton seals their clinched anatomies skin to skin, a bond at odds with forces pulling them predictably apart: disparate backgrounds, customs, families, races, gaps in their experience—Franchone's sheltered academia, Zahra's training at the camps, her zealot's faith, his cynic's skepticism forging opposites that attract, that...