Not Too Small, ch. 3: Zahra Ghorbani

Monitoring: Zahra Ghorbani
Tehran, Province of Tehran, Iran

11:25 p.m. Iran Standard Time
Saturday, March 8th, 2014
7:55 Coordinated Universal Time
Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Fast forward—

The room is quiet and dim, with a floor half-covered with dust and splattered with blood. There was a squatter here a few months ago, but since they left Zahra has been the building’s only visitor. She won’t be disturbed.

Zahra sets down a massive pot, heavy with a bag full of apricot kernels. On the floor she unrolls a sheet of blue plastic holding a number of knives and a thermometer. Everything else that she needs is already here. As though they are vestments for going out to war, she dons a surgical mask and plastic gloves, and then she drags out the tank of water and miniature oven that she had hidden in the closet. Continue reading