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Although Amir and Soraya are happy to have Sohrab as part of their new family, Sohrab has not been able to adjust to the change. He is still silent--
People stopped asking why he never spoke. Why he didn't play with the other kids... Like dull wallpaper, Sohrab had blended into the background.
But one day during an Afghan New Year's celebration at Lake Elizabeth Park in Fremont, "a small, wondrous thing happened." When Amir saw a kite-seller at the park, he purchased one and then began explaining to Sohrab how Hassan had been his faithful kite-runner when they were boys. At first not interested, Sohrab soon followed Amir; when Amir offered Sohrab the string, the silent boy took it. Then, Sohrab traded the string for the spool, assuming the same position that his father had always served while with Amir. When Amir cut the line of the green kite to win the little competition, he looked at Sohrab and noticed that
One corner of his mouth had curled up just so.
When Amir offered to run the kite for Sohrab, "I thought I saw him nod." Amir joyously ran after the losing green kite, and he heard himself say
"For you, a thousand times over."
It was a breakthrough between parent and child, and it was also the final phase of Amir's redemption for his past sins against Hassan.
It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make anything all right.
But for Amir, it was as if he had just witnessed the first flake of spring snow melting in his relationship with Sohrab.
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