Here is a piece I wrote about the main character of my GINS novel (The Dressmaker of Khair Khana) offering empathy to another in her situation.
I can no longer be a teacher. I can no longer work to support my family that is what the Taliban say and I can't defy them for they are too strong. As I walk out of the school for the last time I know their has to be a way. As I step into the bright afternoon sunlight I spot one of my fellow staff members kneeling in the grass tears pouring down her face. I offer my hand out to her and pull her onto her feet. Pulling a tissue out of my pocket I allow her to wipe her tears and we walk together. I offer her all the comfort I can muster even though I too am terrified for what will happen to me my city and my family now that it is under the Taliban's control. I whisper softly into her ear " I know this is shocking I too am scared, but you can not let them think you are weak because you are not you are a strong woman. We are both determined to help our families and we will find a way to do so. I think I am going to start my own business within the safety of my home. If I am successful listen for the news and come find me I will give you a job and together we can get through this. Understand?" I ask and she nods wiping her tears and offering me a small smile. "Thank you for your kindness." She echoes is a quiet tone you are right we will get through this.