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I could hear the gaggle of laughter before I reached the booth.

“Hi Lizzie, hi Nina, how are you?” Lexie rose to her feet and scurried over to greet us.

She pressed one kiss to Lizzie’s left cheek, then another to mine.

“Come over, the show hasn’t started yet.” Lexie beckoned us back to the booth.

I kept my eyes fixed on Lizzie. We were out with the girls to celebrate my birthday, so I considered it too public a forum to divulge that Geoff and I had slept together for the first time. When she’d made her sexual debut, I had been the first to know. I’d been the first to know! I felt privileged, which made my sense of hypocrisy scream. A waitress approached the table. We ordered drinks and I learned pretty quickly that the evening would be filled with fun cocktails – lucky I wasn’t planning on driving home afterwards. I started with a pina colada. Twenty was entering a new decade and felt like a big deal, cheers-ing with my girlfriends. I wouldn’t live second-hand, but in vivid colour.


The younger sister of missing Sydney man Mitchell del Reyan, Nina del Reyan lives on Dharug land in western Sydney. She has recently commenced a teaching degree at Macquarie University. Nina loves her family and friends and is deeply committed to finding answers and justice for the families of missing people.

Abbey Sim is the founder of Huldah Media. She is a creative writing, law and theology student who lives on the lands of the Dharug people in Sydney, Australia. Abbey desires to explore themes of hope, love and longing through her storytelling. She is the author of 'Shadow' and 'From the Wild'.

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