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After we returned to Greg and Natalie’s house from the restaurant, Geoff flicked on the television. I kicked off my shoes, but left on my socks, as he sat down in the large chair and I snuggled onto his lap. Geoff loosely threaded his fingers through my pink hair. Even though I was comfortable, I sighed upon spotting the scoreline – twenty-two to nil, against Aaron’s beloved side. I reached for my handbag and retrieved my mobile phone, sending off a text to Penelope.

Chin up darl. I hope that your boy’s alright. Just gotten home and have seen the footy score. Nina xxxxx

I placed my phone back on the other chair, where Natalie usually sat. Softly I could hear her pottering around in the kitchen, but I wasn’t sure whether she was coming back or not.

“Well, I think that this is pretty clear-cut,” Greg commented.

I turned to Mum.

“Have you had a good birthday?”

“Yes, lovely, thank you,” she replied with a smile.


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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