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Once I returned home, I called Jumilah, to check in on the day before the wedding and thank her again for inviting us.

“Hello, Jumilah Kandey speaking,” she answered the call in a professional tone.

“Hi, Jumilah, it’s Nina del Reyan here,” I replied.

“Hello, Nina,” Jumilah responded cheerily.

“I’m looking forward to the wedding tomorrow,” I told her. “Thank you for inviting us, we really appreciate it.”

“No worries, it’s our pleasure,” Jumilah insisted. “I’m just putting the finishing touches together.”

“Let me know if there’s absolutely anything I can help out with,” I offered. “I’ve done that for a couple of friends, errands don’t bother me.”

“You’re a courageous woman.”

Jumilah provided me with a few tasks, like chasing up the florist. I felt pleased to be able to help out.


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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