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“Happy wedding anniversary,” Mum wished Natalie and Greg as they appeared on the other side of the screen door.

Dad opened the door, allowing me to stand them over the bunch of flowers.

“Oh, thank you, thank you,” Natalie replied, beaming.

We all stepped to the side so that they could move inside. Dad closed the screen door again behind Greg and Natalie. Geoff reached out for my hand. We linked hands and shared a grin.

“Twenty-six years, hey, my goodness,” Greg noted.

His eyes flicked between Geoff and I.

“Soon enough it’ll be you two married for twenty-six years,” Greg surmised.

I could feel my cheeks turning red. Geoff and I had talked about marriage, but I expected it was a long way off. I would want Mitchell at my wedding, and that wasn’t possible for the moment. Oh, I hoped desperately that we would find him soon, and alive. It had been long enough, but I couldn't find the right clues.


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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