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Geoff finally took a break from packing for Goulburn. We ventured out to the football in the Sutherland Shire, with Aaron and Penelope, decked out in their blue, black and white gear. I was wearing the beanie which Penelope had knitted for me, a white T-shirt with a white jacket over the top and jeans, to keep me warm. The first-grade players were warming up on the edges of the field. Aaron and Geoff departed to buy ice-creams for the rest of us. With the match due to start at three o’clock, it was in between meals, so an afternoon tea snack would have to suffice. I watched them walking around the stadium.

“He’s pretty dreamy, isn’t he?” Penelope remarked, gazing at Aaron.

I giggled.

“Well, I suppose he is,” I admitted. “I haven’t been looking.”

“I mean, I wouldn’t have been expecting you to, but how can you not?” Penelope questioned.

She turned to me and laughed.

“I’m just teasing you,” Penelope reassured.


Abbey Sim is a candidate for Honours in Communications at the University of Technology Sydney. She lives on the lands of the Dharug people in Sydney, Australia. Having started Huldah Media in 2021, 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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