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Geoff and I were lying in bed, the bedsheet draped over us, the fan swirling above us. The warmth of our bodies seeped through to warm us.

“I should get up to turn off the fan,” Geoff commented, “because I think it’s starting to get cooler.”

“I agree,” I said. “I’ll turn it off.”

I pulled back the sheet and twisted myself around, touching my feet to the floor. While I walked across the room, I could feel Geoff’s loving gaze upon me. A charge went through my body as I turned the knob to switch off the fan, the carpet soft and electric underneath my bare feet. As I turned to return to Geoff, I considered taking the leap, the plunge. Yet, as I got back into bed, he placed his arm around me and closed his eyes. This could have been the occasion when we had sex for the first time, but I sensed that Geoff genuinely just wanted to sleep, so I didn’t make any moves. While I felt shameless, I shut my eyes and quickly nodded off, safe and sound.


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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