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Dad pulled up on the street outside Zipporah’s house. We climbed out of the car, under a smoky sky. I retrieved our gift for Natalia, which was wrapped with a ribbon tied around it. After locking the car, we dawdled down the driveway and climbed the steps to the front door. I knocked on it, then listened to scampering footsteps coming down the hall. Zipporah opened the door.

“Hello, great to see you, Nina, thanks for coming.” She embraced me and we kissed each other on the cheeks. “Come through, it should be a good afternoon.”

Dad and I stepped in onto the wooden floorboards.

“Zipporah, this is my father, Leo,” I introduced.

Dad smiled warmly at Zipporah and they shook hands.

“Lovely to meet you, Leo,” she responded. “Nina is a lovely young lady. She’s a credit to you and your wife.”

“Thank you,” Dad replied.


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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