Fiorella had a horrible guilt dream last night, that she'd mislaid the disabled daughter of a friend whom she'd volunteered to care for. Suddenly realizing what she had done, Fio wanted to return the child--if she was still alive--to her mother without being caught because your ignoble reporter didn't want to go to jail for the crime, which was a memory lapse, and interrupt her graduate studies.
Now, (1) Fio's graduate studies are a l-o-n-g way in the past, and (2) she's never been responsible for a disabled child. Why the dream? Sheer guilt? What/whom did the disabled child represent? One of Fio's half-finished novels--is Lolly calling her back? One of the many projects that Fio's started around the house? That baby she miscarried years ago?