It began as something cute she had swept from under the refrigerator. But she had to leave it to answer the front door, then her cellphone.
By the time she returned, the pile of dust was gone. However, she gave it no more thought as she completed the floor by mopping and waxing it.
Later that evening, as she sat, relaxing on the couch and watching television, she realized she hadn’t seen the cats since the late afternoon. Then panic set in when it occurred to her that she hadn’t heard her baby cry or coo in the past hour.