Vittoria said: "I notice in your photo portfolio website that you have dozens of pictures of my naked body, but none of yours. So why is that? I've taken a lot of you naked that you could put in there."
I replied: "There are no images of naked bodies in my portfolio."
"Oh, yes. I forgot. Nude."
"I want you to put in that one I took of you on the bed. Do you remember it?"
"Okay, I'll put it in. But only if you meet a couple of conditions."
"I must get confirmation that you are eating regularly, and are putting on weight."
"You heard me. And there's one other thing."
"Come on. Eating is enough."
"No, there's more. Go get a pencil and paper."
"Because I want you to write something down."
"Okay," she said. "What do you want me to write?"
"This: Venerdi, 18 ottobre 2002."
"Today's date? Why?"
"Because this is the very last day you will allow the adoption thing to overwhelm you."
"You've got to be kidding."
"I kid you not."
"I need more time."
"As I recall that's what you said before you disappeared for 40 days. So now you've had more than enough time."
"Glad to hear you say that. Fine is Italian for 'The End.'"
"I know what it means."
"You have the rest of the day, until midnight, to grieve and to say goodbye. But then you must let it go. Forever."
"You want me to post that pic, don't you?"
"So you know what you have to do."