As for Sarah ... The story is at a minor fork in the road. There are several different directions it can go from here and none of them seems to stand out as the way the story wants to go.
Usually, when this happens to me - when I can't see the way clearly - it just means I have to sit back and let things simmer a bit.
The story is threatening to grow larger - to encompass more people and their stories. I want to keep it narrow - focused on Sarah - but other stuff keeps trying to intrude itself.
It is not my aim to let the story ramble. I want it tight.
And so - I'll let it simmer. And apologize.