She kept only the spare bottle and a diaper, which she transferred into her bag with the small bundle of cash that had been stowed in the cubby beneath the floor.
After taking the time to change her own clothes, she packed up the baby and headed for town. She would go to the small clinic and tell them she had given birth to the child at home. No one could prove any differently, especially if she refused treatment for herself. She would seek care only for her child and, with her reputation for being an extremely eccentric loner firmly in place; she doubted there would be too many questions. As she set out to make her daughter legitimate, she firmly closed the door behind her and, for the first time in her life, locked it.