The Orphan

A woman is found unconscious in the street with a severe head wound; she is also pregnant.
The woman gives birth to a son but later dies- her dying words was the Name Robin McNally- Police sergeant Bob Cole is out to get McNally a petty thief for murder but he manages to get off in court. The grand parents of the woman bring up the boy as their own. Jackie Boyle has an unusual talent- he has the ability to remember everything he see's. he can read a book in minutes and remember every word. Jackie watches his Grand Mother who he calls mam cooking and when she dies of a stroke is forced to cook and clean so that his father who is really his Grandfather; can go to work down the pit at Battlehill Colliery. The five year old does this until his father is killed in the pit rescuing his friends- Jackie is sent to Oakridge Children's Home where he suffered at the hands of the Matron and the nuns strict regime. The Orphan is a fast paced story that will leave you wanting to read more.

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Walking towards the bar in Stuffed Dog, Robin ordered another bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale.

He smiled to himself knowing he had not only got one over Ronnie Skinner but also Bob Cole.

The sound of the juke box in the corner played a Neil Sedaka song; three young girls danced away to it as Robin made his way over.

Robin got his eye on the tall dark haired girl and began to chat her up.

“Do you come here often then lass?”

“Not a very original chat up line.”

“Well I cannot be bothered with all the small talk; can I get you a drink then or what?

“Go on then I will have a shandy if you are buyin.’”

Robin pushed his way to the bar almost knocking someone over.
“Hey watch where you’re going will you.”

“Why; what you going to do about it fat boy?

“The plump looking young lad looked at Robin then put his head down and walked away.

“Give me another Bottle of Brown and a shandy for the lass.”

“I haven’t seen you in here before are you a local lad?

“Once upon a time but I left to go to Australia.

The barman put the drinks on the table and Robin gave him a five pound note.

It was the third fiver that Robin had paid for the drinks with that night.

“You here for long then or are you heading back down under; that’s what they call Oz don’t they.”

“No I got deported; so I’m thinking of going to Ireland maybe Dublin.”

“Good luck with that said the barman as he gave him his change.

Robin took the drinks over and sat next to the girl.

“What’s your name then pet?

Deborah Ellison; but my friends call me Debbie;

“Right then Debbie how about you and me go dancing at the Rex Ballroom in Whitley Bay later.

“My you’re a fast worker aren’t you?

“Got to get in before someone else does; so do you want to come to a dance or what?

Alright but I will have to tell my friends that I’m leaving after my drink.”

Debbie got out of her seat then went over to her friends to tell them where she was going. There was a lot of whispering and giggling going on as Robin looked in their direction and smiled. He looked at the yellow dress with a painted leather belt that was drawn in to show off a startling figure. Debbie was also wearing and a white cardigan and bobby socks with flat soled shoes that were very fashionable at that time.

Robin poured out the rest of the brown ale from the bottle then drank it down. Debbie wasn’t half way through hers when he asked her if she was ready.

“See you girls tomorrow said Debbie as they left. Robin turned back and winked at them then closed the door.

The landlord picked up the phone and called the station.

 

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