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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Upon arrival at the hospital Nelly asked where her daughter was. A nurse then escorted them into the emergency ward where Brenda lay. Her head was bandaged where they had inserted thirty stitches. “Nelly put her hand to her mouth and whispered oh my God what have they done to you.”

Brenda had still not regained consciousness yet and when Doctor Collins arrived he told them to prepare themselves for the worst. “Brenda has received a massive blow to the back of her head Mr and Mrs Boyle; we are going to take her into theatre to relieve the pressure on her brain.” “The chances of her surviving the operation are very slim but we can save the child if we are quick.”

“Child; what child?

“I’m sorry didn’t you know that Brenda was pregnant?

“No, we didn’t even know she was seeing anyone.”

“The police will be here soon and will need to speak with you both.” As for now we need to take Brenda down to theatre right away; we will give you news as soon as we can.”

“Thank you Doctor.”

Brenda Boyle was wheeled out of the ward still on the trolley she came in and taken to theatre. Her mother and father kissed her on the forehead and told her they would see her soon.

“They sat in the waiting room whilst a nurse brought them a cup of tea.”

“How could she be pregnant Billy?

“Well we know how Nell; but who is the bugger that got her pregnant is what I want to know.”

It was seven o’clock in the morning when the doctor returned.”

“Is she alreet then Doctor?

“I’m sorry Mr and Mrs Boyle but Brenda didn’t make it.”

“She did wake up briefly in the recovery room.”

 “Do you know a Robin McNally?

“No should we?

“Well that was who she called out before she died.”

“We did however save the child; it was a boy; six pounds and seven ounces.”

Nelly broke down in tears and Billy comforted his wife as a police officer came into the ward and asked them to come into a private room so he could ask them a few questions.

I am Constable Alan Thompson from the Metropolitan Police Mr Boyle.

Could you tell me the where Brenda was the last time you saw her?

“Well Sir I was at work but wor lass will tell you.”

“Nelly said that Brenda left the house at six o’clock; it was getting dark outside and I told her to be careful she said she was going to see her friend Anne Clay. They work together at Ballard’s kipper house on the fish quay.”

“Did she say at what time she would be home Mrs Boyle?

“No; all she said was that she wouldn’t be late back.

“Where does Anne Clay live?

“Number twenty six Oakwood Avenue she lives upstairs with hor man Stanton.

 

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