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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“It seems to me then some women really need it then don’t they Jackie laughed.”

“Yes son; some more than others. Everyone seeks the fountain of youth.”

“What is that?

“It’s a name dreamt up by someone for a potion that people can take that would mean they would never age with years.”

“Well if it can be found I will find it dad.”

“You keep looking son who knows you might just be the one who finds the secret of youth.”

His father washed the dishes then placed them on the drainer then settled down to read his book; this is a good story son.

“Yes I read it when I came back from the shops before I put the tea on.”

“You did; well what’s it about?

Well where are you up to?

“I’m on page seventy okay I will tell you what happens up to page seventy then I won’t tell what happens next as it will spoil it for you.”

“Billy looked at his son as he recited word for word the book as if the pages were in front of him.”

“How do you do that?

“Do what?

You read the book like you were reading the pages in front of you.”

“Yes I can do that; because I remember everything I see.

“You can?

“Yes I can turn the pages of the book and read it very fast.

“What, by just looking at it?

“Yes.

“Billy got up then took the Daily Mirror newspaper out of his pocket. He knew his son hadn’t read it because he had bought it this morning he opened the paper and asked his son to look at it.

Then he closed the paper and then held it up so that his son couldn’t see it and asked him to tell him what was written.

Jackie recited every word that was written down word for word.”

Billy put down the newspaper and looked at his son.”

“Do you realise what you can do?

“Yes Jackie smiled; I can read a book in seconds instead of hours.”

“Do you understand every word that you read too?”

“Yes because I read the dictionary in Mrs Backhouse’s room. If I’m unsure of a word I just look it up in my head.”

“So you memorised a whole dictionary.”

“Do you want me to recite it for you?

“No son, I believe you.”

“Does Mrs Backhouse know what you can do?

“Yes; she told me that if people knew what I can do; then they would take me away from you.”

“Yes; I see what she means.”

“You have a special gift Jackie and people maybe jealous of that. Mrs Backhouse is right son; you must never tell anyone what you can do.

 

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