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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During the Christmas holidays Billy Boyle had put up the Christmas tree and Jackie had made some streamers to hang up.

Jackie helped with the Christmas dinner and kept his dad right on how his mother made the stuffing.

Jackie had asked for a complete set of medical books which he could refer to once he had read them in his mind. Jackie asked him to return them to the shop once he had scanned every page. He then used the money to buy chemicals a Bunsen burner, Jars, bottles, and test tubes of various sizes. He would spend hours in his room using mice as guinea pigs for his drink that would keep you younger for years.

After trying many combinations of herbs and chemicals which he gave in small quantities’ to his mice he found no change in the mice.

Over the next six months and on his fifth birthday he tried something that worked. There was an improved change in the mice they became more active and although they were over three years old. He mixed small quantities’ of Camomile, Rosemary, Rose hip syrup, cinnamon, lemon juice, mint, and vitamins, C, D, E, and B2.

He mixed them with Calcium, Magnesium Sulphate, Boron, and Charcoal.

He continued giving the mice the mixture and the mice grew no older. The colour of the hair didn’t change; the skin tone was that of mice far younger. He wrote down the formula in his diary. Jackie waited to tell his father when he came in from work.

But his father never came. Jackie looked at the clock it was now eight o’clock. His father was never late. At eight thirty there was a knock at the door he asked who it was before opening.

“It’s the police son would you open the door.

Jimmy used the cracket to open the door then stepped down from the seat.

Is there anyone else in the house?

“No only me?

“I smell cooking are you sure son.

“Yes I cooked the food.”

How old are you son?

“I’m five years old.”

“I have some bad news I’m afraid. Please sit down.

“What’s your name son?

“My name is Jackie Kevin Boyle sir.”

“Well Jackie your father died tonight.

“He couldn’t be; he promised me.”

“I’m afraid it’s true Jackie.”

“Do you have any family?

“No, my Grand mother and Granddad became my mam and dad. It was when my mam was murdered five years ago.”

“Yes. I remember it.

“You cannot stay here on your own Jackie so pack some clothes and come with me.

I would bring some of that pie you have made to eat as well; because you maybe down the station a while until we sort this out.


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