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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Jackie packed as much of his stuff including his diary, he placed his boots and Wellingtons in a holdall; then he placed the plate pie in some aluminium foil and that was put on the top of his duffle coat he put on his jacket hat and gloves then told the officer he was ready. He opened the back door then Jackie climbed in.

Then he got in and drove back to the station.

When they got there Jackie opened the door and got out. Come with me son said the officer as he walked through the door and reached the desk. Leaning over he whispered something then the door leading to the cells and offices was opened they went through and then the officer told him to sit in the office until he made some enquiries.

Jackie looked around the room and saw a lot of books on the shelves called “The Police and the Law.” He picked one copy up and scanned the pages then went onto to scan the rest. He had looked at twelve volumes before Mike Langley walked in.

Hello Jackie my name is Mike; we are going to help you find somewhere to live because you do not have a parent or guardian to look after you.

“I have a home and I can look after myself. I have done since my mother died. I don’t mean my birth mother; I mean my gran.”

“So your grand parents looked after you is that what you are saying?

“Yes.”

“Do you know who your father is?

“No and I’m not interested.”

“Well you are going to be made a ward of court do you understand what that means?

“Yes;

What do you think it means?

“It means that you have to apply to the high court with an application so that the authority can place me into care and I will be under your protection.

“How did you know that?

“I read it in one of those books there.”

“You are a very clever boy.”

“Now until we do that you will have to stay here is that alright?

“Do I have a choice?

“Not really because there is no one to look after you.”

“I wish to attend my father’s funeral please.”

“Of course Jackie we wouldn’t stop you from doing that.”

“Would you like a cup of tea with me?”

“Yes if you will eat some corned beef and onion pie that I made.

“I would love some.”

“It is still warm; “I kept it in the oven for my dad coming in.”

“Excuse me a moment; I will be right back.”

“Mike Langley went out and was talking to the men outside.

“Do you know that kid in there knows the law and he’s only five years old?

“He cooks and has kept house whist his grandfather went to work for nearly two years. “ He is a very bright child; it’s like talking with an adult. “He understands everything you tell him.”

 

 

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