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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The house on Preston Grange had Porch way as you went in. Jackie took off his boots and placed then in the rack then took off his coat.

Maureen Langley came to the door and greeted Jackie Mike had rung to tell her he was bringing Jackie to stay for a day or so until the courts decided what to do with him.

“Hello Jackie come in; please take a seat.” “I will make you some cocoa.

“Jackie has brought you some of his pie for you to try. It was so good; I ate two pieces.

“We have a budding Mrs Beaton in our midst’s then.”

“I’m very sorry to hear about your Grandfather.”

“He was my father he brought me up.”

“He must have been a special kind of man to have raised such a well mannered boy like you.”

“He was and so was my mam.”

“I bet they were now come with me and I will show you how I make cocoa.

The Detective’s kitchen was all modernised; it had a gas cooker with an oven; she had an electric toaster as well. The pans were all hung up on the wall as well as a soup ladle, spatula, and griddle spoon for lifting out vegetables without the boiling water.

She took three mugs from a mug tree then placed them onto the breakfast bar which had two stools to sit on he watched intently as Maureen Langley spooned some cocoa into the mugs from a brown coloured packet. Then she added some boiled milk.

“Do you like sugar?

“Yes thank you.”

“I have some home made ginger parkin’s if you would like one?

“Thank you I would like to try them.”

Maureen brought down a tin from the shelf then opened the tin and the ginger smell came out of the tin.

“He took one of the large round biscuits and took a bite.”

 “They are very good, my mam used to make them and shortbread with chocolate on the top and her flapjacks were nice too.

“The cocoa was hot so he blew on the mug to cool it down a bit before taking a sip.

“This is nice; we used to have Ovaltine for bed.”

“Where do you think they will send me Mrs Langley?

“I don’t really know; but some nice family will be glad to have you I’m sure.

When Jackie had finished his cocoa Maureen showed him where his bedroom was.

“This was my daughter’s room. The room had a dressing table in pink and a pink wardrobe and poufy.’ There was a divan bed with a nice soft mattress and pillow.

“Did you bring and pyjamas with you?

 “Yes they are in my bag.”

 “Alright I will show you where the bathroom is so that you can clean your teeth; did you bring your toothbrush?

“Yes and toothpaste; I also brought my school clothes and clean underwear and some clean socks.

“Good boy.” I will come back up in a minute when you are dressed for bed and tuck you in.

 

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