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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Once Johnny and Michael were on the plane and it took off Michael could relax

They ordered themselves a whiskey then Johnny turned and said here’s to two glorious weeks in the sun Robin.”

His friend turned to him and whispered in his ear;”its Michael don’t call me Robin ever again. It’s a slip up like that that could get us both nicked.”

“I’m sorry mate, it’s getting used to calling you Michael that’s getting me.”

Johnny made light of it by saying to the woman opposite he hates his nick name don’t you Michael.”

“You see his cheeks go all red that’s why I call him Robin.”

Michael smiled sarcastically to the woman opposite.” Then put his seat back and closed his eyes.

 

Johnny nudged him as the plane was coming in to land;

“We are here Michael look!

Looking down he saw the beaches and the sea that was so clear. The plane banked to the left then came in sight of the air port. The Boeing 747 landing gear was deployed

And the seatbelt light flashed above his head. He felt it to make sure it was secure as the plane made its descent then the wheels touched the ground slowly the brakes were applied until the plane came to an abrupt halt. Then the plane began to move again where it taxied to the terminal.

Then the door of the plane was opened by the air Stewart and the air crew lined up to wish the passengers a safe journey and a lovely holiday. As Michael and Johnny walked down the flight of stairs to the ground the suns heat hit them.”

“Wow! It’s bloody hot isn’t it?

“What did you expect sledges and huskies.”

Michael walked through customs and stood in line for what seemed an eternity before they were allowed through.

They found the tour rep who directed them to the coach.”

“Did you notice all the coppers had guns here Johnny?

“Yes they shoot first then take prisoners here.”

They boarded the coach after everyone’s luggage was stored away. The journey to the Aguamar apartments took another hour by the time they had dropped everyone off.

“We are getting a taxi back Johnny; this is taking forever.”

“Patience Michael we have two weeks to enjoy it.”

They finally arrived and they got off the coach and checked in once they got there keys and an arm band which proved they were all inclusive holidaymakers they could get all their drinks free. They made there way to the bar and ordered two beers then had a look around.

Johnny was right there were topless women everywhere he looked.

“This is bloody paradise is it not?

“You will be sick of looking at women in a few days I will tell you.”

“They drank their beer then headed into town where they bought tee shirts, shorts, sandals, and Bermuda swimming trunks. Michael bought himself a Panama hat and a pair of sun glasses. They both went into a bar then changed in the toilets they came out looking like a couple of milk bottles and Johnny told him to get some sun cream to protect himself from sunburn.

 

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