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 next morning Jackie gathered his things together and put them into the case then they were placed in the boot of mike Langley’s car.

Maureen got into the back with Jackie and there was virtual silence all the way to Oakridge Children’s Home.

They drove through the large iron gates that looked out onto beautifully kept gardens. Some of the older boys were tending it as they passed and drove up to the large house.

The old Edwardian styled building with a bell tower and six attic rooms had stairs that led inside. The floors were highly polished. They were quickly shown around by Mrs Cynthia Jenkins the matron and Joshua Buckley the house manager. The smell of carbolic soap was everywhere.

“The home here is run by the nuns from the Sisters of Mercy Church which is situated on the left.”

“Yes we noticed as we came in. “Where are the children now Jenkins?

They attend school for three hours per day here and the rest of the time is spent either playing in our room here.

Mr Buckley led them through the hall way then into a room when there was a rocking horse, building blocks, and other toys and games neatly laid out on the floor.

“Look Jackie you will have hours of fun in here.”

“Yes Mrs Langley.”

The bedrooms are up stairs along with the bathroom where there are showers.

“You like a shower don’t you said Mike.

“Yes Mr Langley.”

“Well then if you would like to leave young Jack with us I’m sure he will be well looked after.”

“You be a good boy Jackie, we will come and see you at the week end.

“Visiting is once a month here Mrs Langley and by appointment only.”

Mrs Jenkins smiled and then her tone softened we do not like the other children to see the visitors who come here because it upsets them.

“I’m sure you understand said Mr Buckley.

Mike and Maureen said goodbye and Jackie was led away up stairs.

“Once outside and back in the car Maureen said that the home looked nice.”

“Yes, a bit too nice for my liking; it seemed all top show.

“Those toys for instance.”

“What about them?

 “They looked as though they had never been played with.”

“Mike Langley will you stop playing detective for just one day.”

Mike started the car and they drove out the way they had come in.

 

Once up stairs Mrs Jenkins told Jackie to take of his clothes and to take a shower.

“I had a shower last night Mrs Jenkins.

“The matron slapped Jackie across the face which sent him sprawling on the floor.

“You will do as you’re told here; you will address me as matron, do you understand?”

 

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