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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“Would you care to come through to the dining room Mr Langley and?

“I’m Mr Ralph Mason from the County Court sir.”

The two men followed the Matron and Mr Buckley down to the dining room where the children were tucking into Mince and dumplings;

“For pudding they have rice pudding.”

Mr Langley went to a table and asked the children sitting they  if they were enjoying their meal.

“Yes sir;

“Do you get plenty to eat here?

“Yes sir the meals are very good.”

 The boy’s put their heads down they spooned as much of the food as they could into their stomachs.

Mr Mason went to another table and asked them if they were being treated properly.

“Yes sir we all like it here don’t we?

“Yes the rest all replied.

Over the next hour Mr Langley walked around and asked the children about the beatings. Mike Langley asked where Jackie Boyle was. Sister Ruth told him he was in the hospital wing after a fall.

“Please take me to him immediately.

“As you wish Sir.”

“When they saw Jackie both his eyes were blackened his lip had been stitched and his body covered in bruises.”

“How did this happen Jackie tell me said Mike Langley?

“I fell down the stairs Mr Langley he said weakly.”

“Please I cannot help you unless you tell me the truth.”

“I’m not lying sir, I fell.”

“Alright right boy.”

“I don’t know what is going on here Sister but I aim to find out.”

Mike Langley and Ralph Mason walked out of the building.

Once outside Mike turned to Ralph and said “They knew we were coming today; they were ready for us. “ Someone tipped them off that we were coming today.”

Those kids ate that dinner today as if they had never eaten proper food in months.

“Where’s your proof Mike? Without that we are stumped.”

“Tomorrow we are going to get a team of doctors in here. Can you meet me at the Italian restaurant here tonight?

“Yes why? I’m going to get you all the proof you need.”

 

 

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