NOBODY’S CHILD

"Nobody's Child" Cassie is an eleven year old girl who has been in a children's home since she was four years old. Very bright, Cassie excels in most subjects and can play Brahms and Mozart on the piano at the age of only six. Because of her age nobody wants to adopt her. Mrs Cummings the manager of Auton House is a wicked woman who treats Cassie and the rest in her charge badly and beats her with regularity. One day she is sent to clean out the toilet and bathroom and Mrs Cummings comes along to inspect them. Running a white glove over everything and looking for dirt. When she doesn't find any she then reaches up on the door - Cassie is only three feet six inches tall and was unable to reach up to the top of the door and Mrs Cummings sets about her with a cane. She beats her so badly that Cassie runs at her forcing her back where she hits her head on a wash basin. Cassie in her panic rushes out and runs away.- It is there that she meets Don a ex docker who takes pity on the girl - rea

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She watched and waited from the confines of the Jetty as more and more people commuted to work. Then she saw a man coming down the bank he was carrying a bucket and wearing marigold gloves. He climbed down using wellington boots and a thick Scandinavian type jumper and walked out to the tyres and began to place crabs into his bucket. He checked each one by breaking off the tip of a leg then pulling on it. If another green soft leg was revealed inside he added it to his bucket if not it was tossed back into the sea. All soft back crabs were added to the bucket. The procedure took him about fifteen minutes then he was making his way back. The jetty became quiet again for another four hours then she saw two men coming down the bank with a small row boat. They lowered it into the water as the tide had turned again. She kept asking people the time as they went into the tunnel. Cassie worked out that the tide changed every six hours; but there was stagnant hour then the tide turned again.

They rowed out to the boat and she watched them climb on board. “Somebody’s been on board Colin she heard one man say.’

“We will come down after dark and catch the littler buggars Mick said Colin as he tied the row boat to the chain that held the Sword Fish in place then released the chain holding the boat. The engine was switched on then Colin steered the boat around and headed out towards North Shields. Cassie came out from the sitting area on the far jetty then made her way into town. She saw a man asking people for spare change and she stood outside a shop and began ask as well, before long she had over a pound and she went to the café and looked in the window. Breakfast and a cup of tea were seven bob. So she went inside and ordered food.’

Cassie knew that she couldn’t sleep on board the boat tonight so she had to improvise. She thought of ways that would keep her warm and dry. There was a charity shop on the high street. Oxfam it said she would go there after breakfast. She went to the toilets in the café where she could wash herself with soap and use the paper towels to dry herself. When she came out her breakfast was put down to her by a large round faced woman who had obviously let her self go. Her hair was greasy with cooking fried food and it looked like she had been eating the profits as well.

Every now and again there was a sausage popped into her mouth or a slice of bacon.

Cassie wondered if they were from the people who had left them on the plates. She was so hungry that she would have done the same.

She picked up the toast and made a bacon sandwich; the taste of it overpowered her taste buds after pouring on some tomato sauce. She stayed in the café for over an hour so she could keep warm. Then went to the Oxfam shop and bought four pairs of knickers, five pairs of socks, and a jumper with the money she had begged.

“Would you like a bag for them miss said the old lady behind the counter.’

“Yes please.’

 The lady smiled then only took three shillings from her.’

Cassie thanked her then went to the local library where she went to the toilet and changed her knickers and washed her feet in the sink.

Tomorrow she would beg for more money and buy herself some better training shoes, a clean pair of jeans, and a coat.

“She found a good book and sat at the table reading it; looking at the door she had already deduced what time the library stayed open. By five o’clock the woman behind the counter came to where she was sitting; she’d obviously noticed that she’d been there all day and told her that the library would be closing in half an hour.

Cassie asked if she could join the library but because she couldn’t give them her address her application is denied.

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