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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Don went into Boots the chemist shop and bought the girl a tooth brush. Then he called in at the charity s shops and picked up several pairs of knickers, vests, socks, a pair of slippers, Some white shirts, and cardigans and three pairs of pyjamas. He found a grey pleated skirt that she could wear for school and a couple of pairs of Jeans. He would take her to the Stephenson memorial school up the road from his house and get her enrolled. Then he called in at Timpson’s on Wallsend High Street and bought her two pairs of shoes; one was a pair of training shoes the other a pair a strong black leather shoes. Both came recommended from the young assistant. Don asked her what eleven year olds were wearing these days. She told him what the latest fashions were and he had to buy her a coat she recommended a shop where he could get one. He paid for the shoes then thanked the young girl for her help. He crossed the road then went into the shop and found the coat that the girl in Timpson’s had recommended. He packed everything into the wooden box on the back of his bicycle then rode back home.

He hoped that everything would be okay when he got home; he had been away nearly an hour; he called in at Presto’s and bought a few groceries too because now he had another mouth to feed now and for a small child Cassie could eat.’

He pedalled faster as he took a short cut down Davy Bank; past the wood yard and then the fire station. He was sweating when he got back and he wheeled the bike in then rushed into the living room. Cassie was sitting on the floor with the puppy playing with one of the rubber toys that Don had bought.’ He took out the pyjamas and asked the girl to put them on; he also gave her a clean pair of underwear that he had bought from the charity shop. They were brand new and he picked them up for three shillings. Altogether he had spent over forty pounds but he thought that the girl deserved it. She was such a pretty little thing, how could anyone abandon a child like that. Don had now a dilemma; he had to go to work tonight he was on duty at the bingo hall. He couldn’t leave the girl on her own; for that length of time anyway; plus it was against the law. Don thought about asking Linda Martin a kind young woman who lived at number 51 he had spoken with her before; she had a daughter around the same age called Emily; His mind was working overtime as he thought about how he was going to explain to Linda about Cassie.

“Listen Cassie, come with me, please put on the coat that I just bought you on and the slippers. I am going to take you to a friend of mines house. “She is a nice lady and she will look after you until I finish work.’ “I am going to say that you are my niece and that your mam has taken seriously ill and I am looking after you. “What’s her name asked Cassie.’

“Why?’

“In case this lady asks what they call my mother.’

“Call her Sheila; Sheila Bryson.’ You have no brothers or sisters; and your grandparents are dead. That will stop her from asking questions.’

Cassie asked for a pair of scissors and Don asked what she wanted them for.

“They are to cut the price tags of my clothes mister Don.

“Can I take the dog along?’

“No I don’t think that is very practical the pup is still chewing my furniture.’

“Far… the pup isn’t used to strangers and I don’t know how he would react.’

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