"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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“Look his name is Fart Don, you named him that’s what he answers to doesn’t he; get over it. I think it’s kind of cute.’

“I will leave Fart in the passage so he doesn’t chew. I have a basket and his toys so he won’t get bored.’


Don looked for the dishes but Cassie had washed them; she had also hung out her clothes on the line in the back yard and even put up the prop.

Don smiled then went to his room and changed for work. He put on his black dress trousers and shoes and a navy blue shirt that had the gala logo printed onto it- his badge had his name on it. He had washed and shaved so he only needed to clean his teeth. Here there’s your toothbrush; clean your teeth before we go around to Linda’s.’

Cassie spread some Colgate toothpaste on the brush then ran some water. Don did the same and he and Cassie brushed their teeth together. Don made faces in the mirror and Cassie laughed. She picked up the glass of water that Don had filled and she rinsed out her mouth then ran the cold water over her brush and shoved it into the green plastic mug where Don kept his. She put on the new navy blue anorak that Don had bought for her then pushed her tiny feet into the size three slippers.

“Do they fit? “ I had to guess your size.

“They are perfect mister Don, thank you.’

“Are you ready then?’


Don lifted the dog basket into the passage and Cassie wheeled out the bike into the pathway.’

“Fart come said Cassie and the puppy came to her; she placed him in the basket and told him to be a good boy until she came back. Don locked the door to the living room so that the dog couldn’t get in to chew the furniture. He placed all of his toys into the basket then gently closed the door. The dog whimpered after them but Don closed the gate and the walked along to number 51.

When Don knocked on the door it was Emily who answered.

“Mam it’s Don from down the street.’

“Linda came to the door then saw the girl in her pyjamas.

“Hi Linda, I was wondering if you could do me a big favour. This is my niece Cassie, our Sheila’s lassie and she’s taken Ill and she’s got no one to look after her whilst she’s in hospital. “I’ve got to go into work and I have no one to look after here and…

“Don relax, its fine she can stay here with us and play with Emily.’

“Emily please take Cassie and show her your room whilst I talk with Don.’

“When the two young girls had gone Linda asked how serious the illness was.

“It’s pretty bad Linda, terminal cancer they say.’ Cassie’s father doesn’t want to know as she wouldn’t let him see her after they got divorced. He used to beat her up when he’d been on the drink.’ After years of abuse she finally got the courage to divorce him.’

“Well I’m sure she will be fine here Don.’ I know what it’s like to be a single parent.’

“Look just drop her off when you need to I will gladly look after her.’

“The thing is Linda, I’m going to be looking for someone to look after Cassie permanently once you know…

“Well look no further, I will help.’

“I mean I can pay you; I wouldn’t expect you to do it for nothing.’

“We can come to some arrangement Don; you get yourself to work.’

“Thanks Linda, I will be back at eleven for her.’

No bother Don; ride safely.’

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