"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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The chairs were scratched but Don took the table and used his sanding machine on it rubbed down the chairs and recoated it with polyurethane varnish and left it to dry in his shed. When he brought it back; it looked brand new. Don wouldn’t accept payment for doing the work so Linda cooked him a nice meal which they ate from her now restored kitchen table and chairs. They sat through supper chatting then Don looked up at Cassie and said “I’m going to the car boot sale at Burnside School tomorrow morning if you would all like to come.’

“I don’t know Don replied Linda; I have the dinner to make and Emily’s uniform to iron for school tomorrow.’


“Can Emily come with us tomorrow mister Don?’ please, please.’

“Don looked at Linda for approval and Linda replied if Don doesn’t mind that would be nice wouldn’t it Emily?’

“Yes mam, I would like to go with Cassie; can I have some money so Cassie and I can by something from the stalls.’

“We will see, but I think you ought to be going to bed now or you will not be getting up in the morning.’

Emily got up from the table and said goodnight to everyone.’

“Don’t forget to clean your teeth Emily; said Linda as Don and Cassie got up.

“We had better go too; I have to walk the dog before we turn in.’

There was a stretch of grass further along the street and Don took Fart there so he could do his business. He always took a plastic shovel and a polythyn bag with him. Don abhorred people who walked their dogs and never cleaned their mess up; especially in the street on the pathways. It was not only rude but unhygienic.

“I will pick Emily up at eight o’clock is that alright?’

“She will be ready for you Don.’

“Thanks for looking after Cassie for me.’

Thanks for a wonderful supper; I’m fit to burst.’ I’ve eaten too many chips.’

Don laughed then he held onto Cassie’s hand as they walked with his bike back to his house.

“I like Linda, don’t you mister Don?’

“Yes, she is a lovely woman.’

Don opened his gate and the puppy was scratching the door when they got back.’

He opened the door and Fart began to jump up at them excitingly.

Okay Fart said Don as he wheeled his bike back into the passage. He grabbed the dogs lead then asked Cassie to fasten it on whilst he got the plastic spade and a clean bag.

When he returned they walked over the road then released the dog onto the grass where it ran around then stopped. Don made his way over and scooped up the mess then placed it in the bag. Now you must always clean up after a dog Cassie because they carry germs and children play on the grass and they can catch it if we don’t clean up after them.’

Why do people leave it on the pavement then mister Don?’

“It’s because they are too lazy to pick it up Cassie.’

Cassie called the dog and it came running back to her wagging its docked tail. She slipped the lead back on and they walked back to the house. There was a bin provided for doggy do further along and Don popped open the lid and placed it inside.

“Right then home I think then straight to bed.’

“We have to clean our teeth first mister Don.’

“Yes, we must smiled Don as they crossed the road to his house.

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