"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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Cassie took off Farts lead then hung it up on the rail then removed her new coat. It was nice and warm and she liked it. Going into the bathroom she found her brush and spread some toothpaste onto it then began to clean her teeth.

Don meanwhile heated up a hot water bottle and placed it at the bottom of the bed in the spare room. He placed it under the candlewick bed spread before pulling back the covers so that Cassie could get in; He went into a box and pulled out his old teddy bear that his mother had bought him. The German made bear was still in good condition and he placed it on the pillow next to where Cassie would sleep.

Then he brought Fart’s basket in so that she wouldn’t feel alone.

Cassie came into the room and the dog followed her.

“Did you clean your teeth?

“Yes I did mister Don.’

Good girl now get into bed and I will hap you up.

Cassie slid under the covers the heat from the hot water bottle warmed her and she hugged the bear as Don pulled up the covers.

“What’s the Bear’s name asked Cassie expecting something unusual like the name for his dog.’

“I called him Benny when I was little.’

“Was he your bear?’

“Yes,’ so you must look after him the same way I did.’

“I will mister Don.’

“Good, now you go off to sleep and I will see you in the morning; I am only next door if you need me and I will leave your door open.

Fart got into his basket and lay down on his blanket and curled up

“Goodnight mister Don.’

“Goodnight, watch the bed bugs don’t bite.’

Don went to the bathroom and put on his pyjamas he didn’t normally wear them but with a small child in the house he thought it best. He quickly cleaned his teeth and looked at the little tooth brush in the plastic beaker that he’d bought for the girl.

He turned out the light then went to his room he set his travel alarm for seven o’clock.

He got into bed then turned out the light. Lying awake he thought what he was going to do with this girl. He couldn’t take her back to the home where she had been abused.

He decided that he’d wait until after the weekend then decide what he was to do.



On her third night in the camp that she had made no one came to fish so there was nothing for her to eat in the rubbish bin. It was cold tonight and even with the jumper that she had bought from the charity shop she was still cold. The wind had gotten up and it blew between the shrubs making it feel even colder. The blades of grass bent over as the wind whistled through the corrugated iron fence to her right and there was a banging noise that irritated her from somewhere near the pier. This cumulated into a cacophony of different sounds throughout the night and she got little sleep.

She was awake as usual as the crab man came down to check the tyres. She waited until he was out of sight then emerged from her hide out. She walked to the town centre and stood in her usual place seeing the other man who was begging further on.

Like her he wasn’t having much luck. She had only made a few pennies so she decided to walk around the shopping mall she avoid looking in the windows of the food shops because it only made her feel more hungry.

She saw the open doorway to a music shop and saw an Array of musical instruments. Spanish guitars, violin’s, cello’s, and brass trumpets were all on display. 

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