"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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“There were fourteen of us altogether.’

“Your dad must have been related to the Hasse family.’

“Whey a diven’t na; Most likely cos’ there loads of us Crowes like.’

Cassie nearly burst out laughing as they walked away.’

Don asked who the Hasse family were when they got out of earshot.’

“Cassie replied that Hasse was the German name for rabbits. “I was going to tell her that the collective name for Crows is a mad or murder. It sort of sums her up really don’t you think mister Don.’

Don burst out laughing then said how do you know these things?’

“I read a lot.’

The reached Linda Martins house and Cassie ran to the door and knocked.

Emily came running to the door and answered it.’

She already had her coat on and joined Cassie.

Linda had her pinnie on when she came to the door.’

She had flour on the side of one cheek and Don thought that it made her somewhat attractive. Linda was slightly younger than Don at twenty eight she still was slim and her legs were long and shapely.

“We should be back by twelve thirty.’

“That’s good because I will be putting dinner out for you both.’

“There’s really no need you know Linda, I don’t mind taking the bairn out; I mean its company for Cassie.’

“It’s the least I can do; now go and enjoy yourselves.’

Don crossed the road with the dog as Cassie and Emily talked about Mrs Crowe, suddenly there was giggling from the pair as Cassie told her about the German rabbit joke that she had played on Mrs Crowe.

They walked past the park and Don said that he would take her one day on his day off.

“Maybe Emily and her mam can come too and we could have a picnic.’ I would love a picnic and to play on the swings.

“Yes that would be nice.’

“Is Cassie coming to my school tomorrow Mr Delap?’

“I don’t know; I guess you will have to go to school at some point.’

“We will go tomorrow morning and get you enrolled.’

“That’s great we can sit together in class said her new friend.’

“Now Cassie I have to work in the afternoon until ten o’clock each day. You can stay for school meals like Emily.’ And I will leave something for your tea.’

“Cassie can stay at my house until you come back from work Mr Delap.’

“Well I cannot leave the dog all day so you could come along and stay with Cassie for a while until I come back.’ We can take Fart out on the field across the road and then come back mister Don.

“Okay but keep him on the lead alright.’ I will give you a spare key so you can let yourself in but you must lock the door and only answer it to Emily’s mam.’

“I will mister Don don’t worry.’

The reached the bus stop and they waited for the first bus to come along.

Looking at the time table Cassie told Don that it was due in five minutes.

“When we get in the school grounds don’t go wondering off; stick together do you hear me.’

“We will mister Don.’

The red single decker bus came and they got on and the girls went straight to the back of the bus Don paid the fares then came and sat in front of the girls who were chatting 

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