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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The black vinyl was split on two of them, but Don had a roll of new vinyl in his shed and they could be recovered. He would add more padding to make them more comfortable and he had a table that he’d just finished last week that would go with them. He would sell them once sanded and re-varnished for at least £50.00 and the table for twenty. They would have to come and collect them though. The ottoman would also be recovered and repainted to give it a modern look. He was sure he could get £30.00 for that. Making him a profit of £60.00 once the cost of the materials were paid for.

He walked further on and picked up a small table lamp that could go in the room Cassie was using.

She could then read for a while or do homework as he had a desk that he’d picked up from the Stephenson memorial school. It was old and it had been thrown in a skip. He saw it and asked the caretaker if he could have it.

“Take it away its only going to get burnt at the tip.’

Don spent a week sanding it with a machine took all the graffiti, hard chewing gum from inside and re-varnished it. The red oak grain came through and it looked as good as new. He would buy a couple a soft cushions for Cassie to sit on though.

It was just after twelve when Don and the girls left. They had bought several books and Emily some fake jewellery that she said that she could adapt to make more modern. They took the bus back home and Don told Cassie to go with Emily and he would be along once the woman from the stall dropped off his ottoman and chairs.

 

 When the van arrived outside of Don’s house Sylvia Crowe was straight at her window looking out. She muttered something under her breath as the furniture was unloaded. Don carried them through the house and placed them into the shed ready to start tomorrow morning. He thanked the woman who was called Moira Atkins. She gave the van a toot as she pulled away. He put Fart in the passage after giving the dog a drink then closed the door and walked along to Linda’s for dinner. He started work in just over an hour and a half so he packed his shirt in a carrier bag in case he spilt gravy on it. Knocking on the door Don waited until Linda answered.

“Sorry to keep you waiting Linda; I bought some chairs and an ottoman that I’m going to do up and sell. They look nothing now but just wait until I set to work on them they will come up good as new.

“If mine is anything to go by they certainly will, come in I was just about to take the roast out of the oven.’

“Anything I can do to help.’

You could set the table ready if you like.’

Don found the plates, some place mats, and the utensils then neatly placed them around the table as Linda lifted out the leg of pork she had bought.

The smell of it permeated around the kitchen and it had Don salivating at the mouth with the thought of eating it. Don would have been sitting down to a microwave meal by now as he never cooked for himself. It was hardly worth it and besides, there was only him to cook for then. It was quick convenient and no dishes to wash afterwards.

Linda had made some Yorkshire puddings and stuffing to go with the dinner and roast potatoes.

Linda called the two girls from in front of the TV set in the living room and they came in and sat at the table as Linda placed the bowls on the table so everyone could help themselves. She asked Don if he would carve the meat. “I’m a bit out of practice Linda but I’ll have a go.’

Don carved the pork and set aside some crackling for everyone.’

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