"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 was telling Don about the bracelets and necklaces that she and Emily had been making from the beads that they had bought from the car boot sale.

“Do you think you could feed and take the dog out later Cassie for me?’

“Yes mister Don.’

“I will go along with them later Don to make sure everything is okay. I’m sure the dog will love this big bone once it has been carved of the meat.

“This is delicious Linda; I’ve been eating micro wave meals so long I’ve forgotten how good a real dinner tastes.’

“Well you must come again and bring your niece too.’

“Look Linda I must talk to you about that.’

“Look Don it’s no trouble honestly, I don’t mind looking after Cassie she is no trouble at all.’



Don felt horrible; he was deceiving a friend; he had to come clean and tell her but now was the wrong time. Cassie was enjoying her dinner and was getting along so well with her new found friend. Tomorrow though, he would have to tell her; Don thought that by inviting her for coffee he could tell her then.

 When Don finished his dinner he helped to clear the table before making his way to the door. “I’m Sorry for rushing off like this Linda but I have to earn a crust. “ You could come over in the morning for coffee after I get Cassie enrolled at the school as there is something I must talk with you about.’

“Alright Don; don’t worry about a thing I will see you later.’

Don went along to get his bike. Fart was in his basket as Don wheeled out the bicycle and then rode off to work. The prying eyes of Mrs Crowe looked down as he cycled up the road. She looked at the photo fit picture of the girl in the newspaper and there was an uncanny resemblance to the girl Don had staying at his house. She had always thought him a bit weird; mainly because he was alone and she never saw much of him apart from him going to work or coming home again. “She decided to keep a close watch on him; if there was any wrong doing going on next door she would be reporting it.’



The police called at Auton House, the home for orphaned children. Two of the young officers noticed as the children sat in the classrooms that none of them seemed happy.

They sat in silence as Mrs Cummings addressed the class.

“Children these two officers are from the police department; they have come to find the whereabouts of Cassie Mitchell.’ “I want you all to assist the police with their enquiries, do I make myself clear.’

The children answered immediately.’

“Did any of you see Cassie the morning that she disappeared asked the first officer?’

“I saw her run into the yard and open the gate with the keys and then run off sir.’ said a young boy about six years old who stood up from his desk.

“Where did she get the keys?’

“She took them from me said Mrs Cummings; I was unconscious on the floor at the time.’

“I see; looking at the boy again the constable asked the boy if he knew why Cassie had run off.

“No; came a sharp reply from the boy and he quickly sat back in his seat.’

“Do any of you know why Cassie Mitchell ran off?’

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