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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People still played on the bandits until ten o’clock it wasn’t his turn to empty those so once he had cashed up from the bar; the cafeteria and the main hall he could go.

By five minutes to ten Don was finished; he took off his shirt and placed it into a rucksack then put on a tee shirt. He placed his coat and hat on then said goodbye to Maybeth and Chris before leaving. Cycling down Churchill Street he turned left at the lights and carried on past the shops then turned right and cycled down the bank to the rail station where the barrier was down so he stopped and waited until the train passed then carried on down past the park It was down hill all the way and he could freewheel right along onto Armstrong Road.

He climbed over onto one pedal then went up the ramp on the kerb and when he reached the gate he dismounted. He wheeled his bike into the path then lent it against the railings before opening the door. Fart came charging out of the passage and wagged its docked tail.

“Linda walked down the passage with Emily; “I’ve had the dog out and I’ve tidied up a bit for you Don.’

“Thanks Linda you are a star.’

“Cassie said that she would see her friend at school tomorrow.’

“I’ll give you a knock about ten o’clock said Linda as they made their way back home.

“Right young lady teeth cleaned and bed for you.’

“Can I read for half an hour mister Don?’

“Alright but at eleven that light goes out.’

She ran into the bathroom and quickly brushed her teeth then put on her pyjamas. “Goodnight mister Don.’

“Goodnight Cassie.’

She took Farts basket into her room and the dog followed her then lay down up on the blanket. She slid under the sheets then picked up the book that she was reading a book by William Golding it was called Lord of the Flies. It was about an aircraft carrying schoolboys across the pacific during the war. The plane is shot down; a battle for survival takes place where they have to pick a leader. Rivalry within the group ends tragically. This was a modern day Robinson Crusoe story; it showed how a group of people would interact and what lengths they would steep to in order to survive.

 Cassie was way into the Chapter when don came in and asked her to turn out the light.

Let me finish this chapter mister Don, it’s only another four pages then I will turn out the light I promise.’

“Alright; I’m placing my trust in you mind.’

Cassie smiled then carried on reading as Don closed the door. He sat down on the chair and thought about how he was going to tell Linda about Cassie.’

He figured honesty to be the best policy so that’s what he would do.

He turned on the television and watched an episode of The Fugitive, he felt like that now himself. He was afraid at any moment that the door would knock and the police would come and arrest him. He tried to block it out of his mind but that was all he could think about. He was worried that Linda would turn against him also. Then what would the consequences be at work if the newspapers and television got hold of the story. Don put his hands into his hair then took in a deep breath. Don hadn’t thought about all the implications of what he had done. But who does he thought. Would anyone else have done the same given the circumstances?

It would be hard for anyone to have turned the girl in given what she had told him.

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