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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He woke Cassie up and told her that all of her clothes were in the bathroom. She got up and went straight into the bathroom and shut the door. She emerged fifteen minutes later it was now eight fifteen and she had not eaten her breakfast. Today she chose Coco pops. Opening the packet she poured them into the bowl then added some milk which turned a light brown colour.

“Do you like those asked Don.’

“Yes they are nice.’

Don buttered the toast and then put some beans over them. He cut into his toast and began to eat as Cassie finished her cereal.

“We could have boiled eggs tomorrow with toast if you‘d like them said Don.’

“That would be nice mister Don.’ Cassie was used to eating what was put down to her at the home so it was a pleasant change to be eating something different each day.

Don poured her a cup of tea and one for himself before telling her that there was something on the local news about her. “What are we to do mister Don?’

“When I take you to school today I will have to tell them that your surname is Delap or they may do some checking.’

“How do you spell that?’

D-E-L-A-P.

“Got it said the girl with a smile.’

“If they ask what infant school you went to I will tell them that you lived abroad and had a private tutor.’ If anyone asks you any questions about your mother say that she died and that you came to live with me.’

“I will mister Don.’

“I’m going to tell Linda the truth this morning; I cannot deceive her any more Cassie.’

“I don’t know how that will affect your friendship with Emily but she has to be told.’

“Do I tell Emily that I ran away from a children’s home mister Don?

“No not for now; her mum may tell her later.’

“I don’t want to lose my friend mister Don, I like Emily.’

“I like them too this is why I must tell Emily’s mum. It is not right to keep on lying to her.’

Cassie wiped her mouth on a tissue when she’d finished her breakfast then went to get her coat and bag that Don had bought for her.

Don placed the dishes in the sink ready to do when he got back. He left the dog in the house before heading towards the school.

They walked up the bank to the school where Don led Cassie to the entrance and they went inside.

Don was met a gentleman at the door who introduced himself as Mr Henry Thornbush.

“Donald Delap and this is my daughter Cassie.’ Don shook the hand that was offered.

 “I am the music teacher at this school.’

“I want to enrol my daughter here. Is it possible for me to speak with someone?’

Certainly Mr Delap if you would like to follow me; Mr Thornbush was about six feet tall he was about forty Don guessed he wore black framed glasses and had the look of Rolf Harris with the same dark hair and beard.

Mr Thornbush took them to the heads room where he knocked on the door then entered.

I have a gentleman outside who wishes to enrol his daughter Mrs Pratchet.

He’s called Donald Delap and his daughter is called Cassie.’

Dorothy Pratchet had been at the school for thirty six years when she came straight from Leeds University to teach English and History.

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