"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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bullied and how she had withdrawn into her own little world where she talked to herself in her bedroom to an imaginary friend that she called Jo Jo.

During the music lesson Mr Thornbush went on to talk about Ludwig van Beethoven Life and was astonished by the knowledge that Cassie knew about the composer. She went on to tell the class that Beethoven composed the last decade of his life almost totally deaf as a result of tinnitus by immersing his head in cold water.

“Do you play the piano Miss Delap?’

“Yes a little she said modestly.’

“Would you like to play something for us?’

“Yes, Cassie stepped out from sitting cross legged on the polished floor and walked over to the piano. Mr Thornbush was about to hand her some music when she told him that she wouldn’t need it. Cassie sat on the stool then began to play “Moonlight Sonata.’ She was so good that she could have played at the Royal Albert Hall. Even Mrs Dorothy Pratchet came along the corridor and looked in.

“Who is this girl asked Henry Thornbush; I don’t know much about her Henry; her father brought her in this morning. “ I have never heard anyone so young play as beautifully in my life. She is indeed a rare talent headmistress.

“When she was finished the class all applauded. Cassie was about to walk back to sit back down when the headmistress asked if she could play something else.

Cassie sat back down on the stool and played Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor effortlessly. When she was finished Dorothy Pratchet stood in awe of the young girl.

“Where did you learn to play like that?’

“I was taught by Mrs Evelyn Scott when I was only four.’ I was a very fast learner and I can play almost anything after just hearing it played once. Do you have a photographic memory?’

“I don’t know; all I know is I can play things.’

“Come with me Cassie said Mrs Pratchet.’

Dorothy led her to her room where they had been earlier that day.’

Please sit down Cassie I am going to give you a list of things to try and remember.

When Cassie was sitting comfortably Dorothy began. I will start you with something easy.

“I want you to remember these ten items and some numbers.’

 A pork sausage, a broken bottle, blue biro, a purple crayon, 967, an ostrich, three guitars, a boat on the river, a woman carrying a green coloured umbrella, 17.484, Dorothy then took out a book from her extensive collection showed Cassie it then opened the page randomly and showed it to her. She wrote down the page number along with everything else she had asked in sequence. Tell me about yourself Cassie; when did you discover that you could remember things?’

“When I was about four years old I had been out with Mrs Cummings with the other children from the home and she’d left her purse somewhere and couldn’t find it. I was able to trace back into my mind and remember every shop that we’d been into.

She had been looking at some gloves and had taken her purse out to check to see how much money she had in it. Then she put it down to try the gloves on and the purse slid down under some other gloves and Mrs Cummings walked away leaving the purse behind.

“I was able to direct her straight to it some time later.’

“So how did you meet Mr Delap?’

“Mister Don adopted me.’

“Is that what you call him?’


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