"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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That’s warra sed.’

The stable owner opens the pony’s mouth to reveal the pony’s teeth.

“Nice teef says the dwarf. Can a see it’s fweet.’

“It’s what?’

The dwarf points to the Pony’s hooves.’

Oh you mean its feet.

“That’s worra sed.’ Noo can a see it twot.’

The man not waiting for a reply lifted up the dwarf and stuck his head up in between the pony’s back legs.

“What yee deeing man.’ Shouted the dwarf

“I was showing you the pony’s twot.’

“No, no, a meant canna see it run a wound.’


Bob who was sitting on the wall nearly fell about laughing and Cassie was again forced to bury her head in the blankets to stop her giggles. “Hey that’s a good one, wait until I tell the lads that one at work tomorrow.’ The older of the two took another swig from his beer then his rod tip gave an almighty jerk.

“Looks like I’m in buddy boy.’ As he set his can down and struck into the fish then felt to see if the fish was on. A quick wind and the fight was on. The rod bent quite away and he knew that this could be his biggest ever down here. He walked down the bank a bit away from where he knew that the shopping trolleys were.

“Keep winding in matey he’s nearly in. Once in close enough his friend took the rod whilst he hand lined the fish over the metal fence.

“It was huge as it flapped its tail and its massive mouth tried to spit out the hook.

Going into his bag Bob took out his skinny pliers and swiftly took out the hook. Then he dispatched the massive cod with a priest and held it up with both hands as his friend took a photo of it.’

“That’s got to be a double figure fish.’

“Wait there I’ll get my scales out of my box. The lad ran back to his tackle box then opened the lid and searched for the weighing scale.

They hooked the fish by the mouth and the elder asked what he would give him.

“Hold it still mate, seventeen pound’s and three ounces I get.’

“That is some fish matey, well done.

They opened their sandwiches and began to eat.

“Hey that’s two pounds that you owe me because that was the first and heaviest fish; if you get a bigger one tonight a will chew on your sweaty underpants.’


Four hours later they counted their haul of six fish. “I will let you do the honours since you caught the biggest mate.’

“Thanks a lot

Tom took out his knife and quickly filleted the fish and the skeletons were cast over the side to feed the crabs.

They then packed up their gear. Cassie waited with baited breath as they then disposed of the food and the half bottle of Irn brew before walking up the bank to the car with their rods and tackle boxes. it had been a very productive evening again for both men as they got into the car after securing the rods on the roof rack.

The tackle boxes went into the boot before they started the engine and pulled away.’

Cassie waited until the car was in the distance before coming down.

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