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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Well then we will have to change all that won’t we come along my wife Daisy will make you a nice cup of tea.’ I only live along the road here so its not too far for me and the dog.’ What’s your name then lass?’

“Cassie.’

“Nice name, I’m George Shotton’ my friends call me Geordie.’

They walked along the street past some old pitman’s cottages where he stopped and opened the gate.

Here we are said the old man as he opened the front door.

“Come in, Come in Lass, said Geordie as he took off his heavy coat and hat and hung it on the door.

Daisy my love we have a guest for breakfast.’

Out of the scullery came this silver haired lady with a round face with rosy cheek. She wore a polka dot pinnie over a green coloured dress. She had on a pair of black leather slippers with fur inside.

“Sit yersel doon by the oven lass you look freezing to me. The woman had the oven on and the door open to let the heat out.’

“I’ve just brewed a nice pot of tea how would you like a nice bacon sandwich wi some broon sauce on it?’

“That would be lovely Mrs Shotton.’

“Did you hear that Geordie; the young lass speaks the Queens English. Yer not from around these parts then pet are yer.’

“I was brought up in a boarding school in Newcastle.’

“They must have been very posh those teachers then were they?’

“Yes, awfully posh she lied.’

Taking out a large frying pan from the cupboard she popped a bit of lard into it and then waited for it to melt under the heat before adding some bacon which sizzled away. “Make yourself useful lass; pour out the tea whilst I fry this here bacon.’

“Yes Mrs Shotton.’

Cassie found three large mugs then filled them up using a tea strainer to catch the grounds then added milk. “Do you both take sugar?’

“Oh Aye lass we likes our sugar, that’s why we’ve got nae teeth.’ she smiled showing a clean set of gums.’

“I’ve got these false teeth but I cannot keep them in for long. I put them in a glass of watter by me bed wi some Sterident tablets in it to clean them like.’

“Geordie won’t wear his at aal.’

Daisy cut some bread then spread some sausage dripping over the bread and then placed the bacon on to it  she shook up the bottle of Hp Brown sauce then took of the top and poured some over the bacon that was nice and crisp where the rind was.

“Here lass get yer gob around that.’

“George yer sandwich and cup o’tea is oot on the table.’

“Coming my love.’

“He will be feedin’ his pigeons in the Cree; he’s bird mad is George; when I first met him he an me fatha were both workin’ doon the pit then and they both kept pigeons. They got on so well together. Well me fatha was over the moon when I started walkin’ out wi George. We was married the followin’ year and it was a grand affair yer na wi aal the neighbours there.’

Oh aye it were grand alright an yer na what me and George have niva had a rang word in over fifty year.’

The back door closed and George came into the kitchen with a chocolate coloured pigeon.

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