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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“Now look at her isn’t she just the prettiest thing you ever saw in your life.’

“Here’s me thinkin’ I was; I might of naan that I would take second place to a pigeon.’

“Don’t be daft woman yer na I love you an aal.’

George gave Daisy a gummy kiss then said hey just cos’ we’re old doesn’t mean we don’t still have a kiss and cuddle yer na.’

Cassie smiled and hoped that when she got married that she would feel the same as Daisy did about George. 

“How’s that sandwich lass; doesn’t wor lass make the best bread and bacon sandwiches you ever had in yer life.’

“She certainly does said Cassie; George was right the bread and bacon were delicious. She sipped on the strong flavoured tea and she started to feel warm again.

Daisy and George spent nearly three hours telling her about how there families came to live in Jarrow and how they had seen a rapid decline in the town since the pits and the ship yards had closed. “I was just a youngun’ said George when those lads went to London on the Jarrow March in1936. I remember it like it was just yesterday.’

“It has been lovely talking to you both but I must go now.’ I have to go to the library.’

“Well you call in any time you like pet yer more than welcome here.’

“Thank you, you are both so kind.’ Cassie went over and kissed them both on the cheek then put on her coat and made for the door with her bag and rolled up blanket.

 Walking back the way she had come; Cassie thought about going into the music shop to play the piano but now she didn’t want to create attention to herself. She went to the library and flitted through the books row by row. Some she had read already.

She took a book to the table and opened it and sat there pretending to read it.

Then she went to the toilet where she washed and changed her underwear.

She discarded the dirty ones then headed to the window looking out onto the forum.

There was police asking questions and she knew it was about her so she went down the stairs pulled up her hood on her coat and walked away. She ran down the stairs and through the tunnel back across into Willington quay; she crossed the road taking care not to be seen by a passing police car as it sped by her. Turning she pretended to look in a shop window she had the hood up of her coat so the men in the car wouldn’t have seen her face. Cassie went down the back lane and slipped into Don’s back yard.

It was now after 3pm and she knew Don would be at work.

She had the key to the house and let herself in after looking through the window. Fart was back and he ran to her excitingly wagging the docked tail. It licked her face as she hugged him then she ran a bath and took the dog in with her where they played with the bubbles. Then she put on clean some clothes this time taking a jumper and putting on some clean jeans. Don had seen the note that she’d left and he had replied leaving it in the same place. She quickly read it. In the note Mister Don had told her of his arrest and that he was trying to find a way in which she could live with him permanently he urged her to come back and told her that he’d left two pounds on the bench in case she needed food. Cassie wrote another note back telling him that the police came looking for her last night. She thanked him for the money and told him that she would come and see him when she could.’ She told him how much she missed him. She left another note for Emily which she hoped Don would pass on for her. Cassie told him that she would have to find somewhere where the police wouldn’t find her as her hide out had now been compromised.’

Cassie took the money then slipped out the back and the way she had come. This time she took a bus from outside of the Tunnel Club to North Shields. Walking around all the shops until it started to get dark. Most of them were now starting to close anyway 

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