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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so she went to a fish and chip shop and bought fish cake and chips at Tom Hadaway’s Chippy. Tom was the happy go lucky man who was always smiling and had a cheerful word or story for anyone.’ Tom was a playwright and renowned story teller and poet. He was keen to keep the prices as low as possible for the canny folk of North Shields. He played hell with the trawler men who wanted to charge more for the fish they were catching.

Walking down the bank towards William Hogg’s eating her meal she ended up near a derelict housing site. She climbed through a gap in the fence and found a perfect spot. It was secluded it had shelter from the elements and was beside the No 7 dock. Looking out she could see the work men from Smiths Docks as they went about their jobs.

The yard was fully lit up and it made her feel safer. However the rats here were many, there was hundreds of them on the patch of waste ground, Looking around she found an old metal oil container and then gathered up some wood. Her knowledge gained from reading survival books helped her to make fire using friction from two pieces of wood. Cassie drilled out a hole in the flat piece of wood using a piece of glass. Then cut a notch in it with the letter opener she stole from Mrs Pratchet’s room before making her escape. She sharpened the edge using a stone. It was now a useful tool.

It wasn’t long before a fire was going so now she had warmth as well as protection from the rats that kept away. There was plenty of wood from the derelict houses that  stood there to keep a fire going for months. Now demolished the site had stood for some time she thought. There were no signs of any work being done. Cassie spent the night gathering and chopping wood using a piece of sharpened steel and a brick. Once her stock pile was high enough she just kept feeding the oil container to keep it going. The only problem was the smoke that backfired when the wind blew. He clothes and hair smelled of it. It was after three in the morning when she eventually nodded off.

 

 

Riding home from work Don Delap hoped that Cassie was back. He parked his bike in the passage and went straight to the plate where he’d left the note and smiled knowing she had been. He opened the note and read it over and over. Then tears welled up in his eyes as he thought about her. She was out on her own with no one. The world was a dangerous place to be for an eleven year old girl. He was angry at the authorities who had forced a young girl to seek refuge in the streets rather than give her a safe environment to live. They had failed in their duty alright; but he was going to fight them all the way. He didn’t care how long it took or how much it cost. Don saw the note for Emily and wondered whether to give it to her. He hadn’t seen Linda since his arrest and he wondered why. He wrote another note to Cassie explaining that he was waiting for news from social services about his application to legally adopt Cassie. He told Cassie that he would have to go to a court hearing for not informing the police about her when he first found her.’ Harry Harrison his solicitor had informed him that all the charges against him would be dropped and not to worry. The press had bombarded his house and at Gala Bingo Hall where he worked too. His photo was splashed all over the newspapers and it was even on the local news. The vast majority of people from the bingo he knew sympathised with him but there was a letter from an anonymous neighbour who said that it was immoral for a young man to adopt a young girl of a venerable age. Don guessed who that was straight away. Don left more money on the bench in case she returned and had nothing left from the money he had left the time before. He walked Fart down the road then let him off the lead. He 

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