"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


7. 7

“You won’t take me to the police station will you; I don’t like the coppers. It was them who took me to the home.’

“No I won’t, just come out please.’

 The shrubbery moved slightly and a little girl popped her head out, she looked all around before stepping out.

She only had a thin vest on and a pair of jeans that were covered in wet mud, her face and hair were matted in mud, but she had the biggest blue eyes that he’d ever seen.’

Don held out his hand so that the small girl could climb down.

He took off his jacket then placed it around the girl who was shivering.

“How long have you been here?’

“Two weeks I think.’

“What have you been feeding yourself with?’

“From stuff left in the litter bins.’ “You know, fishermen come here at night and eat sandwiches and stuff then dump what’s left in the bin. I eat that.’

“Do they come every night?’

“No, I haven’t eaten in two days.’ They should be here tonight though.’

“What’s your name?’

Cassie, what’s yours?’

“My friends call me Don.’

“Let’s get you out of here, come on I’ll take you home.’

“You wont take me to the police station will you mister?’

“Said that I wouldn’t didn’t I?


“Don rolled his eyes then said I promise.’

“You cannot go back on a promise said the girl as Don lifted the skinny little girl onto the A frame of his bike.

“Hold on to my handle bars and I will pedal.’

“Don took hold of the dogs lead then began to cycle towards the lift.

“What’s the dog called?’

“I call him Fart, it’s German for father.’

“The girl giggled showing a perfect set of teeth.’

They stopped outside of the lift then Don helped her down. He called for the lift which would take a few minutes.

“How old are you anyway?’

“I’m eleven I think.’

“Do you go to school?’

“No, they tried to make me at the home but I ran away.’

“Well everyone has to go to school it’s the law.’

“Will they lock me up in prison if I don’t go?’

“Yes they might.’

“You won’t let them take me away will you mister?’

“Its Don, call me Don and no I won’t let them lock you up.’

The lift arrived and Don pulled the iron gates along then pushed his bike to the back.

“Here stand in the front and hold onto to the dog for me.’

“Where do you live?’

“I live in a place called Willington Quay in Wallsend.’

“Where was the home you ran away from said Don as he pulled the gates shut and pressed the button and the lift descended.


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