"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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“It was in Newcastle, it was called Auton House; there was seventeen of us living there and Mrs Cummings a grotty old bag ran the place.’ All we ever got to eat was chips with an egg if we were lucky or beans on toast.’ In the morning they made you eat porridge and it was horrible.’

“What do you like to eat?’

Thinking for a moment she said I like spaghetti and tomato soup, “I love Heinz tomato soup with bread that I can dip into it.’

“Well I think I can help you there because I have lots of tomato soup; it’s my favourite too.’

Really said the girl smiling as the lift stopped at the bottom and she walked out with the dog. Don wheeled his bicycle out then closed the gates then wheeled it around the corner before lifting the little girl who was only about three feet six inches tall onto the bike. She held onto the dog as Don pedalled along inside the tunnel.

“Is that as fast as you can go said the girl?’

Don laughed as he pushed harder on the pedals and the bike sped along. The light green tiles that covered the tunnel seemed to get bigger as they went through.

“Weee said the girl, faster, faster.’

Don pedalled through the tunnel for all he was worth until he got to the other end. He turned right and made for the lift again to take them up.

How far do you live mister Don?’

Not far said Don as he closed the gates after they had got inside and pressed the button to go up.’

“Is it a big house where you live?’

“No, not that big but it is warm and cosy. I and … erm Don paused then said the dog liked it.’

“Do you have a wife?’

“Me,’ no, I’ live on my own.’

“Why are you not married?’

“Well I just haven’t met the right girl yet.’

“You will one day mister Don; I know it.’

The lift came to a stop and Don pulled the gates open and the girl stepped out into the morning light.’

“Do you think it will rain today I don’t fancy getting wet again.’

“No, it’s forecast to be a nice day today.’

Lifting her onto the bike again Don cycled up the bank then turned right past the Tunnel Club. He rode through the little village then turned right again and up the street.

“Here we are said Don as he got off the bike and then helped the girl down.

“Come on Fart shouted the girl as Don turned the key in the lock on the front door and they went inside.

Don took off his flat cap and hung up his coat. The girl gave him the dogs lead as he went into the bathroom and put the plug into the bath and ran some water. He put in some bubble bath in and then went to the kitchen and put on the kettle.’

“Do you like tea or I have some Robinson’s orange squash if you’d like.’

Orange please said the girl as he reached up to the cabinet and took down a tumbler.’

He ran some water from the cold tap and then poured in some of the orange drink.

Here drink this, after you’ve had a bath you can have some tomato soup with me how’s that.’

“With some bread and butter mister Don?’

Yes, if you like.’

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