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I Took a DNA Test after a Stranger Showed Up at My Doorstep Claiming to Be My Twins’ Biological Father — Story of the Day

Salwa Nadeem
Jun 14, 2024
08:24 A.M.

Tom, a stay-at-home dad, loves his rambunctious twins more than anything. But everything changes when, one day, a stranger appears on his doorstep, claiming to be the twins' biological father and demanding that Tom relinquish custody.

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Flour-bombed cabinets. A trail of peanut butter from an open jar to the living room rug. Six-year-old twins, Kevin and Stacey, were wreaking their usual adorable havoc while their father Tom attempted to salvage dinner.

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Tom's world revolved around these two little whirlwinds.

From the moment their tiny fists gripped his fingers, his life had become a blur of scraped knees, bedtime snuggles, and the unending quest for the perfect pancake. Flour dusted his apron like a badge of honor, a testament to countless baking battles.

"Alright, alright," he laughed, dodging a rogue spoonful of peanut butter. "Looks like we're having an abstract art night with our sandwiches!"

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Suddenly, the doorbell pierced the happy chaos.

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"Is that mom coming home?" Stacey asked, looking up with curious eyes.

"I don't know, kiddo," Tom replied, wiping his hands on a dish towel. "I'll go check."

He opened the door, a teasing reply ready on his lips. But the sight that greeted him stole his breath away.

A tall, serious-looking man stood at his doorstep, an air of urgency clinging to him like a fog. The man's gaze went straight past Tom, searching the house.

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"Can I help you?" Tom asked cautiously.

"Are you Tom?" the man asked.

"Yes," Tom replied slowly. "Who are you?"

"My name's Michael. I need to talk to you," the man said, extending his hand.

Tom hesitated, eyeing the stranger warily. "Do I know you?"

"No, but it's important. It's about your children," Michael insisted.

Tom frowned, confusion mingling with a hint of fear. "My children? What about them?"

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"Please, just a few minutes. I promise this is serious," Michael urged, his tone earnest.

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Tom glanced back towards the kitchen where the twins were peeking around the corner. Reluctantly, he nodded. "Alright, come in."

"Kids, go to your room, please," Tom announced. "I'll be there in a minute."

The twins glanced at each other and scampered off.

Tom led Michael to the living room, tension hanging in the air.

"What do you want to talk about?" Tom asked, trying to stay calm.

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Michael took a deep breath.

"Tom, your twins—they're not yours. They're mine. I'm their biological father."

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Tom's eyes widened in shock. "What? That's impossible! Monica and I have been together for years."

"I had an affair with Monica six years ago. She told me herself. Kevin and Stacey are my children."

Tom's face flushed with anger. "You're lying! The children are mine. I've raised them, loved them. Monica would never do that."

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Michael's expression hardened. "I'm not lying. I want custody of my kids. You need to relinquish your rights."

"Get out!" Tom said, his voice rising. "You're not taking my children. Leave, now!"

Michael stood, his expression cold. "Expect a court summons. We'll do a DNA test, and the kids will be taken from you."

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He dropped his business card on the table and left, leaving Tom standing there, heart pounding, unable to believe what just happened.

Did Monica really cheat on me? He thought. Am I not their biological father?

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When Monica returned home, Tom left, saying he was going to the grocery store to get milk. But as he pulled out of the driveway, a sharp turn took him in the opposite direction.

With a determined set to his jaw, he steered towards the familiar building of Mercy General Hospital.

Inside, the sterile scent of disinfectant calmed his racing thoughts. After a short wait, a kind nurse explained the DNA testing process.

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He was told he needed his kids' DNA samples, so he returned with them the following day after secretly swabbing the insides of their cheeks while they were asleep.

I can't confront Monica before the results come out, he thought to himself as he left the hospital after submitting the DNA samples.

A week later, Tom walked to the mailbox, a knot of anxiety tight in his stomach. The nurse at the hospital had told him he would receive the DNA test results in a week.

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With trembling hands, he opened the mailbox. His heart skipped a beat upon seeing an envelope inside.

His fingers fumbled with the envelope's seal, his breath hitching in his throat. Tearing it open, he scanned the sterile document, the black-and-white words screaming at him.

"Exceeds 99.99% Paternal Exclusion."

He wasn't the father.

A wave of nausea washed over him, quickly replaced by a burning fury. How could Monica do this? The years of scraped knees, bedtime stories, all a lie?

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Just then, a small voice shattered the world he thought he knew.

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"Daddy!" Kevin burst in, his face etched with worry. "Stacey fell and isn't waking up!"

Tom's heart lurched, and everything else faded away.

Rushing to Stacey's room, he found her lying motionless, her skin burning hot. Panic surged through him as he scooped her up and raced her to the hospital, Kevin clutching his hand in the passenger seat.

At the hospital, a doctor examined Stacey and told Tom something that turned his world upside down.

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The doctor's next words hit Tom like a physical blow.

"Unfortunately, the tests reveal liver failure. Stacey will need a transplant."

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Tom's stomach churned.

"I should have brought her in sooner," he choked out, guilt gnawing at him.

But the doctor shook his head. "Symptoms often develop gradually. We'll need to run some tests to determine the cause and find a suitable donor."

Then, almost as an afterthought, he added, "Of course, family members are often the best candidates. You should consider getting tested for compatibility."

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Tom's heart hammered against his ribs. He knew the truth – he wasn't Stacey's biological father. The doctor's suggestion felt like a cruel joke.

Ignoring the churning in his gut, he simply nodded and promised to cooperate. After getting tested, he dialed Monica's number, his voice tight with urgency as he explained Stacey's condition.

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A few minutes later, Monica arrived at the hospital from work, a whirlwind of worry etched on her face. She hugged Tom, tears streaming down her cheeks.

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Soon, Monica also got tested for compatibility, and it turned out none of them were a match for Stacey.

Despair hung heavy in the air. Tom, unable to hold back any longer, confessed about Michael's visit.

Monica's face turned pale as he heard him speak. She opened her mouth to speak, but no words came out.

"I… I'm so sorry, Tom," she stammered. "I got involved with him, but the pregnancy was accidental. He refused to accept his children and left me the moment I told him I was pregnant."

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Anger boiled within Tom, but the urgency of Stacey's situation pushed it down. They were out of options. There was only one person left to contact – the man who claimed to be their biological father.

"I'll talk to Michael," Tom said, his voice devoid of emotion.

"But he's going to ask you to…" Monica's voice trembled.

"I don't care. I'll do what it takes to save my little girl," Tom said before walking away from Monica.

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After a brief call with Michael, Tom drove to his house. A towering brick structure with manicured lawns greeted him. At the door, a neatly uniformed butler met him, his gaze filled with curiosity.

"I'm here to see Michael," Tom said, his voice tight.

The butler inclined his head. "Please, follow me."

He led Tom through a maze of hallways adorned with expensive paintings before stopping at a large oak door.

Inside, Michael sat behind a mahogany desk.

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"Mr. Lawson," Tom began, his voice firm despite his racing heart. "There's no easy way to say this, but my daughter, Stacey, is in the hospital."

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Michael raised an eyebrow, his expression unreadable. "And why are you telling me this?"

Tom took a deep breath. "She needs a liver transplant, and you might be her only hope. Please, consider donating your liver to save her."

Michael remained silent, his gaze unwavering. Meanwhile, Tom's heart pounded in his chest. He knew what was coming.

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"There's a condition," Michael finally spoke, his voice devoid of warmth.

"If I agree to the transplant, you'll sign over full custody of both Kevin and Stacey."

Tom's heart skipped a beat. He didn't want to accept the condition, but he had no other option.

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The doctor had told him that Stacey's name was on the waiting list, but they weren't sure when a matching donor would be found.

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"Alright," Tom took a deep breath. "If that's what it takes to save Stacey, then fine. I'll sign the papers."

A flicker of surprise crossed Michael's face, replaced by a satisfied smirk. He took out a file from his drawer.

"Good decision, Tom," he said, his tone devoid of empathy. "Here are the custody relinquishment documents. Read them carefully, and if you agree, sign on the dotted line."

Tom quickly read the documents and signed them. He was desperate to save Stacey.

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"Thank you, Tom," Michael said, taking the documents from Tom. "I'll be at the hospital in an hour."

Tom returned to the hospital, his heart heavy with the weight of the decision he had just made. Monica looked up as he entered Stacey’s room, her eyes red from crying.

"No! Tom, how could you agree to that?" Monica protested upon learning Tom had signed the papers.

"Stacey’s life is on the line. I couldn’t risk losing her," Tom replied, pain etched in his voice.

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An hour passed, and there was still no sign of Michael. Monica paced the room while Tom tried calling him repeatedly, each attempt going straight to voicemail.

Finally, Michael answered Tom's call.

"Where are you?" Tom demanded, desperation creeping into his voice.

Michael laughed coldly.

"Did you really think I’d donate my liver to your daughter? I just needed the documents to claim my inheritance."

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Tom’s heart sank. "What are you talking about?"

"My grandfather left me an inheritance, but I could only claim it if I had a child. Thanks to you, I now have two," Michael said, ending the call before Tom could respond.

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Tom dropped his phone, feeling utterly defeated. Stacey won’t make it. I’ve failed her, he thought, despair washing over him.

Just then, the doctor approached Tom and Monica. "We found a donor," he said. "It’s a match for Stacey. We're preparing for the surgery now."

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The surgery took place later that night, and it was successful. The doctors assured Tom and Monica that Stacey would be okay.

As relief settled in, Tom knew there was a long road ahead. He had to get custody back and fix his broken marriage. The circumstances seemed difficult, but Tom felt hopeful. He was ready to face every challenge for his kids.

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