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My Parents Abandoned Me and My Younger Siblings When I Was 15 — Years Later They Knocked on My Door Smiling

Sonali Pandey
Jun 17, 2024
11:10 A.M.

Tori's world shatters when her cruel parents abandon her and her two little brothers, leaving them to fend for themselves. Years later, just as she begins to rebuild her life, her estranged parents knock on her door, smiling as if nothing happened. Why have they returned now, after all these years, and what do they want from Tori?

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I watched in shock as my parents rushed around the living room, packing their things. "We'll call child services, and they'll take you away," my father barked.

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A senior couple looking out the window | Source: Freepik

My little brothers clung to me, their faces etched with confusion and fear.

"Tori, what's happening?" Lucas asked with wide, scared eyes.

He was just six, and my heart broke for him.

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A girl with her brothers | Source: Midjourney

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"I don't know, Lucas," I said, hugging him tight. "But it's going to be okay. I promise."

The thing was, I was only 15, and I had no idea what was happening.

Ben, who was only five, began crying. "I don't want to go, Tori. I want to stay with you."

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A child crying | Source: Pexels

My heart ached for my little brothers.

I wanted to protect them, to keep us all together, but I felt so powerless.

The doorbell rang, and my heart sank even further.

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A person ringing the doorbell | Source: Pexels

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It was the Child Protective Services, just like Dad had threatened.

A woman with a kind face stepped into the living room. She introduced herself, but I didn't catch her name. My mind was racing too fast.

"I'm here to help," she said gently. "I know this is hard, but we need to take you somewhere safe."

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A social worker | Source: Pexels

Lucas tightened his grip on me, and I held him close. "Please, don't take us away," I begged. "We can stay here, we'll be good."

The woman sighed, her eyes sad. "I'm sorry, Tori. It's not up to me."

Tears streamed down my face as they led us out of the house.

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A sad girl | Source: Midjourney

Lucas and Ben were crying, too, their little hands clutching mine until they were pulled away. I felt like my heart was being ripped out of my chest.

We were loaded into separate cars, each headed to a different foster home.

I watched my brothers through the car window, their tear-streaked faces disappearing from view.

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Sad kids in a car | Source: Midjourney

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The drive to my foster home was a blur of tears and confusion.

I kept replaying my father's cold words in my head, wondering how it had come to this.

How could they just throw us away like that?

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A sad girl looking out the car window | Source: Midjourney

The next chapter of my life began at the Thompsons' foster home, and it was no better.

From the moment I arrived, I felt like an outsider.

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson barely looked at me, treating me like a burden rather than a child in need.

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I could feel their cold glances and the way they spoke to me, always short and dismissive.

It was clear I wasn't wanted.

"Make sure you finish your chores, Tori," Mrs. Thompson would say, her voice devoid of any warmth.

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Dirty dishes in a sink | Source: Pexels

"Yes, ma'am," I would reply, keeping my head down.

The loneliness was suffocating.

I missed Lucas and Ben terribly and wondered if they were okay or if they missed me, too.

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Two brothers | Source: Midjourney

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The days dragged on, each one blending into the next, filled with chores and silence.

There was no warmth, no comfort, only the cold indifference of a family that didn't care.

One day, I couldn't take it anymore. And so, I decided to run away.

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Backshot of a girl wearing a backpack | Source: Pexels

I thought maybe I could find my brothers, or at least find a place where I felt less alone. The first time I ran, I didn't get far. The police found me and brought me back.

The Thompsons were furious.

"Why do you keep trying to run away?" Mr. Thompson snapped at me. "Do you have any idea how much trouble you're causing?"

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A serious-looking older man | Source: Freepik

"I'm sorry," I mumbled, but I knew I wasn't. I just wanted out.

Every time I ran away, the same thing happened. I would be dragged back, scolded, and ignored even more. But I didn't give up.

One rainy night, I made up my mind. I packed a small bag with the few belongings I had and slipped out the window.

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Choosing the uncertainty of the streets over the Thompsons' cold indifference was the hardest decision I ever made.

Life on the streets was harsh and unforgiving. I found temporary refuge in an old, abandoned trailer. It had a broken door and a leaky roof, but it gave me some shelter from the elements.

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A girl inside a dilapidated trailer | Source: Midjourney

Every day after that was a struggle.

I worked odd jobs, anything that would pay a few dollars to keep me going. I cleaned cars, carried groceries, and even helped out at a local diner. The money was barely enough, but I was surviving somehow.

The hardest part of it all was not knowing where my brothers were.

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A girl wearing her apron | Source: Pexels

I missed Lucas and Ben so much. I visited them whenever I could, but they were moved around so much that it became increasingly difficult.

One day, when I went to visit Ben, the most heartbreaking thing happened.

When I knocked on the door, an unfamiliar face answered.

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A woman behind a door | Source: Pexels

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"Excuse me, can I see Ben?" I asked.

The woman shook her head. "No, they moved out last week. I think they went to another state."

My heart sank. "Do you know where they went?" I asked desperately.

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A sad girl | Source: Midjourney

She looked at me with pity. "I'm sorry, I don't."

I felt like I had failed Ben. I sat on the steps of the house and cried.

I had promised Ben we would be together, and now it felt like that promise was shattered.

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A young girl crying | Source: Midjourney

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As days turned into weeks, I clung to the hope that I would find my brothers again. Lucas was still in town, and I visited him whenever I could.

But the fear of losing him, too, was always in the back of my mind.

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A cute boy | Source: Pexels

Months later, I got a job as a cleaner at a small shop on the outskirts of town. The work was menial, scrubbing floors and cleaning shelves, but it was steady.

Every penny I earned, I saved. I lived frugally, spending only on the essentials.

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A girl working as a cleaner | Source: Midjourney

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One day, while sweeping the floor, the shop owner, Mr. Jenkins, noticed my hard work. "Tori, you're a hard worker," he said. "Have you thought about going back to school?"

I nodded. "Yes, sir. I want to go to college, but money is tight."

Mr. Jenkins smiled kindly. "Keep saving, and you'll get there. I believe in you."

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An old man busy working | Source: Pexels

His words gave me hope. I continued to work hard, and eventually, I saved enough to enroll in community college. But balancing work and studies was tough. My days started early with cleaning the shop, and my evenings were filled with classes and homework.

There were times when I felt overwhelmed, but I kept pushing through. I remembered the promise I made to myself and my brothers. I had to make something of myself. I couldn't let them down.

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A girl writing something in her diary | Source: Unsplash

Years passed, and finally, I graduated with a degree in business administration. With my newfound qualifications, I applied for a job as a store assistant at a large clothing store.

Starting at the bottom was challenging, but I was no stranger to hard work. I showed up early, stayed late, and always gave my best.

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With time, my manager, Ms. Carter, noticed my dedication.

"Tori, you're doing great work," she said one day as we restocked shelves together. "I'm promoting you to a supervisor."

"Thank you, Ms. Carter!" I said, excited and grateful. "I promise I'll do my best."

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Smiling senior woman | Source: Pexels

As a supervisor, I faced new challenges and responsibilities. I worked hard, learning from mistakes and asking for advice. My efforts paid off, and after a few years, I became the store manager.

But it seemed like fate had decided to test me once again. Just as I was settling into my new apartment, there was a knock on the door.

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A person holding a door knocker | Source: Pexels

I opened it to see my parents, Charles and Linda, standing there with suitcases in hand, smiles plastered on their faces as if nothing had ever happened.

"Hello, darling!" my mother said cheerfully.

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An older couple on doorstep | Source: Midjourney

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I stood there, frozen in disbelief. They had the audacity to show up now after all these years?

"Can we come in?" my father asked, still smiling.

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A smiling older man | Source: Pexels

Still in shock, I stepped aside, letting them enter. They sat in the kitchen, a stark silence hanging between us. I made coffee, my mind racing with a thousand questions.

As they sipped their drinks, my mother finally spoke. "We were hoping you could let us stay here for a while, just until we get back on our feet."

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I stared at her, taken aback. "You want to live with me?"

"Yes," they both said, almost in unison.

"Why? How did you even find me?" I asked, struggling to keep my voice steady.

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An upset girl sitting at a table | Source: Midjourney

"Oh, sweetie, how does that matter? We are family, and family is supposed to help each other, right?"

I couldn't contain my anger any longer.

"Oh really?" I snapped. "You haven't asked a single thing about my brothers since you arrived. You just show up here, expecting me to help you after you abandoned us? Where were your ideas about family helping each other when we were struggling on the streets?"

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They looked taken aback, but I didn't give them a chance to respond. I stood up and went upstairs, retrieving an old ten-dollar bill my father had given me years ago. Returning to the kitchen, I handed it to them.

"I hope this helps you as much as it helped me back then. Now, get out of my house and never come back."

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A hand holding a single bill | Source: Pexels

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Their smiles faded as the reality of my words sank in. Without another word, they gathered their things and left.

As the door closed behind them, I felt a strange sense of closure. They were gone, and I was finally free.

My past no longer held me back. I was ready for whatever came next.

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A girl with a coffee cup looking out the window | Source: Pexels

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This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided "as is," and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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