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My Greedy In-Laws Demanded That I Give Them My New House – I Never Expected This Person to Stand Up for Me

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Jun 19, 2024
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When my in-laws demanded I give them my newly purchased house, I never expected anyone to stand up for me. Their outrageous request turned into a moment of unexpected support that forever changed our relationship.

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Ever since I met my boyfriend John's family, they made it clear from the start that they never liked me. His parents, both lawyers, always had this way of looking down on me. His sister, a doctor, would barely speak to me. Even his brother, an entrepreneur, was distant. They always thought I wasn't good enough for him.

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Family in front of a computer | Source: Pexels

"So, what do your parents do?" Judith, his sister, asked, her tone dripping with condescension.

"Dad's a firefighter and mom's a nurse," I replied, trying to keep my voice steady. We might not have fancy titles, but we have big hearts. I've always been proud of my family. They taught me the value of hard work and kindness.

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"Oh, how... quaint," she said, raising an eyebrow. "Our family has always been in more, shall we say, prestigious professions."

Her daughter, Emily, smirked. "Yes, it's hard to imagine what you and John have in common."

John squeezed my hand under the table, but the damage was done. His father, Robert, barely looked at me, as if I wasn't worth his attention.

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Hand squeeze | Source: Pexels

At family gatherings, the air was thick with silent judgment. When I talked about my work, they would nod politely but quickly change the subject to something they deemed more important. It was clear they saw me as less than, unworthy of their son.

Then there was Grandma. Though she mostly stayed silent, her presence was intimidating. She ran a successful business, and her sharp eyes missed nothing.

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Strict grandma | Source: Midjourney

One Christmas, I overheard her talking to Judith. "She seems... different," Grandma said, not realizing I was nearby.

"She's not one of us," Judith replied. "I don't understand what John sees in her."

Grandma sighed. "Well, we'll just have to see how things play out."

I stepped back, feeling a lump in my throat. That conversation stuck with me. Grandma's words weren't as harsh as Judith's, but they stung just as much. It made me wary, always wondering if she, too, thought I didn't belong.

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Despite his family's attitude, we got married. It wasn't easy, but we loved each other. Our wedding day was supposed to be the happiest day of my life, but my in-laws made sure to cast a shadow over it.

The ceremony itself was beautiful, filled with love, flowers, and the supportive presence of my family. However, the reception was another story all the same.

As we entered the reception hall, Judith approached us with a forced smile. "Lovely ceremony," she said, then turned to John. "But I still think a country club would have been more appropriate than this rustic setting."

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Rustic wedding venue | Source: Pexels

John frowned but chose to ignore the comment. I clenched my teeth, trying to maintain my composure.

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During the toasts, things got worse. Robert stood up, raising his glass. "To John and... his new wife," he said, barely glancing at me. "John, we've always expected great things from you. Don't forget your roots and what's expected of you in our family."

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Man toasts at a party | Source: Pexels

The words were like a slap in the face. The underlying message was clear: I was not part of their vision for John's future.

Despite this, I wanted a place of our own, somewhere we could build our future. I decided to buy a house with my savings. My family even chipped in a quarter of the money. It wasn't a mansion, but it was ours.

I designed it myself, choosing every detail with care. I even made some of the furniture. It was a labor of love. When it was finally ready, I couldn't wait to show it to everyone, even my in-laws.

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Home with custom furniture | Source: Pexels

The day they came to visit, I was nervous. As soon as they walked in, I could see the surprise on their faces.

"It's YOURS?" my mother-in-law exclaimed, her eyes wide. "What did you do to get it?"

"I bought it," I said, trying to stay calm. "With my money and my family's help."

"Family?" she scoffed. "What could they give you?"

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"They gave me a quarter of the cost," I said proudly. "And I saved the rest."

"You know, we can give you our house, but we want you to give us this one. You can't live in a better house than we do." I couldn't believe what I had just heard. My mother-in-law's demand echoed in my ear as I stood there, my mouth hanging open.

The room fell silent. I struggled to find words. How could they think they had any right to my house? The house I had worked so hard for. Before I could gather my thoughts to respond, someone unexpectedly stepped forward, her face stern.

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Shocked, bewildered woman | Source: Pexels

"Hold on a minute!" Grandma's voice cut through the silence like a knife. "This is her house, bought with her hard-earned money and her family's support. How dare you even suggest taking it from her?"

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Everyone turned to look at Grandma. Her eyes were blazing with anger. My mother-in-law looked taken aback, her mouth opening and closing like a fish out of water.

"But, Mom..." she began, but Grandma wasn't having it.

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Angry elderly woman | Source: Pexels

"No buts!" Grandma snapped. "You should be ashamed of yourselves. This young woman has worked hard for what she has, and you should be proud of her, not trying to take it away."

My father-in-law, usually so confident, looked down at his feet, shuffling uncomfortably. My mother-in-law tried to regain her composure, but it was clear she was rattled.

"We just thought..." my father-in-law started, his voice unsteady.

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"I don't care what you thought!" Grandma's voice was firm and unyielding. "This house belongs to her, and you will respect that. If you can't, then you don't deserve to be part of this family."

I felt a wave of relief wash over me. I had never expected Grandma to come to my defense like this. I looked at her, my eyes filled with gratitude.

"Thank you, Grandma," I said, my voice shaking with emotion. "I really appreciate your support."

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Grandma turned to me, her expression softening. "You're welcome, dear," she said, a warm smile spreading across her face. "You deserve to be treated with respect and kindness. And as for the rest of you," she turned her gaze back to my in-laws, "I suggest you start acting like the family you claim to be. Show some respect and be grateful that she's part of our family."

My mother-in-law mumbled something under her breath, her face red with embarrassment. She took my father-in-law's arm, and together they left the house, not looking back. I watched them go, feeling a mix of relief and disbelief.

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The in-laws leave | Source: Midjourney

After they were gone, the house felt peaceful again. I turned to Grandma, still amazed by her support. "I don't know what to say, Grandma. You really stood up for me."

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Grandma waved a hand dismissively, raising her glass. "Nonsense, dear. It was the right thing to do. You've worked so hard for this house, and you deserve to enjoy it. Don't let anyone take that away from you."

I nodded, feeling a sense of warmth and gratitude. "It means a lot to me, Grandma. I didn't think you liked me."

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Grandma toasts | Source: Midjourney

Grandma chuckled softly. "I've always respected you, dear. It just takes time for some people to show it. And as for your in-laws, well, they'll come around eventually. They'll see what a wonderful person you are."

Her words gave me hope. Maybe things would get better. Maybe, one day, my in-laws would see me for who I truly was and accept me as part of the family. For now, I was just grateful to have Grandma on my side.

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Hopeful woman | Source: Midjourney

We sat down together in my new living room, and for the first time in a long time, I felt truly at home.

Enjoyed this story? Here's another one about help coming from where you least expect it.

My Entitled Parents Demanded That I Give Them My New House — My In-Laws Suddenly Stood up for Me

When Carina's parents kick her out after high school, she has no choice but to navigate her way around life. Years later, after making a success of her life, and her wedding is around the corner, she reaches out to them, only for them to storm into her life, trying to take ownership of what she has worked so hard for.

"Carina," my mother said, opening a packet of biscuits. "You're going to regret not going to medical school."

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"Mom," I replied. "My brain doesn't work like Jade's; she's the doctor in the family, not me."

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A packet of biscuits | Source: Midjourney

"I don't see why it can't be the both of you," she sniffed, dunking a biscuit into her lukewarm tea. "Why do you even waste your time with computers? Those machines are not going to make your life comfortable."

This wasn't anything new. My parents hated that I loved computers, and when school was out in the next few months, I was going to be off to college, studying IT.

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"Who cares about cyber security, Carina?" my father asked while he sat down with a pork chop. "Saving people's lives, honey. That's what success is. Not playing on computers."

"Cyber security is how your important details are protected, Dad," I would always say, rolling my eyes. "It's how countries keep their people safe."

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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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