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My MIL Secretly Did a DNA Test on My Daughter — The Result Shocked Me

Sonali Pandey
Jul 02, 2024
10:40 A.M.

Hannah senses something is off at the family dinner, especially when her mother-in-law, Eleanor, pulls out a mysterious envelope. The tension rises as Eleanor reveals the shocking DNA test results of Hannah's daughter. What lengths will Hannah go to protect her family if Eleanor's actions threaten to tear it apart?

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I sat at the table, nervously picking at my food. Eleanor sat across from me, watching me with cold eyes. Every time we had a family dinner, it felt like walking on eggshells.

My husband Jonathan's parents were staying with us because their house was undergoing renovations.

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The tough part? Eleanor was particularly hard to please.

She made subtle jabs at me throughout the meal, criticizing my cooking, my housekeeping, and anything else she could think of. I tried to smile and nod, but my heart wasn't in it. Jonathan looked stressed but didn't say much either, trying to keep the peace.

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Meanwhile, our daughter, Lily, sat beside me, blissfully unaware of the tension. At four years old, she was more interested in her mashed potatoes than the adults' conversation. Her innocence was a small comfort amidst the uncomfortable atmosphere.

But then, Eleanor stood up from her chair.

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Her movements were sharp, almost theatrical, drawing everyone's attention. She pulled an envelope from her bag, her smile growing malicious.

"I have something to share with everyone," she announced, pulling out a document from the envelope.

She glanced at me, her eyes gleaming with a kind of cruel delight. "I secretly did a DNA test to check Lily's paternity with Robert," she continued.

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The room fell silent. My heart pounded in my chest, my breath catching in my throat.

Eleanor has always suspected me of cheating. I don't know why she hates me so much, but she's always been against Jonathan and my marriage.

I glanced at Jonathan, who looked as confused as I felt.

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Eleanor opened the envelope and read aloud, "The test results confirm that Lily is not Robert's granddaughter."

Gasps echoed around the table. I felt like the ground had opened beneath me. Jonathan's face turned white.

"What are you saying, Mother?" he demanded, his voice shaking.

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A shocked man | Source: Midjourney

Eleanor sneered, "It means that Hannah has been unfaithful. Lily is not your daughter."

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. My vision blurred with tears as I looked around the table. Robert, Jonathan's father, looked shocked but said nothing.

"That's not true," I managed to say, my voice trembling. "I've never been unfaithful to Jonathan. Lily is our daughter!"

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Eleanor scoffed. "The test doesn't lie, Hannah. You've been caught. It's time to admit the truth."

Jonathan looked at me, his eyes searching mine. "Hannah, is this… did you…?"

"No!" I cried, tears streaming down my face. "There's no chance. I love you, Jonathan, and I've never cheated on you!"

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Jonathan seemed torn, glancing between his mother and me. The room felt suffocating.

Lily tugged on my sleeve, her innocent eyes wide with confusion. "Mommy, why is Grandma yelling?"

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I hugged her close, trying to shield her from the turmoil. "It's okay, sweetie. Everything's going to be okay."

But deep down, I wasn't sure how we were going to get through this. The accusation was like a knife to my heart, and I could see the doubt in Jonathan's eyes. Eleanor's words had planted a seed of distrust, and I didn't know how to uproot it.

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"The evidence is right here, everyone. Hannah has deceived my son and this family," Eleanor continued.

Tears filled my eyes. "No! There has to be some mistake!" I said desperately.

"How can I believe you, Hannah?" Jonathan said, and my heart broke. "This is a DNA test. How can it be wrong?"

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"I don't know, Jonathan, but there has to be an explanation," I said, my voice shaking. "I love you, and I would never betray you. You have to trust me!"

Eleanor stepped forward and crossed her arms. "Trust?" she laughed. "After this? The test results don't lie, Hannah. You've been caught, and now you're just trying to cover it up!"

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I took a deep breath, trying to stay calm. "Eleanor, I understand you're upset, but there has to be another explanation. Maybe the test was tampered with, or there was a mistake at the lab."

"She's right," Robert said. "Eleanor, this is a serious accusation, and we need to be sure before we jump to conclusions."

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Eleanor glared at him but said nothing. Jonathan's face softened slightly, but the doubt remained. "Hannah, I want to believe you. But this... this is hard to ignore."

"I know, Jonathan. I know," I said, tears streaming down my face. "But please, give me a chance to prove that I've been faithful. I'll do whatever it takes."

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Lily tugged on my sleeve again, her innocent eyes wide with confusion. "Mommy, what's happening? Why is everyone so mad?"

"It's okay, sweetie. Everything's going to be okay," was all I could tell her.

But as I held her, I couldn't shake the fear that our family was on the brink of falling apart.

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I needed to find the truth, and fast, before Eleanor's accusations destroyed everything Jonathan and I had built together.

That night, after the confrontation, I sat in my study, going through the test reports. My mind raced with questions and doubts. I couldn't shake the feeling that something was off. As I scanned the documents, my eyes landed on the blood group details.

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Lily's blood group was different from Robert's... and Eleanor's. Something clicked.

No way! My mind screamed. How did I miss this? Lily and Jonathan have the same blood group, so this means...

The idea I had next seemed crazy, but it was the only explanation that made any sense.

Determined to find the truth, I decided to collect DNA samples from Jonathan and Robert secretly.

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A test tube labelled "DNA TEST" | Source: Midjourney

Late at night, when Jonathan was fast asleep, I carefully swabbed his cheek, making sure not to wake him.

My heart pounded as I worked, fearing he might wake up and ask questions I wasn't ready to answer.

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The next morning, I waited until everyone had left the house. Then, I went into the guest room where Robert and Eleanor were staying.

I found Robert's comb and carefully took a hair from it. With both samples hidden safely in my bag, I headed to a clinic.

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The waiting period after submitting the samples was agonizing. I went about my routine, taking care of Lily and trying to act normal around Jonathan and his parents. But inside, I was a bundle of nerves. I couldn't sleep, eat, or think about anything other than the impending results.

Finally, a week later, the call came.

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My heart raced as I listened to the clinic's receptionist tell me that the results were ready. I drove to the clinic, my mind spinning with possibilities.

When I picked up the envelope, my hands trembled. I thanked the receptionist and hurried home, clutching the envelope like it was a lifeline.

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Once home, I went straight to my study, locking the door behind me. I took a deep breath and opened the envelope.

As I read the results, my heart pounded louder with each word. The truth was right there in front of me, but I had to be sure. I read and reread the document, tears filling my eyes.

How could you, Eleanor? How could you?

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I knew I had to confront the family now that I had the test results. I arranged for Lily to spend the afternoon at a friend's house, not wanting her to witness another painful scene.

With the envelope clutched in my hand, I gathered everyone in the living room.

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Jonathan sat on the edge of the couch, looking worried. Eleanor and Robert were also there.

"Eleanor, I did another DNA test," I began, trying to keep my voice steady. "It turns out Jonathan is not Robert's son! Which means you are the one who has been unfaithful!"

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The room fell silent, and Eleanor's face turned pale. "That's… that's impossible," she stammered.

Jonathan looked at me, his eyes wide with shock. "What are you saying, Hannah?"

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I handed him the new test results. "The proof is here, Jonathan. Your mother lied to us all! You left the test results in the living room after dinner, Eleanor," I added, facing her, "and I just decided to go over it. That's when I realized Jonathan's blood group doesn't match yours or Robert's!"

Robert looked devastated. "Eleanor, is this true?" he asked.

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Eleanor couldn't meet his eyes. "I... I didn't think it would come to this," was all she said.

Jonathan stood up, holding the test results with shaking hands. "Mother, how could you? You accused Hannah of cheating, but it was you all along?"

Eleanor's eyes filled with tears. "I'm sorry. I never meant for any of this to happen."

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I took a deep breath, feeling a mix of anger and sadness. "You tried to ruin my family, but the truth is out. I never cheated. You did!"

The family members looked at Eleanor in disbelief. Jonathan turned to me, his eyes full of regret. "I'm so sorry, Hannah. I should have believed you."

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I hugged him, feeling a bit of relief. "It's over now, Jonathan. The truth is finally out."

In the end, Jonathan and I grew closer through the ordeal. We knew it would take time to rebuild trust, but we were determined to move forward together. The truth had brought us pain, but it had also brought us closer, and for that, I was grateful.

As for my mother-in-law, she left our house that day and has not dared to interfere in Jonathan and my life ever again.

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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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