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My MIL Paid Me $75,000 to Leave Her Son Alone – The Outcome of Her Plan Was Not What She Expected

Wian Prinsloo
Jul 02, 2024
10:37 A.M.

From the first time I met Robert's mother, I knew she was someone who would challenge me. Elizabeth had always meddled in Robert's life, dictating his friends, his hobbies, and even his education. She had carefully planned the path she thought he should follow, ensuring every choice fit her vision of perfection.

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When Robert and I decided to marry, Elizabeth was far from happy. "My son deserves a woman who knows her place," she often remarked, glaring at me. To her, a wife should cook, clean, and cater to her husband’s every need. I, however, had dreams of becoming a software engineer, ambitions that extended beyond the confines of our home. This did not sit well with Elizabeth.

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A strict older woman | Source: Pexels

One afternoon, Elizabeth called me to her large estate. She looked at me with a cold stare and slid a check across the table. "Seventy-five thousand dollars," she said flatly. "Leave my son alone."

I looked at the check, a mix of shock and amusement bubbling inside me. The audacity was staggering! But then, a brilliant idea struck me. I accepted the check without a word, tucked it into my purse, and walked out.

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When I got home, Robert and I devised a plan. We knew Elizabeth would never truly accept our marriage unless she saw the consequences of her interference firsthand. It was time to teach her a lesson she wouldn't forget.

A week later, Robert introduced his new girlfriend at a family gathering. Jessica was everything Elizabeth wanted in a daughter-in-law. She was charming, always dressed impeccably, and seemed entirely devoted to domestic life. She cooked lavish meals and kept Robert's place spotless.

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Elizabeth was thrilled. "Finally, a woman who understands how to care for my son," she said with a smile.

But soon, Jessica began to show a different side. She frequently inquired about Robert's finances, hinting at future plans to spend generously. "It's so nice to have someone who can provide," she'd say, her eyes gleaming with materialistic ambition.

But soon, Elizabeth started to see that she now had a real problem on her hands.

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"Can you believe her?" I said to Robert later as we sat in our small apartment.

"She thinks she can just buy people off," Robert replied, shaking his head.

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"It's insulting, really," I said, leaning back in my chair.

Robert smiled. "Well, she doesn't know who she's dealing with."

We both laughed, but there was a seriousness in Robert's eyes. He loved his mother, but he also loved me. This was his way of showing that he wouldn't let her control our lives anymore.

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The next family gathering was at Elizabeth's estate. The place was as grand and intimidating as ever. Robert held my hand as we walked in, giving it a reassuring squeeze.

Inside, Jessica was already playing the perfect hostess. She wore a beautiful dress and greeted everyone with a warm smile. Elizabeth looked on approvingly, clearly pleased with her new choice.

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"Jessica, this roast is amazing," Elizabeth said, taking a bite. "You really know how to keep a house."

Jessica smiled. "Thank you, Elizabeth. I just want to make Robert happy."

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Robert and I exchanged a look. Jessica was laying it on thick.

As the evening went on, Jessica's true intentions began to show. She talked about vacations she wanted to take, expensive cars she admired, and the lavish lifestyle she dreamed of.

"Robert, darling," she cooed, "we should buy a yacht next summer. It would be so much fun."

Elizabeth's face grew more concerned with each passing comment, but she still stuck it out pridefully.

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"Mother," Robert said, "do you really think Jessica is the right person for me?"

Elizabeth hesitated. "Well, she seems to understand what it means to be a good wife."

"But is she really interested in me, or just what I can provide?" Robert asked.

Jessica's eyes widened. "Of course, I'm interested in you, Robert. But there's nothing wrong with enjoying the finer things in life."

Elizabeth looked from Jessica to Robert and back again. She was truly stuck between a rock and a hard place here.

The evening ended awkwardly, with Elizabeth deep in thought. Robert and I left, feeling a small victory but knowing the battle was far from over.

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Elizabeth looking unhappy | Source: Pexels

"Do you think she's starting to see?" I asked Robert as we drove home.

"I think so," he replied. "But we'll have to keep this up a bit longer to make sure she truly understands."

We had set the stage. Now it was time to see if Elizabeth would learn the lesson we were trying to teach.

Three weeks into this mess, Elizabeth called me in a panic. Her voice was shaky, almost breaking. "I was wrong," she said, barely holding back tears. "Please come back. Robert needs someone who truly cares for him."

We decided to meet at the park near the university. As I approached, I saw Elizabeth pacing back and forth, clearly distressed. She looked up as I arrived, ready to speak, but I held up my hand.

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"Before you say anything, there's someone you need to see," I said, nodding toward the university entrance.

Robert appeared, smiling as he walked towards us. He hugged me tightly, and Elizabeth’s face turned to shock.

"We never broke up," I began. "The money you gave me went towards Robert's education. He's studying environmental science, something you never let him pursue."

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Elizabeth looked between us, stunned. She finally found her voice. "I... I don't know what to say."

"It's time for you to accept Robert's choices," I said gently but firmly. "We love each other, and we're building a life together, a life where we both get to follow our dreams."

Tears filled Elizabeth's eyes. "I'm so sorry," she whispered. "I just wanted what I thought was best for him."

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A woman crying | Source: Pexels

Robert stepped forward, taking her hands in his. "Mom, it's time for me to decide what's best for myself. Please, trust me."

In the following weeks, Elizabeth genuinely tried to understand and support our choices. It wasn’t easy, but she slowly began to see the value in our partnership and the balance we struck between our personal and shared dreams.

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Robert excelled in his studies, and I advanced in my career as a software engineer. We were happy, and Elizabeth, in time, found joy in our happiness. The control she once held over Robert's life was replaced with a newfound respect for his independence.

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A happy couple | Source: Pexels

The $75,000 she had intended to separate us ended up strengthening our bond. It funded Robert's education and set the stage for a future where we both could thrive together. And as for Elizabeth, she learned the most valuable lesson of all: love cannot be bought or controlled. It must be nurtured and respected.

There was a day, not long after, that truly marked the shift in our relationship with Elizabeth. Robert and I invited her over for dinner at our small apartment. It was modest, but it was ours, and every corner of it held memories of our journey together.

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Elizabeth arrived on time, bearing a homemade pie, an olive branch in the form of baked goods. We exchanged awkward pleasantries, but as the evening wore on, the tension began to ease. We spoke about Robert's classes, my latest project at work, and even shared a few laughs.

At one point, Elizabeth excused herself to the restroom. When she returned, her eyes were red, but her expression was calm. She looked at Robert and me with a sincerity I hadn’t seen before.

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A homemade pie | Source: Pexels

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"You two have built something beautiful here," she said softly. "I'm sorry it took me so long to see it."

Robert reached out and took her hand. "Thank you, Mom. It means a lot to us."

That evening felt like a new beginning. Elizabeth was still learning, still adjusting, but she was trying. And that effort made all the difference.

One sunny afternoon, a few months later, we all attended Robert's end-of-year presentation for his environmental science course. He stood up in front of the class, passionate and confident, and presented his project on sustainable urban planning. Elizabeth sat beside me, her eyes shining with pride.

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After his presentation, Robert joined us, and Elizabeth hugged him tightly. "I'm so proud of you, Robert," she said, her voice thick with emotion.

Robert smiled, a bit teary-eyed himself. "Thanks, Mom. I couldn't have done it without you two."

As we walked back to our car, Elizabeth slipped her arm through mine. "You've been good for him, you know," she said quietly. "You both have been good for each other."

I nodded, feeling a sense of peace. "We have. And we're just getting started."

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A woman and her mother-in-law | Source: Pexels

Robert and I continued to build our lives, one step at a time. And with Elizabeth by our side, we knew we could face any challenge that came our way. Together, we had turned what started as a bribe into a bridge — a bridge to a future where love, not money, dictated our choices.

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If you enjoyed this, here's a story about a man who really did leave his wife for someone with whom he was much worse off.

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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