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Daughter Battles Her Vengeful Father’s Manipulation For Years, But Can the Truth About the Man’s Nature Promise a More Hopeful Future For Her Mother and Sister?

In a tale of betrayal and resilience, the Original Poster (OP) wrestles with the bitter fallout of a hostile parental divorce, a manipulated childhood, and a vengeful father. The story hits its climax as OP is thrust into a legal battle against her father, stemming from years of manipulation and deceit. In an unforeseen twist, old allies resurface, and family ties are tested to their breaking point, but will justice prevail?

A Child’s Divorce

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As a 10-year-old, OP experienced her parents’ acrimonious divorce, during which her father manipulated her perception, vilifying her mother while playing the fun-loving, innocent parent. He shouldered all housework and ‘difficult parenting’ onto her mother, fostering resentment in OP. For years, she carried guilt for the unfounded animosity towards her mother.

A Lost Job, Lost Home

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The father, having deep connections with her mother’s boss, presumably used his influence to have her fired. As a consequence, OP’s mother lost her job and was forced to move to another state to live with her sister. This economic and emotional warfare meant she lost custody of OP and her siblings.

The Unveiling

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After their mother was gone, OP’s father began treating her similarly to her mother, displaying a hateful side. This abrupt change sparked OP’s realization about her father’s manipulative behavior towards her mother. As she pieced together the reality, she discovered evidence from the divorce documents to confirm her suspicions.

The Escape Plan

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From the age of sixteen, OP started saving money to escape her father’s control. On her eighteenth birthday, she took her belongings and left her father’s house. After gaining independence, she managed to reconnect with her mother to repair the relationship damaged by years of manipulation.

A New Life

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After leaving her father’s house, OP built a successful life for herself. Through hard work and perseverance, she secured a fulfilling job that aligned with her passions, allowing her to thrive in her chosen career. She found happiness in her newfound freedom and self-reliance.

A Sister’s Reach

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After years of separation, OP’s younger sister, freshly eighteen, reached out to her. They met at a park, and after a long conversation, her sister demanded answers for OP’s sudden departure years ago. Despite her initial reluctance, OP revealed the truth about their father’s manipulation and cruelty.

A Shattered Illusion

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OP’s sister, unable to accept the harsh truth about their father, lashed out in a storm of anger and disbelief. In a desperate attempt to shield herself from the unsettling revelations, she denied the allegations, defending their father and accusing their mother instead.

The Severed Bond

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Overwhelmed and angry, the younger sister stormed off, severing the newfound connection. OP felt a wave of sadness wash over her, torn between the desire for a united front against their father’s actions and the heartbreak of losing the newfound bond with her sister.

A Mother’s Reprimand

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Upon revealing the confrontation to their mother, OP was scolded for shattering her sister’s illusions about their father. The mother argued that the younger sister was still a child who saw their father as a hero, and it was unfair for OP to shatter that image.

A Father’s Revenge

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OP’s father, learning about OP’s revelations, attempted to turn OP’s sister against her once again. He used his charm and manipulation to convince her that OP was lying. However, having experienced her father’s real nature firsthand, she remained skeptical.

The Truth Revealed

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More and more, OP’s sister started to see the hateful side of her father. The truth about his manipulative tactics came to light, and the sister admitted she had been living in denial for a long time. Not only did this vindicate OP, but it also laid bare the full extent of the father’s manipulative personality.

The Healing Begins

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After the revelation, OP, her sister, and their mother began the long process of healing and rebuilding their relationships. They started communicating more openly about their past, feelings, and struggles. Together, they embarked on a journey toward recovery from years of manipulation and deceit.

The New Beginning

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OP, now freed from her past, started focusing on building a better future for herself. She also worked on mending her relationships with her sister and mother, who were on similar paths of healing and growth. Despite the hardships they had experienced, they found strength in each other and looked toward a hopeful future.

Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posted her story online for feedback. The readers in the forum had strong opinions on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “She insisted that you tell her the real reason why you left. She’s technically an adult. She should have expected the answer to be unpleasant because why would you have left the minute you could otherwise?”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “I understand and appreciate why you feel guilt for believing your father. However, you were only a kid being manipulated by your father. That doesn’t make things better for how your mother might feel, but it wasn’t your fault.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “Abusers are great at being wonderful to some people and awful to others. That way, the people they’re kind to never believe the abuse is happening. It’s another form of abuse – a way to make the victim seem like a liar.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader wrote, “That which can be destroyed by the truth should be. She’s eighteen. It’s time she knew the truth.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a Reddit thread.

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