When the Original Poster (OP) gets engaged, she’s ecstatic—until she meets her meddlesome future mother-in-law (MIL). Trust is stretched thin when the ring goes missing and ends up in the future MIL’s possession. Frustrated, OP concocts a fictional curse that sends her future MIL into a whirlwind of hysteria, setting the stage for a complex family drama that leaves everyone questioning their actions.
The Engagement Announcement
OP joyously announces her engagement to her longtime boyfriend and best friend. A cloud hovers in the form of her soon-to-be MIL. Despite the happy news, tension builds between the two women.
While renovating their home, OP’s fiancée lends his mother a key. She comes over uninvited, claiming to help with cleaning, but snoops around looking for dirt on her new daughter-in-law. OP is skeptical but holds her tongue.
The Disappearance of the Ring
One day, OP notices her engagement ring is missing from its usual spot in a dish on her nightstand. The main suspect is her fiancée’s mother. She interrogates the intrusive MIL but gets a smug and unsatisfying answer.
The Mysterious Cleaning Trip
OP’s future MIL claims she took the ring to a jeweler for cleaning. However, she suspiciously can’t recall which jeweler she used. OP decides to let it go, for the time being, not wanting to give her the satisfaction of a reaction.
Days of Waiting
Several days pass, and the ring has not been returned. The MIL is evasive when questioned, saying she’s too busy to retrieve the ring. OP plans to get the ring back and teach her MIL a lesson.
The Cursed Ring Tale
OP tells her future MIL a made-up story about a curse on the ring. She describes how her superstitious Brazilian grandmother performed a traditional ritual that curses anyone who takes the ring. The MIL appears visibly shaken.
A Morbid Fairytale
To bolster the story, OP fabricates a tale about a burglar being crushed by a cement pillar after stealing her mother’s ring. The MIL’s expression turns uneasy. She starts to question the gravity of what she’s done.
The Ring’s Return
The next day, OP finds her engagement ring right where she left it. It hasn’t been cleaned, but it’s back in the ring dish on her nightstand. The future MIL had been over but had departed before OP returned home.
The Accident and The Curse
About a week later, OP gets an abusive call from her future MIL. She’s been in a minor car accident and blames OP’s fictional curse. The MIL is hysterical and firmly believes she’s under a supernatural influence.
The Fiancée’s Intervention
OP hands the phone to her fiancée, who tries to calm his mother down. Despite his best efforts, the MIL remains distraught and agitated, fearing any other reprisals in store for her. OP feels a tinge of guilt but stands her ground.
Scolding and Second Thoughts
OP’s fiancée scolds her for the deceptive Brazilian curse tale. He knows how his mother is and warns that she would take it seriously and risks having stroke-level blood pressure from the stress. The couple are at odds on how to manage the situation.
A week goes by, and the future MIL is not speaking to OP. Tension escalates as the wedding approaches. Despite this, OP holds onto the hope that things might eventually get better. The MIL takes to slandering OP to her fiancée, straining the couple’s relationship. OP’s fiancée somewhat understands his mother’s absurdity but is caught in the crossfire.
The Moral Dilemma
OP starts to question the wisdom of her cursed ring tale. While she enjoys a brief respite from her future MIL’s antics, she wonders if she took things too far. Doubts start to creep into her mind.
Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?
OP starts to weigh the ethics and consequences of her actions, unsure if she should regret the decision. She posts her story online for feedback. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.
One reader said, “You should tell her there’s no way she could have even cursed since she took the ring with good intentions, and the curse only curses people with bad intentions.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “The nerve of her, taking your ring. She deserves the curse. I’m just sorry it’s causing trouble for you. Your fiancé earned it by tolerating her behavior and not having changed the locks already.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “I just laughed so loud that I snorted and scared my dog. Haha. You are brilliant. How did you come up with something that creative? Also, you should change your locks.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader commented, “Your MIL is ridiculous – she literally stole from you and is now trying to deflect that back onto you because she believed a fairy tale caused a car accident.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.