In a small, tight-knit community, the Original Poster (OP) navigates the intricate web of deceit and exploitation woven by her foster parents, the Banks, who use her considerable inheritance for their own lavish lifestyle. With a climactic twist, OP turns the tables on the Banks, leaving them, and the reader, in anticipation of the final reckoning.
A Tragic Beginning
At the age of ten, OP loses both her parents to a fatal car accident. As the only child of a childless couple, she’s left orphaned and vulnerable in a small, close-knit, church-going town. A couple from the church, Mr. and Mrs. Banks, decide to take her in, seeing an opportunity to improve their social standing while benefiting from her inherited fortune.
Living with the Banks
Moving in with the Banks, OP finds herself living with a family that publicly pretends to adore her but privately disregards her. The Banks’ own daughter, Kitty, is indifferent towards OP, fostering a rift between them. The couple quickly exploits OP’s trust fund, using it to live a life of indulgence while doing the bare minimum for OP.
The Banks continue their deceit, staging grand performances whenever social workers visit to ensure OP’s welfare. Despite this facade, OP begins to notice discrepancies in the family’s financial situation and their treatment of her. After several years, she starts to suspect that her inherited wealth is being used for more than just her care.
Beneath the Surface
Growing older, OP observes the Banks’ ostentatious spending habits. The Banks misrepresent their wealth as a product of business acumen, living well beyond the means of a housewife and an insurance salesman. Meanwhile, OP notices that funds meant for her care are instead being saved for Kitty’s college education.
The Unspoken Obligation
The Banks insinuate that OP owes them a debt for taking her in and raising her, hinting that she should share the remainder of her inheritance with them once she turns eighteen. OP remains silent, but she is keenly aware of their exploitation, particularly as Mrs. Banks appropriates her mother’s antiques, claiming them for herself or giving them to Kitty.
The Priceless China Set
Among the stolen items is an immensely valuable Baroque-era china set left to OP by her mother. Mrs. Banks believes that OP, who presents as a tomboy and doesn’t express an interest in antiques, is unaware of its worth. She openly plans to gift the set to Kitty on her wedding day, much to OP’s silent indignation.
Planning the Exit
As Kitty leaves for college, OP begins to plan her own future. She’s earned a partial scholarship and intends to use her inheritance to fund the rest of her college education. Meanwhile, the Banks continue to pressure her about compensating them for their “care.”
OP investigates the financial misappropriation, uncovering how the Banks have used her trust fund for personal luxuries over the years. She keeps a detailed record of every transaction and extravagant purchase, amounting to a considerable fortune. OP decides to expose the Banks’ dishonesty, starting with the stolen china set.
The Church Sale
With the Banks away on a shopping spree, OP seizes the opportunity to donate the stolen china set to the church’s yearly antique sale. Claiming the donation is from Mrs. Banks, she ensures the priceless antique is sold for the benefit of the church. OP revels in the impending exposure of Mrs. Banks’ greed.
When Mrs. Banks sees her treasured china set for sale at the church, she throws a fit, causing a scandal within the church community. As she desperately tries to recover the sold pieces, she only succeeds in revealing her own materialism and selfishness. The community’s perception of the Banks changes dramatically.
With her preparations in place, OP leaves for college, leaving the Banks under the impression she’ll return to “repay” them. OP, however, has no intentions of returning to their home. The Banks’ mistreatment and exploitation of her have left a bitter taste, and she’s ready to start a new chapter of her life.
The Binder of Truth
Once OP has safely left town, she sends the Banks a package containing a binder. Inside, she meticulously documented their financial misappropriations and extravagant purchases made using her trust fund. Accompanied by a warning from her attorney, the message is clear: any further contact will lead to legal consequences.
A New Beginning
Ten years pass, and OP, now a third-grade teacher, enjoys a peaceful life with her husband, an accountant, and their two young children. Despite her difficult past, she has managed to build a happy, fulfilling life for herself. The haunting memory of the Banks and their manipulations are a distant chapter in her past.
Reconciliation with Kitty
Meanwhile, Kitty, who worked her way through college, reconnects with OP, now older and wiser. Kitty apologizes for her past behavior, expressing regret over the way she treated OP. As they reconnect, the two form a friendship, their families often meeting for gatherings and playdates.
The result of the Banks’ Greed
As the years pass, the Banks are left in disgrace, their reputation forever tarnished by their selfish and materialistic behavior. The couple remains in their small town, too financially strained to move. They’re remembered as the couple who exploited an orphaned girl’s trust fund and alienated their own daughter, a steep fall from their once-respected standing.
In the end, the Banks face the consequences of their actions: they’re socially ostracized and financially crippled. OP and Kitty each have their own happy lives, far removed from the toxic environment created by the Banks. The justice served on the Banks serves as a stark reminder of their greed and deceit, a fitting conclusion to their sordid tale.
Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?
The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:
One reader said, “This story makes me want to foster. My wife and I have a spare room in our house, and there should be more regular people helping out to dilute the pool of terrible people. This is exactly the kind of situation I hope we can handle. I don’t want to be anybody’s dad. I just want to say, ‘Here’s a safe place for a couple of years, and I’ll cook dinner.’”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote: “I’m glad to see you and Kitty are now friends. As I read this, before I got to the part where you reconnected, I felt she was a victim of her parents also, just in a different way.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person states, “I’m sorry that you had to put up with that after something as awful as what you went through. It’s good to know you had a happy ending, though.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another viewpoint on the story: “Breaks my heart about that China set being parted out, but man, what amazing revenge.”
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 Reddit thread.
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