Mrs. Belle Wilson did not want her daughter Stacey to marry a poor man whom she met at college. However, her daughter pushed through with her wedding, and this caused Belle to cut her out of her will. In the end, Stacey regretted not listening to her mother.
"Mom, you can't dictate what I can and can't do in life. I'm already an adult," Stacey told her mother, who was insisting she couldn't marry her boyfriend Jack whom she met at college.
"Stacey, you just graduated. You'll meet so many new people, and you still have a lot you want to achieve in life! You don't have to rush into marriage," she said.
"You're only saying that because you know Jack doesn't come from a well-off family. What I want to do with my life is none of your business," Stacey spat back. At this point, Belle couldn't help but sigh.
"I don't care if he doesn't have money, Stacey. I just care about you. You can do a lot better, and I don't think it's right you marry someone you hardly even know," she replied, but her daughter had already made up her mind.
Mrs. Wilson worked hard as a single mother. She worked three jobs just to provide for Stacey's wants and needs. They lived in a posh neighborhood in California, near UCLA where Stacey went to college.
Although they lived comfortably, Mrs. Wilson did not want her daughter to have to work as much as she did. So, she got a good education at UCLA, where she would even take extra internships to learn more about the business world.
In school, she met Jake. The first time Mrs. Wilson met him, she had a gut feeling that he wasn't being sincere to her daughter. In fact, when he entered his home, he kept praising all the items he would see and hinting at Stacey that she would one day inherit all of them.
The day came when Stacey was so sure of her upcoming wedding. She told her mother that she didn't have to be invited if she didn't want to go. It was then that Belle gave her daughter an ultimatum: "If you push through with your marriage, I'm cutting you out of my will."
Stacey was furious. "Go ahead," she responded. "I don't care about your money. Jack and I are college graduates, and we can do well on our own," she said before hanging up.
Stacey and Jack ended up eloping. Even then, Mrs. Wilson didn't budge. She had her will revised, where it said Stacey's children would receive her estate once they turned 18. It was also stated that neither Jack nor Stacey could touch it.
After a while, Jack started asking about Belle. "Do you think she'll ever change her mind about us?" he asked Stacey. He even insisted they stayed near her, so they stayed in the same neighborhood, just a couple of streets away.
"Mom was pretty mad. I hope she comes around, but it might take a while," Stacey said, frowning.
"She can take her time. It's just that, we're her only family! Who else will she give her estate to?" Jack mentioned. Stacey shot him a look, and he added, "I'm kidding. She can do whatever she wants with her money."
A couple of months later, Stacey became pregnant. Still, Mrs. Wilson wanted nothing to do with them. She cut off all contact with her own daughter, only choosing to see her granddaughter Kelly from afar.
When Kelly turned 13, Belle fell ill. She succumbed to her illness and passed away. Her lawyers contacted Stacey after the funeral, and Jack was ecstatic.
"I knew your mother wouldn't leave us with nothing! Hey Kelly, you're about to live in a mansion!" he said happily, despite Belle having died just a couple of days prior.
Stacey was gutted. She had a feeling her mother was right about Jack, as he barely worked throughout their marriage, saying the jobs he took never fit him well. He never helped out with the house chores, too, and he was just on his computer the entire day.
Mom, you should have left everything to charity. Jack might run away with the money, she thought to herself.
When the lawyers came, they explained that Mrs. Wilson left everything to Kelly. They added that the money and other assets can only be touched when she turns 18 and that Jack and Stacey couldn't touch it either.
Stacey was relieved. She worked a well-paying job all those years and could live comfortably for the rest of her life knowing Kelly's future is also secured. Meanwhile, Jack was furious.
"That crazy old wench! Why would she do that?" he yelled. "What if we tell the courts we're poor and that Kelly needs the money now?"
At that moment, Stacey knew her mom was right. Jack was not the man she fell in love with at all. He was only after her mother's money. I'm sorry mom, I should have listened to you all along, she thought.
A month later, Jack was still angry about the money. Stacey decided it was finally time to call it quits, and she took Kelly with her to a new apartment. She and Jack filed for divorce.
Kelly gladly testified against her own father, claiming he chose not to work while he and her mother were married. Jack and Stacey ended up splitting a few belongings, but Stacey's money remained with her and with Kelly.
That was the last they heard from Jack, who was bitter about what had happened. When Kelly was old enough to understand, Stacey told her the entire story involving Jack and her grandmother.
In the end, the mother and daughter duo moved into Stacey's childhood home. There, they forged a relationship built on trust, love, and respect, something Stacey wished she had done with her mom.
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