To determine who would be deserving of inheriting her money, an elderly widow with estranged children tries to play a cruel trick on them.
The dying process was apparent to Agatha Stones. Before her husband Rodney passed away, the 83-year-old woman gave birth to four children.
All those youngsters had grown up and left home to begin their lives. Agatha ought to have been pleased, but the contrary was true.
Agatha faked her death to prove a point to her four children | Source: Shutterstock
Her children’s interests had largely shifted away from fundamental feelings like love and worldly possessions. They had largely become impersonal in their quest for wealth.
While Agatha had instilled in them the virtues of kindness, love, sympathy, and empathy during their early years, none mattered in the face of money, the object of desire.
Not to mention, none of her four kids ever called her back. In any case, every time she addressed them, they claimed as much.
“Business has been a lot, Mom,” the eldest, Brian, would say.
“It slipped my mind, but I was going to call to see how you were,” the second oldest, Sally, would say.
The identical John and Mary, who both worked as journalists, would always make an excuse about their demanding schedules and international assignments.
If work wasn’t keeping them away, Brian and Sally had a lot of obligations because they were both in their 50s and had their children.
However, Agatha desired they would at least allow her to see her grandchildren more frequently. While Brian had one child, Sally had two.
All four of Agatha’s kids always fail to call her to check on her well-being | Source: Pexels
John and Mary were in their late 30s and had not yet found a partner. She was alarmed by how careless they both appeared to be with how quickly time passed, but she knew they did not appreciate her bringing it up.
Agatha was fully aware that each of her children was merely striving to establish a successful profession for themselves, but she hoped that they would still be decent and kind people who would live their lives with only good things in their hearts.
She was still disappointed that none of her four children made the effort to stop by to see her and make up for lost time.
She was complaining to her buddy Sharon about it one day. “I just don’t understand why these kids don’t want to return home to spend time with me, ” she said. “And they have seemingly important excuses, so I don’t know how to reason with them.”
“Is that what is eating you up?” her friend asked.
“I know they have always been like that, but it has become even more obvious now, and my lawyer has asked that I write my will,” Agatha replied sadly.
“I take it that’s a bad thing?” Sharon asked.
“Yes, it is,” Agatha said. “I have no idea how I’ll share my little among all four of my kids; then there’s the little issue of knowing exactly who deserves it too.”
Agatha ranted to her friend Sharon about her children’s lack of visit | Source: Pexels
“I know what you can do to determine that,” Sharon proudly said.
Agatha grudgingly answered, “Let’s hear it,” before her next-door neighbor and friend presented her with a cunning scheme.
A few days later, Agatha reportedly suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized. Nothing changed despite it, and none of her four children visited her.
All four children were informed that Agatha had passed away a couple more days later. Within a few hours, they were all at their mother’s house to discuss how to divide the inheritance.
“Will you guys give all that a rest and focus on what has brought us all together, the death of our beloved mother!” the youngest daughter, Mary, shouted at some point.
After she exploded, there was a brief pause before they resumed dividing up their mother’s wealth after the sound of a phone buzzed.
They had no idea that Agatha’s friend Sharon had been listening in on their talk. After waiting a short while, she entered the living room, where they were all seated, and informed them that it was time to say farewell to their mother.
Mary urged her siblings to quit talking about the inheritance and focus on mourning the death of their mother | Source: Pexels
Brian, the oldest, took the lead. Instead of a casket, he saw his mother as he walked in, and contrary to what they had been informed, she was still alive and well.
When she told him about her friend’s scheme, Brian was unaware of the purpose of pulling such a cruel joke. Agatha gave him motivational advice and explained how happiness might exist without money.
She requested him to leave the room after their conversation but asked him not to tell anyone what had transpired. The first daughter, Sally, was put through the same thing, and then John, who had come out crying, was put through the same thing.
As soon as her siblings left the room, Mary, who had been unable to speak to them, started to worry that something was wrong.
She yelled joyfully and went into her mother’s arms as soon as she entered the room and discovered that she was still alive. “I thought we lost you,” she sobbed. “How is this happening?”
As Brian entered the room, he did not see a coffin, but he did see his mother, and unlike what they had been told, she was alive and well | Source: Pexels
She expressed shock and joy that her mother was still alive, demonstrating to Agatha that Mary was the one who had experienced enough grief over her passing.
“If I had to determine who will receive all my properties quickly, it would be Mary,” Agatha told them later.
“But I believe in you all, so I hope this has taught you a lesson.” Nobody answered for the longest time as they thought about how terrible their past actions had been. “Because I believe in your ability to change, I will divide the inheritance equally between all of you.”
All four of the kids’ lives were drastically improved because of that day, and they began to contact Agatha more frequently and pay her visits on the weekends.
When the holidays arrived, they celebrated as a large and joyful family, which made Agatha very happy. After the elderly woman passed away 15 years later, her wealth was distributed equally among the children, as agreed.
Later, Agatha’s children decided to honor their mother by using her fortune to create a shelter where those less fortunate may gather to enjoy the holidays.
Agatha died 15 years later, and as promised, her wealth was divided up between all the children | Source: Pexels
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