A woman decided to add some white powder into her mother-in-law's cup of tea because the woman was cruel to her and denied her precious bonding time with her husband.
Ruth and her husband Jack had just tied the knot. They were a young couple in their late 20s and were very much in love. However, because their new apartment was still under renovation, they had to move into his mother Martha's house after their honeymoon.
Martha was a cunning woman who did not have a lot of love for her daughter-in-law. While her son was around, she would act friendly to Ruth, but she would transform into a dragon fueled by hatred whenever he left, usually for work.
Ruth decided to poison the cup of tea to solve her problems with her mother-in-law | Source: Shutterstock
She would yell at the poor woman and make her do all the home chores, saying a lazy woman should not be allowed to continue with her son.
The constant harassment Ruth suffered at Martha's hands stressed her so much; she became an insomniac. Her life as a newlywed was not what she had been taught to expect.
She could not have sex with her husband because Martha was never far from him, and the lack of intimacy almost ruined their relationship. It was like Martha was deliberately trying to sabotage their union.
Ruth wasn't enjoying life so far as a newlywed | Source: Pexels
One day, she flared up because Ruth prepared dinner without asking her what she would like to eat. "Ruth!" She shouted. "Why did you serve me meat tonight? What made you think it's what I want for dinner?"
"I'm sorry Martha, there was beef left from last night so I decided to use it rather than waste it."
"You decided?" Martha thundered. "Did you forget whose house this is?"
"I'm well aware it is your home but — "
" — But nothing Ruth! My home, my rules!" she cut in. "Now get rid of the food and make me some salad, it's the healthier choice and if you were not such an airhead you would know that."
Altercations like this were a constant, and Ruth dreaded telling her husband about it because she feared he would take his mother's side and kick her out. So instead of opening up to him, she went to her friend and opened up to her.
Ruth dreaded telling her husband about it because she feared he would take his mother's side | Source: Pexels
She told her everything, and together they came up with a plan that would solve everything. One evening, out of the blue, Ruth offered her mother-in-law a cup of tea, with the intention of mixing it with sleeping powder, to make Martha fall asleep quickly.
Unknown to her, Martha, who did not trust her to do anything right, had watched her make the brew. She had seen the younger woman empty a small container of white powder into the tea but had played along with the ruse.
As soon as Ruth set it before her, Martha requested that she bring her some sugar to add, and when the younger woman left the room, the crafty old woman switched the teacups so that Ruth would be stuck with the one with the white powder.
Ruth offered her mother-in-law a cup of tea | Source: Pixabay
When Ruth returned, she remained oblivious of the switch and promptly drank her tea. Martha waited a moment before picking hers up and lifting it to her mouth.
Both women were surreptitiously watching each other. They did not speak as they downed their cups — Ruth was filled with dread at what she was doing, but she simply could not bring herself to care. Martha had troubled her long enough.
"Until when will I endure her insults?" Ruth thought.
Martha felt a twinge of guilt at what she had done, but she decided that if it cost Ruth her life, she was justified. After all, the powder had been meant for her.
Both women were surreptitiously watching each other | Source: Pexels
"This will teach her never to disrespect her elders… if she lives to tell the tale," thought Martha.
The two women looked everywhere but at themselves as they waited for the poison to kick in. When it did, Ruth was shocked. She knew she had put the powder in the right cup, so why did she feel disoriented and weak?
She blacked out shortly after and woke up in the hospital. The doctor informed her that she had almost died from an overdose of sleeping pills and had barely survived.
When she heard these words from the doctor, she got scared because she thought she could've killed her mother-in-law when she realized that she didn't use the right dose.
Ruth suddenly started to feel disoriented and weak | Source: Pexels
After the doctor left, her husband entered with his mom, and they both looked pale. Martha had revealed to him what happened. She told Ruth about how she caught her adding the powder to her cup and about how she had switched the cups after.
Ruth was shocked at how close she had come close to dying. She confessed that she did it because she wanted to spend more time with her husband, Jack, who was angry with the way things turned out.
"I can only be happy if both of you are happy with each other. Both of you mean so much to me," Jack said.
"Ruth, I'm sorry I always spoke harshly to you and never really made you feel welcomed. I want only the best for you and my son," Martha said.
"Thank you, Martha. I'm also sorry for trying to make you sleep. You've raised such a loving son," Ruth replied.
They made up, and from that day forward, Martha and Ruth became best of friends.
Ruth was shocked at how close she had come to dying | Source: Pexels
What did we learn from this story?
Be careful of who you seek advice from. Ruth made the mistake of trusting her friend over her husband, and she got bad advice from her, which led her to attempt murder. It all turned on her, and she learned her lesson.
Communication is important. Ruth could have averted her suffering if she had opened up to Jack about how his mother was treating her. She didn't, and it almost cost her her life.
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