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October 27, 2021

Woman Accidentally Finds Blueprint of Her Cottage, Then Notices Its Center Circled in Red — Story of the Day

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Anna was taken aback when she discovered a blueprint of her cottage, but what piqued her interest even more was a circle she found in the center of it. The woman decided to investigate the mystery, but what she discovered along the way astounded her.

When Anna walked into the cafe in the middle of a busy day, the first thing she noticed was her husband Edward flirting with a young woman.

Anna had previously worked as an accountant in a prestigious firm in Florida, but after marriage, she had to relocate to Ohio due to Edward's job, and now that she was expecting a child, she was on maternity leave and mostly performed the duties of a stay-at-home wife.

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The work was demanding, especially since the baby was due any day, but her so-called husband had his priorities straight. It's okay, Edward, Anna thought as she noticed him holding the young woman's hand. I suppose you should look after the house for a while. Baby and I deserve a break from your lies.

Tired of Edward and his lies, Martha drove to her grandfather's cottage | Photo: Shutterstock

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Anna returned home from the cafe, packed her belongings, and drove to her grandfather's house in the countryside. It was a small blue cottage with a wooden door, very different from Anna's in Cleveland, but here she could find peace and a well-deserved break from housework and, especially, Edward's lies.

The woman creaked open the gate upon arrival, but as she took a step forward towards the front door, she noticed a man lying unconscious in the yard with a shovel beside him. Blood had covered every square inch of the shovel as if someone had hit him on the head with it.

Anna called 911 right away and rushed the man to the hospital. Fortunately, they made it in time, and the man was out of danger. But when she got home from the hospital, she had another surprise in store for her. Her dear husband Edward was waiting for her at the cottage.

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"I have been searching for you the whole day, Anna! You just disappeared without a trace. Where have you been?" Edward inquired. 

Anna and Edward had an argument | Photo: Pexels

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"Because you were so preoccupied with your work and 'client meetings,' I decided to take a vacation with my baby," Anna said indifferently. "It's not as if I have to ask you for your permission for everything. Anyway, what are you doing here?"

Edward's tone abruptly shifted. "Are you upset about something, honey? Do you want me to get you something?"

"No, Edward," Anna retorted. "Right now, all I need is sleep. So, please move. And, yes, I'll be sleeping alone, so you can sleep outside on the couch!"

Anna went to bed, but her thoughts kept returning to the man she'd discovered unconscious in her yard. What exactly was he doing here? Was she on the lookout for something? Is he familiar with me? And how did he get a head injury? Her head was racing with questions.

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Anna fell asleep while trying to find answers for her inquisitive mind and was awakened by the sun the following day. It was mildly cold, so she reached out for the blanket, but she couldn't find it.

The cottage was in a terrible state when Anna awoke | Photo: Pexels

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She awoke, irritated, and was about to yell at Edward if he'd pulled it to his side when she realized she'd been sleeping alone.

However, as Anna looked around the room, she noticed it was in a terrible state. The blanket had been thrown on the floor, her room's cupboard had open drawers, and her luggage had been opened and rummaged through.

If this is you, Edward, I swear you're dead today! Anna was furious as she dashed into the living room. But that space was in no better shape. It was even messier than she'd found it when she first entered the house, and Edward was nowhere to be found.

She was about to go outside and check the yard for him, but just then, her gaze was drawn to a crumpled sheet of paper on the ground. When she picked it up, she discovered it was a blueprint for her cottage with a red circle at its center.

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She dashed to the loft as it came under the circled region and discovered that, too, was messed up. Edward had vanished as if he didn't exist, and the yard had been dug out in one corner.

Worried, she was about to call him, but just then she heard a voice from behind. "I'm sorry, but I hope I didn't disturb you!" it said.

Andrew paid a visit to Anna | Photo: Pexels

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Anna turned around and discovered the man she'd saved the previous day standing at the doorstep. "Oh, it's you! Are you all right now?" she worriedly inquired.

The man sighed as he looked around Anna's house, which was in a state of disarray. "I was taken to the hospital on time thanks to your assistance," he said. "By the way, my name is Andrew. Can I come inside, if you don't mind? I'd like to speak with you about something..."

Anna offered tea to Andrew, and that's when he started telling her the whole story. Andrew turned out to have cared for Anna's grandfather in his final days. So, before his death, her grandfather told the kind man about the treasure hidden in the yard near his house.

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"He also gave me a letter," Andrew explained, "and it was addressed to you to an address in Florida. I went there, but you'd already left, so I waited until you came back so I could give it to you. I wasn't there on his funeral day; otherwise, we could have met that day."

Anna opened the letter and began reading it.

Anna's granfather had left a letter for her | Photo: Pexels

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"Dear Anna, I hope you're doing well," the letter began, "I know it might come as a shock to you, but I have a box hidden in my yard, and there's a map to it."

"My grandfather gave it to me before he died, and I wanted to give it to you on your wedding day, but I'm sorry to say that your husband already has his eye on it. Edward is not who he appears to be. He came to see me after you two got married and overheard me talking to Andrew."

"By the way, Andrew is the man who will most likely deliver this letter to you. The brooch you'll find inside the box is worth millions of dollars, and it is a relic of our ancestors that has been passed down to us. Edward will not find it as long as he does not obtain the map. I hope you find it and keep it in a safe place. Love, Grandpa Silas."

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As Anna finished the letter, she showed a picture of Edward to Andrew. "Have you seen him around, or do you know him?"

Edward was arrested for theft | Photo: Pexels

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"Oh, yes, he's the man who comes here often. When I came here that day to clean the yard, I found him here, and he hit me over the head with a shovel."

When Andrew said that, it all made sense: Edward's sudden appearance at the cottage and his sudden disappearance. Anna immediately called the police and informed them of the situation. In no time, Edward was apprehended, and he confessed to the theft, and Anna was able to recover the brooch. 

After the incident, Anna decided to cut all ties with Edward, who's serving time in prison, and she and Andrew are now raising her son, Brandon, together.

What can we learn from this story?

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  • You can't escape karma. Edward decided to flee with the ancient brooch, but he was apprehended and punished for his actions.
  • Everything in life happens for a reason. If Anna hadn't caught Edward cheating on her that day, she would never have found out the truth about Edward.

If you enjoyed this story, you might like this one about a young mother who found an old crib on her doorstep with an envelope inside.

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