A wealthy lawyer lashes out at a poor cleaner at a party in a posh restaurant, but he regrets every slur he hurled at her when he looks at her closely and realizes she's his copy!
Brian Wilkinson's great-grandpa, grandfather, and father, Peter, were all lawyers, and Brian followed in their footsteps. He was the heir to his grandfather's law firm, Wilkinson and Partners, and the most eligible bachelor in the eyes of his dear grandmother.
Nancy Wilkinson had raised Brian like her own ever since the boy lost his mother, Amanda, in a house fire that had engulfed their home years ago. Now that Brian was well-settled professionally, Nancy wanted him to marry and make her a grandmother, and she had a perfect match for him – Christine, the mayor's daughter.
But unfortunately for Nancy, Brian was head over heels in love with his secretary, Alana Jones, and had no idea she had Christine in mind for him.
Brian Wilkinson was a handsome and talented lawyer. | Source: Pexels
Brian and Alana had been dating for almost two years, and he was ready to declare his love to the entire world finally. So he organized a party in one of the town's most opulent restaurants and invited his whole family, but he didn't tell them why. He only stated that it was a surprise.
"Jesus Christ! This - This can't be possible!" Brian took a step back, startled as he looked closely at the woman's face.
"First and foremost, thank you, everyone, for taking time out of your hectic schedules to attend today's gathering," he began. "I'm sure you're wondering why we're all gathered here...
"Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to raise a toast to the girl I love the most, as it gives me great pleasure to announce today that I, Brian Wilkinson, am madly in love with my girlfriend Alana and want to spend the rest of my life with her..."
As Brian said that, Nancy's face flushed bright crimson in rage, and she stared at Alana. Meanwhile, Brian approached Alana, dropped down on his knees, and withdrew a box containing an exquisite diamond ring from his pocket.
Brian proposed to Alana. | Source: Pexels
"Will you marry me, Alana?" he asked, and she nodded, her eyes welling up. "I will. I love you!" she cried as Brian placed the ring on her finger.
At this point, the entire room was filled with clapping and whistles, but Christine, who also happened to be there, stormed out of the party in rage. She was furious with Nancy and cursed her as she walked away.
Nancy's blood was boiling as well. She couldn't bear the thought of her grandson marrying his secretary, who was nowhere close to their standards.
Overcome with anger, Nancy snatched the glass of wine off her table and hurled it at Alana's face, tossing the glass away and causing it to shatter into tiny pieces.
"The party is over! There will be no wedding! This woman does not deserve my grandson!" she screamed at the top of her voice.
A huge gasp rang out in the hall, and Brian stared fiercely at her. "What the hell are you doing, Gran? Are you insane? Everyone is staring at us!"
Nancy was against Brian and Alana's relationship. | Source: Pexels
"I'm out of my mind?! Brian, do you think you could bring any outdoor dirt to our house, and I would support it?" she retorted vehemently.
"But Gran —"
Before Brian could finish, his father cut him off. "Everyone, I'm sorry for what happened. I would appreciate it if you could give us some privacy. Please..." he gestured toward the exit and started escorting the guests out.
After everyone had left, Peter approached Nancy and told her to calm down. "Mom, what's the matter with you? What's the harm in Alana and Brian getting married? They are no longer kids! They have the right to decide for themselves!"
"Oh, of course, you'll back them!" Nancy scoffed at him. "After all, you did the same thing a few years ago. You brought a waitress home and made him my daughter-in-law! And your son is now doing the same thing, bringing in a low-grade secretary of his!"
"MOM!" Peter raised his voice. "I shouldn't be compelled to teach you how you should speak! Watch out what you say!"
Nancy threw wine right into Alana's face. | Source: Pexels
But Nancy refused to calm down and continued ranting at Peter. Meanwhile, Alana summoned a cleaner to make sure no one was wounded by the broken glass scattered all over the place.
The cleaner arrived soon and began cleaning the glass shards. She noticed a few pieces of glass had fallen near Brian's feet and asked him to move, but Nancy's words had infuriated Brian so much that he vented his frustration on her.
"MOVE?" he screamed at her. "Do you think you can order me around? Why is everyone trying to control my life today? It freakin' stinks to be in this place!"
"I - I'm sorry, sir," the woman said quietly, her head bowed. "I was only—"
"You were only, what? And why the hell can't you look someone in the eyes when they're speaking? Are you too embarrassed to show your face? Don't you have any manners?"
"I'm sorry, sir," she said apologetically. "I can't show my face. I apologize for it. I just want to do my job and get lost. Please let me do it. My mother is sick. I need money for her treatment."
"What?" Brain laughed mockingly. "You think this is funny? I want to see your face even more now! Come on, quick," he ordered.
Brian mocked the cleaning lady. | Source: Pexels
With tears in her eyes, the woman raised her head and moved her untidily scattered locks to show her face.
"Jesus Christ! This - This can't be possible!" Brian took a step back, startled as he looked closely at the woman's face. She had a huge burnt mark on her right cheek, and she was a copy of him!
"Charlotte, is that you?" he blurted out, unable to believe his eyes. "You're alive?"
Peter and Brian's grandfather, George, were equally stunned, and they just didn't know how to react. The woman not only resembled Brian but looked a lot like Brian's late sister, Charlotte!
"I'm sorry…." The woman started crying. "Yes, Brian, this is me, Charlotte. I am VERY MUCH ALIVE! All thanks to my adopted mother, who reared me! Unlike our so-called sweet grandmother who abandoned me in the hospital to die alone!
"When I saw you and dad here, I wanted to meet you and hug you, but I just couldn't gather the courage….I could never bring myself to meet my family again after what Gran had done to me. I'm sorry," she managed to say before breaking down in sobs.
The cleaner was Brian's sister Charlotte. | Source: Pexels
"Gran?" Brian gazed at Nancy, stunned. "What is Charlotte even saying, Gran? What did you do?"
Nancy stiffened when she saw Charlotte. She'd never expected her past to haunt her this way, but she knew she couldn't get away from it now. She sank onto one of the chairs in the room and revealed what she'd done several years ago...
It turned out that Amanda had died in the house fire while trying to save her children, Charlotte and Brian, and Nancy. On the other hand, Nancy didn't want Charlotte to be a part of their family any longer because she had gotten a huge burnt mark on her face while they were trying to escape.
The Wilkinsons had always lived as a joint family, and Peter and George were out of town when it all happened. When they returned, Nancy arranged for someone else's body to be buried in place of Charlotte's and lied to everyone that she had died.
Thankfully, a kind nurse at the hospital adopted Charlotte and raised her as her own. She never kept Charlotte's truth from her, but the trauma of her grandmother's mistreatment of her never left Charlotte, and she couldn't gather the courage to contact her family again.
A kind nurse took in Charlotte and raised her. | Source: Pexels
"Having such an ugly grandchild would be a disgrace to the family!" Nancy went on. "I have no regrets about what I did!"
Peter couldn't believe that Nancy had stooped so low! He made up his mind he wouldn't let his mother slide for what she'd done.
"Well, mom," he remarked calmly as he approached her. "I know you never look back on your actions. But at this point, I regret several things, even being born to you! I'm embarrassed to be your child, and I'm leaving your house right now!
"I don't even want to see your face! And yes," he added before leaving. "I should have listened to Amanda when she wanted to move out with our children. She was right and I was wrong!"
"I'm in, too, dad," Brian added. "I can't believe Charlotte had to endure so much because of you, Gran! I MEAN IT WHEN I SAY I HATE YOU FOR THIS, Gran! I do!"
Charlotte and Peter reunited. | Source: Pexels
That day, Brian, Peter, Charlotte, and Alana left George and Nancy alone, walked away from their lives, and never returned. George didn't have a choice and felt compelled to stay with Nancy because he couldn't bring himself to leave her.
Years went by, Brian and Alana married, and they had a daughter named Amanda. Meanwhile, Peter and Charlotte's adoptive mother, Kathy, fell in love and moved in together.
When Nancy was dying and wanted to see her family for the last time, they all got a communication from George, but no one ever returned to them.
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