Disinherited Man Wakes up to Noise outside and Finds His Late Dad’s Long-Stolen Car in His Yard – Story of the Day
Peter went to sleep angry because his father had just told him something horrible, but he woke up the following day because of terrible noise. His father's long-stolen vehicle was in the driveway, and an older man he had never met got out and told him a shocking story.
The previous day had been terrible for Peter. His father, Henry Jenkins, had invited him and his sister, Rosie, to dinner, where he explained that he was going to leave everything to Rosie in his will and hoped that Peter would understand.
"Dad! But that's not fair. Why can't we share equally?" Peter asked, shocked at the insane revelation. He always knew that Rosie was the golden child in his father's eyes, but this was beyond anything he had ever imagined.
"Because Rosie has a family and children. She needs it more and deserves it more," he answered, shrugging his shoulders as if it was the most natural thing in the world.
Peter's mouth was wide, and his eyes were confused. "I don't understand what's happening."
"Dad, I'm barely 30. I'll have a family at some point," Peter countered, frowning at his father's reasoning.
"It doesn't matter. At the end of the day, it's my decision. I just wanted to let you know so there's no problem in the future," Henry finished.
Rosie smiled at him and thanked him. But Peter looked at his sister in surprise. "Are you ok with this?"
She shrugged too and pouted her lips. "Of course. Why wouldn't I be?" To his utter surprise, she laughed.
Peter couldn't stand it anymore, so he walked out of his father's home, intending never to return. He was done with them. It was clear that the older man didn't see him as an equal to Rosie for some crazy reason. As he drove home, he recalled all the other times his dad had favored his sister, which only boiled his blood.
His mother had died years earlier, and Peter hated it. She would've stood up for him and intervened. Alas, he realized that he was now alone in the world, except for his friends. That was more than enough, and he still slept that night.
Unfortunately, his sleep was interrupted by a horrible sound early the following day. "Ugh… what's going on?" he muttered groggily as he woke up.
It sounded like something was rumbling from a distance, but it got closer and closer, making him worry. He jumped from his bed and went to his front door quickly. Once outside, he discovered an old car pulling up to his driveway. But it wasn't just any vehicle.
It was his dad's old car, stolen when Peter was a child. His father loved it since he had restored it himself, and as a young boy, Peter had dreamed of driving it one day. But it didn't make sense that it was at his house, so he rubbed his hair in confusion.
Suddenly, an older man he had never met exited the vehicle. "Peter, hello there, son!" he chirped, waving at him.
Peter moved closer and shook the man's hand. "Hi there. I'm sorry, but do we know each other?"
"No, son," the man answered and laughed. "My name is Carl Gordon. I'm a longtime friend of your father's."
"Oh, ok," Peter nodded. "Is this… my father's stolen car?"
"Yes, it is, kid," Carl began. "And now, it's all yours."
The older man threw the keys at Peter, who almost didn't catch them. His mouth was wide, and his eyes were confused. "I don't understand what's happening."
"Well, I'll tell you. Years ago, your father owed me a ton of money, and he gave me the car as payment. Now, I've tried to maintain it but I admit I was careless about it. Obviously, the engine has to be replaced. It's a little loud right now. Still, it's a pretty cool car, and it would be easy to fix it," Carl explained. "Now, it's yours."
Carl breathed deeply. "Because I heard what your father did to you. He told me last night and said it was the right thing to do. But I disagree. So you should at least have this car. In fact, I have another surprise for you. Your father lost money to me several times in the past. He always made silly mistakes and was cocky about it, and I always won."
The older man gestured for him to approach the trunk and open it. There was a small suitcase, which Carl grabbed and gave to Peter. "Open it."
The younger man couldn't believe his eyes. There was a ton of cash inside. "What? What is this? I still don't get anything. Why would you give me these things?" he asked in bewilderment.
Carl looked at him with a tiny frown and nodded his head. "I see your father didn't tell you the entire truth at all," he started. "Rosie is not your late mother's child. Your father had an affair when he and Sarah were first married. His mistress got pregnant and left the baby on their doorstep. Your mother was extremely angry about it."
Peter shook his head. "That's impossible."
"It's true. That's why your mother never really warmed up to Rosie, and Henry has been trying to make up for that all of Rosie's life. That's why she was always treated better," the older man said, nodding. "I always hated that for you. This is the right thing to do. I know it's not my place exactly. But I hope you understand that I want to do something good with all that I have."
Peter invited Carl into his house so they could talk about this situation further, and everything clicked into place. He finally had an answer for his father's insane reasoning, and he thanked Carl for being honest with him. He tried to give the money back, claiming he didn't need it, but Carl insisted, said goodbye, and left the house.
Peter smiled as he counted the money and realized that it was more than enough to start the small business he had always dreamed of creating. He also replaced the car's engine on his own. It was a slow process, but eventually, the vehicle didn't make sounds that could wake his entire neighborhood in Virginia.
Rosie and his father eventually found out about the car and threatened to take it away, but Carl had arranged all the paperwork already they couldn't do anything. Meanwhile, Peter moved on with his life. He built a successful business, got married, and started a family.
What can we learn from this story?
- Children are not at fault for the errors of their parents. Henry was wrong for treating Rosie better than Peter due to the circumstances of her birth. He should've loved and valued them both equally.
- Always do the right thing when you can. Carl felt a sense of responsibility for Peter despite not knowing him and did the right thing by him when Henry acted horribly.
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