Laura felt like the wind was knocked out of her. But what happened next was the real kicker.
He was gone and he would never come back. She cried but realized the irony of it all. He had just left her with a fortune, she called her lawyers, she had to be quick.
Laura thought she was married to the perfect man – Jack. But after nearly a decade their marriage started falling apart.
The two met in college and they were the perfect match. Laurie was top of her class while Jack was the popular cool guy.
A HAPPY MARRIAGE
At first, Laura didn’t feel anything romantic for Jack but three years later the two were engaged. She never knew that she’d end up with him. But she was happy about it all the same.
For seven years, their marriage was nothing but happy – or so she thought. Ten years later they were still married and Laura was still very happy. But things would change soon after.
She couldn’t believe what the letter in her shaking hand said. She felt like someone had kicked her in the stomach. It was just a cruel joke, right?
Laura bought lottery tickets every week. She did it since college when she wished for positive thoughts in the universe. But she never thought that she would have the winning numbers.
Their marriage definitely wasn’t perfect but whose was? Jack eventually dropped out of college could never keep a job. Laura had to wait tables to support them both in their small apartment.
Laura definitely didn’t foresee this future for her but Jack still made her happy. She was hopeful that things would get better. And they did, but they also got worse.
It was just like any other day when Laura found out that she won the lottery. She was taking a break from a late-night shift in work when she remembered to check the lottery drawings online.
Her heart pounded as she matched her numbers to the screen. She wanted nothing more than to scream, jump and shout but instead, she decided to play it cool.
She calmly finished her food and walked over to her manager to announce her resignation and that this would be the last day she was working here.
She went home that night with a plan. She wanted to surprise Jack with her news on their date this weekend so she had to keep it a secret until then. Little did she know, Jack had planned his own secret surprise waiting for her.
Laura came home in what could only be described as one of the happiest moods of her life! All of the strains and struggles of the relationship could finally disappear. She couldn’t contain her excitement.
But when she got home, Jack was nowhere to be seen. On the table, lay a note addressed to Laura.
“Dear Wife,” the letter said. She continued to read the letter curiously. But it wasn’t long before that curiosity turned into complete and utter shock.
Jack wrote that he had been a good man and husband to Laura for seven years but had “nothing to show for it”. Laura’s palms grew sweaty as her heart began to pound. She kept reading.
Jack wrote that he had been feeling neglected for a while now and that she didn’t even notice when he got a haircut and was wearing a new pair of silk boxers last week.
He accused her of seeing someone else or at the very least, not loving him anymore. He mentioned that she never ate dinner with him anymore and would always leave to watch TV before he was done. But he had yet to deliver the final blow.
Laura’s stomach twisted and churned as she soaked up every unimaginable word. But what was yet to come left her gasping for air.
Jack declared that he wasn’t coming back. He didn’t love her anymore and wanted nothing more to do with her. Through her tears, she smirked. If only he knew, he just left a millionaire. Laura called a lawyer.
BETWEEN THE LINES
Immediately, Laura knew what this letter meant. He didn’t say it but she had a woman’s intuition that read between the lines. There was no way she’d let her ex-husband have access to her newfound fortune.
She discussed her situation with her lawyer and showed him the note. Would their divorce give him access to her jackpot?
The lawyer assured her that the letter was proof that he’d never see a penny. He had even signed the letter off as “ex-husband”. Laura really wanted to tell him what he had walked away from but she also wanted to settle the divorce papers to ensure a smooth process.
Once she did, she came up with a plan on how to tell him.
Although Laura was devastated when she first read the letter, she now realizes that it has all worked out for the best. Also, it was difficult for her to be sad for too long. After all, she had just won the lotto!
After the divorce papers were signed and sealed, Laura sent her ex-husband a letter. She told him everything.
PAID IN FULL
She also made one thing clear; he had never really been a good man to her. He lived off her, watched her quit her office job to waitressing to support him when he was out of work, and never once thanked her.
From the very beginning, she selflessly loved him. Now, she saw everything so clearly. What is given will be returned in full. That ticket was her award!