A Family Affair

She was confused when she opened the letter addressed to her recently deceased father and what she found inside was… that her father had a whole other family.  Apparently, her dad had a mistress for the last 15 years of his life and they have a daughter who is 13 years old.  His mistress and his illegitimate daughter both know all about her and they live in the same town, only live 5 minutes away from where she is.  This made it convenient for her dad to go on booty calls with his mistress at all hours of the day.  She was an exotic dancer, and she was married and cheating on her husband at the time when her dad went into the strip club for the first time.  She gave her father a lap dance and he fell like a ton of bricks for her, as he became instantly and intensely infatuated with her.  Her dad had been paying the mortgage for his mistress and also giving her money for child support to help take care of her half-sister.  The mistress and her half-sister came to her father’s funeral, but she didn’t know who they were.

The letter was written by the 13-year-old girl, and she said that she didn’t want to show any disrespect to her mother who must have suffered as a result of the relationship that her dad had with her mom, but since they are related, she felt that they should probably get to know each other.  After her father passed away, her mom told her that she knew that her husband was sneaking around on her, but she never said anything because she didn’t want to bring shame to her children if they found out about his affair.  Her dad had no respect for his marriage vows or family commitment and neither did this woman that he was engaging in romantic relationship with.  She was curious about her half-sister, but she believed that her family should remain separate in every way and live their own lives, so she tore the letter up.

Written for Fandango’s Story Starter #65.

18 thoughts on “A Family Affair

  1. Great story; very realistic. My husband’s grandfather had more than one secret family all living within waking distance from one another! He kept his secret under wraps for a long time until these unknown families showed up at his wake. It was shocking and extremely disappointing when my husband’s father discovered his father had cheated on his mother and he had eight half brothers and sisters due to his father’s philandering. How someone can expect to get away with a secret that huge is mind boggling to me! Too bad the discovery was made after he died; he got away with everything and ended up hurting a lot of people. Very interesting topic.

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      1. Thanks, Jim. It shook up my father-in-law pretty badly finding out he and his mother had been lied to for so many years. Can you imagine having brothers and sisters living just down the street from you and never knowing about them? My mother-in-law said there was always something about her husband’s father that she didn’t trust; he never looked anyone in the eyes when talking to them. It didn’t upset my husband that much; he was more surprised than hurt and he felt badly for his father.

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