Andrew was thrilled that his father would finally meet his wife, but his joy was marred when his father accused his wife of being a gold digger. Andrew doesn’t know who to believe until he sees a shocking incident on security footage at his home.

“Father!” Andrew greeted his father with open arms and hugged the older man tightly. “It’s so nice to see you! How was your flight?”

Andrew’s father, Josh, shrugged. “It was okay. So this must be your lovely bride Elsa.” Josh beamed at the pretty woman next to his son. “I’m so sorry I missed the wedding.”

Elsa smiled brightly as she hugged Josh. “Now you’re here and it’s wonderful to meet you.”

The three talked while walking towards the exit of the airport. It was a sunny day with a nice chill in the breeze. The perfect weather for the long overdue family reunion.

“I hope you’re hungry, Dad,” Andrew said as he loaded the luggage into the trunk. “Elsa has prepared a special dinner to welcome you to our home.”

Josh grinned at Elsa, who blushed. Such a demure young lady! Josh had concerns when his son first told him about his much younger bride. Andrew had never been handsome, and Josh feared he would never settle down. What a relief that Andrew has found such a lovely woman to spend his life with!

Josh, Elsa and Andrew soon sat down for dinner at Andrew’s luxurious townhouse. As the family enjoyed Elsa’s honey roast duck, they reminisced and shared anecdotes.

“…then dad jumped into the lake and screamed his heart out. I got in so much trouble but I think it was worth it.” Andrew chuckled.

“Well, we’ll see how you like it when you have kids playing tricks on you,” Josh replied.

“Oh, please don’t tell me you want grandchildren now, Josh. We’re still newlyweds, you know?”

Elsa jokingly admonished her father-in-law.

“It’s my parental duty, Elsa.”

“Then maybe I can distract you with dessert?” Elsa smiled as she rose from the table. “I made the cake using my family’s secret recipe.”

While Elsa got a piece of cake for Josh and Andrew, Josh got up to go to the bathroom. When he returned, he walked past the kitchen and saw something that prompted him to help Elsa.

Josh wasn’t as quick on his feet as he used to be. He reached the kitchen entrance too late to save the piece of cake that had fallen in the trash, but just in time to see Elsa’s true colors.

“Oh dear,” the woman murmured as she pulled the piece of cake out of the trash. “Well what Josh doesn’t know doesn’t hurt him, but it gives me a reason to smile at the old geezer.”

Josh couldn’t believe his ears. He backed away from the kitchen door before Elsa could turn and spot him. What a double-tongued little rat! Josh returned to the dining table and looked at his son. He had to tell Andrew what he had seen, but how? That would surely break the boy’s heart.

Dad ran onto one of the cameras upstairs and disappeared down the hall. Elsa appeared shortly after. Was she after dad?
“Here’s dessert.” Elsa beamed at Josh as she placed his piece of cake in front of him. “I hope you like it.”

Josh resisted the temptation to confront Elsa on the spot. Instead, he let out a sad sigh and pushed the plate away. “I’m sorry honey, but I’m allergic to cherries.”

“Are you?” Andrew frowned at his father. “Why didn’t I know that?”

“I only recently discovered it,” Josh lied.

When Elsa left to buy coffee, Josh took the opportunity to have a private chat with Andrew. The two men sat on the balcony overlooking the lush garden as the sun began to set while Josh quizzed Andrew about his relationship with Elsa.

“Wow, Dad,” Andrew finally interjected, “this is getting to be an interrogation. What’s with all the questions?”

“I am anxious.” Josh cleared his throat.

“This afternoon I’ve come to the conclusion that Elsa isn’t as sincere as she seems. I don’t want to hurt you, son, but I think she may have married you for your money.”

Andrew’s face turned red. “What! How can you say that? You’ve hardly met her, how can you judge her?”

“I saw her put a piece of cake on the plate that fell in the trash and I heard her say she would give it to me, so I didn’t eat dessert either.”

“I can not believe that.” Andrew started walking. “You lie!”

“I have no reason to lie,” Josh replied.

Andrew shook his head. “You’re just jealous. It’s too late for your criticism anyway, Dad. If you care that much, then you should have met Elsa before the wedding.”

Josh went down the stairs after the argument and ran into Elsa when she was coming back from the store. He immediately noticed the smell of cigarettes on her. Smoking was taboo in her family, but Elsa slipped away before Josh could confront her. Instead, he went in search of Josh.

“There is one way I can prove your wife’s dishonesty,” Josh said. “She just got home and smells like cigarettes.”

Andrew groaned. “I know she smokes, dad.”

“And you married her anyway? Do you need a reminder of what caused your mother’s lung cancer?”

“Of course not,” snapped Andrew. He balled his hands into fists. “She’s trying to stop.”

Josh pointed to Andrew. “And she convinced you to sacrifice your principles for a pretty smile. You may not be the prettiest man, Andy, but you can always do better.”

“That’s enough! If you say something bad about Elsa again, I’ll ask you to leave, dad. I don’t know what your problem is, but I won’t let you continue to slander my wife.”

Andrew could not take his father’s insults and accusations. That night he struggled to fall asleep. Elsa snuggled into his side and kissed his neck.

“What’s bothering you, darling?” asked Elsa.

Josh sighed and put his arm around her. “My father. I was looking forward to this visit, but now it’s ruined.”

“He doesn’t like me, right?” Elsa sniffed softly.

“I noticed the way he was looking at me tonight like I was something he scraped off the bottom of his boot. I’m sorry honey, I was really trying.”

“It’s not you Elsa, it’s him.” Andrew comforted his wife with a gentle kiss. “I don’t know what his problem is. He even told me a crazy lie that you served him pies out of the garbage.”

Elsa stiffened and sat up to meet Andrew’s eyes. “Cake out of the garbage? That’s absurd. You know I would never do that, right?”

Andrew’s swirling thoughts kept him up most of the night. The next morning he made a plan.

“I have to go to the office,” Andrew announced over breakfast. “I have urgent paperwork to sign and will be home in a few hours.”

“As long as they don’t keep you too long.” Elsa took Andrew’s hand across the table. “After all, you’re on vacation.”

Andrew saw nothing but genuine concern on her pretty face when she asked about papa. He couldn’t believe she would lie to him or take advantage of him.

Andrew smiled at her. He didn’t want to think badly of the woman he loved so much, but he needed to get to the bottom of this situation. When he got to his office, the first thing Andrew did was open the security camera footage at his home.

Dad appeared on one of the cameras upstairs and disappeared down the hall. Moments later Elsa appeared. Was she after dad? On another camera, he saw Elsa catch up with Papa at the top of the stairs.

Elsa grabbed Father’s shirt, but he managed to tear himself free. He ran down the stairs, Elsa right behind him. Andrew’s heart skipped a beat as he saw Elsa push his father. Dad fell forward and desperately tried to save himself with his arms before falling down the stairs.

Andrew ran home and arrived just as the paramedics got his father into the ambulance. They told him he had multiple bruises and would need to be monitored overnight as he had a concussion. Elsa ran into Andrew’s arms as soon as he entered the house.

“He took my phone,” she wailed, tears welling in her eyes. “He wanted to text you to make it look like I was cheating on him, so I followed him to get the phone back.” Elsa sobbed. “I slipped, bumped into him and he fell down the stairs!”

Andrew frowned. He’d seen the footage and Elsa’s story didn’t quite add u

Did she accidentally push dad because she slipped? That was possible, but Andrew couldn’t remember seeing a cell phone in his father’s hand.

“I’m sure everything will be fine,” Andrew said, patting Elsa’s back. He would wait until he heard his father’s version and watched the video footage again before deciding who to believe.

Elsa smiled up at him. “I’m so glad you believe me. I would never do anything to harm your father or our marriage.”

Andrew hoped she was telling the truth.

The hospital had sad news for Andrew when he and Elsa arrived to visit his father the next day.

“Your father has memory problems,” a nurse told Andrew. “He can’t remember anything that led to his accident. At the moment we only allow him one visitor at a time. As you are his son, it’s better if only you see him until we fix the memory loss. ”

Elsa agreed to wait outside. With a heavy heart, Andrew entered his father’s room, unsure of what he would find. He had hoped that his father could help him clear the doubts in his heart about Elsa. The man was lying in bed, but he looked up as Andrew approached him.

“Did your sister tell you that I had amnesia?” asked the father.

“She did. Do the doctors know when your memories will return? I’d like to hear your version of events.”

“And I intend to tell you!” Josh sat up. “I asked the nurse to lie about my memory, because that’s the only way you can see proof of what I’m about to tell you. Sit down.”

Andrew sat and listened as his father told him everything.

“I checked Elsa’s phone while she was in the bathroom.” The man’s jaw clenched. “I found a suggestive message she sent to a certain Jack saying she wants to meet him at her usual hotel tonight. She’s having an affair!

“Then she came out and saw me on her phone,” he continued. “I ran away and she chased me. She pushed me down the stairs! And since Elsa thinks I don’t remember anything, she’ll probably go through with her plan to meet Jack.” He squeezed Andrew’s hand.

“You must go to the hotel. Then you will find out the truth.”

Andrew was even more confused than before. When he left the hospital room, Elsa immediately came to him. Andrew saw nothing but genuine concern on her pretty face when she asked about Dad. He couldn’t believe she would lie to him or take advantage of him, but Dad had always been straight forward and honest.

“He doesn’t remember the fall,” Andrew lied.

Elsa radiated pity. They went home, and as the evening wore on Andrew began to doubt his father’s words. Elsa was attentive and helpful. She didn’t even check her phone or her watch. Until she suddenly got up and announced that she wanted to go shopping.

Andrew’s heart stopped as he followed Elsa into a hotel parking lot. Many reasons why she might be there flashed through his mind as he followed her down the hall, but there was no excuse for what happened next.

A shirtless man opened the door to the hotel room and Elsa jumped into his arms. She wrapped her arms around his neck as he kissed her. She squeaked and giggled like a teenager as he picked her up in her wedding dress and carried her into the room.

Andrew’s heart broke. He thought he’d finally found a woman who didn’t just appreciate him for his looks when he met Elsa, but he now realized that she had used his vulnerability to manipulate him.

Andrew went home and texted Elsa that he never wanted to see her again. The very next morning, Andrew called his attorney and instructed her to start the divorce.

The next morning, Andrew visited his father in the hospital and told him what he had seen.

“I was such a fool,” Andrew said. “I’m so sorry I didn’t believe you Dad. I hope you can forgive me.”

“Naturally.” Josh smiled at Andrew. “I wish that had never happened to you, my son.”

At that moment, a nurse entered the room and interrupted the conversation.

“I’m so sorry, I didn’t know you had a visitor.” The nurse looked at Andrew and blushed. “I’ll just…ah…come back later.”

Josh chuckled. “It sure is for the best that you’ve uncovered Elsa’s deception now. You never know, Andy, the one meant for you might be right around the corner.”

What can we learn from this story?

Trust the judgment of elders. Older people have a wealth of life experience that they can make available to younger generations. It is always best to listen to the advice of an elder and remember that it is based on years of experience.

A family that loves you will not intentionally mislead you. Andrew should have trusted his father from the start and realized that Josh was just trying to protect him from a bad marriage.

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