In most cases, the love within a family is unconditional, and siblings love each other even when they bicker and fight. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
This is the story of a wealthy family where one sibling blamed the other for the family's misfortunes.
The Rivalry Between Kate And Richard
The father, Lyle, had to raise his two children on his own since the mother died shortly after Richard's birth. Usually, an event like this should have brought the remaining family members closer. However, Kate blamed her younger brother for causing the death of their mother through his birth, and the siblings grew up with a distance between them.
The mother had died of causes unrelated to the birth. Despite this, Kate always came to associate her death with Richard's birth. She also envied her brother because of his easy-going and upbeat personality.
Richard could brighten up a room with his presence, and he bonded with his father over mutual interests like sports, food, and traveling. When Richard grew older, they discussed philosophical ideas and took up the habit of sharing a nightcap before bedtime.
Meanwhile, Linda had grown up to become a responsible businesswoman and economist, working hard in the family business. She wanted to show her father she was the most responsible and the brightest shining star of the siblings. However, she did not connect with her father on the same personal level as Richard.
The Father Had A Secret
Richards first noticed something had changed in the household. Lyle became secretive and withdrawn. He spent time alone, locked in his office, and turned down the offers for evening drinks with his son.
Kate was acting cold when her brother wanted to discuss the issues. She seemed almost pleased that father and son were not spending time together as they had used to.
Finally, the father decided to come clean to his children. He invited them to his favorite restaurant, and Richard arrived that night full of questions. He found his sister smoking outside the restaurant, a habit their father despised.
Despite the hard way Richard had been treated by his sister, he still loved her and would never dream about telling Lyle anything terrible about her.
After the three of them had shared a meal, the father spilled the secret he had been keeping from them. He informed his children that he had cancer and was dying.
The same night Lyle invited the devastated Richard into his office and told him his dying wish - that part of his fortune would be donated to charity. Kate was furious to be left out of the conversation, however, she did not show other feelings.
The Father Left Their House For Kate
The father passed away shortly after, and the two siblings showed up at the lawyer's office for the reading of the will.
When it was revealed that Richard had helped his father to donate a considerable part of his fortune to charities, Kate boiled with anger. While Richard admired his father's altruism, Kate could not believe what she heard.
Then the lawyer read from the will and their father's second wish left the siblings stunned.
"Mr. Dawson wishes to leave his two-story estate and all its contents to Ms. Linda Dawson, while Mr. Kevin Dawson will receive his country home behind the estate and all its contents. Nothing follows."
The will clearly stated that Kate was the sole inheritor of the mansion, and the country home passed on to Richard was, in reality, an abandoned and run-down cottage at the furthest end of the estate.
Richard Refused To Feel Disappointed
Richard had not been inside the cottage since the passing of his father. Now he took the time to go through each room and plan for everything that needed to be done. The renovation would be expensive, but he did not want to let his father down.
While inspecting the kitchen, he noticed a trapdoor. When he opened it, he found a stair leading down to the basement, which surprised him. He had been told the cottage did not have a cellar.
When he found a note stuck to the inside of the trapdoor addressed to him, things started to make sense. The note was from his father and stated that what he found in the basement was his to keep.
Richard headed downstairs, and to his surprise, he found a room full of beautiful vintage furniture and a safe containing valuable jewels and jewelry that had followed the family for generations. Richard found a second letter from his father where he explained that he wanted Richard to take care of this house because it had once belonged to his grandmother.
While Lyle left the mansion for Kate, he wanted Richard to have a house that was full of history. With the help of the valuables in the safe, he should be able to restore it to its former glory and live a comfortable life.
In The End, Home Is Where The Heart Is
Kate was proud of her luxurious mansion; however, when she saw the old cottage transform, she started to feel envious. While Kevin married and welcomed two children into the family, Kate watched their happy life from her giant home.
Even if she had gotten what she wanted, Richard had made the most of the place he had inherited and still felt close to their father.