MIL Stole a Key from My Office to Destroy My Law Career — I Made Her Regret It

When my mother-in-law snooped through my confidential case files, she shattered my trust and threatened to destroy my legal career. Now, as I confront the fallout and struggle to salvage my professional life, I’m faced with an impossible choice that could tear my family apart.

I was sweating bullets as I stared at my mother-in-law across the table. The bustling restaurant faded into the background as I processed what the woman had just asked. How the heck did she know about the Johnsons’ embryos?

I hadn’t told her anything about that case, and for good reason. It was one of the most sensitive matters I’d ever handled in my law career.

“So, did Mrs. Johnson get custody of them or what?” she pressed, sipping her iced tea like she hadn’t just dropped a bomb on me. Her casual tone made my skin crawl.

I nearly choked on my salad, a piece of arugula lodging in my throat. After a quick sip of water, I managed to croak out, “How do you know about that?”

Daphne waved her hand dismissively, her gaudy rings catching the light. “Oh, I was just tidying up your office while you were in the shower. You left some papers out.”

I thought about it for a moment, choosing my words carefully. “You need to understand that what you did was serious. This isn’t just about gossip or curiosity. It’s about respect and trust. I need to be able to trust that you’ll respect my boundaries and my work.”

There was a pause on the other end. I could almost hear her mind working. “I understand. It won’t happen again, I promise. I’ll do better.”

After we hung up, I felt a mix of emotions. Relief that it was over, lingering anger at her actions, and a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, we could move past this.

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