English Short Story about Family
Join Max on a journey of self-discovery in this
English short story about family as he learns some surprising news
about his family and works to build a new life for himself. Along
the way, he must navigate complex emotions and decide how to move
Will Max find the strength to forgive those closest
to him and embrace his new path? Follow his story and find out.
: a person who works
with financial records and reports.
adopted: legally taken and raised
by a person or couple other than the birth parents.
attentively: paying close
biological: related by blood.
bond: a close connection or
relationship between people.
colleague: a person who works with
another in a professional or business context.
disillusioned: disappointed with
someone or something after finding out the truth.
distance himself: to separate or
keep oneself apart from someone or something.
embrace: to accept or support
something willingly and enthusiastically.
implications: the consequences of
intimate: having a close
motivation: the reason someone has
for acting in a particular way.
mysterious: not easily understood.
newfound: recently discovered.
overcome: to successfully deal
with and be able to move beyond a difficult situation or emotion.
revelation: a surprising and
previously unknown fact that is made known.
reconcile: to restore a close
relationship after a disagreement or misunderstanding.
reluctance: the feeling of being
unwilling to do something.
Max lives on his own in a small apartment in a
quiet neighborhood. He works as an accountant and has always thought
he has the perfect family with his parents, Andrea and Ryan, and his
younger sister Jenna.
Max is very close with his sister, Jenna, who lives at home with
their parents. Jenna is a high school student and has always looked
up to her older brother. Max has always been the one to give her
advice and support, whether it be about school or relationships.
One day, Max receives a mysterious letter from a stranger claiming
to be his biological father. He is shocked and confused by the
letter and decides to investigate further.
As he tries to unravel the mystery, he uncovers a family secret that
his parents have been hiding from him for years: he is adopted.
The news comes as a surprise to Max and he struggles to process the
implications of this revelation. He can't understand why his parents
have kept this secret from him for so long and feels betrayed by
their lack of honesty.
He shares the news with Jenna, who admits that she has already known
about it from their parents. She tries to help Max through this
difficult time and encourages him to talk to them about his newfound
Max eventually confronts his parents and after a long talk, he comes
to understand he can never forgive them for keeping this secret from
him. And despite her best efforts, Jenna is unable to erase the
Andrea and Ryan try to explain their motivations for keeping the
secret and apologize for not telling the siblings earlier, but Max
is unable to forgive them.
Max is angry and hurt that his parents have kept this secret from
him and decides to distance himself from the family.
Disillusioned, Max moves away in search of a new life.
~ ~ ~
Max starts a new life in a different city, determined to move on
from the pain of the past.
He works hard and becomes successful in his career as an accountant.
Despite his initial reluctance to open up to anyone about his past,
Max eventually meets a kind and beautiful colleague named Olivia.
Olivia is understanding and patient as Max slowly opens up about his
adoption and the pain he experienced as a result. She listens
attentively and offers her support, helping Max to heal and move
forward. Over time, Max and Olivia grow closer and eventually fall
As Max and Olivia's relationship deepens, they decide to get married
and start a family of their own. Olivia asks Max to invite his
parents and sister to the wedding. Even though he does not admit it,
they still mean the world to him. "I don't understand them, and I
can never forgive them", he says with a mix of anger and sadness.
"So be it", Olivia responds.
Max and Olivia get married in a small and intimate ceremony.
"Olivia's family is all we need", he thinks to himself.
Life goes on. Months and years pass. Despite their many efforts, Max
and Olivia are unable to have children of their own. They decide to
~ ~ ~
They adopt a young girl named Ava who brings joy and light into
Max loves Ava as if she were his own daughter and cannot imagine
loving her any more if she were actually related to him by blood.
However, Max and Olivia are hesitant to reveal Ava's adoption story
to her, as they do not want to cause her any pain or make her feel
different from other children.
It hits him like a ton of bricks: his parents had kept the truth
about his adoption from him for years, to prevent him from
experiencing this exact pain.
Max finds himself often thinking of Jenna and his parents. He
wonders how they are doing. It pains him to think that he was so
selfish and angry all those years ago. He regrets not being able to
forgive them when he had the chance.
Raising Ava helps Max to fully understand and forgive his parents
and sister, and he finally feels ready to reconcile with them.
Max writes to his family a long letter, apologizes for the past, and
invites them to meet his wife Olivia, and his daughter Ava. With
tears in their eyes, they write back and accept.
The day they come together, Max is overcome by emotion. His family
warmly embraces him, as if nothing had ever happened, and together
they create beautiful new memories.
The secret has caused a lot of pain and conflict in the family, but
in the end, Max learns that the bond of family is stronger than any
difficult situation they may face. He also learns that it is never
too late to forgive and be forgiven.
He looks around the room at his family and is
filled with joy and gratitude for all the love he has been given. He
knows that no matter what, no one can ever change his story, or take
away the love he has for them. He is home.