What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

The Good Neighbors

I lived next door to the worlds greatest neighbors. I mean, they were just so kind and honest and good to all those around them. But, then again, they were too good. Always "One-Upping" all the rest of us all the time. Gave my wife better gifts than I could afford to buy. And I guess I just got so mad... I...I don't know.
On April 12, 2008, I woke up in the middle of the night, around 3:30. My wife was not beside me, but I figured my daughter had gotten upset and she was lying down with her. I don't remember what I was looking for, but I found myself standing outside, looking over at their house. It was so big, so nice and fancy. I'd been in it before but I just felt a need to go inside and have a look. It was so dark and quiet.
I walked in side, went to the kitchen, and grabbed a block with about a dozen knives in it. Some were big and large, while some were very small. All of them were sharp. I decided to carry the block with me. Then I decided I should carry the block in one hand and the large knife in the other to use as a threat.
I knew my way to their bedroom, I'd been there before. I didn't want to be heard but I made little attempt to be silent. I opened the door and saw that they were lying in bed. Then I saw some movement under the bed sheets, dropped the block and attacked with a fury. I stabbed the best neighbor in the world and I butchered his wife. After an hour I decided they must have been dead. I had killed them.
Then I lied down in between the bodies and slept, thinking that this was all a dream, the same fantasy that had haunted me for years.
In the morning, I woke up next to my dead wife.


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No matter how close or how far, we all live next to someone, and we all have a Next-Door Neighbor story. With that in mind, editor Dean Haspiel asked some of his favorite storytellers and cartoonists to create their favorite NDN stories so we could share them with you.

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