What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Corrupting the girl next door

I was 20 when I moved into the duplex next to Alan. He was a part of my brother's group of friends. I thought he was kind of creepy, but harmless. He was 36 and I'm attracted to much older men, so in the back of my mind I knew something would happen between us. Apparently our friends knew something would happen too. They had a bet going on when he would seduce me, since he had a penchant for dating younger women. We were neighbors for two months before our tryst began. It was about a week after my 21st birthday. Because I had just turned 21 and he was an alcoholic, we were both inebriated. We confessed our mutual attraction. I was a late bloomer. He was my first kiss. Eventually we slept together and ended up dating for two years. We didn't tell anyone about it for a year. I have some fond memories of him. I went to my first Spoon show with him. We liked to read art books together. We sat on our porch swing and listened to music or talked for hours. He liked taking pictures of me. But I mostly have bad ones. When he drank too much, he turned into a monster. He would try to provoke me by insulting me. And I gladly took his abuse. He broke plans several times to hang out with his drinking buddies. One night he threatened to beat up my brother. When my brother left I locked Alan out and he kept banging on the door. I almost called the cops. But the worst memory is hearing him have sex with another woman. When I eventually broke up with him, he immediately moved another girl in and they were soon engaged. The only thing more awkward than living next to your boyfriend is living next to your ex and his fiance. I imagined them doing the things we used to do and being happier. He had replaced me so easily. I was comforted by the sounds of her berating him like he used to do to me. Even better were the sounds of Dido and bad country music. He was doing for her what I once did for him, repressing his real personality to please her. It's been over a year since our relationship ended, but it will always be a major influence.


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