What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Come Quick! My next door Neighbor.

Thank God, Jacob a lonely widower in his sixties lived next door and came to my rescue. Things always broke down and with the kids. I fixed him a meal when I had a few extra dollars and the kids loved to hear his stories about the old country (Ireland). I wondered why Jacob's children never came to visit him.

After days of not seeing him in his yard, and a visibily full mailbox, I decided to go check on him. No one answered. What should I do? I called his number again and again and still no answer. Then I took it upon myself to go try the back door, with no available means of entry, I checked the windows. None were open. I placed a ladder against a wooden window frame of his bungalow. The blinds were closed and I felt like a failure. When I started down the rungs of the ladder something caught my attention...inside the corner of the window. A curtain not entirely in place and the blind was raised a couple of inches. My heart sunk, Jacob was on the floor spread eagle. I slipped trying to get down the ladder and ran as fast as possible, to call 911.

The ambulance arrived and another neighbor came to help break into his home.
Jacob hung onto life, barely. They administered CPR and gave him oxygen. I picked up his keys. The ride to the hospital was wicked, all I could think was--why didn't he call me? Why didn't I check on him earlier? Guilt ridden, I followed closely.

No one would allow me to be by his side. I drove back to his house and searched for his personal phonebook. He hadn't written any last names. I dialed every number in his book. Finally, I reached his sister and she gave me the names of his children. Each one was less than cordial. I couldn't believe they weren't interested. This was their father. Until one of them blurted, "Aparently you don't know my father as well as you think. He killed my mother and served thirty years in jail. Is there anything else?"


This story is pure fiction.


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As part of our new webcomic, Next-Door Neighbor, we thought it appropriate to have a little contest. Tell us your best true next-door neighbor story, and the winning tale will be matched with an artist and transformed into a webcomic and included as the final installment of Next-Door Neighbor.

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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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