What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

The Pied Piper of Cats

There was this old man who lived across the street from me as a kid, in a trailer park. He was old, wizened black man who worked at
the corner convenience store, cooking the chicken. He had a soft,
kind, face, with a scraggly white beard. When he'd walk down the
sidewalk, all of the neighborhood stray cats would follow him like
the Pied Piper. He took loads of animals into his trailer. Once, he even took my neighbors Terrier in when he got loose.
It was cold that winter and, without any heat, and with mere
cardboard over his windows, the old man died. The animals, having
nothing more to eat, started nibbling on him. We found out later, he'd been the oldest living ex-con in Virginia. He'd killed his father when he was younger, apparently. But, knowing him as a man who fed cats and kept turtles in his bathtub...it was hard to picture that.


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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.

About Next-Door Neighbor

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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