What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

That Mustange Driving Weirdo Won't Stop Looking At Me

I live in a six story high rise in East Providence, Rhode Island, so I suppose I have many neighboors, but there is one that sticks out to me like a soar thumb. Actually, make that a partially amputated thumb with gangrene.
I'm a person who keeps my head down and tries to get where I need to be as fast as I can. I certainly don't like small talk and people staring at me.
The first time I really noticed someting was odd, was when I was entering my building from the side entrance. The weirdo in question was walking to the front of the building, but we were in view of each other. He stopped in his tracks and watched me going into the building. From the corner of my eye I saw him turn around and start coming towards the side entrance. I'm a fast walker so I made it to the elevator before he even made it inside the building, but this scenerio has happened on more than one occasion. A few times I got stuck in the elevator with him. He tried making small talk and I was polite, but in reality I wanted to scream at him. Whenever I'm in the parkin lot , he stares, whenever he's getting off the elevator and I'm getting on, he stares. I'm not paranoid, just so you know, my fiance can confirm all of this.
My first thoughts on this guy is he's some pervert child molestor or he's gay and has the hots for me. He's got to be in his fifties. He walk as slow as molassus, with his arms straight down on his sides. He has this blank stare that just send chills down your spine. The thing about him is he drives a Mustang. If you saw this guy you'd think he sits in a blacked out van with "Free Candy" written on the side. I don't know his name or what he does, nor do I want to. Sometimes I think maybe he just has no friends and he's lonely, but sometimes I think he'll be waiting in my apartment wearing a gimp mask. So, if anything ever happens to me, look for the weirdo in the red Mustange.


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