What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Who Cares?

Last year when a family moved in next door, I wanted to give them a welcoming gift, sort of a house warming present. So I went out and bought a bread basket and went to my favorite bakery and got a French baguette. With a feeling of brotherly love and in anticipation of meeting my new neighbors, I rushed over to meet the new people on the block. I rang the bell and a young boy about the age of 10 answered the door.
''Hi, I am your new neighbor''. No answer.
''Are your parents home?''
''Dad, he yelled, someone's here".
''Who is it?''
''Our new neighbor''.
''What does he want?''
''I just have a little gift for your family'', I volunteered.
"He has a gift for us'', shouted the boy. I wasn't sure if the shouting was so that he could be heard or if I had come at an inoppurtune time.
''Well, snapped the father, just take it from him''. The boy grabbed the bread basket and slammed the door on my face.


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Have a Next-Door Neighbor Story?

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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