What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

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The husband left his wife, 2 year old son and 3 month old daughter, suddenly, in the middle of the night. Poof, he is just gone. Wife has to find a job, doesn't speak English very well, is struggling to pay mortgage that is in her sister's name. She puts the house on the market, asking more than the market value is at this time, trying to cover loans made to furnish home and deadbeat husband with a nice lexus.

She has nobody here to watch her children, she sends them to mexico to live with her parents so she can work and pay for the house.

She moves out and into her sister's home because she is lonely and heartbroken with out her children and that poor excuse for a man. Her brother in law maintains the house while it is vacant.

A few months go by, and the husband starts coming around again, but only when the house is empty. In and out he goes day by day, sneaking around in different cars each time.

Suddenly the brother in law catches on, and hides out. Waiting for hubby dear to return.

Husband shows up a few days later, arm in a cast. He is attempting to push a lawn mower over the lawn, while brother in law sits on the porch, beer in hand, watching. Casted hubby is trying to edge, rake, mow. The garage is cleaned out and organized by the one handed wonder. All while brother in law glares from the shade of the porch.

Days go by just like that. Casted fool being eyeballed by big badass brother in law. Then nothing. For weeks again, nothing.

Last week the family returned. Children are laughing, playing, the house is alive. The wife is home, smile on her face as children play at her feet. Her husband is home, still with a cast on his arm, but now the brother in law is gone. The yard is beautiful.

I smile every time I see the scum bag. I know what happened. I know what made him come back to his wife. I hope my brothers would do the same for me.


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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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