What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?


It was summer of 2001 and the other “club” of kids in the neighborhood had just made Lauren cry. The sky was particularly grey that afternoon as we stood in a circle around her, glaring across the street to the larger group of smirking assholes. We tried not making her take sides, but as usual with kids entering pre-teendom, cliques prevailed.

Lauren was being torn apart by an inner battle- whether to be mad at them for making her cry, or us knowing full well that our friendship was the reason behind their cruelness. The other members of our circle continued to stir the pot of drama with plans of confrontation. I was just getting pissed.

Fuming, I didn’t even notice the car pull into the garage next door or the small, skinny ball of energy bounding across our shared front lawn.
“Howdy neighbors, who wants popsicles?” Mike said from behind his signature huge smile. Silence fell across the group as we realized that he didn’t yet know the seriousness of the situation, but soon neither did we. Silence was soon replaced with laughter as we followed our friend across the lawn and into the simple happiness he so often provided.


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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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This contest ends September 1, 2008. Prizes are not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as awarded. Winners are decided at the discretion of SMITH judges and all decisions are final. SMITH reserves the right to change the contest rules. Enter as often as you want. SMITH reserves the right to reprint or republish all entries.

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