What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

She Moans

I thought moving into the quaint, Spanish courtyard building would be a good step. The first night was rough. I thought older buildings were supposed to ave thick walls. I was wrong. Since I was in one of the corners of the building, my bedroom window faced the courtyard. The neighbors to my right were either night owls or deaf. I heard the entire late night lineup from Leno to infomercials and finally the Star Spangeld Banner. They obviously didn't have cable. Between programs I managed to get some sleep.

I first heard it around 5am. "Oooohhh", she cried.

"What's this?" I thought. "A little early morning lovin'?"

"Ooooohhhhh. Uhhhhhhh."

The moans from my neighbor to my left were louder and louder. I'm no prude but, this was a bit much for me to hear. I felt like I was in bed with her. That's how loud it was. Since I'd only been in the building for a day, I didn't know any of my neighbors. Maybe I was living next to a hot, young party girl. Or maybe it was a well worn couple getting in a quickie in before work.

After a few minutes the moaning was more annoying than intriguing. I pressed my head into my pillow and pulled up my blanket to muffle the sounds. I eventually drifted off and was able to sleep until my alarm went off around 6:45.

That next night I fell asleep pretty easily. I was exhausted from interrupted sleep the night before. Again, I heard my TV loving neighbors and the late night NBC programming. I turned my ceiling fan on high to create a little more white noise and fell asleep.

"Oooohhhhh." she cried.

Not again. I had hoped she wouldn't have a repeat performance but, I was wrong. This time she was in rare form. The moans and groans were too much to take. I couldn't sleep. Thank God it was Friday and I could sleep in tomorrow.

I woke around 7am to take out my dogs. As I opened my door, an older lady, possibly Korean opened the door opposite to me. Her eyes twinkled as she smiled at me. "I hope I didn't wake you. I have an awfully bad back. It takes me a while to get up out of bed but, once I'm up, its ok. Are your dogs friendly?"

I just smile back.


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