Sheila was losing control, fast! Why didn’t she heed her neighbor’s warning about the man who just moved into the neighborhood two weeks ago. Miranda mentioned in a conversation with her that she thought the new man on the block was acting “odd” at night. He would come out of his house and circle it for several times and then walk back in. Living across the street from him, Miranda had watched his “comings and goings” often, for she liked to keep tabs on new people.
“I’d look out for ‘that one.” Miranda spoke to Sheila as she nibbled on diet bar, one bright autumn day. “Don’t trust him for anything,” as she finished the bland tasting bar…
“Why, what’s wrong with him? Sheila asked with a hesitant voice. What has he done to make you suspect him?”
“I can’t put my finger on it but he just seems so controlled, so obsessive. Got an uncle like that and he can’t leave anything alone! Why he even checks his car at night—takes him over an hour—making sure it’s alright—that everything is in place..Gives me the “willies!”
Sheila laughed it off that day and thought her old friend was just being hyper. But now she thought, why didn’t she heed the warning? Now, he was outside, she saw him--doing God knows what and she was all alone…
It was getting dark outside and hard to tell what was going on. All she could see out of her living room window was her neighbor, circling her home and scanning all parts of her home while he was doing it. Round in circles he went, never stopping..
Finally he stopped right in front of her door! He waited and listened and was very quiet. Sheila waited behind the front curtains until she could stand the silence no more…
She hollered out loud—“Who are you and what do you want?”
No sound, just heavy breathing…
And then, just eight words, “I’m so lonely, can I talk to you?”
Stunned, she held her breath and then replied, “Sure you can, if you would just stop acting strange and introduce yourself!”
And so it began…a beautiful and loving friendship that would later turn into marriage and all it took was courage and faith in someone different and a bit strange…But, aren’t we all a bit different and strange sometimes?
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