Neighbourhood Watch

She had been watching her neighbor’s house for weeks, but she saw something today that made her feel afraid.
Being housebound now as she was, the only contact she had with the outside world was looking out of her window and people watching.
Her neighbour had moved in about three months ago and it had been interesting to see the furniture van unloading her possessions and household items. She was amused that some were very similar to her own, perhaps not the same colour, but design and size nonetheless.
As with most new residents, they wanted to put their stamp on their new home, so some were intent on home improvements, decorators, or landscaping the garden.
She’d noticed the BMW in the driveway a little while ago and thought nothing of it at first. She never saw the occupant arrive or leave so thought it was a boyfriend or family member.
She was wrong on both counts and could not believe it when she saw him emerge from the driver’s seat, her neighbour rushing to greet him in a passionate embrace.

Her mind flashed back ten years to a time when she was as thrilled to see her beloved come home after a business trip.
The beatings that followed broke her spirit and numerous bones to such an extent that she was now in a wheelchair. With help, she had escaped the abusive marriage, obtained a divorce and moved to where nobody knew her or her history to start a new life.
Now it was all coming back to haunt her.
What should she do? Say nothing or warn her that this man was a cruel bully and she was in danger.

Written for Fandango’s Story Starter.

She had been watching her neighbor’s house for weeks, but she saw something today that made her…


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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16 Responses to Neighbourhood Watch

  1. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Wow, that was so powerful. And yes tell her the truth.

  2. Fandango says:

    An intense story. Small world, huh?

  3. Sadje says:

    Very intriguing story

  4. murisopsis says:

    Horrible! If she warns the neighbor, she could be a target again (and helpless to boot). If she says nothing she will have to live with the knowledge that she could have saved that woman – from her fate or worse – death!! Quite the conundrum.

  5. joyroses13 says:

    Wow! What a twist, written well! What a dilemma!

  6. Carol anne says:

    wow! Very intense Di! I’d have to warn her!

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