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My New Neighbor Was Secretly Monitoring Me Until One Day I Faced Him on a Lonely Road — Story of the Day

Mariia Kobzieva
Jul 09, 2024
03:55 A.M.

My tire went flat. While struggling with it, a man in a pickup truck pulled up. In a matter of minutes, he did all the work. When he took off his sunglasses, my heart dropped. It was my new neighbor. He had been secretly watching me for the past month. I started my car immediately.

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I lived alone in a cozy house on the outskirts of town. I had been here for years, tending to my garden and selling produce at the local market.

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My trust in people had been shattered years ago when my fiancé betrayed me. Since then, I valued my peace and avoided close relationships, especially with men.

My garden became my escape, where I felt in control and at peace.

One sunny afternoon, I noticed a moving truck next door. A tall man with dark hair was directing the movers. He glanced over and our eyes met. I quickly looked away, pretending to be engrossed in my gardening.

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"New neighbor? One more man," I muttered to myself.

***

A few days later, strange things started happening in my yard: garden tools went missing, flowers were ruined, and the bench was broken. I suspected my new neighbor but had no proof.

Later that week, while trimming my roses, I felt someone watching me.

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I turned to see my neighbor, standing at his window, observing me. His intense gaze made me uncomfortable.

Every day, he would watch me—sometimes from his window, sometimes from his garden, and sometimes while fixing his old car in the garage. Every time I met his gaze, a shiver ran down my spine.

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I felt a knot of anxiety tightening in my stomach. Thankfully, Karen, my other neighbor, arrived at that moment.

She came with a warm smile and a freshly baked pie.

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"Hi, Sophia! I brought you a little something," she said cheerfully.

"Hi, Karen! Thank you, that’s so sweet of you," I replied, genuinely touched by the gesture. "Would you like to come in for some tea?"

"Sure, I’d love that," Karen said, stepping inside.

As we sat in my kitchen, sipping tea and enjoying the pie, Karen chatted about everything and I felt a bit calm.

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"By the way, have you noticed the new neighbor, Axel? He's quite the observer, isn't he?"

I nodded, feeling a bit uneasy. "Yes, I've seen him watching me a few times. It's... unsettling."

Karen smiled, a bit too sweetly. "Oh, I'm sure he's harmless. Probably just curious. But if he ever bothers you, just let me know."

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"Thanks, Karen. It's nice to know I have a friendly neighbor," I replied, trying to shake off the discomfort.

Karen sighed, her tone changing slightly.

"You know, I've tried to welcome him too, but he never accepts my gestures. He doesn't even take my pies."

"Really?" I asked thoughtfully. "That's strange."

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"Yes," Karen continued, a hint of frustration in her voice. "I think he just likes to keep to himself. I even like him a bit, but he doesn't seem interested."

"You know," I said, "since Axel moved in, strange things have been happening in my yard. My plants are ruined..."

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"That's odd. Do you think he could be behind it?"

"I don't know," I admitted. "I have no proof."

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As Karen left, I glanced out the window and saw Axel walking by, his eyes briefly meeting mine before he quickly looked away.

I still didn't know that very soon, I would have to meet him in quite a creepy situation.

***

One early evening, while driving home from the store through a forest road, I noticed my car had a flat tire.

"Just great," I muttered, pulling over to the side of the road. I got out and stared at the flat tire.

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"I can do this," I told myself, opening the trunk and retrieving the spare tire and tools.

But as I tried to change the tire, I realized it was much harder than it looked. The lug nuts were too tight, and no matter how much I struggled, they wouldn't budge.

"Come on!" I groaned, feeling more and more helpless. My hands were dirty, and I was getting anxious being alone on this deserted road.

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Suddenly, I saw headlights approaching. A car pulled up beside me, and the driver rolled down the window.

"Need some help?" a man asked.

He was wearing dark sunglasses, which seemed odd since it was nearly dusk.

I hesitated. "Um, yes, please. I can't get the lug nuts off."

The man got out of his car and walked over.

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"Let me take a look," he said. His voice was calm and reassuring.

He crouched down and effortlessly loosened the lug nuts. I watched, feeling a bit embarrassed by my failed attempts.

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"Thank you," I said, trying to mask my unease.

"No problem," he replied, working quickly and efficiently. Within minutes, he had the spare tire on and secured.

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"All done," he said, standing up and removing his sunglasses.

I gasped when I recognized him. It was Axel, the strange neighbor who always watched me.

"Uh, thanks," I stammered, my heart racing.

I was scared and confused, and all I wanted to do was get away. I quickly got back into my car and started the engine.

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"Drive safely," Axel said, but I barely heard him.

I sped off without another word. I couldn’t shake the feeling of fear and the strange coincidence of him being there at that moment.

As I drove away, I kept glancing in the rearview mirror, making sure he wasn't following me.

The weight of his gaze lingered in my mind, and I couldn’t help but wonder if there was more to this man than I had initially thought.

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***

The next day, I found my house had been vandalized. The front door was broken, and inside, things were scattered everywhere.

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My heart sank as I looked around at the mess. Drawers were open, papers were strewn across the floor, and everything was thrown around.

I was really scared.

"Who could have done this?" I muttered.

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Immediately, my thoughts turned to Axel. He had been around my house so much lately.

I stormed over to his house, my heart pounding with each step. I knocked loudly on his door, my anger barely contained.

Axel opened the door, looking surprised. "Sophia? What's wrong?"

"What's wrong?" I yelled. "My house has been trashed! Everything is a mess! And I know it was you! You've been watching me, lurking around my house!"

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His face fell, and he shook his head.

"Sophia, I had nothing to do with that. I swear."

I could feel my anger boiling over.

"Don't lie to me, Axel! You've been acting suspiciously since you moved in. First, my garden tools went missing, then my flowers were ruined, and now this? It has to be you!"

Axel's eyes widened, and he stepped back, raising his hands defensively.

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"Sophia, please, listen to me. I haven't done any of those things. I... I watch you because..."

I interrupted, not wanting to hear his excuses, "Because what, Axel? Because you're a creep? A stalker?"

His face flushed with emotion, and his voice rose, matching my intensity.

"Because I'm in love with you, Sophia! From the moment I saw you, I fell in love. I didn't know how to approach you, so I watched you, trying to gather the courage to talk to you."

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His confession hung in the air, and for a moment, we both stood there, breathing heavily.

"What? You... love me?"

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"Yes," he said, his voice softer now, "I know it sounds crazy, but it's the truth. I would never do anything to hurt you. I only wanted to get to know you."

I stared at him, my mind reeling.

Just then, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a shadow moving by the window. Someone was eavesdropping.

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"Did you see that?" I whispered, my voice shaking. "Someone's outside."

Axel turned quickly, his expression shifting.

"Stay here," he said, moving toward the window. "I'll check it out."

"No, I'm coming with you," I insisted, following him. Together, we moved cautiously toward the window.

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Peering out, we saw a figure disappearing into the darkness.

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"Who could that be?" I asked, fear creeping back into my voice.

Axel shook his head. "I don't know, but we need to find out. Someone is trying to mess with you, and we need to get to the bottom of this."

We both were sitting on the floor, side by side, thinking about the next step. Despite my anger and suspicion, Axel's confession had changed something between us.

And for the first time, I felt a glimmer of trust.

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***

Axel and I decided to find out who the real culprit was. He suggested setting a trap, as he had experience in hunting.

"We need to catch this person in the act," Axel said. "I've got some equipment we can use. It's a special net that activates with motion. It should work perfectly."

I nodded, determined to end this mystery. "Let's do it."

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We spent the afternoon setting up the trap. Axel showed me how to rig the net, positioning it strategically in my yard where the intruder had been causing trouble.

We also set up sprinklers and lights that would turn on if the trap was triggered.

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"This should do it," Axel said, stepping back to admire our work. "Now, we wait."

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***

That evening, we watched from my window. My heart raced with every rustle of the leaves, every shadow that moved.

Finally, we saw a figure creeping into my yard.

"Someone's there," I whispered, gripping Axel's arm.

"Stay calm," he replied softly. "Let's see who it is."

We watched as the figure climbed over the fence. The trap activated, and the net flew up, capturing the intruder.

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At the same time, the sprinklers and lights turned on, illuminating the scene for all the neighbors to see.

"It's Karen!" I gasped, recognizing my neighbor. She was drenched and tangled in the net, looking both terrified and humiliated.

Axel and I hurried outside.

Karen started crying, her voice shaking and broken by sobs, "P-please, l-let me out!"

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As we approached, Karen continued to sob, her words coming out in gasps.

"I d-did it. I c-caused all the trouble. I was j-jealous, s-seeing Axel's interest in you, S-Sophia. I c-couldn't bear him p-paying attention to someone else. I t-thought if I s-scared you away, he'd n-notice me instead."

I felt a bit of sympathy. "Karen, why didn't you just talk to us?"

She looked down, ashamed and still crying. "I was s-scared. I thought I h-had to do something d-drastic. I'm s-so sorry."

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Axel came closer to her.

"Karen, you put Sophia through a lot. This behavior is not okay. But I think you've punished yourself enough with this."

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We helped her out of the net, and Karen stood there, dripping wet and humiliated.

"I promise I'll change. I'll never do anything like this again."

I looked at Axel, and he nodded slightly.

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"Alright, Karen. We believe you. But you need to keep your word. And fix all that mess."

"I will. Thank you for giving me a chance."

After Karen walked away, we sat in the kitchen with soothing tea. The tension that had been building for weeks finally began to ease.

Axel turned to me, a small smile on his face. "Well, that was quite an adventure."

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I laughed, feeling the weight lift from my shoulders. "You can say that again."

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From that moment on, Axel and I grew closer. We started spending more time together, sharing stories, and getting to know each other on a deeper level.

The trust that had been broken was slowly rebuilt, brick by brick.

Karen, realizing her mistakes, made genuine efforts to change. Soon, we all began to see a different side of her.

Axel's actions had restored my faith in men. His honesty and support helped me feel free from the doubts and suspicions that had clouded my life for so long.

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For the first time in years, I felt truly liberated, knowing I could trust again. I knew we could handle anything that came our way.

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