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The Freaks Next Door

Jenny keeps to herself, mostly, but her new neighbors insist on being friends. Every time she leaves the house she sees either Jacob or Ana outside. They’re nice people, but the coincidence is too much. Jenny lives alone, and she knows she’s hot, so now she is convinced Jacob and Ana are freaks that are looking for a third party. Jenny started parking her car in her garage, which helped her avoid speaking to them. She would simply waved hello and give them a fake smile. This new plan only worked a few times. The fourth time Jenny tried to leave her garage, she sat in the car with the engine running, and when the garage door opened, Ana was standing there blocking Jenny from moving. Jenny saw she couldn’t back up without running over Ana and Ana wasn’t moving.

Jenny steps out the running car and addresses Ana. “I’m running late for work.”

“Do you run late coming home? Because it feels like you’re avoiding us. Did we offend you? I guess I’m just use to being friends with my neighbors.”

Jenny scrambles to save face. “Oh, I thought we were friends already, I’m sorry if I offended you.”

“Well…come to our dinner party tonight, if you mean it.”

“Um…sure, what time?”

“8:00pm.”

“That’s awfully late to eat.”

“Jacob and I love eating after the sun is down. Live a little and try it our way.”

“Okay, see you then.”

Jenny leaves for work. She’s trying to come up with a plan to cancel that won’t look bad. She decides to go eat and see what happens for herself. That night Jenny puts on a little black dress and high heels. Around 7:45 she noticed other people arriving next door, so she feels the party is legit. She walks to the house and rings the doorbell. Ana answers the door and invites her in. She hands her a glass of champagne and a sealed envelope that said, what kind of freak are you? Jenny gulped down the champagne and took a seat in the living room with the other guests.