Neigbour’s Perplexing/Scary Behavior

I had a very interesting neighbor back home.  He was an older man, no kids and no wife, no known lover but lived with a couple of adult nieces.  He never talked to anyone in the small eight townhouse compound that I lived in.  We all deduced that he was just a sullen man and we did not bother about him.  In fact, children were afraid of his stern countenance that they ran away whenever they saw him.

One day when I came back from work my 20 year old maid, Aunt R, had a look of fear on her face and asked to speak with me.  She could have just started talking as she always did, but not that day.  Aunt R said our neighbor had been behaving strangely for the past month.  Apparently, Neighbor would knock on my door every morning and ask whether I was home.  Aunt R always responded I had already gone for work.  Neighbor just say “OK” and go back to his home.  When Aunt R asked if there was a message for me, he would say no.

This scared Aunt R because, like she said, what was Neighbor planning to do when she was alone at home?  In order to get to the bottom of the issue, I went to Neighbor’s home the following morning before going for work.  He opened the door and scowled when he saw me.  I told him that I had got the message that he had been asking for me.  His expression immediately changed and he looked like he was a child caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  He said he had just wanted to know if I was home, nothing more.  This was an insufficient response, but I decided not to press the issue.  For me, the fact that he knew that I knew about his ‘visits’ to my home was enough to deter him from doing anything silly.  I would have pointed a finger at him had anything happened to Aunt R.

Well, I came back that day from work and Aunt R greeted me with a wide smile.  She said Neighbor had paid her another visit and complained (for lack of a better word) that she had told me about his visits.  Aunt R said she thought he had wanted to see me, hence her telling me about it.

Needless to say, Neighbor never came back to my home and also stopped talking to Aunt R, who was more than happy that she was now ‘normal’ like the rest of us.  His visits had unsettled me because no one knows what he wanted to do in my absence.

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anotherday2paradise
    Nov 20, 2018 @ 14:40:16

    Yes, it’s always best to confront the person and let them know that their behaviour has been noted and disapproved of. Glad it worked for you. 🙂

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