Chapter Three

A New Neighbour

I’m making a little more money each day and finally have enough to fix up the bathroom. I’m sick of repairing the old toilet.

I get started on my next gig and I hear a knock at the door. My chest tightens as I look through the peephole. A man I don’t recognise is standing on the other side. I unlock the door and open it just enough to see him properly. “Hi there.” He smiles at me. “Can I help you?” I hold the door tight. “I’m Izaiah. I just moved in down the hall.” He holds out his hand. “And you are?” I open the door the rest of the way and shake his hand. “Alex. Welcome to the building.”

I invite him in and he looks around. “Are you moving out?” I smile. He has a nice voice. “Just moved in actually. Had to replace the floorboards.” He looks at me and I notice how blue his eyes are. “Well,” I break the silence. “If you ever need anything, feel free to knock on my door.” He smiles at me. “Same to you. What’s your number? Just in case I need something and you’re not here.” He grins, sheepishly and I blush.

We exchange numbers and say goodbye. After he leaves, I stare at my phone. That was unexpected, I think to myself. I can’t help but smile and I have to drag myself back to work.

As I’m typing away, my laptop starts to freeze before completely shutting off. I try to fix it but it’s useless.

Luckily, I have enough money to buy a new one. I actually like this one a lot better. Unfortunately, I lost all my work so I have a lot to do before I can even think about sleep.

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