The Boy Next Door

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Alexa McCoy left town to protect the boy next door. She knew she had done the right thing by walking out of his life because he would clearly remain out of her league. Five years later, she is back and thinks she can move on with her life. Alexa is wrong because that boy still has a permanent claim over her heart.

"I love you, baby, I'm not a monster"
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© Copyright 2014 AbstractKash

Submitted: May 26, 2014

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The Boy Next Door

 

Sebastian stared out his bedroom window. There was a petite woman propped beside the window sill, her long dark hair concealed her face, ruffling with the wind. Confusion washed over him. Like the stalker-ish neighbor that he was, he continued to stare at her. She looked familiar.

As if she’d felt his eyes on her, she turned to face in his direction. Sebastian pulled the shutters down. That was downright childish. His jaw clenched tight as he fought battles with himself. The urge to pound a few fists through the wall was greater; he knew he’d only trouble Sherri and his mother with the damage work. Not that he couldn’t afford, what with his new job as the radio jockey in the local station, he managed to bring chunks of money that kept the house from falling apart.

Reluctantly, he picked the biker jacket and flung the headphones around his neck as he took one look at the mirror. Sure, he knew he looked like the good looking bastard that he was. He rushed downstairs, flicking one final look in the mirror.

Sherri appeared to be propped on the kitchen counter, laughing hysterically over something his mom said, his nephew Cody nestled in the hollow of her hip bone. It was wonderful to see his mother and older sister get along like BFF’s on bright sunny days. Also, impossibly unbelievable when they started cat fights and tried to slit each other’s throats. It was either Sebastian or his brother-in-law playing the referee.

He grabbed for the fresh toast, grinned at the ladies in greeting and started to walk out of the door.

“Alexa is back.” He heard Sherri say it to him.

He almost died inside, though he managed to plaster a fake smile. “I’m all out of fucks to give.”

Sherri sniggered. “I know a liar when I see one.”

Sebastian turned in the doorway and gave her his widest grin, “I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.”

Sherri puckered her lips and made loud kissing sounds to tease him; her husband thought she looked sexy doing that. Sebastian hadn’t seen anything that was even mildly retarded as fuck.

He slammed the door on her puckering face. The new revelation about Alexa being back in town was disturbing, yet something he looked forward to. He’d lived most of his life with the conflicted feelings towards that girl. He’d fought between the right and the wrong for years. Now was the time to make that right.

 

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Alexa enjoyed sitting near the bay window and curling beneath an intriguing thriller novel. She had just turned to the best part of the novel when the feeling of being under the hawk eye, forced her to face the window. The onlooker was quick even for her, as he pulled the shade down. She couldn’t notice much, other than the tall lean frame. She wondered if the Coleman’s had moved to another place.

Sherri had been Alexa’s best friend and neighbor for years; they went to school together, had sleepovers even though they lived close enough to have conversations through windows. They were attached to the butt and inseparable until, Sebastian.

Sebastian was found wrapped up in a blanket near a dumpster; the little boy had sucked the life out of his thumb. At fourteen, the girls were thrilled to find a baby. The plum colored cheeks and the round expressive jaded orbs were something hard to resist. Sherri carried the baby home, the next thing Alexa knew; Mrs. Coleman legally adopted the boy as her own.

A brief knock on the main door woke Alexa up. She’d drifted off into a peaceful slumber. One look at the watch and the time told her it was past dinner time. She splashed some water on her face, straightened her appearance and decided to answer the door.

Sherri stood at her doorstep, looking very uncomfortable and just out of place holding a large plate of brownies.

She passed Alexa a nervous smile, despite the shit that went spiral five years ago, “Hi Lex.”

She’d called her Lex just like the old days. Sherri’s eyes scanned her; she wasn’t even trying to hide the fact that she was running an eye-scan. “I prepared brownies, thought you’d like some for dessert.”

Maybe Sherri hadn’t completely forgotten about Alexa at all.

“It’s nice to see you again, Sher.” There was a large lump forming in her throat. The next words that slipped out of her lips weren’t something she intended to admit out loud. “I’ve missed you.”

Sherri’s arms were wrapped around Alexa as her vision blurred. Sherri said something that she should’ve said years ago. “I’m sorry.”

  Alexa didn’t know what to say. Awkwardness filled the air and nauseated her. Sherri entered her house without waiting for an invitation and placed the brownies on the coffee table before making her way back to the door. She got hold of her hand and began dragging her next door. Sherri wasn’t taking no for an answer.

The last time Alexa had been to Sherri’s house seemed like eons ago. Stuff had changed, the furniture in the living area, the poorly painted walls were now freshly repainted. Her old friend dragged Alexa into the dining area where Mrs. Coleman appeared to be preparing the dinner. The familiar aroma of freshly baked food brought in the feeling of nostalgia.

“Alexa.” Mrs. Coleman smiled warmly at her, she’d always been nice. No matter how harsh things went down between them.  “It’s nice to have you back here.”

  “I hope we can be friends again.” Sherri chimed in, wounding her fingers around Alexa’s.  

Alexa wasn’t sure how she could respond to that. She didn’t want the history to repeat itself.

“I heard from my mother that you married.” Alexa said in hopes of changing the subject.

“Yeah. My little one is one year old now. He’s sleeping upstairs. I’ll make sure I bring him around to meet you.”

“I’d love to.”

“You should know that..I’m sorry for whatever happened because of my brother. ” Sherri’s eyes were brimming with unshed tears. “I tried to contact you but, I really didn’t know what to say..and..”

Alexa took both her hands in hers. “It’s okay.”

Alexa scanned the house, the thought of Sebastian somewhere in the house, unsettled her. Unsettled her for all the good and bad reasons, it was the excitement to see him again that kept her glued to the stool. Just then, they heard the sound of keys as the lock turned and in walked the tall figure that Alexa assumed she’d seen in the morning.

“I’m home.” He called out, hanging his jacket to the hook.

Alexa could hardly believe what she was seeing. Who was this boy? Where was the Sebastian that she knew? The crazy dark curls were replaced by wavy and smooth hair. The bulgy extra fat had disappeared somehow, replacing with a broad chest and defined arms. Those familiar jaded orbs leveled with hers. The shock was quite evident. She could recognize those eyes even during her lucid dreams; it wasn’t something she could ever forget.

Sebastian was a changed man. So much mature.

Alexa’s heart wanted to take a leap out. It was beating at such a rapid pace that she could hear the drumming like it was the only sound in the room. If she could only control her feelings for that boy who used to tail behind her since he was a baby. For Alexa, Sebastian had always been Sherri’s baby brother. When Sebastian was four, he’d worship his sixteen year old sister and her friend around like they were the only goddess he knew but, things changed as he grew older.

Right at that moment, Alexa felt guilty. She felt guilty for still caging those old feelings for the little boy who she had helped change diapers with his sister. The problem wasn’t their mutual love or the fact that she wanted to live in denial. The problem was that he was Sherri’s baby brother, only eighteen while she was thirty. Another problem was that she loved him back.

 

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She was right there, sitting in his family dining area. Alexa McCoy

She appeared just the way she’d been, so little, so tiny, like a child. He’d changed and by the look on her face. She’d noticed that. Sebastian tried to suppress the smile that tugged his lips.

Alexa could easily surpass as a teenager for anyone who couldn’t guess her age. He wanted to scoop her up in his arms and kiss her until she didn’t remember her name. Sebastian didn’t know how to deal with his feelings. She was the only woman he’d loved and wanted to be with but getting the time of the day with her was close to him hitting the jackpot in Vegas.  Sherri’s eyes were wide; of course she hadn’t expected him to show up earlier than usual. Her eyes played a tennis match from Seb to Alexa  and back.

Alexa remained seated; she’d already averted her eyes away from him. That’s right. He was the villain here for a fact that he’d admitted a few years ago that he loved her. Sebastian had also made sure the men who wanted to get any closer than three meter radius with Alexa, also never showed up on her doorstep again, nor called.

Alexa was his. Even at thirteen, he knew what was rightfully his. He’d made damn sure she understood it.

Despite the awkwardness permeating the air, he smiled at her. “Lex.”

She pushed her hair behind her ear, keeping her gaze downcast. “Hi Sebastian.”

Look at me. Dammit! He wanted to yell those words at her. After all, he wasn’t that boy who still sucked on a popsicle or pulled childish pranks. Okay, maybe he still pulled some pranks from time to time, but so what?

People would be surprised, but Alexa had done everything for him. From changing his diapers, to giving him all her old toys to play with, to helping him do his projects. Sebastian looked up to her, until he realized those feelings weren’t as plain as a vanilla cake or as innocent as a fairy with white wings.

“Did you move in today?” He tried to make light conversation, though he sucked hardest at it.

She was yet to make eye contact with him. She nodded, “Yesterday actually. Some of my stuff’s still not arrived yet.”

The awkward silence dissipated again until Sherri decided to break it.

“I have so much to tell you. Let’s go upstairs.” Sherri grabbed for two soda cans and a bag of Doritos from the counter and started to drag Alexa upstairs paying no heed to her protests.

His mom passed him a wary look. “You’re gonna be alright?”  

He could respond with a yeah, or guess so but, that would be lying to her and himself. He said, “I don’t think so.”

Sebastian rushed upstairs, he could hear the girls laughing and talking about things. He drifted off to sleep with the sound of Alexa’s cheerful laughter.

 

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Large cartoons of Alexa’s belongings covered her unkempt lawn. What the hell? Those movers were supposed to help her with the heavy boxes. She sighed; assuming they had gone for a short lunch break. She began picking up one of the boxes; she gave up a minute later, surrendering to her weak strength.

“Maybe I could lend you an extra hand?”

Sebastian had large slick black headphones hanging around his neck; a mocking smile crossed his lips. He didn’t wait for her response as he made his way to pick up the box lying on the ground. He carried two boxes under each of his arms without much effort and placed them in the living area. She didn’t miss the appreciative glances he stole at her.

“Would you care for some coffee?” Alexa asked.

She had to pretend like he was still the little Seby.

“Sure.”

Alexa was in the midst of preparing the drink when she heard him walk into the kitchen area. He knew this place like it was his house. Thanks to all those times he snuggled in her bed. She could feel his eyes on her while she tried to appear unaffected by his presence. She stirred a spoonful of sugar and handed him the brewing mug. His fingers brushed hers; the slightest of contact put her on defense mode. 

She met his eyes with hers, and he refused to look away. She cleared her throat softly, “How are things going? Got any girlfriend in university?”

Alexa wished to hear a flat ‘No’ to her last question.

“I’ve had a few.” He responded taking a sip of the hot beverage. “I figured they were just a waste of my time.”

“Why are you looking at me like that?” Alexa hated that she sounded so weak. Was she angry because he’d said he had a few girlfriends?

“My feelings haven’t changed.”

Alexa’s hands were shaking; she crossed her arms across her chest in hopes of hiding her discomfort. “You don’t understand, Sebastian.”

She watched him place the mug on the counter as he planted both his arms on the either side of her. “I’ve waited all these years for you.”

“This is not right.” Alexa said.

“I love you, Alexa . Tell me it’s not right.”

Alexa shot her eyes to him. It was self restraint that was holding her back from falling into his arms. “You are Sherri’s brother, Sebastian. I’ve carried you around when you were a baby; you were like a brother to me.”

“DAMMIT LEX!”

She flinched with the sound of his fist making contact with the wooden cabinet above. The handle fell apart.

“That’s the best you’ve got?” he gave a nervous laugh. “Is that what’s stopping you? The fucking twelve years age difference and the fact that I’m your former best friend’s brother?”

Those days were gone when Alexa would pull him in her arms, he barely surpassed her chin back then and now, her Seby stood so much taller. She barely made it past his chest.

Sebastian cupped her face in his. “Tell me you never felt anything for me and I’ll go away.”

“I..I don’t.”

“Really? Then why are you still single at thirty? Why aren’t you engaged or married to some man like you should be? Heck, why don’t you even have a boyfriend?”

“That doesn’t concern you.”

“Hell it does, because, you were always mine. When I was five, or ten or right now when I’m eighteen. Maintain eye contact, Alexa, don’t look away.” Sebastian lowered his voice to whisper the next words in her ear, “I can show you what a man I can be. Don’t you dare underestimate me.”

“Sebastian..please…” Alexa pleaded.

Sebastian kissed her forehead before backing away from the counter. “Two weeks and, I swear to you. You’ll be in my arms before you know it. Mark my words and your calendar.”

Alexa watched his perfect body swagger out of the door. She collapsed on the floor with her hands covering her face.

With each passing day, Alexa’s restraint of mission ditch Sebastian was falling apart. He’d be casually leaning out of his window, bare chest, glowing in the silver glory of twilight.  Other nights, she heard different chicks laughing loud enough for the people down the street to hear. It didn’t take a scientist to figure out what went down at the late hours. Alexa couldn’t stomach to run her imagination.

She mentally asked herself why she’d left the safe confines of her home with her parents only to be stuck right back into when it all started. This house was closed for good; she’d opened it in hopes of getting a change of life style. Also, she was curious how Sebastian was doing. Obviously, she hadn’t expected him to come all smooth tongue, grown up and drop dead gorgeous with killer green eyes. Sebastian was a sin. He was the apple, Eve should never have touched.

What gave her the idea that he’d be the same baggy pants, shaggy hair was beyond her.

Stuff change. People change.

Alexa felt pathetic at thirty. Working as an editor for a well known publishing house hadn’t changed the fact that she hadn’t managed to get herself a good man. They fled in the opposite direction as soon as they heard her no random sex rules. She would only put herself to sleep after she’d emptied gallons of chocolate ice-cream. Sebastian was right; she was a sore and a pathetic loser.

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One entire week had passed, and Sebastian was not ready to throw his assumptions and hopes out of his window. He was waiting for his Lex to walk right back at him. He leaned against his window and tried not to peek into Alexa’s window. A courier van pulled nearby his curb. The driver’s side of the car opened and a guy walked out, carrying a large box. He seemed to be confused and looked from Alexa’s house and Sebastian's, straitening his cap. He glanced up straight at him. “Ms. Alexa McCoy.”

“That house.” Sebastian pointed at the house next door. “But she’s not home at the moment.”

“Oh.” The man scratched his head, giving Sebastian his best coy smile. “My colleagues told me McCoy is a babe. I switched my shift just so I could see her. Guess I’ll have to come again.”

  The douche started to load the box back in his van. 

“I’ll be downstairs in a second.”

Sebastian grabbed for his shirt, pulling his hands through the sleeves first and then his head. He began rushing downstairs, sliding off smoothly from the banister railing, he stepped into his porch.

The timid asshole was still leering at the house, like Alexa was going to summon herself again just so this bastard could get a glimpse at the editor. Sebastian gave the courier boy named Tony a harsh pat as he slung his arm around his shoulder.

“Buddy, you need to listen to this. Do you know why she’s always out every Saturday?”

Tony gave a shrug. “Probably running an errand at the mall?” he continued, “We should’ve called first before coming here.”

“You should have. Actually, she had an appointment with a doctor.”

Tony stopped and it took him a while for realization to dawn. “For what?”

Sebastian sighed, looked in every direction and whispered. “It’s a rare disease. She has an acute problem of attacking strangers. She sometimes even attacks her neighbors.” Sebastian tugged his shirt up to reveal nail marks. “Your colleagues didn’t fill you in?”

Tony’s eyes widened when he saw the large nails dragged across Sebastian’s skin. He ran a hand through his sweat soaking hair, swallowing hard. “I think those assholes did it on purpose.” He handed Sebastian a card. “Tell her to come collect the courier package from the office.”

Sebastian got hold of Tony’s arm and gave him a hysterical, overdramatic scream. “Please. Please save me. Oh, please don’t leave me.”

Tony yanked his arm away, stumbled and made a run for the van. He took off in an inhumane speed, like one of those Tom and Jerry cartoon shows. Sebastian smirked at his own little victory. He reminded himself to feed a nice huge treat to his dog Finch for dragging those nails.

“You’re a bastard.” He heard Sherri laugh at him.

“A very attractive bastard."Sebastian passed her his mischievous evil smile that got him out of the worst of situations. "All's fair in love and war, sister." 

 

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Alexa thought she had enough with all the drama. She thought that living next door to Sebastian and moving on with her life was going to be easy. It was anything but that. Mrs. Coleman had left the house in Sebastian’s responsibility for a few days. She worked as a teacher in the public school and class trips were her usual excuse for staying away from home.

She’d been trying to concentrate on editing a manuscript that had a deadline of a week but had a tough time getting past one paragraph. The tall blond with fake enhancements who’d knocked on her door just a while ago, asking for Sebastian preoccupied her mind. At first it was just random parties in his yard with bimbo’s trying to sneak into his bedroom. He’d shut the door on their faces as soon as the party was over. Typical Seby.

Alexa couldn’t help, but cringe as she saw Sebastian invite the blond bimbo inside his house. That guy had a No girls in the house strict rule drilled into his head by his mother. How could he just call some random girl? She tried to become attentive of the voices next door, all she could hear was loud giggles which left knots in her stomach. Before she knew what she was doing, she found herself walking out of her house and onto Sebastian’s doorstep.

She pounded her fists on the door, when Seby didn’t answer; Alexa turned the knob and pushed the door open. She stomped her way past the living area and into the kitchen. Sebastian had his back facing Alexa. His denims hung low against his firm hips, and no shirt. Alexa couldn’t help but notice that gorgeous body. Black wings were tattooed on his shoulder blades. The bimbo was settled on the kitchen island, shamelessly giggling and running her long legs all over Alexa’s Sebastian. He was hers.  

“SEBASTIAN!” Alexa folded her arms across her chest, tapping her foot in annoyance.

He turned around to face her; the girl seemed distracted by Alexa’s sudden interruption.

“You.” Alexa pointed towards the bimbo. “Get out of the house right now.”

She inspected her long nails, passed Alexa a smile and made her way out of the kitchen area, she murmured. “about time.”

Alexa didn’t understand what that was about, but her main focus was on Sebastian at that moment. She narrowed her eyes at him. “What the hell do you think you are doing?”

Sebastian grabbed for his shirt and pulled it on. “I’m sorry. Did you need something?”

“I’m going to tell your mother and Sherri about this.” Alexa said firmly.

“Tell her what?”

“That you brought a girl into the house.” She repeated, how could he think he could get away with something like that?

Sebastian chuckled loudly. “Be my guest, baby.” He continued, “Mom is well aware of what I’m up to when she’s not home and she knows to keep herself out of my business and, Sherri’s got a lot more on her plate than to worry about her brother fucking some girl.”

“God Sebastian! What’s wrong with your language?” Alexa couldn’t believe her sweet Seby was uttering something so vile. She wished the ground would swallow her up.

“So tell me, why are you here?”

“I’ve had enough of you walking all over me like I’m some kind of a footpath.” Alexa blinked back her unshed tears. “I’ve had enough of watching all this bullshit from my window.”

Sebastian maintained an impassive face as she gave him out. She realized she should have done that way before. Alexa closed the distance between them and got hold of his ear.

  “Oww.” Sebastian whined. He hadn’t expected Alexa to drop the speech and become the old Lex who kept him on his toes. All the damn fucking time. “Oww. It hurts Lex. It hurts.”

Alexa twisted his ear until he was begging her to let go. “You pull this cocky kind of act of me, Mister and you’d wish you were never born.”

  When Alexa was content with making sure his ear was fifty shades of red, she let go. “And what the hell did you tell the courier guy?”

Sebastian pulled his ‘I’m so innocent’ mask on. “Me? I just told them you weren’t home.”

“You think I’m going to fall for that? Again?” Alexa raised her hands in defeat. “Not after you told my first date in high school that I had lice in my head and the co-worker who wanted to come home to watch a movie with me that I liked to serve hot spicy Rodent soup before the main course. And it was just the start.”

It was his turn to hang his head in shame for pulling all those things on his sweet neighbor. When Sherri asked him why, he’d confessed he was in love with Alexa. He was thirteen and he had to know better than to think his sister would allow a thirteen year old boy to become all serious and romantic for twenty-five year old woman. His sister thought it was infatuation. Sebastian knew it was love.

Alexa had no idea what was going on as Sebastian slipped his strong arms around her middle and pulled her against his body. “I love you, baby, I’m not a monster.”

Her eyes widened not because of what he had confessed, she was surprised how fast his lips captured hers. He deepened the kiss as his tongue delve into her mouth, proving to her that he was still her old Seby, yet much more grown up than she’d given him credit for.

He was the first to pull apart. Alexa couldn’t make eye contact. This felt so much different. He continued, “That girl who left, she’s my friend and she was getting all bitchy just to attract some attention of one particular person.”

There was a moment of silence between them before Alexa said. “All these damn years I couldn’t see you, Seby, I…” she couldn’t get the words out of her mouth. “I died each day, every second, wondering if you meant what you said five years ago. I wished I was twelve so many times.”

“Hey..hey..look at me.” Sebastian cupped her face and urged her to look at him. “Age is one big fat number. That’s all it is. The real question is, if you want this?”

Alexa couldn’t hold it in any longer. Maybe he was foolish, childish, and stupid and that girl was his idea for her to see that he wasn’t the little boy anymore. It still hurt.

“I love you.” Alexa confessed.

Sebastian ran his knuckles down her jaw. “I’ve dreamed about this day.”

“I can wait for another ten years if you want but, you need to stop chasing away every male species that walk onto my doorstep.”

Sebastian chuckled loudly. “We can work on that.”

 

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