Janet couldn’t sleep. The drama with her and her boyfriend was keeping her up all night. She’d caught him cheating before and now she had reason to believe he was up to his old ways again. On top of everything else, the guy in the apartment next door was making too way too much noise.
The noise seemed to be a loud pounding sound against a punching bag. She hadn’t yet met her neighbor. But she pictured some butt-ugly brute with a potbelly and the personality of bowling pin. By two am, she’d had enough. Storming out of her apartment, she went next door and loudly knocked on the door.
When the door swung open, Janet got a big surprise. The butt-ugly brute she was expecting was actually a petite young woman. Sweat tickled down her pretty face. Her sky blue eyes were wide and her mouth was pushed into a soft pucker. Before Janet could speak she said, “I’m sorry, was I making too much noise? I really apologize.”
Janet struggled for words. Not only was she taken off-guard by her neighbor’s looks, her anger had floated away. This adorable lady was too sweet to lash out at. “Um… well, you know, it wasn’t that big of a deal. I just heard the noise and thought I should come over and introduce myself. I’m Janet.”
They shared a warm handshake. “My name is Maggie. Sorry again if I was a little loud. This is the only time I get to practice my moves.”
“Oh, are you an athlete?”
“Kind of. I work at a bank, but I want to be a boxing instructor.”
“That sounds wonderful. I bet you’d be good at it. You seemed to be pounding that bag pretty loudly – not that I’m complaining.” They shared a giggle, then Janet said, “Look, I’ll let you get back to your workout. Nice to meet you.”
Heading back to her apartment, Janet had calmed down. She was no longer thinking of Phil or the loud noise in the apartment next door. The only thought echoing through her head as she got to sleep was, That Maggie is a nice girl. And kind of cute…