The New Neighbor
By: Lisa H. Owens
It was rumored, Bob Smith, the newest resident of Pleasant Street, was a mobster-turned-state's-witness.
Attempting to blend in, he traded his Cadillac for a Prius, wore Sansabelt slacks, pastel Polo Shirts and Sperry Top-Siders. Upon meeting the neighbors, Bob talked about pleasant things like golf and the weather.
Shortly after move-in day, Vinny's Fences and Watches showed up with a team of goons who erected an impenetrable wall, neatly imprisoning Bob in the suburban home on its postage-stamp sized lot while Vinny sold new Rolexes that had “fallen off a truck” out of the back of a windowless panel van.