The Girl Next Door
A three page story in color by Dave Sim.
The story is told without dialogue.
A five-year-old Cerebus sits on a log, watching the house of a young blonde girl named Cherie. When she opens the door, he ducks behind the log. He follows her when she goes out into a field, picking berries into a pail. Noticing some flowers, Cerebus picks a bouquet for Cherie. His fear overwhelms him, so he picks up a small stone and tosses at the back of her head. She begins crying, as Cerebus races off into the forest, very much in love with the girl next door.
- Cerebus (earliest full-story appearance; next appearance in His First Fifth)
- Cherie (first appearance; next appearance in issue 238)
According to the "Notes From the President" for Cerebus Jam, this story takes place in 1390, when Cerebus is five years old.
First printed in Epic Illustrated #30, June 1985.
- In issue 182 p. 17: Viktor Davis states that the woman who owned the crystal skull lived in Kitchener, Ontario "within a block of the house which had served as the basis for the Young Cerebus story The Girl Next Door. The woman, Anna Mitchell-Hedges, lived on Glen Avon Crescent.
Cerebus Short Stories Has the three page story along with other Cerebus short stories.