The dog that looked like a bear, big and ruffled and angry like hibernation was not going well jumped against the wall of the hall tore away ravenous down the way pulling a too-small child, dragging that child towards the elevator but it couldn’t wait and squatted and pissed a lake when the elevator doors opened so it ran ran ran for the doors as the child fell through the urine and shrieked more angry than sad, and let go of the leash and the dog/ bear jumped on Anush the woman in the elevator who lived with the dog and the girl and then she screamed at the dog and the girl covered in yellow urine, all Armenian words now fighting in the hallway so even the dog came slinking back and the door of their apartment opened and a fat fat man in black velour pants and a chain around his neck bellowed, walked out into the center, bellowed some more until Anush screamed again, this time at him, the contempt! Oh wow the contempt! She snarled and screamed and two more children wandered dumbstruck out of the door, no shoes on their feet, shorts and t-shirts that didn’t look real real clean, one eating cereal out of the box until Anush screamed at them and they ran with the unine-covered girl into the apartment and the dog started to quiver back on its hind legs behind the man, started to strain and soon there was poop poop on the floor but the man didn’t see it and stepped backwards and stepped right into the poop and swore: “Shit Fuck!” Anush backed up, he moved forward to kill her and this is the way it went until an even older woman like grandmother-old came limping out of the apartment and said something kind or that sounded kind because the man stopped in his shitty tracks and Anush took a breath and even the dog seemed better. The old grandmother held out her arm and her son came to her and gave her his hand and called another name and another child, a new one, came out of the apartment and took the dog to the elevator and down and they all walked inside the apartment and closed the door and there was still piss and shit on the floor but, finally, quiet.
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