I’m not sure why he despised me, but his pit bull eyes came at me with a vengeance. I deflected his strikes until I fell backward over the curb.

He pounced on me, pushing his knees into my shoulders. And I knew what came next.

The first five blows felt like mallets cracking ice, and then paralysis. I was swelling in blood but wanted this hate out of him.

Then there was stillness.

Although I felt the weight of his body on my hips, his arched back lay between my legs. I pulled up to investigate and saw his eyes rolled back and a clump of pink fibrous tongue lying on the asphalt.

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Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA

Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA

I’m a retail architect that studies human behavior, perception, and decision-making. I’m fascinated with the intersection of where commerce and community meet.