Illustration by Tierra Williams

Down and out, Tchitchikov meets Aris’ chihuahua, the noble warrior Achilles.

illus. Tierra Williams, https://twilliam58.wixsite.com/autumnsymone, IG: @tierrawlms

Tchitchikov awoke to the high-pitched yelp of a chihuahua mix. It growled and barked and, satisfied that it could do so with utter impunity, nibbled aggressively at Tchitchikov’s hand hanging over the edge of a rather uncomfortable couch.

The chihuahua mix soon discovered it was inaccurate in its assessments of Tchitchikov’s helplessness.

“Fie! Blasted hell-hound, be rid of me!” He batted it away.

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