It sat quietly for a while, hidden behind joys, I didn't even remember it existed. But for a while my dog started talking. He pokes his head out, growls, looks at passers-by with glassy, angry eyes, as if he were the master. In vain I tell him to be gentle, to sit in his corner and be silent. In vain I try to melt his frowns in the warm light of the sun and good thought, the dog in me scratches its claws on the straight walls of the hour and the night howls at the stars.

(Translated by Bianca Dumitru / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In March 2021, the group has 4.300 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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