I thought I was dreaming when he said his first word. At the second one, I wanted to run to the psychologist. Then, one evening, he started shouting at me to get him out for a walk. A few days later, my neighbours Labrador did the same thing. Slowly, I started seeing people talking with dogs about football, politics, religion, love. They made schools and workplaces for dogs. They became equal. Then, one day, all the dogs in the world started talking. That moment, the humans, humans ceased to speak forever.

(Translated by Diana Simulescu / 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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