After my grandmother passed away, the relatives divided out her house and her land. I took everything the others did not want. I got the bed, the mirror, the radio, the chipped cruse, the billycan, the chair on which my grandmother sat with Lili, the cat in her arms, the towel, the icons, the dishes, the cupboards, the potter cups, the settle, the trough in which she kneaded the bread. I put them all in an open space for the curious and nostalgic visitors. Yesterday, I found myself on the threshold with Lili. The cat sat on the grandmother's chair and started to purr nine lives.

(Translated by Teodora Stoian / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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 every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, 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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