One last glance in his grandmother's mirror, which he had just cleaned. Being a 9-year-old girl, the little red dress matched well with her genuine blonde hair. She kept saying "the beads, the nail polish, the blue ring like the one stolen by her in loved step-cousin. Her Pegasus bike was leaning against the stone terrace. The sun-heated street was calling her. Two hours passed. She hurried home on her bicycle to find the soup still hot. How? She froze. She lifted the soft, seedy fur and its head with long, bleeding ears. Where are they? Honey, it was a wild rabbit. It died, your cats ate it.

(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / 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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