What the hell are you eating wolf for being so fit, the bear asked, pointing to his fallen belly, which he filled only with debris from the dumpsters on the outskirts of town. Well, I have a trap in the woods. Every summer something falls, some stray hunters, some hot pigeons. Look, half an hour ago the front door clicked again, the wolf replied, pointing to the smart watch on his right paw. I leave them for another two hours in Chardonnay, and then I go have dinner. Kisses, bear.

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ştefănescu / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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, 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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