The two stood by the old cottage leaning on their rudimentary rifles, their eyes on the horizon. One stopped meditating. No. The other answered promptly. No. Silence surrounded them again. No. The answer came promptly, with a scratch with the tip of a rifle in the bald scarf. No. The conversation was beginning to promise a tumultuous outcome. Well then. The bald man put on his imaginary hair, but answered promptly. Yes. Look. A deer was muttering tactfully, not far from them. The two stood up. No. Come home. Come on. Shall we hunt tomorrow too? No.

(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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