What are you doing there? he asks her, fascinated; he would really like to be able to climb onto the window sill too. With her small eyes turned to him, she started acting cute: I'm thinking about my ancestors. Do you mean the downstairs neighbour's cat or the neighbourhood tomcat? No, mutt, I mean the gods of Egypt. What's Egypt? Ugh, you droolers know nothing. About eight lives and a few thousand years ago, I was a goddess. They were mourning me after every end of one of my lives. Then, for a few lives, they hunted me, suspecting that I was a sister of Satan. Were you? Ah, come on. I certainly became a goddess again. I pulled off this scheme.

(Translated by Camelia Diaconu / 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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