Small, white, delicate, blue-eyed. She waved her tail, looking to claim another spot for pampering. Then, all of a sudden, she stopped dead in her tracks. At the other end of the room stood a new cat. She tensed her tail and launched her attack. She whined her little body in somersets and contorted eights, as her bent ears turned her into a Yoda devoid of wisdom. Her tail flicked with an angry teeter and, ready for the final attack, saw that the other cat was doing the same. She meowed. I laughed, took the mirror and left.

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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