Come on Dmitri, step on it. The chase begins. Sneak through the shadows. Remember, you're a predator. Growl malefically, don't whine like a drenched cat. Where did you find this costume, it looks like stolen goods. Put the lights on them, guys. Irinushka, darling, at least try to pretend that you're terrified. Stop. Stop. What the hell. Dmitri, the fence needs to be jumped, not bypassed, you idiot. Take the fangs off. Break. Alexei, bring another bag with tomato sauce. Irinushka, you scream like you're turned on. We're talking about a murder here, girl.

(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / 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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