With narrowed eyes, scratching under his straw skirt, the man in the cave screamed at the woman who was staring blankly at the bare wall. He poked her discreetly with a stick and grinned revealing his toothless mouth, but she didn't even look at him. He pulled her by the hair and growled as she liked, but she came outside, pointing to her mother's cave. The next day he came dragging a ruffled sheep. By morning the sheep had eaten her skirt. Puzzled, his eyes sometimes on the sheep, sometimes on her, he weighed the situation. Hardly decided. This is how the first woman in the world who wear a fur coat appeared.

(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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