The cow was looking at me with distrustful eyes. I was feeling uncomfortable: that kind look was unwrapping my soul as if it were an onion. I wanted to run but something was keeping me still, something deeper than the fear. When it asked for a smoke, I didn't even hesitate and I also offered it a light. It laid on one side and it waved at me, driving away two flies with its tail. I sat next to it. It started to speak about Hegelian Anschauung in an original vision while munching. The sunset of the beginning of autumn fell over us who were still blabbering.

(Translated by Diana-Maria Croitoru / 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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