The morning crowing of the rooster woke him up. He tried to get up, but he fell back on one side. He clicked his tongue satisfied: he gained some weight. He had a good master who cared for him to be very well off. He finally succeeded in getting up. His nostrils were tickled by the smell of the heat of the late summer. He pushed the door of the hog-pen and right then, a cold breeze grazed his torso. It's strange, he thought. He rolled a little bit in the mud, then he went peacefully towards the trough.

(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 every few days. 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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