Hear me out, says the Squirrel turning away with a snort. Have you seen the fox's new fur coat? She thinks she's sexy, but it is just kitsch. With that deep open back that goes down to the bottom that you can see, God Lord, they are like two meadow mushrooms in the manure of the state-owned farming. And the dimples on her thighs, that you see her wrinkly look so much so waiting in vain for her youthful-looking skin to catch up with her, living proof she skipped the gym this summer. And that brazenly deep open front that you see her skin is hanging loose a little more than it used to. You, there, giggled the Wild Cat, this is not new, just the same old one, but the hunter caught her last night while out chicken hunting.

(Translated by Iuliana Boruga Danciu / 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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