Which one was? Don't look at me that way, you messed it up. Well, do you take advantage that I'm away from home and turn everything inside out? What were you looking for? Didn't I give you enough? You bad boys all you want is to steal. Or did you party? What about the chairs turned upside down, the tablecloth pulled down and all the mess? And now you're so frustrated that you're peeing in the middle of the living room. Come on, admit it. Good thing you're kicking and screaming, you bad dog. So... so it was the cat?

(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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