I rang, they told me to come in and take a seat, the armchair was comfortable, the room was red and insulated, the rug was thick, fluffy, the gentleman in front of me had a mustache and he spoke to me calmly, he told me to count to ten, I did, them he told me, see, cats don't have a care in the world, they don't know what time or season it is, I didn't know, I shrugged not knowing, then he told me to count to ten again, I counted, when I finished, the gentleman in front of me was gone and I was happily wagging my tail and purring.

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 April 2022, the group has 8,175 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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