Since I did make it, let me see if I can revert the metamorphosis and become a mouse again. No way am I going to remain in this hideous humanoid shape. Let's be serious, no fur, four uncontrollable limbs with a useless fifth, a chaotic lifestyle and not to say this individual is ugly as hell. I'll return to my cage by the side of my missus Mouse. Was it the green or the blue vial, again? Idiot, at least keep it straight until you drink it. No, don't pour that over your head. Great. I'm a snail now.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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