I am the cow he watches, I never do anything without him knowing, his skin is covered with eyes. I was grazing in the yard with cardinal creeper flowers, I thought he was watching over me out of love and I was running after butterflies and licking the gazes hidden beneath the lifelines in his hands. For some time now, he's been looking at me sideways, no matter how I bend over backwards, and I've started to digest the idea that he might be interested in some young calf. I've become too crazy seeing others flaunting his attention, so I went out of my myth and started down an unsupervised path.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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