I am a stray cat among concrete pieces. I can't find my mother and I'm hungry. Today I got under an old man's window. Pop started calling me my sweetheart. Now I come under his window every day. He tells me about what he eats, how much rent he pays, what medicine he takes, what movies he watches. He is convinced that I am the reincarnation of his wife who left on a Thursday and has returned to be with him. He has no idea that I come under his window because the neighbor above throws me fresh slices of ham every day.  

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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 2022, the group has 9,250 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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