Rică became depressed. His plumage was ruffled and he was hanging upside down in the top corner of the cage. He wouldn't let me touch him, he wouldn't eat and he refused to greet me. I left his gate open. When I approached him, he covered his eyes with his wings. Look a brazilian nut, you used to hum Lambada whenever I gave one to you. Lina the colorful female was approaching him, but he was completely ignoring her. I take a knife to chop eggplant and Rică protectively draws closer to Lina. Love, I think we're next, the madwoman chopped off the head of a fish yesterday.

(Translated by Diana Pașcanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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