The bug motioned for me to follow him. We entered through a crack be hind the kitchen sink. He was the neighbour's bug. I recognised him by his walk. He drags his back-left leg. The hallway we were walking through was lit by phosphorescent mould. Suddenly, we got into an enormous nest. It had belonged to the widowed rat. In a corner, a cricket orchestra was performing with zest. Above, a swarm of fireflies was putting on a light show. Hundreds of bugs were dancing around a small table full of breadcrumbs carried from the kitchen.

(Translated by Valentina Mihai / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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 every few days. 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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