On the day we became homeless, there was a terrible frost. I tried to take shelter, but all the places were occupied: hobos sleeping under bridges, families squatting in deserted houses, cats sitting on sewer caps. And as I was wandering aimlessly, frozen and desperate, a lady wrapped in a long white fur coat with black spots, similar to mine, picked me up from the ground, turned me on all sides and exclaimed happily: 102. I wagged my tail happily too, 102 is a cute name.

(Translated by Alina-Mihaela Burciu / 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 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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