that you'd come haunt me after you died, just so I could know you're here. I get that you broke your favorite vase when your mother-in-law thought it would look nice in her living room. You smashed the Russian watch from my father when I walked past it. Yes, I know, my time will come, maybe in the not-too-distant future. But what did the cat do to you? Every time the poor thing settles itself in your seat on the sofa, you do something to scare her off, that she won't come down from the walnut tree for days. Look, I brought you your favourite flowers and lily-of-the-valley scented candles.
(Translated by Andreea Teodorescu-Colciu / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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.