Two feet: one wearing a sock, and a sockless one speeding around the corner and stopping just in front of grandma. Down on the sock, a fluffy bunny winks and the big toe on the sockless foot rises questioningly. What have you done? The toes wiggle, then quickly make a run for it. Hmm, grandma wonders while the fridge door opens and closes, making the curtain sway. Not realising what's happening, she starts after the little feet: under the bed, in the other sock, a little piece of cheese was chewing on a little mouse. Uhh, it's the other way round, said the surprised glances of two pairs of eyes.
(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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.