Mom, have you seen Cristi? He was somewhere around here in the yard, dear. Go check in the back, where the chickens are, maybe he's saying goodbye to Foxy. Last night, I found him reading stories to the chickens in the coop. Mom, I told you to have him all ready to go before I came back, now I'm running around stepping in chicken poop looking for him. We don't live by the clock here, dear. What are you rushing for? I spent all day making you soup, I killed the fattest, nicest chicken I had and you have no time to eat it? Sit down, dear, catch your breath and eat. You won't find something like this where you live.
(Translated by Lucia-Alexandra Brînaru-Mitrofan / 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 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.