HE is the best. He feeds me. What do I say, food? He spoils me with the most delicious dishes. Which dishes? Orach, turnips, good fodder mixed with apples and pumpkin. He gives me warmth, cleanliness, attention. And I got nothing. I may not get a chance to tell him how I feel. Look at my God there. Let me go back and see him. What does he have in his hand? Something shiny? He comes to my coop. What a joy. And the blood gushes on the ground again. He gave his last grunt, growling the two words with a loving smile.
(Translated by Ana-Maria Mușetescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)
Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.