That's his name. Because he s everywhere or nowhere. A quiet appearance in the vast garden. He hides behind the hedge, that has a hole on each side. His giant head fits perfect. Alsacian wolf with blue eyes gazing hypnotic onto the loud street. Today I creeped closer to the fence, he came out and I took out my phone to take a picture of him. He scrunched his nose and hid away. I was watching the hedge hole through the lens, to catch him. Then he lifted his leg and peed in front of the hole. I told him he's right.

(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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.

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