I always look at her when she's not paying attention. I love watching her change into those fluffy pajamas after a day of hard work. Preparing dinner. For both of us. I just have to wait for her to fall asleep in order to be able to taste her absolutely divine dishes. I wash the plate carefully, so as not to wake her. Then I look at her while standing and hide under the bed before her alarm goes off. Good thing I got rid of that rabid cat. She was close to catching me because of her two weeks ago. Luckily, she thought it was just a dream.

(Translated by Diana Pașcanu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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