I'm the same as the new trend, I've given up on myself and with your will I move freely. I am a Dalmatian who once was a tiger, but I avoid hunting and I am patient to receive the bone of your attention. I walk with loyalt along your footsteps, I used to throw myself like a crazy raccoon into the chaos of the streets just to taste the colorful life. But next to you I am a good boy, although at night I get up from the white bed, turn on the TV and watch hallucinated how the end of the show dances in gray colors. And I bark extinguished to the moon of a dream that is still rattling.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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