Grevy was admiring her newly styled mane in the mirror of a waterhole in the savannah. She feels special. She was a rara avis and got a VIP ticket to the spa. She was full of herself, there was no other diva like her. Mascara eyelashes, contoured lips, varnished hooves and implanted heels. Yes. Catwalk walk. The leopard lying on the branch of the baobab feels her presence in his nostrils. He grins tactfully. Alone? Let's dance a tango together. The diva-zebra looks around and snorts. If I show up with this bum, I'm dead on social media.

(Translated by Tania Diniță / 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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