I'd read the store's name three times. A strange name. It must be a misprint, I told myself. Then I stepped in. Fram, the Rural Bear, met me. I greeted him, and then I moved on. The Druggy Duckling jumped onto my shoulder. The Wizard of Moss saved me from it. He teleported it to the Frozen Kingdom, in which she entered rather clumsily. I was getting dizzy out of confusion. I ran to the exit. Shortly after, I saw another fishy store: The Abduction from the Santuario. I didn't come in. I was afraid to meet The Goat and Her Three Pits.

(Translated by Alexandr Cotar / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by Professor Nadina Vişan)

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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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