Once upon a time there was a goat with two kids. Three? Ok, three. One day she went into the woods to meet her boyfriend, the he-goat. She didn't have a boyfriend? Ok, ok, to get food. The kids stayed home with the shepherd. There's no shepherd either? OK. Then the wolf passed by, coming every day to help with the household. Nooooooo? The wolf is bad? He'd come to eat them? Done, he'd come to eat them. The youngest kid opened the door. Must it be the eldest one? Hey, why don't you tell the stories yourselves if you know them so well?

(Translated by Alexandra Lica / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.300 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, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

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

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