Fine, just a song and after you go to sleep. An elephant was swaying on a spider's web. And because it wasn't breaking, another bunny came. An elephant and a bunny. Okay, and a teddy bear was swaying and because it wasn't breaking, another ant came. Still not sleeping? An elephant, a teddy bear. Oh, yes, and a bunny. Plus an ant was swaying. And another little lion came. Close your eyes to hear better. An elephant, a bunny, an ant, a little lion, a goat, a cat, an. What is the thirteen animal? the little girl asked. Daddy, are you sleeping?

(Translated by Emilia-Georgiana Călinescu / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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