But how can you be afraid of heights, son? You're a big boy after all. And these cherries, who do you think gathered them? Grandpa did. Up there to the top I climbed to get them, that's where the sun shines all day. And what can mice do to you? Look how many cats Grandpa has here. Or the rooster. Grandpa'll scare the feathers off him, see if he won't. Grandpa isn't afraid of anything in this world. Oh listen, your gran's calling us to eat. Let's wash our hands quickly, we'll both be in so much trouble if we let the food get cold.

(Translated by Cristina Fliter / 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 2021, the group has 6.400 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, 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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