We're in the dog days of summer. In fact, there are no dogs around, they're all napping in the shade, hiding from the scorching sun. A fly buzzes lost aimlessly behind the curtain. It's nap time and all the adults are asleep. The little girl was out getting bread, and now she has five candies she received as change. One of her little brothers is sitting next to her, so the candies must be shared between the two. One for me, one for you. One for me, one for you. There's one more left, says the boy. No, she says and she shoves the candy into his mouth. That's it, we split them brotherly. Is it good? Um-hum, he says, pulling out the candy. It's cherry favored, have a taste.

(Translated by Ioana Oacheşu / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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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