The personal development course turned the glade upside down. The bear flies from branch to branch and growls I believe i can fly. Goodbye hibernation. He's doing New Year's Eve in the tropics with a cougar. The wolf is at the tailor, he goes to the autumn-winter collection. The rabbit meditates on chocolate. The fox squawks, the owl pinches her eyebrows. The deer dreams of Jon Snow and spins, he wants cat life. When and how to finish it, only the giraffe knows. I see everything from the enchanted bean. I think it comes from vitamin C cigarettes.

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ştefănescu / 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, 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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