Ama, I want The Story of the Numbers again. Once and Upon a Time were neighbours, friends with Zero, the fat No-body, a nudist with his belly out and an attitude, with One, cool guy, skinny as a twig, looking down his nose at you, with Three, three quarters of a painted red heart. Hehe, I got it. Then, he told me that in the old times, his heart was bitten off by a dragon and he begged it sooo much to let him keep enough of it to grow. For a time, he wrapped himself up in a scar as big as a tree, upon which he tattooed in rose thorns my name, Ram.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucaşu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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