41 bean brothers, you know well, you guessed right, hurry and search: just like the ploughboy knew how to sow you, you knew how to sprout, grow and breed. You do this for me, enchanted beans. And if not, scatter in 1 and 2, so nothing comes of you. Gather in three piles, of which you put aside every four beans, and the ones that are left you line them up, you shuffle them and you put them in rows. Do this three times, then you toss aside the useless ones. And count with purpose, for what there was and shall be. Magic.

(Translated by Daniela-Andreea Gugescu / 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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