Last night a centurion entered my room, hastatus posterior, while I was sleeping in my bed spread like a pumpkin thrown away from the second floor, and I thought that pig was raping me but no, he was assembling a second brain for me, he placed it directly in the forehead, hey, je suis une licorne, mon style est épileptique, diri-diri-dam. Now I know all about Big Bang, the Spartan kings, the stewed cabbage, the quackers and the subconsciousness scratched by Freud. Do you envy me? Beat your chicken to make it bring to you Dalai Lama's the third roller coaster and I declare you my soulmate.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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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