With the other one I could not do this. Now I am climbing a blade of grass smashing with my forehead the dewdrops. Good start of the morning, I say to the golden dung beetle, and he nods grumpily, quickly headin` to the clover door which hides the underground apartments. Two ants stay like two foul-mouthed women in front of the gate which leads the three round drops of cherry jam dropped on the marble floor, while a suave dragonfly is hovering around an African death's-head hawkmoth who partied too hard last night and now is snoring. The other one is getting more and more little.

(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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