A bunch of wimps. They're all puffed up with their tattoos, but are jumping with their legs straight like toddlers. I'll show them a real jump. Well, at our brook we used to jump downwards from a willow, but this rock is about five times higher. All the better, I can practice my triple square jump. If only the topless blonde turned her head. She did, 3, 2, 1, and oops, I slipped. Will this be the end? Not yet. Thanks, God, for fulfilling my wish: a kiss with the blonde. Even though it was a mouth-to-mouth breathing.

(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / 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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