Miri was lying down on a slice of pepper, loosing itself lost in the deep green of the green vegetable. It felt strong, versatile, courageous, congruent with his generation's aspirations. He felt chosen. A chubby-faced little girl entered the kitchen like a tornado. She reached the slice of pepper but stopped with a scream. Mummy, Mummy, look, there is a tiny wolm, ubly and stubid. Mummy came quickly and threw the pepper and the myriapod's relaxation straight to the garbage. Among leftovers of pizza and a doll without a leg, Miri boiled over: who are you to call me tiny?

(Translated by Raluca Simion / 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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