There were us, the giants, and there were them, the Lilliputians. School was a common ground so I fell in love with a Lilliputian. My parents, the chiefs of the giant tribe, didn't approve of this friendship and sent me to the human realm. My love for the Lilliputian grew despite the distance. I looked for a solution; I had to make myself small and so I decided to cut my legs off. I looked for a human to do it. And then I met her who explained me that when it comes to love we don't have to be equal in height but only in dreams.

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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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