In short, Phythagora's theory goes like this: if you don't succeed on the hypotenuse, you try in vain on the bits. Look for another triangle. Let's say you go on a trip to the mountain. There's a girl in the group that you like. Be sure to always climb behind her. If she stumbles, you help her get up. You give her water from your bottle and you give up the chocolate tablet to her. You tell her funny stories. If she laughs and doesn't get scared that you've separated from the group, she's yours. What's it like on the bits? Shyness on one side and naughtiness on the other.
(Translated by Diana Paşcanu / 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.