The baby dolphin is talking to the baby whale, hey, what do you want to do when you grow up? What a stupid question, a whale, obviously. Sadly, you don't want to get over your condition, I, for example, want to become a shower gel, grinned at the baby jellyfish. Yeah, we want to become a bath carpet, four sea urchins brothers screamed. There is a loud yawn. The snail, comes out, slowly, from the shell, stretches, rubs his eyes, children, have you heard about vocation? I have it, I feel it, and I know I will become a lifeguard.
(Translated by Georgiana Carmen Rădulescu / 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.