Summer has small, sticky fingers from freshly picked raspberry foam. He laughs toothless, his mouth to his ears, revealing his teeth stained with currant and gooseberries. Her hair is ruffled, her knees are bruised. He climbed into the apple tree and sang, with her eyes on the cotton candy clouds. She loves the rain and runs with open arms to hug it. Only her grandfather's voice can stop her, when he seduces her with a new story, about a little girl who takes the sea and the sun out of a blue jug, as she has.

(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.

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