Soldier 1, you put the lids on. On Small soldier, if anyone asks anything, you know what to say. I kno. With w, soldier. I kno. Whatever, I understood. Team, let it be clear. We can be harshly punished, but we are tough. The small soldier began to weep. But I wan melk. Shut up. Toddlers are the hungry ones. You're a man and you'll learn to live as it is done in the jungle. I kno. With w, soldier. I kno. Whatever, I understand. Mother calls the children. Are you playing army again? Tomorrow you wake up at 7. Did you eat? The small one lisped silently. I'm a man, but I wan melk.

(Translated by Mara-Sabina Rolea / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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