Come on Gicule, she said while looking at the navy-blue backpack in which a yellow light was struggling like a trapped puma. I said to bring me the moon like to caress myself, but you fool, really took it seriously. What do you want me to do with it now? Day as day, I will hide it in the pot, but during the night whole neighborhood will see that the moon rises and sets in Mimi's studio. Really, people are going to make fun of me. And then what people would say that I stole their nightingale. Come on, Gicule, are you putting the moon back?

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / 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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