Rise and shine, wife. My snake longs for the warmth of your cave. He loves you through times like no other. He fills your virgin womb with the very seed of the first man. We dust together until shards of clay rise to the heavens on the ladder of ecstasy. Man, sit quietly so the dust doesn't break in you. I was fooled by the snake once and now, with that lizard, do you want to rummage through my cave? We better eat an apple because look how time passes. Well, aren't you a virgin? No. I'm a goat in a tent and I'm cold.

(Translated by Elena Crețu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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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