Look at this wonder of big universe and at my tiny hands. At the gold fox that walks on the Milky Way and that sweeps the star dust with its bushy tail. Look at the beaver that crunches on the moon corner and tells us we don't have the right to blame him. Not the left either. Watch the earth in the eye in the morning, when it raises its eyelids and shout at it I love you sweet dumbass. Vasilică, get down from the hen house cause it's evening, stop upsetting the normal, everyone knows it already.

(Translated by Nina Tufă / 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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