Uncle, would you help me with a riddle? I've found it in a book and I don't know the answer. It's sweet, but not food, it's exquisite, but not for sale, it's the ever-soothing, gentle palm, it's the poem of the soul, what could it be? I know, quite hard this one. Can you give me the answer? I don't know it, Uncle. I thought you might help me. Kid, the answer is simple. Before it's too late, child, go to your mum and grow old in her arms. That's where you'll always find answers to all the riddles.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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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