The Millipede Milly stormed his way into the boot, and summoned a temporary gathering. Its green face was red, it was flying a paper flyer. Look, there's someone who knows to read palms. If I take a friend with me, then it's free for the both of us. Extremely interested in the subject, some candidates had already fallen asleep. Come on, it's free. A tiny voice said it didn't have palms, another one said he didn't have so much money, other asked what was in it for it. As somebody rose up to all its feet, Milly looked up hopefully. Sorry, what's a friend?

(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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