And the tree is hanging on the sky. It is swinging in the warm wind and the leaves are rustling in the light. I don't know for how long I've been here. The songs of the multicolored birds cover me like a mantle. Suddenly, it gets quiet. Then a big-eyed owl stares at me, and after turning its head three times, it whispers Ohm's law to me. Suddenly I can hear some ax blows and the entire tree trunk jumps out of its bark. The leaves are rustling, turning into butterflies. The owl looks at me with its glassy eyes and says: It's OK, turn off the defibrillator. He's got a pulse.

(Translated by Ioana Oacheșu / 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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