During those times, there were two rugs: The Abduction from the Seraglio and the one with stags drinking water from the spring. However, I saw something a little bit more kitsch, I know it does not have a comparison degree, at my age I'm allowed to be senile. The scene is the following. Forrest in the background, from which a spring shoots out. The stags, brown, come to drink water. On the other side, with the right glove in his left palm and with his right palm cupped, Michael Jackson offered them water. They ignore the spring water, and drink directly from the hand of the late megastar. An actual case.

(Translated by Alexandra Handrea / 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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