Why is the sky blue? Because it had a talented painter. Why? Because he thought this would be best chromatically. Why? Because he liked the combination of ciel blue and earthy green. Why? Because, because, he had nothing better to do. Why? So that you could ask me about it at two in the morning as I'm walking you in a stroller. Why? Because, because, because I don't know. What don't you know, daddy? I don't know what to answer you, son. Why? Because I'm built rudimentary. What's rewdeementaree? Go to sleep.

(Translated by Ana Stănilă / 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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