Before going to bed, the grandfather used to tell his granddaughter a story. One night, after too many brandy shots, the grandfather fell asleep next to the little girl just when he was telling her through the hiccups how Red Riding Hood was hopping and singing through the woods. Grandpa, grandpa, what happened next? The little girl shook his shoulder. Well, what do you think happened? The wolf ran away with the Red Riding Hood and the grandmother slept with the hunter who shot her husband who swallowed Cinderella because her mouth was too big.

(Translated by Ioana Negrea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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 every few days. 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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