Atwhay areyay ouyay oingday erehay? What? I don't understand. Erewhay areyay ouyay oinggay? Aaa..I'm fine, you? Onay , ouyay on'tday understandyay. Iyay asway askingyay erewhay ouyay ereway oinggay. And then I remembered that, when she was a child, my grandma used to talk to me in a similar pig Latin. And this is how I was able to explain to the big guy that I was looking for the Molobongo tribe. Olobongomay? He asked. I'myay omfray erethay andyay iyay ikelay ouyay. When I heard him, I ran for my life. The knife was shining through his teeth.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Denisa Neagu / 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 November 2021, the group has 7.500 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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