he went as far as you would say Birumogo, the name of the neighboring tribe with sharp eyes and nervous fingers. In the morning, the molobongs harvested the bean stalks early to protect themselves from the arrows of the birumogs and the sun. The heat at noon required an armistice, and both camps were pulling the tails of the cats and their catnaps through the orchard. In the evening there were fights on swings and on the running of chickens from one tribe to another. Then they would snored in unison, the molobongs with their stuffy noses. Other days followed, until the end of the holiday.

(Translated by Roberta Ana-Maria Gulerez / 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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