I ended up in Molobongo by chance. Looking around for flowering gulgules, I didn't realize I had crossed the border. The hiss of a zan passed by my ear. Next thing I knew, a huge guy with a raised binga was molocking the crap out of me. I was a prisoner. The tribe welcomed us with joyful cheers. The chief examined my ugiduga, shook his bugleag and gave me a maga right across the head, benevolently. Three days later, I woke up in a hut full of gygules, one more glembean than the other. I smiled at them and passed out.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / 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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