The old forest guard, now retired, was hiking agilely the hills through the hazel trees and I could barely keep up with him. Can you see that lightening-struck pear tree at the edge of the orchard? What's with it? That was Piscapăr's Pear tree, which made 'piscăpărățe' pears. The geezer was full of stories. What do you mean by 'piscăpărățe'? This is how we called them as a joke. The pears were little, yellow, but in the middle red. The only kind in this whole forest. When I was a child, I used to climb it and fight the starlings for them. But who was Piscapăr? Well now, this is a whole other story.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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