I told the little man I'd give him all of my toys, just to leave me alone. He took the geranium from the window, climbed into his flying machine, and then disappeared. When my mother got home, I told her that an alien had stolen our geranium. She beat me and made me swear I would never lie again. The next day an alien girl came and took my father. I told my mother he ran away into the world with a woman. Three days later, my father landed back home with the geranium. In vain did he try to explain that he had been abducted by aliens. My mother filled for divorce.

(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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 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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