Didinuca, get up, there's somethin' bad. I don't know how you can sleep without hearing nothing from this bad luck that struck us. Come on, put something on you and come to show you. The aliens came with a cauldron. It's not too big, like the one you make brandy with uncle Dorica, but enough to cause damage. No, it's not in your flowers that you planted them the day before yesterday, stay calm and close your hood. The chickens are also fine, I checked. I hope they will lay eggs even though they are scared, we will sell them tomorrow. Do you come? Look, what a bad luck, we do not have a toilet anymore.

(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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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