Pocket watch for sale, long chain (22 cm) and gold lid. An eagle is embossed on the lid, with its beak open and its wings spread, soaring over a forested mountain peak, from which a clear river springs. The river basically travels across the lid, from the turning key of the mechanism to to the hinge. A scared lamb dangles from its talons, and given the horns, I approximate the lamb to be one year or one year and a half old. Swiss mechanism of high precision. Very good for hypnosis.

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / 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 April 2022, the group has 8,175 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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