The first preposition which I composed, or whom I composed, as the functionar illterate say, was with me in the role of subject, my mother in the role of direct compliment, and milk in the role of pope, but not the pope from Roman, but the "pope" as in the chow that is given to kids, that make them graw fat. For if I'd been growing from eating, I'd be round 5 meters tall. That's when my parents realiased I was a genius, that I was making such assumptioans and crossed me ooff the to-be-sold list. Kidds sells when they is small, cuz they has habits, lumps, lice, so they sells more hardly after.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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