You've got a little crystal in my tiny soul that's making me feel like I'm dying and I'm dying to talk. I'll do it just to remind everyone what a good friend you've been to me. Your happiness in my eyes which made me happy, your adventurous spirit with which I ate the eggs of the fish hen and gave me your fluffy charm. I'm glad, I'm hurt, and it would have been nice to came at you own funeral. You should see how many people showed up. Lică the Rabbit, Maia Haystack, Gaga The Heb and Sică the Rooster came. And Grandpa, he dug the hole. We love you, Lusu.

(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / 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 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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