I've got two. I hope they're asexual, like angels are, and that they haven't bred, because sometimes these two seem like a crazy bunch to me. Bats, about the bats in the belfry I'm talking. At 10 I have a rendezvous on the terrace in the small square, the one without pigeons. She's blonde, but knows how to write your with an apostrophe when it's the case, so Godspeed! Hello, hello, what a warm and velvety hand you have, suddenly those two bats of mine jump directly into the girl's bra, and from her fair head a big flock of beautifully coloured birds comes out and flies chaotically. Bats and birds? No way.

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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