14.01.2023
If you want a little bit of adrenaline, you have to stay tuned and catch the big toethat second of a sparkle when he's guarding his coffee or lighting his cigarette with a match in the wind, otherwise you'll just see him running after you with the bristly wings and those protective arms, like a hen, waving the helmet and kneepads. This is the moment when spitting a feather, I grab the bicycle from the air and in two seconds I balance on the arched rainbow. Look, man, I can do it without hands, I shout to myself.

(Translated by Georgiana Carmen Rădulescu / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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