The two lovers were smooshing on the Cuckoo's yacht's deck, under the scorching summer sun and under the menacing bottoms of the albatrosses that flew over their featherless bodies. Haughty, the oviparous places its "eggs" , releases the raptor that ounces with its beak on top of the bird that was awaiting its fate with its bald but open wings, fluttering. The parrot tattooed on the left buttock looked at the parrot on the other buttock, both of them being shocked witnesses to the birdcide.

(Translated by Ioana Negrea / 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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